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Law Enforcement Agencies Grapple With Heroin Resurgence

heroin addiction rehabMarijuana isn’t always the “gateway drug” that leads to hard-core substance addiction. For some, it doesn’t begin to compare with what’s right there in the medicine cabinet.

“Prescription drugs are one of the things that get kids hooked” and lead them to begin abusing heroin, said Naperville police Detective Shaun Ferguson. “When they realize they can pay much less for heroin than for prescription drugs, they turn to heroin.”

The affordability and accessibility of heroin — a drug often glamorized by their peers — has led to a resurgence in its popularity among young people, according to Ferguson and other area law enforcement officials. That resurgence, in turn, too often ends in death or otherwise ruined lives.

Area police and sheriff’s departments do not, as a rule, keep track of heroin-related crimes and incidents separate from their overall “controlled substance” statistics.

But after doing a bit of research, Ferguson — who works in his department’s Special Operations Group — concluded of all drug-related arrests made between 2009 and this year in Naperville, approximately 34 percent involved heroin. That included 24 heroin-related arrests in 2009, 33 in 2010 and 28 so far this year.

Read the full Courier News story here

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Study Finds Many Parents Clueless About Kids’ Prescription Drug Abuse

pill addiction clueless parentsMore than half of parents say their kids have access to the parents’ prescription drugs, and one in seven say they’ve given their children prescription pain medication that wasn’t prescribed to the kids. That’s according to a survey of 300 Massachusetts parents with children aged 12 to 25, which was released today during a briefing at the Massachusetts State House.

“Prescription drug abuse is of critical concern in the Commonwealth and is a top priority for our Committee,” Representative Liz Malia (D-Boston), House chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, said in a news release.

The survey was conducted by the Partnership at Drugfree.org, a nonprofit educational organization that provides resources to parents who suspect that their child is abusing drugs or alcohol. The briefing marked the statewide roll-out of the Partnership’s Time To Act community education program, funded by Purdue Pharma, which has already been implement in Lynn, South Boston, Dorchester and Lowell.

“The survey findings are alarming and indicate that parents are often providing prescription drugs to their kids in an improper and dangerous manner,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. “Add to that their acknowledgment that their children have ready access to potentially dangerous pain relievers, and we have a high-risk situation in homes across the Commonwealth.”

Read the full Boston Globe story here

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National Drug Take Back Initiative

prescription drug abusePrescription drugs are being misused and abused at alarming rates throughout the United States. As part of the effort to address this problem, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to abuse of these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicines, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away—both potential safety and health hazards.

Visit the Office of Diversion and Control website to learn more and view local “Take-Back” locations

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Study Finds Coffee Drinkers May be More Prone to Addiction

addiction abuse recoveryProvocative new research suggests an individual’s response to one stimulant may predict how he or she will respond to other stimulants.

As such, investigators believe parents of young caffeine consumers should take heed: That high-calorie energy drink or soda might present more than just obesity risk.

According to a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, an individual’s subjective response to caffeine may predict how he or she will respond to other stimulant drugs — possibly reflecting differences in risk for abuse for more serious drugs of abuse, such as amphetamine and cocaine.

The new findings are reported by Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D in the November issue of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence .

“People differ dramatically in how they respond to drugs,” says Sigmon.

“For example, a single dose of a drug can produce completely opposite effects in two people, with one absolutely loving and the other hating the drug’s effects. It is important to improve our understanding of these differences, as they may reflect key individual differences in vulnerability or resilience for drug abuse,” adds Sigmon.

Read the full story from PsychCentral here

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Blind Sighted to Drug Abuse

drug abuse addiction recoveryOne mother has made it a mission to warn others, having come close to losing her son to an addiction he fed in his upstairs bedroom.  They grew up in the suburbs, four kids with strong family ties. All of them seemed to be doing well expect for teen son, Mike Kujanpaa.

“The worst ‘aha’ moment was the day we found the syringes in his bedroom,” said Sue Silva.  Kujanpaa is 24 now and in recovery. But he started using cocaine at 14. His mother didn’t see his addiction building. It began with legal prescription drugs after surgery.

“It went from Oxycodone to Heroin to Percocet 30s, to then shooting up Heroin,” said Kujanpaa.  ”I didn’t know if you got addicted to OxyContin that it would likely later move to heroin,” said Silva.  Silva said parents are often blind sighted when it comes to drug abuse going on inside their own homes.

“You think your home is where you protect your family and the fact of the matter is, it was happening right up in his bedroom,” said Silva.  She and her son presented a parents’ watch list at a public meeting this week. It includes things that often go mysteriously missing when there’s an addict in the house.

