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  • The latest heartbreaking image of America's battle against heroin

    09/22/2016 10:05:59 AM PDT · by jennychase · 66 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 9/22/2016 | ZOE SZATHMARY
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT A woman was unconscious at a Family Dollar in Lawrence, Massachusetts She needed two Narcan doses so she could be revived and her bag was revealed to contain straws and baggies with drug residue The woman was identified as 36-year-old Mandy McGowen She's going to be charged with child endangerment and her daughter 's in custody with the Department of Children and Families Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3801372/Shocking-footage-shows-woman-lying-ground-overdose-toddler-daughter-tries-wake-up.html#ixzz4L0OqcCXK
  • Chinese teen starves mother to death in fury at brutal Internet addiction boot camp

    09/22/2016 8:38:27 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 22, 2016 | Simon Denyer
    "The girl's parents had become increasingly concerned about her behavior after she dropped out of school. On the suggestion of an aunt, they decided to send their daughter to the camp, which claims to have cured 7,000 children of Internet addiction in the past two decades."
  • Why Canada just approved prescription heroin

    09/14/2016 12:55:42 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 22 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | September 14, 2016 | Akanksha Jayanthi
    The opioid epidemic in America has captured the attention and efforts of policymakers. The Obama administration seeks to allocate $1.1 billion to fight opioid abuse. States are requiring prescribers check databases as part of prescription drug monitoring programs to identify patients who may have dependency or abuse problems. Canada has taken a slightly different approach to help treat addicts: prescribing pharmaceutical-grade heroin.
  • Police: Good Samaritan Breaks Into Car To Rescue Kids Left In Motor City Casino Garage

    08/29/2016 12:04:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | August 29, 2016
    A 25-year-old man is expected to face charges after he left two young children in a car while he gambled at Detroit’s Motor City Casino. Detroit police were called to the parking garage at 11:25 a.m. Monday on a report of kids left unattended in a vehicle. According to police, a concerned citizen broke into the car and rescued the two boys, who are 5 months and 2 years old. Police said the children seemed to be physically OK and were turned over to casino security before police arrived. It’s not known at this time how long they were in...
  • Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

    08/24/2016 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Al Gore Vidal · 17 replies
    The Heroin Task Force formed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine has endorsed opening safe-consumption sites for addicts, which would be a first in the U.S. But some say getting homeless addicts off the streets requires an even bolder move.
  • Woman arrested for trafficking drugs to inmate son

    08/22/2016 12:50:21 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    WNDU.com ^ | 8/22/2016 | Staff
    A woman is behind bars after authorities say she attempted to traffic narcotics into the Indiana State Prison. Barbara Powell, a 60-year-old from Valparaiso, was allegedly caught trafficking during a visit with her son. A correctional officer found a package with one small bag of tobacco and three small bags filled with a white powdery substance.The powdery substance tested positive for a narcotic substance.Trafficking is a level 5 felony. If found guilty, Powell could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Her son, Jason Powell, is serving life without parole for murder. “I commend...
  • UPDATE: 26 Heroin Overdoses in Huntington (West Virginia) on Monday

    08/15/2016 7:20:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 83 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | August 15, 2016 | wowk
    CABELL COUNTY, WV - UPDATE: 8:46 p.m. 8/15/16 Cabell County EMS tells 13 News there were 26 overdoses in a four hour period on Monday. Original The Director of Drug Control Policy Jim Johnson tells 13 news there were 10 heroin overdoses in Huntington on Monday. The 10 overdoses reported happened over a 90 minute period. Nobody died yet from the overdoses. Dispatchers report the overdoses happened at several locations in the city.
  • Parents arrested after 7-year-old, who hadn’t eaten for days, tried selling teddy bear for food

    08/15/2016 9:01:51 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/15/2016 | Travis M. Andrews
    When Officer Steve Dunham met the 7-year-old, the boy was offering to sell his teddy bear.The little guy must have seemed industrious, standing in front of the CVS at the busy intersection of Second and Main in Franklin, Ohio, trying to hawk his toy on July 7. Most children don’t want to part with their stuffed animals. In this boy’s case, it was a lone source of comfort, but he was desperate.He hadn’t eaten in days.Perhaps if he sold the small bear for enough money, he could walk across the street and get a kid’s meal at Subway. At the...
  • El Chapo and the Secret History of the Heroin Crisis

