James Bond, Alcohol, Myth, Reality

James Bond and alcohol? The inconvenient truth --

Shaken, Not Stirred: A Medical Diagnosis and Psychological Evaluation of James Bond | Big Think TV | Big Think: "...There is no way that James Bond could shoot a gun, not to mention stir a cocktail. The spy's hand tremors, resulting from excessive alcohol consumption, would prevent him from performing even simple activities. In short, you would never want to put the fate of the world in the hands of a man who consumed over four times the recommended amount of alcohol.  If you took 007 to bed with you, you would be similarly disappointed, as Ian Fleming's character is at high risk for sexual dysfunction, along with a long assortment of alcohol-related diseases that will eventually kill him at the age of 56.  A medical analysis of James Bond, based on a study of his drinking habits from all 14 Bond novels, was recently published in the British journal BMJ.... " (read more at link above)

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Drugs, Will Kill, Your Friends

Drugs Will Kill Your Friends - Rob Delaney - The Atlantic: "...I never did coke or heroin. I believed, as I was told growing up, that crack was indeed whack, so that never called out to me. I have an explanation for that. In 1986, the Boston Celtics drafted 22-year-old Len Bias, a preternaturally gifted forward from the University of Maryland. I was nine. Right before he was supposed to join the team for training, he did some coke at a party, immediately had a heart attack, and fucking died. It was the first time I’d heard of cocaine and it was introduced to me as something that killed beautiful athletes. So COCAINE WILL KILL YOU IF YOU TRY IT EVEN ONCE was permanently imprinted on me. Even when I was an abject alcoholic scumbag, years deep into my booze problem, riding the subway IN THE MORNING with visibly urine-soaked pants, I remained terrified of coke, even though, as we know, booze kills more people than every other drug combined and then multiplied..."

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Drug treatment, Decriminalizing addiction

How decriminalizing addiction and prostitution could save a Tel Aviv neighborhood
This approach is based on the idea that there are activities that cannot be eliminated, such as drug addiction and prostitution. Toys and Bonny-Noach ...


The Mosque's Role In Treating Drug Addicts
This is the first of a three-part series on the treatment for drug addiction run by the University Malaya Centre for Addiction Sciences (UMCAS) using the ...

Create jobs, hope to fight addiction
Lexington Herald Leader
"That is a profound risk condition for drug abuse." This is the same finding researchers elsewhere report. "Addiction always has a social element, and this is ...

Meet Carl Hart, the Scientist Debunking America's Myths About Drugs
Dispelling the myths surrounding drug abuse and addiction is precisely the goal ... "I thought that I was going to solve the problem of drug addiction," he told the ...

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Rhode Island weighs prescription drug registry to curb abuse

RI weighs prescription drug registry to curb abuse
San Francisco Chronicle
That number includes people who died after using prescribed and illicit drugs. Health officials say many people struggling with prescription drug addiction often ...


Family Court Hopes to End Cycle of Drug Addiction
LAS VEGAS -- Parents getting high and leaving their children to suffer. Right now, family court judges are seeing more drug-addicted parents flooding the ...

Mother sentenced to 7 years after she started dealing drugs to feed ...
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
A Sioux Falls woman who says she turned to drug dealing to feed her addiction and her family was given a 7-year prison sentence on Monday. Margaret ...

Fighting drug abuse through education
AVERILL PARK - Drug counselors in Averill Park are hoping the remedy for heroin addiction is a mixture of awareness and communication, hence their effort to ...

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Drug scourge, meth addiction, prescription drug addiction

The drugs scourge in Tanzania…hope at hand from Sober House
Over a period of 17 years, he lost everything due to drug addiction, was jobless and at one time, resorted to begging. From a respectable family, he never though ...


Faith And Friendship Overcome Meth Addiction
Stacey Page Online
It wasn't until Stephen Cooper had hit rock bottom that his life truly began. It was December 2010 and Stephen, a convicted felon with a serious drug addiction ...

NIDA to Fund Studies of Genes, Variants Involved in Addiction
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute on Drug Abuse plans to fund research and development projects investigating the genomic ...

