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Drug News – January 14, 2016

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

DRUG ADDICTION – USA From one parent to others: Drug addiction also threatens your family – Central Maine I love my family unconditionally and would do anything to ensure their health and safety. Yet I almost lost my daughter to a debilitating addiction to drugs. My daughter attended college in New York. In her sophomore more…

Unique Program Helps Student Athletes Stay off Drugs

Posted under Alcohol, Legal Issues, Nebraska, Prescription Drugs

Young student athletes are particularly susceptible to drug and alcohol use. In some schools, alcohol is very much a part of the athletic scene. And kids often get involved in drugs both because they’re popular and tend to have drugs offered to them, and because they can get hooked on drugs when they’re given prescriptions more…

Drug News – January 7, 2016

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News, New Mexico, Virginia

DRUG ADDICTION – USA Jeb Bush op-ed: A father’s view of drug addiction – Chicago Tribune As a father, I have felt the heartbreak of drug abuse. My daughter, Noelle, suffered from addiction, and like many parents facing similar situations, her mom and I struggled to help. I have so many friends and know so more…

Wisconsin’s VanderMeer Cracks Down on Prescription Drug Addiction

Posted under Drug Rehab, Legal Issues, Prescription Drugs, Wisconsin

Nancy VanderMeerWhen Nancy VanderMeer assumed her post as Republican State Rep of Wisconsin’s 30th District, she found out quickly that prescription drug addiction was a big problem in her state. And she took immediate action proposing and getting bills passed that could help the situation get under control.

The changes made by the bills are impressive. more…

Drug News: December 31, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News, Virginia

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA What the Legislature’s drug addiction bill is missing – Bangor Daily News Republican and Democratic legislative leaders have come together to propose spending nearly $5 million over the next 18 months on a Bangor-area detox center, added treatment capacity, prevention and education efforts and 10 new drug enforcement agents. The more…

Maine’s Drug Law Changes Won’t Help Addicts Quickly Enough

Posted under Addiction Help, Buprenorphine, Heroin, Legal Issues, Maine, Treatment

injecting heroinMaine has had serious drug addiction problems. They’re currently calling heroin addiction an epidemic, and overdoses are skyrocketing. Political leaders – who’ve taken a long time to pass any legislation on this, largely due to the left and right not playing nice – have finally proposed a bill that requires several changes and additions to the State’s drug treatment and prevention resources. But although locals are happy that something is being done, they’re disappointed that many of the changes are long-term. Addicts need help right now. more…

Drug News: December 24, 2015

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MARIJUANA / ALCOHOL – USA The Tricky Relationship Between Marijuana and American Indians – In These Times American Indian newborns are 8.7 times more likely than white babies to be born with NAS. Add to that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD), and we’ve got a pretty dire situation for the next generation. What would marijuana more…

Why Drugs Are A Worse Idea In Oklahoma Than in Other States

Posted under Cocaine, Legal Issues, Methamphetamine, Oklahoma

prisonerNative Americans – the largest population of any state other than California – and with about 20 big name country music stars including Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood. But there’s another aspect of Oklahoma which might be part of the inspiration for all those sad country song lyrics – the largest per capita prison population in the U.S. and with more than 50 percent in prison for drugs. Why are these numbers so much higher than in other parts of the U.S.? more…

Drug News: December 17, 2015

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DRUG REHAB – USA Man who portrayed ‘Totes McGoats’ succeeds in drug rehab – Buffalo News LOCKPORT – A former Niagara Falls heroin dealer who portrayed Niagara Falls recycling mascot “Totes McGoats” was ruled a success in a court-supervised drug rehabilitation program Thursday. DRUG REHAB – USA Five reasons to seek drug rehab before the more…

There is Life After Heroin – Thanks to Drug Addiction Rehab

Posted under Heroin, Legal Issues, New York, Treatment

drug rehab works!Drug Court-assigned drug addiction rehabilitation isn’t always successful, but when it works, it works.