    08/15/2016 7:13:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Esquire ^ | August 9, 2016 | Don Winslow
    If you wonder why America is in the grips of a heroin epidemic that kills two hundred people a week, take a hard look at the legalization of pot, which destroyed the profits of the Mexican cartels. How did they respond to a major loss in revenue? Like any company, they created an irresistible new product and flooded the market. The scariest part: this might not have happened with El Chapo in charge.
  • Anthony Weiner saw no party lines when sexting

    08/14/2016 12:56:48 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/14/2016 | Aaron Short, Khristina Narizhnaya and Mara Siegler
    Sext fiend Anthony Weiner is a registered Democrat — but his inner “mongoose” is apparently unaffiliated. The disgraced former congressman and husband to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin fired off suggestive messages last year to at least two women — one of whom is a prominent Republican and another who volunteered for a GOP political campaign, a source told The Post. “Now that I don’t have the New York Post following me around maybe we can get together,” he allegedly wrote to the prominent GOPer, according to the source....“It has nothing to do with The Post, it has everything...
  • Online shopping has created a whole new breed of addicts

    08/11/2016 11:14:19 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 69 replies
    Melissa will do anything to feed her online-shopping addiction — even if that means subsisting off a diet of microwaveable soup. “I’ll eat only ramen in order to shop,” she says. The 34-year-old — who works in sales at Red Wing Heritage, a leather goods brand, and asked that her last name not be used for professional reasons — receives two to three packages a week at her East Village apartment thanks to her daily binges. “I love coming home and there’s a package,” she says. “It’s like there’s a prize at my door.” Americans spent a record $341.7 billion...
  • What would you do if you won $3 million? This man spent it on meth

    07/27/2016 11:38:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    The State ^ | 7/27/2016 | TOM UHLER
    “When I win the lottery ...” How many of us have chanted that refrain, daydreaming about how we’d quit our jobs, grab our winnings and head to a secluded beach with the family to live in blissful paradise? Or whatever your imagination conjures life-after-hitting-the-jackpot to be. Of course it hardly ever turns out that way. We’re always hearing about lottery winners who blew it all. But Ronnie Music Jr., 45, a former maintenance supervisor in Georgia, has taken the storyline to a new depth. Music, who won $3 million in a scratch-off lottery game in Georgia last year, invested his...
  • Navy chiefs face Trident crew shortages – because recruits don’t want to log off Facebook

    07/25/2016 4:07:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Mirror, U.K. ^ | 25 JUL 2016 | KIRSTIE MCCRUM
    The Royal Navy is suffering a recruitment crisis when it comes to staffing Trident submarines - as young people are too addicted to Facebook to go off-tech for weeks at a time. Following a vote to renew the nuclear submarines which passed through Parliament last week, those serving say that a scheme designed to attract new blood has faltered. And a senior source says this is down to the fact that "you cannot Facebook your friends". Last month, the annual report from the Ministry of Defences’s internal watchdog, the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator, warned of a shortfall of qualified engineers,...
  • Report: Johnny Manziel plans to go “completely sober” — Friday

    06/29/2016 10:31:48 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 53 replies
    profootballtalk.nbcsports.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Darin Gantt
    Maybe Johnny Manziel is taking seriously all the good advice people keep giving him to clean up his act. At least he says he plans to, after this one sweet kegger he’s throwing in Mexico. Manziel told TMZ that he’s “going completely sober starting July 1st.”
  • Official says Prince died of opioid overdose

    06/02/2016 9:29:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 74 replies
    Courant.com ^ | June 2, 2016 | Tribune News Services
    law-enforcement official tells The Associated Press that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose.
  • Combating the Opioid Epidemic

    05/14/2016 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Congressman Fred Upton
    Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of a drug overdose. People in communities across America are abusing both prescription pain killers and heroin. It is an epidemic. No one is immune; it is a sad reality that is playing out across the country, including in my own district in Southwest Michigan. There were 13 suspected overdoses in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the first quarter of 2013, up from 9 in the first quarter of 2012. Behind these numbers are real folks, and their families, suffering. In 2008, we lost Amy Bousfield, an 18 year-old graduate of Portage Central...
  • Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne reportedly calling it quits after more than 33 years

