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Centerstone officials say new budget to force closure of The Living Room addiction program
On Tuesday night, Louisville Metro Council passed a new budget that leaves some city services with little or no funding. One of those organizations is Centerstone. It's taking a major hit, and while it isn't closing entirely, one of its programs will. more

More than 1,000 recovering addicts and supporters floated for recovery with The Healing Place at the La Grange Quarry.
Attendees worked to better themselves with the help of others and the outdoors."This is an awesome experience, man. This is like what we do to have fun in recovery," said Abraham Bolton, who is going on 14 months sober. Bolton not only took a leap off a ledge at the quarry Saturday, but he's also taken a leap into unfamiliar territory with his recovery more

New State Law effective June 27
Felony expungement
Senate Bill 57 will expand the number of Kentuckians eligible to have low-level felonies expunged from their criminal records. It will do this by expanding discretionary expungement to all Class D felonies with some exceptions for crimes such as stealing in office, abusing children, and sexual abuse. It includes a five-year waiting period to apply for expungement, a $250 application fee and provisions for prosecutors to object and judges to reject the applications.

Felony drug convictions should not ban Kentucky families from food stamps – for life
As the number of Kentuckians affected by the opioid epidemic and our broken criminal justice system continues to escalate, bipartisan policymakers must work together to help the thousands of families devastated by these crises. Lifting the lifetime ban on SNAP food assistance benefits and TANF for people convicted of drug felonies could help address both emergencies. more

Substance abuse among veterans increasing as mental health issues go untreated, study finds
More U.S. military veterans are struggling with substance abuse and half of returning service members who need mental health treatment don't seek out care, according to newly released data. more

Oakland in California decriminalizes magic mushrooms and peyote
First pot, now ‘shrooms. Oakland City Council in California on Tuesday voted unanimously to decriminalize hallucinogenic fungi, otherwise known as “magic mushrooms.” The vote makes Oakland the second U.S. city to decriminalize the natural hallucinogens after Denver decriminalized them on May 8. more

Lawmakers vow to push stiffer regulations on addiction treatment in California
After disturbing reports of death, sexual assault, drug abuse and paying for patients inside California’s loosely regulated addiction treatment industry, an across-the-aisle team of lawmakers has banded together to fundamentally change the rules of the game. The new Bi-Partisan Legislative Substance Abuse Treatment Working Group seeks to significantly expand state oversight, improve patient protections and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on programs that work. more

Congressional report: Purdue Pharma influenced World Health Organization’s opioid guidelines
A new congressional report claims that the World Health Organization’s guidelines on treating pain were directly influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, including a set of directions for prescribing powerful painkillers that appear to have been taken from opioid giant Purdue Pharma. more

Behind the Numbers: Alcohol is Killing More People Than the Opioid Epidemic. Why Aren't We Talking About It?
We hear a lot about the opioid crisis, and rightly so. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 77,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2017. Around 44,800 of those died from an opioid overdose, a nearly five-fold increase over the 8,000 people who overdosed in 1999. Yet, more people died from alcohol use in 2017. Alcohol caused approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the U.S. from the years 2006 to 2010. Why isn’t alcohol getting similar attention? It is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. more

Charlotte 'recovery school' opening for students fighting addiction
A recovery school for students battling addiction is set to open in east Charlotte, NC this Fall. The Emerald School of Excellence, a private school, will begin classes at Memorial United Methodist Church off Central Avenue. Students will share a common connection of being in recovery. The school said it will offer a hands-on approach with recovery experts, while also teaching school classes. more

Kentucky School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies
Please join us for the 46th KY School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, July 21-25, 2019, in Louisville, KY!  Whether you attend for one day or all five, you will come away with new information, new professional contacts and a renewed sense of purpose. The morning plenaries and the wide variety of workshops are aimed at offering something for everyone. more

A Wise Pause on Marijuana Legalization
New Jersey and New York are right to be wary of unintended consequences.
The state-by-state march toward marijuana legalization has run into a wall in two left-leaning states. Faced with objections from parents, teachers, police and others concerned about public safety, New Jersey and New York are poised to shelve legislation that would allow recreational pot smoking. more

New drug tip-line created for Indiana residents
Residents of the following counties: Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington may now call 812-248-4378 to anonymously report possible drug activity to Indiana State Police. more

What is American Opioid?
American Opioid is a crowdsourced encyclopedia of the opioid crisis that will allow the public to understand how it was experienced in all fifty states from a variety of perspectives. These firsthand accounts will be in both text and audio format. Anyone who has an experience to share is encouraged to contribute. more

Alcohol addiction a constant struggle for millions of Americans
Alcohol abuse is something that millions of Americans struggle with, and it’s an ongoing battle that continues into recovery. "I would never say that the disease of addiction gets easier, it never does,” Al Unser Jr. told members of the media as he spoke to a crowd of students about his battle with alcohol abuse earlier this month. more

Setting Precedent, A Federal Court Rules Jail Must Give Inmate Addiction Treatment
This week, a federal appeals court addressed the right to treatment for an inmate who suffers from opioid addiction, a move that legal advocates say could have wide repercussions. The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston ruled that a rural Maine jail must provide Brenda Smith with medication for her opioid use disorder. One of her attorneys, Emma Bond, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Maine, says the new ruling has the potential to create a "big signal" for jails across the country and combat the social barriers preventing incarcerated people from receiving treatment. more

New city legislation would effectively decriminalize some pot possession in Louisville
City lawmakers are looking at effectively decriminalizing some marijuana possession in Louisville, by telling police not to focus on adults who possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. more

Experimental brain implants studied as opioid deaths rise
Patient Number One is a thin man, with a scabby face and bouncy knees. His head, shaved in preparation for surgery, is wrapped in a clean, white cloth. Years of drug use cost him his wife, his money and his self-respect, before landing him in this drab yellow room at a Shanghai hospital, facing the surgeon who in 72 hours will drill two small holes in his skull and feed electrodes deep into his brain. more

Opioid Addiction Drug Going Mostly To Whites, Even As Black Death Rate Rises
White drug users addicted to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids have had near exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving for opioids and reduces the chance of a fatal overdose. That's according to a study out Wednesday from the University of Michigan. It appears in JAMA Psychiatry. more

Ancient hallucinogens found in 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch
A SMALL POUCH, made from three fox snouts neatly sewn together, may contain the world’s earliest archaeological evidence for the consumption of ayahuasca, a psychoactive plant preparation indigenous to peoples of the Amazon basin that produces potent hallucinations. more

New state law puts patients first, ahead of insurance companies-SB54
Imagine being diagnosed with a chronic health condition — one that interferes with your daily life and makes even the simplest tasks a challenge. Fortunately, your physician has prescribed a treatment or medication that’s expected to make your condition much more manageable. more

Louisville arms drug users with tests to avoid No. 1 killer: fentanyl
A tall and slender woman with sunken cheeks scooped up 70 dirty needles and stepped inside an RV — home to Louisville's controversial roaming syringe-exchange program. She paused to cough while chatting with a worker, who offered her polite words of encouragement and several clean needles to prevent the spread of HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis A. more

Punishing Pain Patients for the Addiction Crisis
We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic that has taken the lives of thousands of people. It’s a real crisis. But solutions risk punishing patients in terrible pain for the abuse of these medicines by others. more

KY law to soon require everyone convicted of DUI to install ignition interlock
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill into law that will require any person convicted of drunk driving in the state to install an ignition interlock in his or her car -- or face longer license suspension. The law, which started as Senate Bill 85, mainly affects the penalty for first time DUI offenders. more

Taiwan mulls death penalty for drunk driving
Taiwan plans to ramp up punishments for those who cause a fatal accident while drunk driving, including the death penalty for the most egregious cases, sparking an outcry from abolition and rights groups. more

Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine
The U.S. surgeon general's office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance-use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation's drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing. Yet, by all accounts, there aren't nearly enough physicians who specialize in treating addiction — doctors with extensive clinical training who are board certified in addiction medicine. more

Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds
Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates. The research adds to previous studies that have found links between marijuana and mental health problems, but still does not definitively pinpoint marijuana as the cause. more

China’s strong-arm approach to drug addiction does not work
China is tough on drugs. Many traffickers are among the thousands of people executed annually. Sometimes they are paraded beforehand at public sentencing rallies. Attendees at these grim spectacles include busloads of schoolchildren. Drug users may be punished on the spot by police. more

Milwaukee Hospitals Look To Fight Opioid Addiction With Recovery Coaches
As more than 350,000 people in Wisconsin are living with an untreated drug addiction, hospitals across the state are seeking ways to reduce the number of repeat opioid overdoses and fill the gap in care. more

Rally for Voting Rights
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2 PM – 3 PM
700 Capital Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601-3448, United States

People from dozens of organizations will gather in the Capitol rotunda to speak out for the voting rights of people with felonies in their past. Most of the speakers will be people currently denied their rights – some of the 312,000 Kentuckians who can't vote because of Kentucky’s extreme felony disenfranchisement law. more

Medical marijuana approved by Kentucky House panel. More legislative hurdles remain
The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved a bill late Wednesday that would legalize the sale of medical marijuana in Kentucky through state-licensed dispensaries. But with only five days left in the 2019 legislative session, sponsors say they’re racing the clock. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Maybe it’s not probable, but it’s not over ‘till the fat lady sings,” said state Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, co-sponsor of House Bill 136. more

Op-Ed: New Partnership to Offer Alternative Sentencing to Some Defendants
A prosecutor, a cop, and a formerly incarcerated person walk into a social services center. Sounds like the set up for a joke, or a bizarre news story we might discuss on my radio program. But this is actually happening on March 7 in Covington, Kentucky, when a commonwealth’s attorney, a former state trooper who is now head of a social services facility, and a man who spent more than two decades in prison come together to announce a partnership that will offer a chance at redemption for those who have made mistakes, but who are better suited for treatment and programming than prison time. more

How running can help people with substance use disorder fight addiction

After an accident many years ago, Louis Knight was prescribed narcotics for his pain. Eventually, he started abusing them and, ultimately, turned to heroin when he could no longer get prescription pills. To keep up with his drug habit, Knight committed burglaries and spent time in prison. He was living in a recovery house after his release when someone gave him a pair of running shoes — a small gesture that helped change his life. more

Trump Donated His 2018 Third-Quarter Salary to an Organization That Funds Alcoholism Research
President Donald Trump has donated $100,000—his salary from the third-quarter of 2018—to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Trump pledged to refuse the $400,000 salary that comes with being the U.S. president shortly after winning the election. Since then he’s held to his promise, with each quarterly pay going to a different organization. more

Money from opioid lawsuit settlements should be used to fight drug epidemic, Beshear says
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear threw his support Wednesday behind a bill that would require money obtained from opioid lawsuit settlements and fines recovered by his office to go into a permanent fund to support drug prevention educators, police and treatment providers. “As the opioid epidemic is devastating families and communities by claiming more than 30 lives a week in Kentucky, it is also wrecking our economy,” said Beshear at a news conference in his Capitol office with several lawmakers. more

Report: More than 312,000 felons can't vote in Kentucky
A new report shows Kentucky has more than 312,000 people who cannot vote because of a felony conviction, a 67 percent increase from 2006. Kentucky is one of three states that impose lifetime voting bans on people with felony convictions. A report from the League of Women Voters of Kentucky shows 92 percent of those with felony convictions have been released from prison or jail and live in the community, but cannot vote. more

Employment symposium to teaches benefits of hiring people recovering from addiction
The South Louisville Opioid Task Force is hosted an employment symposium Jan. 29 to educate businesses about how they can benefit from hiring people who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. more

Make substance abuse disorder treatment available when needed By: Kim Moser and Bruce Scott, MD
Years of struggling, lost employment, disconnection from family, a feeling of hopelessness—all common issues faced by those suffering from substance abuse disorder. In many cases, interaction with the criminal justice system can also be added to the list. more

Kentucky GOP lawmaker introduces marijuana decriminalization bill
A Kentucky Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill which would lessen penalties for marijuana possession. Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R - Lebanon, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 82, which would make the penalty for possessing marijuana for personal use only a prepayable non-criminal fine. more

The current prior authorization process being utilized by payers creates roadblocks for patients trying to access medications and treatment recommended by their trusted physicians, increases health care costs, and restricts health care providers from doing their jobs effectively.
Current Legislation Filed: Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Sen. Alvarado, would enhance access to prior authorization information and remove several barriers for patients trying to access medications and treatment and allow providers to make decisions regarding care instead of insurance companies. SB54 has been assigned to the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. House Bill 121, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, would prohibit insurers from setting requirements or using certain utilization reviews for certain prescription drugs used to treat opioid use disorder and amend KRS 205.536 to prohibit the Department for Medicaid Services or a Medicaid managed care organization from setting requirements or using certain utilization reviews for certain prescription drugs used to treat opioid use disorder. HB121 has been assigned to the House Health and Family Services Committee. more

The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?
As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age. more

Even a little marijuana may change teen brain, study finds
Researchers say even one or two joints cause changes in areas of the brain involved in emotion-related processing, learning and forming memories. Low levels of marijuana use — as few as one or two times — may change the teen brain, according to a new study. more

For the first time on record, your odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are greater than dying in a motor vehicle crash
Fear is natural and healthy. It can help us respond to danger more quickly or avoid a dangerous situation altogether. It can also cause us to worry about the wrong things, especially when it comes to estimating our level of risk. more

Clark County CARES' Drug Facts Week starts Jan. 21
Next week marks the start of the fourth annual Clark County CARES Drug Facts Week, a free lineup of community events dedicated to seeking solutions to Southern Indiana's drug and addiction crisis and offering resources and support. more

Adolescent Recovery Day event
We have had a venue change! We will NOT be at Administrative Office of the Courts. INSTEAD we will be at Capital Plaza Hotel in downtown Frankfort! more

Northern Kentucky gets $150,000 to help with pre-arrest diversion of those with addiction
Northern Kentucky is planning to launch new services for addicted residents and their families this year, thanks in part to a $150,000 private grant. The Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy on Tuesday announced its plans, made possible with the grant from the Funders Response to Heroin Epidemic, a collaboration of private funders created to fight the opioid epidemic. more

New program training police to become addiction recovery coaches
A new program is training Kennebunk police to become addiction recovery coaches. WMTW News 8's Joe Glauber explains how the coaches are used and why the demand is growing. More (Video)

The Healing Place opens new $29 million expansion
A Louisville drug rehab center is now able to help twice as many people as it could before. The men's campus of the Healing Place just opened its new expansion on West Market Street. The $29 million project adds 200 beds, and they are expected to fill up quickly. more
Adolescent Recovery Day event
We have had a venue change! We will NOT be at Administrative Office of the Courts. INSTEAD we will be at Capital Plaza Hotel in downtown Frankfort! more
Do sober houses exploit patients? A look at what's happened in other states
Vermont's growing sober house industry is largely unregulated. A local nonprofit is aiming to change that by this summer. But currently, without oversight, there is no state assurances that these homes are safe for resident more

New Governor Janet Mills Makes Fighting Opioid Deaths A Priority In Maine — Finally
On her first full day in office, Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) took a promising and decisive step toward tackling the state’s opioid crisis. In a reversal of the prior administration’s recalcitrant stance, Mills signed an executive order to expand the state’s Medicaid program, which would extend health care coverage to tens of thousands more low-income residents, including those dealing with opioid addiction. more

This Killer Opioid Could Become a Weapon of Mass Destruction
It would take only 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. That’s how much of the powerful opioid painkiller Nebraska State Trooper Sam Mortensen found in April when he stopped a truck marked “U.S. Mail” swerving onto the shoulder along Interstate 80. Rolling up the trailer door revealed an empty hold. But just below a refrigeration unit, behind a plastic panel secured with mismatched bolts, Mortensen found 42 brick-shaped packages, weighing 54 kilograms, full of fentanyl. The drug is so potent that even a small amount — the equivalent of a few grains of salt — can be lethal. more

‘Drug addiction is not a joke’: HopCat to change name of crack fries
The popular beer and burger chain HopCat has had a change of heart about the name of one of their signature items -- crack fries. In a memo dated Monday, Dec. 10, the company announced the change and apologized for “the pain the name brought to others.” The fries are named for their “addictive quality,” as well as the cracked pepper used to season them, the company said. more

Patrick Kennedy: Parity Still Needed for Mental Health, Addiction Care
The former congressman is continuing his call for better coverage as suicides and drug overdose deaths rise in America. New national data show a continued decline in life expectancy for Americans amid a rise in both drug overdose deaths and suicides. more

Insurance Is Supposed to Cover Addiction Treatment, But It's Still a Nightmare
The barriers insurance companies place in the way of treatment are killing people. more

The Forgotten Addiction
With all eyes on opioids, this massive unseen threat continues to claim lives.

In recent years, Americans have begun, justifiably, to recognize the complex public health problem of opioid misuse and associated overdose deaths as a national crisis. more

The US knows how to address its drinking problem, but proven fixes are hard to sell
When health officials wanted to reduce deaths from tobacco, they spread messages about the proven cancer risks, pushed to ban smoking in public places and worked to raise taxes on cigarettes. Alcohol, which causes 88,000 deaths a year in the United States, is a similarly grave public health concern. But the way forward is less clear. more

The Healing Place men's campus to open 426-bed facility in late December
The new building will allow the healing place to double its services after having to turn away 200-300 men every month the last four years.
Like many other cities, Louisville is in the middle of an addiction epidemic. The Healing Place is helping with that epidemic, but for the last four years, it's had to turn away hundreds of people every month who needed help. “It's devastating,” said Erin Fogarty, a grant manager and gift officer with The Healing Place. The facility's men's campus didn’t have enough beds, which is why they had to turn people away, sometimes as many as 300 per month, Fogarty said. more

Alcohol is killing more people, and younger. The biggest increases are among women
The last time lawyer Erika Byrd talked her way out of an alcohol rehab center, her father took her to lunch. "Dad, I know what alcohol has done to me," she told him that day in January 2011. "I know what it has made me do to you and mom. But that wasn’t me." more

'Nothing is childproof': Kids are overdosing on drugs adults leave out
In his final hours, 15-year-old Chanze Laplant used his cellphone for an internet query: "Can you OD on morphine?" more

Dubai’s first rehab clinic set to open
Officials at Erada rehab clinic promise a ‘safe haven for treatment’ Officials at the government-owned Erada Rehab and Treatment Centre (Erada loosely translates into ‘willpower’ in Arabic) are quietly aware of the role they will soon play. more

Cocaine Back in a Big Way, DEA Warns, with Rising Overdose Deaths
Cocaine use in the United States has "rebounded" buoyed by a boost in supply, and the increasing prevalence of potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl mixed into the product is "accelerating cocaine involved overdose deaths," the Drug Enforcement Administration said in the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment released today. more

Michigan Eyed as Bellwether for Legal Pot in Midwest
Michigan is aiming to build a potentially lucrative industry from the ground up with passage of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. It could do more by serving as a model for the rest of the Midwest — and possibly beyond. Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana, with voters Tuesday passing a ballot measure that will allow people 21 or older to buy and use the drug. Including Michigan, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana; North Dakota voters decided this week that recreational pot wasn't for them. more

FDA approves powerful opioid despite fears of more overdose deaths
The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful opioid Friday for use in health-care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its advisers that the drug would inevitably be diverted to illicit use and cause more overdose deaths. The opioid is five to 10 times more potent than pharmaceutical fentanyl. A tiny pill that is just three millimeters in diameter, it is likely to worsen the nation’s drug crisis, according to critics and the head of the FDA’s advisory committee on painkillers. more

Is employment a key to opioid addiction recovey?
Opioid addiction has been declared a public health emergency by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and it's costing the federal government $4.6 billion this year alone to address it. In order to aid former addicts in maintaining their recovery, there's a growing call to help them find steady employment. Last month, for example, legislation providing resources for recovery centers was passed in both the U.S. House and Senate. more

6 campaigns examining drug and alcohol addiction
In America, the drug epidemic is at an all-time high. Drugs and alcohol disease awareness ads seem to focus on the “shock factor” for their point of view. This approach makes me wonder if these ads are the most effective way to create change in our society. more

The President Signs the Historic Opioid Package (H.R. 6) into Law!
Throughout the entire 115th Congress, Members of the House and Senate have given this crisis a great deal of attention. In June, the House of Representatives passed more than 50 bills that were then combined to make H.R. 6. At the same time, the Senate was working on similar legislation, the Opioid Crisis Response Act, that compiled input from over 70 different Senators and was ultimately included in the final version of H.R. 6. more

CDC director calls for destigmatizing addiction to confront opioid crisis
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed Tuesday that it was necessary to remove the stigma around addiction in order to confront the opioid crisis. "Addiction is a medical condition, not a moral failing," said CDC director Robert Redfield. more

Study: Cannabis addiction linked to altered connectivity within the brain’s striatum
New neuroimaging research published in Human Brain Mapping suggests that cannabis use disorder is associated with specific changes in the functional connectivity of the brain. The study found people who meet the clinical criteria for cannabis dependence tended to have a shift in the balance of communication between two brain regions, an alteration which has previously been implicated in addiction. more

Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr Take Stage At Recovery Gala
“My higher power became vodka and cocaine. Nobody wanted to work with me... I turned into this godless, hateful thing,” Walsh said in his speech. Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and his wife Marjorie were honored this month for their work in advancing the cause of addiction recovery. more

Insurance companies could make it much easier to treat opioid addiction
Years of struggling, lost employment, disconnection from family, a feeling of hopelessness — all common issues faced by those suffering from substance abuse disorder. In many cases, interaction with the criminal justice system can also be added to the list. more

ORR to host 'The Language of Recovery' workshop
Owensboro Regional Recovery will host an all-day workshop titled "The Language of Recovery," which advocates for changes in the way society thinks and talks about people in recovery. Mike Barry, CEO of Louisville-based People Advocating Recovery, will guide the workshop. more

A young mom's powerful obituary is shedding light on opioid addiction
A young Vermont mother who died as a result of opioid addiction is being memorialized by her family in a fearless obituary calling for a more open understanding of the illness that took her life. more

ABC's 'The Conners' Spotlights Drug Addiction Issues With Death Of Roseanne Barr's Character
Finally, the question as to how Roseanne Barr’s character was written out of ABC’s new Roseanne spinoff has been answered. The Conners, which premiered tonight with a pilot episode titled "Keep On Truckin’," takes a deep-dive look into the complex issue of prescription drug addiction and misuse with the death of Roseanne Conner by an accidental overdose of pain medications. more

A new documentary premiering Wednesday on PBS takes a deep look at how opioid addiction affects the brain.
The film, “Addiction,” created by the team at Boston-based Nova, weaves the stories of impacted families alongside the work being done by scientists to understand and treat the nationwide epidemic, which killed more than 63,600 people in 2016 alone. more

What’s in, what’s out, and what’s still on the table as the Senate is poised to vote on an opioids package
The Senate will vote this week on a bill to prevent illicit fentanyl trafficking, account for drug diversion in opioid manufacturing quotas, and improve access to addiction treatments via telemedicine. Many senators, soon to campaign for re-election in states hard-hit by the epidemic, say the bill is enough. Many advocates for better addiction treatment beg to differ. more

Instagram will send a pop-up about opioid addiction support if you search certain hashtags
Instagram says people are using the platform’s hashtags to find addiction support and communities as well as illegal drugs. So, in response, the company is rolling out a pop-up today that’ll provide users with drug addiction resources if they search certain hashtags, like “opioid.” more

OxyContin Maker Granted Patent for Opioid-Addiction Treatment
Purdue Pharma, which helped create the opioid epidemic, has been granted a patent for a drug that would help clean it up. But should they be allowed to profit from their own mess? more

Opioid addiction and the workplace: six signs to watch
As the numbers of prescriptions have increased, so too has the rate of opioid addiction. Employers can help by watching for classic signs of abuse more

Why Abstinence Isn't The Only Path To Addiction Recovery
If we’re serious about addressing the scourge of addiction, we must first address the ill-informed approach that exacerbates shame in those most vulnerable more

Democrats hold up Senate opioids bill over 'earmark' for PhRMA-backed group
Democrats are objecting to a bill in the Senate aimed at curbing the opioid crisis because of a GOP provision they say is an earmark for one PhRMA-funded advocacy group. The provision, added by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), has sparked concern among Democrats, who say it would only benefit the Addiction Policy Forum, an advocacy group funded by PhRMA, according to a source familiar. more

Immune System May Help Fight Opioid Addiction
The same immune system that fights infection and the flu could offer a way to fight opioid addiction, a new study with rodents shows. Researchers say specific immune system peptides—amino acid compounds that signal cells how to function—may affect brain activity and, by extension, drug cravings. more

Can Addicts Change Through Self-Direction?
Do you want to recover from mental illness or addiction, but feel trapped by ‘systems’ and traditional treatment methods? Have you always felt there must be better forms of treatment that fit your personal circumstances? Well, you’re not alone. more

Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction
It is now widely accepted that marijuana is, at the very least, less dangerous than other recreational drugs. The typical line you’ll hear — I certainly do in my email inbox — is that “marijuana is harmless,” often meant as a justification for legalizing cannabis. more

Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Actor and Author Who Battled Addiction, Dies at 63
Christopher Kennedy Lawford, the actor born into political and Hollywood nobility who turned his recovery from drug addiction into a career as a public health advocate and best-selling author, died Tuesday in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 63 and had homes in Los Angeles and Hawaii. more

Hemp advocates angry at federal felon ban — but states already impose barriers.
The Senate farm bill would bar people convicted of drug felonies from growing hemp — but some states already go further than that. In some cases states bar those with drug-related misdemeanors as well. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has led the Senate effort to make it easier to grow legal hemp, represents a state that bars anyone convicted of any felony or any drug-related misdemeanor from securing a hemp license for 10 years after the conviction. more

Report reveals how many Kentuckians died from drug overdoses
A new report shows how many Kentuckians died in 2017 because of a drug overdose. The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says 1,565 people died as a result of overdoses. This is an 11.5 percent increase from 2016 when 1,468 people died. more

KSP Announces Partnership With Passport For Fentanyl Response Kits
Kentucky State Police have announced a new partnership with Passport to receive Fentanyl Response Kits. KSP applied for the grant to purchase protection kits for their officers who may come into contact with the deadly substance. more

Keeping Families Together As Mothers Undergo Recovery: A New Approach To Drug Dependency
A day after her son Asher was born, state social workers paid a visit to Amber Johnson in the hospital. She had tested positive for meth, marijuana and painkillers during her pregnancy and, fearful she would lose her son, told them about her addiction. more

Consumers flooded with dubious claims about marijuana’s health benefits
Spend a few minutes surfing Twitter and you’re likely to encounter a startling claim that comes without proof: Cannabis cures cancer. The online world is awash with such posts, startling scientists and physicians who are urging marijuana proselytizers to hit the brakes. more

Battling the despair of opioid addiction in an unexpected place
Kenton County, KY jail. Sam Hall sat on his narrow bed, his thin frame propped up against the concrete wall, periodically glancing up from a well-worn paperback novel. He was waiting for his afternoon addiction recovery meeting to begin. more

70,000 Opioid Deaths Weren't Counted, Study Suggests
More than 70,000 opioid-related deaths were not counted in the U.S., a new study estimates, suggesting that the epidemic may be more severe than previously thought. more

Rejected by A.A.
How the 12 Step program and its decades-old philosophy are exacerbating the opioid crisis

The applause rang out in the drab meeting hall across the river from David Hockenbury’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. David’s heart was pounding, and he felt his cheeks flush under the gaze of the large group gathered there on a spring night in 2016. It had been 30 days since he had last flexed his arm, found a vein, and spiked it with a dose of heroin—and now, in a ritual common to many Alcoholics Anonymous groups, he was being called on to receive his first sobriety chip. more

Fighting addiction
It's a disease that can take over almost anyone's life... the young, the old, the weak, and the strong. It's addiction. Michaelle Hohl was addicted to tranquilizers, opioids and alcohol for eleven years before she realized there is more to life than how she was living it. She woke up one morning after what she used to call her "lost weekends" and said to herself, "If this is all there is to life, I don't want to live anymore." more

Kids’ exposure to addiction drug rose 215% in three years, study says
More than 11,200 calls concerning children’s exposure to buprenorphine, an opioid medication used to treat opioid use disorder, were made to US poison control centers from 2007 to 2016, a new study found. Eighty-six percent of the exposures were in children below the age of 6; 89% of the exposures were unintentional. more

Cigna plans nationwide curb of opioid addiction through prevention and treatment efforts
Insurance giant Cigna announced plans for a nationwide effort to further reduce the number of opioid overdoses in its patient population by 25% by December 2021. The company says it will work with employers, prescribing physicians and other clinicians, pharmacists?, customers and community-based organizations on prevention and treatment remedies to curtail addiction. more

Strength training reduces heroin use by altering key neurological system, study finds
Strength training may reduce substance abuse. A new study published in Psychopharmacology has found evidence that resistance exercise reduces the reinforcing effects of heroin in a rat model of addiction. “Scientists and clinicians have recently developed an interest in examining the ability of exercise to reduce drug abuse and prevent relapse. Over the past several years, several preclinical laboratories have shown that aerobic forms of exercise (e.g., running) decreases the intake of alcohol, nicotine, opioids, and stimulants in laboratory rats,” explained study author Mark Smith, a psychology professor at Davidson College. more

I’m a Cop and I’m in Recovery From Heroin.
Now I’m Working To Support Other First Responders.My name is Michael Koch and I was a police officer for 19 years. In 2000, I promoted to undercover narcotics detective for a term of 4 years and transferred to property crimes for 3. I went back for a 6- year term as a narcotics detective until my life changed forever on 01-19-2012 when I was arrested. more

As fatal overdoses rise, many Americans see drug addiction as a major problem in their community
Americans overwhelmingly see drug addiction as a problem in their local community, regardless of whether they live in an urban, suburban or rural area, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The public’s concerns come amid steep increases in the number and rate of fatal drug overdoses across all three community types in recent years. more

If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Such outcomes are typical in the American criminal justice system, even though, as Ms. Eldred’s lawyer has argued, ordering a drug addict to abstain from drug use is tantamount to mandating a medical outcome — because addiction is a brain disease, and relapsing is a symptom of it. more

Nonopioid drug approved by FDA for opioid withdrawal symptoms
Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved opioids, mostly fentanyl, heroin and prescription painkillers. more

San Francisco will bring anti-addiction medication to the streets
San Francisco will begin supplying anti-addiction medication to long-term drug users and homeless people on city streets, an attempt to overcome a formidable obstacle to treatment that has complicated efforts to address the opioid crisis. more

Congressional Bill Would Add 1,000 Doctors To Fight Opioid Addiction
A bipartisan health bill in Congress is using the opioid crisis as a way to pay for doctor training and medical residency slots, an area of federal funding that hasn’t expanded in two decades. The Opioid Workforce Act would create 1,000 new "Medicare-supported" medical residency positions , training “new doctors in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry or pain management,” U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said. The legislation also has backing from Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, U.S. House Reps. Joseph Crowley, a New York Democrat, and Rep. Ryan Costello, a Pennsylvania Republican. more

5 Ways Fitness Helped Me Recover From Addiction
On June 30, 2000, I was 29 years old and found myself mentally, physically, and spiritually bankrupt; devoid of all emotion, lost, and terrified of myself. I had stuffed every feeling I had down into the depths of my core while trying to look like I had it all together. Those around me knew that I didn’t, but I was in a state of denial until one day I hit my ultimate rock bottom. more
Former Silicon Valley tech executives team up to fight tech addiction
Young people obsessed with their smart phones and other hi-tech devices are a sign of the times across the country. When asked, some local kids admit they are hooked on their phones and social media apps. more

Sen. McConnell introduces bill to help addicts get clean, keep job
Senator Mitch McConnell has introduced his own legislation aimed at helping in the opioid fight. His bill called the “CAREER Act” would set up a state-based pilot program in which local businesses and treatment groups will work together to help those in recovery to find and maintain employment. It would also give states more flexibility to spend federal career services funds to help those transitioning from treatment to the workforce. Senator McConnell cited a study that shows the opioid crisis led to a roughly 25-percent drop in workforce participation. more

Is addiction a disease? New poll shows what most Kentucky residents think
Addiction is a disease. That's what 70 percent of adult Kentuckians say about addiction, a newly released Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows. That view doesn't vary between those who have someone in their family or a friend with addiction and those who don't. more

States move to ban fake urine, a new challenge for drug testing amid an abuse epidemic
As part of a routine drug test, Adam Randall handed a vial of yellow liquid to a probation officer. Although it looked like a urine sample from the 31-year-old — who was required to submit to testing after a previous conviction — authorities in Queensbury, N.Y., say it was not. They allege that Randall turned over a synthetic liquid he had sneaked into the probation office via a bottle stuffed into his pants, a substance so in demand that states are now taking steps to ban it: fake pee. more

Addiction is not a choice – it’s a disease. Here’s why
Addiction is a complex issue that affects people from a varying range of backgrounds, cultures, and upbringings — according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health approximately 20.1 million Americans aged 12 or older has a substance use disorder. To put that number into perspective, nearly half of all U.S. adults have a friend or loved one who’s battled drug addiction at one point in their lives, further illustrating the depths of this national crisis. more

An addiction researcher shares 6 strategies to address the opioid epidemic
The devastating opioid epidemic is one of the largest public health problems facing the U.S. Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from opioid use disorder. Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers. A 2015 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found people who are addicted to painkillers are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin. more

Kentucky Attorney General files fifth opioid lawsuit
Andy Beshear says he has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and two of its subsidiaries. Beshear says the companies claimed its opioid drugs were "rarely addictive" when used for chronic pain. Beshear says the companies violated the state's Consumer Protection Act and the Kentucky Medicaid and Kentucky Assistance Program fraud statutes. more

Study: 1 In 8 People Have Cocaine On Their Hands, Even If They’re Drug-Free
Sober? That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll pass a drug test, a new study finds. That’s because one in every eight people are walking around with traces of cocaine on their hands — and there’s a good chance they have no idea where it came from. more

Canada's Liberal party considers decriminalization of all illicit drugs
With months left before Canada becomes the first country in the G7 to fully legalise marijuana, members of the country’s Liberal party, led federally by Justin Trudeau, are calling on their government to go one step further and decriminalise the possession and consumption of all illicit drugs. more

Exploring addiction and the opioid crisis
On this episode of "Take Care" we're exploring addiction and the opioid crisis. It's a topic on the minds of health professionals, community leaders, elected officials and citizens across the country. Some cities and states have been hit particularly hard, others are working proactively to give their residents options for recovery. It's a complicated issue that we're looking at from a few different angles. more

3 dead, more than 100 with severe bleeding from synthetic pot: Illinois health officials
A third person who experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic marijuana has died in Illinois, health officials confirmed. There are now 107 people in central Illinois and the Chicago area who experienced severe bleeding after using the synthetic pot, often called spice, K2 or fake weed, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. more (Video)

Surgeon General's advisory: More should carry antidote to counter opioid overdoses
The U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory Thursday urging more Americans to carry naloxone, which can reverse the opioid overdoses that kill a person every 12½ minutes in this country. more

Poll: Most Americans View Addiction As Disease, But Stigmatizing Views Persist

A new survey revealed that about 32% of participants view opioid addiction as a character flaw. Despite nationwide efforts to destigmatize drug use disorders, a new survey has found that some Americans remain skeptical of those struggling with dependency. more

Find Your Way to Recovery: Community Recovery Workshop
Hosted by PAR-People Advocating Recovery and Tri-County Community Action Agency
The John W. Black Community and Aquatic Center1551 N Hwy 393 in Lagrange
Thursday, April 19 at 12 PM - 4:30 PM
Everybody is Somebody's Somebody! Every single life has value and is worth saving. It is up to all of us to work together and find real, long-lasting solutions. Join our Compass team for this recovery workshop. Find out how our perceptions, attitudes and language about substance use disorder and recovery increase the stigma and barriers to recovery success. Learn how to administer the life saving drug naloxone.