On December 13, 2013, James L. Dolson, was arrested in Niagara Falls for selling heroin. He was caught when selling it from his car – the buyer was a police informant. more…

Drugs News: December 10, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

DRUG TREATMENT – USA Drug treatment is incremental, often with setbacks. It’s still a source of hope. – Bangor Daily News Gov. Paul LePage threw out a startling statistic at Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Portland — 90 percent of those addicted to heroin die as a result of their addiction. Although the governor’s number more…

No More Insurance Delays for New Hampshire Drug Rehab

Posted under Addiction Help, Fentanyl, Heroin, Hydrocodone, New Hampshire, Opiates, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Painkillers, Treatment, Vicodin

heroin addictIn Concord, New Hampshire, the number of people expected to die from heroin and opioid overdoses – which includes overdoses of heroin, fentanyl, Opana, prescription painkillers like OxyContin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, vicodin, and so on – is expected to be over 400 by the end of 2015, which is twice the number of overdose deaths in 2013. But a panel of New Hampshire lawmakers is taking steps to make it easier to get treatment. more…

Drug News: December 3, 2015

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA America leads world in prescription painkiller and heroin abuse; marijuana is world’s most popular drug: UN stats – NY Daily News America’s pain pill and heroin addiction exceeds that of all other countries in the world, statistics from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) show. And only more…

Blue Earth County, Minnesota, Refuses Methadone Clinic

Posted under GHB, Heroin, Methadone, Minnesota, Painkillers, Treatment

police keep drugs under controlA company in Twin Cities recently proposed opening a methadone clinic in Mankato – population under 40,000, spread across three counties: Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur – but Blue Earth County officials said no. Is the county depriving heroin and prescription painkiller addicts an opportunity to get off drugs? Not from the county’s viewpoint. In fact, county officials are worried that a methadone clinic could worsen the county’s drug problem. How could that happen? more…

Drug News – November 27, 2015

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DRUG REHAB – USA When Drug Treatment For Narcotic Addiction Never Ends – NPR “I use the medication as fishing bait,” says John Fisher, a self-taught counselor who runs Addiction Recovery Center of East Tennessee in rural Blountville. The sign out front says the clinic specializes in “addictionology.” “We bring them in and try to more…

Maine Suffering from Lack of Drug Addiction Treatment

Posted under Legal Issues, Maine, OxyContin, Painkillers, Treatment, Washington

looking for addiction help?Maine is facing a serious problem with heroin and prescription drug addiction. According to Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, “99 percent of adults age 26 or older [in 2013] who needed addiction treatment for illicit drug use were able to receive it.” However, Dr. Gust Stringos, D.O., who works at Somerset Primary Care, has practiced medicine in Somerset County for the last 25 years, and is now working directly with many addicts, says he is astounded by that statement. more…

Drug News – November 19, 2015

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OPIOIDS – USA FDA Approves Nasal-Spray Version Of Overdose Drug Naloxone – Huffington Post The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The new version will make it easier to administer and less intimidating than the more…

Babies Born Addicted in Tennessee Three Times National Average

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Morphine, Opiates, Painkillers, Tennessee, Young People

addicted babyThere’s a law in Tennessee that makes it a criminal offense for a woman to have a baby born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS happens when the pregnant woman takes opiates or opioids – like heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers – during pregnancy and the baby is born addicted. NAS puts the baby through agony, could cause permanent damage, and risks the baby’s life. The mother is charged with ‘fetal assault’.

Unless you’re an addict, it’s hard to imagine what kind of hell an NAS baby is going through. more…

Drug News – November 12, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Mac study highlights changing demographic of opioid addictions – The Spec 52 per cent of women cited doctor-prescribed painkillers such as OxyContin and codeine as their first experience with opioid drugs. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA How Doctors Helped Drive the Addiction Crisis – New York Times Starting in the 1990s, there more…

Former Heroin Addict Feels Unstoppable

Posted under Alaska, Heroin, Hydrocodone, MsContin, OxyContin, Painkillers

addict wins over heroinAlaska has one of the worst heroin problems in the entire U.S. but just like everywhere else in the U.S., the problem often start with prescription drugs. In Jane’s case, she was misdiagnosed and started self-medicating. First with marijuana, then hydrocodone, then oxycontin, and then heroin. How did Jane get sober? more…

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