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American cocaine use is way up. Colombia’s coca boom might be why
While much of the recent attention on drug abuse in the United States has focused on the heroin and opioid epidemic, cocaine has also been making a comeback. It appears to be a case of supply driving demand. After years of falling output, the size of Colombia’s illegal coca crop has exploded since 2013, and the boom is starting to appear on U.S. streets. “There are troubling early signs that cocaine use and availability is on the rise in the United States for the first time in nearly a decade,” the State Department noted this week in its annual report on the global narcotics trade. more

Involuntary Treatment for Addicts Gets Boost in Bill Passed by Kentucky House
The Kentucky House this week advanced legislation that supporters say would improve a state law that allows involuntary treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. Rep. Kim Moser (R-Taylor Mill), a primary sponsor of House Bill 305, said the legislation, would improve treatment options and costs associated with involuntary treatment under Casey’s Law, passed in Kentucky in 2004 in honor of Matthew Casey Wethington who died of a heroin overdose at age 23. more

Alert issued for non-narcotic pain pill that's increasingly abused
An alert was issued out about a pill that doctors say heroin addicts are now abusing. The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network sent out the alert about the abuse of Gabapentin, which is more commonly known for it's brand name: Neurontin. Investigators with OSAM said there's been a surge in how much Neurontin is being made available on the streets. more

1 in 3 Americans blame doctors for national opioid epidemic, STAT-Harvard poll finds
Americans broadly support new Obama administration guidelines urging physicians to prescribe fewer powerful painkillers, according to the latest STAT-Harvard poll. They blame doctors for the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction about as much as they hold individuals responsible for abusing the drugs. more

Can this man successfully treat opioid addiction with marijuana?
A controversial new treatment facility in Los Angeles wants to find out if cannabis can help keep opioids from claiming more lives to addiction more

Naloxone Won’t Rescue Us From The Opioid Epidemic, But It’s A Start
The death rate from drug overdoses in the U.S. more than doubled from 1999 to 2015 and increased for every age group, according to a February report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths linked in particular to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, nearly doubled-from 8 percent to 18 percent - over the much shorter period from 2010 to 2015. more

New chapter in Greater Cincinnati's heroin epidemic puts 1st responders in danger's way
From first responders who race to overdose scenes to workers in crime labs, there's a lot of concern about how potent heroin and stronger drugs, such as carfentanil, have become. "Just a few milligrams represents a lethal dose of carfentanil," said Jeremy Triplett, forensic lab supervisor at Kentucky's crime lab in Frankfort. "An inhalation can kill you." more (Audio & Video)

Addiction treatment can save lives, but getting patients in the door is still an issue
Twenty-four-year-old Tommee Morrow lost both her parents at a young age. She started smoking marijuana at age 12 and, along with other members of her family, later turned to heroin. more

More must be done to provide drug abuse treatment, get addicts into it, federal official says
Kimberly Johnson, a former Maine official who heads the federal Center for Substance Abuse, says at an Augusta conference that it is often hard to convince drug abusers to seek treatment. more

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