‘FindHelpNowKY’ is new tool in fight against addiction; get real-time treatment options info
Since its launch in early 2018, Kentucky’s innovative new tool in the fight against addiction,, has served critical, real-time information on available treatment options to more than 4,700 Kentuckians since the start of the year. The website — which tracks current openings for 162 providers and 392 facilities across the state — has also seen more than 7,300 total visitor sessions since January 1, indicating that many people are return users. more

Addiction in Appalachia: A public health crisis
West Virginia, long hailed the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, continues its harrowing trend with 872 overdoses in 2017 and more than 30,000 West Virginians in treatment. Yet, as we continue to rely on incarceration as rehabilitation, we are getting the road to recovery wrong at almost every turn. Addiction is a public health crisis, not a criminal justice issue. This vulnerable addiction population has disastrously been marginalized and unfortunately lost in the criminal justice system. more

Was Your Child Denied Coverage for Addiction Treatment? File an Insurance Parity Complaint
It can be absolutely heartbreaking when insurance coverage for addiction treatment for your son or daughter’s substance use is denied. You’ve worked so hard to get to this point — to get your child the help he or she needs — only to have your insurance company tell you that they won’t pay for treatment. But many parents and families don’t know that it’s within their rights to appeal. In fact, it’s illegal in most cases for insurance companies to deny coverage for substance use disorder when it’s medically necessary. more

At a major conference on opioid addiction, the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday a new initiative to study the drug problem. A White House official, however, opted to focus on all that the administration has already done—not on what more it can still do. more

Dirty needles litter the playground. So these Kentucky students invented a solution
In Boyd County, where staff at a local elementary school must search the playgrounds every day for dirty heroin needles, a group of middle school students decided to take action. Students at Ashland Middle School invented a device that allows people to pick up dirty needles without getting stuck — and their invention has already landed the Eastern Kentucky school $50,000 in prizes. more

These new apartments could help Kentuckians fighting drug, alcohol addiction
One in four people in Kentucky has a substance abuse problem. It’s a statistic that Dr. Allen Brenzel knows well. As the medical director of of the Behavioral Health, Development and Intellectual Disabilities for the state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Brenzel is on the front lines of the state’s multipronged fight to prevent addiction and provide treatment to addicts. more

Hope, Healing and Recovery: Louisville’s Report and Plan to Address Substance Use Disorder
Coming Together for Hope, Healing and Recovery includes a science-based analysis of the use of illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol in Louisville and ways to accelerate the city’s fight against drug abuse. Click here to read the report and two-year action plan. more

Trump to call for death penalty in newly announced opioid attack plan
Among the steps announced in the initiative is a call for the Department of Justice to "seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law." more

Study: Kentucky one of the top states for binge drinking
A new report on binge drinking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some striking findings on Americans' drinking habits. more (video)

Mayor Fischer's office announces 2-year plan to help curb Louisville's opioid epidemic
Opioid abuse is a growing problem in Louisville, but Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the city now has a plan to stop it. On March 16, Fischer, along with Dr. Sarah Moyer, the director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, released "Coming Together for Hope, Healing and Recovery," a report and two-year action plan to address Louisville's substance abuse problem. more

Overdose Prevention and Response Training - With FREE NARCAN
In Depth Look at Casey’s Law - This law provides a means of intervening with someone who is unable to recognize the need for treatment due to their impairment.
The Language of Recovery - How we speak about addiction and recovery matters. Learn how to communicate effectively without furthering the shame or discrimination associated with addiction related issues.
Training Provided by People Advocating Recovery (PAR)
March 10, 2018 2pm-5pm
Roy Collier Community Center
387 East Main St., Inez, KY
Contact Carmel Cline 606.534.0030​​

Opioid overdose among children nearly doubles, study says
The number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a new study.
The study, which published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, looked at children between ages 1 and 17 who were admitted to hospitals and pediatric intensive care units with opioid-related diagnoses from 2004 to 2015. Researchers found that the number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose nearly doubled to 1,504 patients between 2012 and 2015, from 797 patients between 2004 and 2007. more (Video)

ER visits for suspected opioid overdoses shot up last year by 30%, Midwest increased 70%
Emergency visits for suspected opioid overdoses shot up 30 percent from the third quarter of 2016 to third quarter 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During a briefing of the latest Vital Signs report, CDC's Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat said overall the most dramatic increases were in the Midwest, where emergency visits went up 70 percent in all ages over 25. more

For all their risks, opioids had no pain-relieving advantage in a yearlong clinical trial
For years, doctors turned to opioid painkillers as a first-line treatment for chronic back pain and aches in the joints. Even as the dangers of addiction and overdoses became more clear, the drugs' pain-relieving benefits were still thought to justify their risks. Now researchers have hard data that challenges this view. more
Beshear: Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program Fighting Addiction in Western Kentucky
Attorney General Andy Beshear was at the Munday Activity Center in Owensboro Monday to announce that more resources are being provided to help fight the drug epidemic in Western Kentucky. more

The Coming Decline of the Employment Drug Test
Employers are struggling to hire workers in the tightening U.S. job market. Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., meaning more than one in five American adults can eat, drink, smoke or vape as they please. The result is the slow decline of pre-employment drug tests, which for decades had been a requirement for new recruits in industries ranging from manufacturing to finance. more (Video)

Recent Kentucky Legislative News
Issues for 2018 Legislative Session
• Opioid Response Funding - Governor’s Budget Initiatives and Attorney General General’s legislation announced today that would devote lawsuit settlement funds to SUD Treatment with new board determining where it goes. Beshear, Lawmakers Want Permanent Fund for Drug Treatment
• HB124 - HB124 will likely pass, we are watching closely…/bill/18RS/HB124/HCS1.pdf (This will impact us all and how we conduct business).
• MCO Reform - There is no consensus bill filed yet.
• Medically Assisted Treatment - HB246 was filed late this afternoon by Danny Bentley who is a pharmacist.
1115 Waiver
• SUD Treatment should be considered “community engagement.”
• People with SUD should fall under “medically frail” definition. We want 2-year determination versus 6 months if possible to allow for effective treatment.

Indiana drug czar visits Clark County to learn about drug epidemic
Jim McClelland visited southern Indiana to learn more about the drug epidemic there. He toured the site of the county's needle exchange program, as well as the LifeSpring Turning Point Center. While there, McClelland talked with health officials, prosecutors and police officers about what they are doing to address the problem. more (Video)

Settlement Talks in Massive Federal Opioid Suit Begin Today in Cleveland
The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction. How and when that can happen, if at all, is the subject of talks scheduled to begin Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Cleveland. The judge is bringing together lawyers for governments across the country, drugmakers, distributors and others to start the conversation. Because the aim is to broker a settlement, the judge has closed the discussions to the public and media. more

How to avoid opioid addiction after surgery
Following surgery, many patients head home with prescriptions for 30 or more opioid painkillers—enough to trigger addiction, warns a leading group of anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists recommends using prescription painkillers sparingly, if at all, after surgery. "Nobody needs a prescription for 30 or 50 opioids, and even those who are in major pain and may benefit should only take them for a day or two," said Dr. James Grant, society president. more

Beshear, Lawmakers Want Permanent Fund for Drug Treatment. Pharmaceutical settlement dollars won by Attorney General would go into dedicated trust fund.
Attorney General Andy Beshear and House lawmakers have filed legislation that creates a permanent substance abuse trust fund to battle addiction, bolster law enforcement efforts and support drug abuse prevention efforts across the state. House Bill 219 creates the Kentucky Addiction Prevention, Enforcement and Recovery Fund – a fund with an oversight board to administer dollars in an efficient manner to address the immediate needs of law enforcement, treatment providers and prevention educators. During a time of tight state budgets, Beshear said the trust fund’s dedicated revenue source would be settlement dollars won by the Office of the Attorney General against irresponsible drug companies, manufacturers or distributors more

Beshear suing opioid distributor
Over a six-year period between 2010 and 2016, a San Francisco-based drug company distributed enough opioid doses to Floyd County to supply every man, woman and child in the county 477 pills. In fact, opioids have so flooded the eastern Kentucky county “with grossly excessive amounts” that traces have been detected in public water supplies, said Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear Monday in announcing he will join other states in suing McKesson Corporation. more

Urban League announces program to help expunge criminal records
Criminal records prevent hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians from fully re-entering the community and rebuild their lives. With the help of a $300,000 donation, the Louisville Urban League is working with locals to expunge their records. Following a donation from board member Stephen Reily, the Urban League created the Reily Reentry Project. more

How to help the addiction pandemic
“My name is Mo, and I am an alcoholic and a drug addict” are words that I never thought I would need, or want, to string together. I am also a physician, a son, a brother, a friend, a dog-owner and an active participant in several communities. I have an amazing family, wonderful friends, a passport with extra pages full of stamps and degrees from top universities. Despite this, I found myself homeless, destitute and with very little will to live. more

Hospitals Brace Patients For Pain To Reduce Risk Of Opioid Addiction
Doctors at some of the country's largest hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible. Now the doctors shoulder part of the blame for the country's opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they've begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You're going to feel some pain. Even for those who've never struggled with drug use, studies are finding that patients are at risk of addiction anytime they go under the knife. more

They call them "junkie hunters" or "body brokers."
Many, who are recovering addicts themselves, prey on vulnerable, frightened and desperate people in the grip of addiction -- and their distraught family members -- with promises of posh treatment, free housing, money, and other comforts if they go to a specific treatment or sober living facility that is out-of-state. They have deals with unregulated facilities -- reportedly many are in Florida -- and they get a kick-back for referring the addict. more

WellCare Provides $35,000 to Support Addiction Recovery Programs
In the face of a growing opioid abuse epidemic, WellCare of Kentucky is donating $35,000 to support addiction recovery programs in Louisville and eastern Kentucky. more

The Grey Area With The New Green: Cannabis For Addicts In Recovery
With the legalization of marijuana in some of the United States, the land of opportunity and capitalism is gradually becoming the land of the red, white… and green. As Americans we have always been interested how to manifest our destiny by profit… and now thanks to the newest laws passed, cannabis seems to be the newest way to make some green. It’s estimated that the cannabis industry is on track to post $24.5 billion in sales by 2021. more

He overcame prescription-induced opioid addiction to become doctoral student, establish a nonprofit
Alex Elswick is earning his doctorate degree at the University of Kentucky. He’s the founder of a nonprofit organization and a leader in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Elswick is also in long-term recovery from an opioid use disorder. more

Armed with new data, officials target 'drug-dealing' doctors
Federal prosecutors say a strategy that gives them better access to drug and health-care data is helping them stop doctors who irresponsibly prescribe addictive pain pills. It's called the Justice Department's Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit. The unit provides authorities in 12 regions with information on which doctors are prescribing the most, how far patients will travel to see them and whether any have died within 60 days of receiving a prescription. The unit's first indictment involved a Pittsburgh doctor accused of prescribing opioid painkillers to people who did not need them. Such pills are blamed for ushering the nation into its worst drug crisis in history. Some experts say the focus may cause patients who legitimately need pills to be abandoned by doctors who fear prosecution. more

We mobilized against flu, cancer and heart attacks. Where's the urgency on opioids?
Our nation is not yet succeeding in addressing the opioid crisis, as exemplified by the latest drug overdose numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016, we lost more than 63,000 Americans to drug overdoses broadly, an increase of 21% over the previous year. The relentless devastation is being felt by far too many families and communities. The country’s response to this problem has been hampered by our failure to recognize addiction as a disease that requires comprehensive health solutions. more

An alternative pathway to recovery
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) and Fly Yoga Outreach are collaborating to offer a four-week “Yoga for Recovery”’ series beginning Monday, Jan. 8. The series will meet every Monday and Thursday, with Monday sessions hosted at the Vineyard House in Vineyard Haven, and Thursday’s sessions hosted at Island Images Gallery in Oak Bluffs. Classes are open to everyone in the recovery community, with a suggested donation of $5 to $15. The series runs through Thursday, Feb. 1. more

Washington’s Gutless Approach to Our Addiction Crisis
While other countries decriminalize, Trump is keeping Big Pharma and Big Prisons happy. Just before the New Year, Norway’s parliament voted to decriminalize the possession of all illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. Drug trafficking and possession will remain illegal. Essentially, drug users will now have the option of going to rehab—instead of jail—if they are arrested with a small amount of drugs. more

The best way to battle addiction is to put more resources into prevention
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics just released some sobering news: Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second year in a row due in large part to the 21 percent rise in drug overdose deaths to a whopping 63,600. That’s a staggering number that equates to 174 deaths everyday, just short of the number of casualties on 9/11 every two weeks. more

One local heroin recovery story provides hope for a new year
For a region and a nation continuing to confront the opioid addiction crisis and resulting overdose deaths, the story of George Walker provided an appropriately uplifting message to begin a new year. more

Michigan cities, counties' opioid lawsuit targets drug companies, pharmacies
Nine cities and counties in Michigan have filed a lawsuit against 21 drug companies, distributors and pharmacies, accusing them of helping fuel the national opioid epidemic -- and costing taxpayers money. The Michigan cities include Detroit, Escanaba and Lansing, and the counties include Chippewa, Delta, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Macomb and Saginaw. Defendants include Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin; Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest generic drug manufacturer; and large retail pharmacies CVS, Walgreen, Rite Aid and Costco. more

Drug and Alcohol Deaths at U.S. Workplaces Soar
Deaths jumped more than 30% in 2016, as the struggle with a deadly opioid epidemic migrates to the workplace
The number of U.S. deaths at work from unintentional drug and alcohol overdoses jumped more than 30% in 2016, according to new government data, showing that the nation’s struggle with a deadly opioid epidemic is migrating to the workplace. more

This Former Drug Addict Now Runs Program to Help Other Addicts Recover, Stressing Responsibility
Jeff Iverson is no stranger to the trials faced by drug addicts. Iverson is the founder, president, and CEO of Freedom House Sober Living Inc., a residential facility in Las Vegas for recovering drug addicts. Freedom House emphasizes long-term solutions for addicts without a place to stay. more

Experimental Heroin Vaccine Triggers the Immune System So Mice Can't Get High
ne of the white whales of vaccine research—a cure for addiction—is a very small step closer to reality. Last week, researchers working at the Walter Reed Army Center published a study showing that their experimental vaccine was able to block the euphoria-inducing effects of heroin and other commonly abused opioids in mice and rats. Almost as importantly, the vaccine didn’t dampen the effects of other related drugs like methadone, which are used (controversially) to wean people off opioid addiction. more

Rehab that puts alcoholic pilots back in the cockpit
The words CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF are welcomed by air travelers in a hurry. They're even more welcomed by airline pilots who once feared they'd never fly again. Our Cover Story is reported by Tony Dokoupil: Many alcoholics can tell you the exact moment they hit rock bottom. Former airline Captain Lyle Prouse hit his at 30,000 feet. more-(video)

The Holidays and Addiction – What Every Family Needs to Know A Discussion About Intervention, Relapse Prevention and Survival
Symetria Health, the parent company of Soft Landing Recovery Centers, a leading addiction treatment provider in the Chicago area, will host a town hall style event for families and individuals seeking information on addiction issues on the evening of December 19th. The event will feature major national thought leaders and world renowned speakers and authors representing the national conversation on addiction.The purpose of the evening will be to answer questions, explore solutions and provide a pathway to treatment for families who are in need of treatment for a loved one or supporting a loved one in early recovery. more

Identifying Opioid Overdose Symptoms
Opioids are commonly prescribed in the United States to treat acute and chronic pain. These powerful painkillers have the potential to cause physical dependency as your body builds up a tolerance to the medication. As you build up a tolerance, you’ll need increasing amounts to create the same effects. When tolerance increases, the chances of experiencing opioid overdose symptoms increase. more

Development for Addiction Recovery App is Underway Thanks to Cleveland Company
A Cleveland company plans to develop an app to help those who are recovering from addiction. Ascent is an online service that connects recovering addicts to peer coaches and resources. more

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

Signs that someone is struggling with an addiction
While the holidays are a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, they also are a time when signs of addiction may be observed. Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Thomas Kosten discusses the signs that families can look out for that their loved one may be struggling with an addiction, which can be exacerbated during the holidays. more

Here's how to tell if someone has an opioid addiction
Opioid addiction is serious. Even prescription painkillers, which are typically prescribed following a major medical procedure, produce the kind of euphoric effects that can lead to misuse and dependency. more

Tips For Finding Hobbies And Interests In Recovery
Moving from a life of addiction into a life of recovery opens up a lot of doors and provides untold possibilities and options. One exciting aspect of living a life clean and sober is the time and the focus you will have available to try new things, discover new passions and to engage in different events, activities and options that simply have not been an option in the past. more

Kentucky must legalize medical marijuana in 2018, secretary of state says
Could legal medical marijuana be on the horizon in Kentucky? Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Wednesday she wants to legalize medical marijuana in the Bluegrass State by 2018. A task force, led by Grimes, will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. In a statement, Grimes said, "2018 is and must be the year when Kentucky finally steps up on medical marijuana. We have to get this done to help Kentuckians who are hurting." more

Kentucky can't find homes for its neglected children. So two groups plan merger to solve the problem
Seeking to end the cycle of disruption and institutional care for many abused and neglected children, Kentucky's largest community mental health organization plans to merge with a Louisville children's residential treatment program. On Wednesday, Centerstone, a Louisville-based regional mental health agency, and Uspiritus, which operates the Bellewood and Brooklawn centers for children with emotional and behavioral problems, announced their intent to merge, a process officials hope to complete by March. more

FDA warns against using kratom for opioid addiction
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday waded once again into the hotly contested debate over the safety of kratom, a botanical substance that advocates say can help ease pain and reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal, but which critics say can lead to addiction and death. more

State partners with recovery congregations to tackle addiction
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is encouraging faith-based groups to tackle the addiction crisis. Monty Burks, director of faith based initiatives with TDMHSAS, has been traveling the state to speak to congregations about their role in fighting the opioid epidemic. more

'I've wasted 15 years of my life': Iraq veteran describes how prescription opioids led him to two overdoses and more than a decade of addiction
Veterans like 37-year-old Lee Westphal are twice as likely to die of an overdose as other Americans are, according to federal data. Westphal is one of the estimated 13 percent of veterans that have become addicted to opioids prescribed to them for chronic pain. more

Understanding Addiction
Donors Give Medical Students a First-Hand Look at Disease Through Program
Through the Betty Ford Center’s Summer Institute program, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center medical students and faculty have a first-hand look at what happens to those suffering from addiction, what struggles the disease brings and how the disease is treated. more

AG Beshear sues pharmaceutical company amid opioid crisis
In 2016, more than 190 Kentuckians died from a drug overdose caused by a powerful prescription opioid three times stronger than morphine. Many of those victims were service members or veterans. The drug is Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release), manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions, against who, Attorney General Andy Beshear today filed suit for violating state law and directly contributing to these as well as other opioid related deaths and overdoses in Kentucky. more

Medical marijuana isn't medicine and it's 'wrong for Indiana,' county prosecutors say
A county prosecutor's group is strongly opposing efforts to allow medical marijuana, saying it's "wrong for Indiana" and could worsen the state's drug abuse crisis. The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys also debunked cannabis' medicinal properties. It said the Institute of Medicine concluded this year that there was "insufficient evidence" to use it to treat glaucoma, epilepsy, dementia and a host of other ailments. more

Arizona billionaire fueled opioid crisis with bribery scheme, authorities say
An Arizona billionaire was arrested Thursday and charged with leading a conspiracy to profit from an opioid narcotic. John Kapoor, 74, the founder of opioid pharmaceutical producer Insys Therapeutics (INSY) and the sixth richest man in Arizona with a net worth of $2.1 billion, was charged with the illegal distribution of a fentanyl spray and with violating anti-kickback laws, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston. more

There’s hope for recovery, former addict says
After 20 years of drug use, building a criminal resume and spending time behind bars, Johnstown native Justyn Patton had finally had enough. Patton, now a certified recovery specialist at Twin Lakes Center in Somerset, has been drug-free since 2015. more

Insurers: Addiction needs same urgency as cancer care
The nation's largest insurers signaled a new approach to the opioid crisis that has ravaged families across the country, declaring Wednesday that addiction deserves the same urgency and respect as cancer or diabetes, and should be treated as a chronic disease requiring long-term treatment and monitoring. more

New Albany and Jeffersonville, Indiana join other cities in suing drug companies over opioid crisis
The cities of Jeffersonville and New Albany, Indiana are joining other cities in filing suit against wholesale drug distributors over the opioid epidemic. Jeffersonville announced plans Wednesday to sue three major wholesale drug distributors, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, and McKesson Corporation. The suit blames the companies for their quote "failure to monitor, report and halt suspicious shipments of opioids." more

Drug addiction creating bigger need for foster families
Opioid abuse is now a public health emergency in our country. Doug and Patty Huffman enjoy spending time with their three adopted daughters. And in Bedford County, Virginia, opioid addiction is putting a huge strain on the foster care system, with many parents not able to care for their own children. Doug and Patty Huffman of Roanoke have fostered 10 kids over the years. more

Trump opioid declaration condemned
In the days since President Donald Trump’s Thursday announcement declaring the nation’s opioid epidemic a “public health emergency” via the Public Health Services Act, Connecticut politicians have expressed concern about the lack of significant funding allocated to address the crisis. more
Addiction, the opioid crisis, and family pain
In 2015, the opioid crisis was escalating to emergency-level proportions, claiming as many lives as car accidents. As the daughter of a longtime drug addict, the current burgeoning opioid epidemic managed to be both familiar and strange to me at the same time. My mother developed her addictions during the height of drug epidemics that occurred in New York City in the mid-1980s. more

Addiction support provided at 'recovery high schools'
The opioid epidemic has swept young people across the country into addiction. For many teenagers, the only way out is to break away from the temptations and peer pressure. Kenneth Craig reports from New Jersey on the growing interest in recovery high schools. more(Video)

Schools taking proactive stance regarding drug addiction
More and more recognition is being given to the increasing problems visited on our society by drug addiction.
Habersham County Schools recognized the importance of stopping drug addiction by actively participating in Red Ribbon Week. Between Oct. 23 -27, students expressed their concern through a variety of fun activities. Wearing crazy clothes at Cornelia Elementary School or North Habersham Middle School students dressing as “nerds” who were “too smart to start” taking drugs were just two of the activities. more

Trump declares public health emergency for opioids
President Trump ordered his health secretary to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency Thursday — but stopped short of declaring a more sweeping state of national emergency. In an address from the White House, Trump tried to rally the nation to pay attention to a growing epidemic that claimed 64,000 American lives last year, and advocated for a sustained national effort to end to the addiction crisis. more (Video and Audio)

Big Pharma's opioid mess is about to hit the industry—hard
Big pharma has been rocked by scandal over the past two years. From price hikes for the EpiPen to the exploits of "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli, the specter of big drug companies gouging the public has put the entire industry under a cloud. more

Court To Rule On Whether Relapse By An Addicted Opioid User Should Be A Crime
Julie Eldred has been struggling with addiction to opioids for more than a decade and she says the criminal justice system punishes her for it. Eldred, a part-time pet caretaker in Acton, Mass., was put on probation last year for theft. She knew staying drug-free would be tough — especially at first, when she was going through opioid withdrawal. But, she says, she didn't have much of a choice. more

U.S. to promote use of opioid alternatives to treat addiction
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to encourage widespread use among opioid addicts of less harmful opioid drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine, a radical shift in policy that could draw opposition from those in the addiction field who believe abstinence is the only effective treatment. more

Addiction Policy Forum Announces Plan to Address Substance Use Disorders
The Addiction Policy Forum announced its 2018 - 2021 plan for addressing addiction in America. The national plan was developed by experts in the field of addiction in close collaboration with families who have lost loved ones. It outlines eight strategic priorities that include practical tools, sound policies, and new collaborations that will empower and equip communities to better treat and prevent addiction and ultimately save lives. Currently, 144 Americans die from a drug overdose every day, including 91 from opioids. more

Indiana's full court press to fight opioid addiction
The addiction crisis in the United States is ravaging nearly every community across the nation. Last year alone, drug overdoses killed more Americans than the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined. Without comprehensive action, this trend will continue and likely accelerate. more

Congressman Marino Statement on Withdrawal of ONDCP Nomination
Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA-10) issued the following statement after requesting that President Donald Trump withdraw his name from consideration to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP): “Today I informed President Donald Trump of my intent to withdraw my name from any further consideration to lead ONDCP. “As a former prosecutor who has dedicated my life to aggressive and faithful enforcement of our laws, I have reached the difficult decision that the best course of action is to remove the distraction my nomination has created to the utterly vital mission of this premier agency. more

The Whistleblower, Redemption
Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress; Meet a convicted felon who became a Georgetown law professor. more (video)The Whistleblower, Redemption
Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress; Meet a convicted felon who became a Georgetown law professor. more (video)

What are the Best Approaches for Addiction Recovery
There are so many people in the world who are addicted to all sorts of harmful substances; be it cigarette smoking, alcohol or any drug of abuse. Recovery from all these addictions is different. For example, addiction to a drug of abuse like meth is much more difficult to recover from than addiction to cigarette smoking. But there are some approaches you can make use of for pretty much all kinds of addiction. Here are some of them to help you get started on your journey. more

Recovery Coaches Help Opioid Addicts Stay Clean After Treatment
Many families caring for a loved one with an opioid addiction will tell you that one stay in a rehab facility rarely solves the problem. Relapses are common and heartbreaking. more (video)

Why Do We Get Addicted to Things?
Think about an experience that makes you feel good. It could be successfully completing a project at work, eating a warm chocolate chip cookie or taking a swig of whiskey. It could be a puff of a cigarette or a shopping trip. A dose of Vicodin or a hit of heroin. more

The Spiritual Consequences of Alcohol Consumption
Although it is mass produced, mass promoted, legal, and ingested by a multitude of people all over the world, most people don’t ever consider or understand the spiritual consequences of drinking alcohol. Let’s begin by taking a look at the etymology of the Word alcohol. Etymology means the root of the word… where it is derived from. more

Liquor Makers Need to Sober Up to the Decline in Teenage Drinking. Big liquor is betting on the U.S. even as alcohol consumption among under-21s is plummeting
Move over millennials: Today’s smartphone-obsessed teens, Generation Z, are the consumers of the future. Worryingly for liquor producers, they’re shaping up to be an antisocial lot.
The U.S. has been a highly attractive market for most liquor companies. Overall alcohol consumption in the country grew 15% over the decade through 2015, even as it shrank in Germany, France and the U.K. Population growth was the primary driver, but generational effects also helped as American millennials, who are now in their 20s and 30s, binged on cocktails and craft beer in particular. more

All Massachusetts social work students will learn about drug addiction under new agreement
Until this year, social work students at Springfield College only learned about substance abuse if they took an elective course. Beginning this fall, all students are learning about drug addiction as part of their core curriculum. more

IU pledges $50 million to fight drug addiction
Indiana University committed Tuesday to invest $50 million to prevent and reduce drug addictions in the state. "Drug addiction is a major public health crisis," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "It's taking an increasingly severe toll on the health of far too many Hoosiers and it is devastating communities throughout Indiana." Indiana is one of four states where the fatal drug rate has more than quadrupled since 1999, he said. In 2014, more than 1,100 Hoosiers died from drug overdoses. more

New Addiction Intervention program empowers loved ones to help addicts
An addict's loved ones will now have the tools to help them recover thanks to a new program from Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services. The organization at 151 Marion Ave. recently launched a new Addiction Intervention Program, with the purpose of providing guidance and utilizing the love and influence of families to help those suffering from addiction. more

Some Experts See Opioid Addiction Stemming From Prescriptions As A Medical Error
On April 17, Katie Herzog checked into a Boston teaching hospital for what turned out to be a nine-hour-long back surgery. The 68-year-old consulting firm president left the hospital with a prescription for Dilaudid, an opioid used to treat severe pain, and instructions to take two pills every four hours, as needed. Herzog took close to the full dose for about two weeks. more

Many businesses won’t hire former addicts. This restaurant welcomes them.
Rob and Diane Perez are the brains and leading energy behind one of Lexington’s most successful restaurant concepts, Saul Good. You’ll find their eateries anchoring a corner of The Square in downtown Lexington, on Alysheba Way in Hamburg Pavilion, and in Fayette Plaza, next to Fayette Mall. The couple also works behind the scenes for the community. That spirit now has a more public face in a new eatery on South Broadway called DV8 Kitchen. Tom Martin talked with Rob Perez about this unusual concept. more

Opioid epidemic in Kentucky is 'a public health catastrophe,' experts tell lawmakers
It wasn't until his second year of a residency in a prestigious anesthesiology program at Johns Hopkins University that Dr. Michael Sprintz's addiction caught up with him and he was kicked out of the program and into treatment. more

Latest federal research: opioid crisis in the US mostly fueled by painkillers
The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides the most recent estimated figures on the opioid crisis, which has been mostly fueled by prescriptions painkillers rather than heroin. Released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) last week, the NSDUH shows that almost 12 million people engaged in some kind of past-year opioid misuse in 2016 — of which more than 11 million misused a prescription opioid painkiller while slightly less than 950,000 people misused heroin. more

Insurers asked to ante up with financial incentives to curb opioid epidemic
Andy Beshear, Kentucky's attorney general, has joined 37 other states in announcing a new approach to reduce the flow of addictive opioid pain medicine. Beshear and his counterparts, including Curtis T. Hill Jr. in Indiana, are urging health insurance companies to create financial incentives for pain management treatment other than prescribing opioids, unless the medication is for cancer patients. more
How bad is Kentucky’s drug crisis? AG Andy Beshear helped pull a dying man from a car.
As Kentucky’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Andy Beshear spends a good deal of time warning people about the dangers of heroin and pain pills, but he hadn’t seen an overdose in person until Sept. 7. more

Louisville files lawsuit against opioid distributors that put 'zombies on our streets'
Louisville filed a federal lawsuit Monday demanding that three major drug distributors pay it millions of dollars for the deadly opioid epidemic. "As I walk and ride through our city, I see how the opioid crisis has literally put people walking like zombies on our streets either walking the streets or just slumped on the streets," Mayor Greg Fischer said during a news conference at Metro Hall. more

Families seek involuntary commitment laws as key tool in saving opioid addicts
Five years ago, Lauren Davis was in “a living hell on earth” as she tried desperately to push her best friend into treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction. “He was in repeated crisis, repeated overdose, repeated suicide attempts,” Davis recalled of her friend, Ricky Garcia. A Seattle resident, Davis sought help everywhere, from social workers to doctors, with the same response at each turn: “I’m sorry, he’s dying and there’s nothing you can do.” more

Some treatment centers keep addicts hooked for insurance $$$
The Reflections treatment center looked like just the place for Michelle Holley's youngest daughter to kick heroin. Instead, as with dozens of other Florida substance abuse treatment facilities, the owner was more interested in defrauding insurance companies by keeping addicts hooked, her family says. more

National addiction specialist shares treatment options at health summit
The opioid epidemic is not a problem confined to the Tri-State alone, though it may sometimes feel that way. Although West Virginia consistently ranks first in drug-related deaths, dozens of states have grappled with addiction and have been forced to devise their own approaches. more

Obituaries reflect devastating opioid crisis, as families tell truth about lost loved ones
The phenomenon can be seen in paid announcements in large and small newspapers all over the country. In 2015, a blog on the obituary site noted an increase in death notices that included addiction, suicide or mental illness. Some weeks, the Democrat and Chronicle publishes multiple death notices in which families include their child’s addiction. At the calling hours for Patrick Mullin, people told his parents they were brave for including the fact of his addiction. more

2017 Overdose Awareness Day Join us this year on Saturday, August 26th to pay tribute to lost loved ones and celebrate those in recovery.
Overdose Awareness Day Saturday, August 26 10:00am-12:00pm Jacobson Park, Lexington, KY 40509 more

Drug overdose calls decreasing in Louisville
Drug overdose calls within the city of Louisville are down since February which is an encouraging sign for health care workers. "I knew that there was a crisis in Hepatitis C, but I didn't know the opioid crisis was as bad as it is," said Donald Davis. He formed the Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition two and a half years ago. It is a non-profit that educates the public on how to treat and respond to overdoses and the benefits of needle exchanges. "More people who are participating in the exchange are using and they are getting naloxone," Davis explained. more

Sessions: US Prosecutors Will Help Addiction-Ravaged Cities
The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. He unveiled the pilot program during a speech in hard-hit Ohio, where eight people a day die of accidental overdoses. more

Opioid commission tells Trump to declare state of emergency
The White House panel examining the nation's opioid epidemic has told President Trump to declare a national public health emergency to combat the ongoing crisis.
"Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop it," the commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said in an interim report Monday. "The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency." more

Narcan-resistant heroin appears in Myrtle Beach
Drug Enforcement Agency agents say a new Narcan-resistant strand of heroin is now in the Grand Strand area of South Carolina, and they worry people who have never even done drugs could die from it. Lt. Jamie DeBari with the Horry County Police Narcotics Unit says it’s a gray, concrete-like substance and it’s on Horry County streets. more

Appalachia in Recovery:
Purpose – to provide a method for others to see, hear, connect with people from the Appalachia Mountain region, who are managing their lives in long term recovery. A project of the 2016-2017 PAR Leadership Academy more

Opioid Addiction Rose Five-fold from 2010 to 2016: Study
The number of people covered by the health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield who were diagnosed with an opioid addiction rose almost 500 percent from 2010 to 2016, CNN reports. The findings, from a study by the insurer, found few patients receive any treatment for their addiction. During the study period, there was only a 65 percent increase in the number of patients who received medication-assisted treatment for their addiction. more

New on the streets: Drug for nerve pain boosts high for opioid abusers
On April 5, Ciera Smith sat in a car parked on the gravel driveway of the Rural Women’s Recovery Program here with a choice to make: go to jail or enter treatment for her addiction. more

UPDATE: Officials warn of extremely dangerous batch of heroin in Boyd County
First responders from several departments in Boyd County from Ashland and Catlettsburg Police, the Boyd County Sheriff, Boyd County EMS, and the coroner's office were busy with several calls of drug overdoses, mostly heroin, Friday night. more

Imprisoning Drug Offenders Doesn’t Affect Use, Study Says
Sending more people to prison for drug offenses won't have an effect on drug use and deaths, according to a new analysis released this week. Researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts crunched state-by-state data on drug imprisonment, drug use, overdoses and drug arrests and found no evidence that they affected one another. more

How to recognize heroin addiction and help with recovery
When laying out life plans and dreaming about the future, people don’t usually include drug addiction in their vision. Sometimes, a person gets entangled in addiction because of peer pressure, depression, or stress. Once he starts, he will likely have great difficulty overcoming the addiction alone, especially in the case of heroin addiction. This suffering person needs the help of friends and family for support and encouragement. more

Indiana Adding 5 Sites for Opioid Addiction Treatment
State officials are adding five treatment centers around Indiana for people dealing with addictions to pain-killing opioid drugs. more

Why is addiction a disease? Here's the brain on heroin
Medical science says there is no question: Addiction is a disease. Just consider what happens in the brain, says Dr. Mike "Mina" Kalfas, a certified addiction specialist in Northern Kentucky. When heroin gets into the brain it acts like a key unlocking an intense euphoria. It stimulates receptors that trigger the primitive limbic system in the brain, which is below conscious control. more

Cold Spring, Kentucky doctor finds hate sign over drug rehab center
Cold Spring City Council voted 5-0 at 9:30 p.m. Monday to negotiate terms rather than sue nonprofit Brighton Center over its plans to open a drug and alcohol recovery center for women. Council authorized City Attorney Brandon Voelker to negotiate with Brighton Center while reserving the right to file a lawsuit if the city and nonprofit cannot come to agreeable terms. more

Middletown, Ohio considers 3 strike policy on responding to overdoses
A controversial proposal has been made in Middletown to deal with heroin overdoses. Middletown is considering whether people with addiction should only be given two strikes before they’re out of chances at Narcan. Middletown is struggling to deal with the heroin problem. more

Xenia, Ohio-based group aims to help women in addiction recovery
A newly created nonprofit organization aimed at helping drug-addicted women stay sober in the long-term is starting to get traction with a recently awarded grant. Sober Lotus Recovery Housing started fundraising this year and was recently granted $10,000 by Miami Valley's 100 Women. more

How beneficial is religious faith in addiction recovery?
The roles of faith and religion vary when it comes to addiction and treatment practices — according to research from the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, religious and nonreligious youth do not have different patterns of drug or alcohol use. more

Read U2 Bassist Adam Clayton's Outspoken Speech About Alcoholism Battle
He's been in one of the biggest bands in the world for well over three decades, but Adam Clayton is rarely the center of attention. That changed Monday night at the Playstation Theater in New York's Times Square when the U2 bassist received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert. more

Lawsuit challenges Kentucky’s ban on using marijuana for medical purposes
Several Kentuckians who say they get relief from medical marijuana filed a lawsuit Wednesday to challenge the state’s criminal ban on the drug, arguing that cannabis is naturally effective and does not have the addictive dangers of opioid painkillers. more

They had $1 million worth of meth lollipops, including ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Batman’ ones, police say
Texas police seized more than a quarter ton of methamphetamine disguised as candy on Tuesday, and authorities say the people who allegedly had them were likely trying to target children. Harris County Sheriff Office deputies conducted the raid Tuesday morning after they received calls that a person was attempting to break into a Houston-area home. more

Why We Should Say Someone Is A 'Person With An Addiction,' Not An Addict
For years, people with addiction have wondered when the media would recognize our condition as a medical problem, not a moral one — when they would stop reducing us to mere "addicts" and speak of us in the more respectful and accurate "person first" language that has become common for people with other diseases and disorders. more

TSRI Anti-Heroin Vaccine Found Effective in Non-Human Primates
A vaccine developed at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to block the “high” of heroin has proven effective in non-human primates. This is the first vaccine against an opioid to pass this stage of preclinical testing. “This validates our previous rodent data and positions our vaccine in a favorable light for anticipated clinical evaluation,” said study leader Kim Janda, the Ely R. Callaway Jr. Professor of Chemistry and member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at TSRI.

