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Blue Earth County, Minnesota, Refuses Methadone Clinic

Posted under GHB, Heroin, Methadone, Minnesota, Painkillers, Treatment

police keep drugs under controlA company in Twin Cities recently proposed opening a methadone clinic in Mankato – population under 40,000, spread across three counties: Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur – but Blue Earth County officials said no. Is the county depriving heroin and prescription painkiller addicts an opportunity to get off drugs? Not from the county’s viewpoint. In fact, county officials are worried that a methadone clinic could worsen the county’s drug problem. How could that happen? more…

Maine Suffering from Lack of Drug Addiction Treatment

Posted under Legal Issues, Maine, OxyContin, Painkillers, Treatment, Washington

looking for addiction help?Maine is facing a serious problem with heroin and prescription drug addiction. According to Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, “99 percent of adults age 26 or older [in 2013] who needed addiction treatment for illicit drug use were able to receive it.” However, Dr. Gust Stringos, D.O., who works at Somerset Primary Care, has practiced medicine in Somerset County for the last 25 years, and is now working directly with many addicts, says he is astounded by that statement. more…

Babies Born Addicted in Tennessee Three Times National Average

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Morphine, Opiates, Painkillers, Tennessee, Young People

addicted babyThere’s a law in Tennessee that makes it a criminal offense for a woman to have a baby born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS happens when the pregnant woman takes opiates or opioids – like heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers – during pregnancy and the baby is born addicted. NAS puts the baby through agony, could cause permanent damage, and risks the baby’s life. The mother is charged with ‘fetal assault’.

Unless you’re an addict, it’s hard to imagine what kind of hell an NAS baby is going through. more…

Former Heroin Addict Feels Unstoppable

Posted under Alaska, Heroin, Hydrocodone, MsContin, OxyContin, Painkillers

addict wins over heroinAlaska has one of the worst heroin problems in the entire U.S. but just like everywhere else in the U.S., the problem often start with prescription drugs. In Jane’s case, she was misdiagnosed and started self-medicating. First with marijuana, then hydrocodone, then oxycontin, and then heroin. How did Jane get sober? more…

Ohio Rejects Legal Marijuana

Posted under Legal Issues, Marijuana, Ohio, THC, Young People

Girl Smoking marijuanaA bill to make medical and recreational marijuana legal was just rejected in Ohio, but it’s hard to say exactly why. Are the residents of Ohio actually against legalizing marijuana, or did they just object to the bill limiting who could grow it? One way or another, Ohio residents are lucky. more…

East Bridgewater, Mass., Police Help Addicts Get Treatment

Posted under Heroin, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Treatment

Police Officer ThumbsUpIn East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the police department is now going to follow in the footsteps of Gloucester police by helping drug addicts who come to the station and turn in their drugs get into treatment immediately. Gloucester has had the program going for four months and, so far, has helped 250 addicts find treatment facilities with a bed available for them. more…

Drug News: October 22, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Delaware, Drug News

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Your Kids on Oxycontin: Creating the Addicts of the Future – Huffington Post … On the darker side of things, the FDA just approved the use of Oxycontin for children between the ages of 11-16. Now, your kids can legally be prescribed one of the strongest opiate medications on the planet. 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…

Coerced Drug Addiction Treatment – Is It Right?

Posted under Heroin, Legal Issues, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Treatment

drug overdose in the ERIn most states, an addict who’s overdosed or experienced some other mishap that lands them in the ER is treated and then sent back out into the life that nearly killed them. They often wind up back in the ER and, of course, some of them don’t even make it to the ER the next time. They just die. In Massachusetts, more than 1,200 people died from overdoses of heroin or prescription painkillers last year and Governor Charlie Baker is filing a bill this week that will give hospitals the right to hold addicts who come to the ER for 72 hours so the doctors can assess their condition and determine whether they should be forced to get treatment. more…

