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Drug News: December 3, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
America leads world in prescription painkiller and heroin abuse; marijuana is world’s most popular drug: UN stats – NY Daily News

America’s pain pill and heroin addiction exceeds that of all other countries in the world, statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) show. And only Icelanders suffer more drug overdose deaths

DRUG ADDICTION / TREATMENT – USA
Substance abuse in adolescents: Detection, treatment, prevention – Israel National News

It is important for parents to be knowledgeable about drugs. The problem won’t go away on its own. Get help! Get Support!

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Goodwin: Men in red draw attention to drug addiction, new resources – Gazette Mail

When an addict walks by another person on the street, no one turns to look. But when four local men who have all suffered from recent overdoses walked down the streets of Huntington and Charleston early last month, lots of people stopped to stare.

METHADONE – USA
Methadone: Treating Addiction with Drugs – Bend Bulletin

“The people that are opiate-addicted here are occupying jobs, they have families,” he said. “They’re not your typical opiate addicts you might think of lying in the street. They’re functioning. They’re doctors, nurses, lawyers, businessmen, housewives.”

METHADONE / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – Canada
50% of female methadone patients started with prescription painkillers – Medical News Today

Researchers from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, set out to investigate gender differences between men and women attending the clinics. They recruited 503 men and women from 13 methadone clinics in Ontario. It was found that 52% of women and 38% of men had their first contact with opioid drugs as a result of doctor-prescribed painkillers. Opioid painkillers include prescription medicines such as oxycontin and codeine, as well as illicit drugs such as heroin.

METHADONE – USA
Blue Earth County opposes proposed methadone clinic – Mankato Free Press

Chief Deputy Mike Maurer said abuse of opiates, including heroin, is low in this area. There are more issues with overdose of methadone, a drug to reduce cravings for heroin and other opiates, than there are for heroin itself, he said. And without a base of local patients, the officials worried the clinic could attract customers from farther away. Considering the street value of methadone, the county could import a drug problem.

ALCOHOL – USA
Sabathia says once he decided he needed alcohol rehabilitation, there was no turning back – US News

“I was 100 percent making that decision,” the New York Yankees pitcher said Friday. “I’m always upfront and honest about my problems, and this is one of them. So I felt like I needed to make this public and stop hiding from people and kind of make sure I’m doing the right steps to be right.”

ALCOHOL – USA
Activist: Open alcohol-treatment center for Native Americans – TH Online

Frank LaMere told officials at a forum Monday that a facility could help lower the disproportionate number of Native Americans arrested for public intoxication in Sioux City. “We want to pull our families back together,” LaMere said.

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