We are sorry we missed this at the beginning of the week, but the Los Angeles Time’s article chronicles ecstasy use among hip-hop musicians. It does a good job of connecting this with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s recent survey that found a 37% increase of Ecstasy use in the last year.
The Boom Box also has a great follow up article about the LA Times piece.
When Portugal decriminalized drugs 10 years ago, it was the first country to take this approach. And it’s working. Now as California approaches voting time on its bill to legalize marijuana, The Week takes a second to reflect on what Portugal’s law could teach California and the US.
Walgreens has announced that it will now be a place where people can bring their unused prescription medications, in the same way the ‘Take Back Days’ operated this past weekend.
Reuters publishes a photo essay on drug rehabilitations in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Blackbook.com writes about MTV sensation, Steve-O, most notably known for his work on the show Jackass. After being physically forced into a psych ward by Jackass creator, Johnny Knoxville and friends, Steve-O began a journey two-years ago that would lead him to a sober life.
Celebrity Drug News:
Comedian Greg Giraldo died after a prescription medication overdose. According to reports by CBS news, Giraldo’s death was not a suicide. However, the cause of death has not been released. Below are several videos of Greg Giraldo at work and tributes to Giraldo from media personalities and comedians.
I love this interview with him because this interviewer is pretty lame, and Giraldo knows it.
The New York Times posts Jon Stewart’s tribute to Greg Giraldo.
Mediate’s Steve Krakauer writes about his favorite moment when Giraldo bashes Denis Leary on the television show, Tough Crowd.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is partnering with the University of California, Los Angeles, to begin testing pharmaceutical company MediciNova Inc’s new drug ibudilast as a potential therapy replacement for meth and crystal meth addiction.
Although drug use rates are lower than a decade ago, advocates from drug prevention organizations, such as the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, continue to promote the need for work to prevent youth from doing drugs.
Australia’s program, The World Today, reports on the rise of prescription drug abuse in the country.
Check out entertainment website, The Frisky, and their great story on celebrities that have been open about their issues with addiction.
Charity GamCare, a non-profit based in the UK, gives support and education on gambling abuse or addiction via their national helpline. After their investigation into the extent of the problem, the charity found that there is an issue with gambling among youth.
As usual, Joe Robinson, author of “Don’t Miss Your Life” talks about the difference between risk and fear and how new experiences trigger the release of dopamine (which makes you happy).
Kansas City Star columnist Jenee Osterheldt talks about the influx of celebrities and the media talking about cocaine and what it does for the cult drug.
In the October issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics said that tobacco, alcohol and erectile dysfunction drug advertisements were telling kids to “just say yes”.
NFL quarterback Turns to NBA Coach for Help with Drug Abuse
Oakland Raiders quarterback, JaMarcus Russell, has turned to NBA coach John Lucas for help in dealing with drug addiction and rebounding in one’s career. Lucas had lost his career with the NBA after drug addiction, but, after recovery, is now a “life coach” for athletes.
Scottish Film-Maker Advocates Detox the African Way
By using the African shrub Tabernanthe Iboga, Glasgow based documentary film director, David Graham Scott, has been sober from heroin for almost seven years. Ibogaine, the treatment derived from the shrub, is has not yet been approved by the FDA. However, there are many stories that tout its effectiveness to help ease addiction.
OxyContin cure often worse than ailment
Calgary Herald does story on the impact of OxyContin and the ensuing addiction versus the ailments that the prescription was ment to alleviate.
Is tough love the way to help your child quit drugs?
British newspaper, Telegraph, has an article about how parents have dealt with their children’s addictions. Many of them have kicked out their kids. Is this the way to help children stop? Or does it drive them to do drugs even more?
DEA promotes ‘Take Back Day” for prescription drugs. Is it the right approach?
The Washington Post article is one of many about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s promotion of “Take Back Day,” a day were local law enforcement offices are open for people to drop off excess prescription drugs to promote the cease of prescription drug abuse. However, this article, like many others that have talked about both the event and the rise in abuse throughout the nation, mention nothing about the need to curb the amount of prescriptions that doctors give out.
The drug companies that push the use of these drugs to doctors is the source of the problem. However, the pharmaceutical lobby is so huge, the DEA probably doesn’t want to touch it. The second logical place would be to lobby doctor’s to stop prescribing so many pills! But their decisions are greatly influenced by drug companies – strike two. So, the last effort is to go to the consumers themselves. This seems like a very lame attempt to stop a problem that will continue to exist the minute someone refills a prescription.
There are also unanswered questions as to what will happen to all of the pills collected. Is it out of the question to assume that corrupt officials could sell them on the black market? If this were the case, who is “Take Back Day” really helping?
Another Weak Article About Prescription Drug Abuse
Representative Hal Rogers writes an article about prescription drug abuse and what congress is trying to do to stop it, such as the interstate compact that tracks who is getting prescriptions filled and how often.
Although a step in the right direction, this article is another weak substitute for asking the tough questions of pharmaceutical companies and the medical community about their responsibility in propagating this increase of abuse.
Another Weak Article About Prescription Drug Abuse
Representative Hal Rogers writes an article about prescription drug abuse and what congress is trying to do to stop it, including the interstate compact that tracks who is getting prescriptions filled.
Although a step in the right direction towards asking what more can be done, this article is another weak substitute for asking the tough questions of pharmaceutical companies and the medical community about their responsibility in propagating this increase of abuse.
NYT has best article yet about prescription drug abuse but not tough enough
At least their interview with police departments participating in the “Take Back Day” acknowledge that this program is a drop in the bucket to the larger issue of over prescription. Acknowledgment is the first step. Just wish it was it was longer than one sentence.
Some celebrities have an excuse for everything…
With all of the Lohan and Hilton drama going on the past few weeks, not even The Huffington Post could resist posting a nice little article about the “Top 5 Ridiculous Celebrity Drug-Bust Excuses”.
W magazine’s interview with Aaron Sorkin about cocaine addiction
In an interview with W, Aaron Sorkin (one of the writer’s of the new movie, The Social Network) opens up about his addiction to crack cocaine, how he went to rehab in the 90s and was arrested for attempting to carry mushrooms and rock cocaine on an airplane in 2001.
$50 Million Anti-Meth Campaign Targeted at Teenagers Didn’t Work
An extensive anti-methamphetamine campaign geared towards teenagers has been launched in over seven states, including Montana, Arizona and Hawai’i. However, a new University of Washington study finds that the campaign may not be effective when controlled for the overall decrease of meth use between 1999 and 2009.
Lohan doesn’t fails drug battle, but settles E-Trade law suit
Recovering Heroin Addict Becomes Role Model and Award Winning Coach
The New York Post has a touchy story about Mark Jacobson, a man who battled a $1,000 a day heroin habit. After losing a career as a high school coach and guidance counselor in New Mexico due to his habit, he moved to New York, where he began a clean and sober life and is now the coach of the champion soccer team in Manhattan.
Addiction Leads to Trauma – Even When Sober
Dr. Tian Dayton writes for the Huffington Post’s “Recovery Month” series about the trauma of drug addiction and how a person’s sense of what a “normal” life should be is never what it seems to be. The article also goes into how trauma impacts addiction, addiction impacts trauma and why getting sober does not necessarily erase both.
NIH Gives Grant to Develop Drug to Treat Cocaine Addiction
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has granted the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy a $3.7 million grant to develop a drug that can could treat cocaine addiction.