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Drug News – November 19, 2015

OPIOIDS – USA
FDA Approves Nasal-Spray Version Of Overdose Drug Naloxone – Huffington Post

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The new version will make it easier to administer and less intimidating than the previously approved injectable form.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Experts Call for Mandatory Use of State Prescription Drug Database – NBC San Diego

Public health experts say California and other states should require doctors to check a prescription drug database before giving new patients a prescription for opioids and other controlled substances. The new call to action to reduce prescription drug overdose deaths was issued this week by a nationwide panel of experts, led by researchers at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The sad realities of prescription drug abuse – Deseret News

At least 60 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. While medications can be helpful and even life-saving, some are addictive and have a high abuse potential.

ALCOHOL – UK
Daniel Radcliffe opens up about his struggle with alcohol addiction – Daily Times

Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe has been sober for more than two years, but the journey from alcohol addiction wasn’t easy. In a conversation with Marc Maron for his “WTF” podcast this week, Radcliffe opened up about his addiction, which started while he was filming the “Harry Potter” franchise.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION – USA
New Teen Challenge drug addiction treatment facility under construction in Harrison County – The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — The Northern Appalachian Teen Challenge is making progress with a new drug addiction treatment facility south of Clarksburg, it was reported Thursday during a meeting of the Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery group.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
In Tennessee, Giving Birth To A Drug-Dependent Baby Can Be A Crime – NPR

In the United States, a baby is born dependent on opiates every 30 minutes. In Tennessee, the rate is three times the national average. The drug withdrawal in newborns is called neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, which can occur when women take opiates during their pregnancies.

DRUG ADDICTION – GLOBAL
10 of the most dangerous street drugs in the world – Independent News

As Ireland announces it will decriminalise heroin and Ohio considers legalising marijuana, we look at 10 most dangerous street drugs in the world, their histories and side-effects.

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