Read the full Boston Channel story here

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Group Calling for Physician Opioid Prescription Education

prescription abuse addictionA group representing pain management physicians is calling for mandatory education for doctors who prescribe opioids. The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is advocating for legislation that would require health care professionals who prescribe drugs to receive specialized training. Several such bills are currently circulating in the House and Senate.

Between 80 and 90 percent of doctors in the United States have no formal training in prescribing opioid medications, says David Kloth, MD, a Connecticut-based pain management specialist and spokesperson and former president of ASIPP. “I would never prescribe chemotherapy or heart medication to a patient, because I have no formal training in how to do so. But many doctors who haven’t been properly trained are prescribing opioids.”

Physicians who prescribe opioids must understand a wide range of problems, including addiction and drug-drug interactions, Dr. Kloth notes. He says many primary care doctors prescribe opioids in an effort to help their patients, and often don’t realize the complexity of the issues.

The need for opioid training is multifaceted, Dr. Kloth says. “When you prescribe opioids, you need to be a doctor, detective, parent and policeman all in one.” Education would include drug-drug interactions, safe dosing, how to transition from one medication to another, how to monitor and look for signs of abuse, and how to use one’s state prescription monitoring program.

Read the full DrugFree.org story here

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Drug Abusers Exploiting Medicare Benefit Program

medicare-drug-abuseMedicare’s popular prescription program has an unsavory underside. It’s an easy target for drug abusers seeking to feed their own addictions or sell painkillers for profit, congressional investigators said in a report released Tuesday.

The Government Accountability Office found that about 170,000 Medicare recipients each received prescriptions from multiple doctors for 14 frequently abused medications in 2008. Not counting related charges for office visits, the cost to the taxpayer-supported program amounted to $148 million.

Abuse of prescription medications is a fast-growing drug problem, particularly entrenched among teens and young adults. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., who requested investigation, said Medicare has a responsibility to not make things any worse.

“We have a moral imperative to make sure the public health system is not used to subsidize and intensify a public health crisis,” Carper said at a hearing of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee on federal financial management.

Read the full Businessweek story here

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Addiction Among Seniors Expected to Triple by 2020

senior substance abuseThe aging baby boomer population, which is now facing financial strain, job loss, declining health, and grieving the death of a parent, has some addiction experts concerned.

“As Baby Boomers enter a transitional stage in their lives, [those] new stressors…make them more prone to depression and anxiety,” Dr. Barbara Krantz of the nonprofit Hanley Center addiction treatment facility said Wednesday in a statement, NewsMax.com reported.

That depression and anxiety is fueling both substance abuse and other behavioral addictions, such as hoarding and compulsive gambling, experts say.

According to Tampa Bay Online, government reports show an estimated three million American seniors suffer from alcoholism or drug dependency. That number is estimated to triple by 2020 as baby boomers continue to age, according to the report.

Bob Hazlett, a manager for substance abuse programs at the state Department of Children and Families, told Tampa Bay Online that 14 percent of all hip fractures to adults 60 and older are attributed to mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

Read the full Huffington Post story here

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The Question Isn’t Why Some Become Addicts, But Why Don’t We All?

Drug Addiction recoveryThe indelicate problem was this: Marc Lewis, the budding psychologist, would break into a building to steal drugs, especially Demerol, to junk into his arm, and then the urge would hit him.

“Whenever I broke into a medical centre I would have to go and poo,” he says over the telephone from the Netherlands. Needless to say, a bandit who has to visit the can every time he commits a break-in is asking for trouble.

Dr. Lewis found it. After 15 years of drug addiction – cough syrup and pot at high school, heroin and acid at Berkeley in the late 1960s, opium in India and all that plus methamphetamine as a 30-year-old graduate student in Windsor and Thunder Bay – he was finally caught in the act and sentenced to months of probation.

It was only then – ashamed, ditched by his girlfriend and finally crushed by a life of substance abuse – that he set off to try to understand the workings of the mind and, eventually, what lies at the heart of addiction.

The result of that long, strange journey is his new book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines his Former Life on Drugs.

Out next week, it is set to make a counterintuitive splash in the vast sea of brain books that includes the bestselling The Brain That Changes Itself(Canada’s Norman Doidge) and Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (the latest by neuropsychologist Rick Hanson).

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, however, takes on all of human longing. Unlike many of his brain science colleagues and fellow addicts, Dr. Lewis can write.

One moment, he is remembering the details of his life as an addict; the next, he is reconstructing, based on newer scientific findings, what the drugs were doing to his brain.

The result is not just a book about a brain on drugs, but a picture of addiction as an unavoidable urge of human nature.

Read the full Globe and Mail story here

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Amy Winehouse’s Father on the Dangers of Withdrawal

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