Students face deadly effects of prescription drug addictions
Miami Student
The National Institute of Drug abuse estimates that in the U.S., 9 million people suffer from prescription drug addiction, while 200,000 people suffer from heroin ...

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Awareness about drug and alcohol addiction

Dozens Rappel Down San Jose Marriott to Raise Awareness About ...
NBC Bay Area
Dozens of people are rappelling 26 stories down the side of the San Jose Marriott hotel to raise awareness about drug and alcohol addiction. Bob Redell reports ...

NBC Bay Area

Groups unite to better fight drugs
Chillicothe Gazette
We need to make it tough to do (and sell) drugs in Chillicothe,” said Everson, who ... through the Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board.

Parents, children hear tales of drug use and recovery
VALPARAISO — Families came together Tuesday to share their children's stories of drug abuse and addiction. There were stories of overcoming and ...

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Heroin use increase; chronic pain and addiction

Drug enforcement agencies, health pros see increased use of heroin
Gainesville Times
Jose Galaviz was abusing drugs, including injecting heroin, when he wound up in ... According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction, in 2011, 4.2 million ...

An epidemic of chronic pain
Boston Globe
To put it bluntly, chronic-pain patients all too often are seen as potential drugabusers ... That vilification is based on somewhat exaggerated fears ofaddiction.

Boston Globe

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Drug Courts Helping Troubled Vets

Drug Courts Helping Troubled Vets Off Streets
Christian Broadcasting Network
Drug problems and mental health issues haunt thousands of U.S. veterans, which ... people out of jail and can do the same for veterans trapped by addiction.

Defense One

S. Kyrgyzstan addicts spread anti-drug message
Central Asia Online
Former drug abuser Khairullo Khakimov tells schoolchildren in Osh November ... The kids are able to see for themselves what drug addiction can do," he said.

Central Asia Online

Around 300 Sheesha cafes operating in city
Pakistan Observer
“Tobacco Control Ordinance-2002 has failed to control drug addiction effectively as around 300 Sheesha cafes are still operating in the city only”, regretted ...

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Drug Addiction, Sex Trade

Behind drug addiction, sex trade are people
Cowichan Valley Citizen
When speaking with Bev Stone, one thing she said particularly hit home. Her daughter, and those like her who become addicted to drugs and caught up in the ...

Tories headed to court to learn more about impacts of drug addiction
Journal Pioneer
CHARLOTTETOWN – Island Tories have committed to visiting provincial court upon closure of the fall legislature session to witness court proceedings on ...

The Guardian Charlottetown

$1.5M awarded to help inmates with mental health, addiction problems
Marion Star
Mental health and drug abuse problems plague many inmates inside Ohio's jails. ... Mental Health and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services ...

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Gambling addiction, drugs, addiction therapy

Pool striker tells court of gambling addiction
Blackpool Gazette
Blackpool striker Michael Chopra has lifted the lid on his gambling addiction ... in a £750,000 cocaine trial, relating to an alleged drug factory in the North East.

Blackpool Gazette

Cure addiction the Mao Tse-tung way
Mao Tse-tung was by far the greatest therapist of drug addiction in world history. He threatened to execute opium addicts if they didn't give up. Threats to murder ...


Addiction therapy launched online for cannabis users
New Zealand Doctor Online
Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell says the website's development was overseen byaddiction prevention and treatment professionals and brings a ...

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Helping Youth with Drug Addiction

Helping Youth with Drug Addiction
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
The 'Gala of Hope' on Saturday night in Durham is a fundraiser for the yet to be built Georgian Bay Treatment Centre for youth with drug addiction problems.

Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre

This drug could make a huge dent in heroin addiction. So why isn't it ...
Washington Post (blog)
Much of my public-health research has concerned measures to reduce the social and health harms related to the misuse of heroin, prescription painkillers, and ...

Washington Post (blog)

New York Times Misses Mark on Buprenorphine Drug
Huffington Post
To treat opioid addiction, we need options that include both behavioral psychosocial counseling and medications. Buprenorphine is not a miracle drug, but it ...

