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New Involuntary Commitment Laws Threaten Drug Users

Posted under Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio

While many states have had laws in place for some time that allow short term involuntary commitment of drug users, the time they can be held against their will is generally limited. But the laws are getting more stringent and the time allowed for commitment longer and longer. Many people will also find themselves spending that time in private prisons that are hurting for customers. more…

Maine Lobstermen Struggle to Deal with Heroin Addiction

Posted under Maine

Some years ago there was a huge prescription drug problem in Utah. But not many were admitting to it, or going for help. Their silence was largely due to the reticence of those in the Mormon church to discuss the problem since using drugs of any sort was so frowned upon. Some church officials even refused to talk about it. Now we have a similar situation in Maine’s lobster industry. It’s up to others in the industry, and their families and friends, to reach out, and to push for more help to be made available to them. more…

30 Percent Increase in Kids Taken from Homes of Drug Abusing Parents in Florida County

Posted under Florida

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than kids being put in the foster system. Unfortunately, in Duval County, Florida, home to Jacksonville, it’s a major problem. And the vast majority of those kids are taken from their parents because of drug abuse.  more…

Should Pregnant Women on Drugs Be Reported to Authorities? Maine Says No.

Posted under Maine

There’s no doubt that a drug addict who gets pregnant, or a pregnant woman who takes dangerous drugs while pregnant, has done something destructive to her baby. And there’s no doubt that both the mother and the baby (born yet or not) need help. But Portland, Maine, recently rejected a bill requiring doctors, drug treatment providers and other professionals to report pregnant women suspected of drug abuse. Why? more…

What Does It Take for Addicts to Take Advantage of an Angel Program Being Offered by Police

Posted under California

Have you heard of the Drug Free Anaheim program in Anaheim, California? It’s modeled after the Angel Program in Gloucester, Massachusetts and allows addicts to come into the police station to get help with drug addiction without prosecution. But it’s not getting anywhere near the Angel Program’s participation or success. Why is that? What does it take to make a program like this successful? How can it work for you? more…

New Ohio Law Puts More Restrictions on Prescribing Opioids. How Will It Benefit You?

Posted under Ohio

Ohio’s Governor John Kasich, determined to get the prescription opioid disaster in his State under control, just signed another bill, one of many, restricting the prescribing of opioid painkillers. In 2014 prescription opioids caused 2,106 deaths – more than in any other State. In 2015, the deaths went up even more, to 2,590. Nevertheless, from 2012 to 2016, the number of opioid doses prescribed has been reduced by 20.4 percent. It is hoped that the new laws will further reduce the prescriptions written, reduce the deaths. more…

Half of Prescriptions for Opioid Painkillers Being Abused in Florida Cities. Are You One of The Abusers?

Posted under Florida

A study conducted by Castlight Health – a healthcare information company that offers employers data on different healthcare programs so they can choose the best for their company – revealed the 30 U.S. cities with the worst addiction problems. But instead of being based on street drugs, the assessment consisted of abuse of painkiller prescriptions written by doctors and paid for by employers. Two of the worst on the list are in Florida. And you may be one of the abusers. more…

Will Medical Marijuana Help West Virginia’s Opioid / Heroin Epidemic?

Posted under West Virginia

Yesterday, the Governor of West Virginia signed a new law – the Medical Cannabis Act – which will enable people to access medical marijuana to help with pain. The hope is that people will stop using heroin and dangerous opioid painkillers and switch to marijuana. West Virginia’s opioid and heroin problem is worse than in any other State. Will marijuana help?

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New Hampshire Trying to Get Another ‘Recovery Center’. Will It Help?

Posted under New Hampshire

In the Lakes Region of Laconia, New Hampshire, they’re hurting for beds for drug treatment. That’s nothing new – it’s a problem for every city and state in the U.S. In the Lakes Region, when an addict wants help, there’s no bed available for them for three to six weeks. Officials in Laconia are planning to open a new ‘recovery center’ that will help people get through the three to six weeks staying off drugs and still interested in going to rehab.  I think it’s a great idea, and no doubt it will help some people. But it’s just another band aid. How could the problem be better addressed? By reducing the relapse rates.

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Georgia To Regulate Methadone Clinics So They Deliver Rehab, Not Just Give out Pills

Posted under Georgia

Methadone clinics give opioid addicts methadone to curb the symptoms of withdrawal, without giving addicts the high they had with other drugs. However, the addicts are supposed to also receive drug rehab type counseling so they can get off drugs altogether. Instead, they’re being parked on methadone for years, sometimes decades, some for life. The State of Georgia has decided to do something about it.

