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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…

Maryland Billboard Comes Down as Parents Take Offense to Idea That Parenting Could Have Prevented Their Child’s Addiction

Posted under Maryland

Just a couple of weeks ago, a billboard about preventing addiction went up on a road called Md. 355, close to Frederick, Maryland. Within days, it was covered with a black tarp. Why? Because it suggested that parenting could help prevent addiction. And parents from all over the county complained. Obviously, they had tried ‘everything’ with their child that they were capable of, or had witnessed other parents doing the same, and they took offense. So, the billboard is no longer there. And parents who protested just shot themselves – and probably a lot of other parents and kids – in the foot. 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…

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…

Stay Safe This Holiday Season – Especially in these Cities

Posted under Alcohol, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

If you’re looking to stay safe over New Year’s Eve this year, be aware that some cities are far worse than others. In fact, here are the 25 drunkest cities in America – the worst cities to be out on during the holiday season. 1. Boston, MASS. 2. Norfolk, VA 3. Milwaukee, WI 4. Charleston, more…

Is More Addiction Help Coming at the University of Maryland

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Maryland, Prescription Drugs

It looks like the University of Maryland is jumping on the bandwagon of colleges taking a proactive approach at getting rid of prescription drug abuse among college students. We need way more of this – or we’re going to need way more addiction help on the campus. Or kids kids kicked out of school. University more…

Addiction Help Could Restore Your Relationship with Your Kids

Posted under Addiction Help, Maryland, Young People

Tonight I read a review of a play called ‘Runaways’ currently showing in Maryland. A cast of twenty two tell their stories about abuse at home, drug addiction, prostitution and everything else they ran into at home and on the street. Many of these kids really need addiction help, but they have even less chance of more…

Drug Rehab May Be Getting More Support in Baltimore

Posted under Drug Rehab, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland has more heroin addicts and heroin-related crime than almost any other city in the U.S., but officials are now taking steps in the right direction: According to a recent article, two congressional leaders held a hearing at the University of Maryland School of Law to learn more about the city’s violence reduction and more…

Drug Rehab To Be Funded by Drug Cash Seizure in Mexico

Posted under Addiction Help, District of Columbia, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Maryland

Drug addiction treatment will be financed by $206 million confiscated in drug bust  A recent article in Reuters reported that $206 million was found by Mexican police in the Mexico City mansion of Zhenli Ye Gon. Ye Gon was later arrested in Wheaton, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He is suspected of importing pseudoephedrine, an more…

Drug Rehab – Again – For Al Gore's Son After Drug Bust

Posted under Drug Rehab, Maryland, Valium

When I saw the news items last week about Al Gore III, 24, son of former vice-president Al Gore, being stopped for driving over 100 miles per hour at 2 a.m. on a California freeway with marijuana and illicit prescription drugs in the car, I had an eerie sense of deja-vu. When young Gore opened more…