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24 Overdoses of Synthetic Marijuana Hit Butler, Ohio in One Day

Posted under Ohio

Ohio got a big surprise at their recent EST FEST Music Festival in Butler, about 90 miles southwest of Cleveland. EST stands for “Everybody Stands Together” but at least 24 people weren’t standing at all – they were getting treated for drug overdoses. The drug that caused the overdoses was synthetic marijuana. Not too many people would associate marijuana with overdose, but this situation was different, and could happen to a lot of others in Ohio and elsewhere. more…

New Law in New York Could Help Control Heroin & Opioid Deaths

Posted under New York

New York is having a tough time with heroin and other opiate overdoses. On 22 July of this year, Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law. But it can’t be put into action yet because Congress hasn’t provided the money. In the mean time, people are dying. CARA was passed in more…

Local Girl Wins Her Personal War on Drugs. What Was the Key?

Posted under Michigan

Today I read a drug rehab success story about a girl who’s been through more twists and turns than a busy summer for about 20 roller-coasters. It took years of work and defeat, but when she finally reached the end the ride and stepped off onto the platform to create her new life, she’d done an incredible job. Here’s a little of her history. more…

Maryland Billboard Comes Down as Parents Take Offense to Idea That Parenting Could Have Prevented Their Child’s Addiction

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Just a couple of weeks ago, a billboard about preventing addiction went up on a road called Md. 355, close to Frederick, Maryland. Within days, it was covered with a black tarp. Why? Because it suggested that parenting could help prevent addiction. And parents from all over the county complained. Obviously, they had tried ‘everything’ with their child that they were capable of, or had witnessed other parents doing the same, and they took offense. So, the billboard is no longer there. And parents who protested just shot themselves – and probably a lot of other parents and kids – in the foot. more…

Help for Opioid Addicts in Rural Central Appalachia

Posted under Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia

What do you do when you live in a rural area, are broke, living more or less hand-to-mouth, have no job or one that causes constant pain and injury, don’t have health insurance or don’t think you do, are certain that life will never get better and you don’t have a clue what to do to make it so – if you even still think of that kind of thing – and you’re addicted to painkillers or heroin and there no drug rehab or other real help available? Unfortunately, this is the plight of many people in rural central Appalachia – Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. It’s a mess. But U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is trying to get you help – and right now he’s focusing on rural central Appalachia. more…

Vermont Governor Expands Medical Marijuana Access

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A few weeks ago, Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law giving doctors the right to prescribe medical marijuana for those in chronic pain. Shumlin is hoping to use this to fight the prescription painkiller epidemic, which is causing both addiction and overdose deaths. But getting people to switch from opioids to marijuana might not be as easy as it sounds.



Wolf Signs in New PA Law to Control Designer Drugs

Posted under Pennsylvania

Have you heard of designer drugs?  Basically, they’re drugs that are made in a lab – usually something seedy – to mimic or give a reaction similar to another drug that is already controlled by the government, pronounced legal or illegal, and designated as to the degree of danger it poses. However, they’re not the actual drugs and, in fact, aren’t chemically identical to any known drug – which means you don’t really know what’s in them or how you’ll react to them. It also means they’re legal – no matter how much damage they cause. more…

Maine Legislature Overrides Gov’s Vetos on Harm Reduction

Posted under Drug News

There were two bills proposed in Maine to increase access to harm reduction for opioid addiction – in other words, to keep people from dying of overdoses, contracting HIV, and so on. One bill offered clean syringes; the other made naloxone / Narcon accessible – the drug that can reverse opioid overdoses. Governor Paul LePage vetoed both them, but two-thirds of the Maine legislature overrode his vetos and Maine now has those resources available. However, LePage’s viewpoint on this is nothing short of stunning. more…

Drug Addiction Help without Arrest at Chicago Police Stations

Posted under Illinois

Seven police stations in the Lake County area of Chicago are now participating in a just released program called The Way Out. Simply put, you go into the police station, turn in your drugs or paraphernalia, ask for drug addiction rehab help, and you’ll get it – with no charges or arrest. more…

Potent Batch of Heroin Skyrockets Overdoses in Marion, Ohio

Posted under New York, Ohio

Marion, a city of less than 40,000 and the seat of Marion County in Ohio, has some big problems with heroin and, right now, they’re dealing with a ‘hot batch’ of heroin – one that’s especially strong or, police suspect, laced with fentanyl. The overdoses are going up, and this is an important time to keep a close watch on any heroin addicts you might know of. Here’s what you need to know. more…

North Dakota to Stiffen Penalties on DUI for Drugs?

Posted under North Dakota

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.”


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 | 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…

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