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Drug News: January 28, 2016

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Drug Deaths Reach White America – New York Times

Congress has historically treated drug abuse as a malady afflicting mostly poor, minority communities, best dealt with by locking people up for long periods of time. The epidemic of drug overdose deaths currently ravaging white populations in cities and towns across the country has altered this line of thinking.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Massachusetts Chief’s Tack in Drug War: Steer Addicts to Rehab, Not Jail – New York Times

“Any addict who walks into the police station with the remainder of their drug equipment (needles, etc.) or drugs and asks for help will NOT be charged,” wrote Leonard Campanello, the police chief of Gloucester, on Facebook. “Instead we will walk them through the system toward detox and recovery” and send them for treatment “on the spot.”

ALCOHOL – AUSTRALIA
Alcohol abuse: radical plan to serve drinks in homeless shelter has key backers – SMH

How do you lower the toll of alcohol abuse on homeless people with an addiction? Serve them drinks. St Vincent’s Hospital, Rabbi Mendel Kastel – a NSW police chaplain and the founder of Bondi’s Jewish House crisis and homelessness service – and other partners are in talks to develop Sydney’s first “managed alcohol” homeless shelter.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
What Are The Latest Trends in Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse? – Chicago Tribune

Keeping teenagers drug and alcohol free can be an especially difficult challenge parents face. There are many emerging teen drug trends they need to be aware of. For example, the heroin epidemic sweeping the country is primarily among middle and upper class 18 to 22-year-olds. Coroner officials reported there were 29 heroin-related deaths in Lake County alone last year. With many heroin users, their first experience with drugs is a prescription pain reliever provided by their very own doctor.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Debunking the Myths: Part II – Valley Morningstar

Although the myths and misconceptions are numerous, I have selected 12 of probably the most prevalent we in the Substance Abuse arena have encountered (as were presented in the previous article), and now provide factual responses to them; with hope that the responses will increase awareness and action toward the most serious problems our community faces with regards to alcohol and other drug abuse.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG / HEROIN ADDICTION – USA
Presidential candidates relate tales of addiction, but are short on answers – Boston Globe

On the stump, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina regularly recount struggles within their own families over drug addiction. A viral video of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaking about the overdose death of a close friend gave his campaign a boost in the Granite State. But even as they strike powerful emotional chords about the toll of drug abuse, a review of candidates’ statements and policy outlines shows that few offer concrete proposals to combat the national scourge of opiate addiction.

ALCOHOL – CANADA
Alcohol addiction claimed as basis for discrimination in B.C. human rights case – CBC

A B.C. man has filed a human rights complaint against lumber giant Interfor for firing him when he showed up at work with booze in his system after promising to get sober. In the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal complaint, Robert McDonald claims his treatment amounts to discrimination on the basis of a physical disability: alcohol addiction.

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