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thefix.com - Introduction: The proactive prevention and treatment of substance use disorders is one of the best bargains in medicine—particularly because of the immense pain and costs that impact substance users, their families and society when addiction goes unprevented and untreated. Unfortunately, the medical system is still lagging in the identification and treatment of addictive disorders. We spend far more time and money treating the consequences of substance misuse and addiction than we do on preventing and treating them in the first place. Linda Richter and Susan Foster want to stop the insanity, and they have a plan to do so…Richard Juman. More...
|HuffingtonPost.com – The last image we have of Patrick Cagey is of his first moments as a free man. He has just walked out of a 30-day drug treatment center in Georgetown, Kentucky, dressed in gym clothes and carrying a Nike duffel bag. The moment reminds his father of Patrick’s graduation from college, and he takes a picture of his son with his cell phone. Patrick is 25. His face bright, he sticks his tongue out in embarrassment. Four days later, he will be dead from a heroin overdose. More...|
drugfree.org - A number of drug
companies are trying to develop strong
painkillers that don’t make people high,
according to The Wall Street Journal. Such
drugs would be less likely to be abused.
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Habitude Addiction Program
The Irrationality of Alcoholics
J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a
fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build
of a distance runner. His choice of
profession seems preordained, as he speaks
in fully formed paragraphs, his thoughts
organized by topic sentences. He’s also a
worrier—a big one—who for years used alcohol
to soothe his anxiety.|
J.G. started drinking at 15, when he and a friend experimented in his parents’ liquor cabinet. He favored gin and whiskey but drank whatever he thought his parents would miss the least. He discovered beer, too, and loved the earthy, bitter taste on his tongue when he took his first cold sip.
His drinking increased through college and into law school. He could, and occasionally did, pull back, going cold turkey for weeks at a time. But nothing quieted his anxious mind like booze, and when he didn’t drink, he didn’t sleep. After four or six weeks dry, he’d be back at the liquor store. More...
Medical News Today -
As the United States' Department of
Health and Human Services moves to
release the National Pain Strategy
later this month, Washington
provides a rare example of reversing
the overdose death rate from
prescription opioids, which are
widely used to manage chronic pain
but can lead to abuse.
USA Today -
A surge in overdose deaths around
the country from heroin laced with
the powerful narcotic drug fentanyl
prompted the Drug Enforcement
Administration to issue a nationwide
alert on Wednesday.
"Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate," DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said. She called it a "significant threat to public health and safety." More...
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