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Drug News: September 24, 2015

DRUG ADDICTION – US
Carly Fiorina in her own words on her stepdaughter’s death – New York Post

http://nypost.com/2015/09/20/carly-fiorina-in-her-own-words-on-her-stepdaughters-death/
During Wednesday night’s GOP debate, Carly Fiorina argued that we need to invest more to treat drug addiction, an issue that has sad personal resonance for the candidate. Her stepdaughter died from drugs, a story she relates here from her memoir, “Rising to the Challenge.”

HEROIN – USA
A grim and growing trend: Alabama sees increased cases of drug-dependent newborns – Alabama News

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/a_grim_and_growing_trend_alaba.html
Heroin use by women has doubled since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these women are young and some, like Bair, become pregnant while using.

DRUG REHAB – USA
Amnesty for drug addicts? Mass. police chief says new approach could work in Maine – Bangor Daily News

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/09/19/health/amnesty-for-drug-addicts-mass-police-chief-says-new-approach-could-work-in-maine/
Police Chief Leonard Campanello of Gloucester, Massachusetts, describes his community’s new amnesty program for opiate addicts Saturday morning to an enthusiastic crowd that gathered at the Belfast waterfront. He said his small city has had success with that program and the other unconventional ways officials are using to battle the opioid epidemic. “I’m getting less like a police chief and more like a, what-do-you-call-it, social activist,” he said to ringing applause.

DRUG ADDICTION – USA
Burlington leaders pledge to fight drugs – Burlington Free Press

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2015/09/20/burlington-drug-problem-fight/72419786/
Bissonette, a lifelong neighborhood resident and one of the city’s most prominent landlords, witnesses the daily routine of the drug trade from his North Street office. “Open transactions, people handing people dope and getting money in return,” he said. “This year it’s out of control. This has been the height of what I’ve seen in my life on North Street.”

DRUG / ALCOHOL REHAB – NEW ZEALAND
Inmates given $8.6 million by Govt for drug and alcohol rehab on the outside – TVNZ

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/inmates-given-8-6-million-by-govt-for-drug-and-alcohol-rehab-on-the-outside-q10732
Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga announced $8.6 million spending over the next three years this week, saying breaking prisoners’ addiction will help them reduce reoffending rates. Two-thirds of prisoners have substance abuse problems and more than half of crimes were committed by people taking drugs and alcohol.

ALCOHOL / DRUG REHAB – USA
Interstate Bridge event highlights recovery success stories – KGW
http://www.kgw.com/story/news/health/2015/09/07/interstate-bridge-event-highlights-recovery-success-stories/71860770/
On Monday, roughly 3,000 people from Oregon and Washington were expected to show up at Hands Across the Bridge, an event that celebrates recovery from addiction. People from both states walked across the Interstate Bridge, met in the middle and held hands in support of each other.

ALCOHOL / DRUG REHAB – USA
Recovery Palooza on Saturday celebrates life after addiction – Michigan Live

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/09/recovery_palooza_planned_satur.html
Those who survive addiction emerge “with clarification of values, new life meaning and purpose. We have a paradigm shift of what we believe is important. Because of that shift, we can say we get better than well.”

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