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August 27, 2015

Posted under Alabama, Alcohol News, Colorado, Drug News, Illinois

Rauner cuts drug-treatment funding from heroin

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed Monday critical pieces of a bill intended to fight heroin addiction and overdoses, saying that while he supports the measure in principle, the state can’t afford it. But can they afford to not take these measures? more…

Changing the Party School Image of University of Colorado

Posted under Colorado, Successes, Young People

Four years ago the University of Colorado (CU) was the number one party school in the country. As a parent, I would be reluctant to send my kids to a school that earned such a dubious award. CU wasn’t too pleased with it either. So they set about making changes that have dropped CU right off the party school list. And they have some impressive statistics. more…

August 21, 2015

Posted under Alabama, Drug News, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Long waiting lists for drug treatment add to addicts’ desperation – Washington Post

Shawn Cross thought heroin was making him an excellent manager at the auto parts store where he had gone from delivery guy to manager in five years. On the job, every day, every four hours, he snorted opiate pills or heroin. He hired addicts because they might help him score drugs. more…

Utica’s New Methadone Clinic: Blessing, or Devil in Disguise?

Posted under Drug News, New York

“Methadone, an opioid, is used to wean addicts off other opioids,” said an article about the Utica’s new methadone clinic, due to open later this year. Of course, with that description of methadone, who wouldn’t think it was a blessing? More addicts being helped to get off heroin and prescription painkillers? How can that be anything but good?

In fact, it is almost ANYTHING but good. more…

Drug News: August 6, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

DRUG ADDICTION – UK Revealed: The Shocking Number of Drug Addicts on State Benefits – Brietbart Nearly 77 per cent of all people undertaking drug addiction treatment are on state benefits, an official government study has revealed. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA Nurse Practitioners Can Increase Treatment Accessibility For Opioid Addiction –  Health Affairs more…

Methamphetamine Hitting Texas, Again

Posted under Methamphetamine, Texas

meth-before-after (2)Years ago methamphetamine was a real problem in Texas. People could go into a drug store, buy over- the-counter cold medicines that contained pseudoephedrine and use them to make meth in home labs. The state removed these products from the shelves so they could only be bought by going directly to the pharmacist. That was 2006, and the number of meth incidents has gone down every year. Until now. more…

Drug News: July 30, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA More Texans Seeking Treatment for Meth Abuse – Texas Tribune A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing the synthetic drug pseudoephedrine. DRUG ADDICTION – USA OUR OPINION: Maine more…

Drug News: July 23, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

ALCOHOL – USA 9 Things I Don’t Miss About Alcohol Addiction – BuzzFeed From being permanently skint to hating yourself, addiction is like living in a house made of poor decisions. HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Multi-faceted treatment urged for drug addicts – Trib Live After 216 days in detox, in-patient treatment and a more…

How to Keep Addicts Alive Until They’re Into Rehab

Posted under Buprenorphine, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Intervention, Marijuana, Methadone, OxyContin

There’s probably nothing worse than having a kid, spouse, parent or close friend on drugs and spending most of your time worrying about whether they’re safe and whether you’re going to get a phone call giving you bad news.

Of course, the best solution to drug addiction is prevention, not treatment. And there are many things you can do to help prevent them from getting into drugs.

A lot of people dispute the disease theory of addiction. And for good reason: Although the drugs can definitely cause physical dependency, true addiction involves a mental and emotional element – it’s a symptom that the person has things going on in their life that they don’t know how to deal with. more…

Drug News: July 16, 2015

Posted under Drug News, New York

HEROIN / PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA For Families Of Heroin Addicts, Comfort Comes In Sharing Their Stories – NPR At Solace, a support group for family members of those suffering from addiction, many of the attendees have watched a child under 30 die of a fatal drug overdose — heroin, or opioids like Oxycontin or more…

Drug News: July 9, 2015

Posted under Drug News

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Advocates push to expand use of medications to treat addiction – USA Today Medications that treat addiction are a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s plan to combat the opiate epidemic. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA New formula Oxycontin won’t give you a high if crushed, snorted or injected – Health 24 “When more…

Return-To-Play Culture Causing Drug Addiction in Sports

Posted under Addiction Help, Crack Cocaine, OxyContin, Percodan

Mike Richards, former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers and more recently with the Los Angeles Kings, had his contract voided last week because he had allegedly used illegal means to get OxyContin. His $69 million contract was for 12 years; he had fulfilled 5. I hate to see another athlete bite the dust because of drugs – but whose fault is it, really? more…

Heroin Addicts Leaving Jail for Immediate Rehab

Posted under Drug Rehab, Heroin, Kentucky

guy-in-prison-123-sneppI love it when things are direct and uncomplicated. In Kenton County, Kentucky – where the heroin addiction problem is very serious – they’ve started a new program that is getting heroin addicts out of jail and through rehab. And it’s remarkably successful. more…

Drug News: July 2, 2015

Posted under Drug News

DRUG REHAB – UK / SWITZERLAND George Michael ‘checks into rehab for substance abuse’ – Washington Post George Michael has reportedly checked into a Swiss rehabilitation center for substance abuse. The 51-year-old star entered the facility because he was smoking as many as 25 joints per day. DRUG REHAB – DENMARK Denmark is sending young more…

Help the Kids of Drug Addicts and Alcoholics

Posted under Maryland, Young People

A young girl who writes for her high school paper in Baltimore recently wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Baltimore Sun. She talked about the drug problem in Baltimore and how communities need to get together to help addicts.

“This problem should matter because these things affect other people,” she said. “If people have better parents, they can achieve more success in life. If we take care of this problem, children will do better in school.”

And she should know – her mother is an addict. more…

Drug News: June 25, 2015

Posted under Drug News

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Film explores teen prescription drug abuse with message for parents – La Jolla Light “If Only,” a film about prescription drug abuse in young people, chronicles what producers call “a parent’s worst nightmare.” It follows the lives of two high school students experimenting with painkillers and other pills. ALCOHOL – UK more…

Drug News: June 18, 2015

Posted under Drug News, New Jersey

DRUG TREATMENT – USA On Its First Day, A Slow Start For Gloucester’s Drug Treatment ‘Angel Program’-WBUR Gloucester police have officially started a program to help deal with the opioid epidemic. Instead of arresting drug users, police will help them get into treatment. But on Monday — the first day of the program — no more…

Police Department Helps Fast Track Addicts into Treatment

Posted under Addiction Help, Massachusetts, Successes

One of the problems with getting drug addicts into addiction treatment is the availability of beds in residential centers. Residential centers, by the way, deliver the best and most successful treatment programs. But in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the police department has a new program that could help a lot of people! Here’s how it works. more…

Why is Ecstasy Deadly?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine

Ecstasy and other club drugs – so many people are taking them, and think they are just ‘fun.’ But, in fact, they are among the most dangerous drugs around. Anyone who is taking them needs to know the truth about these drugs and, if they don’t stop taking them when they find out the truth, they should really get addiction help as soon as possible. more…

Drug News: June 11, 2015

Posted under Drug News, Kansas

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Opioid crisis: What is an opioid? How are the drugs used? – Mass Live While talk of an addiction crisis in the country is becoming more common, many people may not know what drugs are involved. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Painkillers resist abuse, but experts still worry – Worcester Telegram Anthony more…

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