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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

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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

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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

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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…

What Are Your Pain Relief Alternatives to Dangerous Drugs?

Posted under Heroin, Maryland, OxyContin, Painkillers

I recently read an article about the ‘seeds of addiction’. It’s about the current opioid and heroin addiction epidemic being started because of people being in pain. The ‘pain’ referred to was cancer pain – which can be devastating. But the major drug being used to fight it was OxyContin. A very strong, very addictive painkiller, which doctors started prescribing for every minor pain and discomfort under the sun. But there are alternatives to taking these dangerous pills. more…

Drug News: June 4, 2015

Posted under Drug News

HEROIN – USA Heroin tops list of Lebanon County’s drug-rehab cases – LD News “Some of the things I want to make this board of commissioners aware of,” Jim Donmoyer, executive director of the Lebanon County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, said, “everybody talks about and hears about the heroin epidemic. It is here more…

Drug News: May 28, 2015

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA – USA House slams brakes on medical marijuana – Standard Speaker The speaker’s power to assign a bill to a committee usually doesn’t get much attention until it happens to a bill like this. “We’ve got to be real careful we don’t have unintended consequences that are harmful,” Baker said. “I’m open to more…

Drinking Could Cause Your Baby To Die Before One Year Old

Posted under Alcohol, Young People

A recent study showed that if you drink during pregnancy, or in the year after giving birth, your baby is more likely to die from SIDS or some other cause in their first year. more…

Canada Changing Laws to Tackle Painkiller Addiction

Posted under OxyContin, Painkillers

A couple of years ago the patent for OxyContin’s original formula expired. That’s not for the extended release version with the abuse-resistant formulation, but the original formula – which caused the huge epidemic in prescription painkiller addiction and abuse. The FDA refused to approve any drugs that were generic versions of the original OxyContin, but Canada gave the drugs approval. Now Canada’s prescription painkiller addiction problem is so bad that they’re going to reverse the approval. more…

Drug News: May 21, 2015

Posted under Drug News, Virginia

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA Doctors say treating babies born to addicted mothers expensive, painful – WMUR “These babies are not happy. They are very irritable, so the littlest of noises disrupts them. Their intestines are overactive. They throw up. They have diarrhea. They sweat.” PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – CANADA Federal government reversing its decision more…

How Many Grandparents Are Raising Kids of Addicts?

Posted under Young People

If it weren’t for grandparents there would be another 20 million kids looking like the one in this picture. more…

Drug News: May 14, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

DRUG / ALCOHOL REHAB – USA Recovery high school to open in Worcester – Worcester Telegram A vacant manufacturing building on Rockdale Street is being transformed into the region’s first specialized high school for recovering substance abusers, local officials revealed this week. The new Worcester recovery high school, which will be the fifth recovery high more…

Drug News: May 7, 2015

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DRUG REHAB – USA Our View: Changing the approach to addiction treatment – South Coast Today It’s not very difficult for people to get a four- or five-day detox program or access outpatient treatment, but the inpatient “step-down” programs that are often necessary when a few days of detox is not a sufficient treatment are more…

Number of Babies Born Addicted Still on the Rise

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Mississippi, Opiates, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee, Young People

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is the result of babies born addicted to opioids. A few years ago I reported statistics on how many babies go through the hell of being born addicted to prescription drugs and having to go through the torture of withdrawal. Drug withdrawal is torture for everyone– you can imagine how bad it must be for a baby, just out of the womb, their body very delicate, and with no understanding of why they hurt.

The drugs they’re being born addicted to are opioids. more…

Drug News: April 30, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News

DRUG TREATMENT – USA Why Not Start Addiction Treatment Right In The ER? – NPR When patients brought to the ER have uncontrolled blood pressure, neglected asthma or diabetes that hasn’t been dealt with, doctors often start treatment right then and there. But what happens when the patient turns out to be addicted to opioids, more…

One Way to Help Stop Drugs in Your Community

Posted under Addiction Help, Buprenorphine, Codeine, Connecticut, Drug Addiction, Intervention, Morphine, Opiates, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

When someone’s in the ER to save their life after they overdosed on drugs, it’s the perfect time to get them started on getting the addiction help they need. Hospital ERs aren’t generally set up that way, but I’m hoping that will change once they find out about a study done at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut where getting people into treatment was very successful! more…

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