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Drug News: March 17, 2016

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Analysis: Did Nancy Regan’s War on Drugs Backfire? – NBC News

Nancy Reagan never publicly recanted or so much as commented on her starring role in the drug war. But with a look back at the origins of her and her husband’s hardline policies, it’s possible to trace the arc of one of America’s most famous failures.

DRUG ABUSE – USA
Tomblin OKs drug-testing welfare recipients – Register Herald

The Democratic governor signed off Wednesday on the three-year statewide drug-testing pilot program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program applicants. The Republican-led Legislature passed it.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Guest commentary: Grappling with Contra Costa County’s addiction to prescription drugs – Contra Costa Times

When it comes to drug overdose deaths, Contra Costa County’s biggest killer is not methamphetamine, cocaine or even heroin. This danger comes with a childproof cap.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Panel at Sonoma State University tackles drug addiction issues facing Sonoma County – Press Democrat

A recent county report showed that one in four county residents had an opioid prescription in 2014, a figure that local health officials find alarming as the nation confronts an upsurge in prescription drug addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Identifying addiction: 5 signs your loved one is struggling with prescription drugs – MLive

Chances are, in your neighborhood, opiate abuse is rampant. Addiction crosses ZIP codes, racial and socioeconomic lines.

ALCOHOL – USA
Mayo Clinic: Medical students more prone to alcohol abuse – Fox 9

Medical students are more likely to abuse alcohol than their peers, especially if they are young, single and carrying a high amount of debt. Researchers at Mayo Clinic surveyed 12,500 medical students as part of their study on medical student burnout.

HEROIN – USA
Could Heroin Injection Sites Revolutionize The Drug Addiction Crisis? – Think Progress

As drug overdose deaths continue to rise, devastating communities across the country, some cities are exploring a new, controversial approach to saving addicts’ lives: Creating safe spaces for people to use heroin. So-called “supervised injection sites,” which have had some international success, could save thousands of lives.

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