Eddie Munster checks into rehab – NY Daily News
Another child actor who struggles with addiction – surprise?
Former meth addict elected D.A. in the O.C. – Orange Country Register
Defense attorney turned homeless meth addict turned Salvation Army denizen to dishwasher, volunteer drug counselor, to defense attorney, to district attorney of Del Norte Country is the story of Jon Alexander according to the Orange County Register.
Heroin use on the rise in suburban areas - Kansas City Star
According to the article, heroin use in suburban areas is up in New York, Illinois, Alabama, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Utah and Washington state.
To drug or not to drug – The disillusionment of Gen X – Washington Post
A Washington Post editorial looks at Generation X and what has defined their approach to leadership. One of the events – the War on Drugs.
A new study finds that U.S. female veterans are less likely than male veterans to binge-drink, smoke or use illicit drugs. However, both are likely to abuse prescription drugs.
Here we go with another superstar who is getting arrested for drug possession because police smelt “a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the bus,” according to PerezHilton.com.
The BBC reports on a new study by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, that England and Wales cocaine use is high than the US, Canada, Australia and the rest of Europe. There have also been “notable increases” in cocaine-related deaths in the past year.
Millions of 60+ are drug addicts – The Guardian
According to a recent article in The Guardian, the European drugs agency says that there are more than a million problem drug users over the age of 40 across the European Union.
The student newspaper of Washington University in St. Louis writes a story about “study drugs” that include Adderall, and the impact that these drugs have on a student’s academic performance.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse and their National Drug Facts Week is being publicized about the mainstream media. Here is an article by time is you want to send someone a quick round up on the NIDA events.
Teens Text, Use Facebook, Experiment With Drugs and Sex – The Atlantic
A new study done by researchers at Cast Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, found a correlation between texting, time spent on social networking sites, and risky teen behavior like drinking, smoking, drug use, and having sex.
Baltimore Behavioral Health gives addicts responsibility – but without training – The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Behavioral Health is a non-profit that runs rehabilitation houses for recovering addicts. While they give responsibility to run the facilities to recovering addicts who have completed the program, there is a severe lack of training and oversight. In fact, the Baltimore Sun gives a nine page online report that examines exactly what BBH does, how it functions and what is behind the organization.
The GI Hope and Amvets, a nonprofit that advocates for veterans and helps them locate transitional housing, career advice, and mental health and substance abuse treatment put on an event in Los Alamitos, California to help women veterans gain self-esteem and develop a vision for their futures.
Mohawk Native American Tribe Works to Fight Drug Abuse in Community – Watertown Daily Times
The Watertown Daily Times, a newspaper covering the northern New York state region, reports that The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is working to combat drug abuse on their reservation by creating a task force to focus on addiction.
Beginning in 2001, Fergie, singer in the band The Black Eyed Peas, developed an addiction to crystal methamphetamine. She opens up to talk about the fact that she still drinks wine and the amount of faith she had in her ability to recovery, despite others’ lack of it.
Daniel Lende points to two facts presented by the NIDA – in 2009 cigarette smoking was at its lowest amongst 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. And, in 2009, nearly 1 out of 10 high school seniors were abusing prescription pain pills. Unintentional overdoses involving pain meds have more than tripled, outnumbering total deaths involving heroin and cocaine.
He also points out some very interesting notes about his work with teenagers who struggle with substance abuse, as well as links to Director of NIDA, Dr. Nora Volkow, and her talk with teenagers about drugs (which is amazing!)
T.I. Drug Sentence Analysis – Does the media miss the point? – The Atlanta Post
The Atlanta Post has an article about rapper T.I. and his recent arrest for drug possession. T.I. was pulled over by police who found an assortment of drugs in his car. The article looks at the concept of addiction and what it means for a celebrity to do drugs in the spot light.
How many times have we heard or read this type of article? Millions. We hear it all the time. We will continue to hear it. “Celebrity” drives celebrities to addiction. We’re not immune – we write about the subject on this site. But are we missing the point? Aren’t there more issues surrounding celebrities’ addictions, their arrests and their convictions? Is it possible to expand the conversation a little and point to other reasons these arrests and convictions are so public?
