August 17, 2010
BBC’s Take on Countries’ Drug Regulation - BBC
BBC goes through up to five countries to flesh out their different approaches to drug regulation and criminalization.
FDA Looking to Change the Way You Get Information About Drugs - NPR
NPR looks at the pamphlets that come with prescription medications, how confusing they are, and what patients are demanding the FDA change.
Study Finds Protein that Turns Recreational Cocaine Use to Compulsive Use - TIME
Time magazine reports on a new study publish in Nature Neruoscience on the increase of protein MeCP2 in mice that could lead to compulsive cravings.
August 16, 2010
Candidates Come Clean with More than Just Marijuana Use - The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post clocks the number of Democrats who are recounting their drug use, including cocaine. This comes in line with legislation reducing the crack/powder cocaine disparity and the blue-ribbon commission to study prison system.
The Pennsylvania Dental Association Wants to Educate You About Meth - PR Newswire
The effects of methamphetamine, called “meth mouth,” is a great way for the dental profession, such as those at the Pennsylvania Dental Association to become involved in educating the public about drugs and their effects.
Prevent Drug Addiction in Your Children with Exercise - The Boston Globe
Inspired by Harvard Medical School psychiatry professor, Dr. John Ratey and his book Spark, Kathleen Tullie began the program, Fit Kidz Get Up & Go, which has garnered the attention of the Federal government.
August 15, 2010
Increased Heroin Use in Chicago Suburb - Chicago Sun-Times
The Chicago Sun-Times reports increase in heroin use among white women in Cook County.
Miss Bolivia Fights Cocaine Trafficking - The Guardian
Twenty six year-old, Jessica Anne Jordan Burton, former model and Miss Bolivia, has been appointed a viceroy in Bolivian province of Beni to President Evo Morales.
Sociologists and Geneticists Come Together to Look at Risky Behavior - Science News
Science News reports, “University of North Carolina’s Guang Guo … and his colleagues found that teenage boys who have inherited two copies of a particular gene variant engage in fewer risky behaviors as they get older than their peers who carry at least one copy of another version of the same gene.”
This study has caused renewed conversation between sociologists about working with geneticists to understand how social context and genes work together.
Positive Results of Addiction Treatment in Prison - Associated Press
Along with legalization of drugs and the fact that the “war on drugs” is not working, so too addiction treatment in prison has been increasingly talked about in the news media. MSN adds series of anecdotes to this mix via the Associated Press.
Over 4 Million Baby Boomers Abuse Drugs - Psychology Today
Addiction expert, Jami Huysman, reports for Psychology Today about SAMHSA’s latest finding that 4.3 million adults over age 50 are abusing drugs, according to the administration’s stud of about 20,000 American adults born between 1946 and 1964.
Project 50’s Approach to Homelessness Could Be the Solution - The Los Angeles Times
The LA Times reports that Project 50, the project that targets the highest risk homeless in major cities to help get them in housing and to get drug and alcohol rehabilitation, looks to be a way to save taxpayer money.
Chicagoist Connects More Dots in Chicago's ‘Heroin Epidemic’ - Chicagoist
A drug bust related to the Chicago gang, the New Breeds, points to the results of a Roosevelt University study that ranked Chicago as the number one city in the U.S. for heroin use.
‘Shooting Rooms’ Rejected in France - Digital Journal
France rejects a push to have “shooting rooms” where high-risk drug users can do drugs in a safe environment. Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Norway, Australia and Canada have shooting rooms.
Vicodin Wins the Popularity Issue - Bloomberg Businessweek
Bloomberg Businessweek features Vicodin as the popular drug of choice in America.
Jerry Brown and Anti-Gay Organizations have Something in Common - East Bay Express
Legalization Nation, an East Bay Express report covering news on California’s marijuana issues, reported that the anti-gay marriage group SaveCalifornia.com has come out against marijuana legalization, as has Democrats Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer.
August 12, 2010
Florida Takes Action Against Pill Mills - WDBO
The over 500 prescription pill dispensaries in Central Florida are leading Doctors to call these store fronts pill mills.