Chicago Heroin Overdoses Skyrocket to Double the Normal Rate

Posted under Addiction Help, Fentanyl, Heroin, Illinois, Morphine

Chicago_RiverChicago’s used to seeing a lot of heroin overdoses. At this time of year (beginning of October) it’s about one every 2 hours. And about 13 percent of those people – more than 550 of them – die. But last week, for a period of 72 hours, the number of overdoses skyrockets to one an hour. Why? 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…

Drug News: September 24, 2015

Posted under Drug News, Oregon

DRUG ADDICTION – US Carly Fiorina in her own words on her stepdaughter’s death – New York Post http://nypost.com/2015/09/20/carly-fiorina-in-her-own-words-on-her-stepdaughters-death/ During Wednesday night’s GOP debate, Carly Fiorina argued that we need to invest more to treat drug addiction, an issue that has sad personal resonance for the candidate. Her stepdaughter died from drugs, a story she more…

Addiction Help Is Available for Methadone, and the Sooner the Better

Posted under Addiction Help, Florida, Methadone, OxyContin

When it gets to the point where a county medical examiner says he would never let someone in his family take a specific prescription drug unless they were a heroin addict, you know you’re dealing with a dangerous drug. And that’s exactly what Hillsborough County, Florida, Medical Examiner, Vernard Adams, said about methadone. As methadone more…

Vivitrol – Is it really a good way to get off drugs or alcohol?

Posted under Ohio, Opiates, Painkillers, Treatment

Vivitrol, a drug that blocks opioid receptors to prevent a person from getting high on narcotic prescription painkillers, heroin and other opiate drugs, is now being given to addicts who appear in Ohio’s drug courts. It’s being touted as a big success. One addict said she can barely remember what it was like to be an addict. BUT, people taking Vivitrol have to keep taking it every month in order for the effect to last. And it’s loaded with side effects and other complications. Is that real rehabilitation? more…

Drug News: September 10, 2015

Posted under Alcohol News, Drug News, Virginia

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Meet the Pastor Helping Korean-Americans Beat Drug Addiction – RYOT

There is the girl whose friends abandoned her in a trash bin after one ruinous binge. The high school debate champion who got addicted to meth within a month of trying pot. The college graduate whose boyfriend persuaded her to try heroin. Some parents are so fearful their family’s secret will be discovered they park two blocks away. “They hide it. There’s no talking about drugs.” more…

Los Angeles Pastor Helps Korean Kids on Drugs

Posted under California, Young People

In some countries, states, or religious or ethnic communities, talking about drugs is verboten. You’re not supposed to take them and, if you do, you’re certainly not supposed to talk about it. Which, of course, means it’s almost impossible to get help. There was a big situation with that in the Mormon Church for quite more…

Painkillers in the Wrong Hands Lead to Addiction, says Shumlin

Posted under Addiction Help, Prescription Drugs, Vermont

If you ask kids who are abusing prescription drugs how they got started, you’ll find that the vast majority got them from their parents’ medicine cabinets. And many of the others got them from their friends, who got them from their own parents’ medicine cabinets. Or maybe from the medicine cabinets of another relative, or a friend. more…

Changing the Party School Image of University of Colorado

Posted under Colorado, Successes, Young People

Four years ago the University of Colorado (CU) was the number one party school in the country. As a parent, I would be reluctant to send my kids to a school that earned such a dubious award. CU wasn’t too pleased with it either. So they set about making changes that have dropped CU right off the party school list. And they have some impressive statistics. 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…

Methamphetamine Hitting Texas, Again

Posted under Methamphetamine, Texas

meth-before-after (2)Years ago methamphetamine was a real problem in Texas. People could go into a drug store, buy over- the-counter cold medicines that contained pseudoephedrine and use them to make meth in home labs. The state removed these products from the shelves so they could only be bought by going directly to the pharmacist. That was 2006, and the number of meth incidents has gone down every year. Until now. more…

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