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Drug News – February 18, 2016

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
County’s first Drug Court graduate kicks meth, starts a new life of opportunities – Morrison County Record

Missy Strack was sent to Drug Court after years of trouble with the law saw her in and out of prison, and repeated relapses into drug use after attempts to get clean. “Once you get out of prison, you’re very vulnerable. You miss the old lifestyle and start talking to the same people again,” Strack said. Strack’s drug of choice was methamphetamine; she said she began using the drug at age 29, initially to lose weight.

DRUG REHAB / MARIJUANA – USA
Another View: Treatment for drug addiction should never include marijuana – Press Herald

I’m a doctor who has spent 30 years treating drug addicts. The recent op-ed by a spokesperson for the marijuana industry saying that pot can be used for people trying to get off heroin, is both wrong and dangerous.

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Treatment centers cheer more fed money to fight drug addiction – Dispatch

By the time he called the addiction-treatment center, Josh Armentrout wasn’t sure it was worth it to try and live. Dying seemed like an equally attractive option.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
New Hampshire group gets update on substance abuse coverage – Concord Monitor

The New Hampshire insurance department began looking into whether insurance companies were covering substance abuse treatment after hearing of complaints from providers and advocates that insurance companies were refusing legitimate claims.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Drug Deaths Reach White America – New York Times

The epidemic of drug overdose deaths currently ravaging white populations in cities and towns across the country has altered this line of thinking, and forced lawmakers to acknowledge that addiction is a problem that knows no racial barriers and can be best addressed with treatment.

ALCOHOL / DRUG ABUSE – USA
Local Woman Fights Teen Drug Addiction, Alcohol Abuse One Kid at a Time – Patch

Saturday night’s activities will be imbued with a healthy dose of drug-and-alcohol prevention, showing kids how to make healthy choices and find fun in ways that don’t involve substance abuse.

DRUG REHAB – NORWAY
Norway tries a novel tactic for drug addicts—rehab instead of jail – Quartz

The narkotikaprogram was first trialled in the cities of Oslo and Bergen in 2006. It gave drug users the choice to avoid prison by signing up for treatment. A multidisciplinary team, which includes experts from education and specialist health services, was brought in to tailor the treatment to each individual drug user.

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