FDA wants opioid painkiller pulled off market
he US Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that drugmaker Endo Pharmaceuticals must remove its powerful opioid painkiller Opana ER from the market. The agency says this the first time it has asked that an opioid pain medication be pulled due to "the public health consequences of abuse."

New tips to ease recovery from addiction
Those recovering from an addiction know what a challenge the process can be on the body and mind, as well as on friends and family supporting your endeavor. While a physician should be consulted in working out a recovery plan, there are ways to smooth the road ahead. more

WKYT Investigates: Meth is back, purer and more potent than ever
The crystal methamphetamine many counties in Kentucky are seeing is a purer form than the days of the old meth labs. "It's very addictive," Chief Bird said. "More addictive than the stuff we saw years ago." He showed Combs the latest delivery from the forensic lab. The majority of the evidence was crystal meth. more

Tiger Woods DUI: Prescription drugs are a growing threat to safety on American roads
Tiger Woods isn’t the only one driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Woods, the former No. 1 golfer in the world, was arrested early Monday near his home on Jupiter Island, Fla., for driving under the influence. Police reportedly found him asleep at the steering wheel of a running vehicle and arrested him because of his slurred speech and for failing police-instructed roadside tasks. more

SFU professor tests virtual reality to help addiction recovery
An addictions expert at Simon Fraser University is hoping a virtual reality program will yield results when it comes to helping people with addictions. “I was thinking, it makes perfect sense for us to use virtual reality while they’re still in the program to sort of assess where they are in terms of their comfort zone,” said Faranak Farzan, a professor at SFU and chair of Technology Innovations for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health. more

Let's Talk About How Women Experience Drug Addiction Differently
"Woman of Substances" is a new book exploring how women are susceptible to self-destruction in ways men aren't. more

Prescription drug addiction 'to overtake heroin use' in UK
The number of people addicted to legal medicines is overtaking those struggling with heroin abuse, a leading rehab provider has warned. more

State of Addiction: Breaking the cycle
It's a vicious circle-- drug users committing crimes to feed their addiction often find themselves in and out of jail. It seems to be a continuous problem, but Washington County is starting a ground-breaking program with in the county jail to combat the problem. more

Kentucky county proposes rehab center instead of new jail
The Madison County Detention Center in central Kentucky is designed to hold 184 people. Today, it has 400, with roughly 80 percent of its inmates awaiting trial on a drug-related offense. Local officials could build an 800-bed facility, but it would cost taxpayers $45 million while offering a pessimistic view of the future in a state that has been hit hard by addictions to opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. more

Addiction Advocacy Needs A Bill Gates, David Geffen, Warren Buffett, Or Tom Steyer. It’s time for philanthropic giants to join America’s fight to end the addiction crisis.
Addiction and drug overdoses claim one life every four minutes in America. In the time it takes to order a latte, someone dies—from an illness that is highly treatable. The addiction crisis is the result of social prejudice; criminal justice policies that incarcerate people with addiction instead of giving them treatment; health care policies that make it difficult or impossible to get medical help for substance use disorders; ignorance; and “abstinence-only” drug policies that are ineffective and backwards. more

Heroin disguised as SweetTarts found in Upstate NY; police issue warning
Police in the Southern Tier have issued a public health warning about a new narcotics trend in the area that could pose a danger to children. more

America’s prisons are failing. Here’s how to make them work.
A lot is known about how to reform prisoners. Far too little is done. more

New opiate treatment center in New Albany off to slow start
There is a new opiate treatment center in New Albany. Dozens of people have signed up for treatment in the past two months, but a therapist with the center says they have room for many more. more

Recovering addict credits Casey's Law for new life
Vanessa Hesler admits to being more shocked than anyone last October when she found herself in a northern Kentucky courtroom. more

What To Do When Leadership Stress Leads To Addiction
Every leader works tirelessly to make their organization a success. That often means handling issues that arise and coming up with strategies when the unexpected occurs. Pressures can quickly mount when all eyes are on the leader. Combine this with the desire to hit certain targets and frustrations about things that cannot be controlled. It is a recipe for incredible stress. more

Addiction– Effects On Those Around You
Addiction causes mental and physical anguish for the person concerned, but the anguish, heartbreak and torment it causes those closest to you should never be forgotten. more

AG Josh Shapiro challenges insurers to improve addiction coverage
Saying that Pennsylvania cannot arrest its way out of the opioid epidemic, Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week laid out a 10-point plan that pushes for changes in health-insurance coverage for addiction treatment. more

CCSA and National Recovery Advisory Committee Release First-Ever Report Highlighting Recovery in Canada
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) (formerly the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse) and the National Recovery Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the findings from the first-ever Life in Recovery from Addiction in Canada survey. This report compiles the results of a survey of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs, and shows that recovery is linked to positive citizenship — engagement with family, friends, the community and the workforce. more

2 Addiction Counselors at Halfway House Die of Drug Overdose
Two addiction counselors at a suburban Philadelphia halfway house died of opioid overdoses inside the facility on the same day, authorities said Wednesday. "If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example," said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. "Opioids are a monster that is slowly consuming our population." more

Haunted by death of employee, Louisville restaurant owner vows to create 'safe haven' for other addicts
In 2010, Sal and Cindy Rubino closed their Paristown Pointe restaurant for a week while they left town for a much-needed family vacation. One of their employees, a beloved hostess, had begged them not to shut it down. She worked at The Café six days a week, and as a recovering addict, she needed the job to stay focused, Sal Rubino said. more

WARNING: Authorities say 'Gray Death' made its way to Indiana earlier this week
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is warning Hoosiers about a dangerous new drug that made its way to Indiana earlier this week. It's called Gray Death -- and officials say it doesn't just kill drug users on minimal contact, but also first responders arriving at scenes contaminated by the drug. It's described as, "a particularly dangerous mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetic opiods." more

SPECIAL REPORT: Is addiction a choice or a disease?
Part of battling the growing drug epidemic is understanding what it is: It's an addiction. While many argue that addiction is a personal choice, most experts say it's anything but. The general consensus among psychiatrists and counselors is that addiction is a brain disease. more

Addiction in America: Changing Perceptions on Treatment
Watching the news or catching up on Netflix’s most popular series, you’ll notice a trend in what Americans are watching on television: Addiction, both glamorized and raw, is more prevalent than ever in the media. more

The Fear of Drug Addiction
There is no doubt that the fear factor is a major reason those suffering from addiction refuse to seek much needed rehabilitation assistance. Below we will explain 2 strands of this fear as well as explaining why it must be overcome. An unwanted, never-ending cycle: Addiction to any drug can be all-consuming. It becomes a constant in a person’s thoughts and actions. more

Opioid Addiction Resources from the National Library of Medicine and Connected Sites
Drug and Addiction Information and Tools for Patrons and Healthcare Providers more

Epidemic: new report shows heroin use on the rise in Kentucky
Kentucky's heroin epidemic is getting worse. Numbers released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows 17 percent of adults now say they have a family member or friend struggling with heroin addiction. Data shows Louisville and northern Kentucky are the hardest hit areas of the state with heroin usage nearly doubling since 2013. more

Florida House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill That Bans Smoking Weed
Florida's House of Representatives proved today there is nothing its grubby little hands can't screw up. After more than 72 percent of voters statewide voted to legalize medicinal marijuana for people with "debilitating diseases," a term that includes cancer, AIDS, and Alzheimer's, the Florida House today passed its own series of rules regulating the state's new medical weed industry. more

Multipronged approach needed to turn tide in addiction fight
Improving the health of our communities is at the very heart of Mercy Health’s mission and there are few greater immediate threats to our communities than the opiate epidemic, which has hit southwest Ohio particularly hard. more

Could marijuana cure opioid addiction?
One woman says medical marijuana gave her a second chance at life, but many others aren't as fortunate. Some believe it could help with opioid addiction and they're pushing for a change at the Illinois Capitol. "I couldn't get up off the floor, so that's why I thought, 'This is it. This is the day I'm going to die,' and I crawled upstairs so when the hospital said it's a withdrawal, I was shocked." more

ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas talks frankly about addiction and road to recovery at Menninger luncheon
Award-winning ABC News anchor and correspondent Elizabeth Vargas, author of the bestseller, Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction, riveted the audience of 650 with frank talk about her struggles with anxiety and alcohol and her road to recovery. Vargas discussed some of the myths of addiction, such as the erroneous belief that addicts lack self-discipline or that addiction is a choice. more

Street-level heroin, meth dealing focus of 'Operation Icebreaker' in Southern Ind.
Following a multi-month push to get drug dealers off the streets of Southern Indiana, police announced Wednesday that more than 40 accused traffickers are behind bars. "Operation Icebreaker" launched in October and has resulted in 80 state-level felony charges, said Jeffersonville Police Department Sgt. Isaac Parker in a Wednesday press conference. more

Drugged driving eclipses drunken driving in tests of motorists killed in crashes
For the first time, statistics show that drivers killed in crashes are more likely to be on drugs than drunk. Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, eclipsing the 37 percent who tested above the legal limit for alcohol, according to a report released Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. more

Trump Administration awards grants to states to combat opioid crisis
HHS will administer grants totaling $485 million to all 50 states. Secretary Price sends letter to governors: “Through a sustained focus on people, patients, and partnerships, I am confident that together we can turn the tide on this public health crisis." more

BOSTON — Sheriffs urged state lawmakers Monday to boost the tax consumers will pay on recreational marijuana and earmark the additional revenue for substance abuse prevention and treatment.
The proposal was discussed at the final hearing of a special legislative committee that was set up to review the marijuana law voters approved in November. The panel is expected to issue recommendations by June. more

New Jersey spends millions on anti-drug commercials featuring Gov. Chris Christie
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has become an unexpected leader in the fight against drugs and prescription pain killers. At a personal level, he's gone public about losing a friend to drug addiction. Now it's one of his final policy issues as he leaves elected office. more

Schools offering traditional classes to students recovering from addiction
Reading, writing, and arithmetic-- and now some schools are adding another "R"-- recovery. Each year, more than 300,000 US teenagers get treatment for addiction. Students at Hope Academy in Indianapolis have abused drugs and alcohol, even heroin-- most have been through rehab. But instead of returning to old habits at their former high schools many are going to special recovery schools like "Hope". more

Overdose deaths in Louisville nearly double
Louisville's heroin and opioid crisis is continuing to worsen with suspected overdose deaths nearly doubling. Suspected overdose deaths jumped to 86 from January through April 11, compared to 46 during the same period last year, said Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for the Louisville Metro Police Department. more

Scott County Indiana sees no new HIV cases in 3 straight months, sparking renewal of needle exchange
At a time when the area is seeing a major decrease in new HIV cases, the Scott County Needle Exchange Program has been approved for another year. After a large number of HIV cases in Austin over the last few years, there have been no new cases in three straight months. more

West Virginia lawmakers back more addiction treatment
With more than 30,000 West Virginians already in drug treatment, lawmakers struggling with the state's addiction crisis have voted to spend $24 million from recent court settlements with opioid distributors to increase inpatient beds. more

4 Questions You Face When Addressing Addiction With A Loved One
Breaching the topic of addiction or substance use can feel overwhelming when it’s your loved who needs help. But knowing you (and your family) are not alone in the journey toward a life free from addiction can help. more

Treat opioid addiction with resources, not rhetoric
Little is known about the Trump administration's plan to end this public health epidemic of opioid abuse, apart from the creation of a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. So far, the White House has only said that the commission will produce a report and look for federal funding mechanisms. more

The long run: Emmitsburg man, recovering addict to run in Boston Marathon with national addiction recovery charity
While most participants in the Boston Marathon have been training for months, Emmitsburg resident Korey Shorb didn’t even know he’d be running until February, just two months before the race. more

Lawmakers override Bevin's veto of mental health law
FRANKFORT, Ky.—The General Assembly on Wednesday overturned Gov. Matt Bevin's veto of a mental health law known as Tim's Law — and also overrode Bevin vetoes of three other measures including a bill to regulate drones and a resolution to name highways. But it was Senate Bill 91, or Tim's Law, that provoked the greatest excitement among spectators, triggering a joyous celebration among supporters who watched from the gallery as the Senate acted first to reject the governor's veto by a vote of 35-1.The House followed, voting 91-0 to overturn the veto. more

Drug overdoses help send more Kentuckians to an early grave, new report says
The premature death rate improved in 12 Kentucky counties between 1997 and 2014 but got worse in 44 counties, in part because of increasing drug overdoses, according to a report released Wednesday. Abuse of prescription drugs such as OxyContin helped drive up the rate of overdose deaths in the state by 296 percent from 2000 to 2010. more

Christie back in the spotlight amid Trump push to fight drug addiction
After spending some time away from the national spotlight, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was back at the White House Wednesday as he took the lead in President Trump’s fight against the opioid addiction crisis. More

Greatest rise in heroin use was among white people, study says
The numbers are startling -- in 2015, 52,404 people died from drug overdoses according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixty-three percent of those deaths involved an opioid. more

Wild Parrots Raid India Poppy Fields To Get High On Opium
Wild parrots have been raiding poppy fields in India in order to get high on the flowers’ opium. As can be seen in the video above, the dope-craving birds will sit perched on trees near the poppies until workers slip open the pods to help the plants ripen quicker, according to the Mirror. more

What happens to your body after a stoner quits smoking weed
Ask an expert about the effects of marijuana withdrawal and the conversation quickly turns to the cognitive. After all, marijuana is a hallucinogenic drug that alters the brain, how a person thinks and perceives the world, research shows. Experts then can identify with actor Woody Harrelson and his decision to quit marijuana a year ago because it kept him from "being emotionally available." more

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

Focus on addiction, not the symptoms
While there is an element of truth that certain people can suffer from addiction, in the various groups mentioned in the front page of the Feb. 3 newspaper (”Overdose deaths soar 40 percent”), it is not true that “anyone can become addicted.” In fact, the vast majority of people who use alcohol, scripted pain medications, marijuana, etc., never face addiction even if there is occasional misuse by some. more

Addiction recovery advocates propose tax on prescription painkillers
Advocates for addiction recovery on Tuesday presented a wish list to state lawmakers, along with a way to pay for some of their proposed remedies: by imposing a tax on prescription opioids. Modeled after a federal bill, the proposal by Friends of Recovery-New York would place a one-cent-per-milligram excise tax on the active opioid ingredients in every pain medication sold in the state. more

Justice reform bill includes behind-bars jobs
In a move applauded by both Gov. Matt Bevin and the ACLU, state officials unveiled a bill Tuesday that would make it easier for ex-convicts to get jobs and allow prisoners to do work for private companies while they are still behind bars. more

Louisville EMS slammed with 151 overdose calls
The city's top health official told some council members Wednesday that "Louisville needs to grow up" and offer more medication-assisted treatment since abstinence-based programs don't work for everyone. Some treatment programs don't allow methadone, Suboxone and Subutex to try to wean addicts off stronger drugs, said Dr. Joann Schulte, who heads the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Critics of using drugs in treatment say this method can merely substitute one addiction for another. more

Overdose numbers bring attention to naloxone training sessions
The first week of February saw another shocking number that shook the city of Louisville. MetroSafe said they have received 227 overdose calls in the span of just a week. Although those numbers aren’t all heroin overdose calls, the number is inspiring many to take matters into their own hands. more

Bevin backs limiting pain pills to 3-day supply
Gov. Matt Bevin testified Wednesday in support of a bill that would restrict some prescriptions for pain-killers to three-day supplies, saying the commonwealth has a moral obligation to take action to curb the opioid addictions afflicting Kentuckians. more

Senate approves costly hike in penalties for heroin trafficking
The Kentucky Senate wants to crack down on dealers of heroin and fentanyl, even if it means spending tens of millions more tax dollars to provide prison beds for them. more

Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains in Kentucky, study finds
A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, creating a 50 percent spike in the number of people unable to address their opioid dependence. more

City neighbors asked to fight overdoses with antidote
Neighbors in Cincinnati will be wielding the antidote for heroin overdose soon, a result of a new initiative to train them for free on the use of naloxone. City officials on Wednesday announced the training sessions on the overdose antidote. more

Virginia House panel defeats bill to shield overdose victims from prosecution
A proposal that would have shielded overdose victims from criminal prosecution when someone sought medical help to save them was struck down Wednesday in a House subcommittee over fears the move could enable drug use. more

Lawyer creates a free app to help people remove felony convictions
A Lexington lawyer has created a free app that helps people expunge lesser felony convictions. The app, called, walks a former offender through a series of questions to determine whether he or she can have a conviction removed from court records as if it had never happened. more

No Meds Needed: Study Finds Doing This Eases Anxiety
Pharmaceutical companies may need a dose of their own medications. A new study finds the best treatment for anxiety may not come from your local pharmacy, but rather a quiet room in your home. The study, published in the Jan. 24 edition of Psychiatry Research, confirmed that eight-weeks of mindfulness meditation can be crucially beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety. more

Methadone: Managing addiction with controlled withdrawal
Heroin and other opiates are among the most powerfully addictive drugs known to man, and at the center of addiction recovery is the painful process of detoxification and balancing brain chemistry thrown off-kilter by drug use. more

Codependent Relationships and Addiction
A codependent relationship is dysfunctional and one-sided, with one person heavily relying on the other who supports or enables unhealthy behavior. Codependency isn’t healthy for either person in the relationship, especially when addiction and active substance use are involved. A codependent relationship is obsessive in that one person allows another’s behavior to affect him or her so greatly they become fixated on controlling that person’s behavior. The attempt to control behaviors is misconstrued as being a caretaker. more

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Bevin ‘Bans Box’ For Criminal Records On State Job Applications
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an executive order that would remove questions about criminal convictions from job applications to work in the state executive branch. more

Addiction Recovery Center For Pregnant Women Open In Louisa
A center that provides drug and alcohol treatment for pregnant women is open in Louisa. more

Kenton Co. PD launching response team as 'new approach' to heroin issue
Kenton County police are preparing to launch a "Quick Response Team" to help heroin addicts find treatment. The new response team will visit the home of an addict and their family within 24 hours of an overdose. more

Opiate addiction impacts parents’ ability to keep children
Addiction to opiates and other drugs leads to parents losing custody of their children. After treatment, they can, in some cases, regain custody. more

Watch: Heroin addict for 35 years finds road to recovery
The Advance continues its coverage of Staten Island's drug crisis by delving into the lives of current and former addicts. Tom, a 52-year-old former heroin addict, speaks about his 35-year addiction -- which left him penniless and homeless -- while living on Staten Island. more

Thousands of people using Louisville's Syringe Exchange Program
Louisville's first syringe exchange site opened its doors in June 2015 as a tool to battle the city’s heroin epidemic. The program has expanded to four sites across the city, with some sites open six days a week. In only a year and a half, 5,696 people have used the program. About half of them are returning clients. more

Drug company that ‘fueled’ opioid epidemic in Ky. to pay $150 million
One of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical distributors allegedly failed to report suspicious orders in Kentucky and elsewhere, contributing to a spike in abuse of painkillers called opioids, federal authorities have charged. more

Mother fighting to save daughter through medical marijuana
Lyndi Carnal, 17, has Crohn's Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Lyndi was diagnosed when she was 14. Since that time, she and her mother have spent three Christmases, three New Year's Days and countless other days at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. more

Ky. has twice U.S. rate of drug-dependent babies
The days-old newborn shook and screamed, his tiny chest fluttering with rapid breaths. Even his mother’s arms couldn’t soothe him. Withdrawal from heroin was Jordan Barkley’s first experience of the world. more

Fitness used as component to fight addiction
There is far more to addiction recovery than intervention, counseling and treatment, according to Theressa Snyder, director of Perry Behavioral Health Services. more

Addiction is not a moral failing
As the new year begins, millions of people across the country will set out on personal goals they hope to bring to fruition in 2017. Many will want to eat healthier and go to the gym more, some will aspire to be kinder and others will seek opportunities to spread generosity in their communities. While these resolutions are sincere and admirable, thousands of people in America will embark on a resolution they have faced many times before. A resolution that is not quite so simple or achievable: Getting clean. more

Sleep quality and emotions affect opioid addiction recovery
Getting enough quality sleep may be as important to one’s health as a good diet and exercise, but for people fighting addition to painkillers, it can also lower their cravings, according to a Penn State study. more

Mysterious Marijuana-Related Illness Popping Up In Emergency Rooms
mysterious marijuana-related illness is popping up with increasing frequency in hospital emergency rooms, particularly in states where cannabis is now legal. The symptoms are severe abdominal pain and violent vomiting — and most doctors are initially stumped when they encounter patients with the problem. more

Boyle County Kentucky needle exchange program to begin Jan. 13
Boyle County's needle exchange program is set to officially start in two weeks. The Advocate-Messenger reports that the exchange will be open in the basement of the Boyle County Health Department in Danville on Friday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., beginning on Jan. 13. more

In Southern Indiana, heroin fight gets personal
Growing up, Evan Blessett was as an avid soccer player and honor roll student. He loved skateboarding and played the drums later in his teen years. more

Heroin addict goes from homeless to college
Tara Moseley was in her early 20s, homeless and addicted to opioids for nearly a year when she walked into The Healing Place in Louisville. more

Tennessee Recovery Court Provides Drug Addicts An Alternative To Jail
When Donald Trump won the presidential election, he made a pledge to every citizen: that he would be president for all Americans. In the weeks before Trump's inauguration, we're going to hear about some of the communities that make up this nation, from the people who know them best, in our series Finding America. more

OxyContin's global drive: 'We're only just getting started'
OxyContin is a dying business in America. With the nation in the grip of an opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, the U.S. medical establishment is turning away from painkillers. Top health officials are discouraging primary-care doctors from prescribing them for chronic pain, saying there is no proof that they work long-term and substantial evidence that they put patients at risk. more

Drug abusers still crave the stimulus AFTER death: Researchers discover mutated protein in deceased addicts persists for more than a week
A protein in the reward center of the brain is altered in those suffering from a chemical dependency – it is split off and shortened. Following numerous autopsies, Austrian researchers found the modified protein in deceased heroin addicts - suggesting cravings for the stimulus continued after their death. more

Clark County Indiana sets needle-exchange launch day
After over a year of waiting for a needle exchange, the Clark County Health Department will open its syringe exchange at the end of January. more

Rubio cites Post coverage, asks feds to review grand jury report.
Rubio formally asked the comptroller general to assess the Palm Beach County grand jury’s recommendations in its review of federal and state oversight of sober homes. Local prosecutors hoped that state regulators would consider a Palm Beach County grand jury’s recommendations on fixing the crime-plagued sober home industry.

Report: DEA records show West Virginia flooded with painkillers
West Virginia's leading newspaper has obtained previously confidential Drug Enforcement Administration records that put numbers on the state's epidemic of overdoses. more

Drug Overdose Deaths Increased Significantly in Past 5 Years
Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent. more

Researchers: Nearly 400 drug addicts helped in police effort
A novel drug addiction program developed in a small Massachusetts fishing town and since replicated in dozens of cities nationwide was able to place almost 400 addicts into treatment nearly each time they sought it during the first year of operation, researchers say in a report being published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. more

21st Century Cures Act Signed | How Do We Ensure It Really Makes a Difference?
When President Obama ceremoniously signed the 21st Century Cures Act yesterday, countless years of tireless work from the addiction recovery advocacy community spilled out from his pen. A long fought battle to bring federal funding to communities ravaged by problem substance use and its related challenges resulted in a massive one billion dollars of funding. more

$29 million expansion to The Healing Place to help fight Louisville's heroin epidemic
Three-hundred men are turned away from the detox unit at The Healing Place each month simply because there aren't enough beds. That will soon change. A $29 million expansion will double the size of the detox unit and add more than 150 beds to the long-term recovery program at the nationally-recognized addiction recovery center. more

CDC: Heroin Deaths Surpassed Firearm-Related Homicides in 2015
The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers show heroin deaths surpassed firearm-related homicides for the first time ever in 2015. The number of heroin deaths was 12,989 and the number of firearm-related homicides was 12,979. more

POINT OF VIEW End the stigma of addiction and treatment
Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding addiction and addiction treatment stops too many of the 24 million Americans who struggle with drugs or alcohol from getting the help they need. In fact, only 2 million seek treatment. We want to change that. more

Marijuana News: Advocacy Group Filed A Petition Against The DEA For Misinformation With Regard To Cannabis Effects
The never-ending battle between the effects of marijuana is currently brought to the court. The DEA shows some negative feedback with regard to cannabis. Now, an advocacy group filed a petition to reassess the statement as no evidence of such claims has been found. more

Called ‘hogwash,’ a gene test for addiction risk exploits opioid fears
When the federal government reversed course last month, deciding not to regulate many genetic tests, one big winner was Proove Biosciences, a Southern California company that markets an unproven “opioid risk” test. more

Cities Welcome Passage of Cures Act, Applaud Opioid Provisions
The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which authorizes access to $1 billion of funding to help communities combat the opioid crisis. The bill also provides long-overdue reforms to the mental health and criminal justice systems. The legislation was approved in a landslide by the House of Representatives, and now moves to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. more

Governor's task force releases final report on fighting opioid addiction
A drug task force convened by Gov. Mike Pence says the state of Indiana should treat addiction as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one, in its final report released this week. more

Art therapy for heroin addicts and those who help in recovery
More people die in Ohio of a heroin overdose than any other state in the nation. One in nine heroin deaths across the U.S. happens in Ohio, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. A Columbus addiction recovery center is taking a unique approach to getting people help. They are using art. more

Forum educates families about mental health and addiction
Prevention, education and enlightenment was the underlying theme of Tuesday night's Addiction and Mental Health Reality Forum held at Investors Bank Performing Arts Center at Washington Township High School. more

Tom Carroll Talks About Battling Drug Addiction, Recovery and the Key to Happiness
At one point I remember turning around when I heard a bit of shuffling from behind and noticed a close friend wiping away tears. He was listening in on the conversation with Tom Carroll, and while I don’t remember the exact story Carroll was sharing with me in that moment, I vividly remember the reaction it elicited from this mutual friend. more

Holidays add to stress for those dealing with addiction
PAR Board Member Tara Moseley in the Courier-Journal shares Holiday advice from a former addict more (Video)

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Bill (392- 26) with $1 Billion dollars for opioid addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.

Now onto the Senate in the upcoming weeks.
This a massive healthcare bill that covers a wide variety of healthcare issues, from funding to fight cancer and Alzheimer’s to mental health reform. Included in the bill is an incredible $1 billion to be appropriated over the next two years to combat the opioid crisis.

This is a tremendous moment for our movement and we need your help to make sure the bill passes the United States Senate and is signed into law.
Call your two Senators today and ask them to vote for the Cures Bill.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Addiction Is A Chronic Brain Disease, Not A Moral Failing
In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry issued a landmark report on tobacco and health that changed the course of American history, spurring the decline of smoking in the United States. More than 50 years later, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy hopes he can do something similar for addiction. more

UK group supports students in recovery. Next up, a sober dorm
Like many students, Tyler Allen spent his college days enthusiastically experimenting with alcohol. Only for Allen, it turned into a habit that was more than recreational. “I spent a lot of time drinking,” he said. “But I felt like I was the only one struggling.” more

World leaders call for legalisation of drugs
Report says prohibition has had 'little or no impact' on rate of drug use. The Global Commission on Drug Policy's annual report advocates the removal of both civil and criminal penalties for drug use and possession. more

Gov. Bevin signs emergency regulation to help fight drug epidemic
The emergency administrative regulation allows Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services to take emergency action to make a synthetic opioid, known as U-47700, a Schedule I controlled substance and subject to criminal drug penalties. more

Groundbreaking device available in Louisville for drug abuse treatment
New cutting-edge technology is available at a Louisville recovery center to help heroin addicts break the cycle of addiction. The Neuro-stim System Bridge, better known as a “Bridge,” is now being used in some of the substance abuse treatment programs at the Centerstone Addiction Recovery Center, formerly JADAC. more

Why some teens are vulnerable to addiction while others aren’t
As human beings suffer from bloated intelligence, chemical imbalances, and unfortunate circumstances, we naturally look for ways to escape our anguish. Some people drink, others work, some make art, and others take drugs. Humans often develop escapism during adolescence, when hormones run wild, and the brain is “wired to seek new experiences.” more

Former heroin addict shares story of injectable treatment recovery
Some struggling with opioid addiction are using treatment drugs to help them on their path to recovery. Jason Burns is approaching three years clean and says he’s “actually happy.” more

Marijuana-Like Drugs May Offer Addiction-Free Pain Relief
As abuse of prescription opioids in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, researchers around the nation have been searching for other ways to offer people pain relief, ways that don't bring such a risk of addiction. more

Opiate Addiction: How to Tackle the Growing Problem
Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, responds to a question about the U.S. opiate epidemic, at the WSJ CEO Council. more

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, together with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the University of Louisville School of Medicine invites you to attend its HEROIN AND OPIOID RESPONSE SUMMIT on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The Summit will bring together stakeholders and professionals working in treatment, recovery, healthcare, law enforcement, emergency response, prevention and education to discuss current efforts and strategies with a specific focus on Louisville, Kentucky. Please join us as we explore ideas for more effective responses to this crisis in Louisville.
Please click on the registration link below for more information and to submit your registration form for this event.
Although seating is limited, the link may be forwarded to professionals and organizations impacted by or working on this issue. more

Apps to Help With Addiction Recovery
Nowadays there’s a mobile application for just about everything. Whether you’re counting calories, sharing family photos or looking for new romance (or trying to keep one alive)—even if swallowing swords is your virtual niche—the brave new world of mobile technology has something for everybody. more

California Votes To Legalize Marijuana, Paving The Way For A Nationwide Push
Californians voted to approve marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday, in what the legalization movement is hailing as its most significant accomplishment since the first states legalized it four years ago. more (Caution...automatic vieo/audio)

Florida Is First Southern State to Approve Medical Marijuana
Florida voters approved a state constitutional amendment allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes – reportedly passing with above the required 60 percent threshold. more

Louisville VOA plans expansion amidst heroin crisis
For 20 years, the Volunteers of America Mid-States was able to get by with eight to 10 beds in its Freedom House program, which provides residential treatment for pregnant women struggling with addiction. more

New synthetic drug U-47700 has states rushing to stop spread
A new synthetic drug that can be purchased online and is connected to at least 50 deaths nationwide has several states scrambling to stop its spread, with Kansas law enforcement agencies seeking an emergency ban. more

Kentucky jail using new drug treatment for inmates addicted to opioids
Jason Merrick is a reformed addict and former inmate who took hard lessons and translated them into a new substance abuse treatment program, an innovative approach to kicking opiates for good. more

Kentucky launches website to help addicts find naloxone provides a map of more than 300 pharmacies across the state that stock the drug. People can enter their zip code and find the nearest pharmacy. Other locations -— such as health departments — will be added soon, state officials said Wednesday. more

Bridge Bread offers jobs, hope for homeless
A local non-profit organization is helping to bridge the homeless gap by baking and selling loaves of bread. It is a special mission that's about a lot more than baking; it's also about changing lives. more

Mental Health Groups Taking Parity Fight to States
Advocates for people with mental health disorders in coming months plan to pressure state insurance commissioners and attorneys general to investigate whether insurers are following federal mental health parity laws, mental health groups told Bloomberg BNA recently. more

Grandparents stepping up in the addiction crisis
More than 23,000 children find themselves in the foster care system every year in Ohio. When substance abuse hits a family, grandparents are often called to take on the role as parent. At times, it can be a stressful role to fill. more

Treating anxiety and addiction with yoga
When yoga instructor Natalie Kendall arrives at the university on Thursday nights, she’s here to help students recover from trauma. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Christiana Engagement Center, her class of “All Recovery Yoga” provides a safe outlet for many students. more

Genetic test aims to identify people at risk for opioid addiction
A California biotech company is hoping to take on the nation’s opioid epidemic with a DNA test that it says can identify patients who are genetically predisposed to becoming addicted to painkillers. more

Millennials took Adderall to get through school. Now they’ve taken their addiction to the workplace
In 2010, when Raphael was a first-semester college freshman struggling to get through finals, he did what it seemed like all his friends were doing: he got an Adderall from a fellow student and holed up in the library. more

Syracuse man gets implant in arm to treat heroin addiction
Recovering heroin addict Kevin Donovan, 37, of Syracuse, used to take medication every day to control his cravings until he had four match-sized rods implanted in his upper left arm  more

Drug Addiction and the Case for Medication-Assisted Treatment
Buprenorphine, an artificial opioid that has been available for more than a decade, has emerged as the not-so-secret weapon in the fight against opiate abuse. more

New Implant Designed To Treat Opioid Addiction
Buprenorphine is fast becoming the treatment of choice when it comes to opioid addiction. It used to only come in a pill or patch, but recently the FDA approved a first-of-its-kind implant that goes in the arm, called Probuphine. “(It) sits under the skin for six months and it gradually delivers the medicine every day, equal dosage,” Dr. Vijapura said. After six months, the rods are removed and the patient can decide if he or she no longer needs treatment or wants the rods implanted again on the other arm. This can continue for as long as the patient wants. Wilson immediately saw the benefits. more

Addiction Recovery Centers See Uptick in Healthcare Professionals Entering Treatment for Heroin, Opioids
Daniel Angres, MD, to Lead Educational Session in Santa Monica on Assessment and Treatment Outcomes for Addicted Professionals. The National Institute of Health reports that approximately 10 to 15 percent of all healthcare professionals will misuse drugs or alcohol at some point during their career, which means healthcare professionals are at the same risk of substance abuse as the general population. more

Know the types of addiction recovery treatment options
The addiction rehabilitation industry in the United States, including drugs, alcohol and other substances, is a $35 billion business. That’s what the more than 2.5 million people who receive treatment -- or their insurance companies -- spend on care each year. more

Recovering addict shares horror of heroin addiction, hope for recovery
Seven people die in Ohio of opioid overdoses every day, and the numbers are only climbing. The Columbus Dispatch invited the public to a community forum on addiction and answers Tuesday night. 10TV shared the story of one of the participants. more

Former Opiate Addicts Opening Recovery Center in Traverse City
Two people who've recovered from opiate addictions themselves want to help curb the growing problem in our state. So together, a doctor and therapist are opening the Freedom Recovery Center next week in Traverse City. more

Addiction: How Choices Turn To Disease
No matter how addiction begins, officials and recovering addicts say the ability to control their use disappears once the disease takes over. more

The Way We Talk About Drug ‘Abuse’ Is Harmful — And It Needs To Change. Substance use disorder isn’t a moral failing. Our language should reflect that
Substance use disorder is a medical circumstance ? a brain disease that can be targeted and treated. But when we use words like “junkie” and “crackhead,” we frame the issue in moral terms, suggesting that people with substance use disorders simply lack the willpower to get better. more

Heroin rocket docket takes aim at addiction
The prosecutors knew Louisville had a heroin problem. Now they know it’s an epidemic. They’ve seen cases of parents passed out at the steering wheel at a red light and cars driven off the road into ditches with users found with a needle still stuck in their arms. They get calls from addicts' parents begging them to keep their child in jail. more

Peer Support Gaining As Tool For Addiction Recovery
It is no secret that the United States is suffering from an opioid overdose epidemic. In Missouri, one tool being used to help people battling the addiction is peer support. Bram Sable-Smith from KBIA visited a peer support recovery center and explores why similar programs may soon catch on around the country. more

A SMART Approach to Ending Addiction. Program Uses Behavior Therapy Tools
When the time came for Scott Potter’s adult son to move out of the family’s Washington home because he was no longer abiding by his parents’ rules, there was no screaming or yelling as there had been in the past. They simply came to an agreement. more

'See me, not my illness' is focus of mental-health week
About five years ago, Amanda Sellers' life was turned upside down. Sellers' 2-year-old son, Logan, died as a result of child abuse by her boyfriend, and she turned to drugs as a coping mechanism. That was the case until she discovered Soul Haven, a wellness and recovery center in Hagerstown that provides support services for those struggling with addiction or mental-health issues. more

Medication-assisted treatment critical to fight addiction
With the clock ticking on the appropriations process and elections around the corner, congressional action on opioids should remain a front-burner issue. President Obama himself proclaimed during National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week that we need to keep the pressure on. more

GOP Congressman’s Bill Would Subject Heroin Dealers To The Death Penalty.
The measure would reassert harsh, ineffective policies that defined the failed war on drugs.
A Republican congressman introduced legislation this week that would punish some heroin dealers with the death penalty or life in prison ? a measure critics say would be an ineffective throwback to draconian “tough on crime” policies that defined the failed war on drugs. more

Election Buzz: Critics Of Legal Pot Say Addiction Becomes ‘A Disease Of The Family’
If pot laws were colors, a map of the U.S. map would resemble a tie-dye T-shirt. In some states, marijuana is illegal. In others, it’s legal for medical purposes. And still in others, it is even legal for recreational use. more

SHATTERED IMAGE- Brian Cuban's Journey From Addiction To Recovery
Brian Cuban  is the younger brother of billionaire Mark Cuban,  owner of the Dallas Mavericks.  Brian is a successful lawyer and activist for First Amendment issues and  hate speech.  However, the relationship with fame and fortune has not always been beneficial to Brian.  Over the years,  he has struggled with addiction to alcohol and cocaine,  negative body image, depression, suicide and steroid use. more

Fighting Addiction and Other Unmet Medical Needs with Cannabidiol
Despite all the advances we have made in the medical field, overcoming addictions are still a challenge with an unmet need. Nicotine remains the largest addiction problem in the world. Consumers seem to be somewhat shifting from the traditional tobacco cigarettes to smokeless tobacco. more

Some insurers thwart efforts to use medication treatment for addiction
Krista Sizemore's brain was crying out for heroin. But she knew she was pregnant. She knew her baby needed her to stay safe. She knew what could happen if she used again. She thought she'd been through it all, even overdosing once in her father's home. more

Big Texas Rally for Recovery
Please join us October 2 for the rally--this year's national hub event for Recovery Month activities--and also the day before, on Saturday, October 1, for a day of exciting pre-rally events at Southern Methodist University.