    05/08/2016 7:07:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/08/2016
    Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are going their separate ways. A source close to the Osbournes tells ET that the 67-year-old rock legend and the 63-year-old "The Talk" co-host are ending their marriage after more than 33 years. The estranged couple, who wed on July 4, 1982, share three children together: Aimee, 32, Kelly, 31, and Jack, 30. Sharon first met Ozzy in the 1970s when his band, Black Sabbath, was rising to fame and later became his manager. In 2013, Sharon emphatically denied divorce rumors during a taping of "The Talk," but confirmed Ozzy's sobriety struggles at the time. "He's...
  • Woman arrested with fetus in purse speaks from behind bars

    05/06/2016 7:00:56 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 4 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 06 MAY 2016 | WFAA.COM
    SAN ANTONIO -- A woman, desperate to be a mother, sits in jail after being caught in the park with heroin, meth, and the remains of her unborn child in her purse. Now Bernadette Rivera is speaking out from behind bars, saying she isn’t a monster, but simply wanted to give her child a proper burial. Police arrested Bernadette in Cassiano Park for drug possession shortly before midnight on April 28th. Officers found the remains of an 8-week-old fetus when they searched her purse. Bernadette says she had a miscarriage outside of the hospital on April 3 and went to...
  • Addiction specialist rushed to see Prince before death

    05/04/2016 3:02:56 PM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4 May 2016
    A specialist in painkiller addiction hurriedly made plans to see Prince hours before the music legend was found unconscious, a lawyer said Wednesday, offering possible new clues on the singer's sudden death. Prince's representatives had contacted California-based Howard Kornfeld, who treats people with addictions to opioids, on April 20 and the doctor planned to fly two days later to the pop star's compound in Minnesota, said Kornfeld's attorney William Mauzy. "Dr Kornfeld felt that his mission was a life-saving mission. He certainly felt it to be urgent," Mauzy told reporters in Minneapolis. But Prince died on April 21 just as...
  • To Quit Smoking — Let’s All Vape

    05/04/2016 7:22:06 AM PDT · by 5150 FREEPER · 50 replies
    LifeZette ^ | 5/4/16 | Kristen Fisher
    There is plenty of evidence to suggest that smoking e-cigarettes can be harmful — but now the Britain-based Royal College of Physicians thinks smokers should use them as a way to quit. Their report says the devices are helping people more than harming them — at least so far. “This is the first genuinely new way of helping people stop smoking that has come along in decades,” John Britton, director of the U.K. Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, said in a statement. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine without the tar — and without some chemicals linked...
  • Smoking dead scorpions is the latest addiction in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    04/29/2016 4:25:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    Dawn, Pakistan ^ | Apr 08, 20162 | Izhar Ullah
    “I started scorpion smoking in the mid-'60s,” recalls 74-year-old Sohbat Khan. It was during General Ayub Khan’s era, and Khan was only 20 years old. He would frequent the famous Jalil Kabab house in Peshawar, which is how he met the vendor who sold scorpions worth Re 1 or Rs 2 right next to the eatery. The men got their supply from the Matani area, which is rich in scorpions because of its insufferably hot weather. Khan says he has quit smoking scorpions. His eyes are sunken from years of addiction, and his pale face and hollow cheeks betray a...
  • How Obamacare Is Fueling America’s Opioid Epidemic

    04/14/2016 4:05:29 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    Time ^ | 13 Apr, 2016 | Sean Gregory
    Some doctors say a quirk in the program is a dangerous incentive to prescribe potentially dangerous painkillers Not long ago Dr. Bill Sullivan, an emergency-room physician in rural Spring Valley, Ill., refused to prescribe a potentially habit-­forming painkiller to a patient that had requested it by name. That might seem like a good thing since opioid addiction has become a national epidemic. But in fact, as a result of reforms put in place under the Affordable Care Act, he may have put his hospital at financial risk. As part of an Obama­care initiative meant to reward quality care, the Centers...
  • THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NON-VIOLENT DRUG CRIME

