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Drug News – November 12, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Mac study highlights changing demographic of opioid addictions – The Spec

52 per cent of women cited doctor-prescribed painkillers such as OxyContin and codeine as their first experience with opioid drugs.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
How Doctors Helped Drive the Addiction Crisis – New York Times

Starting in the 1990s, there has been a vast expansion in the long-term use of opioid painkillers to treat chronic nonmalignant medical conditions, like low-back pain, sciatica and various musculoskeletal problems. To no small degree, this change in clinical practice was encouraged through aggressive marketing by drug companies that made new and powerful opioids, like OxyContin, an extended-release form of oxycodone that was approved for use in 1995.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Bush: OxyContin prescription for kids ‘inappropriate’ – Politico

Bush lamented that nine in 10 painkiller prescriptions worldwide originate in America. But he saved particular criticism for the decision of the Food and Drug Administration’s recent support of a version of slow-release OxyContin for children.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
More Help Coming for Veterans with Drug/Alcohol Addictions – WOWK TV

The battle scars of war, don’t just leave physical wounds. The mental health issues of coping with battle have led to drug and alcohol addictions among many in uniform.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol addiction has widespread effects – Matctimes 360

“Alcohol plays a role in the classrooms sometimes because students or employers can come to school with a hangover, they can still be intoxicated from the night before or they may be drinking during the day and they come to school.”

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
From fighting in Iraq to fighting meth addiction – Sentinal Standard

From 2002 to 2005 Patrick Stephens was in the middle of active combat in Iraq for the United States Army. Five members of his squadron died during their service.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Experts warn of new production methods as meth arrests rise in Alaska – KTUU

Alaska’s heroin epidemic generates headlines but methamphetamine addiction plagues the state with rising numbers of arrests and new methods of production making it harder for law enforcement to crack down on illegal operations.

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