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It’s time for philanthropic giants to join America’s fight to end the addiction crisis.

Addiction Advocacy Needs A Bill Gates, David Geffen, Warren Buffett, Or Tom Steyer Addiction doesn’t need someone to put their name on a building, or name a research institute. Addiction desperately needs bold philanthropists who want to leverage the people power of the grassroots. Addiction and drug overdoses claim one life every four minutes in […]

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In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose

As Cpl. Kevin Phillips pulled up to investigate a suspected opioid overdose, paramedics were already at the Maryland home giving a man a life-saving dose of the overdose reversal drug Narcan. Drugs were easy to find:  a package of heroin on the railing leading to a basement; another batch on a shelf above a nightstand. […]

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Ohio Leads In Nation’s Fatal Drug Overdoses With 4,000 Dead In 2016: Survey

Ohio had the most overdose fatalities in the United States in 2014 and 2015. A newspaper’s survey of county coroners has painted a grim picture of fatal overdoses in Ohio: more than 4,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016 in the state badly hit by a heroin and opioid epidemic. At least 4,149 died […]

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Three Anti-Craving Medication Options for Treating Opioid Dependence

“I wish that all families would at least consider investigating medication-assisted treatment and reading about what’s out there,” says Alicia Murray, DO, Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist. “I think, unfortunately, there is still stigma about medications. But what we want people to see is that we’re actually changing the functioning of the patient.” Essentially, medication-assisted treatment […]

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Fact check: Will legalizing pot keep it out of the hands of kids?

During the 2015 election, the Liberals campaigned on a plan to greenlight marijuana for recreational use to keep it out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of criminals. The party’s election platform said Canada’s current approach — criminalizing people for possession and use — traps too many Canadians in the […]

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‘Schizophrenia at its Very Depths’ Drove Mother to Kill Eight Children

The first to die was the family’s pet duck, killed in an attempt to rid the house of evil. By then, Raina Thaiday had already been on a cleaning frenzy for a week, scrubbing the ceilings of her Cairns home and tossing possessions out into the yard in a bid to “cleanse” the house.  But […]

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Emergency Visits Related to Marijuana Use at Colorado Hospital Quadruple

SAN FRANCISCO – Visits by teens to a Colorado children’s hospital emergency department and its satellite urgent care centers increased rapidly after legalization of marijuana for commercialized medical and recreational use, according to new research being presented at the 2017 Paediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco. The study abstract, “Impact of Marijuana Legalization in […]

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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Health

 A New Agenda to  Turn Back the Drug Epidemic Robert L. DuPont, MD, President , Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, Senior Strategy Advisor , Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.  May 2017 Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. , 6191 Executive Blvd , Rockville, MD 20852 , www.IBHinc.org 1 Background  The Institute for Behavior and […]

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‘It’s Just Horrific’: Caseworkers Break Their Silence to Reveal a Toll of Addiction on Children

In Southern Ohio, the number of drug-exposed babies in child protection custody has jumped over 200%.  The problem is so dire that workers agreed to break protocol to invite a reporter to hear their stories.  Foster care placements are at record levels, and the number of drug-exposed newborns in their custody has jumped over 200% […]

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Carfentanil – 10,000 x Stronger Than Morphine

Carfentanil. If there was ever a drug designed to wreak havoc – this is it! 5 milligrams (about 1/16th the size of a baby aspirin) is strong enough to take down a one-ton Buffalo, actually make that 7 one-ton Buffalos, and it’s readily available through illicit sales on street corners throughout the US. It is […]

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Cannabis Use Predicts Risks of Heart Failure and Cerebrovascular Accidents: Results from the National In patient Sample

Background: Cannabis use (CU) has recently been legalized in several states for medicinal purposes and remains the most commonly used illicit drug. Cardiovascular effects of CU are not well established as studies thus far have been limited by size. We therefore utilized a large national database to examine the incidence of cardiovascular risk factors and […]

