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Drug News: December 4, 2013

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Prescription Drug Abuse Spikes Heroin Use – Payson Roundup

“The gateway to heroin use is through prescription pain pills containing oxycodone and hydrocodone,” said Dr. David Greenberg, a Scottsdale-based expert in addiction medicine. “Over 95 percent of heroin addicts that I see got their start using prescription opioids.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Letter – Prescription abuse: State needs drug database – Springfield News-Leader

Prescription drug overdose has now surpassed traffic crashes as the leading cause of unintentional injury death in America — more than 38,000 drug overdoses in 2010 compared to 32,000 motor vehicle fatalities. More than 16,000 overdoses were from prescription painkillers, which is double the number of deaths since 1999.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA
Cheaper, more potent form of methamphetamine is on the rise – Chattanooga Times Free Press

A soldier stands in a room full of barrels containing white and yellow powder after a seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine at a small ranch in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. Mexican drug cartels are flooding U.S. cities with cheap, extraordinarily pure methamphetamine made in factory-like “super labs” — a surge in production that has all but negated the nation’s long effort to curb meth production at home with tighter controls on key ingredients.

HEROIN – USA
Northeast Ohio suburbanites falling prey to heroin’s pull in deadly ways – News-Herald

The physical scars on the left arm of inmate Melanie C. Ward are only a small part of the pain and suffering resulting from her 10 year battle heroin addiction. Ward, of Bainbridge Township, is currently serving time in the Lake County Jail stemming from a burglary sentence as the result of her heroin addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Addiction ‘epidemic’ concerns Wecht – TribLive.com

The drug addicts and dealers that famed forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril H. Wecht worries about the most do not hang out on street corners in bad neighborhoods. Many “dealers” are doctors or licensed pharmacists.

KROKODIL – CANADA
Krokodil hype: Is toxic ‘flesh-eating’ street drug in Canada? – CBC

If headlines in the past few weeks are to be believed, a “Flesh-eating ‘zombie’ drug” that could devour users “from the inside out” is finding its way onto American streets. Then came reports suggesting that “krokodil,” a cheap and highly addictive homemade substitute for heroin that surfaced first in Russia about 10 years ago, had appeared in Ontario’s Niagara region.

COUGH MEDICINES – USA
“The New Drug on the Street” — Cough Drops!! – WOAI.com

Cough drops are being gobbled up in large amounts in a practice known among teens as ‘cold tripping.’ “In can make you hallucinate, all sorts of crazy effects, your concentration goes, it’s also a high that endures for about six hours when you take it,” local addiction counselor said.

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