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Drug News: December 22, 2010

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
So many need to go to rehab, but Gov. Herbert’s budget says no, no – Salt Lake City Weekly

State data show that nearly 80,000 Utahns are in need but can’t access substance-abuse treatment (see the document below). Gov. Gary Herbert’s 2012 budget plan, which proposes cutting the $3 million in funding for the Drug Offender Reform Act, or DORA, would let more addicts go untreated each year..

CLUB DRUGS – USA
California legislation would ban raves at publicly owned venues – Los Angeles Times

A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that found that many teenagers attending raves use so-called club drugs, including Ecstasy, GHB, … Raves would be outlawed at publicly owned venues in California under a proposal made Wednesday by a lawmaker after the death of a teenager and scores of injuries at rave events in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

HEROIN – USA
Teens are seeking heroin treatment at steady pace – Dallas Morning News

The number of local teens seeking treatment for heroin addiction remains high three years after a series of fatal overdoses from a mixture of heroin and sleep aids, according to a new report released by the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

ALCOHOL – USA
Medical: Studies find binge drinking on the increase – The Republic

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that two or three times more people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents around Christmas …

CLUB DRUGS – USA
Northern border drug control bill goes to Obama – Wall Street Journal

Far more of those drugs come across the southern border, but agents seize eight times the amount of the club drug Ecstasy up north than they do on the …

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Operation Growing Pains’ targets prescription drug abuse, nets 135 arrests – Florida Times-Union

The first phase of what’s described as a long-term crackdown on the epidemic of prescription drug abuse has led to 135 arrests. …

COCAINE – USA/CANADA
Too many air fresheners leads to massive drug bust at border – National Post ‎

CBSA officers seized 37-kilograms of cocaine after becoming suspicious about the number of air fresheners a driver was using in the cab of his truck. …

COCAINE/HEROIN – MEXICO/USA
Cocaine, heroin, $120000 seized at Nogales border crossing – AZ Central.com

Border Patrol officers in Nogales seized over $700000 in heroin and cocaine and more than $120000 in undeclared cash in less than an hour.

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