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Drug News: March 14, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse bill would allow members of the public to administer Narcan to reverse opioid overdoses – Vermont Digger

The House Human Services Committee, with help from the House Judiciary Committee, is attempting legislative alchemy, melding two bills and one new initiative into H.331. The combined bill is an attempt to stave off opioid abuse at several stages, including the time at which a prescription is written and the moments following an overdose.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Report: Alcohol abuse costs Wisconsin $6.8 billion – Duluth News Tribune

MILWAUKEE — A new report says abuse of alcohol in Wisconsin costs the state an estimated $6.8 billion a year in health care, lost productivity, crime and premature death.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Authorities warn of danger of prescription drug abuse – WWMT-TV

Experts are warning parents about what they’re calling the number one drug problem in the U.S. and in Michigan. You might think they’re harmless, but the CDC says prescription pain killers cause nearly 15,000 deaths every year.

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The Heroin Scourge: Prescription drugs are often gateway to trouble – Delaware County Daily Times

By many accounts, the gateway to heroin addiction is not through other illicit drugs like cocaine or marijuana, but through prescription opiates like Oxycontin or Percocet.

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City sets up drop boxes to collect old prescription drugs
– Dayton Daily News

Across America young people, ages 12 to 17, have made prescription drugs the number one substance for abuse in their age group.

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Maine program to help children of drug addicts seeks to change culture – Bangor Daily News

Instead of asking a drug-addicted parent, “What’s wrong with you?” a partnership of nearly three dozen agencies and providers in eastern Maine is now going to ask, “What happened to you?”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Painkiller Abuse Spreading to Western US – Wall Street Journal

Timothy Martin has details of the epidemic in painkiller abuse that has gripped the Southern and Eastern U.S. and that is now taking hold of Western states as well.

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Babies born hooked on mom’s prescription drugs – WRTV Indianapolis-Mar 9, 2013

And the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs by pregnant women — whether intentional or unknowingly — is
on the rise in East Central Indiana.

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