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Drug News: February 11, 2016

Obama Proposes Big Spending to Help People Struggling With Drug Addiction –

The President has made clear that addressing the opioid overdose epidemic is a priority for his Administration and has highlighted tools that are effective in reducing drug use and overdose, like evidence-based prevention programs, prescription drug monitoring, prescription drug take-back events, medication-assisted treatment and the overdose reversal drug naloxone.

We must change the way we think about drug addiction in Maryland – Washington Post

I’ve been an emergency room physician for more than 30 years. Every shift, I see broken legs, lacerations, cases of pneumonia and more. On the surface, none appears related to the rising rates of drug addiction and crime plaguing our society. But they are.

ADDICTION SEA CHANGE: Broome DA promises help, not arrests – Press & Sun

A new plan would help drug addicts who seek aid from police, then pursue treatment, avoid an arrest and prosecution in Broome County, New York.

Unraveling drug addiction requires community approach – Bangor Daily News

Baker speaks of men from New York bringing heroin to Vermont to sell it for five times what they paid for it — and sleeping with local women, who get food and rent assistance. Arresting the dealers is part of the solution, but addicts who want help get it.

Here’s How You Can Help Someone Facing Alcohol Addiction – Huffington Post

My personal story of overcoming 23 years as an alcoholic is both unique and universal. It’s unique because the struggle is my own, but it’s universal because millions of others face a similar struggle with addiction. They need a pathway out, and they won’t find it without help.

Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse is Personal For Representative Holly Rehder – KBIA

“If you ask a 15-year-old who’s never been addicted to drugs, ‘would you take heroin?’ [they’d say,] ‘Oh my gosh no,'” says Missouri State Representative Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston). “But after two years of addiction, and they can’t afford to buy the pills anymore, and someone offers them heroin for ten bucks – it’s not the bogeyman anymore.”


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