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Drug News: December 17, 2015

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 holidays – Lockhaven

Someday we will achieve the star-high goal of a drug-free world, where no child or loved one is ever caught in the trap of drug addiction and no parent has to suffer the anguish and heartbreak of losing a child to drugs. But we are not yet there, and until that time the holiday season can pose greater risk to the addict and greater hardship on the families entrapped by substance abuse. And in this season of mankind’s greatest hopes for peace and joy and happiness, there is hope for those struggling with addiction.

MARIJUANA – USA
1 in 5 Drug Rehab Beds is Occupied by a Pot Smoker – Marijuana Politics

50 percent of people in rehab are there for marijuana. One in four of them used it daily.

ALCOHOL / MARIJUANA – INDIA
Legalise Weed To Fight Alcohol Addiction, Suggests BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy! – India Times

“In the villages of my constituency, old people, venerable people used to smoke natural marijuana. Today, by imposing ban on natural substances, which people have been using for ages, from the time of Lord Shiva, we have actually forced a lot of these people to move on to alcohol,” Satpathy said.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
David Feherty details extent of his drug and alcohol abuse in interview – Golf Digest

http://www.golfdigest.com/story/david-feherty-details-extent-of-his-drug-and-alcohol-abuse-in-interview
“A typical day was 30-40 Vicodin and two and a half bottles of whiskey…real whiskey. Whiskey with an ‘e,'” Feherty said. “There was cocaine, there was dope. When I think about it now I’m like, ‘Why am I alive?'”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse is a ‘people problem’: Watson – Cleveland Banner

“We unfortunately see the illegal use of prescription medication rising among those 50 years of age and even older, who formerly abused alcohol in their 30s. It simply means they are switching addictions to opioids from alcohol,” Watson said.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Macklemore Tackles Prescription Drug Addiction on New Track ‘Kevin’– Radio

Macklemore debuted “Kevin,” his new track with Ryan Lewis, last night at the American Music Awards. Featuring neo soul man Leon Bridges, the emotional song tackles the problem of prescription drug addiction.

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