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Drug News: April 14, 2016

Drug addiction stigmas linger – The Journal News |

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 at a national conference this week in Baltimore.

Grief fuels timeshare king David Siegel’s fight against drug addiction – Orlando Sentinel

Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel admits he was never the kind of father who doted on his kids – and he’s had 13 of them. But the uber-rich Siegel, best known from the documentary “The Queen of Versailles” as the Orlando timeshare king building the largest home in America, especially regrets he wasn’t closer to his daughter Victoria. The 18-year-old died June 6 from a toxic mix of prescription medicines.

Can a Smart Pill Dispenser Curb Prescription Drug Overdoses? – Observer

Opioid-related deaths have quadrupled in America since 1999—an average of 78 people die from opioid overdoses every day. But patients suffering from chronic illnesses still need medication, so how can doctors ensure that patients get the pills they need while lowering the risk of abuse?

PRIDE billboard ties prescription drugs to heroin addiction – Shore News Today

NORTH WILDWOOD – The PRIDE committee, founded by the Sea Isle School Board, posted a billboard to generate awareness for prescription drug use being linked to heroin addiction.

Agawam is taking steps to stop drug addiction –

The message was clear as soon as you entered the parking lot of the Doering Middle School. Agawam is striving to be a drug free community. Like many communities across America, drugs are a serious and often deadly problem. More than 50 people gathered Wednesday night in Agawam to hear how they can prevent addiction, or help a loved one. One of the event organizers, Tracy Wilke, lost her 22-year-old son Shane to drugs 17-months ago.

Pill Problem: Older Americans susceptible to addiction – Palm Beach Daily News

It starts innocently enough. A doctor prescribes a pain reliever after an injury or a tranquilizer for anxiety. After weeks of using the drug, patients find themselves taking it more frequently, in larger doses and longer than recommended. Addiction is taking over.

‘Start Talking’ about problem of alcohol abuse –

This year’s annual Alcohol Awareness Month, presented by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc., focuses on “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use,” is filled with local, state and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives.

Proven Screening Tool for Alcohol Abuse Underutilized – Medscape

Studies show that 92% of patients are willing for their doctors to be asked about drinking, and 93% said they thought their doctors should ask. Very few physicians do this, but it could help many patients overcome alcoholism and prevent the health problems it causes.

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