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Drug News – November 5, 2015

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Treating drug addiction in R.I.: On call and in demand – Providence Journal

Dr. Walter Scott Curtice practices family medicine in much the way small town doctors did a generation ago. He even makes house calls. But along with the traditional chronic health conditions that he helps his patients manage, the one for which he has seen the biggest jump in his practice is addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.

DRUG REHAB – USA
How other states are adopting Massachusetts’ drug addiction treatment program – Christian Science Monitor

Other states are modeling their drug addiction treatment programs after Massachusetts pioneered a police program that helps fast-track heroin addicts into treatment.

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Chris Christie Makes Emotional Plea To Rethink Drug Addiction Treatment – Huffington Post

While campaigning recently during happy hour at Shooter’s Tavern here in this small New Hampshire community, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Republican) related a pair of personal anecdotes to elucidate why he thinks the United States should change the way it handles drug addicts.

MARIJUANA – USA
Ohio voters soundly reject marijuana legalization initiative – Los Angeles Time

Ohio voters soundly rejected a marijuana initiative Tuesday that would have legalized recreational and medicinal use of the drug, and would have limited commercial growing to a small group of investors who drafted and promoted the measure.

ALCOHOL ADDICTION / REHAB – USA
This Monkey Went to Animal Rehab to Beat His Alcohol Addiction – RYOT

To entertain themselves, the monkey’s owners taught Nicolas to smoke and drink. “They liked to see his reactions when he drank. He became more aggressive, and that made them laugh,” said veterinarian Nicole Rivera Helbig.

ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Swedish Researchers Say New Drug For Alcohol Addiction One Step Closer To Reality – Tech Times

Drinking too much alcohol may desensitize the reward system and may produce lesser dopamine – the pleasure drug – than usual. This will lead to a feeling of abnormality and imbalance in his well-being that will make him drink more than the usual.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Can Locking Up Pill-Pushing Doctors Put an End to Prescription Drug Abuse? – VICE

On Friday, after ten days of deliberation and a seven-week trial that garnered national attention, a jury found Dr. Lisa Tseng guilty of second-degree murder for writing prescriptions that led to the overdose deaths of three patients. Tseng, 45, was also found guilty of 20 other counts related to unlawfully prescribing controlled substances and using fraud to obtain a controlled substance.

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