Saturday, October 1
Recovery Ambassador Workshop, 9 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
Attend one or two of the following modules, or the entire workshop. There is no charge. Recovery Ambassador Certificates will be provided to those who participate in all three modules. Hosted by Faces & Voices of Recovery, Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, and SMU Health Center. Lunch options are available both on and off campus. more

Major anti-heroin effort coming to Louisville
Federal and city officials Wednesday said that Louisville will become a pilot city in an initiative to tackle the heroin and opioid crisis and that a local task force is being created to target dealers linked to overdoses. The program, which will be led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is dubbed the "DEA 360 Strategy" and is already in place in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee. more

Here's How Drugmakers Fought State Opioid Limits
The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, an investigation shows. more

Advocates demand funding for addiction recovery law
Hundreds of advocates and supporters gathered on the National Mall to demand the federal government do more to end widespread addiction to opioids and the overdose deaths related to prescription and illegal opioids. more

Addiction recovery resources help students
Half of all full-time college students binge drink or abuse drugs, and a quarter of those students meet the medical definition of substance abuse or dependence, according to a study conducted at Columbia University. College can be the most unfriendly places for students struggling with addiction because of what they are going through, George Comiskey, faculty advisor for Association of Students About Service, said. more

Many doctors don't prescribe medication for opioid addiction despite epidemic
This effective weapon in the fight against opioid addiction often isn't being used. A study released Tuesday found that doctors authorized to prescribe a drug that has shown success at curbing opioid cravings actually tend to prescribe the medication to significantly fewer patients than they potentially could — despite an ongoing painkiller overdose epidemic that kills more than 60 Americans every day. more

Doctors who treat opioid addiction often see very few patients
Many people struggling with opioid addiction can't find a doctor to provide medication-assisted treatment, even though it's highly effective. One reason could be that doctors who are qualified to prescribe the medication typically treat just a handful of patients. more

Prescription heroin gets green light in Canada for in severe opioid addiction
Health Canada has amended its regulations to allow Canadian doctors to prescribe heroin as a treatment for those who are severely addicted to the drug. more

Those with addiction need support, not shame

September is National Recovery Month. People in recovery need to know they are supported. There is hope and success into recovery. The families who have lost their family members need to know they are not alone in their journey. more

'Here's what 826 days sober looks like': Former heroin addict shares powerful before and after pictures to help others with drug problems
A former heroin addict has shared a powerful set of photos showing her before and after she got clean to encourage others who are struggling with addiction. The images were posted to Reddit by user DisregardThisOrDont with the caption: 'Here is what 826 days sober looks like. Left is me June 11th 2014, on the right is me today. Recovery is possible!' more

Little-used law 'saves' heroin addict's life
Rusty and Michelle Collinsworth believe that Casey's Law helped them to get their daughter Lindsey the treatment she needed to combat her addiction, likely saving her life.  Lindsey Collinsworth, a Catholic high school graduate eyeing a career in law enforcement, barely knew the man who dragged her limp body outside her apartment, leaving her in a stairwell near death. more

UK students start recovery program for addicts, hope to open sober residence hall
It's a new school year and for the thousands of students filling the University of Kentucky's campus that means crowded parking lots and classrooms. For Phil Johnson, it's a reminder of his sobriety. "I have so much gratitude for where I am today," Johnson said. Johnson, a chemical engineering major, says he's been getting ready for the school year all summer. He says the last time he was at UK, his visits to class weren't as frequent as his visits to parties. more

Legalized pot is making America’s lower class poorer and less responsible
Pot for the poor! That could be the new slogan of marijuana legalization advocates. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. There are now 25 states that permit the use of marijuana, including four as well as the District of Columbia that permit it for purely recreational use. more

5 charged after rash of heroin overdoses in Southern Indiana
In just a matter of hours, law enforcement agencies responded to 14 drug overdoses across two Southern Indiana counties. One woman died and now five people have been charged. more

Cincinnati responds to 30 heroin overdoses in one day
Officials said most of the overdoses were located in the west side of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Police Department said in a statement Tuesday evening they were not sure of the exact cause of the increase yet. They warned anyone who may be using dangerous drugs to be aware of the increased danger. more

Heroin antidote without prescription at Kroger
Tim McGurk, public affairs manager for the chain's Louisville Division, told the Courier-Journal Monday that all area pharmacies can now dispense naloxone [pronounced nah-lox-own], which can quickly restore breathing after an overdose of heroin, more

Effort to crack down on heroin dealers showing results, prosecutor says
An effort to get long federal prison sentences for drug dealers whose illegal sales kill or injure people is showing results as abuse of heroin gets worse in Kentucky, according to authorities. more

Fears grow as heroin seeps into Appalachia
Growing up in the hardscrabble hills of Appalachia, Bobby Vaughn began popping painkillers at 15-years-old, sneaking them from his injured coal miner dad. That was the start of a three-decade-long addiction to any drug available: OxyContin, cocaine, meth – and beginning a year ago, heroin. more

Join us on September 20th at 7:30pm for a screening of the new film directed by Greg Williams,
Generation Found! We are hosting the screening at the Village 8 Theater on Dutchmans Lane! Tickets are on sale for $11 and it is simple to purchase online! Follow the Link below to reserve your tickets today!

Grand Opening For Bowling Green Addiction Clinic
Men suffering with addiction in our area now have a safe space to go. August 10th the "Men's Addiction Recovery" campus on 1791 Old Louisville Road in Bowling Green held it's official opening. more

Beginning August 1, 2016, any person who enters the Jeffersontown Police Department and requests help with their addiction to opiates will be immediately screened into our Angel Program for placement in a local treatment facility.
As a police-led and volunteer supported initiative, officers will connect people with substance use disorders to treatment options in the community, while volunteer “Angels” support participants during the intake process. more

Study: Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Worse Than Cigarettes
econdhand marijuana smoke may damage your blood vessels even more than cigarette smoke. That’s according to a new study from the American Heart Association. In the study, arteries in rats that inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. more

Elephant sedative emerges as new threat in overdose battle
A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin. more

Louisville Man Kicks 10 Year Crack Habit – Now Owns A Multi Million Dollar Business
Addiction is a global epidemic – but particularly in the United States. According to the U.S. News & World Report, “40 million Americans, age 12 and over, meet the clinical criteria for addiction involving nicotine, alcohol or other drugs.” more

'Doing God’s work’ at The Healing Place
Al Jackson drank alcohol, snorted cocaine and smoked crack cocaine for 24 years. “I was suicidal, I was lost and I had no hope,” he recalls of those dark days. He’s celebrating 15 years of sobriety and serves as the program director at The Healing Place on South Side. It is a long-term recovery facility for Richmond area men 18 and older who are seeking treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction. more

UK given grant extension for treating adolescent substance abuse
The University of Kentucky received a grant extension for its model clinic program to treat adolescent substance abuse. Adolescent Health and Recovery Treatment and Training started in fall 2014, said Catherine Martin, director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry and the principle investigator for the program. more

Kentucky sees significant growth in hepatitis C infections among women 15 to 44
Kentucky saw a dramatic increase in the rate of hepatitis C infections among women ages 15-44 in recent years, according to a new federal report that offers further evidence of growing problems in the state from intravenous drug use. more

Largest Addiction Caucus Ever to Take Place During a DNC Draws Hundreds in Philadelphia
"This is not a Democrat or Republican disease," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. "This disease doesn't care what side you're on." more

Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management. Approach could help confront nation's opioid addiction epidemic.
It's a Catch-22 with potentially deadly consequences: People trying to overcome addiction can't get treatment for their pain, because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk. more

Needle exchanges spread in Kentucky as outbreak threat grows
Programs allowing intravenous drug users to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones are spreading in Kentucky as communities confront growing heroin abuse and concerns over the potential for disease outbreaks caused by addicts sharing needles. So far, health departments and local governments in 13 counties have approved needle exchanges, and 11 are in operation, according to the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and local officials. more

Heroin laced with elephant sedative found in Hamilton County
Hamilton County health officials are issuing an urgent warning about a drug combination that is 10,000 times more potent than pure heroin. Carfentanil, a powerful opioid intended for sedating large animals, has been discovered in local supplies of heroin, the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition announced Friday. more

Connecticut Filmmakers Make Pitch For Recovery High Schools
Two Connecticut men who made a film tracking a recovery high school in Houston over the course of two years said Connecticut needs to jump on board if it’s serious about battling drug addiction. more

Adapt Pharma to Launch Program to Raise Awareness, Expand Access and Facilitate Product Experience of NARCAN® (Naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray - a new Treatment for Opioid Overdose
Adapt Pharma, Limited, announced that it has launched a program providing a donation of 25,000 cartons (50,000 doses) of NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray 4mg, the first and only FDA-approved naloxone nasal spray, to community partners. Specifically, Adapt has partnered with Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC), and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, to allocate donated product to their constituents that may benefit from the program. more

Congress Takes Action on Opioid Epidemic With Passage of Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act
For the first time in decades, the U.S. Congress has passed a bill aimed to curb drug addiction via better treatment and recovery options. The Senate approved the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act, or Cara, by a vote of 92­-2. Cara clears the way for creation of a pain management taskforce, extra funding for new addiction research and encourages treatment options that avoid incarceration. The only thing the bill lacks is funding to set these changes in motion. more

Congress Finally Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Address Opioid Epidemic. The president said he will sign the bill, but he has reservations about its lack of funding.
For nearly three years, recovery advocates have been working to educate our policymakers about addiction as a public health crisis and that long term recovery is a reality for millions of Americans. Through national call-in days, letters, forums and many, many individual conversations with policymakers, and the work of an amazing network of Recovery Community Organizations across the US. Our work with a great team of partner organizations in prevention, treatment, law enforcement and recovery in Washington DC has been an amazing effort! more

Kentucky Nurses Association endorses medical marijuana
The push to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky has picked up a major supporter. The Kentucky Nurses Association has come out in support of the idea, calling it an issue of patients’ rights. more

Hopkinsville, KY woman celebrating sobriety with fashion show
Staying sober for a decade took prayer, patience, purpose and persistence for Joanne Anderson Goods. The 52-year-old Hopkinsville native said it also took redemption. more

Democrats call for ‘pathway’ to marijuana legalization
The Democratic Party endorsed a "reasoned pathway to future legalization" of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. more

Three Important Things I’ve Learned In My 25 Years Of Recovery From Addiction-Tommy Rosen
I am a person in long-term recovery from addiction, two weeks ago I celebrated 25 years since the last day I used drugs or alcohol. I have also battled with codependency, gambling, sex, sugar and nicotine addiction to name the most obvious ones. more

Parents upset with message of addiction billboard
A sign meant to educate people about the dangers of drug abuse has a lot of parents outraged. more

White House addresses Indiana drug epidemic
In the White House's continued campaign to get Congressional approval for a $1.1 billion allocation to fight opioid abuse, officials addressed Indiana's drug epidemic Friday. If approved, up to $19 million of the money would be allocated to Indiana and $18 million to Kentucky. more

No questions asked law offers Fla. drug addicts help
A new Florida law aims to help drug addicts get the help they need by simply asking for it. Parents hope this could help end the cycle of substance abuse. more

Welcome to Kentucky Reentry
orking together we can make our communities safer, save money, and others can become responsible citizens. more

Tennessee police chief knocks Congress over opioid funding
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch blasted congressional negotiators Wednesday for refusing to approve new federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic more

Samuel L. Jackson Gives Credit to Wife for Helping Him Kick Drug Addiction
Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t always one of the baddest ****** actors on the planet, and he gives credit to his wife and children for helping him kick his drug habit to become one of the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood. more

From heroin addict to heroine of drug reform by Tara Moseley
The end of April marked an important anniversary for me —four years of sobriety. I was introduced to heroin following an injury. While pain medications offered me relief, they ultimately put me on a path toward addiction. That addiction didn't subside when the prescriptions ran out and I turned to heroin. more

The high cost of heroin addiction
"In the Shadow of Death: Jason's Journey" is a multi-part "CBS Evening News" series that follows Jason Amaral, a 30-year-old addict living in the Boston area, on his path to recovery. more

Sen. Portman continues effort for drug addiction legislation
Senator Rob Portman is the lead sponsor of the of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, better known as the CARA bill. For the past two years, he’s tried to get the bill passed. In March the United States Senate approved the bill 92-1. The House has yet to approve it. more

Agriculture secretary to talk opioid abuse in Appalachia
As President Barack Obama's administration prods Congress to pump $1.1 billion more into substance abuse treatment, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is heading to Appalachia on Thursday to discuss how opioid addiction is devastating the region. more

California Approves Recreational Marijuana Ballot Measure
It could join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia in permitting recreational use for adults. more

What Comprises A Good Addiction Treatment Experience? Study Shows Patients May Not Know
Today, it is estimated that approximately 23 million people struggle with addiction, yet only about 10 percent receive the help they need. There is no doubt that addiction treatment is important and needed in the lives of the millions of people who struggle with addiction issues. But when it comes to treatment, what comprises a good experience? A June 2016 study shows that patients may not know. more

A Small Town Bands Together To Provide Opioid Addiction Treatment
Bridgton, Maine, is the kind of place people like to go to get away. It's got a small main street with shops and restaurants, a pair of scenic lakes, a ski resort and plenty of hiking trails. But about 10 years ago, Bridgton, a town of just 5,000 residents, began showing signs of a serious drug problem. more

How doctors and big pharma helped create North America's fentanyl crisis
Before fentanyl became the latest villain in a full-blown overdose crisis in Canada, Kelly Lanktree was in need of something to numb the excruciating pain in her knee. more

Doctors cautiously optimistic about new opioid addiction implant
Some South Carolina doctors support a new way to treat those battling opioid addiction, an epidemic that claimed more than 500 lives in South Carolina in 2014. more

How helping others could be the key to fighting addiction
New research into positive social connections could help drug and alcohol addicts stay sober and change the way we treat addiction more

How one heroin user overcame addiction
Laci Giboney's life snapped into focus while three men debated how to kill her. more

DEA Wants Inside Your Medical Records to Fight the War on Drugs
The feds are fighting to look at millions of private files without a warrant, including those of two transgender men who are taking testosterone. Marlon Jones was arrested for taking legal painkillers, prescribed to him by a doctor, after a double knee replacement. more

Drug overdose deaths climb to record level in Kentucky in 2015
Growing abuse of the powerful painkiller fentanyl drove the number of overdose deaths in Kentucky to a new record high in 2015, according to a report released Tuesday. A total of 1,248 people died of drug overdoses, up from 1,088 in 2014, according to the report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. more

Clark County, Indiana overdose rate almost twice Jefferson's
In 2015, Clark County recorded 55 overdose deaths, according to the local health department, which seems to pale in comparison to Jefferson County, Ky.'s 207, reported in the  Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy's 2015 Overdose Fatality Report. more

Co-Existing Mental Health Disorder and Addiction Must be Treated Together: Expert
Research suggests 50 percent or more of patients with psychiatric disorders abuse some type of drugs, including alcohol. Yet there are relatively few treatment programs that address addiction and mental health disorders together, according to John Tsuang, MD, Director of the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. more

From Behind Bars to Passing the Bar: Former Addict Turned Lawyer On Opioid Crisis
Most lawyers can only imagine what it feels like to face a jail sentence. Rick Dyer, a Newton attorney who specializes in the intersection of law and addiction recovery, has lived it many times over. In an interview with Boston Public Radio Wednesday, Dyer described his unlikely trajectory from drug abuse and crime to becoming a veteran lawyer living “a life of gratitude.” Dyer now practices in the same courtroom in which he was sentenced, using his experience with addiction and rehabilitation to help individuals who stand where he once stood. more

Uncovering Coverage Gaps: A Review of Addiction Benefits in ACA Plans
This comprehensive review of the addiction benefits offered in the 2017 Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark plans found that none of the plans provide adequate addiction benefits, and over two-thirds violate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA holds great promise for expanding access to addiction treatment. The law mandates coverage of substance use disorder services, and requires that these benefits be provided at parity, meaning they must be equal or comparable to medical/surgical benefits. more

FDA: People Are Overdosing On Anti-Diarrhea Drugs
Federal health officials are investigating sometimes-deadly overdoses with common anti-diarrhea drugs, a bizarre manifestation of the nation’s drug abuse problem. Abusers sometimes try to achieve heroin-like highs by taking massive doses, up to 300 milligrams at once, according to cases in the medical literature. more

Can an App Detect a Heroin Overdose?
Remote Egg Timer will alert emergency contacts if it detects a user has overdosed. It’s part of a growing harm reduction movement, to keep addicts as safe as possible. more

Jeffersontown, Kentucky police announce new program to fight heroin use
Jeffersontown police are trying something new in the fight against heroin by getting addicts treatment instead of arresting them. They are asking for volunteers to help them launch the new initiative this summer. more

Heroin, painkiller overdose antidote getting easier to buy
It is becoming easier for friends and family of heroin users or patients taking strong painkillers to buy an antidote that can reverse the effect of an overdose, as policymakers look for ways to fight a growing epidemic. more

Listening, Learning, Leading: A series on NKU's role in the heroin crisis.
A regional heroin epidemic hits home for many at NKU. A year-long series of stories published for The Northerner, spotlights ways the university is involved. Topics include the potential of police officers carrying naloxone, students and faculty researching overdose prevention, the impact of heroin on the curriculum and members of the campus community involved in promoting understanding of addiction and advocating for treatment. more

'Family Affair' child star Johnny Whitaker survived drug and alcohol abuse, now helping others
Johnny Whitaker played Jody, the freckle-faced, adorable orphan on the sweet sitcom "Family Affair," which ran from 1966-1971. Unfortunately, Whitaker struggled as an adult with drugs and alcohol, but has been clean for close to two decades. The 56-year-old sometime actor has a new passion - helping prisoners and prison reform. more

Lawyer creates web app to help felons
Mike Schultz admits it. He was a deadbeat dad. In 1996, he was so far behind in child support – $11,000, in fact – he pleaded guilty to flagrant non-support, a felony. more

Marijuana Policy Project drops Ohio medical marijuana initiative
Ohioans won't be voting on medical marijuana this fall because Marijuana Policy Project dropped its campaign after lawmakers passed a comprehensive plan Wednesday. more

New Study Shows Marijuana Can Alter DNA, Create Mutations
In the study published in the journal Mutation Research – Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, researchers assert they've been able to show for the first time how marijuana can be linked to serious illnesses and the implications for future generations, the International Business Times in Australia reports. more

Ohio Lawmakers Vote To Allow Limited Medical Marijuana Use
Lawmakers in Ohio on Wednesday approved legislation that would legalize marijuana use for medical purposes under certain circumstances, less than a year after recreational marijuana use was soundly defeated by Ohio voters. more

New treatment for opioid addiction in final stages of FDA approval. Implant treatment would prevent drug from ending up on streets, but has own drawbacks
There is a multi-million dollar expansion happening at one of Cincinnati's longest-running addiction treatment centers in the west end of downtown. more

Med Students Take Battle Against Opioid Epidemic Into Their Own Hands
Students at Harvard Medical School may just be the first doctors-in-training to learn how to administer one of the most effective drugs for combating America’s opioid epidemic. But they had to organize the class themselves. more

Drug Courts provide path to recovery from addiction
During May, Drug Courts and other treatment courts throughout Mississippi are joining over 2,900 such courts nationwide in celebrating National Drug Court Month. more

Puppy addicted to meth, heroin, on path to recovery, police say
A puppy found strung out on drugs after police arrested his owner in California has received addiction treatment and is on the path to recovery, authorities said. more

Young People in Recovery is currently seeking Chapter Leads for Logan,Warren, or Christian Counties in Kentucky! There has never been more national support for passionate people tobecome recovery advocates and leaders in their communities!
If you are interested in applying to become a Chapter Lead, orknow someone who might be interested,please contact Tara Moseley at

Pennsylvania coroner: Heroin deaths are now homicides
There were two dozen drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania's Lycoming County last year—each labeled accidental. Then coroner Charles Kiessling had to pronounce his friend's son dead from a heroin overdose, though he'd promised the victim's mother he'd talk to him about overcoming his addiction. more

Treating Opioid Addiction With A Drug Raises Hope And Controversy
Scientists and doctors say the case is clear: The best way to tackle the country's opioid epidemic is to get more people on medications that have been proven in studies to reduce relapses and, ultimately, overdoses. more

Silence the stigma: Warsaw, Indiana meeting addresses painkiller addiction
The roads pose enough dangers, but the larger problem may be looming in the medicine cabinet. More fatal opioid overdoses occur than car accident deaths, said Dr. Gregory Eigner, Associate Program Director at the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. more

Treatment for addicts: Foundation helps addicts recover as opioid deaths soar
Scraps of newspaper obituaries, photographs of the departed and handwritten notes in memory of loved ones collage the bottom third of a sectioned-off piece of the wall at the McShin  more

The Dirty Secret Behind America's Addiction to Painkillers
When America saw the first signs of an opioid addiction epidemic in the mid 1990s, one major mystery began to fester. Pharmacology research has long suggested that drugs that take effect slowly and last for a long time are likely to be less addictive than those that hit fast and crash faster. In fact, that's at least part of why FDA officials felt like they were on safe ground when they approved Oxycontin—the first long-acting form of the opioid oxycodone—in 1995. more

Doctors must lead us out of our opioid abuse epidemic
Veteran doctors don't need a blood test to tell when someone is on the verge of a drug overdose. They can even narrow down the culprit by observation alone. Dilated pupils mean cocaine, amphetamines, maybe LSD. Constricted pupils mean an opiate. more (Video/audio)

Once unthinkable in US, drug shoot-up rooms get serious look
Across the United States, heroin users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed. more

Spice: Americans turn to dangerous 'synthetic marijuana' to evade drug tests
Makers of ‘fake weed’ continually alter its chemical makeup to skirt laws, but users face serious dangers, from kidney failure to stroke.  more

Looming marijuana ruling could limit federal prosecutions
Rolland Gregg and his family have fought federal marijuana charges for more than three years, arguing that the roughly 70 marijuana plants investigators found on their Washington property were for their own medicinal use and fully complied with state law. more

40 Years Ago the Unthinkable Happened
Forty years ago today, on May 9, 1976, an unusual press conference was held at the old Shoreham Americana Hotel in Washington, D.C. more

Campbell County Kentucky approves needle exchange
Campbell County’s government has supported creating a needle exchange to give heroin users access to clean syringes, limit spread of diseases including hepatitis C and prevent a potential HIV outbreak. more

Three Phases of Addiction. Getting high, avoiding the low, and craving.
Tobacco, alcohol, stimulants, opiates, and marijuana are all capable of leading to addiction. Some of these drugs are more addictive than others. Some people are more prone to becoming addicted than others. Authors of a recent review article in the New England Journal of Medicine define addiction as “the most severe, chronic stage of substance-use disorder, in which there is a substantial loss of self-control, as indicated by compulsive drug taking despite the desire to stop taking the drug.” more

Recreational Marijuana Legalization In California Set For Vote
Supporters of a drive to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in California said on Wednesday they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot, formally launching their campaign to win over voters. more

Maine Lawmakers Override Gov. Paul LePage's Narcan Veto
Narcan, the life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, will now be available in Maine without a prescription. Lawmakers voted to override a veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage Friday, passing a law that eases access to the drug otherwise known as Naloxone. more

Medical Intervention to Help Prince Didn’t Occur in Time. Associates of the pop star had reached out to addiction-recovery doctor in California
A planned medical intervention to help Prince couldn’t take place before the musician died of an apparent drug overdose, an attorney for a California addiction specialist said Wednesday. more

A Bold New Plan to Help Addicts and End the Drug War. "Addiction rewires your brain like falling in love does," says Maia Szalavitz, author of "Unbroken Brain."
"We've tended to see addiction as either a sin or a disease. But there's no other disease for which 80 percent of the treatment is prayer, confession, and meeting," regrets Time reporter Maia Szalavitz. "Addiction basically rewires your brain in the same way love or parenting does." more

Jeffersontown Police aim to help heroin addicts by cutting down on arrests
The city of Jeffersontown, Kentucky and its police department are changing the approach to fighting crime, trying to make fewer arrests to deal with a growing heroin problem. It is part of a plan to help heroin users get clean. They can actually report to the Jeffersontown Police Department without the fear of being arrested and taken to jail. more

Heroin antidote offered to Kentucky high schools; Fayette declines Kentucky education and drug control officials are working with a pharmaceutical company that is offering two free doses of Narcan nasal spray for the emergency treatment of heroin and opioid overdose to every high school in the United States. more

Heroin antidote coming to Louisville schools?
A heroin antidote could be coming to private and public high schools in Louisville this fall. “It’s unfortunate that it’s gotten to this point," said Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, pointing to the "rash of overdoses in this state due to heroin and other opioids." more

11 things people don't tell you about growing up with an alcoholic parent.
My name is Ashley, and I am the child of an addict. As a kid, I cried when our family dinner reservation shrunk from four to three after a man with glassy eyes stumbled through the door. more

Maine Set To Vote On Recreational Marijuana Legalization This Year
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Wednesday that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which had circulated the proposed measure to voters, had gathered the requisite number of signatures to appear on November’s ballot. more

McAuliffe restores voting rights for 206K ex-felons; GOP calls it move to boost Clinton
Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed largely at rectifying Virginia’s “long and sad history” of suppressing African-American voting power. more

Heavy Marijuana Use Has Same Effect On Dopamine System Like Cocaine, Heroin
A recent study has proven that heavy use of cannabis can lead to a compromised dopamine system. Decreased release was found in the striatum, which is the part of the brain that helps in paying attention and memory. more

What Marijuana Can Teach Us About Addiction
When people think of the ravages of addiction, they tend to imagine needles in arms, broken bottles, flickering crack torches and trembling hands — not someone smoking a joint in front of the TV. But marijuana can be addictive, too — and understanding why helps explain how our drug policy has become so counterproductive. more

Veterans are on the frontline of the addiction epidemic, medical marijuana movement
On April 19, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will hear testimony and receive documentation concerning whether to allow providers to use medical marijuana to treat “addiction to opiates and drugs derived from chemical synthesis.” I hope department officials give due consideration to veterans as they reach their decision. When it comes to addiction, it’s important to talk about veterans. more

Acknowledge addiction as mental illness, boost treatment options to battle opiate epidemic, experts say
To combat the ongoing opiate epidemic, the nation must acknowledge addiction as a mental illness and increase the availability of treatment options, local addiction experts said Monday. more

Christie marks Narcan law anniversary, saying antidote has saved several thousand lives
Governor Christie on Monday marked the second anniversary of a law that put a heroin overdose antidote in the hands of first-responders, observing that while no program is perfect, this one has saved several thousand lives. more

Rise in Opiate Addiction Results in Push for Compassionate Drug Policies
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has decided that drug addiction is a disease, and not an aberrant behavior. People who use drugs, says ASAM, are not criminals. more

Kentucky Legislature passes felony expungement bill with broad support
The bill will let people convicted of Class D felonies erase their criminal records and get a second chance at jobs, housing and other opportunities sometimes denied felons. Downloa the factsheet from our website more

Dying for help: How American jails are killing people going through opioid withdrawal
The overdose crisis has touched almost every corner of the United States. According to the CDC over 47,000 people died from overdoses in 2014, most from opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, OxyContin, morphine and fentanyl. more

Mother’s grief fuels push for substance abuse reform law
In January 2009, a knock on the door of Sharon Blair’s Largo home changed the course of her life. It was from a Pinellas County deputy, who told her that her daughter had died from a drug overdose more

How one jail treats addicts. Kenton County Detention Center is treating addiction in a captive audience.
The 70 inmates in Dormitory 104 of the Kenton County Detention Center are not just waiting to get out. They're part of an evidence-based addiction treatment program that, while too young to make projections on success, is seeing impressive results. more

New Law Gives AA Sponsors Same Protection As Doctors, Attorneys in Civil Court in the state of Washington
The legislation aims to protect the privacy of those in recovery in the hopes that it will encourage others to seek treatment without fear of repercussion. more

Recovery Documentary Earns National Acclaim
Like many families throughout the nation, Leslie Glass has seen the challenges of addiction unfold in her own home. But even if her children had never experimented with drugs and alcohol, she had a pretty good idea what substance abuse could do to people. more

Drug Testing Misses Synthetic Cannabinoids:
Several local governments have started to include synthetic cannabinoids in their criminal justice drug monitoring programs in an effort to deter their use, after it became clear many people were using the drugs because they knew tests wouldn’t detect them, according to the Director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR). more

Sheriff: ‘Super pill’ is deadly and cheap, becoming big problem
The lethal contents of this small, white pill are cleverly packaged. The pill looks just like a Xanax. But, looks can be deceiving.  And, as it turns out, deadly. The fake Xanax is mixed with a powerful pain medication called Fentanyl, which is a highly addictive, strong pain medication commonly prescribed to cancer patients. The combination of Xanax and Fentanyl is so potent that it’s killing people within minutes. more

Psychologists Identify Major Risks Associated With Teen Substance Abuse. The research also points to a new tool for addiction recovery.
Although drug and alcohol abuse is on the decline among American teenagers, addiction issues are still common — and those issues often go hand in hand with dangerous behaviors, according to recent research. more>

New efforts to fight drug addiction are taking shape
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and the Democratic-controlled legislature are weighing ideas for tackling the fast-growing heroin epidemic that has taken root across the state and throughout the country. more

Hazelden Publishing and Seven Counties Services join forces to address the opioid epidemic in Kentucky
Illustrating that decisive and comprehensive steps are needed to address the epidemic of opioid overdoses in the Louisville area, Hazelden Publishing and Seven Counties Services announced today an agreement that will make Seven Counties the first Hazelden Publishing Solution Provider in the nation for its proprietary and innovative Comprehensive Opioid Response with the Twelve Steps (COR-12™) program. more

The DEA will decide whether to change course on marijuana by July. Memo also underscores how little marijuana is being made available for research purposes
In a lengthy memo to lawmakers, the Drug Enforcement Administration said it hopes to decide whether to change the federal status of marijuana "in the first half of 2016." more

Obama fights scourge of Rx, heroin abuse
Lending his voice to the fight against a drug scourge that kills 28,000 Americans a year, President Barack Obama told nearly 2,000 policy-makers, professionals and parents Tuesday that the nation must provide more treatment for people addicted to opioids and reframe the addiction problem through the lens of public health. more

Kentucky Senate passes bill to let some felons clear records
Legislation touted as giving some nonviolent felons a second chance by letting them seek to have their criminal records erased cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, passing the Republican-led Kentucky Senate. more

Can an Implant Stop Heroin Addiction?
Four toothpick-sized implants that deliver a steady dose of buprenorphine into the upper arm may be the future of drug treatment—could they end America’s heroin problem too? more