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Facts and Evidence – A Case for the Eradication of Cannabis

by David Sergeant  of The Bow Group The Bow Group is a leading conservative think tank based in London. Founded in 1951, the Bow Group is the oldest conservative think tank in the UK and exists to publish the research of its members, stimulate policy debate through an events programme and to provide an intellectual […]

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Experiences of severe childhood maltreatment, depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse among adults in Finland

Abstract Childhood maltreatment increases the risk of subsequent depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse, but the rate of resilient victims is unknown. Here, we investigated the rate of victims that do not suffer from clinical levels of these problems after severe maltreatment in a population-based sample of 10980 adult participants. Compared to men, women reported more […]

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Overcoming Addiction -Sobering Truth About Addiction Treatment in America

Addiction is treatable. So why aren’t more people receiving quality care? The crisis is well documented and reported: More people are dying of drug overdose than any other non-natural cause—more than from guns, suicide, and car accidents. Politicians have held press conferences, formed commissions and task forces, and convened town-hall meetings. Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon […]

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Kathy Gyngell: Potty Lib Dems want to legalise cannabis and boost mental health

O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven. Keep me in temper and keep the Liberal Democrats away from government. For they would make us all mad. On Friday, new meaning was given to the Progressive Alliance. Maybe the Lib Dems have taken pity seeing Labour struggling to convince even the BBC that […]

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The Push For ‘Medipot’ Remains a Push for Pot

How do you know when you are being softened up for something? One sure sign is when what you are being asked to give your support to is sold to you as entirely unproblematic or as a panacea to a host of problems. Never believe it. My antennae began twitching when the latest round in […]

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A Dangerous Mix of Opioids Called ‘Gray Death’ is causing Overdoses in Parts of the US

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s being called “gray death” — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis. Investigators who nicknamed the mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from […]

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The Opioid Epidemic May Be Even Deadlier Than We Think

The opioid epidemic has led to the deadliest drug crisis in US history – even deadlier than the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than gun violence and car crashes. They even caused more deaths in 2015 than HIV/AIDS did at the height of the epidemic in 1995. […]

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Smart Approaches to Marijuana Reacts to Marijuana Lobbying Group’s Admission to Soliciting Donations from Tobacco Industry

Challenges Top Marijuana Lobbyist to Answer Four Questions [Alexandria, VA, May 2, 2017] – Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a national organization committed to promoting evidence-based marijuana laws at the Federal, state, and local levels, released the following statement in reaction to the admission by Rob Kampia, the Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy […]

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We May Not be Laughing When Recreational Pot is Legalized

Fifty years on, I still wince in recalling those two frightened high school kids I saw hauled into an Oshawa courtroom and handed stiff jail terms, two years less a day, for possessing miniscule amounts of marijuana. They weren’t dealers. They were just teens dabbling in the latest thing, but they had the misfortune of […]

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Marijuana impairs growth in mid-gestation foetuses.

Abstract Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is the most commonly used illicit drug by pregnant women, but information is limited about the effects of prenatal cannabis exposure on foetal development. The present study evaluated the influence of early maternal marijuana use on foetal growth. Women electing voluntary saline-induced abortions were recruited at a mid-gestational stage of pregnancy […]

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Highland County coroner: Marijuana is ‘gateway to hell’

Beery points to 50 deaths in 2016, most linked to drugs Dr. Jeff Beery doesn’t agree with those who think marijuana is a relatively harmless drug that carries medicinal qualities and should even be winked at for recreational purposes. But Beery doesn’t just think marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs. “It’s a gateway […]

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Kicking Pot to the Curb

Alzheimer’s and Marijuana ? An estimated 200,000 people in the United States under age 65 are living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. And hundreds of thousands more are coping with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. “It’s beyond epidemic proportions. There truly is a tidal wave of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Vincent […]

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‘Synthetic marijuana’ may cause serious harm to health

