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Drug News: October 8, 2015

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
Guest Viewpoint: Drug addicts need more treatment – Press Connects

They speak the vote-gathering, politically correct, standard but naïve words about better and more law enforcement being the answer. The only workable answer is vastly increased treatment options for addicts, which we are sadly lacking.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Tom Hanks Supports Son Chet’s Decision to Enter Rehab for Drug Addiction Treatment – Music Times

Veteran actor Tom Hanks showed the world his family comes first during an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Sunday (Oct. 4), revealing he’s proud of his son, Chet Hanks’, decision to seek help for his personal demons by entering himself into rehab for drug addiction treatment.

DRUG TREATMENT – USA
A Pima County drug-rehab program is offering repeat felons an alternative to prison that’s far less costly than building more private prisons, supporters say – AZ Central

Heather McNeeley already had spent one birthday behind bars for using drugs, and she was looking at another 3.5 years in prison for possessing and trying to sell heroin in 2012. Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, however, gave McNeeley a chance to stay out of the pokey

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Prescription drug abuse still growing – Western Recorder

An average of 44 people die in the United States every day from drug overdoses involving prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. More than 1,000 people die each year in Kentucky from prescription drug overdoses, giving the state the third-highest overdose death rate in the nation.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
After prescription drug addiction, the road to recovery – Newsworks

When we think of people being addicted to prescription drugs, we usually think of opiods or stimulants, however there are a growing number of problems associated with drugs used to treat mental health disorders.

ALCOHOL ABUSE – USA
Yankees’ CC Sabathia praised on Twitter for decision to enter alcohol rehab – NJ.com

One day before the Yankees begin postseason play against the Houston Astros, the club announced that CC Sabathia is entering alcohol rehab and will miss the playoffs.

ALCOHOL – USA
Alcohol is the Real Gateway Drug – Chicago Tribune

While there’s much debate about whether marijuana is a gateway drug, data from the US’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that 60% of cannabis users go on to try other drugs. That might seem to prove that yes, marijuana is a gateway drug – but (and this is a huge BUT) 88% of drug users started with alcohol.

ALCOHOL – USA
LSU students, alumnus talk alcohol and drug recovery on campus – lsureveille

Construction management junior Patrick Driscoll can occasionally be found a Fred’s in Tigerland, but more frequently, he is shooting pool at Clicks Billiards on Corporate Boulevard. Either way, he’ll have a Coca-Cola with a lime to keep from drawing attention to himself.

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