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Drugs News – March 3, 2016

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Fighting Drug Addiction With Drugs Works, but Only if Doctors Sign On – New York Times

Almost one million American physicians can write a prescription for an opioid painkiller like Vicodin and OxyContin — one pathway to opioid addiction. But, because of regulatory hurdles and other factors, fewer than 32,000 doctors are permitted to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat such addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The fight against prescription drug abuse – Rapid City Journal

Prescription drug abuse has proven to be very difficult to tackle, particularly due to its diverse impact. Every single economic level is at risk. It does not target a particular gender or specific age group. Easy access to prescription drugs remains on ongoing concern. It may be as easy as hitting mom’s medicine cabinet or taking a few pills from a friend’s purse. Drug diversion agents also routinely encounter the all too common practice of doctor shopping.

MARIJUANA – USA
Marijuana users 5x more likely to develop alcohol addiction – study – RT

People who smoke marijuana are five times more likely to develop an alcohol problem, according to a new study by two New York universities. The research also found that cannabis makes it more likely for existing alcohol use disorders to persist.

ALCOHOL – USA
‘I met the woman of my dreams’: Joe Manganiello admits conquering his alcohol addiction allowed him to find love with stunning wife Sofia Vergara – Daily Mail

The 39-year-old hunk stated: ‘‘People are always like, “I need to find myself!” You are who you want to be. In my twenties, I made a lot of choices that were opposite of who I wanted to be; in my thirties, I grew up.’ The 39-year-old hunk stated: ‘People are always like, “I need to find myself!” You are who you want to be. In my twenties, I made a lot of choices that were opposite of who I wanted to be; in my thirties, I grew up.’

ALCOHOL – UK
‘How I lost my dad to alcohol addiction’ – BBC

When Charlotte’s dad was taken to hospital he couldn’t open his mouth any more. His face was paralysed and his heart and liver had become enlarged after years of drinking far too much alcohol. Then one by one, his internal organs shut down. He died just before Christmas.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
The surprising path from student athlete to heroin addict – CBS News

When Robert King was a high school wrestler, he broke his foot and doctors prescribed him Percocet to help ease the pain. But he became addicted to the pain medication, and within a few years he moved on to a cheaper alternative: heroin.

HEROIN – USA
The Options and Obstacles to Treating Heroin Addiction – PBS

Five years ago, 6 percent of the people who entered the Staten Island YMCA’s substance abuse treatment program were addicted to heroin. Today, it’s 30 percent. Another 20 percent of patients are addicted to prescription opioids. “Right now, a little more than half of our people are coming in as a result of the opioid epidemic.”

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