Misleadingly marketed as a legal and safe alternative to marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids have a variety of adverse health effects. A new review summarizes the clinical cases that have so far been linked to the use of the synthetic substances. A new review warns that so-called synthetic marijuana is actually very different from cannabis and is […]

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Opioid Addiction Is Infiltrating A Majority Of US Workplaces

A disturbing majority of businesses in the U.S. are being negatively impacted by prescription painkiller abuse and addiction among employees. A survey recently released by the National Safety Council reveals more than 70 percent of workplaces are feeling the negative effects of opioid abuse. Nearly 40 percent of employers said employees are missing work do […]

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American Carnage – The New Landscape of Opiod Addiction

“We should all be dead,” said Jonathan Goyer one bright morning in January as he looked across a room filled with dozens of his co-workers and clients. The Anchor Recovery Community Center, which Goyer helps run, occupies the shell of an office building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Founded seven years ago, Anchor specializes in “peer-to-peer” […]

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Study Shows Marijuana Use Interrupts Adolescent Brain Development

Kuei Y. Tseng was awarded $1.95 million by NIH for a five-year study of “Adolescent Maturation of the Prefrontal Cortex: Modulation by Cannabinoids.” Regular marijuana use by teens can stop the brain from maturing, according to a new study by scientists at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL. Published March 4 […]

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The grass isn’t always greener: The effects of cannabis on embryological development

ABSTRACT Background It has long been established that smoking tobacco during pregnancy causes increased risk of miscarriage, increased placental problems, reduction of birth weight, and a variety of birth defects [1]. In light of the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C., we felt it important to establish and publicize the […]

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Substance Use Disorders Could Be Costing Your Business More Than You Think

Substance use disorders affect businesses in surprising ways. Although there are obvious signs that an employee is struggling with a substance use disorder, there are other factors affecting their workplace performance that may be less obvious. Unfortunately, a survey from the National Safety Council found that employers underestimate how prescription drug abuse affects their businesses. […]

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National Leaders and Elected Officials Gather in Atlanta to Coordinate Opposition to Marijuana Legalization in America

[Alexandria, VA, April 20, 2017] Today, a group of national drug policy leaders, elected officials, and public health experts convened in Atlanta to coordinate the opposition to marijuana legalization in the U.S. and advance evidence-based marijuana laws. Held in conjunction with the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, the 4th Annual Smart Approaches to […]

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Cartels are Growing Marijuana Illegally in California – and There’s a War Brewing

Business Insider published a harrowing account of the expansion of illegal marijuana grows on public lands in California and the ways these grows are damaging the environment. “The lethal poisons these growers use to protect their crops and campsites from pests are annihilating wildlife, polluting pristine public lands, and maybe even turning up in your […]

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Study shows marijuana use interrupts adolescent brain development

Kuei Y. Tseng was awarded $1.95 million by NIH for a five-year study of “Adolescent Maturation of the Prefrontal Cortex: Modulation by Cannabinoids.” Regular marijuana use by teens can stop the brain from maturing, according to a new study by scientists at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL. Published March 4 […]

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‘It’s worse than heroin’: how spice is ravaging homeless communities.

As Manchester police report a spike in spice related incidents, homeless people say the highly addictive drug is causing deaths. When Alex first tried spice in 2014, he thought it was cannabis. The 23-year-old had been sleeping on the streets in Manchester after his mum had lost her council house. He was just looking to […]

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I Was Biting Glass and Biting My Way Out of Delirium

I am not a long-time user.  I used casually for about six months, but then suddenly had a terrible experience with marijuana-induced psychosis.   I had moved from a state where is was illegal, to Washington.  A dispensary sold me something incredibly strong just recently, in March.   It was a joint mixed with a marijuana wax- […]

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Saving Lives Is the First Imperative in the Opioid Epidemic

Formerly inconceivable ideas—like providing drug users a safe place to inject—are gaining traction. America’s opioid problem has turned into a full-blown emergency now that illicit fentanyl and related synthetic drugs are turning up regularly on our streets. This fentanyl, made in China and trafficked through Mexico, is 25 to 50 times as potent as heroin. […]

