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Drug News: October 22, 2015

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Your Kids on Oxycontin: Creating the Addicts of the Future – Huffington Post

… On the darker side of things, the FDA just approved the use of Oxycontin for children between the ages of 11-16. Now, your kids can legally be prescribed one of the strongest opiate medications on the planet. Wow!

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Legislation unveiled to protect teens from getting addicted to opioids – WCVB

New legislation has been filed that would prohibit doctors from giving the painkiller OxyContin to anyone under 17 years old. “No one’s going to say not to treat pain in children,” Dr. Romas Buivydas, of Spectrum Health Systems, said. “However, it’s not a medical necessity just to use OxyContin.” The medication could lead to opioid addiction and further fuel the epidemic of fatal overdoses, according to Rep. Diana DiZogilo, who filed a bill thwarting the FDA.

DRUG REHAB – USA
How to Help Someone Who’s Addicted to Drugs – LiveScience

People with addictions often deny their problems or avoid seeking treatment, loved ones can feel helpless. But experts say that friends and family are among the greatest resources drug-addicted people have to help them recover.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It’s Time To Change – Huffington Post

President Barack Obama tackled the opioid epidemic on Wednesday by telling health care providers across the country that access to medication-assisted treatment must be expanded.

DRUG / ALCOHOL REHAB  – USA
After USA TODAY reveals problems, Army revises drug, alcohol abuse program – USA Today

The Army is placing medical officials in charge of substance abuse treatment for soldiers in the wake of a USA TODAY investigation that uncovered poor treatment and a spike in suicides among those suffering addiction.

DRUG / ALCOHOL REHAB  – USA
Why 80 Percent of Addicts Can’t Get Treatment – The Atlantic

Despite the startling rise of heroin and prescription-painkiller addiction in the U.S., most opioid-dependent people aren’t in treatment. Here’s why.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Addiction awareness event puts emphasis on treatment efforts and hope – Delaware State News

It stretches across racial and societal lines, directly impacting millions of Americans and leaving many more dealing with a family member fighting an illness. That was the theme Saturday at the first awareness event hosted by the Kent County chapter of atTAcK Addiction.

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