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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

Posted under Drug News

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

Posted under Kentucky

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…

NC Doctors Who Overprescribe Addictive Painkillers Fuel Deaths

Posted under North Carolina, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, 33 have more than 18 per 100,000 people die from drug overdoses, 52 counties see between 10 and 18 per 100,000, and 15 see 10 per 100,000 or less. North Carolina and Federal officials have been trying to reduce the number of deaths for some time and have more…

Drug News – February 18, 2016

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA County’s first Drug Court graduate kicks meth, starts a new life of opportunities – Morrison County Record Missy Strack was sent to Drug Court after years of trouble with the law saw her in and out of prison, and repeated relapses into drug use after attempts to get clean. “Once you get more…

Meth Ruins a Family – Drug Addiction Treatment Saves It

Posted under Crystal Meth, Methamphetamine, Minnesota, Successes, Young People

happy sober womanMethamphetamine isn’t easy to kick, but thanks to an 18-month program through Minnesota’s Morrison County Drug Court program, Missy Strack is clean and living a whole new life! Here’s how she finally did it. more…

Drug News: February 11, 2016

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA Obama Proposes Big Spending to Help People Struggling With Drug Addiction – Care2.com The President has made clear that addressing the opioid overdose epidemic is a priority for his Administration and has highlighted tools that are effective in reducing drug use and overdose, like evidence-based prevention programs, prescription drug more…

Police in Broome County, NY, Offer Hope and Help to Addicts

Posted under Drug Addiction, Legal Issues, New York, Treatment

Every time I see Broome County police help addictsanother city or county police department offering help to addicts instead of wanting to lock them up, I get excited. Here’s the latest – the Broome County, New York, Police Department is following in the footsteps of police in Gloucester, Mass, by offering to get any drug user directly into a treatment program without being arrested or prosecuted. more…

Drug News: February 4, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA Helping drug addicts is finally politically feasible – Sacramento Bee When there’s the political will, there tends to be a political way to accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case with the nation’s long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction. DRUG ADDICTION – USA Tragedy Moves more…

Another Tool to Help Save the Lives of Addicts

Posted under Alaska, Successes, Treatment

A common marketing basic is that people don’t really consider communication from a corporation about their own product as credible. They want to hear about experiences from consumers – people who already purchased the product. That’s why reviews are so popular and why most people who buy products often research the reviews of a product more…

Drug News: January 28, 2016

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

DRUG ADDICTION – USA Drug Deaths Reach White America – New York Times Congress has historically treated drug abuse as a malady afflicting mostly poor, minority communities, best dealt with by locking people up for long periods of time. The epidemic of drug overdose deaths currently ravaging white populations in cities and towns across the country has altered this more…

How to Get 7 Million People off Drugs – Including Family and Friends

Posted under Drug Rehab, Kentucky, Tennessee, Treatment, West Virginia

drug free tatooKentucky can’t seem to get a break. First it was the hardest hit State when drug maker Purdue Pharma lied to doctors and patients about the addictive nature of OxyContin, and now, along with West Virginia and Tennessee, it’s facing a huge outbreak of Hepatitis B. 75 percent of the Hep B cases are attributed to injecting drugs.

From 2009 to 2013, the Hep B cases increased by 114 percent, while Hep B in the rest of the country was stable. For the last four of those years, 75 percent of the cases were related to injection drugs. more…

Drug News: January 21, 2016

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

DRUG TREATMENT – USA Treating addicts: The tension between drug treatment and abstinence – Washington Post Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy. The spiritual, abstinence-based strategy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous and adopted by Narcotics Anonymous helped him overcome his own alcohol and cocaine addiction when he was more…

Prescription Painkillers and Heroin Plaguing Staten Island

Posted under New York, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Staten Island has a serious drug problem. Look at these numbers: In the past five years, the number of arrests involving prescription painkillers or heroin has gone from 100 to 1000 per year. In 2010, there were 40 arrests on Staten Island for abuse of prescription painkillers. In 2011, the number of prescription drug-related arrests more…

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