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Drug News: March 31, 2016

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Obama Pushes For More Treatment for Opioid Addiction – NBC News

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at curbing America’s opioid addiction epidemic, steps that would make it easier to obtain medication-based treatment, expand Medicaid coverage and increase availability of a drug that saves people from overdoses.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
‘Dying to Live’ fundraiser to help families with drug rehab costs – Suffolk Times

It wasn’t difficult for Laura Soviero of Wading River to settle on the name “Dying to Live” for her nonprofit, which was founded last year and provides emotional and financial support to local families affected by a loved one’s drug addiction. “I thought it was appropriate because we have people who are dying,” said Ms. Soviero, 39. “But we also have people who are fighting for their lives.”

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION – USA
Prisoner reform shouldn’t take precedence over public safety – The Denver Post

Colorado corrections chief Rick Raemisch is right to say that simply shipping every parolee caught using drugs or alcohol back to prison does nothing to address the underlying problem. But what about 10 failed drug tests? What about 17?

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The strange history of opiates in America: from morphine for kids to heroin for soldiers – The Guaradian

Tomorrow, 44 more Americans will die from prescription painkillers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And if history is any indication, attempting to legislate an illness away will do little other than force addicts to search for yet another way to find their fix.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
State secrecy laws hide violations in Georgia’s prescription drug abuse epidemic – Investigations Blgo AJC

The Georgia Board of Pharmacy, which is on the front lines of the fight against this state’s prescription drug addiction epidemic because it has the power to revoke the licenses or registrations of pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Even in the worst allegations of wrongdoing, they tell the public little about what went wrong.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Curbing pain prescriptions won’t reduce overdoses. More drug treatment will – The Guardian

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health consistently shows that 75% or more of those who start taking opioid medications for non-medical reasons obtain them not from their own prescription, but from friends, family members, dealers or other illicit sources.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol Addiction Counselor Sends Sobering Message To Parents – RGVProud

He explains the cycle of addiction in some cases as; mom and dad drink then offer a sip of beer to their son or daughter, then the child becomes an adolescent with drinking issues and is ‘ok’ with experimenting with synthetic marijuana and/or other substances.

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