The High Life Part 5 - recovering from drug addiction
CTV News Barrie
Casandra Clark spent most of her teenage years high on one drug or another. “I would let anybody get to me. I was just too sad and too mad and blaming ...

Action on addiction 'epidemic' needed now: MLAs
The Guardian Charlottetown
After months of hearing from those most affected by prescription drug addiction in P.E.I., a committee of MLAs says action must be taken now to help addicted ...

The Guardian Charlottetown

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Amy Winehouse's father on how addiction affects all

Paul Flowers: Amy Winehouse's father on how addiction affects all ...
Winehouse, whose late daughter Amy struggled with drug addiction while alive, says that while the foundation works a lot with schools, he hopes to help all ages ...


EDITORIAL: Drug Addiction: A Public Health Crisis
Litchfield County Times
Heroin addiction is shaking communities as we watch individuals with once bright futures ruined by a drug that is well known for its lethal capacity yet is so easily ...

Recovering addict shares story with Drug Task Force
The Heroin and Illicit Drug Task Force, a group working to find ways to prevent and treat the drugproblem in our area, learned about addiction recovery from a ...

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Drug addiction takes toll in Iran

Drug addiction takes toll in Iran
One of the socioeconomic challenges facing Iran today is extensive drug addiction, especially among the youth. Having Afghanistan — the world's largest ...

Drug Court another facet in county's response to addiction
Shore News Today
CAPE MAY COUNTY – Three county residents will graduate from the local Drug Court program this week, and another five will enter the final phase of the ...

Henry Radel, tell other Republicans that all addicts deserve help
The Guardian
I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. ... American society considers alcoholics people with a disease, deserving of our help. ... Addiction is a disease, whether the drug is legal or illegal.

Washington Post (blog)

Heroin Summit: addiction doctor says managing addiction is 'indefinite'
Plain Dealer
Heroin Summit: Cleveland Clinic doctor on addiction treatment Jason Jerry, a physician in the Cleveland Clinic's Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center, discusses ...

Medina County Gazette

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Mapping America, drug and alcohol use

Daily Mail
But America's 'red' states are not without blemish in the addiction department - they just ... for its fine Bourbon, has the second lowest percentage of alcoholics.

Daily Mail

Is it really an addiction?
Princeton Daily Clarion
Another point that needs to be addressed in this discussion is the number of drug court graduates who actually suffer from addiction. Many offenders who turn to ...

Drug dealer loses appeal bid to reduce sentence
Bundaberg News Mail
But he also had a longstanding drug addiction which began during his teens and continued during his offending. He had 39 clients during the eight months ...

Fighting Heroin Addiction in Montgomery County
NBC4 Washington
He was arrested in 2010 and entered Drug Court. ... Heroin addiction is a growing problem, and Montgomery County is seeing a recent spike overdose deaths.

NBC4 Washington

Internet addiction changes brain similar to cocaine: Study
CBS News
Internet addiction disorder changes brain's white matter areas related to emotions, ... cause the same brain changes that are seen in alcoholics and drug addicts.

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Addiction Specialists Warn of New Painkiller Zohydro

Addiction experts protested loudly when the Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful new opioid painkiller last month, saying that it would set off a wave of abuse much as OxyContin did when it first appeared. (source below)

Addiction Specialists Wary of New Painkiller
New York Times
The experts are concerned that Zohydro is not formulated to halt abuse and is manufactured by a company that makes a treatment for people dependent on painkillers or alcohol.... (read more at link above)


A NATIONWIDE campaign to combat violence and drug addiction in ...
Gulf Daily News
'Together Against Violence and Addiction' was initially targeted at children aged between six and 18 and aims to tackle issues such as bullying, drugsand ...

Gulf Daily News

Phillipsburg man who assaulted officers finally getting help for ...
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
Brian Mulrooney, 23, of the 500 block of Roseberry Street, had a drug addiction unlike any other Assistant District Attorney Kelly Lewis-Fallenstein has ...