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New Florida Laws Could Help Prevent Painkiller Deaths

Posted under Florida

Years ago Florida did a crack-down on pill mills. The overdose/deaths stats went down immediately, but they’ve been creeping up and have now again reached epidemic proportions. To help put the problems behind them, Florida politicians are proposing new laws that crack down on the worst of the problems – heroin, fentanyl and carfentanyl. Are the laws going to work?

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Opioid Orphans in South Charleston, West Virginia

Posted under West Virginia

When we think of addicts we tend to think of foolish kids who haven’t yet found, or have lost, their way. But a good portion of adults who we wouldn’t think would become addicts, in some cases, are also addicts, and many are parents. In the U.S. in 2015, 33,091 people died of opioid overdoses. I don’t know how many are parents, but judging from how many children seem to be living as opioid orphans, there are quite a few. And in West Virginia, there are more than in other parts of the country. What happens to these kids?

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Drug Wholesalers Are Fuelling Prescription Drug Epidemic

Posted under Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Philadelphia Teamsters think they’ve got at least part of the answer as to why they have a prescription drug epidemic in their area – drug wholesalers. They’re referencing the lawsuit against AmerisourceBergen and other wholesalers, filed because they sent 9 million pills to one West Virginia town with a population of only 400 over a two-year period. That would mean each person in the town – including 3-month old babies – took 22,500 pills, that’s 31 pills a day for two years. Not likely. But what is happening to those pills?

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Will Florida’s Deadly Opioid Scene Finally be Declared an Epidemic?

Posted under Florida

Just to give you an idea of how dangerously available heroin is in Florida, and how easy it is for someone to try it and get hooked on it or cause trouble for others, Florida’s Governor Scott is currently being pushed to declare Florida’s heroin crisis to be a public health emergency. Is your neighborhood safe?

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Lee County, Illinois, Sees Falling Drug Addiction and Crime with “Safe Passage” Program

Posted under Illinois

Lee County, Illinois created their own version of the ANGEL program started by the Sheriff’s Department in Gloucester, Mass. The Lee County program is called Safe Passage, and is very successful. Can it help you or someone you care about who has a drug problem?

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How to Detect Drug Involvement Early So You Can Prevent Disaster

Posted under New Jersey

As with a lot of other health-related problems, early detection is key to preventing and treating addiction. The longer you wait to address it, the more difficult it could be to overcome and the more problems it is likely to cause – including the possibility of overdose. How do you find out someone you care about is taking drugs early enough to avoid the trouble it can cause?

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What Do You Think of a Drug Rehab Facility that Offers Marijuana as a Solution to Addiction?

Posted under California

I saw an article in LA Weekly (that’s Los Angeles, not LouisianA) about a new drug rehab facility that plans to offer marijuana to help get addicts “off drugs”. The author of the article was surprised at that, and referred to the facility as one of the very few that offers drugs as part of their treatment plan. This thing of giving drugs to people instead of getting them off drugs is part of the ‘harm reduction philosophy’. In other words, they’ve given up getting people off drugs, and their focus is on just keeping them alive. Is that really good enough? Why do that when there is successful drug rehab available?

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West Virginia Gets $47 Million Settlement from Suing Prescription Drug Wholesalers – Money to be Used to Help Fight the Addiction the Wholesalers Helped Create

Posted under West Virginia

West Virginia has the highest number of drug overdoses in the U.S.  The deaths from prescription drugs go right along with that: Between 2007 and 2012, the number of deaths in WV caused by prescription opioids – which are, basically, painkillers – was also higher than in any other state. But WV is not taking it lying down. They’re going after what may be some of the most dangerous dealers in the State – the drugs’ legal wholesalers and distributors. What did they do that was so bad? And how will getting them under control help you or someone you care about who is addicted to drugs?

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Christie Renews His Commitment to Helping New Jersey Addicts

Posted under New Hampshire

Just before Christmas, Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, stepped up to yet another podium to renew his promises to help people with the ‘disease’ of addiction. Christie generates a lot of controversy at times, and more so lately than ever. But this is one endeavor in which he always seems to win the hearts of the people – especially recovering addicts and people who have lost their spouse, their children, or other family members and friends to addiction. How available is addiction help in New Jersey? And what has Christie contributed to putting those resources in place? more…

Recovery Court in Roane County, Tennessee, is Getting Addicts Off Drugs

Posted under Tennessee

There isn’t one State in the U.S. that doesn’t have a drug problem. But Tennessee is one of the hardest hit, and prescription painkillers are the most commonly abused. However, officials in Tennessee care about the people’s addictions, and are really working to make people aware of the consequences of taking these pills (and others), and helping them overcome addiction. Recovery Court is one of the State’s programs, and it’s working. more…

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