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Drug News: February 4, 2016

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Helping drug addicts is finally politically feasible – Sacramento Bee

When there’s the political will, there tends to be a political way to accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case with the nation’s long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction.

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Tragedy Moves A Community To Combat Drug Addiction – NPR

When it comes to fighting addiction, they say you have to hit bottom. For Rutland, Vt., a town of 17,000 devastated by heroin, the bottom came in September 2012. A popular high school senior was struck and killed by a driver who was high. Local resident Joe Kraus says the tragedy galvanized the community.

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Catholics and America’s Changing Face of Drug Addiction – National Catholic Register

When recent headlines marked a spike in drug overdoses for white, middle-class Americans, the news saddened but did not surprise Deacon Timothy Flanigan, an HIV specialist at Brown University medical school in Providence, R.I.

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‘Chasing the Dragon’: FBI film aims to reach kids before drug addiction does – Washington Post

The faces on the screen are a cross-section of suburban America. One is an eagle scout. Another is a cheerleader. There’s a mother of an infant child and a corporate account executive clearing six figures a year. All abused prescription painkillers, a common trait that has them appearing in a new documentary, “Chasing the Dragon,”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
‘Prescription Thugs’: New documentary looks at America’s legal drug abuse problem – Fox News

“Prescription Thugs” takes an intimate look at what many addiction experts agree is the worst epidemic in America today. “The subject kind of picked me. My older brother died from a prescription drug, basically, an overdose – his body gave out from all the prescription drugs he was doing,” director Chris Bell told FoxNews.com’s Dr. Manny Alvarez. “I wanted to find some answers why that happened to him.”

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How local schools look to prevent drug and alcohol addiction – wwlp.com

She emphasized the development of an addiction to drugs or alcohol typically happens before the age of 24. She also stressed that stopping early drug use is a powerful defense against an addiction from ever forming.

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Inspiring Those Suffering and Recovering from Alcohol Addiction – youralaskalink

“Growing up my Mom drank, when I was young I used to, I hated it and growing up in Fairbanks, the bars stay open til 4 or 5 in the morning and they would take off for the weekends and I used to say I”m never going to drink when I grow-up, never,” said Jacqueline Morris who is a Participant in the Day 001: Voices of Recovery Project. However, at the age of thirteen Morris began drinking.

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