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Drug News: October 8, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Can we talk drug treatment? ‘Obamacare’ Ky.’s best shot at beating scourge – Kentucky.com

For the first time, nonprofits and other providers will be able to afford to build treatment facilities, both residential and outpatient, knowing they will be reimbursed for the services. If the law is allowed to work as envisioned, Kentuckians who are ready to commit to treatment no longer will be consigned to a long waiting list that pretty much guarantees they’ll be using again before their names come up.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Buzz: Prescription drug abuse, deaths growing in U.S. – Press Connects

A 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed more than 15 million people in the U.S. used prescription drugs outside of their original purpose.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Beware of prescription drug misuse, especially among senior citizens and teens – Times Leader

According to a recent report by the Medicine Abuse Project, one in six teens has used a prescription drug to get high or change his or her mood, and 44 percent of teens have at least one friend who abuses prescription drugs. That same organization reports that more Americans die each year from drug overdoses than car crashes – a tragic trend that’s increasingly driven by the abuse of prescription drugs.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
The Realities of Prescription-Drug Addiction – WBKB11

It all started with a back injury in high–school when doctors prescribed pain relievers. At the time Jackie had been battling depression and coping with the loss of multiple family members, and opiates became a way to numb the emotional pain, but also a start to a dark path.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Will efforts to halt prescription drug abuse affect students? – USA Today

According to the Substance and Mental Health Services Association, nonmedical use of prescription drugs—with an 8.8% rate of past-year nonmedical use as of 2013—is the second most prevalent illicit drug use category among individuals from age 18 to 25, second only to marijuana.

MARIJUANA – USA
Cannabis as addictive as heroin, major new study finds – Telegraph

Research conducted over 20 years by Professor Wayne Hall, an adviser to the World Health Organisation, links use of cannabis to a wide range of harmful side-effects, from mental illness to lower academic attainment to impaired driving ability.

MARIJUANA – USA
Dr. Drew on marijuana: “It acts like an opiate and causes severe addiction” – The Cannabist

“It acts like an opiate and causes severe addiction,” said Drew Pinsky during a Colorado visit this week. “It affects the white matter of the brain, and for kids who start using marijuana when they are 12, or even younger, those bad consequences tend not to reverse.” Withdrawal, he said, can last at least two weeks and involve severe anxiety, sleeplessness and irritability.

ALCOHOL – USA
Could You Survive One Month Without Alcohol? Here’s How I Made It. – Huffington Post

Could I be one of the exploding numbers of Americans, unable to imagine a Friday night that didn’t include enough drinks to get a serious buzz? After finding it difficult to enjoy myself or relax without a drink, concerned that I might be leaning towards alcohol dependency, I challenged myself, 32 years after my first legal beer, to quit drinking alcohol for 30 consecutive days.

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