If drug addiction is developed depending on a variety of factors, why do we not focus on the other contributors of why celebrity addiction, convictions and the publicity of both are so prevalent? For example, where are the explorations of the genetics of creative types and their propensity to substance abuse? What are the social pressures put on these high-profile people by intuitions such as the police and the court system who determine who goes to jail and for how long vs. who goes to rehab? Do the institutions themselves feel pressure? What are the differences between how this “celebrity” pressure impacts a person like T.I. or Little Wayne versus someone like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton?
These issues are pointed out to ask the simple question: can we broaden our scope of analysis when it comes to talking about celebrities and drugs?
In a 2009 survey give to middle school and high school students in Sumner County, Tennessee, the Sumner County Board of Education found many interesting, yet disturbing trends among teenagers, including increased drug use as teens get older and an increase in binge drinking.
Pro Publica is a major investigative journalism non-profit that digs beyond “typical” facts and figures and investigates questions mainstream media outlets are typically unwilling to look at.
In this report, Pro Publica has created a database of around 43 doctors who get paid over $200,000 by pharmaceutical companies. This information was made public by the pharmas themselves. The report looks at who these doctors are, their accreditation, and which companies they work for.
Florida gets $11.5 million to develop new drug abuse programs – Jacksonville Business Journal
Six counties in Florida will split $11.5 million of federal grant money to curb drug abuse. The Prevention Partnership for Success Grant is an award that funds substance abuse prevention planning and evidence-based practices.
MSN has an interesting article that provides great information that tackle questions people have when taking prescription medications. Accurate information is the best way to combat misconceptions and fears people have amidst the horror stories people hear about prescription drugs.
Smoking Related Deaths Down in NYC - News Aura
New York City has seen a decline in cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory disease as the number of the smokers in the city has dropped.
How much does a gram of cocaine cost these days? – New York Post
Three cocaine dealers were arrested this weekend in New York City. Police have been following the operation since May. In the Post’s article, there is a break down of how much the dealers were charging their clients, which included celebrities.
It is estimated that the dealers were selling the cocaine at 300 times its wholesale value. This means, one gram of cocaine sold for $120. This particular ring of dealers did not distribute the drug in a plastic bag, but a small glass vile instead.
Inside the Life of a Heroin Addict – ABC News
ABC’s 20/20 has began a series that follows a young woman who is addicted to heroin. Ashley, the name of the young woman, says that she takes 100 hits of heroin per day, which costs more than $100 per day.
Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla are some of the Latin American leaders that are heavily questioning the United State’s “War on Drugs” versus California’s pending legalization of marijuana.
When the Salvation Army was going to open a rehabilitation center in Plains Township, Pennsylvania, the neighbors had the misconception that addicts that were drunk and high were going to show up at their doorsteps. However, this is a huge misconception about how a rehab operates and who goes to rehabilitation clinics.
Boston Debates Repeal of Alcohol Tax – The Boston Globe
Ballot Question 1 would remove the sales tax on retail sales of beer, wine and liquor that the state adopted as part of the fiscal 2010 budget. It was increased from 5 to 6.25% in 2010, says the Boston Globe.
New Hampshire, the state next door, has no sales tax on beer, wine, or liquor. However, removing this tax will eliminate $110 million from the budget.
Meth lab found in Georgetown University Dorm Room – Washington Post
Saturday morning, a (DMT) lab was found in a student’s dorm room at Georgetown University. Recently, there have been several meth labs found on college campuses, including University of Central Florida (July 2010), Southern Methodist University (2002).
Russell Simmons apologizes for ‘crackhead’ comment to Courtney Love – San Francisco Chronicle
When Russell Simmons called Courtney Love a ‘crackhead’ when she posted nude pictures of herself online. After the shame of the incident and closing her twitter account, Courtney Love felt insulted by Simmon’s comments. Since he has apologized for his comments.
This definitely points to the stereotypical language used to identify and portray drug abusers, which paints addiction in a stereotype based light.