    03/31/2016 5:48:06 AM PDT · by shortstop · 20 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 03/30/16 | Bob Lonsberry
    There is no such thing as a non-violent drug crime. Drug dealers are killers, not victims, and it’s a shame the president of the United States doesn’t recognize that. Yesterday, in what he said was an example of redemption and leadership, Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 drug dealers. In the midst of a horrific heroin epidemic, as the death rate from opiate overdose has quadrupled, the response of the president is to turn loose the profiteers and purveyors of this plague. It is a slap in the face of every mother who has wept over the body of...
  • The 50 most violent cities in the world [Circa 2016]

    01/26/2016 11:49:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/26/2016 | Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender and Amanda Macias
    Latin America holds the undesirable distinction of having the most cities on the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities. Of the 50 cities on the list, 41 are in Latin America, including 21 in Brazil. The lion's share of the elevated violence in the region is due to drug trafficking supplemented with gang wars, political instability, and the deregulation of economies triggering widespread poverty. "Narcotics are the biggest black market earner of all. Estimated to be worth more than three hundred billion dollars a year, the global industry has pumped huge resources...
  • Bush to Focus on Daughter’s Struggles With Drugs

    01/05/2016 9:33:02 AM PST · by detective · 49 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 5, 2016 | ASHLEY PARKER
    Jeb Bush, who promised to run for president by showing voters his heart, is making an especially personal appeal in New Hampshire on Tuesday, where he plans to discuss his daughter's struggles with addiction. Speaking at a forum on addiction and the heroin epidemic at Southern New Hampshire University in the afternoon, Mr. Bush will not only unveil his drug control strategy but also talk about how his family has intimately experienced the ravages of addiction.
  • Ted Cruz Unfolds Harrowing Tale of Pulling His Sister Out of a Crack House

    11/06/2015 7:36:00 AM PST · by Isara · 36 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | November 5, 2015 | Maegan Vazquez
    Watch the video at the link. It’s not often that Ted Cruz struggles with his words. But during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the GOP presidential candidate spoke about his half-sister’s struggle with addiction, and their family’s inability to save her.Cruz told Tapper that following her parents’ divorce, his sister Miriam became angry and turned to drugs: “Her whole life she lived basically as an angry teenager. She was sort of frozen emotionally as a rebellious teenager … She struggled her whole life with drug and alcohol addiction.” In the Texas Senator’s book, A Time for Truth, Cruz recalled...
  • Cheese really is crack. Study reveals cheese is as addictive as drugs

    10/22/2015 1:42:51 PM PDT · by grundle · 124 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 22, 2015 | Jenn Harris
    For years you've been telling your friends, family, co-workers and anyone who will listen that you're addicted to cheese. It's a part of every meal or snack, and you think about it constantly. According to a new study from the University of Michigan, cheese crack is a real thing. And so is your addiction. The study, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, examines why certain foods are more addictive than others. Researchers identified addictive foods from about 500 students who completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale, designed to measure if someone has a food addiction. Pizza, unsurprisingly, came...
  • Breaking the Kennedy code of silence: Patrick goes on national TV to expose his family's secrets ...

    10/04/2015 11:45:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 4, 2015 | Wills Robinson and Hannah Parry
    Complete Headline: Breaking the Kennedy code of silence: Patrick goes on national TV to expose his family's secrets as he launches book describing how 'disabling alcoholism' killed his father Ted, his mom and his sister Patrick Kennedy has broken the political dynasty's 'code of silence' by describing how he turned to drink at 13 to deal with the multitude of his family's problems. The former Congressman told CBS' 60 Minutes how his alcoholic mother Joan would walk around in a bathrobe 'inebriated' during the day while his father, Senator Ted Kennedy, would self-medicate by drinking. The 48-year-old politician said the...
  • Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer:

    09/27/2015 12:08:58 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (dot com) ^ | 14 September 2015 | Peter Gřtzsche
    Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? Updated: 04:22 EST, 15 September 2015 Soaring drug use, a growing number of addicts, far too few clinics to treat them and a rising death toll. This might sound like a scene from an impoverished country run by drug cartels - but it is, in fact, the day-to-day reality for NHS patients who are prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression. More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year. Not only are these...
  • Watching Porn Is OK. Believing In Porn Addiction Is Not