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Marijuana Legalization Bills Defeated in Maryland

Marijuana Legalization Proposals Die in Committee [Alexandria, VA, April 12, 2017] –  Yesterday, an alliance of concerned citizens, public health experts, and safety officials soundly defeated two marijuana legalization bills in Maryland. The bills, which would have permitted commercial pot shops in communities throughout the state, died without a vote in the Maryland Senate last […]

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Research on the Use and Misuse of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids

Chairman Murphy, Ranking Member DeGette, and Members of the Committee: thank you for inviting the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to participate in this important hearing to provide an overview of what we know about the role of fentanyl in the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic […]

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Estimating the harms and costs of cannabis-attributable collisions in the Canadian provinces

Highlights * Cannabis collisions resulted in 75 deaths and 4407 injuries in 2012. * There were up to 24,879 victims of property damage only cannabis collisions in 2012. * Cannabis collisions costs ranged from $1.09 to $1.28 billion CAD in 2012. * Cannabis collision harms were particularly high amongst those ages 16–34 years old. Abstract […]

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Cannabis Use and Risk for Substance Use Disorders and Mood or Anxiety Disorders

Abstract Cannabis use remains a critical issue in the United States.  In 2014, an estimated 22 million US residents used cannabis,1 double the number from 10 years age. As of December 2016, 28 states and the District of Columbia have implemented or have voted to authorize medical cannabis programs, and 8 states and the District […]

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Effective Prevention Methods are Ready for Implementation

Both experience and research has proven that drug addiction and other drug-related problems are both preventable and treatable. Prevention is effective, humane, cost-effective, and empowering. Prevention solves problems before they ever occur. And prevention reduces other social problems and should therefore be integrated into general health and development strategies based on the United Nations’ Sustainable […]

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Did Cannabis Trigger the Westminster Killer’s Madness?

‘What can we do?’ This was the question that dominated the weekend’s news and current affairs in the aftermath of the Westminster ‘terror’ attack. We still do not know if it was organised by so-called Islamic State or, as seems increasingly likely, was the savage work of a ‘lone wolf’. The discussion I heard on […]

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British Columbia Deaths Hit Record High

The Director of the NDPA, Peter Stoker, visited Vancouver East Side in 1999.  It was tragic to see drug dependent men and women living rough on the streets – in the alleys behind the main road – injecting in public.  A team of police officers called The Odd Squad worked the area and did everything […]

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My View: Addiction is a public health issue; treatment works

(Comment by NDPA:  Some shocking figures from the USA in this article) In 1964 the Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health began a movement to shine the bright light on cigarette smoking and dramatically change individual and societal views. Today, most states ban smoking in public spaces. Most of us avoid private smoky places […]

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Prevention Program Reduces Substance Use By Participants’ Friends

This study found: * The Strengthening Families Program for Youth 10-14 (SFP10-14) reduced substance use among the friends of teens who participated in the intervention, as well as the participants themselves. * The friends’ substance use reductions were mediated by altered attitudes toward substance use and reductions in unsupervised socializing with peers. In SFP10-14, families […]

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"When representing a cause (almost) lost, sound your trumpet, mount your steed and go for the very last charge, failing which you will die of sad old age in the depths of the forgotten fortress, no longer besieged because life has abandoned it for greener pastures."

Jean Raspail
From the website of jeanraspail.net

"Universal prevention initiatives are important elements of a comprehensive prevention strategy that should include selective and indicated prevention initiatives as well. In order to prevent the development of dependence you need all three - and you cannot do without universal prevention. Norms, attitudes, availability are important risk factors for developing drug use problems as well as neighbourhood disorganization and weak family bonds."

Christina Gynna, Deputy National Drugs Policy Co-ordinator, Sweden,
at the ICAA conference in Budapest, 24 October 2005

 
 

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