Demi Lovato details bulimia, drug and alcohol addictions in memoir
Lovato, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, said she wants other young girls who are suffering from eating disorders, drug addiction or poor self-esteem to ...


Suburban Scourge: Addiction and the Gateway Pill
And at a time of easy access to an array of designer drugs and prescription narcotics, the epidemic of opiate addiction is spreading through suburbia at alarming ...

Calcium a treatment for alcoholics
The Age
One of the most common drugs to treat alcoholism could be replaced by taking a ... The drug has been used to treat alcohol addiction for 20 years and it was ...

Addicts rise up to promote awareness of region's heroin problem
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Parties, drugs and an addiction to narcotics that cost him $1,000 per day — they were all part of a lifestyle Darby enjoyed and an unmistakable sign of a lifestyle ...


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Drugs, Addictions, Overdose Deaths

Robbie Williams opens up about past drug addiction
New Zealand Herald
Robbie Williams was heading towards a "Heath Ledger kind of scenario" because of his past drug addiction. The 39-year-old singer was "days away from dying" ...

Times of India

In heroin's grip: Overdose deaths expose Torrington's struggle with ...
New Haven Register
In heroin's grip: Overdose deaths expose Torrington's struggle with addiction ... a town small enough that most people know of the drug addiction he's dealt with, .... he was already suffering from alcoholism and using prescription pills to help ...

Gamblers 'blamed for addiction'
Sydney Morning Herald
“While society has some sympathy for people with drug or alcohol problems because they have an addiction, people with gambling problems are more likely to ...

Mandela's Granddaughter's Battle Of Survival
Sky News
Nelson Mandela's granddaughter has spoken about her battle with drug and sex addiction - and how her famous grandparents inspired her to cope with breast ...

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Suboxone, Buprenorphine, Addiction Treatment Success and Failure

High hopes for buprenorphine, an effective treatment for opioid addiction, have been tempered by a messy reality: health complications and deaths, unscrupulous doctors and a reputation as a street drug. (source infra)

Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side - NYTimes.com: "....Suboxone is the blockbuster drug most people have never heard of. Surpassing well-known medications like Viagra and Adderall, it generated $1.55 billion in United States sales last year, its success fueled by an exploding opioid abuse epidemic and the embrace of federal officials who helped finance its development and promoted it as a safer, less stigmatized alternative to methadone. But more than a decade after Suboxone went on the market, and with the Affordable Care Act poised to bring many more addicts into treatment, the high hopes have been tempered by a messy reality. Buprenorphine has become both medication and dope: a treatment with considerable successes and also failures, as well as a street and prison drug bedeviling local authorities. It has attracted unscrupulous doctors and caused more health complications and deaths than its advocates acknowledge...." (read more at link above)

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Prescription drug overdose deaths skyrocket

Special Report: Prescription drug overdose deaths quadrupled ...
One of the big issues is that only a small number of people abusing these drugs actually get help. Those facing addiction have a long road to recovery, starting ...

93.1 WIBC Indianapolis

Our View: In Tennessee, drug addiction starts early
The Tennessean
Yes, we've known for a long time that Tennessee has a drug-dependency problem far larger than that of most other states. But do we have to pass along our ...


Former AZ pharmacist describes his drug addiction
KPHO Phoenix
Health professionals addicted to drugs and alcohol may make for interesting primetime television but it's a national problem with cases in the Valley. CBS 5 ...
Knoxville News Sentinel
A new scorecard of how states are adopting tactics to reduce prescriptiondrug addiction and overdose deaths concludes that many have not fully embraced ...

News & Observer

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Fatal Addictions, Alcohol, Drug Addiction

Fatal addiction: Britain's 6200 state-sponsored drug addicts hooked ...
Daily Mail
Thousands of drug addicts have spent more than a decade hooked on a heroin substitute prescribed by the NHS at a cost of £200 million, The Mail on Sunday ...

Daily Mail

Drug Addiction And Baby Boomers -- An Escalating Problem
Huffington Post
In 2010, she became a fellow at the American Society of AddictionMedicine. ... The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence can also help you to ...

