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Drug News: October 16, 2014

DRUG REHAB – USA
Christie pledges $12 million to expand ‘Mommy & Me’ drug rehab programs to southern N.J. – nj.com

Speaking at a residential facility that allows new mothers in recovery to receive treatment for drug addiction without giving up custody of their young children, Gov. Chris Christie today announced he was designating $12 million in state funds to support such specialized care.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
Editorial: The changing nature of drug abuse – Daily Iowan

Common street drugs such as meth and cocaine are no longer the main culprits. Prescription-drug abuse now rules as the No. 1 cause of overdose in the United States.

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‘It’s everybody’ — 2 families struggle with addiction – wtop.com

Trish Glowacki describes her son Charlie as having been a “typical teen.” But halfway through high school, she noticed a dramatic change in his behavior. Glowacki says her son wasn’t sleeping well; he was reclusive and alone in his room more than usual. His coloring was off, too, and his pupils were constricted. “It all started to change after sophomore year in high school,” Glowacki says.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – USA
One Young Mother’s Battle With Opiate Addiction – Worcester Mag

When Worcester County resident Andrea Smith was 18 years old, her physician prescribed her Vicodin – an opiate pain pill – for fibromyalgia. She used Vicodin intermittently for the first two years. However, by the third year, she was using it on a regular basis.

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#14Days: Moderation, a radical option in treating addiction – CBS News

Is it possible for people with alcohol use disorders to heal, resolve their drinking problems, and then safely continue to drink in moderation? It’s a controversial idea, but some experts say that for certain people in early stages of alcoholism, moderation management can be a solution.

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Matt Prater: Rehab was ‘voluntary’ – ESPN

During his four-game suspension from the NFL for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, new Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater spent time at a rehabilitation facility for treatment for his alcohol addiction.

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The shadow life of Jim Irsay – ESPN

KIMBERLY WUNDRUM’S friends passed by the lilacs and lilies and other flowers that she loved, but it was the blue orchids by her open casket, arranged in the shape of a horseshoe, that stopped some cold. Jim Irsay, the 55-year-old owner of the Indianapolis Colts, had sent the flowers, which was typical of the kind of thing he did.

MARIJUANA – USA
Pot should be legalized, sold like alcohol, says addiction centre – MacLeans

Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity.

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