Covington, KY commissioners approve needle exchange
The city of Covington has taken a step toward supporting its own needle exchange program. News outlets report that city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that supports the program, which would allow participants to anonymously receive clean hypodermic needles and syringes in exchange for used ones. more

Rep. Cummings Rips Pharma Company For Price Gouging On Heroin Overdose Drug
In his opening remarks at the Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the heroin epidemic, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) slammed the pharmaceutical company that makes the overdose antidote naloxone for profiting off the crisis. more

Addicts For Sale. In the rehab capital of America, addicts are bought, sold, and stolen for their insurance policies, and many women are coerced into sex
DELRAY BEACH, Florida — One early evening last October, a group of young men and women were hanging out at the Starbucks on the main drag here, Atlantic Avenue, smoking cigarettes and bullshitting. They were sitting next to a pile of suitcases, the telltale sign of an addict looking for a place to stay. Some get kicked out of their old halfway house because they relapse; others because their insurance coverage has been used up. more

The U.S. Wants To Adopt A More Humane Drug Policy. Just Be Careful What You Call It.
Drug policy groups at a major gathering in Vienna last week were alarmed when a report emerged that a top U.S. drug official had derided harm reduction strategies as a coded way to describe drug legalization. more

Jessica Gregg / Medicine can't replace addiction recovery programs
Addiction has long been medicine's unwanted stepchild. Doctors didn't understand it, didn't know how to treat it and felt helpless in the face of the wreckage it brought to their patients' lives. As a result, while providers addressed the consequences of addiction - endocarditis, liver failure, seizures, overdose - they rarely treated the disease itself. That mysterious task has been left to others: counselors, peers in recovery and 12-step programs. more

Why Changing the Stigma Around Addiction Could Help the Homeless
In February, activist Elvis Summers watched a dozen of the tiny homes he built for Los Angeles’ homeless get carted away by city officials. Council members cited safety reasons, arguing that the miniature structures served as safe places for the homeless to abuse drugs and alcohol. more

DEA Arrests Suspects for Dealing Opioid That Led to HIV Outbreak in Indiana
The Drug Enforcement Administration has arrested five alleged drug dealers that it believes helped spark the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history — a crisis that has prompted a reassessment of the challenges posed by the combination of rural drug use and infectious diseases. more

US Senate Passes Amendment To Dramatically Improve How Doctors Treat Heroin Addiction
The Senate health committee on Wednesday passed a measure that would dramatically expand access to a key treatment in the effort to slow the heroin epidemic. more

Bill to restore felon voting rights advances in Kentucky
A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment that would give the General Assembly the power to restore voting rights to convicted felons without the need for a gubernatorial pardon. more

New CDC Guidelines Seek Doctors' Help In Fighting Opioid Epidemic
In an effort to curb America's deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain. more

LMPD sees spike in overdose calls
Louisville police believe a mixture of heroin and prescription drugs is behind a spike in overdoses they’ve responded to this month. more

In New Hampshire, middle school students are learning how to use an antidote to stop a heroin overdose
"There's a park right by my house, and one time my mom told us that we can't go because two teenagers laid heroin needles down all over the park," said one student. more

The Senate passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) with a 94-1 vote!
However before CARA will be signed into law, we'll need your help to pass the House. It is crucial that momentum continue to the House side! Please contact your Members of Congress! Advocate here:
Take a moment to tweet "Thanks" to your Senators:!tweet-your-senators/y7e6y

Five Policy Questions On Addiction That Every Presidential Candidate Should Answer
This election season, American voters have heard a lot about addiction. Unlike in times past, however, they are hearing from not only tales in tabloid newspapers or advice from health care providers but from Republican presidential candidates. more

Is Telemedicine The Key To Making Addiction Treatment Work?
In a world where only the wealthy suffered from addiction, we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the effectiveness of treatment or who was going to pay for it. But most people don’t live in Malibu or have access to Betty Ford, so efficacy matters. more

Prosecutors leery of expanding Gloucester Police model for addiction treatment
Though they are more accustomed to working together, police officials and district attorneys found themselves testifying Monday on opposite sides of a bill allowing addicts seeking recovery to turn in heroin and other drugs without the threat of prosecution. more

Addiction recovery: are your beliefs hampering your patients’ efforts?
Survey revealed cultural differences in treatment professionals’ basic beliefs about alcohol addiction and recovery. more

Meet the 2015 Enquirer Women of the Year: Charlotte Wethington
For the 48th year, The Enquirer is recognizing a group of women for their contributions to local communities through our Women of the Year program. Each will be recognized formally at a Wednesday, April 13, luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Cincinnati. more

First in the nation legislation protecting communications in drug and alcohol recovery programs on way to Governor’s desk in the state of Washington
It is widely accepted that alcoholism is a disease. But while communication between an individual and their doctor or priest is privileged under law, the discussions between those in an addiction recovery programs are not. That will soon change with today’s passage of SB 6498, legislation that protects the confidential nature of the relationship between an individual participating in an alcohol or drug addiction recovery program and their program sponsor. more

Casey eyes $600M to stem drug addiction
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is seeking an amendment to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act that would increase funding for drug addiction services by $600 million. more

New twist in addiction crisis: Deadly painkiller impostors
Authorities are sounding the alarm about a new and deadly twist in the country's drug-addiction crisis in the form of a potent painkiller disguised as other medications. more

It's Brain Science: University Fights Binge Drinking With Meditation
A song by U2 blares from loudspeakers as Dr. James Hudziak tosses a brain-shaped football back and forth to students, calling them out by name as they file in to the University of Vermont lecture hall. more

Parents hire K9 teams to search teens' rooms
Parents in Kentuckiana are turning to a private K9 company to search their teens' rooms for drugs. An east Louisville couple feared their teen might have smoked a few joints. But when Michael Davis, who owns The Last Chance K9 Service, led a search of their home, a German Shepherd found four grams of heroin. more

More treatment programs, insurance coverage needed for heroin, opioid addicts (Commentary)
Every time we look at the news, there seems to be another tragic story of a young man or woman who has fallen victim to the heroin and opioid epidemic. more

Senate bill would increase penalties for dealing heroin
Anyone convicted of selling any amount of heroin for the first time would be a felon in Kentucky under a bill that has cleared the state Senate. The Senate voted 31-6 to approve the bill on Wednesday. Kentucky lowered penalties for some heroin dealers in 2011. Since then, heroin use has increased significantly and overdose deaths have soared. more

Father Faults Judge for Son's Heroin Overdose
A Long Island father blames the judicial system for his son's fatal heroin overdose, claiming a program that allowed his son to avoid jail time by requiring him to abstain from methadone, a synthetic opioid commonly used by recovering addicts, drove him back to the drug.  more

New Documentary Shows What A Humane Approach To Addiction Actually Looks Like
In the early moments of "Chasing Heroin," a new "Frontline" documentary that will air Tuesday on PBS and online at 9 p.m. EST, a police van pulls down a Seattle alley and stops near a pair of heroin addicts. A cop gets out of the van and assures them that he means no harm. more

Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic
As the drug-related death toll rises in the United States, communities are trying to open more treatment beds. But an ongoing labor shortage among drug treatment staff is slowing those efforts. more

Drinking Coffee Linked To Lower Rates Of Liver Cirrhosis
Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that's associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests. more

Is Addiction Really a Disease?
In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so more

One man's journey to recovery using a medical-assisted treatment clinic
Gary Wilson was a young man in his twenties when he first experimented with heroin. His addiction started in the '80s with marijuana use, and escalated from there. more

Congress Finally Gives A Damn About Heroin Addiction
Suddenly, heroin is the hottest political issue in Washington, but it doesn't sound anything like your grandfather's war on drugs.
A remarkable week in Washington highlighted a sea change in how Congress views addiction. more

Police concerned about drug more powerful than heroin hitting the streets of Louisville
 Police say it's a dangerous drug that's sometimes fatal and most drug users don't even know they're taking it. "Here in the past year, we've started to see the fentanyl show up," said LMPD Lt. J.T. Duncan with the Narcotics Unit. "So it really is causing us concern." more

New website helps addicts find treatment
Kentuckians struggling with drug addiction have a new online tool to help them find treatment. is a free interactive website that includes information on 130 Kentucky providers. The website, which does not collect information about searches, takes users through a series of questions to help provide a list of treatment services that might be able to help. more

Penn professors discover new way to treat cocaine addiction
Penn researchers may have cracked the code to cocaine addiction. Psychiatry professors Matthew Hayes and Heath Schmidt and Nursing assistant professor Bart De Jonghe, have recently found that a drug typically used to treat obesity can be used to treat cocaine addiction. more

Local teens experiment with alcohol younger
When Carrie Gabrielson started drinking as a teenager, she didn't realize her habit would eventually lead to two drunken-driving charges and a seat at an alcohol support group - all by the time she turned 23. more

Heroin antidote coming to your Kroger?
Milk, eggs, bread and the heroin antidote. These are items Louisville shoppers may be able to pick up later this year at area Kroger groceries. First, the opioid and heroin antidote naloxone is headed to 16 Kroger pharmacies in Northern Kentucky and 84 in Ohio beginning Monday, according to an article by the Cincinnati Enquirer citing an announcement by the Kroger Co. more

Walgreens Leads Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse with New Programs to Help Curb Misuse of Medications and the Rise in Overdose Deaths
Walgreens today announced the launch of a comprehensive new effort to combat drug abuse, introducing two programs that address key contributors to the crisis. In the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington, D.C., primarily at locations open 24 hours. A full listing of the states to be included in the program is below. The program will make the disposal of medications — including opioids and other controlled substances — easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths. more

Lifesaving Heroin Antidote To Be Sold Over The Counter At More CVS Stores
Ohio and New York have been added to a growing list of states in which CVS pharmacies are selling a heroin overdose antidote without a prescription.  more

Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records
A Proposed Rule by the Health and Human Services Department on 02/09/2016 more

Facing Addiction: It's Time to Focus on Solutions
The recent well-researched and deeply disturbing stories about overdose trends in The New York Times provide further irrefutable evidence that the addiction crisis in America is dramatically worsening: more

You Finally Decided to Get Help for Addiction. Now What?
Admitting you're in need of help is a challenging view to come by – as is the realization that you can't do it alone. Still, with the help of a licensed clinician to guide you through this experience, you'll be able to choose the most appropriate level of treatment that best fits your needs. Whether it's outpatient, partial care, inpatient, long-term, residential or medical-based detox, you'll have a number of ways to plan out your treatment plan, making the most of your upcoming experience. more

'Conversation Tree' sparks discussion on heroin addiction
Advocates in Harford County said they are fighting a heroin problem. more

Some E-Cigarettes Contain Enough Alcohol to Affect Motor Skills, Study Finds
Some types of e-cigarettes contain enough alcohol to affect motor skills, a new study concludes. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquids, which may contain alcohol and other chemicals. more

Mother uses Ky. law to pull daughter from heroin
Casey's Law allows parents to petition the court to order an adult into involuntary drug treatment. Candice Williamson was getting sick from withdrawal. She craved a fix, but she was at her parents' house in Bromley, Ky. more

Local company helps parents combat drugs with K-9's
Appropriately named ‘The Last Chance’ it's designed to help children and teenagers stop abusing drugs before facing charges or seeing the inside of a jail cell. more

Kentucky House panel OKs bill to combat synthetic drugs
The legislation represents the latest fight in an ongoing campaign to combat Kentucky's drug addiction woes. In past years, the focus was on heroin, methamphetamine and prescription pill abuse. more

Lifesaving Heroin Antidote To Be Sold Over The Counter At More CVS Stores
Ohio and New York have been added to a growing list of states in which CVS pharmacies are selling a heroin overdose antidote without a prescription.  more

Obama seeks $1.1 billion to fight heroin and opioid addiction
President Barack Obama called Tuesday for $1.1 billion in new federal money to combat the growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers in the U.S. more

Emergency visits by youth for mental health, addiction rise by 32 percent over six years
Demand for child and youth mental health care has been steadily rising throughout the health care system in Ontario, Canada, with the biggest growth being felt in emergency departments.  more

Overdose Reversal Drug Now Available To Every U.S. High School Free Of Charge
Any high school in the U.S. that wants to carry an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit will now be able to get one free of charge, thanks to a new initiative announced Monday by the Clinton Foundation and the drug's manufacturer. more

College Marijuana Use Linked With Skipped Classes, Lower Grades, Late Graduation
A new study finds marijuana use in the first year of college can lead to students missing classes. The more frequently a student uses marijuana, the more they tend to skip class, earn lower grades, and graduate later. more

Expungement wisely offers a second chance (Editorial)
Essentially disqualifying almost 100,000 Kentuckians from holding a job because of a past mistake hurts more than just the individuals. That is why the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has joined efforts to expand the number of people who would be eligible to wipe their criminal records clean. more

Jessamine needle-exchange program likely to start in April
Nicholasville-Jessamine County last week became the fourth community in Kentucky to adopt a needle-exchange program. Under the program, addicts exchange used needles for clean, sterile ones at the local health department. The goal is to slow the spread of hepatitis and HIV, which can be passed from one person to another through shared needles. more

Stand-up guy: Mark Lundholm uses humor to fight addiction
People who've been in recovery can recite their “rock-bottom” story, the point in their journey with addiction when they hit their lowest point ever and realized they had to turn their life around. more

Expungement plan passes Kentucky House of Representatives
Some convicted felons in Kentucky are closer to a fresh start. Last Friday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow more people to wipe clean their criminal record. more

Does Forced Addiction Treatment Actually Work?
Addiction is a complex disease that impacts both the mind and the body. It can cause an addict to behave in a way that they normally wouldn’t otherwise. Oftentimes, the addict will neglect their family, quit their jobs or school and be dishonest to both friends and family members when it comes to getting their next fix. If you are a friend or family member of someone who suffers from an addiction, you have probably tried just about everything to help them overcome their addiction. More often than not, those pleas and offers for help fall on deaf ears and the addict continues to self-destruct. more

Cocaine 'can cause brain to eat itself' say experts
Study on mice suggests that high doses of drug can trigger out-of-control autophagy - a process by which cells literally digest themselves more

New Drug Guidelines Could Save Patients From Addiction
Dakota Brooks walks a different path in life than he did just a year ago. “I had an injury on my knee caused by a sports accident and I was prescribed Vicodin,” Brooks said. Young and in pain, Brooks’ need for relief spiraled into an addiction. more

Painkillers lead to addiction for local teen athletes
High-strength pain medications continue to launch teenagers into addiction, but community outreach aims at stemming the tide. more

What to do when your partner has an addiction
Are you worried that your partner is becoming increasingly distant in your relationship? Do they continually make excuses for unacceptable behaviour? Have they become increasingly irritable and moody? If you are answering yes to these questions it is likely that your partner is in active addiction and you need help and support. more

Kentucky House panel approves bill to expunge some felony records
After hearing a young woman describe her difficulties in trying to get a job with a felony drug record, a House committee approved a bill Wednesday to make it easier for some convicted felons to start anew with a clean slate. Supporters of House Bill 40 said the expungement of some felony records would restore hope to nearly 100,000 Kentuckians who have served their sentences for non-violent felony convictions, which carry sentences of up to five years in prison. more

N. Ky. hospital emergency staff sees increase in heroin overdoses
St. Elizabeth released its 2015 report to The Kentucky Enquirer ( Monday. The report states that were about 1,168 cases of reversed overdoes in 2015, compared with 745 the year before. That marks a 56.7 percent increase. more

Panel recommends FDA approve implant to treat opiate addiction
An advisory committee recommended Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve an implant designed to reduce addicts' cravings for heroin or prescription painkillers. more

Scientists Discover That Cocaine Addiction Is Caused by 'Back Door' Into Brain
Scientists at Cambridge have uncovered a pathway in the brain that links its habit-forming region with the area most associated with positive responses to drugs, skipping the “reasoning” prefrontal cortex altogether. more

Law School Is Teaching Future Lawyers To Hide Depression And Addiction
Law school may specialize in teaching people how to think like a lawyer, but there is another, much more dangerous, lesson the experience is imparting to students: don’t get help for mental health issues. A new study, published in Bar Examiner, reveals that law students are being taught to avoid seeking help for depression, addiction and other mental health issues for fear it will negatively impact their admission to the bar. more

Volunteers of America offers a new program that keeps drug-addicted mothers and their children together.
The Fresh Start Recovery Center is one of three programs in Indiana that allows children to stay with their mothers in treatment. Shannon Schumacher, chief operating officer of Volunteers of America, said it helps motivate women to succeed and allows them to continue to bond with their children during the critical early years. more

Kentucky Gov. Bevin urges lawmakers to allow some felonies to be expunged
PAR Board Member Rebecca Collett was addicted to drugs and spent nearly two years in prison, but after she got clean, she says she could not find a job, a place to live or even get accepted into college. more

OP-ED....Restore voting rights by following Constitution
America is the land of second chances. I believe that non-violent felony offenders who have paid their debt to society, stayed out of trouble as required by the law, and have shown that they are indeed trying to get back on track, deserve reinstatement of their voting rights — as well as other civil rights. more

Fayette County treatment court celebrates anniversary; one of four mental health courts in state
In its first eight months, 21 people enrolled in the diversion program. Eighteen were still in the program in early December. Others either voluntarily left for various reasons and were required to serve their sentences or were kicked out of the program for non-compliance. more

Fighting flakka: Kentucky's war on synthetic drugs
The Kentucky General Assembly looks to target flakka and other synthetic drugs with legislation in its upcoming 2016 session. more

Ky looks to fight flakka, synthetic drugs
Kentucky’s evolving battle with drug abuse will continue into the 2016 General Assembly as lawmakers intensify efforts against synthetic drugs that can slip into communities via the Internet, wreaking sudden havoc. more

Presidential candidates hear stories, share ideas at addiction forum
The presidential hopefuls, the state's top elected leaders and those on the front lines took their ideas to Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester in hopes of making a difference. more

OxyContin maker to pay Kentucky $24 million to settle claim it marketed powerful painkiller improperly
The maker of OxyContin will pay $24 million to settle a claim that it misrepresented how easy it is to get hooked on the powerful painkiller, driving up drug problems and deaths in Kentucky, Attorney General Jack Conway announced Wednesday. more

Shatter, a super-high-potency marijuana, is appearing on the East Coast
As marijuana extracts expand their presence on the East Coast, an especially potent concentrate is appearing on law enforcement radar. more

Holidays can reveal addiction issues for family members
Family holiday celebrations sometimes unwrap more than presents. Problems with addiction and substance abuse bubble to the surface when families are together for longer periods. more

In Indiana's fight against meth, proposed law would require prescriptions for pseudophedrine
Indiana is already battling a heroin epidemic, but now, the Hoosier state is turning its attention to meth. more

This Ex-Meth Addict Looks Totally Different Since Quitting 8 Months Ago
Eight months clean after quitting crystal meth can make a big difference. These photographs show how one man who ditched the drug in April already looks completely different now compared to when he was highly dependent. more

Gov. Bevin issues executive orders; rescinds Beshear's felon restoration rights
Governor Bevin issued five Executive Orders pertaining to marriage licenses, minimum wage, hiring practices within the state government, the restoration of rights to felons and a superfluous state board. more

GLI says non-violent felonies need to be expunged
Greater Louisville Inc. and Brown-Forman hosted a press conference Monday morning supporting Representative Darryl Owens’ House Bill 40. The bill would allow for expungement of non-violent Class D felonies. more

AG: Needles needn't be turned in for exchange
Local health departments may provide syringes in needle exchange programs regardless of whether a program participant has old needles to turn in, Attorney General Jack Conway said in an opinion released today. more

VA to Adopt CDC Opioid Guidelines
The massive $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last week contains an early Christmas present for the nation’s veterans. more

Ky. senator files 'Cannibis Freedom Act'
Kentucky Senator Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville) pre-filed an act that would legalize and regulate cannabis in a similar way the Bluegrass State handles alcohol. The bill would repeal Kentucky's prohibition on marijuana cultivation, possession and sale. Instituted in its place would be a "regulatory framework designed to promote public safety and responsible cannabis consumption by persons over 21 years of age." more

Obama's drug czar: "We can't arrest and incarcerate addiction out of people"
The head of America's war on drugs, Michael Botticelli, made a suggestion to CBS News's Scott Pelley that may surprise many Americans: The old drug war is over. more

What about the Families of those in Active Addiction?
If you love someone who is active in addiction; you are richly deserving of support. The intensity of the powerlessness we experience is overwhelming. The physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and financial toll on us is too often experienced in isolation. This has to change. more

IMPD officer who saved 6 lives named first 'Narcan Lifesaver'
An IMPD officer was awarded the first-ever Narcan Lifesaver Award for saving six lives by administering the anti-overdose drug. Officer Jamie Guilfoy administered more doses of Narcan this year than any other officer on the department. The drug was recently distributed to all IMPD officers to be used in case they are they first to arrive on the scene of a heroin overdose. more

America's painkiller epidemic grips the workplace. New study claims that as much as 80 percent of employers face prescription drug abuse by workers.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, recently referred to opioid abuse — including prescription painkillers — as "a growing epidemic that is gripping our country." more

Beshear issues 200 pardons in final action
In his final act as Kentucky governor, Steve Beshear on Monday night issued more than 200 pardons and commuted six sentences in a sweeping action that included 10 women who committed crimes against their partners after enduring years of domestic violence. more

Louisville ex-felons may get chance at Section 8 assistance
Louisville residents with a history of drug or violent felony offenses may no longer be barred from receiving federal Section 8 housing assistance.
Louisville Metro Housing Authority Director Tim Barry tells WFPL-FM the change would need approval from the housing authority's board before taking effect next year. more

Louisville needle exchange to add third location
Hailing Louisville's needle exchange program as a success, Metro health officials on Thursday announced that they plan to expand its reach by adding a third location. more

Some People Can Reduce Drinking Instead of Giving Up Alcohol Altogether: Expert
Contrary to common stereotypes, some people who drink excessively can learn to reduce their drinking without giving up alcohol altogether, according to the Director of Addiction Services at North Shore-LIJ Health System. more

Implantable Version of Suboxone for Opioid Addiction to Get FDA Review
The drug used for the treatment of opioid addiction – buprenorphine, commonly known as Suboxone – had been sold exclusively by Reckitt-Benckiser, a British pharmaceutical company, until its patent ran out in 2012. Since then, several pharmaceutical companies have rushed into the growing market to treat opioid addiction. more

Dangerous Pesticides Are Being Found In Colorado’s Weed
The state doesn't yet require marijuana businesses to conduct pesticide testing, leading to a "buyer beware" market. Colorado's agricultural agencies are in panic mode after several independent studies found dangerous levels of pesticides in marijuana products. more

A Must Read About Holiday Safety for Students in Recovery
The holidays are stressful enough for anyone, but especially for a college student trying to knock out those last finals and preparation for the spring semester. The flood of Holiday parties is upon us. There are celebrations going on around our cities and for those of us in recovery this is a great time, and also a time to be vigilant! This remark is not only for the holidays but all year round, “READ THE LABEL!” more

Silent Epidemic: Seniors and Addiction. Unsuspected misuse of opioid pain medicine can lead to overdose.
America is experiencing an epidemic of heroin use and overdose deaths, often hitting young adults. But many people, sometimes much older, are at risk of abusing other types of drugs – the kind that come in prescription vials. more

Implantable drug designed to combat addiction
A new implantable drug that makes it easier for addicts to quit by reducing or eliminating cravings is likely to save a lot of lives. more

Study reveals new mechanism in nicotine addiction
Part of the reason people find smoking difficult to quit is that each time they have a cigarette, feelings of craving, irritability and anxiety melt away. This component of addiction is known as negative reward and is controlled in part by a region of the brain called the habenula. more

Doing more to fight addiction
I have seen firsthand the destruction of addiction. Alcoholism has hit my family, close friends, and relatives, causing heartbreak and snatching away lives, relationships, and careers. more

Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday that will automatically restore the right to vote and hold public office to some felons who have completed their criminal sentences, a move hailed by some as a boost to democracy while others questioned its legality.
In one of his final acts as Kentucky's governor, Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday that will automatically restore the right to vote to certain felons who have served out their sentences, a move hailed by some as a boost to democracy while at least one critic questioned its legality. more

Kentucky Department of Corrections
Download Executive Order, Press Relase, and Restoration of Civil Rights Application more

FDA moves quickly to approve easy-to-use nasal spray to treat opioid overdose
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin. more

Bullitt County mother fights addiction with overdose rescue medicine
A Bullit County mother is fighting back against addiction by training children and adults on overdose rescue medicine that she said should be in every home. more

FDA moves quickly to approve easy-to-use nasal spray to treat opioid overdose
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin. more

Beshear launches program to find jobs for recovered drug addicts
Gov. Steve Beshear launched a program Monday to help Kentuckians move from a life of drug abuse and addiction to one of sobriety and productivity. At a news conference at the George Privett Recovery Center for Men in Lexington, Beshear said the new program — called Rewarding Kentucky — will help connect graduates of Recovery Kentucky programs with jobs. more

Local kids learn to give heroin antidote
On a recent school night, Audrey Stepp chased her chestnut-colored chihuahua around the house, perfected her back flip and then practiced injecting a heroin antidote in her stuffed lamb "Bill."more

Bill: Make doctors prescribing opioids talk to parents about addiction
Advocates underscoring the dangers of opioids and heroin are pushing for the adoption of a bill in the state Assembly that would require doctors and others prescribing opioids to minors to warn parents about the dangers of addiction. more

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Holds Promise For Treating Addiction
A new wave of research on meditation shows that mindfulness-based treatments can effectively treat everything from depression to autoimmune disease to post-traumatic stress order. But mindfulness can also help the nearly 24 million Americans struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to find lasting recovery, according to some experts. more

From the depths of opiate addiction, a mother earns back her family
Grandma, Lori Fortin, and Aubrey’s mother, Michelle, are in the front yard of their Athol, Massachusetts, home to welcome Aubrey home from school. Michelle has news about a grocery store coloring contest that she knows Aubrey has been waiting to hear — she won. more

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) was started to support local police departments as they work with opioid addicts.
Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments
The mission is to support the Gloucester Police addiction initiative, to aid other police departments to implement similar programs, and to foster a dialogue around the unique opportunity for police departments to take direct action against the disease of drug addiction in their communities. more

Heroin Deaths Are Surging, But Deadliest Drugs Still Come In Pill Bottles
Prescription drugs kill more people in the U.S. than any other drug, but heroin overdose deaths have exploded, leading the Drug Enforcement Administration to declare both as the most threatening drugs.  more

How an illegal psychedelic drug could help treat opiate addiction
Kevin is in the fetal position on a warm bed in Mexico, in the throes of opiate withdrawal. Suddenly, a buzzing noise enters his ear, as if a wasp is building a nest in there. It’s the first sign the ibogaine he just consumed is taking effect, and things are about to get weird. more

Healthy Options: Grass Valley therapist helps heal addiction through 12-step recovery
Thirty-five years ago, when Deborah Underwood was binge eating in college, she discovered Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step recovery group. As a result of the program, she dropped 50 pounds and was soon sponsoring and mentoring others. more

Veteran finds way back from addiction, jail, uses his pain to help others
After six and a half years in prison, Peter Henry had no money and no place to call home. He was 53, and decades had been squandered to alcohol and cocaine. more

Drug addiction is a family problem, so solving it needs to start in the home
I love sharing recipes and pictures of delicious food as a way to celebrating how to eat healthily. But today I am sharing an image of an empty plate, which serves as a national call to action for all families to speak honestly about addiction on Thursday night. Our children's lives may depend on this table talk because our "war" on drugs is stuttering. more

46,471: Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Than Car Crashes or Guns
"Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms (deaths)," the Drug Enforcement Agency announced on Wednesday. In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 46,471 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, and more than half of those deaths were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin. more

Chris Christie Makes Emotional Plea To Rethink Drug Addiction Treatment
While campaigning recently during happy hour at Shooter's Tavern here in this small New Hampshire community, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) related a pair of personal anecdotes to elucidate why he thinks the United States should change the way it handles drug addicts. more

Ohioans reject legalizing marijuana
Ohioans pushed a monopoly marijuana-legalization proposal out the door Tuesday by a nearly 2-to-1 vote. But the question is, will pot make a comeback? more

Indiana to equip and train emergency responders with heroin antidote
Indiana will be using money from a recent settlement to equip its emergency responders with an antidote that targets opioids like heroin. more

New Law in New York City Prohibits Employers From Checking Job Applicants’ Criminal Records
New York City’s “Ban the Box” initiative, the Fair Chance Act, went into effect Tuesday, October 27. The new act, signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, prohibits employers from looking into applicants’ criminal record until the very end of the hiring process. more

Study: Letting Your Teen Party at Home Could Lead to Addiction
While there are millions of parents worldwide who feel that letting their underage offspring drink or even use drugs at home is safer than doing so elsewhere, a new study shows it is still risky to permit it. more

Kids to be trained in OD reversal drug
A KY group will give kids skills in reversing heroin, opioid overdose. In an indication of how entrenched heroin is in families across the nation, a Kentucky group is about to teach children how to reverse an overdose with a life-saving drug. more

Blog: My Employers Helped Me Beat Addiction in the Workplace
Anyone who battles addiction knows that it's much more than a bad habit or a moral shortcoming. Addiction is a compulsion so beyond our control, that we may as well be a feather fighting against a gale-force wind. Luckily for me, people at my workplace pulled me out of the storm.  more

Drug Addicted Infants Tug at Congress' Heartstrings
Congress has struggled to combat the nation's deadly prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic, but lawmakers may unite around an effort to help the most vulnerable population: babies born addicted to opioids. more

Baker continues call for tougher laws to combat addiction
Governor Charlie Baker made another pitch Monday evening for his controversial legislation to combat an opioid addiction crisis that claims more than 100 lives every month in Massachusetts. more

New system to make it easier to spot opiate addiction
Ohio is adding a weapon to its arsenal in fighting drug abuse by providing doctors and pharmacists with a one-click link to the state opiate tracking system. more

Atwater: Misconceptions of addiction, fear continue stigma
I’ve been listening for a good number of years regarding how people feel about alcoholism and drug addiction. I’ve heard from both sides of the fence – the addicts and alcoholics and those affected by them, generally their family members. The views, opinions and beliefs about this pervasive problem vary widely, but one thing stands out to me: The negative stereotype of the addict as weak, hopeless, dishonest and probably criminal seems to persist. The stigma remains. more

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use
Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining law enforcement and treatment programs. more

Obama Announces New Plan To Battle Prescription Drug And Heroin Epidemic
Heading to a region grappling with the scourge of drug abuse, President Barack Obama was announcing new steps to improve doctor training and ease access to drug treatment as part of an effort to help communities battling "epidemic" heroin and prescription painkiller abuse, White House officials said Wednesday. more

Undercover investigation: Dangerous synthetic drugs sold to teens at Louisville shops
The call came late at night. Her son was in an ambulance on the way to Kosair Children’s Hospital after he became violently ill and started having seizures. more

Target Stores mock parents who have lost children to the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic!
Hopefully Target’s profits for Christmas shopping will reflect families outrage in all 50 states for mocking the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic — and the loss of the lives of children. more

Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone Is Saving Lives, But Not All Police Departments Are On Board
Amid the heroin epidemic, there is little disagreement over the effectiveness of naloxone, the medication that can revive opioid addicts from an overdose. It has come to be seen as an essential tool to combat the skyrocketing number of overdoses. more

AG Zoeller, Rx Task Force to Host 6th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium on Oct. 28, 29
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will host the sixth-annual Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium next week on Oct. 28 and 29 to focus on new challenges in the fight against prescription drug abuse, particularly in light of unprecedented HIV and Hepatitis C outbreaks this year triggered by intravenous abuse of diverted medications. more

Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue.
Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse. more

We need to change how we treat addiction
On Oct. 4, thousands of Americans gathered at the National Mall in DC to raise awareness of the epidemic of substance abuse that is devastating American families.  Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina have raised the issue in their campaigns, and last week Dr. Oz came to Washington to testify on opioid abuse. more

Drug Offenders Out of Jail
In the war on drugs, Seattle police are on the frontlines, capturing users addicted to crack cocaine and heroin. The United States is currently in one of the worst heroin epidemics in history. Heroin deaths have skyrocketed from 2002 to 2013, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in Seattle, where heroin has been a problem for decades, authorities are taking a new approach with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. more (video)

University of Kentucky training pharmacists to distribute drug that prevents heroin overdoses
A group from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will train pharmacists across the state to distribute naloxone, a medication used to prevent overdoses from heroin and other opioids. more

Battle Against Opioid Addiction Going Beyond Law Enforcement
Watertown Police have joined other departments in taking a more holistic approach to battling the growing problem. more

CVS offers overdose antidote over the counter
CVS Pharmacies will now offer the overdose antidote, Naloxone over the counter without a prescription in Minnesota and Wisconsin. more

Russian officials mull one-day-a-week alcohol ban to combat addiction
Some Russian officials are daring to think the seemingly unthinkable in the land of vodka -- banning the sale of alcohol once a week in the country's two main cities. more

Local Experts: Alcohol Addiction Rising in Young Adults
CORPUS CHRISTI experts say there's a reason to be alarmed about the latest trend in drinking and substance abuse -- a rising number in young adults seeking treatment. more

Touched by addiction, thousands pack the Mall to say enough is enough
The rally, which attracted thousands, was a plea to change the rhetoric surrounding addiction and draw needed attention to the issue, said Donald McFarland, communications director for Facing Addiction. “That’s why we’re in Washington, D.C., because it is a national health-care crisis,” he said. “The truth of the matter is, ‘just say no’ didn’t work and the war on drugs failed.” more

Police Arrested Someone For Weed Possession Every 51 Seconds In 2014
New statistics show the U.S. war on marijuana is far from over.
Law enforcement officers made just over 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges in 2014, according to data released by the FBI on Monday. Of that total, 88.4 percent -- or about 619,800 arrests -- were made for marijuana possession alone, a rate of about one arrest every 51 seconds over the entire year. more

Children getting drunk on hand sanitizer
You squirt on the hand sanitizer for getting rid of those nasty germs and bacteria. So many people use it to keep themselves healthy, but most parents don't realize how dangerous and even deadly hand sanitizer can be. more

Increased marijuana, heroin use contribute to highest reported illicit drug use in more than a decade
Findings from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), released today, reveal the percentage of Americans aged 12 or older who used an illicit drug in 2014 was higher than in every year between 2002 and 2013, driven primarily by increases in marijuana use, sustained rates of nonmedical pain reliever use, and increases in heroin use. more

Doctors and Pharmacists are Partners in Fight Against Addiction
Doctors and pharmacists are critical partners with law enforcement in the fight against addiction, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday.  Speaking at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Lynch said the Justice Department has cracked down on the illegal drug supply chain, disrupted pill mills and cut down on doctor-shopping, the Associated Press reports. more

Senators lay out bill to address opioid addiction

The Senate's lead on fighting opiate abuse in Massachusetts wants to require schools to screen students for drug use, require insurers to report denials of addiction treatment and increase access to alternative pain management. more

South Dakota tribe to open nation's 1st marijuana resort
The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. more

Ky considering roadside driver drug tests
State officials are evaluating a roadside drug test that could help police counter the growing number of drivers who are high behind the wheel, a problem that kills more than 200 people each year in Kentucky. more

Price Soars For Key Weapon Against Heroin Overdoses
Around the U.S., a worsening heroin epidemic has more and more cities turning to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to reduce deaths from abuse. Also known as Narcan, the medication blocks the effects of opioids and reverses the respiratory depression that occurs during an overdose. more

Five Studies: New Approaches in Treating Addiction as a Disease
The disease model of addiction offers addicts several ways forward—including getting drunk to beat alcoholism. more

