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Maine Legislature Overrides Gov’s Vetos on Harm Reduction

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There were two bills proposed in Maine to increase access to harm reduction for opioid addiction – in other words, to keep people from dying of overdoses, contracting HIV, and so on. One bill offered clean syringes; the other made naloxone / Narcon accessible – the drug that can reverse opioid overdoses. Governor Paul LePage vetoed both them, but two-thirds of the Maine legislature overrode his vetos and Maine now has those resources available. However, LePage’s viewpoint on this is nothing short of stunning. more…

Drug News: April 21, 2016

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Wisconsin nurses slower to self-report drug abuse – Minneapolis Star Tribune The first time Ann Stanton stole drugs, she says, came after she watched one of her patients die in intensive care. Feeling responsible, she pocketed pain medication intended for an elderly patient soon after, setting off a six-month run of more…

Drug News: April 14, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA Drug addiction stigmas linger – The Journal News | LoHud.com Perceptions of addiction have changed dramatically in the past few years, but stigma remains among the biggest hurdles to curbing the opioid epidemic. That is one of the crucial messages of doctors, addiction specialists and top public health officials speaking more…

Drug News: April 7, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT– USA Affordable Treatment Available For Drug Addiction – WKRG SPANISH FORT, AL- John is a recovering drug addict. John agreed to talk about his prescription painkiller addiction, and how it destroyed his life, if we protected his identity. DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder more…

Drug News: March 31, 2016

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA Obama Pushes For More Treatment for Opioid Addiction – NBC News The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at curbing America’s opioid addiction epidemic, steps that would make it easier to obtain medication-based treatment, expand Medicaid coverage and increase availability of a drug that saves more…

Drug News: March 24, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA Gateway Foundation Backs Bill to Increase Medicaid-Eligible Drug Addiction Treatment – St. Louis CBC Local “Helpless” is how Gateway Foundation Executive Director Mike Feeman feels when he has to tell 80 percent of the 15,000 callers they get every year seeking Medicaid admissions that they can’t take them. “We can’t continue more…

Drug News: March 17, 2016

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DRUG TREATMENT – USA Analysis: Did Nancy Regan’s War on Drugs Backfire? – NBC News Nancy Reagan never publicly recanted or so much as commented on her starring role in the drug war. But with a look back at the origins of her and her husband’s hardline policies, it’s possible to trace the arc of more…

Drug News – March 10, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA Senate Passes Broad Bill to Combat Drug Abuse – New York Times “This is big and significant,” said Marvin Ventrell, the executive director of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. “It had legs and interest because of the opioid crisis that has hit Middle America.” PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA Identifying more…

Drugs News – March 3, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA Fighting Drug Addiction With Drugs Works, but Only if Doctors Sign On – New York Times Almost one million American physicians can write a prescription for an opioid painkiller like Vicodin and OxyContin — one pathway to opioid addiction. But, because of regulatory hurdles and other factors, fewer than 32,000 doctors more…

Drug News: February 25, 2016

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ALCOHOL – USA Part 1: Children of alcohol abuse, and alchoholism – Valley Morning Star Children reared in an Alcoholic home are affected physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually; and they learn three unwritten rules: Do Not Talk, Do Not Trust, and Do Not Feel. And, above all, they may carry those burdens throughout their lives. more…

Drug News – February 18, 2016

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METHAMPHETAMINE – USA County’s first Drug Court graduate kicks meth, starts a new life of opportunities – Morrison County Record Missy Strack was sent to Drug Court after years of trouble with the law saw her in and out of prison, and repeated relapses into drug use after attempts to get clean. “Once you get more…

Drug News: February 11, 2016

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA Obama Proposes Big Spending to Help People Struggling With Drug Addiction – Care2.com The President has made clear that addressing the opioid overdose epidemic is a priority for his Administration and has highlighted tools that are effective in reducing drug use and overdose, like evidence-based prevention programs, prescription drug more…

Drug News: February 4, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA Helping drug addicts is finally politically feasible – Sacramento Bee When there’s the political will, there tends to be a political way to accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case with the nation’s long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction. DRUG ADDICTION – USA Tragedy Moves more…

Drug News: January 28, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA Drug Deaths Reach White America – New York Times Congress has historically treated drug abuse as a malady afflicting mostly poor, minority communities, best dealt with by locking people up for long periods of time. The epidemic of drug overdose deaths currently ravaging white populations in cities and towns across the country has altered this more…

Drug News: January 21, 2016

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DRUG TREATMENT – USA Treating addicts: The tension between drug treatment and abstinence – Washington Post Marvin Seppala wrote a book on conquering drug addiction with counseling and group therapy. The spiritual, abstinence-based strategy pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous and adopted by Narcotics Anonymous helped him overcome his own alcohol and cocaine addiction when he was more…

Drug News – January 14, 2016

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DRUG ADDICTION – USA From one parent to others: Drug addiction also threatens your family – Central Maine I love my family unconditionally and would do anything to ensure their health and safety. Yet I almost lost my daughter to a debilitating addiction to drugs. My daughter attended college in New York. In her sophomore more…

Drug News – January 7, 2016

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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…

Drug News: December 31, 2015

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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…

Drug News: December 24, 2015

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MARIJUANA / ALCOHOL – USA The Tricky Relationship Between Marijuana and American Indians – In These Times American Indian newborns are 8.7 times more likely than white babies to be born with NAS. Add to that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD), and we’ve got a pretty dire situation for the next generation. What would marijuana more…

Drug News: December 17, 2015

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DRUG REHAB – USA Man who portrayed ‘Totes McGoats’ succeeds in drug rehab – Buffalo News LOCKPORT – A former Niagara Falls heroin dealer who portrayed Niagara Falls recycling mascot “Totes McGoats” was ruled a success in a court-supervised drug rehabilitation program Thursday. DRUG REHAB – USA Five reasons to seek drug rehab before the more…

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