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Drug News: February 25, 2016

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.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can affect multiple generations – News-Medical.net

When a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, even a small dose, she can increase the chances that the next three generations may develop alcoholism, according to a new study from Binghamton University.

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Can Baltimore Provide Addiction Treatment On Demand? – NPR

“I just want to wake up and eat breakfast and be normal, no matter what that might be,” she says. “I’m just ready to be Andrea. Teacup is done. She’ll always be a part of me, but I no longer want to be her. Teacup is a full-blown drug addict. Full-blown. I choose to live now.”

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT – USA
Health commissioner talks needs to treat drug addiction – WANE

In 2015 Allen County in Indiana saw a 16 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths associated with opioids. “The opioid crisis is probably one of the biggest public health issues I’ve seen in 15 years and it’s not going to go away,” Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan said.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
A Vaccine for Drug Addiction is in the Works – Medill Northwestern

Most heroin addiction begins with prescription drug or opioid addictions prescribed for pain, said Dr. William Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “If less addictive non-opioid alternatives were invented to treat pain, fewer patients might become addicted in the first place.”

ECSTASY – USA
Study: MDMA commonly tainted with ‘bath salts‘ – Philly

Clubgoers who take the party drug MDMA — better known as ecstasy or Molly – may be unknowingly consuming “bath salts” and other potentially dangerous contaminants, according to a new study.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Doctors’ prescriptions fuel N.C. drug overdose epidemic – Charlotte Observer

Prescription drugs are fueling a nationwide epidemic of overdose deaths that has been worsened by doctors who overprescribe addictive painkillers.

 

 

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