University at Buffalo Reporter

Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board to meet Oct ...
New Philadelphia Times Reporter
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. The AOD, Planning and Budget ...
THURSDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- When doctors abuse painkillers or other prescription drugs, they're usually not doing it to get high. Instead, they're ...

Nick Clegg: Britain is losing the war on drugs
"You've got very senior police officers now coming out saying that the war on drugs is failing, that we should treat drug addiction as much as a health issue as a ...


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Feeding addictions, drug addiction treatment

Addiction expert questions science behind drug policies
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The federal government's drug policies are facing ... loopholes that allow for the feeding of addiction under the guise of treatment.. . . .(read more at link above)


More states focusing on prescription drug problem
Detroit Free Press
The Buffalo 20-year-old had become despondent about his addiction to the... public awareness campaign about the dangers of prescription drugabuse...

WFMY News 2

Prescription drug abuse a growing problem
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALDMichelle Cotton battled with addiction to prescription drugs, but found the help she needed at Home of Grace rehabilitation ...

TestCountry.com (blog)
. . . . In fact, a recent study released via the Journal of Addiction Medicine this month revealed that doctors use prescription drugs such as pain ...

TestCountry.com (blog)

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Demons of drug addiction and alcoholism

Life on Skid Row: Where homeless fight their demons of drug ...
Daily Mail
Its most recent inhabitants have been those who find they have nowhere else to turn as drug addicts and alcoholics come to its streets to try to fight their demons.

Young and on drugs: Three recovering addicts share their stories of ...
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Ben Wilkey of Columbus has battled a prescription drug addiction after his mother died when he was 15...

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

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Battle Against Addiction

Holland mother turns addiction into activism
April Schalow added, “It's helping to bring awareness to the issue at hand, which is this epidemic of prescription drug abuse.” After April kicked her own addiction ...

Our battle against addiction
Boston Globe
Not too long ago, alcoholics were viewed as morally weak and unreliable, and ... It's a positive testament to our society that people who are drugaddicted are not ...

Boston Herald

Saving lives: Drug court graduates celebrate transformation in ...
Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com
After nearly five years in the program, Washington was among the 21 drug ... At the time, Byrnes was living on his parents' couch and battling an addiction to ...

Yourwellness Magazine Explores Effects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
However, since seeking outpatient treatment for his addiction the second time, Efron has been drug-free ever since. The Daily Mail quoted an anonymous ...

PR Web

Prescription drugs can be gripping
Springfield News Sun
Wendy Doolittle, chief executive officer at McKinley Hall Inc. in Springfield, has seen a dramatic shift in drug addiction in the nearly two decades she has worked ...

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Food Addiction, Krokodil, Suboxone, Heroin Addictions

Food Addiction: Could it explain why 70 percent of America is ...
Lee's Summit Journal
"The 'just say no' approach to drug addiction hasn't worked and it won't work for our ... Why do less than 20 percent of alcoholics successfully quit drinking?

Lee's Summit Journal

The Holistic Sanctuary Seeks to Eliminate Heroin Addiction Amidst ...
(4) This rise in distribution of OPR is concomitant with increasing rates of drug ... (5) Complicating this addiction is the high risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis C ...

Is Suboxone a Wonder Drug that Helps Heroin Addicts Get Clean ...
Village Voice
Suboxone is "not being used in the context we've seen it to kick a habit or even to replace a narcotic dependence. It's just a way to control your habit a little bit ...

Krokodil use reportedly spreading: What makes dangerous drug so ...
CBS News
A woman from Joliet, Ill. chronicled her krokodil addiction to Joliet Patch.... abusing the drug in Russia, according to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and ...

International Business Times

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FDA backs tighter controls on highly addictive painkiller hydrocodone

FDA backs tighter controls on painkiller hydrocodone in wake of ...
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive ...(read more at link above)

Washington Post

Fallen NBA star warns North Pocono students about dangers of drugs
Scranton Times-Tribune
Snorting his first line of cocaine at Boston College opened a door that fallen NBA star Chris Herren could not close for 14 years - long after his drug addiction ...

