Rehab Admission for Alcohol and Cocaine Addiction Decreases, Marijuana goes up says SAMHSA report – US News & World Report
A Health Day press release says that an SAMHSA report includes these findings:
- The overall rate of substance abuse admissions in the United States remained stable from 1998 to 2008, at about 770 admissions per 100,000 people.
- Admissions for alcohol use dropped by about 15 percent nationally, but stayed stable in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
- Admission rates for marijuana use rose by 30 percent nationwide, and were highest in the eight states listed above and in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- An earlier SAMHSA report revealed that admission rates for abuse of opiates other than heroin -- including some prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin -- rose by 345 percent from 1998-2008. The new report says admission rates for painkiller abuse rose in every part of the country and were highest in the New England states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) and in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.
- The admission rate for treatment of methamphetamine abuse was 53 percent higher in 2008 than in 1998, although it's down from its peak in 2005.
- Admissions for cocaine abuse fell by 23 percent nationally.
Different Strokes star, Todd Bridges, talks to students about the impact substance abuse counselors had on his life while helping him through his addiction.
Washington agency helps turn around chemically dependent kids – Seattle Times
Kent Youth and Family, an agency in Kent, Washington created to deal with teens and addiction, has a huge success rate - 82.1 percent of their substance-abuse clients managed to finish treatment between February 2009 and November 2010.
Ban on raves? Why not football games? – Change.org
While football games a notorious for hazardous drinking and drug taking activities, elected officials in California are taking am at electronic music festivals, called raves, instead. Charles Davis, author of the blog post for Criminal Justice change.org, makes a poignant point noting, “[raves] differ from football in that they generally don't generate massive corporate (and college) profits that can be used to bolster their support and ability to extract taxpayer dollars from the political establishment.”
Businessman, Larry Keast, creates America in Recovery, a nonprofit job bank geared toward former convicts, to show that people with a “checkered past” could make the best employees.