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Drug News: February 4, 2015

DRUG REHAB – USA
Sister begins fund for drug rehab facility after brother’s death – Medina Gazette

Kierstin Jenkins is determined not to let her brother’s death become another statistic. Alex Jenkins, 26, of Akron, died of a drug overdose on Monday. “I would like people to know that addiction affects everyone,” she said. “He had all these people in his life that were affected by his addiction.”

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / ALCOHOL – USA
Oklahoma reports rise in number of drug and alcohol addicted newborns – kxii.com

“Anything that gets put into a woman’s body, the baby gets, too,” said OB-GYN Kinion Whittington. Whittington says the rise reflects the high use of drugs in the Bryan County area, especially a spike in illegal use of prescription medications. “There’s been an increase in the use of Hydrocodone and Oxycontin in this area.”

HEROIN – USA
Bad heroin suspected in January deaths – The Citizen

There have been two possible overdose deaths and a third non-fatal suspected overdose in Peachtree City during January which could have been due to heroin. The potential exists that, unknown to the users, the heroin might have been laced with a powerful synthetic narcotic.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers Unlikely to Deter Addicts – Healthline

Recently released data show that fewer Americans are addicted to painkillers. It sounds like good news. But don’t be fooled into thinking America has a handle on its opiate addiction.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Jury trial possible next year over widespread OxyContin addiction in Ky. – TribLive

Prescription drug abuse has killed more than 20,000 Americans a year, filled jails and treatment centers, and spawned a resurgence in heroin use. And nowhere is the pill problem more prevalent than in Kentucky’s Appalachians, where officials trace its roots to the aggressive marketing of one potent drug: OxyContin.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS / HEROIN – USA
Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin – WWLP

The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. Back in the 1960s, heroin users were usually young men, who started using around an average age of 16. They were most likely from low-income neighborhoods, and when they turned to opiates, heroin was their first choice. Now, more than 50 years later, a study from JAMA paints a very different picture.

DRUG / ALCOHOL ADDICTION– USA
Ocean State addresses high drug, alcohol addiction rates – Brown Daily Herald

Rhode Island has recently found itself at the top of some undesirable lists — the state came in third in alcohol poisoning deaths and first in illicit drug use, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control. Topping national rankings, R.I. considers less punitive drug policies, more treatment spending.

METHAMPHETAMINE – USA / MEXICO
Narco-drone laden with methamphetamine crashes near US-Mexico border – Fox News

Police in a Mexican border city said Wednesday that a drone overloaded with illicit methamphetamine crashed into a supermarket parking lot.

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