Scranton Times-Tribune

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Crash and Burn, Addiction

EXCERPT: Artie Lange's 'Crash and Burn'
New York Daily News
He's grotesquely honest about his addiction to heroin and prescription drugs, too. Now happily engaged to his longtime girlfriend Adrienne and hosting “The ...

New York Daily News

Celebrity endorsements enable addiction
And this cavalier attitude toward pills has clearly contributed to America's massive prescription drug addiction problem: 40 people die each day of prescription ...


Naomi Campbell Cries To Jonathan Ross About Anger Issues And ...
Naomi Campbell broke down and cried in an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday after he probed her about her notorious anger problems.


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The Hungry Heart, Film looks at prescription opiate addiction

Film looks at prescription opiate addiction - Stowe Reporter | The hometown newspaper for Stowe,Vermont.: News: "Director Bess O’Brien didn’t know much about prescription drug addiction when she started work on “The Hungry Heart.” That changed over the eight months she spent interviewing young Vermonters addicted to prescription opiates, as well as the doctors and mental-health professionals working to help them become sober. The Kingdom County Productions film will be shown Saturday at Peoples Academy in Morrisville and Sunday at Stowe High School. It follows young adults in the St. Albans area as they struggle with their addictions, work to overcome them and, in some cases, relapse. . . ."

Norwich service for lives lost to addiction
Network Norwich
Lives lost through drugs or alcohol addiction will be remembered at a service at Norwich Cathedral on September 26, supported by the Matthew Project....

Network Norwich

Prescription drugs: abuse can be deadly
Drug overdoses — specifically abuse of potentially dangerous prescription ... But they are narcotics, and improper use can lead to addiction, overdose and all ...

Suboxone, an addiction treatment drug, seeps into Ohio prisons as ...
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A simple greeting card mailed to an inmate contained more than words from a well-wisher: it had 20 strips of Suboxone, a drug used to ...

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Why ending the war on drugs will cut crime

Why ending the war on drugs will cut crime
The Guardian
As a police officer for nearly 34 years, I have witnessed the worsening problems of drug addiction – whether it's to controlled substances or legaldrugs, such as ...(read more at link above)

The Guardian

Lily's Place offers love, treatment for drug-addicted newborns
Charleston Gazette
On Saturday, Brown hosted community members at Lily's Place, a pediatric drug-addiction recovery center that she created in Huntington. The center hopes to ...

Addiction services could be overwhelmed by health-care law
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
CHICAGO — Only 1 cent of every health-care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and few alcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment.. . . .

8-kg hashish, 5000 drug pills seized
Arab Times Kuwait English Daily
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: In its continuous efforts to combat the menace of drug addiction and peddling across the country, operatives attached to the Drug Control ...

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Afghanistan, Drugs, War, Addiction

According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), no other country in the world produces as much heroin, opium, and hashish as Afghanistan, a sad distinction for a country already ravaged by war. This may explain why control efforts so far have been concentrated on poppy eradication and interdiction to stem exports, with less attention paid to the rising domestic addiction problem, particularly in children. (source infra)

A tragic legacy of Afghanistan’s war - Daily News Egypt: " . . . Both American and Afghan counter narcotic officials have said that such widespread domestic drug addiction is a relatively new problem. Among the factors leading to increased levels of drug use among adults is the high unemployment rate throughout the country, the social upheaval provoked by this war and those that preceded it, and the return of refugees from Iran and Pakistan who became addicts while abroad. Those who are injecting drugs face the additional risk of an HIV infection through the sharing of contaminated syringes. “Drug addiction and HIV/AIDS are, together, Afghanistan’s silent tsunami,” said Tariq Suliman, director of the Nejat’s rehabilitation centre to the U.N. Office for Humanitarian Affairs. There are about 40 treatment centres for addicts dispersed throughout the country but most are small, poorly staffed, and under-resourced. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Addiction, Choice, Reasons to Quit

