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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…

Cummins, Inc. Implements Major Changes to Help with Prescription Painkiller Problems in the Workplace

Posted under Indiana

I recently wrote about the prescription painkiller problem in Indiana – specifically about why the situation is so much more severe than in most other states and the outrageous increase in babies born addicted (a 3900 percent increase from 2000 to 2010). But every day another news item comes through and makes me realize that the drug problem in Indiana is even worse than I thought the day before.  Now it’s being reported that 80 percent of Indiana businesses say that prescription drug addiction is a problem in their business. One company, Cummins, Inc., is doing more than most to get the situation under control. more…

Babies Born Addicted – The Unexpected Consequences of the 2008 Wall Street Crash

Posted under Addiction Help, Indiana

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) – the group of symptoms experienced by a baby going through withdrawal from the drug he or she became addicted to while in the womb of an addict mother – has been skyrocketing for years in Indiana. The increase from 2000 to 2010 alone was 3,900 percent, and it continues. What brought it about? Why is the NAS situation in Indiana so much worse than many other parts of the country? more…

Opana-Related HIV Outbreak in Indiana

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Indiana, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Washington

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared a public health emergency four days ago in an effort to get an HIV outbreak under control. Although he has banned needle exchanges, 90 new HIV cases in the last few months in one small county convinced him that he needs to temporarily lift that ban. Almost all the HIV cases are related to injecting Opana with shared needles. more…

Addiction Help and the New Breed of Drug Dealer in Indiana

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Detox, Drug Rehab, Indiana, Morphine, Percocet, Prescription Drugs, Tranquilizers, Valium, Xanax

Montgomery County Superior Court sentenced Henry Martin Kolep to 10 years in prison for dealing in prescription drugs. His customers could have been buying Ritalin, Adderall, methadone, OxyContin, Percocet, Morphine, Xanax, Valium or any other prescription drug – all of which are Schedule II substances according to the DEA and, of course, very dangerous. They more…

Addiction Help Comes in the Form of Drug Education in Morgan County, Indiana

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Indiana

Parents in Morgan County, Indiana are invited to a drug education and training session on January 23, 2008. United for a Drug-free Morgan County Coalition is hosting the event and is presenting “Proven Strategies to Strengthen Drug Prevention Efforts in Morgan County.” With alcohol abuse running at a higher rate than both the state and national more…