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Drug News: December 4, 2014

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
New challenges arise in prescription drug abuse treatment – Tucson News Now

The number of people losing their lives to prescription drug abuse has more than tripled. The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control show the rate of people dying from pain meds has steadily gone up from 1.4 percent in 1999 to 5.1 percent in 2012.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Controlled fix: Canada starts prescribing heroin to drug addicts – RT.com

Doctors in Vancouver, Canada, have become the first medics in North America to administer prescription heroin to drug addicts. The treatment will only be given to a group of patients who failed to respond to traditional therapies.

SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA
The New Drugs of Abuse: Difficult Detection, Unclear Treatment – MPR

New classes of drugs of abuse are becoming a growing concern due to their increasing popularity and a lack of scientific data on proper treatment for addiction and overdose. Many of these new drugs are advertised as legal alternatives to illicit drugs while providing similar effects and are not detectable in routine blood and urine screening tests.

HEROIN – USA
Drug Treatment Court Attempts to Address Demand for Drugs, Including Heroin – WHQR

Heroin busts have been in the headlines for the past month. Most notably, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office carried out the second largest heroin bust in the county’s history at the end of October. While busts like these address the supply of drugs, what is being done to reduce demand? The New Hanover County Drug Treatment Court focuses on permanently changing the behavior of addicts.

DRUG REHAB – UK
Watch Pete Doherty on drugs rehabilitation: ‘There is something inside me that longs to be clean’ – Independent

Pete Doherty says his current stint in rehab has made him see that it is possible for him to overcome his drug addiction and that he is writing songs once again.

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Opiates outpace alcohol as cause for treatment – NewsOK

In the 12 months ending in June of last year, 4,043 Vermonters sought treatment for addiction to heroin and opiate-based prescription drugs like Oxycontin. Meanwhile, 3,776 people sought treatment for alcohol addiction. Meanwhile, 3,776 people sought treatment for alcohol addiction.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – DENMARK
Lars von Trier: I was addicted to drugs and alcohol – The Guardian

Danish director said he is now sober and receiving treatment for dependency, but expresses concern over whether he will be able to make films in the future.

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