    09/18/2015 7:19:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 17, 2015 | Samantha Allen
    Porn addictions are like non-celiac gluten sensitivities: lots of people claim to have them but they may not be real. Porn addiction is not currently a diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders, as The Daily Beast has reported multiple times. But that hasn’t stopped therapists and rehab centers from using the concept with clients like Josh Duggar who have claimed to suffer from it. And if people genuinely feel addicted to porn, what’s the harm in humoring them? As it turns out, there could be actual psychological harm associated with buying into the concept of porn addiction.
  • 'Star Trek: Voyager' actress Jennifer Lien charged with indecent exposure

    09/15/2015 6:55:22 PM PDT · by windcliff · 94 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 9-15-15 | Henry Hanks
    (CNN)—An actress best known for "Star Trek: Voyager" was arrested on September 3. Jennifer Lien, who played Kes in the first few seasons of the "Star Trek" spinoff series, has been charged with indecent exposure. According to CNN affiliate WATE, Lien was arrested in her home in Harriman, Tennessee. Neighbor Carey Smith told WATE that Lien came by her home to comment on how Smith's children were being raised and started using vulgar language. "All of a sudden, here come the shirt up," said Smith. "She started flashing and, 'Woo hoo,' and I said, 'And what respect is that for...
  • Naltrexone -- A Drug That Can Cure Alcoholism Instantly

    09/11/2015 1:25:51 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 110 replies
    vanity | 9/11/2015
    For many people, the drug Naltrexone is an instant cure for alcohol cravings. It is available cheap as a 1-pill-per-day generic drug or as an expensive 1-injection-per-month specialty drug. If you or someone you know is an alcoholic, check it out. It is an opioid receptor antagonist. Its effectiveness depends on whether you have a specific expression of an opioid receptor gene. For some people, it works instantly and there is zero craving. For other people, it is less effective or does not work at all. It appears to work for most American Indians, Asians (60-70%), some whites (30%), and...
  • CNN Appearances Show Bob Beckel Ready to Work Again; Here’s His Best Option

    08/30/2015 10:37:07 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    mediaite ^ | Aug. 30, 2015 | Joe Concha
    Bob Beckel is a rare breed in the cable news business for one reason: He somehow pulls off the combination of being a genuine, likable curmudgeon. And in doing so, he carved out a nice existence at Fox News, sparring effectively (without filter) with his political adversaries on The Five and doing weekly spots on The O’Reilly Factor. But then–without notice or comment–the 66-year-old was gone. Not for a few days or weeks, but for four months. First back surgery was reportedly the reason, but eventually it was revealed that Beckel–who has suffered from drug and alcohol addiction in the...
  • Josh Duggar enters rehab, family says

    08/26/2015 6:28:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | Todd Leopold, CNN
    (CNN)Josh Duggar, the eldest of the Duggar children, is going into rehab, the family said in a statement Wednesday. "Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center," the family said in a posting on duggarfamily.com. "For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. "In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future," the statement continued.
  • Josh Duggar enters faith-based rehab to be treated for sex addiction

    08/26/2015 6:18:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 26, 2015 | LIZZIE SMITH
    Josh Duggar has entered a 'faith-based rehab' to be treated for sex addiction in the wake of further revelations about his sordid private life. The decision comes after the family values lobbyist confessed to having a porn addiction and being unfaithful to his wife after being outed as a user of the Ashley Madison affairs website. It was revealed earlier this year that Duggar was previously treated at a faith-based rehab center as a teenager after admitting molesting five of his underage sisters. In a statement the reality star parents Jim Bob and Michelle wrote that their oldest son would...
  • Porn: America’s Silent Killer

    08/19/2015 4:26:58 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 50 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 8/18/2015 | Joel Hesch
    Although it’s the least discussed media topic, porn is systematically infiltrating and killing America (and statistically your family too!). Few realize just how large a role porn or other forms of sex addiction plays in the breakdown of families. In this digital age, porn isn’t just instantly accessible, it’s the silent killer of families. Porn addiction leaves countless men and women desperate and unaware of where to turn for help. This silent enemy leaves families broken in a wake of despair and destruction after the fall of fathers and husbands. The results are a lineage of addiction and infidelity passed...
  • Female viagra 'to get the green light'... but drug is still plagued with safety risks

