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New Law in New York Could Help Control Heroin & Opioid Deaths

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New York is having a tough time with heroin and other opiate overdoses. On 22 July of this year, Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law. But it can’t be put into action yet because Congress hasn’t provided the money. In the mean time, people are dying. CARA was passed in more…

Potent Batch of Heroin Skyrockets Overdoses in Marion, Ohio

Posted under New York, Ohio

Marion, a city of less than 40,000 and the seat of Marion County in Ohio, has some big problems with heroin and, right now, they’re dealing with a ‘hot batch’ of heroin – one that’s especially strong or, police suspect, laced with fentanyl. The overdoses are going up, and this is an important time to keep a close watch on any heroin addicts you might know of. Here’s what you need to know. more…

Drug Addiction Treatment Help in Wading River, NY

Posted under Addiction Help, New York, Treatment

There’s a bit of a war going on right now between treating addiction with ‘abstinence’, i.e. getting off drugs altogether, vs. treating addiction by giving the addict different drugs than the one(s) they have a problem with. The controversy started with someone questioning the effectiveness of drug rehab. Drug rehab works alright, but just like every other group of similar things, not all drug rehabs are created equal – some are good, some are not. Laura Soviero of Wading River in Suffolk County in New York state, is helping to make sure that addicts get into the type of treatment program that works. more…

Will Ithaca Be First to Open Safe Injection Site for Addicts?

Posted under New York, Treatment

In 27 cities across the world, heroin injection sites – known as “supervised injection sites” or “safe injection sites” – are saving people’s lives. But the federal government of the U.S. hasn’t permitted even one to be opened in the U.S. Svante Myrick, the mayor of Ithaca, New York, is hoping to break the mold by opening the country’s first such site in his city. Which could offer invaluable help to addicts. more…

Police in Broome County, NY, Offer Hope and Help to Addicts

Posted under Drug Addiction, Legal Issues, New York, Treatment

Every time I see Broome County police help addictsanother city or county police department offering help to addicts instead of wanting to lock them up, I get excited. Here’s the latest – the Broome County, New York, Police Department is following in the footsteps of police in Gloucester, Mass, by offering to get any drug user directly into a treatment program without being arrested or prosecuted. more…

Prescription Painkillers and Heroin Plaguing Staten Island

Posted under New York, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Staten Island has a serious drug problem. Look at these numbers: In the past five years, the number of arrests involving prescription painkillers or heroin has gone from 100 to 1000 per year. In 2010, there were 40 arrests on Staten Island for abuse of prescription painkillers. In 2011, the number of prescription drug-related arrests 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…

New York Sheriff Shows Us How to Win the War on Drugs!

Posted under New York, Treatment

Craig AppleCraig Apple, county sheriff in Albany County, New York, is joining the crusade made popular by Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello to use law enforcement resources to get drug addicts into and through treatment. I am so thrilled with Apple, and Campanello and all the law enforcement guys who are doing this sort of thing. They really could change the whole drug scene – this is the way to win the war on drugs! more…

Another Promising Athletic Career Ruined by Painkillers

Posted under Heroin, New York, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

I read a news story today about a former high school and college athlete, DJ, who lost a promising career as an athlete due to an injury. But it wasn’t the injury that put him on the sidelines, it was the prescription drugs he took for the pain. How does taking a painkiller for an injury turn into addiction? more…

Utica’s New Methadone Clinic: Blessing, or Devil in Disguise?

Posted under Drug News, New York

“Methadone, an opioid, is used to wean addicts off other opioids,” said an article about the Utica’s new methadone clinic, due to open later this year. Of course, with that description of methadone, who wouldn’t think it was a blessing? More addicts being helped to get off heroin and prescription painkillers? How can that be anything but good?

In fact, it is almost ANYTHING but good. 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…

Drug Addiction Help in New York – High On Wall Street?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Detox, Drug Rehab, New York, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Valium

Getting the addiction help you need is still necessary – even though you’re on prescription drugs now, not cocaine or heroin  Your broker or money manger may be addicted to drugs, or at least crazy enough to use them. Addiction help is going to be needed by a few rich and successful wall streeters –  more…