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Drug News: December 31, 2014

ALCOHOL – USA
Veteran gets help for 30-year addiction through area nonprofit – Gainesville Times

Robert Davis, a veteran who served six years stateside in the U.S. Army, recently got help for his 30-year-alcohol addiction through Veterans Court and Avita Community Partners.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Former Titan Donnie Nickey overcomes demons with help of Bironas, wife – Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

Donnie Nickey was traveling down a path of destruction. Alcohol, illegal substances, painkillers — you name it, and the former Titans safety was doing it to cope with life after football. But it all came to a screeching halt nine months ago, when Nickey got behind the wheel and nearly ended his life.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders? – Ladybud Magazine

A lot of politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, will happily sing the praises of using drug courts to force those facing criminal drug charges into mandatory drug rehabilitation programs instead into prison. On the surface, rehab does seem like the kinder, more rational approach to working with non-violent drug offenders, but the truth is there isn’t much practical difference for those caught in the criminal justice system.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Oregon addiction counselors define success in treating addicts – OregonLive.com

More than 3,000 counselors work in addiction treatment across Oregon. How do they personally judge success in treating a drug addict?

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
More seniors struggling with substance and alcohol abuse – Dallas Morning News

An estimated 2.8 million older adults in the United States meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, and this number is expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, according to a study in the journal Addiction. “This is the fastest-growing portion of AA right now, or the most in need,”

ALCOHOL – USA
Team works to reduce drug, alcohol use and abuse – Great Falls Tribune

It wasn’t until he became a district court judge two years ago that he realized the extent of drug and alcohol abuse in the community.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Ky wants drugmaker to pay for OxyContin abuse – The Courier-Journal

A common refrain in Kentucky’s hardscrabble hills is that an entire generation has been lost to pain-pill abuse. Addiction has spawned crime, filled county jails and overburdened the too-few treatment centers. Overdoses have torn children from parents and parents from children.

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