    08/17/2015 2:59:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/16/15 | Louise Eccles
    A drug dubbed the ‘female Viagra’ is set to be approved by a US watchdog this week – paving the way for its arrival in the UK. Industry experts claim flibanserin could be given the green light within days, making it the first officially sanctioned drug for low female sex drive on the market. Unlike its male equivalent, the drug combats a flagging libido not by targeting the genitals but the pleasure centre of a woman’s brain, with women who took the pill every day in trials having sex more frequently and enjoying it more.
  • A Simple Fix for Drunken Driving

    08/15/2015 9:33:07 AM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 65 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 14, 2015 | KEITH HUMPHREYS
    A decade ago, as attorney general of South Dakota, Larry Long saw the need for a more direct approach and launched a program called “24/7 Sobriety.” I first encountered 24/7 Sobriety five years ago, and it confounded much of what I had learned in my years as an addiction-treatment professional. On a clear South Dakota morning, I found myself in a Sioux Falls police station, waiting for more than a hundred repeat offenders to appear for court-mandated appointments. They had to blow into a breathalyzer to prove that they had not been drinking. I expected that many wouldn’t show up;...
  • RESEARCHERS FOUND WAY TO ERASE MEMORIES OF METH IN MICE-MAJOR STEPPING STONE FOR TREATING ADDICTION

    08/09/2015 3:16:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Popular Science ^ | August 7, 2015 | Claire Maldarelli
    The major hurdle in treating addiction is enabling a person to not return to the abused drug or substance. This has proved extremely difficult for researchers and patients alike, as even with the best rehabilitation therapy and the most supportive friends and families, many addicts of psychostimulant drugs--methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA--relapse soon after therapy ends, often because the memory of the drug’s effect is too strong for that person to resist. But researchers are the University of Florida have come up with a way to in essence, “erase” the memory of the drug’s effect from the brain and thus help...
  • Sex Addict 'My Brain Made Me Do It' - CIRCULAR REASONING

    07/24/2015 5:03:35 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Freep | 7/24/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     Attorney: New Jersey High School Teacher Accused of Sex With 6 Students Left Defenseless by Brain Condition  Benedict Groeschel was a NJ priest who counseled numerous priests and bishops who got in trouble, he told the story of a bishop who fell due to sexual sin, sincerely repented and spent the rest of his life humbly doing good. Fr. Groeschel talked about the fact that many people in criminally-insane lockup suffered horrific childhood abuse, all of them probably underwent alteration of brain structure, but some of them might have had pre-existing brain defects.Mass murderer Ted Bundy may have been one of...
  • $357,750: NIH Funds Research for App to Promote Exercise for Marijuana Users

    06/30/2015 1:05:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 30, 2015 | 12:30 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Could an app motivate marijuana users to exercise? The National Institutes of Health is giving $357,750 in taxpayer dollars through its National Institute on Drug Abuse to State University of New York at Buffalo to find out. “Currently, marijuana (MJ) is the most popular illicit drug, but there are few effective interventions to help young adults (age 18 to 25 years) to reduce their MJ intake and avoid negative consequences, including dependence,” the grant noted. “This study will develop and initially test an intervention [personalized feedback on MJ use + a smartphone app to promote exercise/physical activity (PA) as a...
  • Hawaii governor signs first-of-kind state smoking age bill

    06/19/2015 8:37:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 19, 2015 10:48 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii’s governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The measure aims to prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Gov. David Ige signed it into law Friday. Dozens of local governments have similar bans, including Hawaii County and New York City. “Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our keiki will grow up tobacco-free,” said Ige, using the Hawaiian word for children. In Hawaii, 86...
  • South Carolina shooting: What we know about suspect Dylann Storm Roof, 21 [Psych Drugs]

    06/18/2015 4:53:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/18/15
    A federal law enforcement source has identified the man suspected of killing nine people inside a historic black church on Wednesday evening as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof. He was captured Thursday morning in Shelby, N.C. ....Since January, Roof has been arrested twice, both at the Columbiana Mall in Columbia, S.C. According to arrest records obtained CBS News investigative producer Laura Strickler, on February 28, Roof went into a Bath and Body Works store wearing all black and asked "out of the ordinary questions," including how many associates were working, when they closed and what time they leave. Mall employees complained...
  • Teacher Aide Found In Bathroom Allegedly Had Syringe In Arm

