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Addiction Help May Be Cut for Minnesota Offenders

Posted under Addiction Help, Minnesota

It looks like Tom Pawlenty, governor of Minnesota, is cutting the budget for drug court. Big mistake: not only will people who commit drug-related crimes wind up back on the street doing it again after a prison term, it’s going to cost the state far more money to house them as prisoners than it would more…

Addiction Help Facility Under Investigation After Methadone Death

Posted under Addiction Help, Methadone, Pennsylvania

The recent death of a 16-year-old girl provides an excellent example of why people have to be warned about the dangers of methadone: Two girls living at a facility for teen substance abuser stole methadone from an employee. Not getting high as they had obviously expected to, the girls continued to take more methadone throughout more…

Addiction Help Needed for Methadone Abuse Trend

Posted under Addiction Help, Hydrocodone, Methadone, New Hampshire, Painkillers, Xanax

Kay Sanford of the North Carolina Depatment of Health said “methadone may be the most underrated problem in drug abuse in the country today.” And the need for addiction help services for methadone abuse is more prevalent then ever. OxyContin is so dangerous that many doctors have started prescribing methadone as an alternative painkiller. But more…

Is There Enough Addiction Help for West Virginia, Tennessee and Columbus, Ohio?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Detox, Ohio, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee, West Virginia

According to a report by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the states with the highest percentage of its citizens addicted to prescription drugs are Tennessee and West Virginia. West Virginia just took over the number one spot, and drug rehab centers will probably be inundated with people needing addiction help.  We’ve talked about “West more…

Will Addiction Help Ever Come from Purdue Execs?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, New Hampshire, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Laconia, New Hampshire, where eight people died last year from methadone, is playing hardball. The man who sold the methadone to one of the victims has been sentenced to a minimum of 15 years – which could turn into 40. He will be able to get out after 10 years if he gets addiction help through a more…

The Need for Addiction Help Boosted by Internet Pharmacies

Posted under Addiction Help, Colorado, Drug Addiction, Hydrocodone, New Hampshire, Prescription Drugs

Diane Finch from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) has written an important piece about prescription drug dealing. 36 online pharmacies sold 100 million prescriptions in 2006. The main drugs sold were OxyContin (big surprise) and Hydrocodone. The drug dealers from the internet pharmacies in Tampa, Florida had to have a piece of the action. Another more…

YMCA’s Addiction Help In Coppell, Texas, Could Help the Entire Community

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Intervention, Texas

The YMCA in Coppell, Texas is planning to offer drug education for recreational drug users and support for families whose lives have been adversely affected by drugs and alcohol. Ralph Strangis, a former drug addict and alcoholic who is now an upstanding member of the community, will be speaking at the first event. According to Strangis, members more…

Addiction Help for Prescription Drug Abuse is Needed in Merrill, Wisconsin

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

Merrill High School in Lincoln County, Wisconsin has a prescription drug abuse problem. Last Monday, the Merrill school board expelled six students for prescription drug-related charges. That could mean possession, selling them, and/or passing them out to their friends. Most likely the six students were high. You can be sure that two or three of more…

Addiction Help Services Will Soon Be More in Demand at the University of Pennsylvania

Posted under Addiction Help, Pennsylvania

Here’s the million dollar question for today: Why does the University of Pennsylvania want more people on drugs?  On one side we have sites like Addiction Help Services trying to help people stop using drugs and alcohol, surveys such as the Monitoring the Future Survey, the DEA and local law enforcement trying to end drug more…

Drug News: April 11, 2008

Posted under Alcohol News, Delaware, Drug News

ADDERALL – USA Cognition-enhancing drugs common among academics – Reuters A survey of individuals who read the journal Nature, a technical bioscience publication, reveals that roughly one in five use prescription drugs to improve their focus, concentration, or memory. DRUGS – USA Deciding if Drug Rehab is Needed – Trans World News When you have more…

Doctors Get Drug Addiction Help for Doctor Shoppers from Tennessee

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Oxycodone, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee

If you live in Tennessee and go to a pharmacy in Ringgold, Georgia, there’s at least one pharmacist there who will know you’re doctor shopping –  Chuck Gass. Tennessee has a prescription drug monitoring system so doctor shopping is almost impossible and if you get caught doing it  using TennCare you can go to jail more…

Addiction Help Will Be Needed First by Those Who Think Crack is Okay

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Maine, Methamphetamine

Crack cocaine is becoming a bigger problem in Maine according to York’s Chief of Police Douglas Bracy. You can be sure that addiction help will be necessary as more kids become addicted. Chief Bracy is warning parents to keep track of their kids because of the influx of cocaine. He strongly suggests that you know more…

Addiction Help For Young Girls in St. Joseph, Missouri

Posted under Addiction Help, Methadone, Missouri

St. Joseph’s Hospital’s recent shocking ER visit by nine girls aged 14 years old or younger after having downed a dangerous painkiller should be a wake up call for parents in St. Joseph, Missouri. Some people might see this as just another 10 (including the boy who gave it to them) kids taking drugs. It more…

Addiction Help for Underage Drinking Could Change Your Kid's Life

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Missouri

Living in Missouri and wondering where your children are is no different than anywhere else: If you have a child in high school, there is a good chance they are out drinking. Half of those kids will need addiction help because of alcohol abuse during their lifetime. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health more…

Will Addiction Help Follow Senator Biden’s Investigation?

Posted under Addiction Help, Alabama, Drug Addiction, Prescription Drugs, Valium, West Virginia, Xanax

Senator Biden is looking into the problems caused by prescription drug addiction, dependency and abuse. He heard testimonies about the most commonly abused drugs – Vicodin, OxyContin, Valium and Xanax – and, according to The Talk Radio News Service, “experts’ testimonies at the hearing were appalling.” The whole situation is appalling and President Bush and more…

Addiction Help and Drug Education for OxyContin

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee

This is a follow up to yesterday’s blog about the four students from Ringgold High School in Catoosa County, Tennessee. Timothy Lebron Smith died from an overdose after taking four 80mg pills. Pharmacists have reminded me that OxyContin was originally marketed for terminally ill cancer patients in extreme pain. It seems that the purpose for more…

Addiction Help Comes Too Late for Students in Georgia

Posted under Addiction Help, Georgia, Oxycodone

It’s too late for addiction help for prescription drugs for one, and possibly two, students in Georgia. A 15-year-old gave 80mg Oxycodone pills to his friends. Two became very ill, one went to the hospital and one young man, Timothy Lebron Smith, died after taking four Oxycodone pills. Will addiction help get the other three more…

Addiction Help Isn’t Just Needed By Twenty-Something’s

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, Prescription Drugs, Wisconsin, Xanax

If you think being addicted to prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax or Ritalin is limited to one age group or one location, you’ll have to look closer to your own home. Although high school seniors and college students get most of the press, and do need the majority of the addiction help in more…

Less Addiction Help Needed As Doctors Required to Get Educated

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Valium, Xanax

Would fewer people become addicted to prescription painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin if Massachusetts Rep. Steve Walsh’s bill passes?  Rep. Walsh wants doctors to be required to 10 hours of training on pain medications and pain management in order to get or renew their license. I think Rep. Walsh has the right idea. It would more…

Addiction Help for Alcohol and Prescription Drugs In Florida

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Florida, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

What prescription drugs are being used by kids? According to former DEA agent and renowned drug expert, Robert Stutman, OxyContin, Ritalin and Adderall are most common. In 1969 the average age of first drug use was 16 ½; in 2006 the age was 12. One in four of those 12-year-olds will need addiction help according more…

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