Doctors Play A Role In The Opioid Addiction Epidemic, Study Finds
We know how opioid addictions end: all too often, in death by overdose. About 16,000 Americans every year die of an overdose of opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone or fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. more

Washington D.C. Is Proof That Needle Exchanges Save Lives
Washington, D.C. has a higher AIDS diagnosis rate than any U.S. state, with about 2.4 percent of residents living with HIV/AIDS. Just over 14 percent of those cases are linked to injection drug use. more

Psychedelic drugs as treatment for anxiety, addiction

In a carefully controlled setting, psychedelic drugs such as LSD or "magic mushrooms" may benefit patients with hard-to-treat anxiety, addiction or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. more

Researchers Find Region Of Brain Responsible To Tobacco Addiction
A new study was able to determine the region of the brain that may be responsible for tobacco addiction. Researchers were able to do so after discovering that active smokers who had a stroke in the insular cortex were more likely to drop their smoking habits and develop lesser and milder withdrawal signs and symptoms compared to those who sustained a stroke in other areas of the brain.  more

Louisville, Kentucky Metro Health Department to expand hours after needle exchange success
The Metro Health Department says the city's needle exchange program has been a success and now have plans to expand the hours beginning Sep. 1. more

Daily pot smoking on U.S. college campuses at 35-year high: study
The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday. more

In 'hidden epidemic,' senior citizens getting hooked on painkillers

Once thought to be a problem of the young, opioid addiction is becoming increasingly common among elderly Americans more

Vermont's Governor Reveals Complications, Surprises Of State's Fight Against Opiate Addiction
In January 2014, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address to the opiate drug scourge ravaging his state. While Vermont is not the only state to experience the growing addiction problem, it arguably has been the most aggressive in tackling one aspect of it — offering treatment to residents who agree to participate. more

Voters to decide whether Ohio will become first Midwest state to legalize pot
Ohio will vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in November, state officials announced Wednesday. If the measure passes, Ohio would become the fifth state and the first in the Midwest to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, in addition to the District of Columbia. more

Many Anti-Pot Arguments Are Based On Weak Science, Say Researchers
Many of the common claims about marijuana -- that it's a gateway drug, for example, or that legalization of the plant often results in more people using it -- are not strongly supported by science, a group of researchers say in a report released Wednesday. more

Heroin Abuse Is Also Fueling This Viral Epidemic. Despite this, many states still ban needle exchange programs.
Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to battle an explosive increase in cases of hepatitis C, a scourge they believe stems at least in part from a surge in intravenous heroin use. more

For Orthodox, Addiction Is Unspoken Problem
On the surface, Asher Ehrman had a great childhood in Monsey, New York. Growing up in an Orthodox family, his parents loved him and his sister. It had its ups and downs, but until he was about 13 or 14, he really couldn’t complain. more

A New Drug Erases Memories to Treat Addiction
Methamphetamine is one of the nastiest drug addictions to overcome, in part because memories of the high are so powerful. But what if scientists could erase those drug-infused recollections? Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida have developed a drug that’s able to do just that in mice. more

Prosecutors’ new ‘rocket docket’ targets heroin
With heroin arrests rising nearly 700 percent in the last four years, Jefferson County, Indiana prosecutors are taking a new approach to some of those cases, emphasizing addiction treatment over jail. more

Ackerson resists ‘cash cow’ methadone clinic
Concerned about the impact on economic development and residential neighborhoods, Louisville Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson wants to keep a for-profit company from building a methadone clinic along a major business artery in his district. more

Truth in death: Shedding the stigma of heroin addiction in obituaries
More families are saying how their loved ones died in their death notices. more

Ronda Rousey Reveals Battle With Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse
The undefeated UFC champion opened up about her struggles in a new memoir. more

Needle exchange program coming to Clark County, Indiana
An epidemic has been declared in Clark County due to the areas high rate of HIV AIDS and Hepatitis C diagnosis. Officials are one step closer to the implementation of the needle exchange program. more

Gloucester Initiative Reaches Milestone with 55 Participants — Advanced Recovery Systems Signs on as Partner
ANGEL Program Has Now Placed 55 Participants Into Treatment
GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken are pleased to report Advanced Recovery Systems, based in Florida, is joining the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative. more

Study shows prescription drug abuse declining in Kentucky
A year-long study conducted at University of Kentucky shows a significant decline in prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth abuse since 2012. more

Inside the story of Colorado's first legal pot death
There's a saying in the healthcare world: dose matters. It certainly did in the case of 19-year-old Levy Thamba, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was studying at Wyoming's Northwest College. more

Marijuana May Help Treat Opioid Addiction By Reducing Severity Of Withdrawal Symptoms
New evidence has emerged supporting the idea that marijuana may help rehab patients recover from and kick their addictions to painkillers. The study, published by researchers at Columbia University earlier this month, showed that patients given a form of THC during their recovery experienced less severe withdrawal symptoms and were more likely to complete their treatment course. more

Addiction program discussed at Congressional panel
Congress is taking on the issue, as heroin has also become a public health care crisis across the country. First Judicial District Attorney, Angela Pacheco, was part of a congressional panel about it, and told the panel about LEAD, a year-old program. more

Rehab program helps inmates understand their addiction
The Indiana Women's Prison offers rehabilitation classes to help offenders understand their addiction and the triggers that lead them back to drugs and alcohol. more

Indiana HIV outbreak has peaked, officials say
At the height of Indiana’s worst HIV outbreak, centered on the tiny rural town of Austin, health officials diagnosed as many as 22 new cases a week. more

Passages: Jim Gillen, pioneer of addiction recovery movement in RI, dies at 61
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jim Gillen, a founder of Rhode Island’s first recovery center who led a movement to bring compassion and services to people coping with addiction, died Saturday morning. He was 61. more

5 Myths About Medical Marijuana
At this point, marijuana is legal for medical use in nearly half of the country. But David Casarett, MD, author of the recently-released Stoned: A Doctor's Case For Medical Marijuana, wants to clear a few things up. more

Report: Ky drug overdose deaths rose in 2014
An infant and an 80-year-old person were among the victims of Kentucky’s drug overdose epidemic last year as the state saw its overall death toll jump 7 percent while deaths attributed to heroin remained at historic levels. more

Hep C, HIV spur needle exchange talk in Clark County, IN
First, Scott County became the epicenter of Indiana's largest-ever HIV outbreak. Now, the health officer in the next county south — Clark — says he is leaning toward declaring a public health emergency given high rates of HIV and hepatitis C there. more

Ohio makes changes to help prisoners with drug addictions
Ohio’s new 71 billion dollar budget includes a change aimed at helping prisoners get clean from drugs. It’s no surprise; alcohol and drugs lead to crime and crime leads to people going to prison. But the state wants to put a big kink in that chain and the new budget has measures in place to do that. more

New law: Jennifer Act Passes in Indiana
Involuntary Treatment Provision Still to Come

The Jennifer Act previously known as HB 1448 passed in April and became effective in the state of Indiana on July 1, 2015.  Indiana Rep. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, a member of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, introduced the bill for its passage in the 2015 legislative session.
This new law was initiated by Sharon Blair in memory of her daughter Jennifer Reynolds who died in 2009 at the age of 29 from a prescription overdose.   
House Bill 1448, The Jennifer Act, provides Medicaid coverage for inpatient, addiction-related hospital services and will allow physicians to use Medicaid to offer treatment services, including Methadone.   
The law also provides inpatient substance abuse and detoxification services and education programs for judges, public defenders and lawmakers.  While Medicaid currently covers in-patient detoxification, it is done by rule rather than state law. The Jennifer Act will guarantee that Indiana Medicaid will continue to cover these services.
Sharon’s 2015 “victory” is a stepping stone to her ultimate goal of reworking the state’s involuntary commitment law.  An involuntary treatment act, such as Casey’s Law in KY, remains unavailable in Indiana.

News You Need to Know, Greater Louisville Inc., Kent's Column: Time To Wipe the Record Clean
It’s time to ask ourselves how fair, efficient and just is it to brand non-violent criminals for life? Is it fair to deny job-ready adults employment and housing opportunities for life and to say that even petty crimes carry a life sentence? more

Number of drug-dependent babies in Kentucky skyrockets
Doctors say a rise in heroin use among pregnant mothers in Kentucky is causing the number of hospitalizations for drug-dependent newborns to skyrocket. more

The debate over addiction: Disease or hard-to-break habit?
Currently, 23.5 millions of Americans suffer from alcohol and drug addiction. Other people suffer from addictions like gambling and gaming. For the past couple of years, addiction has been viewed as a type of disease. In fact, Dr. Volkow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse said, “Addiction is a disease—a treatable disease—and it needs to be understood.” more

The Science of Addiction
What is addiction? Why are some people predisposed to it and what happens in the brain when addiction takes hold? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie break it all down for you and ponder the addiction-shattered brain. more

4 arrested on charges linked to Indiana HIV outbreak
Four people accused of distributing a painkiller linked to the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history have been arrested, and more arrests are expected, according to local and federal authorities. more

Official: Cannabis use impairs driving as much as alcohol says first of its kind study while drug's legality continues to spread
A first-of-its-kind study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has determined that smoking marijuana can, in fact, adversely affect driving ability. more

Louisville's needle exchange program off to a good start
Dozens of people visited Louisville's new syringe exchange program during its first week of operation. more

Ky. lawmaker believes Louisville's needle exchange program may be illegal
A Kentucky lawmaker wants to make sure Louisville's new needle exchange program is legal. more

Massachusetts Launches Plan To Counter Heroin Epidemic
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker unveiled a $27 million plan on Monday to increase the state's capacity to treat drug addicts and reduce the stigma around addiction, as the United States battles a surge in heroin and opioid use. more

Drug that was supposed to stem Kentucky's heroin epidemic creates a whole new problem
Kentucky doctors have new restrictions for prescribing Suboxone after efforts to curb pill mills created a new cash-for-pills market and a street trade for the drug designed to safely wean addicts from heroin. more

Study: Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses

Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. more

House Republicans Ease Opposition to Needle Exchanges
Faced with a health crisis resulting from a rise in heroin use in many of their home states, House Republicans are easing their longstanding opposition to federal funding in support of needle exchange programs. more

Report: Drug overdose death rates increase in 26 states
Drug overdose death rates have increased in 26 states and Washington, D.C., and overdoses continue to outpace car crashes as the leading cause of injury-related deaths, according to a new report. more

Kentucky spends $10 million to fight heroin addiction
Kentucky legislators are spending $10 million to fight heroin addiction across the state. As part of newly passed legislation, funding is being provided for a variety of treatment and prevention programs in many different settings. more

Opioid addiction recovery programs adapt approach, reach adolescents
As the opioid crisis evolves in Massachusetts, the image of the typical addict has changed. Treatment is changing, too. “We’d all go and steal one of our parents' beers or something like that and split it,” said Elizabeth, a 19-year-old from the North Shore. more

Your spouse's addiction doesn't define you
To discover a spouse’s addiction is both devastating and overwhelming. Often, a spouse's need for support is heightened as he or she feels that options are diminished. more

Drug Use, Addiction at Work Continues to Rise
The use and abuse of drugs in the workplace isn’t slowing down at all. Latest reports indicate the percentage of American workers 73267092 -- drugs at worktesting positive for illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines has increased for the second consecutive year in the general U.S. workforce — putting an end to the decades-long decline. more

Problem drinking affects 33 million _ 14 pct. of US adults
Alcohol problems affect almost 33 million adults and most have never sought treatment, according to a government survey that suggests rates have increased in recent years. The study is the first national estimate based on a new term, "alcohol use disorder," in a widely used psychiatric handbook that was updated in 2013. more

U.S. House Raids DEA Budget To Fund Police Reform And Community Outreach
In a significant blow to the United States' decadeslong war on drugs, House lawmakers voted Tuesday to strip $23 million from the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration's budget, diverting the funds toward community outreach programs, fighting police abuse and ending the DEA's controversial bulk data collection programs. more

Preliminary plan unveiled for needle exchange program through Lexington, KY health department
Intravenous drug users would obtain clean needles only at the health department building at 605 Newtown Pike, according to a preliminary plan for a needle-exchange program released Wednesday by the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health. more

Needle exchange plans include street outreach
Louisville's highly anticipated needle-exchange program will operate six days a week at the health department's downtown headquarters and reach out to participants on the street level, according to a report to be presented to a Metro Council committee on Wednesday. more

Commentary | Heroin bill a step toward shifting gears
The end of April marked an important anniversary for me, four years of sobriety. I was introduced to heroin after an injury. I was prescribed pain medication, and while those prescriptions offered me relief, they ultimately put me on a path toward addiction. That addiction didn’t subside when the prescriptions ran out and I turned to heroin. more

Billy Idol opens up about drug addiction

Billy Idol talked about his battle with addiction at the ­MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert, telling us, “It was just a lot of fun to get completely trashed out of your mind, but staying like that was the problem.” more

Pot used to be pretty harmless, but it’s plenty dangerous today
It's up to 10 times stronger than in the '60s and '70s and powerfully addictive

I am a physician who grew up in the 1960s and ’70s when marijuana was the go-to drug for relaxing with friends or listening to music. Even those who didn’t smoke pot knew plenty of people who did and didn’t see much harm in it. We rightfully mocked vilifications of marijuana in propaganda films such as “Reefer Madness.” more

Indiana approves 1st needle-exchange program under new law
Indiana's health commissioner has approved a one-year needle-exchange program for a rural county at the center of the state's largest HIV outbreak. more

Drug Abuse Is Soaring, But Addiction Treatment Is Hard To Find
Drug addiction dominated the news cycle in recent months and years, with the prescription painkiller and heroin epidemics gaining coverage and much of the nation’s attention turning to Indiana amid an HIV outbreak spawned by the use of intravenous drugs. more

Darryl Strawberry recalls 'powerful' drug addiction: 'Players have done them forever'
Darryl Strawberry's career on the baseball diamond was often overshadowed by his history with cocaine. more

Electronic cigarettes may lead to nicotine addiction

Are electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) a relatively harmless substitute for cigarettes? Or are they a Trojan horse leading to nicotine addiction and ultimately chronic smoking? Many researchers believe the latter. more

DHHR developing opiate addiction treatment program

The state Department of Health and Human Resources is in the early stages of planning a pilot program to provide medication-assisted treatment to addicts within the criminal justice system. more

Kentucky pharmacists now allowed to dispense heroin-fighting drug without a prescription
Kentucky pharmacists now are able to dispense a drug that can quickly reverse heroin and opioid overdoses without a doctor's prescription. more

Boys who smoke cannabis before puberty could be stunting their growth by more than four inches, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that youngsters who were addicted to the drug were far shorter than their non-smoking peers. And they also discovered that rather than being a relaxing pass time, smoking dope actually makes the body more stressed in the long term. more

Huge increase in Louisvillians getting drunk
It might not seem like a big deal. Having a few drinks with friends on a Friday night — it's just a way to relax. more

The likely cause of addiction: How society can treat addicts better and see more recovery

New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts. more

Former addict: Prescription pill crackdowns won’t end addiction

As federal authorities arrested hundreds of people in a prescription pill crackdown across Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, a former prescription pill addict is sending a warning about what comes next for those who are hooked on pills. more

New UCLA study finds Naltrexone drug as promising treatment for methamphetamine addiction
A new study by UCLA researchers has found that Naltrexone, a drug used to treat alcoholism, may also be a promising treatment for addiction to methamphetamine. more

Lexington needle-exchange program for drug users on track for August approval, health board says
The Urban County Council probably will be asked by August to approve a needle-exchange program aimed at stemming growing rates of hepatitis and HIV in Fayette County. more

Statistics: Heroin Overdose Deaths Down In Some Ky. Counties

Heroin-related overdose deaths declined in 2014 in some northern Kentucky counties hard hit by the drug epidemic, according to new statistics. more

Prescription Painkiller Abuse Fuels Hepatitis C Infections: CDC Report
Prescription painkiller abuse is largely to blame for a big increase in the rate of hepatitis C among young people in rural areas of four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). more

Biomed-backed drug could end addiction

It’s pretty exciting when 30-plus years of medical research pays off. Dr. Nicholas Goeders has been in the lab since 1985, singularly focused on his masterpiece. It’s a drug, potent and marketable, with the potential to curb an American epidemic. more

A national prescription drug database to combat opioid addiction

America continues to be in the throes of an opioid addiction crisis, including an epidemic of overdose deaths, with no end in sight. It’s a problem that obliterates every preconceived notion of what a person with addiction looks like. Those of us working every day to help people struggling with addiction are desperate for tools to help stem the tide. more

Rob Lowe Celebrates 25 years of Sobriety with Message of Support
Early in his career, actor Rob Lowe was known for his playboy lifestyle, just as much as his acting, as a core member of the iconic “Brat Pack” group of young 1980s talent. more

Louisville's Trinity High to begin random drug testing
Trinity High School plans to start random drug and alcohol testing of its students next school year, saying the tests will help students ward off peer pressure. more

Drug testing in Kentucky public schools called unlikely
The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on whether public schools could force all students to submit to random drug testing, as Louisville's private Trinity High School has decided to do. more

Flakka and The Rise of Dangerous Synthetic Drugs
A dangerous drug has seen a surge on South Florida streets and has made international headlines, but experts say it could just be the tip of a troubling trend. Investigative Reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case. more

Gloucester, Mass. Will Provide Treatment, Not Jail, for Those Surrendering Illegal Drugs
The Police Chief of Gloucester, Massachusetts has announced the town will provide treatment for people who come to the police station with illegal drugs and paraphernalia, instead of arresting them. more

Former BYU QB Max Hall speaks about addiction, football

In 2010, former BYU quarterback Max Hall was living out a childhood dream, playing for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. But by 2014, Hall hit rock bottom when he was arrested for shoplifting and narcotics possession. more

Carly Fiorina: ‘Drug addiction shouldn’t be criminalized.’
Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina said Monday that the United States needs to change the way it treats drug addicts. more

Metro Council approves needle exchange
Louisville became the first municipal government in Kentucky to approve establishment of a local needle exchange on Thursday after a measure to create the program breezed through Metro Council by a 22-0 vote. more

Indiana Sees Jump In New HIV Cases In Rural Outbreak
An HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana related to abuse of intravenous prescription drugs has jumped by 24 cases in the past week, an increase attributed to offering more testing resources, state health officials said on Friday. more

Kentucky Reforms Drug Court Rules To Let Heroin Addicts Take Prescribed Meds
Kentucky will no longer require opioid addicts to stop taking prescribed treatment medications as a condition of participating in the state's drug court program, according to a motion filed in federal court. more

Kentucky officials hope drugs can help drug addicts
Kentucky officials are considering using a drug to help drug addicts come clean. more

To Address Addiction, Start With Words

Addiction is finally coming out of its shadows. Thanks to interest from political leaders and media coverage about the ravages of heroin and misused prescription opioids, new attention is being paid to an old disease. But not since the 1980s with the appearance of HIV and AIDS has there been such misunderstanding about a medical condition. more

Scientists Seek Part of Brain That Suppresses Addiction Relapses
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute announced Tuesday that they’ve received a pair of grants worth a total of $3.8 million to fund a five-year study of brain mechanisms that suppress relapses of cocaine and alcohol addiction. more

Spirituality vs. Science? A Rebuttal to The Atlantic Article, 'The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous'
Every now and then Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) catches a real and true a** whooping in the press. Recently and particularly this week, the volume of voices against AA reached a new height. The Atlantic published a painfully one-sided article by Gabrielle Glaser this week called The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous. more

Obama Commutes 22 Drug Sentences, Instantly Doubling The Number Of Commutations He's Issued
President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 22 individuals on Tuesday, more than doubling the number of commutations he has issued in the six-plus years he's been in office. more

Find Syringe Exchange Programs by City and State
Chooper's Guide is proud to announce the first searchable database for syringe exchange programs in the United States. more

Naloxone Distribution Programs to Get More Federal Money
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide more funds to distribute the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to first responders and family, USA Today reports. more

Rate of opioid misuse is around 25 percent, addiction rate 10 percent
New estimates suggest that 20 to 30 percent of opioid analgesic drugs prescribed for chronic pain are misused, while the rate of opioid addiction is approximately 10 percent, reports a study in the April issue of Pain, the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain. more

Education key to addiction problem
Bob Creamer of Hallowell says he still volunteers as an addiction counselor in retirement and still believes the secret to treatment lies in realizing addiction is a disease, Amy Calder writes. more

Kentucky's New Heroin Law Marks A 'Culture Shift'
On Tuesday night, Kentucky lawmakers passed wide-ranging legislation to combat the state’s heroin epidemic. The bipartisan measure represents a significant policy shift away from more punitive measures toward a focus on treating addicts, not jailing them. more

Indiana governor to declare disaster for county hit by HIV outbreak
Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Wednesday he will declare a public health disaster in a small southern Indiana county that has seen a drastic increase in HIV cases tied to intravenous prescription drug abuse since December. more

Some Experts Say Naloxone Alone Isn’t Enough to Address Opioid Addiction Crisis
As more states expand access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, some experts say more is needed to address the opioid addiction crisis, USA Today reports. Opioids include heroin as well as prescription drugs such as oxycodone. more

Powdered alcohol ban stalls in Ky. legislature

A powdered form of alcohol — recently approved by federal regulators — poses a threat to responsible alcohol use and should be banned, Kentucky regulators and some traditional producers say. more

Millions Of Convicts Would Get Restored Voting Rights Under New Bill
Millions of Americans whose past felony convictions forbid them from casting ballots may regain voting rights under a bill introduced this week in Congress. more

How to help a friend with drug addiction
If you’re worried about a friend who may be addicted to drugs, it’s good to know what to look for. You can help them more than you may think, but sometimes, professional help is necessary to tackle a problem like addiction. more

Amid Rising Concern About Addiction, Universities Focus On Recovery
In murder mystery novels, when the hero, a private detective or homicide cop, drops by a late-night Alcoholics Anonymous meeting to stave off a sudden craving for a beer or two or 20, it's usually in some dingy church basement or dilapidated storefront on the seedier side of town. There's a pot of burnt coffee and a few stale doughnuts on a back table. more

Heroin addiction considered “an epidemic,” and anyone can be impacted, even student-athletes
Heroin addiction has become an epidemic across the country, including here in Wisconsin. It has invaded our schools — not only in the city, but in the suburbs. A man whose addiction began when he was in high school in southeastern Wisconsin is trying desperately to break free from heroin’s grip, and he’s not the only one. more

Retired teacher tells of son's addiction in uplifting way
Gloria Lichtenberg, 84, a retired New York City sixth-grade teacher, used to make up songs and rhymes for her students to remember their lessons. moreSeminar encourages people in recovery go public and advocate for legislation.
“We see it on TV, we see it in the paper, we see it in the movies,” said Julia Parnell, special projects manager for the Minnesota Recovery Connection. “What we don’t see is the other side of addiction, what somebody with 12 or even 30 years of recovery looks like.” The reason for this invisibility is simple, Parnell said: “Generally, when you are in recovery, you live a normal life. It’s hard to tell us apart from anybody else.” more

Conference committee on heroin bill will consider reopening the budget for $10M treatment provisions more

Ky legislature heads to break minus heroin bill
Without a final deal in hand, efforts to combat heroin continued to lumber through the General Assembly on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to break for several days while Gov. Steve Beshear considers vetoes. more

Kentucky Sued In Federal Court Over Drug Treatment Practices
Two law firms have teamed up to file a federal lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for its practice of forbidding opiate addicts from receiving medical treatment while under the supervision of the criminal justice system. more

Fast-Spreading HIV Outbreak in Indiana Linked to Injection of Painkiller
Health officials in Indiana say a fast-spreading outbreak of HIV in Indiana is largely due to injection drug abuse of the prescription painkiller Opana. The powerful drug is more potent, per milligram, than OxyContin. more

Needle exchange called success despite doubts
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – A steady stream of weary-looking addicts, many with bags of used hypodermic needles stuffed into old winter coats, walked into an alley behind the health department and joined a small line inside. more

Sen. Rand Paul co-sponsors medical marijuana bill
Could your doctor, one day, legally prescribe marijuana? A bill co-sponsored by Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul could lead to that. more

Sobriety Does Not Have to be Main Goal of Alcoholism Treatments, FDA Says
Drugs to treat alcoholism would not have to lead to sobriety in order to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under a proposal by the agency. Instead, drug companies could gain approval for treatments if they prove patients using them no longer drink heavily. more

Heroin Overdose Deaths Nearly Quadruple In 13 Years
In a worsening trend, deaths from heroin overdose in the United States increased even more dramatically in recent years than they did over the previous decade, according to a new report. more

A Kentucky program that was recently replicated in Indiana and Florida that aims to get mothers off drugs, keep families together and cut down on foster care costs. more

New York State Attorney General Reaches Deal to Reduce Price of Heroin Antidote
Two months after sharply criticizing a drug manufacturer for raising the price of its heroin antidote medication, Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, is expected to announce on Thursday an agreement with the company to offset those rates, as well as any new increases, for one year. more

Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts For Heroin Addicts
The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to offer medications to opiate addicts. more

Bill would fund drug-addiction fight
Despite what the pundits and polls may say about how divided Americans are after the recent elections, one issue can unite us: how to improve access to treatment for those addicted to drugs and alcohol. A bill before Congress could go a long ways towards accomplishing just that. more

Azar: Ease America's painkiller addiction
Nearly 2 million Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers. In an attempt to curb the abuse of these powerful medicines, the Drug Enforcement Agency recently tightened its rules governing opioids. more

PAR recently conducted a research study along with the University of Kentucky regarding community stakeholder knowledge of overdose, the overdose medication naloxone (also called Narcan), and willingness to assist in an overdose. You can access the full results here.

Rally in support of the restoration of voting rights will take place in the state Capitol on Thursday, February 26th from 1  to 2 pm.
In most states, after people serve their time, they get their voting rights back automatically. In Kentucky, even a class D felony is enough to lose someone their voting rights forever unless they can get a pardon straight from the governor. Kentucky is one of the four most difficult states for a former felon to get their voting rights back. Only a small handful of states (Virginia, Florida, and Iowa) have as difficult a process.

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime
A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive. more

US Senate unanimously confirms Botticelli to be drug czar
Botticelli was confirmed 92-0. He has been doing the job on an acting basis for just under a year. The position is one that has been held by doctors and military members; with Botticelli's nomination it will now be occupied on a more permanent basis by a recovering alcoholic. more

Combining Alcohol and Energy Drinks is a Public Health Concern
Mixing alcohol and energy drinks leads to negative consequences that are a public health concern, according to a new paper. more

Drug Courts Choose Medical Science Over Profits and Ideology
The Huffington Post pointed out today what happens when an individual Drug Court fails to follow proven best practices for Drug Courts (Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Drug Courts That Fail Addicts). more

Johann Hari: Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong
As President Obama seeks $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his new budget, we talk to British journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much of what we know about addiction is wrong. more

Senator Paul pushing legislation to allow some nonviolent felons to have records expunged
Senator Rand Paul is urging Kentucky's General Assembly to pass legislation allowing some nonviolent felons to ask courts to expunge their records. more

Poll: heroin problems growing worse
While Kentucky legislators debate ways to fight the deadly spread of heroin abuse, a new poll indicates that problems with the drug continue to grow worse, particularly in the state's metropolitan areas. more

War on heroin: Addiction help, lawmakers' plan
According to the latest government statistics, drug overdoses, including heroin, have claimed more lives in the last few years than motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky. more

Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply US heroin boom
Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. more

Blocking rewards: how the immune system could help treat cocaine addiction
Cocaine is a popular recreational drug that makes users energetic, confident and talkative. It’s also highly addictive and dependence-producing. Australians rank fourth in the world in cocaine abuse rates. more

Congratulations to one of our PAR Board Members
When Bartley Weaver played football at Caverna High School, he wasn’t yet sure what he wanted to do when he went to college. But he always admired an assistant coach who was also a Kentucky State Police trooper and came to practices and games in his cruiser. more

Street Relief Spotlight: Owensboro Regional Recovery
“We are very blessed to be included in Street Relief this year,” says Owensboro Regional Recovery Center Director Sarah Adkins. “We’re very optimistic about the response and we’re excited to be involved.” Coincidentally, the Ashley Furniture Home Store Street Relief (presented by Cromwell Radio Group) falls during ORRs five year anniversary, they accepted their first clients on February 10, 2010. more

Three key justice issues have cabinet official keeping close tabs on Frankfort
With three key judicial initiatives before the General Assembly in the legislative session Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown is keeping a watchful eye on the progress made by the legislature. more

Clinton Foundation To Help Make Anti-Overdose Drug Much More Affordable
Naloxone, a medication known as the “overdose antidote,” can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioid drugs like heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin and morphine. Although Naloxone has saved tens of thousands of lives, and has been approved for use against drug overdose by the Food and Drug Administration since 1971, it's typically only administered by medical professionals. more

Overdosing drivers becoming major problem, police say
Cincinnati Police say overdosing while driving is a problem that is out of control on Tri-State streets. more

Pot-related calls to poison-control centers grow in Wash., Colo.
Marijuana-related calls to poison-control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children. more

Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea
Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. more

There's a new group of people coming together to help fight the local heroin epidemic.
It's made up of medical professionals, recovering addicts and law enforcement. The group is called “People Advocating Recovery of Southwest Ohio.
It's made up of medical professionals, recovering addicts and law enforcement. The group is called “People Advocating Recovery of Southwest Ohio.” more

The most hopeful thing about addiction is the chance of recovery
It finally happened: Hell has frozen over. This month, I celebrated one year free of narcotics. Some of you will just grimace and move on to the next column, but for those of you who have stopped me in the store, on the street and approached me at my work, I know this means something to you as well. more

Former Celtic speaks at Waltham High about addiction struggle
On Jan. 7, recovering addict and former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren spoke to Waltham High School through two assemblies, where he told his heroic story of his struggle with drug addiction and fame. more

Half of Young Drivers Who Die in Crashes Used Alcohol, Marijuana or Both
Researchers examined the deaths of nearly 7,200 drivers, aged 16-25, in crashes that occurred between 1999 and 2011 in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington state and West Virginia. more

Case of bishop opens addiction debate

The case of a high-ranking Episcopal bishop charged with drinking and texting before fatally hitting a bicyclist has raised questions about everything from church politics to bike lanes. But no debate about Bishop Heather Cook has been as intense as that about the theology of addiction. more

Donnelly invites addiction recovery leader to Obama speech
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said his guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night will be the director of an addiction recovery center in Connersville. more

Kentucky Senate panel approves anti-heroin bill after emotional testimony
The Kentucky Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would require tougher mandatory prison sentences for heroin traffickers while diverting millions of dollars to expand treatment options for heroin addicts. more

State to pay for kits with life-saving drug for heroin overdose patients at three urban hospitals
Kentucky will provide $105,000 for three urban hospitals, including the University of Kentucky's in Lexington, to buy about 2,000 naloxone kits to send home with heroin overdose patients, Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday. more

Kentucky House speaker to file medical marijuana bill
Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he will file a bill that would make it legal for people to smoke marijuana in Kentucky for medical purposes. more

Court boundaries, felon voting top 2015 agenda
Redrawing state court circuit boundaries and voting rights for felons could be near the top of the agenda for the committees that deal with political issues when the Kentucky General Assembly convenes. more

CDC: Binge drinking leads to 6 alcohol-poisoning deaths a day
America’s binge drinkers are fueling an average of six alcohol-poisoning deaths per day, according to a new government report. more

Oklahoma Law Would Ban People With DUIs From Drinking Alcohol
A new proposal to restrict people from buying or consuming alcohol if they've been convicted of a DUI could make Oklahoma the toughest state in the country on drunk driving. more

Ky wants drugmaker to pay for OxyContin abuse
A common refrain in Kentucky's hardscrabble hills is that an entire generation has been lost to pain-pill abuse. Addiction has spawned crime, filled county jails and overburdened the too-few treatment centers. Overdoses have torn children from parents and parents from children. more

Groups unite against curbing painkillers
Not everyone cheered Massachusetts state senators this year when they tried to strike a blow against an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and overdose deaths. In some quarters, it was seen as an affront. more

Your health: Addiction relapses soar during the holidays
The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. But what if you're a recovering addict? more

Lucas County Common Pleas Court judges voted this month to move forward with an adult felony drug court.
Amid northwest Ohio’s heroin and opioid epidemic, the new docket is welcome and long overdue. Judge Stacy Cook, the court’s leading advocate of a specialized drug docket, is working out a plan to present to the Ohio Supreme Court. Local judges will review the plan next month. The new court, including two judges, should start operating early next year and become fully certified within a year. more

Ohio awards $1.5 million in grants to address addiction, mental health issues among inmates
The head of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services was at Coleman Professional Services in Ravenna on Tuesday to announce $1.5 million in funding to support the Portage County initiative and other similar programs statewide. more

Pharmacies Stock “Meth-Resistant” Cold Medications – and See Drop in Community Meth Labs
In several states across the country, lawmakers are gearing up to debate whether pseudoephedrine (PSE), an ingredient in cold medications like Sudafed, should require a prescription. While PSE has long been an ingredient that consumers have relied on to treat nasal congestion, it is also one of the main ingredients used to make methamphetamine (meth). more

Addiction Treatment: Who Gets It and Who Needs It?
Popular notions about who receives treatment are largely wrong. But what about the conventional wisdom that we should devote more resources to treatment to increase access? Let’s look at the data. more

Addiction epidemic knows no boundaries
When his two police officer sons administered Narcan on the same night, state Rep. Tom Calter decided he had to act. “One (victim) was an accomplished college athlete and the other was a well-known attorney in his 30s,” said Calter. “So these are the times where we are finding ourselves.” more

MN Adult & Teen Challenge Helps Youngsters ‘Know The Truth’ About Addiction
Most teenagers are used to getting lectured, but the raw lecture tens of thousands of Minnesota teens will get this year could be a life changer. more

Doctors concerned about addiction prescribing fewer opiates

According to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, nearly half of all primary care physicians in the U.S. say they are becoming less likely to prescribe opioids to patients for pain management. more

After four years of work, we are finally able to share the results of the “What Is Recovery?” study that we have been writing to you about over the years.
We had to wait until the main paper from the study had appeared in press. This happened last week!
Based on the results of the online survey completed by 9,341 people from different pathways to recovery, we now have a very specific definition of recovery—and it is one that clearly demonstrates the many positive “ways of being” that define recovery. more

Bouncing back: Georgetown College point guard once a top recruit before addiction derailed plans
To start an interview, you ask Noah Cottrill to describe his life's journey. An expression of self-awareness appears on his face. He seems to be asking himself: Where to start? His long exhale can easily be heard. more

California Voters Deal Blow To Prisons, Drug War
California approved a major shift against mass incarceration on Tuesday in a vote that could lead to the release of thousands of state prisoners. more

The New Heroin Epidemic
Ten years ago, prescription painkiller dependence swept rural America. As the government cracked down on doctors and drug companies, people went searching for a cheaper, more accessible high. Now, many areas are struggling with an unprecedented heroin crisis. more

Advocacy Group Calls for Resignation of FDA Commissioner Over Opioid-Product Approvals
Fed Up!, a coalition of consumer-advocacy organizations, grabbed national headlines with a rally on Capitol Hill on Sept. 28, to pressure FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, to step down. more

Why Addiction Is So Powerful?
Recovering from addiction is not as simple as turning off a light switch.  For many people, dependency on alcohol, drugs, or anything else has the power to become more important than life itself.  more

Heroin use across Louisville, KY. addressed in community forum
Louisville’s Seventh Division held a community forum Tuesday night to meet with people from the Highview, Okolona, and Fern Creek neighborhoods. more

Eastern Kentucky task force to offer kits that parents can use at home to test kids for drugs
In a new approach to deterring substance abuse in Eastern Kentucky, a federally funded task force will provide free kits that parents can use to test their kids at home for drug use. more

Heroin addicts struggle to get medicine treatment
Northern Kentucky’s only provider of methadone treatment for heroin addicts is losing patients who can’t afford to pay for their medicine. more

Family creates haunted house to help fight addiction

Halloween takes on a whole new meaning for one family in Oregon. While most people begin decorating a few weeks, if any, before October 31st, the Langs have spent the last four months preparing. more

Drug Addiction Seen as 'Moral Failing,' Survey Finds
People with drug addiction are much more likely to face stigma than those with mental illness because they're seen as having a "moral failing," according to a new survey. more

Baptist Health Paducah Offers Addiction Symposium to Healthcare Professionals, Educators
Nationally-known experts on addiction and compulsive behaviors will speak at a symposium for healthcare professionals and educators from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with registration at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Baptist Health Paducah Heart Center Auditorium. more

New rules take effect for hydrocodone
New rules for the most-prescribed painkiller in the nation are now in the nation. Hydrocodone has changed from a Schedule III drug to a more restrictive Schedule II. more

Marijuana Research Review Details Harmful Outcomes of Use
A review of 20 years of marijuana research concludes there are real risks to using the drug, according to U.S. News & World Report. These include increased risk of car crashes, dropping out of high school and cognitive impairment. Marijuana does not produce fatal overdoses, the review notes. more

Top Seven Crazy Myths About Drug Overdose Antidote, Naloxone
With fatalities from heroin and prescription drugs still on the rise, naloxone, an opiate reversal medication, has become an increasingly popular method to prevent overdose death.  more>

New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm
It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana.
The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. more

'Spice' overdoses prompt state of emergency in N.H.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency Thursday after more than 40 people overdosed on synthetic cannabinoid, also known as "spice." more

Robin Williams' death reignites depression and addiction debate
Years of research and mountains of evidence show that addiction and depression are bona fide diseases, and that suicide or the accidental overdose are not choices but biological compulsions beyond the person’s control. more

Detoxing from heroin at home
Are you or a loved one ready for recovery from heroin addiction? Are you ready to begin the journey towards being clean? Recovery requires one step at a time, the first one being a thorough detox process. more

Addiction showcases the brain’s flexibility
Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin, food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction works in the brain. more

Drug overdose deaths in 2013 increased in Fayette; Eastern Kentucky rates are state's highest
A report issued by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy showed that the state's largest increase in the raw number of overdose fatalities last year occurred in Fayette County, with 86 deaths in 2013, up from 74 in 2012. more

Bill aims to address drug-dependent babies

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell introduced a bill on Thursday that aims to reduce the number of babies born withdrawing from opiates because of their mothers' addictions. more

Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery (Video)
Tom Horvath, Ph.D., a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP), has been President of SMART Recovery® for well over a decade. more

The U.S. Addiction Rehab Industry
Drug, alcohol and other addiction rehab in the United States is big business - $35 billion this year. There are now 14,000+ treatment facilities and growing. more

WSU team studying hookah addiction
It’s worked with cigarette smokers, drug addicts and children who stutter. Researchers at Washington State University hope it can help wean people off hookah. more

Chasing the heroin resurgence
The resurgence of the deadly drug has sparked a flurry of action from governors' mansions and statehouses across New England and the Midwest to small-town police stations from northern Kentucky to Wisconsin. more

A Heroin User's Story: Naloxone Gives a Mother Back Her Son, But Can't Cure Addiction
Peter Ruhry got what many other drug abusers never get: a second chance. Mr. Ruhry grew up in Nassau County, in a home without drugs. He started using drugs in April 2007; two years later, in May 2009, he overdosed on heroin, said his mother, Angie Ruhry. more

Fighting Addiction With Medication?
There are many ways to cope with addiction, but one treatment method is becoming more popular. more

Bringing addicts back from the brink
A former addict-turned-drug counsellor tells Kelly Clarke how he wants his experience to create a positive path for others. more

What are the Benefits of a Halfway House?