    05/30/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 70 replies
    CBS Denver 4 ^ | May 29, 2015 | CBS Denver 4
    A teacher aide who was found passed out in a bathroom by students at a northwest Denver school allegedly had a syringe sticking out of her arm. The paraprofessional, Cassandra Rein, 27, was found Thursday morning in the bathroom at Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary School by four first grade girls...While Denver Public Schools has only gone as far as to say that Rein is a teacher’s aide, her Facebook page states she’s a preschool teacher. She was placed on administrative leave...Rein appeared in court for an advisement hearing Friday morning and bonded out of custody on...
  • Disgraced sex addict Tiger Woods CHEATED on ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn - the real reason they split

    05/12/2015 7:34:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2015 | Lycia Naff
    When Tiger Woods and Lindsay Vonn split over a week ago, the Olympic skiier posted on Facebook the explanation that 'both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart.' Daily Mail Online can now exclusively reveal that during one of those 'times apart' Tiger cheated on Lindsay - with a 'faceless, nameless woman', a friend reveals. 'He had a relapse in the sex department,' a close friend reveals to Daily Mail Online. 'Lindsey found out about women again. Always while he's on the road. Just like when he was with Elin.'
  • The "War on Drugs" is dinosaur technology

    05/03/2015 7:59:56 PM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 187 replies
    Huffington POst ^ | 03/22/2015 | Johann Hari
    Nearly fifteen years ago, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe, with 1 percent of the population addicted to heroin. They had tried a drug war, and the problem just kept getting worse. So they decided to do something radically different. They resolved to decriminalize all drugs...
  • Fox’s Bob Beckel Undergoes Addiction Rehab

    05/01/2015 10:01:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 89 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 30, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Over the past several months, Mediaite has produced a handful of posts asking the question: Where is Fox’s The Five co-host Bob Beckel? ... In our first report, we noted that Fox told us Beckel was out receiving and recovering from back surgery. However, our own sources at the network indicated there was more to the story, including possible addiction (as cable watchers know well, Beckel is open about his drug history). And now Fox confirms that there is, indeed, an addiction therapy element to the story after all.
  • Josh Hamilton case no Mickey Mouse affair for Angels' Arte Moreno

    04/03/2015 1:38:01 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 3, 2015 | Bill Shaikin
    Michael Eisner did not care for the rules. He would look out for his kingdom, in a way that would seem perfectly logical to Arte Moreno, and to a good many fans too. If a player on your team was involved with cocaine, how could the team be forbidden from taking disciplinary action? In Baseball Land, the employees have a powerful union to protect their interests. And so, on Friday, the commissioner of baseball was reduced to issuing a statement that essentially said, "Yes, I would have suspended Josh Hamilton, but I had no authority to do so." In 1997,...
  • People Who Don't Want Women to See Ultrasounds – What Are They Thinking?

    03/20/2015 5:40:26 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Presentation Right 2 Life ^ | 3/20/15 | Presentation Right to Life
     People Who Don't Want Women to See Ultrasounds of their Babies – What Are They Thinking?   He's a really nice guy. George Leventhal, Montgomery County Maryland Council President, likes puppies. Presumably he loves babies…born ones, that is. What motivates a nice guy like George, to want to impede women seeing their babies' ultrasounds? Ultrasounds aren't exactly cute, but people do get excited about them. We can't presume to know George's thinking, but it's still important to try to understand what people who take his position have in mind.  It may be true, not necessarily in George's case, but on average, that...
  • The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous: Dozens of other treatments more effective.

    03/17/2015 9:25:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 156 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/17/2015 | Gabrielle Glaser
    [SNIP] The 12 steps are so deeply ingrained in the United States that many people, including doctors and therapists, believe attending meetings, earning one’s sobriety chips, and never taking another sip of alcohol is the only way to get better. Hospitals, outpatient clinics, and rehab centers use the 12 steps as the basis for treatment. But although few people seem to realize it, there are alternatives, including prescription drugs and therapies that aim to help patients learn to drink in moderation. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, these methods are based on modern science and have been proved, in randomized, controlled studies, to...