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Drug News: January 21, 2016

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Treating addicts: The tension between drug treatment and abstinence – Washington Post

Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy. The spiritual, abstinence-based strategy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous and adopted by Narcotics Anonymous helped him overcome his own alcohol and cocaine addiction when he was 19. As medical director of Minnesota’s Hazelden clinic, he watched it work for patients. He believed in it — and then he changed his mind.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
For Teenagers, Adult-Sized Opioid Addiction Treatment Doesn’t Fit – NPR

“When substance use disorders occur in adolescence, they affect key developmental and social transitions, and they can interfere with normal brain maturation,” the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported in 2014. “These potentially lifelong consequences make addressing adolescent drug use an urgent matter.”

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Republican candidates in drug abuse forum largely favor treatment of addicts over prison – Trib Live

Drug policy has taken on new prevalence in the race as New Hampshire, which will hold the first primary in the nation Feb. 9, has been in the grips of a heroin crisis that has made headlines. Republican hopefuls Chris Christie, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee also addressed the forum, spelling out proposals for an issue not usually associated with the party. The focus was largely on treating addicts and overhauling the criminal justice system while strengthening laws against drug dealing and importation.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Drug addiction affects all of us – Silive

Drug addiction on Staten Island is a relentless problem that has gotten worse. Unfortunately, there seems to be no end in sight to the tragedy. Over the past five years, the combined total of Island arrests involving either prescription pills or heroin has spiked tenfold, from roughly 100 to more than 1,000.

ALCOHOL – USA
Dick Van Dyke: “I’d go to work with terrible hangovers. Which if you’re dancing is hard” – Telegraph

“I was an alcoholic for about 25 years. I was in deep trouble, you get suicidal and think you just can’t go on. I had suicidal feelings, it was just terrible. But then suddenly, like a blessing, the drink started not to taste good.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Monthly Vivitrol treatment helps fight heroin addiction – CBS News

“I actually tried… to get high because I was having a hard time and the shot stopped it.” Lyman said. “At the time, I was very angry that I didn’t get high. But the next day, I was so thankful. I can’t even describe it. And I haven’t even thought about sticking a needle in my arm since then.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America – New York Times

Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin. The number of these deaths reached a new peak in 2014: 47,055 people, or the equivalent of about 125 Americans every day.

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