Halfway houses are gaining popularity as one facet of a substance abuse recovery plan because they offer so many different benefits. It is definitely going to be a wise idea for you to consider the be

Addicts aim to gain control through writing
A writing group for alcoholics and drug addicts aims to help them gain control over addictions more

Jefferson county attorney's son died of heroin overdose
Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is urging anyone in the “throes of addiction” to seek help after his son Matt died last month of what medical examiners say was an overdose of cocaine, heroin and alcohol. more

Colts' Jim Irsay discusses addiction
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay still isn't ready to discuss the details of his March arrest. But in an extensive interview Monday with The Indianapolis Star, Irsay discussed his ongoing battle with addiction. more

Pot Tax Collections Booming in Colorado
Colorado's marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday. more

Marijuana playing larger role in fatal crashes

As more states are poised to legalize medicinal marijuana, it's looking like dope is playing a larger role as a cause of fatal traffic accidents. more

America Honors Recovery is the addiction recovery community’s annual awards event to recognize the over 20 million Americans in recovery.
Sponsored by Faces & Voices of Recovery, this is the signature annual recovery event that highlights the extraordinary contributions of the country's most influential recovery community leaders to the growing movement to promote the reality of recovery from addiction. more

Q&A with Addiction Medicine Expert: The Impact of Zohydro
Join Together spoke with Dr. Richard Blondell, Vice Chair for Addiction Medicine in the State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine, about the issue. more

Tennessee Enacts Law To Incarcerate Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed a bill into law on Tuesday that is the first law in the country to authorize the arrest and incarceration of women who use drugs while pregnant. Reproductive and civil rights advocates had strongly urged Haslam to veto the legislation. more

Colo. lawmakers plan to boost marijuana profits
The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn't agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn't tightly controlled. more

Zac Efron Admits Battle With Addiction Is 'Never-Ending Struggle'
Efron, 26, during in a very candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, admitted he currently goes to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. more

A different perspective on the opiate addiction epidemic
Talk is everywhere of the unfortunate rise in opiate addictions and lethal overdoses of prescription pain pills and cheap heroin. Mental health organizations are mobilizing forces to counter this tragic trend. more

Ky. lawmakers need special session to tackle heroin
Lawmakers in Frankfort failed the people of Kentucky, and especially the people of Northern Kentucky, when they failed to pass a bill addressing the heroin epidemic. more

Bridge Bread is a social entrepreneurship initiative designed to provide job opportunities for guests of The Bridge. The goal of the initiative is to help disadvantaged guests engage in a financially rewarding effort that enhances self-worth, promotes dignity and enables the guests to help themselves. more

Maine Poised To Pass Lifesaving Anti-Overdose Bill
After unanimous approval from state House lawmakers on Monday, Maine's legislature appears poised to pass a lifesaving anti-overdose bill despite a veto threat from Gov. Paul LePage (R). more

Colorado Pot Shops Raided By The Feds May Be Shut For Good
Four Denver-area medical marijuana businesses may be permanently shuttered after federal officials reportedly probing links with Colombian drug cartels raided the shops in November. more

Boomers Face A Higher Risk Of Alcohol Abuse
The particular risks of alcoholism for those over 50 go beyond family, work and financial pressures, as well as beyond self-medicating for aches and pains, Colleran says. There’s often a much deeper issue that triggers the trap of addiction: A sense of lost meaning or purpose in life. more

Medical marijuana companies flood Florida ahead of ballot measure

The medical marijuana industrial-complex is in full swing in Florida. more

Smartphone app helps recovering alcoholics stay sober, includes panic button
A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. more

The most addictive prescription drugs on the market

Just because pills are prescribed by a doctor and administered by a pharmacy, that doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. As prescription numbers continue to rise, the chance for prescription drug abuse rises as well. more

Heroin bill gets out of Kentucky House committee but faces uncertain future
FRANKFORT — A controversial anti-heroin bill eked out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, but its future in this year's legislative session is uncertain. more

Overdoses spark pleas for life-saving drug
A mother's success reviving her son from a heroin overdose and a spate of heroin deaths in Grant County – all in a tight span – have a community demanding action. more

Under fire, Zohydro maker touts drug safety board
After months of criticism over its recently launched painkiller Zohydro, the maker of the powerful narcotic is highlighting an unusual oversight board that it’s assembled to try and prevent abuse of the drug. more

Mackenzie Phillips Opens Up On 11 Rehab Stints, Cocaine & Heroin Addiction: ‘It’s Time For Me To Get Grateful For What I Have’
It’s been a long road to recovery for actress Mackenzie Phillips following a staggering 11 stints in rehab and addiction to heroin and cocaine, but now the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas‘ lead singer is opening up about being six years sober. more

Drug addiction is disease, not moral failing
I write to applaud Bob Kravitz for his March 17 column, “Jim Irsay is fighting for his life, he needs help.” It is one of the few pieces I have seen in the blizzard of articles and media reports that contain compassion and concern. more

FDA approves powerful new pain pill despite fears of abuse
It’s a capsule of pure hydrocodone so powerful that one accidental dose can kill. more

Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag
In the wake of the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I am shocked by the vast range of opinions and emotions that have been voiced in the public discourse. more

Ky police department giving free drug test kits to parents
A southwestern Kentucky police department is giving free drug testing kits to parents who suspect their children may be using illegal drugs. more

Richmond, KY Police on heroin: 'I've never heard of it being this big ever'
Richmond Police call it an epidemic, saying a dangerous and illegal drug keeps showing up in their city. And they tell us it's coming straight down I-75 from Michigan. more

Lexington officials continue seeing disturbing trends with heroin use, overdoses
Emergency crews from the Lexington Division of Fire responded to four calls last month about individuals who overdosed on heroin. more

Owensboro Regional Suicide Coalition's 2014 Spring Conference
Thursday, April 24th - public presentation on "Not for Human Consumption - the story of K2, Bath Salts and other Designer Drugs - 6pm - 8pm (no CEUs) and Friday, April 25th - Professional presentation entitled "Intoxicants, Self-Poisoning and Suicide"
9:00am - 4:30pm (6 CEUs available)
Speaker is Dr. Timothy J. Wiegand of the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. (Download PDF information)

Tayna Fogle | House version of voting bill needs to be passed
The right to vote is a basic human right. But Kentucky’s outdated constitution denies that basic right to almost a quarter-million of our citizens. Kentucky is one of only three states that take away a person’s right to vote forever if he or she is convicted of a felony. Currently the only way to get those rights restored is to receive an individual pardon from the governor. more

Changes to voting bill would leave more than half of Kentucky felons without the right to vote
More than half of the 180,000 Kentuckians barred from voting because of a felony conviction would remain permanently disenfranchised under changes the Kentucky Senate made last week to a voting rights bill, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. more

University of Kentucky wins $350,000 grant to help undergraduates study alcohol abuse
The University of Kentucky has won a $350,000 grant to bring 55 college students from around the state to its campus for the next five summers to work on alcohol-abuse research. more

Bill to allow medical marijuana oil passes Kentucky Senate committee
Urged on by families seeking help for children with uncontrollable seizures, Kentucky legislators took the first step Wednesday toward legitimizing marijuana use — passing a bill out of committee that would allow cannabis oil to be used for medical treatment. more

Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade
Fatal Crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade, according to researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The pot related accidents have helped fuel the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths. more

Vets Seeing More Dogs Eating Edible Marijuana
An animal hospital in Denver is seeing an increasing number of dogs who have eaten edible marijuana and is finding that the diagnosis isn’t good. more

New CDOT Campaign Targets Stoned Drivers
Next month the Colorado Department of Transportation will kick off a new campaign aimed at warning people against smoking marijuana and driving called “Drive High, Get a DUI.” more

Kentucky Bill restoring felons' voting rights passes Senate with five-year waiting period
Despite misgivings from Democrats, a state constitutional amendment that would restore most felons' voting rights after a five-year waiting period passed the state Senate on Wednesday with overwhelming support. more

The House also passed House Bill 64, which would allow Kentuckians convicted of first-time Class D felonies to ask a court to expunge, or clear, their record five years after they complete their sentence if they have avoided any additional criminal charges.

Prosecutors would be notified, and certain crimes involving children, the elderly or sex offenses would be ineligible for expungement, as would federal crimes. At present, state law allows convictions to be expunged only for misdemeanors and traffic offenses. "We are a forgiving people," Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, said, speaking in favor of the bill. "And if somebody has paid their debt to society, then we should consider that debt paid."

Drug to reverse effects of overdose sees expanded use
As communities across Kentuckiana struggle to deal with an opiate addiction problem in the form of heroin and prescription pills, a medication called naloxone that has been around since the 1960s is finding a new, life-saving use. more

Kentucky Prescription Drug Abuse Law Has Unintended Consequences:
Kentucky’s law designed to reduce prescription drug abuse has raised awareness about the problem, but has had some unintended consequences, according to an addiction medicine specialist in the state. more

Overcoming Addiction: Former addict studying to become a counselor
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A life consumed with finding the next buzz, doing whatever it takes to get her hands on drugs. That is what 28-year-old, Shannon Evans, says her life used to be about. Now, a full time student at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, she has hopes of helping other drug addicts and their families. more

Addiction legislation clears Statehouse hurdle
A Cape Cod legislator's proposal to explore sending nonviolent drug offenders into treatment rather than prison has inched one step closer to becoming a reality. more

Holder: State Laws That Bar Felons From Voting Are ‘Too Unjust to Tolerate’
Three days after announcing that the U.S. Justice Department will recognize same-sex marriages in all legal matters, even in states that forbid it, Attorney General Eric Holder took a swipe at states that don’t allow felons to vote. more

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Looks Set To Reject Overdose Prevention For No Good Reason
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) appears set to oppose a bill increasing access to a lifesaving anti-overdose medication because of concerns rejected by public health experts that it could encourage more drug abuse, according to the bill's chief sponsor. more

Opiate Antidote Could Lower Overdose Deaths by Nearly 50%
Distributing naloxone and training people to use it can cut the death rates from overdose nearly in half, according to a new study. more

Heroin Overdose Antidote Naloxone Becoming More Widely Available

The heroin overdose antidote naloxone is becoming more widely available nationwide more

Marijuana Farmers Unlikely To See Farm Tax Perks
Marijuana farmers and agricultural tax breaks are the next wrinkle facing the states that have legal weed as lawmakers debate how to tax the product while it’s growing. more

70 million Americans taking mind-altering drugs
We discover that not only has the traditional distinction between illegal “street drugs” and legal “therapeutic prescription drugs” become so blurred as to be almost nonexistent, but between America’s twin drug epidemics – one illegal, the other legal – well over 70 million Americans are using mind-altering drugs. more

Students Find Way To Secretly Smoke Marijuana In Class

A device is making its way into schools to hide the smell and smoke of marijuana. Students are using vapor pens, and they’re using them in classrooms. It’s becoming a problem at Lakewood High School. more

The next Martin County People Advocating recovery meeting has been rescheduled due to the weather.
It will be Feb. 24th at 5 o’clock at the community center, room 216.
I hope to see you all there and please invite anyone that you think may like to join our efforts in the recovery movement. Together we CAN make a difference!  Contact Carmel Cline

Bill allowing expungement of class D felonies approved by Kentucky House panel
Two convicted felons told lawmakers they have changed since their offenses three decades ago and pleaded with lawmakers on Wednesday to approve changes to the law to allow for expungement of class D felonies. more

Does Calling Heroin Addiction A Brain Disease Help Avoid Tragedies Like Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death?
You might surmise that there is a connection between viewing addiction as a brain disease and coming up with an effective treatment for it. But you would be wrong more

Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Addiction After Philip Seymour Hoffman Death
The 55-year-old actress stresses that while Hoffman’s death is tragic, non-famous drug addicts who lose their lives to their disease are “no less sad”
Monday was Jamie Lee Curtis’ 15-year anniversary of sobriety, and although it was just a day after Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a suspected heroin overdose, the actress chose to remind us that addiction doesn’t just affect the rich and famous. more

Deadly Batch Of Heroin Laced With Painkiller Hitting Md. Streets
A dramatic surge in heroin deaths is happening across the country. Health officials warn it’s because of a lethal new trend–spiking heroin with powerful painkillers. more

Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S. more

Snacks Laced With Marijuana Raise Concerns
All day long, customers at LoDo Wellness Center, one of Colorado’s new recreational marijuana stores, reach into the refrigerator and pull out tasty ways to get high.  more

House panel approves bill to give most ex-felons in Kentucky the right to vote
Nearly 180,000 ex-felons in Kentucky who have fully served their sentences would regain their right to vote under a proposed constitutional amendment that a state House committee approved Tuesday. more

Jack Conway: Settlement against drug firms must fund Ky. drug treatment
When I was elected your attorney general six years ago, I made stopping prescription drug abuse one of my top priorities. I created Kentucky's first statewide prescription drug task force and helped craft landmark legislation that has shut down half of this state's pain clinics. more

Treating addiction cheaper than policing it
I am writing this as a plea to our public health officials, our Board of Supervisors and our congressman, Jared Huffman. more

Separate fact from fiction about pain medication and addiction
When it comes to prescription pain medications, there's a lot of misinformation out there. Whether you're searching for information about how such drugs can help you relieve pain or reading the latest tabloid tale of a celebrity addict, separating fact from fiction can be tough. more

Powerful Pain Killer Raises Concerns About Addiction
Prescription painkillers are the cause of more deaths in Las Vegas than methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine combined. Many drug addiction specialists believe a new pill soon to be released will add to the casualties. more

A long wait for help: Addiction counselor shortage lengthens wait for treatment
Ask Kenny Lamb how long he and his wife waited for substance abuse treatment, and he’ll quickly give an exact answer: “33 days.” more

Dogs' pot poisoning soars as pets dig through trash, stash
Cases of marijuana poisoning in dogs have increased, particularly in states like California where medical marijuana is legal. As one veterinarian put it, our dogs are "munching out." more

Fayette court program allows veterans to get physical, psychological help instead of jail time
Lexington veterans who run afoul of the law as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse or other issues stemming from their military service are getting a new chance under a recently launched court program. more

Nicotine Exploits Body's Cellular Machinery to Promote Addiction: Researchers
A new study has come up with findings to suggest that the body's mechanism is altered by nicotine to promote addiction. Researchers said nicotine has the ability to exploit the body's cellular machinery to boost the addiction for nicotine. more

Defeating addiction during the holidays
The holidays bring families and friends together, but for those in drug and alcohol recovery, it can be a difficult time to stay sober. As New Year’s Eve sees people making resolutions for self-improvement and adding a fresh start to the new year, some are finding it tough to stay true to their pledge to avoid drugs and alcohol. more

Parents seek support for children's addiction issues
Mom knew her teenage son well enough to know something was wrong, but the clues didn't add up. Her son had always been industrious through high school, but in the summer before going off to college he was now sleeping in until noon. His responsible, caring demeanor had turned moody and at times argumentative. more

Family works to open drug rehab facility in E. Ky.
A family in eastern Kentucky is working to turn an old school into a drug rehabilitation facility for women. more

Powerful new painkiller Zohydro stirs fears of overdose, addiction
Going against the recommendation of its own panel of outside advisers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has approved a powerful, pure hydrocodone painkiller that lacks features to deter abuse. more

Beyond Addiction-Chris Thigpen: Former Conant High athlete talks about his long fall and rise to recovery
Many people reach a point in their life where they feel stuck in a bad place, helpless and hopeless. Even as the world moves around them, they stand still, unable to move or change. How is it, then, that you get out? How do you leave the past behind? more

Silencing Synapses to Deal with Addictions
Imagine kicking a cocaine addiction by simply popping a pill that alters the way your brain processes chemical addiction. New research from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a method of biologically manipulating certain neurocircuits could lead to a pharmacological approach that would weaken post-withdrawal cocaine cravings. more

Addiction is a social disease
Call it a wave, a craze or an epidemic, cheap heroin on city streets and in rural areas of Ohio has become too common, and too costly to ignore. Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said alcoholism and drug addiction account for a majority of expenses to taxpayers for county jail services. more

Addiction: Can you ever really completely leave it behind?
A new study in Biological Psychiatry suggests the answer is no more

Pot smokers, schizophrenics may share similar brain changes
Teens who were heavy marijuana smokers, smoking every day for about three years, had more difficulty performing memory tasks and had abnormal brain structure changes compared to those who had never used the drug. more

Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers
Ohio Attorney General’s office has heard complaints, state lawmakers take step to crack down on abusers. more

Is substance addiction a fantasy? Is it really just a lack of willpower to stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs?
That's what author and columnist Peter Hitchens asserted Monday on BBC's Newsnight. more

'Let reformed drug addicts become magistrates', suggests think tank
Reformed drug addicts who have paid their dues to society should be encouraged to become magistrates, an influential think tank says today. more

Exploring addiction myths, another tool to prevent suicide
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the percentage of heroin-related admissions to Massachusetts emergency rooms is as much as 40%, higher than alcohol. more

The Kentucky Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council is seeking applications of individuals to serve as voting members of the Council. The Council represents and makes recommendations regarding issues and services for persons with or at risk of substance abuse, substance use disorders, mental health disorders and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Download the application here

How to Blow Your Mind — Synthetic Marijuana and Salvia.
After alcohol and marijuana, what mood altering substance is the next most popular among U.S. high school students?  You might reasonably suspect prescription pain relievers or prescription stimulants.  But in a 2012 survey of drug use in the past year by 9th to 12th graders, synthetic marijuana took third place. more

Pocket hookahs proliferate with young marijuana users, sources say
They can look like nondescript writing pens or asthma inhalers. Some resemble lip-gloss sticks and come in the same hot pink or sparkly purple as teenage girls' smartphone cases. more

Lawmaker urging tougher law for heroin dealing
A northern Kentucky legislator is calling for tougher jail penalties for heroin dealing, but treatment advocates argued that harsher criminal punishments don't help with the problem of addiction. more

Long Term Heroin Addiction Leads to Physical Changes in the Brain, Study Says
A recent study has found that for people who use heroin over a long period of time, changes have been seen in the genes that determine brain function. As changes to a genetic structure tend to be permanent, it is important for people looking to seek treatment to enter into a detox center such as Harbor Village. more

A new kind of addict: Methadone clinics find new mission in fight against America’s pain pill problem
Methadone clinics aren’t just for heroin addicts anymore. Every day, Americans hooked on painkillers are lining up for methadone, a synthetic version of morphine that gained acceptance in the 1960s as way to wean addicts off heroin. Now the drug has found a new mission in the fight against opioid-based prescription painkillers, the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. more

Kentucky's response to drug epidemic is yielding some good news
Kentucky recorded 19 fewer drug-overdose deaths in 2012 than the year before. more

Leaked paper reveals UN split over war on drugs
Latin American nations call for treatment strategy, claiming UN's prohibition stance plays into hands of paramilitary groups more

Could genetic mutation be behind excessive alcohol consumption?

Scientists believe they have found a genetic mutation that may be behind what makes some people more likely to drink excessively and be alcoholics. more

Legalize all drugs? The man behind loosening pot laws in US eyes new goal
When the ball drops this New Year’s Eve, America’s first aboveboard cannabis markets will rise in Colorado and Washington. more

Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean streets
At nine o'clock in the morning in a garden shed behind a house in Amsterdam, a handful of alcoholics are getting ready to clean the surrounding streets, beer and cigarette in hand. more

Being a Garden Variety Drunk
One of the biggest failures of modern dual diagnosis treatment is that we often label those active in addiction or early in recovery with mental health conditions that they don’t have. more

Veterans court program helps warriors battle addiction, mental health crises
Former Marine Cpl. Eric Gonzales doesn’t remember much about the night last year he led police in Orange County, Calif., on a high-speed, 26-minute chase that ended when he threw his truck into reverse and crashed into the patrol car behind him. more

Drug Shows Promise in Treating Alcoholism
A drug now used to treat epilepsy has been shown to be effective against alcoholism, according to a new clinical trial detailed on the LiveScience Website. more

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed
A year after Colorado voters approved the legal recreational use of marijuana by adults, state voters approved a 15 percent excise tax and 10 percent sales tax on all recreational marijuana sales in the state, Tuesday night. more

Michigan Makes Big Strides Toward Marijuana Reform
Voters in three Michigan cities approved ordinances to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use Tuesday, adding to the growing patchwork of cities across the state that have decriminalized pot. more

'Wonder Woman' Lynda Carter Opens Up About Her Battle With Alcoholism (VIDEO)
"Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter twirled her way into our living rooms as one of television's first female superheroes. In the 80s, she gave up her Hollywood career and moved to the Washington, D.C., area. more

As many seek to put a face on addiction and recovery, anonymity gets a second look.
Betsey DeGree initially hoped that she could have her face blocked out and her voice disguised for an interview that she’d agreed to do with ABC-TV’s “Nightline.” But a producer convinced the White Bear Lake mom that her story of abusing her son’s Adderall would be more honest and compelling if she revealed her true identity. more

Target To Drop Criminal Background Questions In Job Applications
Target plans to stop asking prospective employees about their criminal records in initial job applications at all of its U.S. stores more

Ohio's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Welcome to Ohio’s online resource center for clinicians to learn and implement the state’s new guidelines for prescribing opioid pain killers. more

FDA Approves More Powerful, Pure Hydrocodone Drug
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a stronger, single-ingredient version of the painkiller hydrocodone, the widely-abused prescription medicine for chronic pain. more

KY Jury finds drug dealer guilty in heroin overdose death
Harold Wayne Salyers, who was charged with providing heroin that caused a 2012 Clark County overdose death, was found guilty Wednesday. more

Marijuana ads stir the pot over drug safety, free speech
Marijuana billboards have popped up along busy freeways from Seattle to Florida. more

Some Colorado Counties That Won’t Allow Recreational Pot Still Want Slice Of Pie
The debate continues over which counties will receive money if Coloradans pass a sales tax on recreational marijuana. more

Teen binge drinking -- the real American pastime?

Teen binge drinking. As American as baseball and apple pie, right? In fact, many adults just assume that it’s just one of the many rites of passage towards adulthood like losing your virginity or learning how to drive. more

With Addiction, Breaking A Habit Means Resisting A Reflex
The pull of addiction can come from many directions: from food to alcohol to the Internet. So what connects those dependencies? more

Krokodil use reportedly spreading: What makes dangerous drug so addictive?
More cases of Krokodil use are reportedly popping up around the United States, prompting some medical professionals to warn that the addictive, poisonous drug has reached American shores. more

Heroin epidemic worsening in Louisville

It's a problem in Louisville that isn't going away -- in fact, it's getting worse. Ninety-six percent of the detox beds at a local drug recovery center are filled with heroin addicts. more

Neighbors concerned about former Mercy Academy detox plan
Old Highlands neighbors gave an earful Thursday to the developer looking to turn a former Louisville religious school into a rehabilitation center. more

Panel approves rules for Washington pot industry

Washington became the second U.S. state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana Wednesday, setting what advocates expect to become a template for the legalization of the drug around the world. more

Kentucky underage-drinking crackdown yields results
The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's increased presence statewide in an effort to crack down on underage drinking has yielded strong results, a news release said. more

Fatal drug overdoses rank high in Kentucky - as do efforts to combat problem
Kentucky ranks high among states for recent efforts to curb the scourge of drug abuse, but the commonwealth has the third-highest rate of fatal overdoses — the vast majority from prescription pills. more

NKY a testing ground for overdose antidote. Clinic to offer naloxone kits to heroin addicts.
A dozen volunteers, including one doctor, practiced Saturday morning how to greet and treat addicts at high risk of relapsing on heroin and hand them a kit containing a drug that could save their lives if they fall into an overdose. more

Prescription pill abuse dropping among Kentucky youth.
The 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey found that far fewer sixth- through 12th-graders reported misusing prescription drugs last year than in 2004, with the most dramatic decreases occurring since 2008. more

The public information desk at the General Service Office (GSO) of Alcoholics Anonymous released a notice to its conference delegates about anonymity and A.A. in response to inquiries about “a documentary on anonymity.”
People have asked about whether they are breaking their anonymity when they talk publicly about their sobriety. GSO refers to its “Understanding Anonymity” pamphlet, “A.A. members may disclose their identity and speak as recovered alcoholics, giving radio, TV and Internet interviews, without violating the Traditions—so long as their A.A. membership is not revealed.” more

Kentucky underage-drinking crackdown yields results
The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's increased presence statewide in an effort to crack down on underage drinking has yielded strong results, a news release said. more

Fatal drug overdoses rank high in Kentucky - as do efforts to combat problem
Kentucky ranks high among states for recent efforts to curb the scourge of drug abuse, but the commonwealth has the third-highest rate of fatal overdoses — the vast majority from prescription pills. more

Prescription pill abuse dropping among Kentucky youth.
The 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey found that far fewer sixth- through 12th-graders reported misusing prescription drugs last year than in 2004, with the most dramatic decreases occurring since 2008. more

Kentucky Senate Republican Leader Open to Giving Felon Voting Rights a Second Look
A day after U.S. Sen. Rand Paul called on Republican lawmakers in the Kentucky General Assembly to give restoration of felon voting rights a second look, a prominent GOP state senator says the caucus might be open to the idea. more

Proposal would let police administer drug to reverse effects of heroin overdose
The executive director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says he is working on proposed legislation that would allow police statewide to administer a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. more

E. Ky. program that combats drugs finds success
GRAYSON, Ky. — An initiative to combat substance abuse among youths in Eastern Kentucky has found so much success that it will receive funding for five more years. more

Extreme binge drinking not uncommon in high school
Almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking — downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years, according to a government-funded report. more

How Heroin Is Invading America's Schools
Once a junkie's drug, heroin has taken hold in suburbs across the country, offering teens a hard-core high for the cost of $10—and sometimes their lives. more

Cocaine 'rapidly changes the brain'
Taking cocaine can change the structure of the brain within hours in what could be the first steps of drug addiction, according to US researchers. more

Early-Onset, Regular Cannabis Use Is Linked to IQ Decline
Regular cannabis use that starts in adolescence strips away IQ, a NIDA-supported 25-year study of 1,000 individuals suggests. more

New website aimed at fighting prescription drug abuse in Indiana

Prescription drug abuse is a problem Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says is impacting the state, and Hoosiers. more

Toward a more manageable prison population
After Sept. 30, Kentucky will no longer contract with private prisons to house state inmates, a move that ends a nearly 30-year relationship. more

The 5th annual Different Faces of Substance Abuse Conference will be held on January 28 and 29, 2014, at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, KY. more

Daviess County Treatment Providers Public Forum
September 17, 2013 6:00 PM
Breaking the Chains of Addiction more

Recovery Celebration & Alumni Day
Owensboro Regional Recovery Center
Saturday, September 7, 2013 more

The Daviess County Treatment Providers are proud to host Dr. Patricia Van Voorhis, PhD.
Dr. Van Voorhis will be presenting “Evidence-Based Practices for Treating Substance-Abusers”
September 27 more

A celebration of Addiction Recovery
Saturday, September 21, 2013, Devou Park Ban Shell more

The Healing Place-Louisville, KY-Project Coordinator
Employment Opportunity more

Northern Kentucky methadone clinic will help battle addiction
Northern Kentucky now has its first full-service substance-abuse treatment center that offers methadone therapy. more

Drug addiction not a criminal issue, says chief medical officer
Sally Davies says drug addiction should be seen as a medical problem and admits eating hash cookies at university more

‘Drinking Was Absolutely My Priority in Life’: Veteran Journalist & News Anchor Discusses Her History of Alcoholism

TheBlaze’s Laurie Dhue appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday to discuss her history of alcoholism and what she’s learned from the struggle. more

After years of addiction, ex-Pat Collins found a better path in life
Former New England Patriot running back, Tom Collins, speaks to fall sports athletes at Shea High School on Wednesday about making good choices in life. more

Do Addiction Treatment Programs Need to Change?
Addiction treatment programs are based on research and proven results. Why, then, is relapse still considered a common part of recovery? more

Facility Hopes to Keep Families Together During Addiction Recovery
Some familiar organizations are launching a new program aimed at helping moms and keeping families together. Its goal is to treat women with addictions while strengthening their families and allowing them to stay together. more

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.
Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. Interested in seeing it in Louisville again?
In order for the film to be brought here there must be a pre-sale of 55 tickets by Aug. 22. If you'd like to attend, here is a direct link, click on the big blue button on the page to reserve your seat. Your credit card will not be charged until the 55 tickets sold "green light" number is met.
Please consider attending, the film is about recovery advocacy and getting into the solution. Information and the film's trailer is on the page. more

Beshear Ceremonially Signs Law Banning Synthetic Drugs
Governor Steve Beshear Wednesday ceremonially signed into law House Bill 8, adding new substances to the definitions of banned synthetic drugs and controlled substances. more

Reevaluating Drug Courts: No Mother Should Have to Go Through What I Did
July, 4 2013 was the first anniversary of my son's death. My son was a vibrant, well-educated, working professional in New York City. He was also in recovery from substance abuse. more

Kentucky drug deaths decline slightly in 2012, but heroin deaths up sharply
Kentucky saw slightly fewer drug overdose deaths in 2012, down to 1,004, possibly because of less use of prescription painkillers more

'Weed World' vans give out marijuana-flavored candies

The Dro-man -- the only name he would give Fox 5 -- distributes an assortment of different marijuana-flavored candies from the back of a van. more

Mother Settles Suit Over Poppy Bagel Drug Test
A Pennsylvania woman whose newborn baby was taken from her after she failed a drug test by eating a single poppy seed bagel was just awarded almost $144,000 in a settlement. more

Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers
Prescription pain pill addiction was originally seen as a man’s problem, a national epidemic that began among workers doing backbreaking labor in the coal mines and factories of Appalachia. more

Longtime Marijuana Use Linked With Decreased Motivation, Study Finds
The stereotype of pot smokers as lackadaisical loafers is supported by new research: People who smoke marijuana regularly over long periods of time tend to produce less of a chemical in the brain that is linked to motivation, a new study finds. more

Ohio mental health, addiction agencies to merge
Ohio's agencies for mental health services and for alcohol and drug addiction are merging into one entity. more

ADHD drug may treat cocaine addiction
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York found Methylphenidate (brand name Ritalin) modified connectivity in certain brain circuits that underlie self-control and craving among cocaine-addicted individuals. more

Life-saving overdose medication coming to NKY
A life-saving pharmaceutical for people who overdose on opiates such as heroin will be available to some addicts in Northern Kentucky in the coming weeks. more

Transformed by Brighton, addicts then help others

Until she checked into the Brighton Recovery Center for Women last July, Debra Harbour thought she would die a junkie. more

Medical Marijuana Supporters Call for Tighter Restrictions on the Drug

Supporters of medical marijuana legislation around the country are calling for tighter restrictions on the drug, in reaction to critics’ fear that passing such laws will lead to increased use. more

Kentucky to study whether new pain-pill laws are curbing abuse
Kentucky officials are launching a yearlong study to find out whether the state’s controversial new laws cracking down on prescription drug abuse are making a difference in curbing one of the nation’s worst pain-pill epidemics. more

Rally for Recovery 2013
It's just around the corner. Stay updated with our website. more>>

‘Smoking’ Alcohol: Is It Safe?
It’s a different way to get drunk. The practice of “smoking” alcohol is gaining popularity — and a local poison expert says it’s dangerous. more

Financing Addiction: 5 Ways To Stop Enabling And Become Part Of The Solution
Caring about someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is emotionally draining. It can also be a tremendous drain on the family finances. more

Missing Enzyme Linked To Drug Addiction
A missing brain enzyme increases concentrations of a protein related to pain-killer addiction, according to an animal study. The results will be presented Monday at The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. more

Medical marijuana laws and treats may send more kids to ER
Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests. more>>

Marijuana is drug most often linked to crime, study finds

Marijuana is the drug most often linked to crime in the United States, the U.S. drug czar said Thursday, dismissing calls for legalization as a “bumper-sticker approach” that should be avoided. more>>

Drug tests for unemployment benefits approved
Workers who lose their jobs would have to clear a drug screening to qualify for unemployment compensation under a proposal approved by the Texas Legislature. more>>

Health law to open access to addiction treatment
Addiction treatment rarely is covered by health insurance, and many people cannot afford programs needed to recover and manage the disease. That prevents millions from getting the help they need. But that will change next year. more>>

Most addiction treatments need update, Minnesota author argues
"The time is ripe for change," Anne Fletcher says of how we help people overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs and other substances. more>>

Small victory in war against addiction

Husband and wife team Holly Daugherty and Bobby Ferguson are on the front lines in the fight against addiction in Northern Kentucky. more>>

My thanks to WDBR-TV Louisville and Lindsay Allen for doing a story on the solution!
KY news anchor shares personal struggle with alcohol more>>

Northern Kentucky PAR News
NKY PAR Quarter Auction at Legend's Bar and Grill 3530 Decourcey Ave. Latonia, Ky. 41015. Come to Legend's Bar and Grill, bring some quarters, win some prizes!! Doors open at 6:30 auction starts at 7:00 pm. June 6th.