In short, every addict has reasons to begin using, reasons to continue, and reasons to quit. To act on a reason is to choose. To make good choices requires the presence of meaningful alternatives. And making a series of good choices leads to achievements—jobs, relationships, reputations. These give a person something meaningful to lose, another reason in itself to steer away from bad choices. (source infra)

The Science of Choice in Addiction - Sally Satel - The Atlantic: " . . . A typical trajectory goes something like this. In the early phase of addiction, using drugs and alcohol can simply be fun; or it can be a form of self-medication that quells persistent self-loathing, anxiety, alienation, and loneliness. Meanwhile once-rewarding activities, such as relationships, work, or family, decline in value. The attraction of the drug starts to fade as the troubles accrue—but the drug retains its allure because it blunts mental pain, suppresses withdrawal symptoms, and douses craving. Eventually, addicts find themselves torn between reasons to use and reasons not to. Sometimes a spasm of self-reproach (“this is not who I am;” “I’m hurting my family,” “my reputation is at risk”) tips the balance toward quitting. Novelist and junkie William S. Burroughs calls this the “naked lunch” experience, “a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.”. . ." (read more at link above)

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Prescriptions, Medicaid, Addicts, Addiction

Data produced from the Center for Disease Control from July 2013 reported that residents of rural areas rank highest among those who are at risk. It stated that Medicaid patients are also at a great risk because they are "being prescribed painkillers at twice the rate of non-Medicaid patients." . . . Most people limit drug abuse to illegal substances like cocaine and heroin, but access to prescription drugs is much greater. I have witnessed the legal ramifications of drug abuse. People are not receiving the needed treatment through periods of incarceration . . . (source infra)

Attorney Michael Gopin Comments on DEA Official's Declaration of a ...
 . . . DEA official Robert Hill contends that law enforcement currently takes the wrong approach. Hill contends that officers attempt to solve the problem by making rampant arrests until it disappears. The sell-and-trade and abuse of prescription medication cannot be solved through arrests, because this does not strike at the heart of the problem: addiction . . .

A tragic legacy of Afghanistan's war
Not only does drug production hold back Afghanistan's development and threaten its security. Drug addiction is harming Afghanistan's health and welfare."...

Dr McLellan spoke on the future of drug and alcohol treatment under the new health care ... The medical community's understanding of addiction has changed ...

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Increased Substance Abuse Insurance

New Jersey Increases Substance Abuse Insurance For Public Workers
The State of New Jersey announced that over 200,000 public workers will receive improved insurance that will cover alcoholism and drug addiction....
Drug addiction is increasing in the county and has seeped into community corridors. Hospitals see the effects of drug abuse daily in local hospitals....
CNN International
(CNN) -- "The war on drugs has failed" is a mantra often heard in policy and media circles these days. But not only is the phrase outdated (the 1980s called ...

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Prescription drugs, Addiction problem

Prescription drugs now the No. 2 addiction problem handled by ...
ABA Journal
Prescription drugs follow alcohol as the most commonly abused substances by lawyers seeking help through state support programs, according to a survey by ...

ABA Journal

The Military's Prescription Drug Addiction
The American Conservative
In an increasing number of cases, however, he may have simply gone to sleep and never woken up following a fatal reaction to one of the drugs or cocktails of ...

The American Conservative

London drug and alcohol charities merge
Civil Society Media
An estimated 1.6 million people in England have some level of dependence on alcohol and 1.2 million are affected by drug addiction in their families, according ...
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Drug Addiction, 15 years sobriety, Relapse, 30 month prison sentence

Farmingdale convenience-store robber sentenced to 30 months
Morning Sentinel
AUGUSTA — Before robbing a Farmingdale convenience store in January, Cynthia Chepke relapsed into drug addiction after 15 years of sobriety, she said ...

Morning Sentinel

Nygren proposes bills to combat heroin use, addiction in Wisconsin
Green Bay Press Gazette
John Nygren, R-Marinette, who has seen the devastation of heroinaddiction in his daughter's battle with the drug on Friday laid out legislation he says will help ...

San Francisco Chronicle

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