Is the media making villains of harmless celebrities? – New York Times
Beginning with Dr. Drew Pinsky’s recommendation that Lindsay Lohan go to jail and continuing with an analysis of why White House intruder, Michaele Salaji, wanted to talk about her the dress she wore to sneak into the President’s gala, commentator Virgina Herrernan talks about how the media punishes women for partying.
Is her analysis right?
A new study finds that teenagers are 52 times more likely to test positive for cocaine use than report using it. The report also notes that parents were 6.5 times more likely to do the same. Therefore, both teens and parents lie about their illicit drug use, even when doing a drug test.
How should employers deal with prescription drug abuse? – The Seattle Times
Twenty years ago the Supreme Court ruled that workplaces were allowed to test employees for drug use in order to ensure a safe work environment. This is an issue with testing for prescription drugs, for example.
In fact, there has been more than a 40% increase of people testing positive for prescription pills from 2005 to 2009. However, there are few studies about how these drugs impact a person’s ability to work depending on the amount the person uses.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Growing in Iraqi Forces – New York Times
In some regions of Iraq, as many as 50% of military and police officials are using drugs or alcohol while on duty, reports the New York Times. Interviews with the officers say, “long hours, constant fear and witnessing the deaths of colleagues make drugs and alcohol less a choice than a necessity.”
According to the BBC, recent studies done by the University of North Carolina show that people who have a gene that makes them react strongly to alcohol have a lower probability of becoming addicted to alcohol.
Based on the discovery of this gene, developers could create a drug that acts like the gene, making people more sensitive to the effects of drugs, and slowing down the pace of alcohol consumption.
NPR recently published a post by author and mother, Leslie Morgan Steiner, who talks about doing drugs herself in high school and questions how she should talk about it with her own children.
In the debate about legalization, as with all anecdotal evidence, how much does this help the debate or influence the way people look at the issues. While the article presents a fairly neutral discussion about the issue, and is, in fact, probably more quotidian than is reported, how does this help of hurt the drug debate? How many personal stories are said about drug issues in America vs. scientific, evidence based articles that present facts about the dangers?
Hear the radio interview here.
Examiner article notes the increase of heroin use by teenagers in various cities around the country. The article talks about the including the increased potency of 60 percent from 3 percent in the 1970s. It also explains the branding of heroin from different dealers including “Prada” “Chevrolet” and “Twilight” stamped heroin bags.
Recovering addict switches addictions for a Jersey Shore lifestyle - Huffington Post
Recovering addict and newly matriculated college student, Sam Raushenbush, writes about college life as a recovering addict. Realizing he replaced late night binges of drugs and alcohol with caffeine, cigarettes, tanning and leisure (a la Jersey Shore) and getting kicked out for low academic performance, Raushenbush cogitates that you can still live an addict’s lifestyle of irresponsibility, even without drugs.
Marijuana Opinions, Updates and Articles
Drug Czar: California pot law could spark court action– Sacramento Bee
Author and Slate contributor, Glenn Greenwald, writes a Politico opinion article that looks at an all too familiar case to the drug & marijuana research and news community: Portugal.
Author of the book, “Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies,” Greenwald goes beyond the basics to say why California’s use of scare tactics about the potential threats of legalization are not valid.
Sex, Money: Specific Brain Areas for Each Pleasure – Science Daily
New research shows that parts of the brain manage primary and secondary rewards. It also shows that, while a part of the brain can house both types of rewards, it also keeps them in separate parts of the brain region.
Dopamine Isn’t Going Away: Why Are Men More Susceptible to Alcoholism? It May Be in Their Dopamine – Science Daily
Men are up to twice as likely to develop alcoholism as women, says the SD article. A new study finds that when drinking alcohol, men had a greater dopamine release than women. This in turn gave the men stronger positive associations with alcohol intoxication.
The Salvation Army is starting a new physical fitness program in their drug rehabilitation programs.
Drug Addict Sterilized for Cash – Telegraph
A controversial non-profit, Project Prevention, pays drug addicts to use long-term or permanent birth control options. They have done this for many years in the US and now they are going to the UK.
Parental Drinking and Influence on Children – Guardian
Two charities in the UK are looking at the influence parents have on their children when they are heavy drinkers.