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Incidence of Heroin Fatalities Actually Much Higher Than First Thought

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thefix.com – It’s likely hundreds who have died from heroin overdose are not counted in the latest statistics.

The latest statistics have revealed that heroin-related deaths nearly quadrupled in the last 13 years. But experts say that state-by-state statistics are leaving out hundreds of cases of opioid overdose deaths as a result of vague details on death certificates, making the figures much higher than previously thought. More...

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Drunkorexia: The Eating Disorder on the RiseDrinking Wine

HerCampus.com – We’ve seen it happen in the Hollywood spotlight all too often: A young starlet with a promising career quickly starts eating less, dropping weight, and partying more. She quickly graces the covers of tabloids everywhere, not for her talent, but for her dangerous lifestyle. More often than not, said celebrity ends up in rehab, or in more extreme cases, when her actions harm others, jail. More...
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How America Overdosed on Drug Courts

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Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehabilitation. But after 25 years, the verdict is in: Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license—and they put lives in danger.

psmag.com - When Ellen Sousares learned that her 22-year-old son, Darren, had been arrested in 2014 for felony possession of heroin and diverted into drug court, she wasn’t upset or ashamed. She was overjoyed. Darren had been addicted to heroin for six years. At the time of his arrest, he was living on the street in Colorado, far from her home in California. He’d already overdosed seriously enough to require emergency care at least six times. He had repeatedly tried rehab, but he’d never stayed long enough to get his mental health properly evaluated. Finally, Ellen thought, he’d be forced to get the help he really needed. More...

Also: Clean slate for first graduate of drug treatment court

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What's driving TV's most smouldering heart-throb to self-destruct? Troubled actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers' problem with alcohol could be legacy of a dysfunctional childhood


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Fred and Elisia Hodges' son Christopher was part of the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga. In 2011, Christopher ended up on an expressway in Augusta, shooting at cars. He eventually killed a police officer and then himself. (Photo: Kelly Creedon for USA TODAY)USA Today - Army psychiatrist Patrick Lillard still anguishes over that night four years ago, when a drunken soldier shot to death a sheriff's deputy along a shoulder of an expressway outside this base and then turned the assault rifle on himself.

Now Lillard has made an extraordinary decision to speak out about the case: If only the Army had listened to him, Spc. Christopher Hodges would have been in a hospital for alcohol addiction and two lives could have been saved.
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How to Regulate Home-Brewed Opiates

Genetically engineered yeast will soon be able to make morphine from sugar. Tech policy experts fear a generation of Walter Whites.

 

psmag.com - Last fall, two scientists reached out to tech policy expert Kenneth Oye and his colleagues for some advice. The scientists had elucidated nearly every step to a pathway that would end in the use of genetically engineered yeast to convert sugar to morphine, and they wanted guidance from Oye on how it should be regulated. A yeast-based morphine production method was imminent, the scientists reasoned, and it would lead to less expensive, less addictive, and more effective painkillers. But the scientists—John Dueber and Vincent Martin—and now Oye, worried that the method would also be a boon to the illicit opiate market, making it easier for amateurs to produce their own "home-brewed" morphine. More...


Chronic gambling and depression often occur together, researchers find
Medical News Today - Chronic gambling is a problem that can lead to difficulties at work, school and home. It can undermine health, ruin relationships and empty the bank account. Now, a new study finds that in young men, chronic gambling often goes hand in hand with depression.

Writing in the Journal of Gambling Studies, Frédéric Dussault, of the University of Quebec at Montreal in Canada, and colleagues explain how they also found that boys with high impulsivity tend to become gamblers when they grow up. More...

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I was a little kid who had CHUM on my radio all day and under my pillow at night growing up! All of my heroes were deejays on CHUM, and I was determined I was going to be one! Never did work at CHUM Toronto, although I was with the company off and on over 20 years in other Canadian markets. I got into radio at the University of Waterloo and the rest is history, I guess.

2. Your current radio gig is hosting "People Helping People," a show about addictions on CFRB every week, which you started way back in the CKLW days -- in recovery, you've become a certified addiction counselor and you're using it on the air. What compelled you to take your personal experiences and use them to help others in this manner? What drives you to pay it forward, in a manner of speaking?  More...
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