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Drug News: August 6, 2014

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Mom charged under drug-addicted baby law going to rehab – WBIR-TV

A Monroe County woman will be the first in Tennessee to plead guilty to charges of giving birth to a baby who tested positive for meth.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
CDC to Provide Kentucky $1 Million to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse – WKU Public Radio

Kentucky has the third highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation, and has recently seen a surge in the number of deaths related to heroin. Kentucky will receive over $1 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat prescription drug abuse.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Boot-camp drug rehab didn’t keep Walton man from reoffending, police say – Watershed post

A month-long investigation by Delaware County police into local drug traffic has led to the arrest of a Walton man on heroin-related charges. The suspect was a recent graduate of a “boot camp” drug treatment program to which he was sentenced after a previous felony conviction, police say.

DRUG REHAB / COCAINE – USA
Dustin Johnson in Rehab? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy.com

Often referred to as a “gentleman’s game,” if tour players step out of line involving the likes of drugs and crime the player sticks out like a sore thumb. Professional golfer Dustin Johnson announced on Thursday, July 31st that he would be taking a break from golf for an indefinite period of time after testing positive for cocaine and receiving a 6-month ban from the PGA. Watch the video above to see an interview of Johnson with PGA Tour about his home life 6 months before the announcement.

DRUG TREATMENT – VIETNAM
Vietnam officials call community-based drug treatment a failure amid rising crime – Thanh Nien Daily

In the 15 months since Vietnam opened its first voluntary drug rehabilitation center, only six addicts have graduated from its three-month program; the other 75% dropped out.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE – USA
Senate candidate unveils substance abuse policy agenda – Charleston Daily Mail

“Everywhere I go, I see the promise and possibility of West Virginia,” Tennant said. “But we can’t reach our full potential unless we invest in our greatest resource: our people. The drug abuse crisis does not discriminate — everyone in West Virginia knows someone who has been affected.”

ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
How Obamacare Is Changing Addiction Treatment Coverage – The Huffington Post

Several of the most important aspects of the ACA for the world of addiction also finally roll out in 2014. The federal government, for example, released final regulations in November concerning the ACA’s requirements that mental health and substance abuse treatment receive equal footing with medical health care.

COCAINE / ALCOHOL – USA
Tallulah Willis ‘secretly enters rehab’ for ‘cocaine and alcohol abuse and mother Demi Moore “feels so much guilt” – Daily Mail

Tallulah Willis allegedly has checked herself into rehab for alcohol and cocaine abuse. Bruce Willis allegedly threatened to cut Tallulah off financially if she didn’t change her ways, but her cocaine habit reportedly only worsened, especially after she moved from Los Angeles to New York City in June.

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