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Drug News: April 7, 2016

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 should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime – The Guardian

People who misuse drugs are often jailed – the US has 25% of the world’s prisoners. But learning-based treatment would often work much better.

Officials think FM lacks enough long term drug addiction treatment resources – Valley News Live

As more people die from heroin overdoses in our region, FM Ambulance says their Narcan use is the highest it’s ever been. But their life saving measures are only short lived. As soon as an addict get their fix, the cycle starts again. So with this being such an issue in our community, do we have the resources in place for those seeking long term care?

In Maryland, new efforts to fight drug addiction are taking shape – Washington Post

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and the Democratic-controlled legislature are weighing options for tackling the fast-growing heroin epidemic that has taken root across the state and throughout the country. Many of the solutions focus on loosening criminal penalties for drug offenses and shifting more money — including the potential prison savings — to treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Researchers Discover What Makes Some Drug Addicts More Likely to Relapse Than Others – The Science Explorer

It’s critical to tailor addiction treatments to an addict’s unique needs. According to new research out of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, there are various factors that make certain drug addicts more likely to relapse than others. The findings, which are published in the journal Substance Abuse Research and Treatment, reveal that if an individual used injections for their drugs, began opioid abuse later in life, or increased their use of downers just before started drug treatment — he or she is more likely to relapse from treatment than others.

Norwood officials, health care providers host drug addiction forum – Norwood, Wicked Local

Savini has been drug-free since Sept. 5, 2012, but his story is an endemic of an ongoing issue in town, Police Chief Bill Brooks said. An over-abundance of prescription medication has led to opiate abuse, with a number of users abusing products like Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycodone.

Health Q&A: Stopping prescription drug abuse – News

Officials see prescription painkillers as the first step that many people take in an addiction that is leading to an increasing number of deaths. With opioid drugs such as OxyContin and Oxycodone being much more expensive than heroin, those addicted to narcotics are turning to street drugs to get their high.

Alcohol Awareness Month sheds light on addiction, recovery – San Diego Tribune

According to National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), while the disease of addiction remains our nation’s primary health problem, much less prevalent is the knowledge that currently 20 million individuals and their family members who have suffered from the disease are successfully experiencing life in recovery. This month, NCADD has planned local, state, and national events to educate people about prevention, treatment, and hope.

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