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A Comeback for the Gateway Drug Theory?
If you grew up as part of the D.A.R.E. generation — kids of the 1980s and ’90s who learned about drugs from alarmist public service announcements — you know all too well the dangers of so-called gateway drugs. Go to bed with marijuana or beer, you were taught, and risk waking up with cocaine or heroin. more

Mysterious condition dubbed 'scromiting' hits weed smokers across the US and causes them to vomit AND scream
Chronic cannabis users are at risk of experiencing a horrifying new condition that is being reported at hospitals across the country. 'Scromiting,' doctors say, is becoming an all-too-familiar site at emergency rooms, with patients 'screaming and vomiting' as they turn up for help. more

Renew Recovery Providing Opioid Addiction Services to Humana Members in Kentucky
New agreement provides Humana employer plan members with access to Renew Recovery treatment centers in Louisville, Georgetown, and London, Kentucky more

Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Opioids To Lower Addiction Risk
It may not be rocket science, but a group of surgeons at the University of Michigan has devised an approach to help curb the nation's opioid epidemic — starting at their own hospital. more

Opponents of long-term addiction recovery centre victim to not in my backyard syndrome
anada is in serious trouble, and it is petty politics that’s preventing a solution. In 2016, more than 5,800 people were hospitalized in order to treat opioid toxicity. That translates to 16 Canadians being admitted per day, a 20 per cent increase from the previous year. Again in 2016, at least 2,816 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses. more

Hip hop artist lands national tour aimed at recovery from addiction
Music helped Stephen Fogarty get off opiates; now, the recovering addict is joining a national effort to use music for sobriety. Fogarty, who goes by the stage name Tw1tch, signed with Universal Music Group to join the Recover or Die Tour. more

Federal reinforcements are stepping in to help fight Louisville’s heroin and pain pill crisis
Louisville's chilling death toll from heroin, fentanyl, addictive pain pills and other drugs has prompted Washington officials to take a bold step. For the first time in nearly 20 years, federal drug agents are creating a new field division to target the poison pushers. And it will be based in Louisville. Robert Patterson, the acting administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced more than $12 million in grants to target the making and selling of heroin, methamphetamine and prescription opioids, according to a news release Wednesday. more

Study finds commonality in 61 percent of opioid deaths
As the staggering toll—in terms of bodies, emotions, money, and our life expectancy—of the opioid epidemic comes into sharper focus, the idea of those who are most at risk is crystallizing, too, thanks to research out of Columbia University Medical Centter. more

Program for offenders with mental health or addiction issues produces positive results
A review of a state program launched two years ago to improve recovery and reduce recidivism among felony offenders who have mental health or addiction issues shows the program is producing positive results. "There are a lot of individuals in the criminal justice system who have a mental health or substance-abuse problem who are now getting the additional services they need," said Brad Ray, co-author of the review. Ray is an assistant professor in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI and director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research. more

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