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North Dakota to Stiffen Penalties on DUI for Drugs?

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If you take drugs and live in North Dakota, now is the time to get through drug addiction rehab. Currently, the North Dakota penalties for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) are much lower than those for driving under the influence of alcohol. But that’s about to change. more…

Police To Help Addicts in Jeffersontown, Mass. Starts in August.

Posted under Massachusetts, Treatment

You may have heard of the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department’s program to help addicts when they ask for it. Now another police department has joined forces and will start their own similar program in Jeffersontown, Massachusetts in August. However, waiting until August to get help for an addict is very risky.

What is the program? The Gloucester Police Department has the following notice on their website:

“If an addict comes into the Gloucester Police Department and asks for help, an officer will take them to the Addison Gilbert Hospital, where they will be paired with a volunteer “ANGEL” who will help guide them through the process. We have partnered with more than a dozen additional treatment centers to ensure that our patients receive the care and treatment they deserve — not in days or weeks, but immediately.

“If you have drugs or drug paraphernalia on you, we will dispose of it for you. You will not be arrested. You will not be charged with a crime. You will not be jailed.

“All you have to do is come to the police station and ask for help. We are here to do just that.”

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Does this Grandmother Deserve to Go to Prison?

Posted under Maine, Young People

I’m not crazy about anyone going to prison. There’s generally no rehabilitation of the individual and they come out less able to become a productive citizen than when they went it, and often return to prison. However, the one purpose it does seem to serve is to protect others from being harmed by that person. more…

Drug News: April 21, 2016

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Wisconsin nurses slower to self-report drug abuse – Minneapolis Star Tribune The first time Ann Stanton stole drugs, she says, came after she watched one of her patients die in intensive care. Feeling responsible, she pocketed pain medication intended for an elderly patient soon after, setting off a six-month run of more…

Too Few of Wisconsin’s Addicted Nurses Getting Treatment

Posted under Legal Issues, Treatment, Wisconsin

You would think that people who are trained in the medical field – doctors, nurses, technicians, and so on – would have a greater understanding than the man on the street of the dangers of prescription drugs. But some studies show that the number of addicts in the medical profession is roughly the same as in the general public. Many states offer addiction treatment for healthcare workers, but in Wisconsin, along with some other states, not many addicts are trying to get treatment. And it’s causing dangerous situations with patients. more…

Drug News: April 14, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA Drug addiction stigmas linger – The Journal News | LoHud.com Perceptions of addiction have changed dramatically in the past few years, but stigma remains among the biggest hurdles to curbing the opioid epidemic. That is one of the crucial messages of doctors, addiction specialists and top public health officials speaking more…

Cape May, NJ, Raises Awareness of Dangers of Painkillers

Posted under Heroin, New Jersey, Painkillers

heroin billboardPrescription painkillers are the most prescribed drugs in the U.S. Despite the fact that many doctors are reluctant to give the drugs to their patients, doctors also don’t tend to offer other solutions – and there are many. However, if more patients were made aware of the dangers of painkillers, they might well avoid dependence and addiction and demand other solutions for their pain. The Cape May County (New Jersey) PRIDE committee recently came up with an excellent idea to accomplish the first step by raising awareness of one disastrous consequence – heroin addiction more…

Drug News: April 7, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT– USA Affordable Treatment Available For Drug Addiction – WKRG SPANISH FORT, AL- John is a recovering drug addict. John agreed to talk about his prescription painkiller addiction, and how it destroyed his life, if we protected his identity. DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder more…

West Fargo, ND, Pushes to Curb Skyrocketing Drug Overdoses

Posted under Addiction Help, Fentanyl, Heroin, North Dakota

You’d think that someone who had just overdosed on a drug and would have died had someone not been there with Narcon would have a wake-up call. Time to quit – next time it happens there might not be any Narcon close enough to save your life. But although Narcon has saved many lives, the overdose is rarely taken seriously enough to get an addict to quit drugs – which is why North Dakota’s West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan, is trying to find a way to make more treatment available. more…

Drug News: March 31, 2016

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA Obama Pushes For More Treatment for Opioid Addiction – NBC News The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at curbing America’s opioid addiction epidemic, steps that would make it easier to obtain medication-based treatment, expand Medicaid coverage and increase availability of a drug that saves more…

Drug Addiction Treatment Help in Wading River, NY

Posted under Addiction Help, New York, Treatment

There’s a bit of a war going on right now between treating addiction with ‘abstinence’, i.e. getting off drugs altogether, vs. treating addiction by giving the addict different drugs than the one(s) they have a problem with. The controversy started with someone questioning the effectiveness of drug rehab. Drug rehab works alright, but just like every other group of similar things, not all drug rehabs are created equal – some are good, some are not. Laura Soviero of Wading River in Suffolk County in New York state, is helping to make sure that addicts get into the type of treatment program that works. more…

Drug News: March 24, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA Gateway Foundation Backs Bill to Increase Medicaid-Eligible Drug Addiction Treatment – St. Louis CBC Local “Helpless” is how Gateway Foundation Executive Director Mike Feeman feels when he has to tell 80 percent of the 15,000 callers they get every year seeking Medicaid admissions that they can’t take them. “We can’t continue more…

How Safe is Drinking and Driving Below the Legal Limit?

Posted under Alcohol, Tennessee

In most States, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at which a person is considered officially impaired is .08%. But is below .08% really safe?

In truth, you’re impaired a long time before the law says you are. more…

Drug News: March 17, 2016

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DRUG TREATMENT – USA Analysis: Did Nancy Regan’s War on Drugs Backfire? – NBC News Nancy Reagan never publicly recanted or so much as commented on her starring role in the drug war. But with a look back at the origins of her and her husband’s hardline policies, it’s possible to trace the arc of more…

Will Ithaca Be First to Open Safe Injection Site for Addicts?

Posted under New York, Treatment

In 27 cities across the world, heroin injection sites – known as “supervised injection sites” or “safe injection sites” – are saving people’s lives. But the federal government of the U.S. hasn’t permitted even one to be opened in the U.S. Svante Myrick, the mayor of Ithaca, New York, is hoping to break the mold by opening the country’s first such site in his city. Which could offer invaluable help to addicts. more…

Drug News – March 10, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA Senate Passes Broad Bill to Combat Drug Abuse – New York Times “This is big and significant,” said Marvin Ventrell, the executive director of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. “It had legs and interest because of the opioid crisis that has hit Middle America.” PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Identifying more…

Kentucky Insurance Companies Fueling Prescription Addiction

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The insurance companies in Kentucky have had more than a little to do with the State’s prescription painkiller addiction epidemic. Over 1,000 Kentuckians die every year from drug overdoses, and every year about 1,000 babies are born addicted and have to go through withdrawal, which could take several months. Addia Wuchner, a Republican State Rep in the 66th district since 2005, has introduced a bill that will require insurance companies to cover medications that could help enormously. more…

Drugs News – March 3, 2016

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

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 more…

Heroin Addiction – One Former Addict’s Success Story

Posted under Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana, OxyContin, Successes

It’s amazing to hear stories of recovery, even more amazing to hear about a former addict’s background. It’s often nothing like you would expect. Fortunately, addiction help can really turn lives around. more…

Drug News: February 25, 2016

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ALCOHOL – USA Part 1: Children of alcohol abuse, and alchoholism – Valley Morning Star Children reared in an Alcoholic home are affected physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually; and they learn three unwritten rules: Do Not Talk, Do Not Trust, and Do Not Feel. And, above all, they may carry those burdens throughout their lives. more…

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