For an in depth video about Florida and prescription pills, check out Emmy nomination show:
Generation Rx: Why it is always blamed on the users? Not the prescribers? - Forbes Magazine
Forbes talks about the prevalence of prescription drug use on college campuses. While the last paragraph hints at the responsibility that doctors should play in not overprescribing the pills, the headline still tags the blame on the children.
Inmate Addiction Treatment Spreads: Add West Virginia to Those Considering the Possibilities - The Herald-Dispatch
An editorial in West Virginia’s Herald-Dispatch states the overwhelming statistic related to the issues facing the prison population and calls for a step up to efforts to get inmates off drugs and document the results.
Mediation Can Help Recovering Addicts’ Brains - The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post writes about brain plasticity and the use of meditation to help rearrange damages neurons.
We all wanna know: is it time to legalize? - Miami Herald
On the tails of Vicente Fox supporting legalizing drugs because the US led “War on Drugs” has not been working, the Miami Herald continues the debate.
August 8, 2010
Recovery through AA for Food Addiction - The Boston Herald
The Boston Herald writes about the increase of obese Americans finding help through 12 step programs for addiction. One in 35 Americans having a binge eating disorder.
There’s no such thing as a “teenage addict”. - Mensnewsdaily.com
Mensnewsdaily.com has a biting commentary on the likelihood of teens become clinically addicted to drugs. Instead, treatment centers are basically trying to get your money and are willing to be a dumping ground for teenagers that have problems that are anything except addiction.
The inconvenient truth about the “War on Drugs”: it doesn’t work. - The Guardian
British newspaper, The Guardian, has an editorial noting the statistics showing the increases in drug use and drug related violence throughout the world. The Guardian is calling for Britain’s new government to use its first few months of the term to change the “moralist” status quo ideas of the US led war on drugs and begin dealing with the real issue – not only are we losing the war on drugs, it doesn’t work.
Money Does Not Equal Healing: Rehab & the 12-step Approach - The Washington Post.
Bankole A. Johnson, author of the new book, “The Rehab Myth: New Medications That Conquer Alcoholism,” writes for the Washington Post about the success rate (or lack there of) of the 12-step based AA program and the cost of various treatment centers compared to the actual recovery of addicts.
August 7, 2010
The Legacy of Crack Cocaine - Los Angeles Times
Sandy Banks writes about the applause Obama has received for signing The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 that corrects the unfair legalization of powder vs. crack cocaine, but the legacy of crack cocaine amongst millions of families and what it will take to change the course of history.
August 4, 2010
The Independent Blogs about Anorexia as Addiction – The Independent
British newspaper, The Independent, features blog post about Anorexia and addiction, the power of rituals and what is not considered “addictive” behaviors.
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An Addict’s Daily Diary After Jail – The Guardian
Paul Johnston was recently released from prison in the UK. The Guardian, a British newspaper, covers his release and daily steps and thoughts of life after jail.
This is a very real and amazing look at daily life after prison.
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Prohibition and Legaizaltion: NYT’s Interview with Daniel Okrent – New York Times
New York Times blog, Freakonomics, solicited questions from readers for author Daniel Orkrent. His new book is called Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. The first question – Are there any similarities between the ‘War on Drugs’ and prohibition? The answer: Yes – their shared futility…you just can’t legislate against human appetites.
For the full interview:
Individual vs. Group Therapy: Celebrity Rehab Weighs In – The Huffington Post
Blogger, celebrity therapist, and founder of the Whispers From Children’s Hearts Foundation, talks about Dr. Drew’s show, Celebrity Rehab, to talk about the pros and cons of group versus individual therapy.
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US War on Drugs and the Criminal Justice System – The Huffington Post
A look at where the country’s fight against drugs has done to innocent people and where the US is headed. Written by Vanita Gupta, director of the ACLU Center for Justice.
Clutter Addiction: Same Highs, Same Treatment – The Huffington Post
Author Barb Rogers talks about the inside job of treating addictions to clutter.
Substance Abuse Rates Low Amongst Hispanic Americans – MSN
A federal government study recent found that Hispanic-American adults have a lower rate of alcohol (46.1%) and illicit drug use (6.5%) than the national average, which is 55.2% for drinking and 7.9% for illicit drug use.