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Cape May, NJ, Raises Awareness of Dangers of Painkillers

Posted under Heroin, New Jersey, Painkillers

heroin billboardPrescription painkillers are the most prescribed drugs in the U.S. Despite the fact that many doctors are reluctant to give the drugs to their patients, doctors also don’t tend to offer other solutions – and there are many. However, if more patients were made aware of the dangers of painkillers, they might well avoid dependence and addiction and demand other solutions for their pain. The Cape May County (New Jersey) PRIDE committee recently came up with an excellent idea to accomplish the first step by raising awareness of one disastrous consequence – heroin addiction more…

West Fargo, ND, Pushes to Curb Skyrocketing Drug Overdoses

Posted under Addiction Help, Fentanyl, Heroin, North Dakota

You’d think that someone who had just overdosed on a drug and would have died had someone not been there with Narcon would have a wake-up call. Time to quit – next time it happens there might not be any Narcon close enough to save your life. But although Narcon has saved many lives, the overdose is rarely taken seriously enough to get an addict to quit drugs – which is why North Dakota’s West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan, is trying to find a way to make more treatment available. 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…

How Safe is Drinking and Driving Below the Legal Limit?

Posted under Alcohol, Tennessee

In most States, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at which a person is considered officially impaired is .08%. But is below .08% really safe?

In truth, you’re impaired a long time before the law says you are. 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…

Kentucky Insurance Companies Fueling Prescription Addiction

Posted under Kentucky

The insurance companies in Kentucky have had more than a little to do with the State’s prescription painkiller addiction epidemic. Over 1,000 Kentuckians die every year from drug overdoses, and every year about 1,000 babies are born addicted and have to go through withdrawal, which could take several months. Addia Wuchner, a Republican State Rep in the 66th district since 2005, has introduced a bill that will require insurance companies to cover medications that could help enormously. more…

NC Doctors Who Overprescribe Addictive Painkillers Fuel Deaths

Posted under North Carolina, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, 33 have more than 18 per 100,000 people die from drug overdoses, 52 counties see between 10 and 18 per 100,000, and 15 see 10 per 100,000 or less. North Carolina and Federal officials have been trying to reduce the number of deaths for some time and have more…

Meth Ruins a Family – Drug Addiction Treatment Saves It

Posted under Crystal Meth, Methamphetamine, Minnesota, Successes, Young People

happy sober womanMethamphetamine isn’t easy to kick, but thanks to an 18-month program through Minnesota’s Morrison County Drug Court program, Missy Strack is clean and living a whole new life! Here’s how she finally did it. 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…

Another Tool to Help Save the Lives of Addicts

Posted under Alaska, Successes, Treatment

A common marketing basic is that people don’t really consider communication from a corporation about their own product as credible. They want to hear about experiences from consumers – people who already purchased the product. That’s why reviews are so popular and why most people who buy products often research the reviews of a product more…

How to Get 7 Million People off Drugs – Including Family and Friends

Posted under Drug Rehab, Kentucky, Tennessee, Treatment, West Virginia

drug free tatooKentucky can’t seem to get a break. First it was the hardest hit State when drug maker Purdue Pharma lied to doctors and patients about the addictive nature of OxyContin, and now, along with West Virginia and Tennessee, it’s facing a huge outbreak of Hepatitis B. 75 percent of the Hep B cases are attributed to injecting drugs.

From 2009 to 2013, the Hep B cases increased by 114 percent, while Hep B in the rest of the country was stable. For the last four of those years, 75 percent of the cases were related to injection drugs. 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…

Unique Program Helps Student Athletes Stay off Drugs

Posted under Alcohol, Legal Issues, Nebraska, Prescription Drugs

Young student athletes are particularly susceptible to drug and alcohol use. In some schools, alcohol is very much a part of the athletic scene. And kids often get involved in drugs both because they’re popular and tend to have drugs offered to them, and because they can get hooked on drugs when they’re given prescriptions more…

Drug News – January 7, 2016

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News, New Mexico, Virginia

DRUG ADDICTION – USA Jeb Bush op-ed: A father’s view of drug addiction – Chicago Tribune As a father, I have felt the heartbreak of drug abuse. My daughter, Noelle, suffered from addiction, and like many parents facing similar situations, her mom and I struggled to help. I have so many friends and know so more…

Wisconsin’s VanderMeer Cracks Down on Prescription Drug Addiction

Posted under Drug Rehab, Legal Issues, Prescription Drugs, Wisconsin

Nancy VanderMeerWhen Nancy VanderMeer assumed her post as Republican State Rep of Wisconsin’s 30th District, she found out quickly that prescription drug addiction was a big problem in her state. And she took immediate action proposing and getting bills passed that could help the situation get under control.

The changes made by the bills are impressive. more…

Drug News: December 31, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News, Virginia

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA What the Legislature’s drug addiction bill is missing – Bangor Daily News Republican and Democratic legislative leaders have come together to propose spending nearly $5 million over the next 18 months on a Bangor-area detox center, added treatment capacity, prevention and education efforts and 10 new drug enforcement agents. The more…

Maine’s Drug Law Changes Won’t Help Addicts Quickly Enough

Posted under Addiction Help, Buprenorphine, Heroin, Legal Issues, Maine, Treatment

injecting heroinMaine has had serious drug addiction problems. They’re currently calling heroin addiction an epidemic, and overdoses are skyrocketing. Political leaders – who’ve taken a long time to pass any legislation on this, largely due to the left and right not playing nice – have finally proposed a bill that requires several changes and additions to the State’s drug treatment and prevention resources. But although locals are happy that something is being done, they’re disappointed that many of the changes are long-term. Addicts need help right now. more…

Why Drugs Are A Worse Idea In Oklahoma Than in Other States

Posted under Cocaine, Legal Issues, Methamphetamine, Oklahoma

prisonerNative Americans – the largest population of any state other than California – and with about 20 big name country music stars including Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood. But there’s another aspect of Oklahoma which might be part of the inspiration for all those sad country song lyrics – the largest per capita prison population in the U.S. and with more than 50 percent in prison for drugs. Why are these numbers so much higher than in other parts of the U.S.? 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…

No More Insurance Delays for New Hampshire Drug Rehab

Posted under Addiction Help, Fentanyl, Heroin, Hydrocodone, New Hampshire, Opiates, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Painkillers, Treatment, Vicodin

heroin addictIn Concord, New Hampshire, the number of people expected to die from heroin and opioid overdoses – which includes overdoses of heroin, fentanyl, Opana, prescription painkillers like OxyContin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, vicodin, and so on – is expected to be over 400 by the end of 2015, which is twice the number of overdose deaths in 2013. But a panel of New Hampshire lawmakers is taking steps to make it easier to get treatment. more…

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