NKY PAR community meeting will be at Transition's Grateful Life Center at 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Guest Speakers TBA 6:30 - 7:30. Focus group work 7:30 - 8:00. Monday June 10th.

Medicaid health insurance to expand under Obamacare in Kentucky
More than 300,000 uninsured Kentuckians will become eligible for Medicaid after Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday that the state will expand the health insurance program — taking advantage of President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act. more>>

Indiana Governor Pence signs expungement bill into law

The measure, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, requires the court to expunge records of misdemeanor convictions and some felony convictions under certain circumstances. It also allows the court to expunge records concerning more serious felony convictions. more>>

Capilouto appoints task force to study University of Kentucky alcohol policy
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto appointed a task force Tuesday to examine longtime rules that strictly limit alcohol on campus. more>>

Jamie Lee Curtis talks Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, and Sobriety
Jamie Lee Curtis has been discussing her drug and alcohol addiction openly. Jamie Lee Curtis got her big break in the 70s with the first Halloween film and appeared in countless films since then. more>>

Over-Criminalization Task Force In House Could Rethink Drug Laws
NEW YORK -- The House Judiciary Committee created a bipartisan task force Tuesday to investigate whether the federal code over-criminalizes minor offenses. Advocates and lawmakers said the move could eventually help reduce the size of the massive federal prison population. more>>

Celebrity Rehab Ends After Five Alumni Deaths
Dr. Drew Pinsky says he's "tired" of taking the blame for former cast members' deaths. more>>

Is addiction a disease?
With all the reality TV such as “My Strange Addiction”, ”Celebrity Rehab”, and “Hoarders”, there’s never been a time when addiction has been more widely observed. more>>

Obama Drug Policy Reform To Be Outlined By Gil Kerlikowske, Nation's Drug Czar
President Barack Obama's new strategy for fighting the nation's drug problem will include a greater emphasis on using public health tools to battle addiction and diverting non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of prisons, under reforms scheduled to be outlined by the nation's drug czar Wednesday. more>>

Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization
U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske sought to portray the White House as a champion of drug policy reform on Wednesday, while staunchly opposing marijuana legalization and leaving unanswered questions about how the Justice Department will handle legalized recreational pot in Colorado and Washington. more>>

Prescription drug abuse by teens up sharply: study
More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use. more>>

Minnesota Welfare Drug Testing Debate Prompts House Members To Vote For Testing Themselves

As drug testing bills aimed at the poor and jobless have entered several state legislatures this year, one group of lawmakers decided Monday to extend the idea to themselves. more>>

Defense attorneys say synthetic drug law unconstitutional because it is too confusing
Lawyer says it's too vague for people to understand more>>

Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization
U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske sought to portray the White House as a champion of drug policy reform on Wednesday, while staunchly opposing marijuana legalization and leaving unanswered questions about how the Justice Department will handle legalized recreational pot in Colorado and Washington. more>>

The number of people seeking treatment could double over current levels,
depending on how many states decide to expand their Medicaid programs and how many addicts choose to take advantage of the new opportunity, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. more>>

FDA blocks generic version of crushable OxyContin abused by addicts. Old crushable form too easy to abuse
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has blocked generic drug manufacturers from producing versions of the old crushable form of OxyContin that was widely abused in Kentucky and across the nation more>>

Study: Taste Of Beer Makes People Want To Drink More
A new study says just tasting beer increases a person’s desire to get drunk. more>>

Hospitals target emergency room 'super-utilizers' to cut down on costs
In less than two years, Dennis Manners was treated 337 times at University Hospital’s emergency room — sometimes after passing out drunk in the street and being brought in by ambulance. more>>

House Bill 366 passes in Kentucky allowing the distribution of a Naloxone rescue kit for use with Good Samaritan protection.
Distributing naloxone more widely to heroin users and citizens impacted by opiate use would reduce the number of deaths due to overdose and would be a cost-effective intervention, according to a mathematical model described in the January 1, 2013, Annals of Internal Medicine. Providing naloxone to prescription opiate users will prevent even more deaths.

Thank you to all that have taken time to contribute to these efforts. However, our work here is not done. It is now time to join forces to find the funding and distribution methods necessary to get this life saving medication to those in need. We will be hosting our a PAR Town Hall Focus Group meeting Wednesday April 3rd at Transition’s Grateful Life Center to discuss how each and every one of us can assist in this battle. Please Join us at 6:30 p.m. 305 Pleasure Isle Drive, Erlanger, KY 41017

Why some people are more prone to alcohol addiction
A Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center team that is studying alcohol addiction has new research, which might shed light on why some people are more susceptible to alcohol addiction than others. more>>

Teen talks about meth addiction at launch of new school initiative
A 16-year-old girl told Channel 2 Action News how she began using methamphetamine when she was just 15. more>>

Remembering the people who shaped addiction treatment
Lots of people contributed to finding ways to make treatment for addictions work. It started with treatment for alcohol use long ago and has moved into drugs and behaviors like gambling. Here are a few: more>>

Panel backs approval of implants for addiction treatment
A four-rod subdermal implant that slowly releases buprenorphine over 6 months should be approved for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, although more work is needed to determine optimal dosing strategies and how to address the potential risks of the treatment, the majority of a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended. more>>

Smoking pot may lead to nicotine addiction
New York: People who smoke marijuana are at a higher risk of developing nicotine addiction if they try cigarettes, according to a new study. more>>

Does Drug Treatment Work?
Addiction is a chronic disease that can be successfully treated. We need to look no further than the millions of Americans who are in long-term recovery today from drug and alcohol addiction to see that recovery is possible. more>>

War on drug addiction
Sen. Joe Manchin looks to re-introduce the ‘Safe Prescribing Act of 2013’ more>>

Chaske Spencer: A Native Actor Who Left Addiction Behind

Chaske Spencer is known for his alpha wolf portrayal in The Twilight Saga, but many people aren’t aware that he’s also an activist speaking out against the addictions that almost took his life. more>>

Study: THC May Lead to Stronger Nicotine Addiction
A new study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that THC, the primary psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis, triggers stronger nicotine addiction in lab rats. The study was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. more>>

Propofol Abuse Among Healthcare Providers On The Rise
A new study in the April edition of the Journal of Addiction Medicine suggests that propofol abuse by health care professionals is increasing. more>>

Cocaine use causes ‘feed-forward’ loop
Scientists have found a molecular chain reaction in the brain triggered by cocaine, and say that interrupting this process could provide treatment for addiction. more>>

Christopher Kennedy Lawford on addiction, recovery
Bestselling author and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford's background is quite varied. He's acted in movies and on TV. He's produced films and has worked in the legal field. But a very personal substance abuse battle set him on a very different path, to use his own struggles as a way to help others. more>>

Discovery may lead to treatments for cocaine addiction
Washington: Scientists have discovered a molecular process in the brain triggered by cocaine use that could provide a target for treatments to prevent or reverse addiction to the drug. more>>

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
ONDCP invites people in recovery, family members, friends and allies to share their stories of recovery to testify to the power of recovery to transform individuals, families and communities. You can check it out, join; upload videos and photographs to their new Facebook page Americans in Recovery. “Together, our voices have the power to galvanize and transform. By sharing and celebrating our stories we can help dispel the fear, misunderstanding, and stigma that so often create obstacles for Americans in recovery who want to live healthy, safe, and productive lives,” said ONDCP Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, David Mineta, in launching the new page. more>>

Merlene Davis: Let us decide on restoration of felons' right to vote
By the start of the new session of the General Assembly on Jan. 7, 2014, Rep. Jesse Crenshaw will resubmit House Bill 70 for consideration yet again. more>>

Advocate advises addiction, recovery are 'a family process'

The 100 or so people who came Wednesday to hear recovery advocate William C. Moyers speak left with a call to action. The author and addiction expert asked those who, like himself, are in recovery to share that with someone they don’t know. more>>

Research finds decrease in prefrontal lobe activity in cocaine addicts
All people from all social classes and ethnicities are vulnerable to the ubiquitous presence of drug addiction. Yet research into a cure gets less than 2 percent of the funding of other, more mainstream diseases like cancer. more>>

Energy Drink Addiction [Infographic]
Many people enjoy energy drinks over other drinks, but these drinks effect the body in a different way. Caffeine is a drug that is very addictive. That is the main reason people drink energy drinks. more>>

Addiction resource put online
Health researchers at the University of Otago's Wellington campus have developed a free online educational resource covering addiction issues. It also aims to help people learn directly from those who have experienced addiction. more>>

Researcher foresees DNA data in treating addiction
Patients' gene sequence would guide doctors more>>

Rally for Restoration of Voter Rights
Despite snowy weather, about 260 people raised their voices for voting rights at a rally and lobby day Wednesday at the state capitol in Frankfort. more>>

Lexington council supports restoring voting rights to ex-felons
Lexington's Urban County Council voted unanimously on Thursday to support House Bill 70 and to ask the General Assembly to put the issue before Kentucky voters as a constitutional amendment. The bill would restore voting rights to ex-felons. more>>

Affordable Care Act to Provide Substance Abuse Treatment to Millions of New Patients
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will revolutionize the field of substance abuse treatment, according to A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute. more>>

Heroin arrests, overdoses increasing in Lexington
Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said that after three confirmed heroin overdose deaths since Jan. 1, he is now testing heroin taken from the scene of an overdose death. more>>

Local groups work to address area's substance abuse issues
Nearly 100 community members gathered at the Grateful Life Center in Erlanger, KY Thursday, Feb. 28, to participate in the first meeting of the newly reborn Northern Kentucky Chapter of People Advocating Recovery (PAR), part of a statewide advocacy group working to help those struggling with addiction. more>>

2013 Celebrate Freedom Dinner - Too Legit!
Video featuring alumni, clients, and staff of The Healing Place for the annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner. Page 132 of The Big Book. more>>

Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally!
Join us for our major lobby day and rally to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society!
March 6th Frankfort, Kentucky
See our Facebook page for more details. more>>

“Essential Health Benefits” Rule Covers Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse Treatment
The federal government on Wednesday issued a final rule on “essential health benefits” that most health insurance plans must offer next year, including treatment of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. more>>

Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally!
Join us for our major lobby day and rally to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society!
March 6th Frankfort, Kentucky
See our Facebook page for more details. more>>

Merlene Davis: Advocates for felons' voting rights hope changes in legislature prove beneficial to bill
In describing Jesse Crenshaw, the average person could call him a long-time state representative who was first elected to serve the 77th District in 1993. more>>

Researchers Develop Patch to Deliver Psychoactive Ingredient of Marijuana
Researchers at the University of Mississippi have developed a patch to deliver THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. They say it could be used to treat pain, glaucoma, and the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, Mississippi News Now reports. The patch is designed to be used in the mouth, above the gum line. more>>

Study shows naloxone kits cost-effective in preventing overdose deaths
Giving heroin users kits with the overdose antidote naloxone is a cost-effective way to prevent overdose deaths and save lives, according to a study released this week in The Annals of Internal Medicine. more>>

Denver Considers Whether To Opt In Or Out Of Amendment 64
There’s a chance Denver will opt out of Amendment 64 despite the fact voters in the city overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana. more>>

Felony expungement bill clears Kentucky House

The Kentucky House voted 78-18 to approve a bill that would give people convicted of Class D felonies a chance to expunge the crime from their record. more>>

Ky. bans more felons from voting than many other states
A new report shows that nearly a quarter-million Kentuckians are denied access to voting booths because of felony convictions. more>>

Felony expungement bill clears Kentucky House
The Kentucky House voted 78-18 to approve a bill that would give people convicted of Class D felonies a chance to expunge the crime from their record. more>>

Heroin use skyrockets impacting families, community in Louisville
A killer is back on our streets. A staggering rise in heroin use is tearing families apart and sending ripple effects through every corner of our community. The numbers are jaw dropping and lots of people are paying the price, but none more so than the families of people who get hooked. more>>

Dr. Nora Volkow Explains the Science of Addiction
An excellent scientific explanation of how addiction impacts the brain and the decision making process of the person addicted. Video more>>

Denver Considers Whether To Opt In Or Out Of Amendment 64
There’s a chance Denver will opt out of Amendment 64 despite the fact voters in the city overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana. more>>

Addiction Expert: Treatment Providers Can Perpetuate Media Stereotypes of Patients
Stereotypes about addiction, perpetuated by the media, can be unintentionally reinforced by addiction professionals, according to a New York addiction expert. more>>

Study claims minimum pricing cuts alcohol-related deaths
Research published in Canada has linked the introduction of minimum pricing with a significant drop in alcohol-related deaths. more>>

House calls for homeless: Street docs find no quick fix
Jonathan Wong, a 29-year-old Wayne State University medical student, moved the blood pressure cuff from one of Thomas Wise's arms to the other aiming to get a better reading. more>>

Drug overdoses top AIDS as main cause of homeless deaths
Overdoses of drugs, particularly prescription pain-killers and heroin, have overtaken AIDS to become the leading cause of death of homeless adults, according to a study of homeless residents of Boston released on Monday. more>>

Floyd County, IN targets pain clinics
With the experiences of neighboring Jeffersonville in mind, Floyd County leaders are joining the ranks of local communities acting to restrict new pain management clinics. more>>

FDA panel votes for more restrictions on Vicodin
Federal health advisors want new restrictions on hydrocodone, the highly addictive ingredient found in Vicodin and other widely abused prescription painkillers. more>>

Heroin replacing pain pills as drug of choice in some parts of Kentucky
Heroin has rapidly replaced prescription pain pills as the drug of choice in much of Northern Kentucky and Louisville, raising fears that a heroin scourge will soon ravage the state. more>>

Employment Opportunity-Kentucky
Family Mentor position for the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) program.  The Family Mentor position will be located in Louisville and the position is now posted on the EKU website under the title, “Family Mentor, Jefferson County.”

Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally!
Join us for our major lobby day and rally to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society!
March 6th Frankfort, Kentucky
See our Facebook page for more details. more>>

Access to Health Care Services for Addiction Will Improve Dramatically

Once the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented in 2014, access to effective health care services for addiction will improve dramatically, according to Faces & Voices of Recovery. more>>

Opioid Overdose Treatment and Prevention: Often Overlooked at Community Level
While many programs aimed at prescription drug abuse focus on how to stop diversion of medications, an often overlooked but critical issue is preventing and treating opioid overdoses, according to a Brown University researcher. more>>

Group begins studying homelessness in Jeffersonville, Clarksville, Indiana
Sophia Bates and Michael Tilton moved with their daughter Kara to Southern Indiana from Arkansas last year after a relative convinced them they would have a place to stay and better job prospects. more>>

Painkiller Paradox: Feds Struggle To Control Drugs That Help And Harm
These drugs have been a godsend for millions of people in pain. But they are narcotics, which means they can make people high. As a result, they are abused by millions of people. And many patients who take them for pain become dependent. more>>

Denzel Washington: Flight is more about addiction than disaster
THE hit movie features one of the most terrifying crash scenes ever shot but double Oscar winner Denzel Washington says the fascinating script which deals with alcohol addiction was what drew him in. more>>

Trend in women binge drinking carries deadly risks
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 14 million women and girls binge drink about three times a month. more>>

'Drinking Mirror' app aims to show how alcohol ages you
If you're the kind of gal whose "me time" includes a glass or two of wine after work, you might want to consider how those drinks could affect your looks. more>>

A Kennedy Shocks the Pro-Dope Liberal Media
The major media do not want to cover the issue of marijuana causing mental illness. But because a prominent Democrat, Patrick Kennedy, has raised it, the media have nowhere left to hide. The news that he says marijuana “Destroys the brain and expedites psychosis” was big news and a big headline in The Washington Post. more>>

New regulations for Kentucky law dealing with prescription drug abuse move forward
A legislative review panel signed off on several new regulations Monday that govern the implementation of a controversial 2012 law to tackle Kentucky's prescription drug-abuse problem. more>>

Jefferson County targets 'frequent flier' inmates with new intensive-treatment program
On a recent December morning, 33-year-old Michael Stults shuffled from jail in handcuffs into a Jefferson District courtroom to face charges of public intoxication — a trek he has made dozens of times in the past two years. more>>

New program offers recovering addicts affordable housing
After completing 18 months of substance abuse treatment, Timberly Fox was hoping the legal problems she'd worked to overcome wouldn't keep her from finding a place to live. more>>

Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering
On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge. Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong. more>>

Eight ways to support someone with an addiction
When a habit becomes an addiction, things change. Addictions dramatically affect everyday living, both for addicts and their families. Overcoming addictions and regaining complete freedom is a long process and one that requires a lot of patience, love and support from all sides. more>>

Addiction: Recovering addicts reach out to others
An unhealthy habit becomes an addiction when it causes suffering to self or others and prevents a person from pursuing something that matters to him or her, says Paul Guinther, a licensed psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy. more>>

Anonymity Of Addiction Hurts More Than It Helps
Our silence has allowed others to define us more>>

Reader's view: Addiction a public health, not a moral, problem
The underlying cause of prescription narcotic abuse is addiction; and all of the scientific evidence supports the understanding of addiction as a chronic disease, a brain disorder (“Doctors, patients caught in the middle of narcotics ‘epidemic,’ ” Dec. 17). more>>

China Uses Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction
A small handful of doctors in China are going to extremes to rid people of addiction. As a last resort against intractable addiction to heroine and alcohol, these doctors are attempting to erase motivation by erasing a part of the addict’s brain. And they are doing it in the face of worldwide condemnation, and in the name of scientific research. more>>

Rising painkiller addiction shows damage from drugmakers’ role in shaping medical opinion
Portsmouth, Ohio — Over much of the past decade, the official word on OxyContin was that it rarely posed problems of addiction for patients. The label on the drug, which was approved by the FDA, said the risks of addiction were “reported to be small.” more>>

Clinton, Carter Blast ‘War on Drugs’ in Documentary
"If all you do is try to find a police or military solution to the problem, a lot of people die and it doesn't solve the problem," Clinton says in the documentary, “Breaking the Taboo,” which debuts on Friday. more>>

Painkiller addiction sweeping the U.S.
The US is leading the way in eradicating pain, but in doing so has created an unwanted byproduct: painkiller addiction. Prescription pill overdoses are killing 15,000 Americans a year, and the toll is growing. more>>

Promising new treatment for cocaine addiction adds stimulant drugs
Cocaine dependence is a devilishly difficult addiction to break, owing to the drug's unique chemical ability both to reward users and to disrupt their impulse-control mechanisms. But a surprising drug combination may offer an equally clever way to loosen cocaine's hold on an addict, a new study has found. more>>

Telling Addicts To ‘Just Say No’ Proves Ineffective
An Indiana University brain researcher has found negative messaging may not help people beat drug and alcohol addiction. more>>

Openings for three Family Mentor positions for the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) program that is being implemented in Daviess County. The 3 Family Mentor positions will be located in Owensboro in Daviess County and the positions are now posted on the EKU website under the title, “Family Mentor - Daviess County UTC K-START.” Applicants must apply on line. The link will be posted until 12/19/12. more>>
Tina Willauer, START Director

Life in Recovery Survey
Help other people learn about the key aspects of life in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs by taking our survey today. It ’s available in English and en español. The deadline for responding is December 31, 2012. Please help us get the word out by distributing our flyer, posting information on your Facebook page and talking about it with your friends and family members. Thanks!

In a compelling new documentary, Deadly Dose: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports,CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports how prescription drug misuse has become an epidemic.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, President Bill Clinton Discuss No. 1 Accidental Killer more>>

Federal government releases long-awaited health reform rules

Long-awaited federal rules for health insurance plans came out Tuesday, and they make clear that insurance plans that people can buy on the open market next year will look a lot like some of the most popular plans on offer now – with a few big differences. more>>

Havens and hope for homeless youth
Almost Home, by Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley, tells the story of homeless young people who find their way to Covenant House, and its promise of safe harbor, emotional support, and a chance at a better life. more>>

With Marijuana Legal In Colorado And Washington, Police Worry About Stoned Driving
It's settled. Pot, at least certain amounts of it, will soon be legal under state laws in Washington and Colorado. Now, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep stoned drivers off the road. more>>

Faces & Voices is excited to conduct the first nationwide survey designed to document key aspects in the lives of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. While we know a lot about the many costs of addiction, we know very little about what happens in a person's life in recovery. Faces & Voices is gathering this information to inform the public, policymakers, service planners and providers and the recovery community - about the milestones that people achieve in recovery. We will use the information we gather from you to contribute to our work educating the public about recovery and to address discriminatory barriers facing people in or seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. more>>

Mexico to reconsider joint policies with U.S. amid new state marijuana laws
A top aide to Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto says votes to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state will force the Mexican government to rethink its efforts at trying to halt marijuana smuggling across the Southwest border. more>>

Pot votes in 2 states challenge US drug war
First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people. more>>

Commentary: What Foundations Can Do to Fight the Opiate Epidemic
Foundations can play a vital role in battling the epidemic of opiate overdoses. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, while heroin use is also on the rise in communities around the country. In addition to funding, some foundations have the expertise to provide technical assistance and can bring together communities and policymakers to devise solutions to this devastating public health problem. more>>

PAR Board Member Tayna Fogle is a grandmother, basketball player extraordinaire, and former addict who spent nearly part a decade in prison. In order to stand up for the issues that were important to her family, she had to bravely defend against harsh drug sentencing policies and learn to navigate bureaucratic mazes to regain her right to vote. more>>

Author Offers Help For Families Dealing With Addiction
Interview with William Moyers, author of Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery more>>

France to launch program that allows supervised illegal drug use
France is reportedly planning to test launch a series of "shooting galleries," where drug users can inject illegal drugs while under medical supervision. more>>

Regulator: Insurers must help pay for urine tests required by Ky. drug law
State regulators said this week they're working with private insurance companies and Medicaid managers to make sure health insurance plans help cover the cost of urine tests required under House Bill 1, the so-called "pill mill bill." more>>

Indiana officials promoting new alcohol amnesty law
State officials have started visiting Indiana college campuses to promote a new law that shields people from alcohol-related arrests if they seek medical help for those who are dangerously intoxicated. more>>

Thanks! to everyone who stood up for recovery during September’s Rally for Recovery! events and activities as part of Recovery Month.  Over 100,000 people walked, rallied and called for action to support recovery at events across the nation and around the world.

Members of Congress, state and local elected officials and other allies came together to speak out about the reality of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and call for policies to support recovery.  Recovery community organizations registered voters and called on the recovery community to get involved in our nation’s civic life. 4,000 people came out for this year’s National Hub event in Detroit, Michigan, where people in recovery, family members, friends and allies walked around historic Belle Isle.

Mark your calendar for September 21, 2013 when recovery advocates in Providence, Rhode Island’s Rally4Recovery committee will host Faces & Voices 2013 National Hub event.

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School
When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. more>>

Get Ready Now for Influx of Patients Under Affordable Care Act, Expert Urges
Substance abuse treatment providers must take steps now to get ready for the influx of new patients they will begin to see in January 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to an expert speaking at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders. more>>

States Deny Millions Of Ex-Felons Voting Rights
Eric Bates was caught twice in the late 1990s driving with a suspended license, and then again in 2006. That third time, under then-Virginia law, Bates was considered a habitual offender and was prosecuted as a felon. more>>

High times: 3 states to vote on recreational marijuana use
Advocates of legalizing marijuana for recreational use may be closing in on their first statewide victory. Voter initiatives that would legalize up to an ounce of pot will be on the ballot in three states in November: more>>

U.S. teen drinking and driving rate cut in half in 20 years
The percentage of U.S. high school students who drink and drive has dropped by more than half in two decades, in part due to tougher laws against driving under the influence of alcohol, federal health officials said on Tuesday. more>>

Indiana AG kicking off new statewide program to combat synthetic drugs
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart and local law enforcement leaders at a news conference Thursday to announce a statewide initiative aimed at getting such synthetic drugs as “bath salts” and “spice” off retailers’ shelves. more>>

Colorado Vets See Spike In Cases Of ‘Stoner Dogs’
The popularity of medical marijuana in Colorado has had an unintended side effect — dogs getting stoned, sometimes with deadly results. more>>

Kentucky's Mental, Behavioral Health Centers Prepare for Influx of Newly-Insured Patients
As Kentucky officials continue to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, doctors are preparing for a rush of new patients in every sector of the health care industry. more>>

Study: Binge-drinking students happier

An end-of-summer study indicates that college students who binge drink are actually happier people than those who don't. more>>

Urine tests required by new drug law can cost patients hundreds of dollars
To curb prescription drug abuse, Kentucky started in July requiring people with long-term prescriptions for controlled substances to submit to urine testing. more>>

Marijuana withdrawal is real, study says
When people try to quit smoking pot, they experience real withdrawal symptoms that can affect their daily lives, a new study from Australia says. more>>

This is the FINAL WEEK to accept submissions for the 2012 Recovery Month Essay Contest! We’d like to encourage military members and veterans to email their submissions by this Sunday, October 7th at Midnight for a chance to win one of three great prizes – including an iPad2 for 1st Place!
Follow the link below for contest information, guidelines and submission instructions. more>>

What is Recovery?
The term recovery is often used but hard to define. We want to know how people who have been through the alcohol and drug recovery process define the term. The information collected will be used to help reduce the stigmas about alcohol and drug addiction.

Please take an online survey about recovery if you are in recovery and are over 18 years of age. It should take about 20 minutes. more>>

John Larroquette's moment of clarity with sobriety
Though John Larroquette gave up alcohol for good thirty years ago, the Emmy and Tony award-winning actor still makes a point of relating that journey at public appearances. more>>

Arkansas court upholds medical marijuana proposal
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a proposed ballot measure that, if successful, would make the state the first in the South to legalize medical marijuana. more>>

Prescription drug abuse drops, national survey finds
Efforts to curb misuse paying off; young adults push rate level to lowest since 2002 more>>

Ky. part of national prescription drug initiatives
Kentucky will join several states hard hit by prescription drug abuse to develop strategies to combat what is described as a still-growing problem, Gov. Steve Beshear said Friday. more>>

Saying goodbye to addiction: 2012 Kentucky Rally for Recovery
Drug and alcohol addiction was momentarily defeated Saturday morning and early afternoon as hundreds of people flocked to the 2012 Kentucky Rally for Recovery held at the Louisville Waterfront Park. “This is what recovery looks like,” declared Mike Barry, CEO of People Advocating Recovery more>>

Weekend's Rally For Recovery a big boost to our Voting Rights campaign
This past weekend, our allies at People Advocating Recovery (PAR) held their big, annual Rally For Recovery in Louisville and KFTC members were invited as always to talk to people about our campaign to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Drug-Addicted Doctors: California Debates How Best To Protect Patients And Help Doctors
Five years ago, a state program to help doctors struggling with addiction was shut down after repeated audits found it failed to hold addicts accountable and fell short in protecting the public. more>>

Legislative committee delays Health Benefits Exchange vote until September
After more than an hour of debate, the Kentucky legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday delayed a vote on an executive order that would create an online marketplace for insurance plans, a key part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. more>>

Beshear’s alcohol task force will have limited agenda
Gov. Steve Beshear’s new task force to study state alcoholic beverage laws will take a limited approach in what it tackles, said chairman Robert Vance Wednesday at the panel’s first meeting. more>>

Clean slate hard to get in Louisville: County attorney battles requests to erase misdemeanor convictions

To the dismay of some judges and attorneys, the Jefferson County attorney’s office has started making it much more difficult for misdemeanor offenders to get old convictions erased. more>>

Lexington police make significant arrest in designer-drug investigation
In what could be a major break in a months-long investigation into the sale of designer drugs in Lexington, narcotics officers last week arrested a man suspected of manufacturing synthetic marijuana in his home and supplying it to local retailers. more>>

There's something (potentially dangerous) about molly
"Have you heard of molly?" the girl next to me asked. She was swaying from side to side, bobbing her head to the bass vibrating throughout the sold-out venue. more>>

Researchers find way to block heroin, morphine addiction
Opiate drugs, such as morphine and hydrocodone, are frequently prescribed medications to aid patients in need of chronic pain relief – but they often come at a cost. more>>

How PTSD and Addiction Can Be Safely Treated Together
The vast majority of people with addiction have suffered significant previous trauma, and many people who struggle with addiction suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) simultaneously. more>>

Treating Drug Addictions Saves Lives
William Yarborough: Addiction is taking many lives, including those of our youth, and we must have tools to address the challenges of treating it. more>>

Former NFL quarterback Ray Lucas hopes story of painkiller addiction will lead others to get help
Ray Lucas said he had no intention of getting himself clean. Taking up to 800 prescription opioid pain medications per month at his worst, the former NFL quarterback went broke, put his family through "hell on Earth" and would pop a handful of pills before bed hoping he wouldn't wake up. more>>

Addicted Reveals The Emotional Journey Of Substance Abuse On Discovery Fit & Health August 28 At 10pm Et/pt
The powerful one-hour docu-series ADDICTED returns to Discovery Fit & Health Tuesday, August 28, at 10 PM ET/PT. Season two opens the doors to the complex journey of addiction while following the unpredictable ride to recovery as top interventionist Kristina Wandzilak works with nine individuals with uncontrollable addictions, and the friends and family members who are seeking to help them. more>>

Drug Addiction Vaccine: Medicine’s Next Big Thing?
In 2010 there were an estimated 22.6 million Americans over the age of 12 that were current or former illicit drug users within the last month. more>>

Olympians Hanging Up Cleats Risk Drug Addict-Like Ills
Message to Olympians: be careful what you wish for. Going for gold can trigger a bad case of the blues -- or worse. more>>

How One Shot Could Stop Drug Addiction
Researchers are making breakthroughs on a decades-old quest to use our own bodies to defend against addiction — by priming our bodies to stop the small molecules that cause an addictive high before they reach the brain. more>>

Former addict's apartment door -- on the wall at Portland's ReBuilding Center -- becomes symbol of redemption
With some stories, it's difficult to see where a story starts and ends. In this case, pick a day in the fall of 2006, call it the beginning and let the story unfold. more>>

Joint effort aims at awareness of gambling addicts
Toledo and Lucas County officials shifted Monday from exalting casino tax revenues for local governments to addressing the darker side of gambling with a call to residents to educate themselves on how to spot addictions and learn where to seek help. more>>

ASAM opposes state ballot measures to legalize marijuana. Physicians should take lead against efforts in Colorado, Washington and Oregon.
Legalization initiatives in Colorado, Washington and Oregon create unacceptable risks to public health, according to a white paper approved by the ASAM Board of Directors at its July 25 meeting. Physicians and other health professionals must learn more about the real health threats posed by marijuana use, all of which are made worse by legalization. more>>

The Anonymous People
Tired of seeing the same old addiction story on TV? Greg Williams, filmmaker and co-founder of Connecticut Turning to Youth and Families, has just launched a KickStarter campaign for an independent documentary film about the recovery movement. Greg's been all around the country, filming recovery advocates to get the project underway. You'll see some familiar faces of PAR Board Members. Now, when you have a few minutes, you can click this link and find out how you can help make this movie a reality. more>>

New prescription drug law prompts four pain clinics to close
Just a few days after a new state law went into effect to crack down on Kentucky's increasing problem with prescription drug abuse, four "pain management clinics" already have notified the state that they cannot comply with it and will close, Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday. more>>

Beshear sets up task force to review state’s alcohol laws

Gov. Steve Beshear created a task force Wednesday to study Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage control laws. more>>

More powerful, user-friendly heroin moving to the suburbs

He stole from his family and pawned his belongings, but Bill Patrianakos still couldn’t afford his OxyContin habit. more>>

LA Marijuana Dispensary Ban Approved By Council, Expected To Go Into Effect In 30 Days
Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles will have to rush to dispensaries if they want to stock up on marijuana products. more>>

Faces and Voices of Recovery is excited to let you know that for the first time ever, we will be live streaming from rallies around the world on September 15, 2012! If you can't make it to a Rally for Recovery! event in your community, you can tune in and watch recovery advocates in Detroit, MI at this year's National Hub event; in Hartford, CT for Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery's (CCAR) Recovery Walks 2012 and in Dublin, Ireland for Recovery Walk Ireland 2012 where the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, will be leading the walk. Stay tuned for details.

What is Recovery? Please take a minute to take part in the first-ever nationwide survey about addiction recovery. You will be partnering in an exciting new research project funded by the National Institutes of Health. The project's goal is to learn how people experience and define recovery. This research has never been done before. Help us reach people in your community who used to have a problem with alcohol and/or other drugs and no longer do. The 20 minute anonymous survey can be answered online at more>>

Governor Steve Beshear establishes insurance exchange for Kentucky
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide health insurance exchange, following up on earlier promises to do so once the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law. more>>

Outcasts at the ballot box
One in five African Americans in Kentucky aren't eligible to vote because of convictions. In Indiana, the number is 2.4%. more>>

Cognitive Strategy Reduces Craving by Altering Brain Activity
Addiction makes it difficult for people to look beyond immediate gratification to the longer term consequences of their actions. Accordingly, patients in drug abuse treatment are often coached to make and rehearse mental associations between situations that trigger drug cravings and the problems that are likely to ensue from succumbing to them. more>>

Freon Thefts On The Rise For Drug Use
Police say thieves climbed up a ladder of a local business and ransacked the three air conditioning units on the roof for scrap and the very dangerous gas Freon, which can cause a person to be high and kill them in the same breath. more>>

University of Iowa's commitment to curbing binge drinking questioned after beer deal
A lucrative deal between the University of Iowa and Anheuser-Busch has critics questioning Hawkeye Nation's commitment to its high-profile campaign against binge drinking. more>>

Bill introduced to legalize medical marijuana in Ky.
A Louisville lawmaker is preparing to unveil legislation that he will introduce in next year's legislative session that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. more>>, An Addiction Recovery Website, Re-Launches Website With Addiction Recovery & Meeting Information Across The United States
If you are looking for details or help on addiction, provides all types of information on addiction, getting help for addiction, and resources for entering into all types of different treatment centers. more>>

AVERT - Addictive Voice Emergency Recognition Training

AVERT is a substance abuse craving reduction technique that can help individuals challenge cravings in the immediacy by bringing up realistic events and situations that will happen if you choose to use. more>>

Recovery Activists Honored at Stellar Event

A high-powered benefit hosted in Washington, DC carries a resounding message of hope. more>>

Exclusive: In His Second Term, Obama Will Pivot to the Drug War
According to ongoing discussions with Obama aides and associates, if the president wins a second term, he plans to tackle another American war that has so far been successful only in perpetuating more misery: the four decades of The Drug War. more>>

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Targets Parents
Advocates of a Colorado campaign aimed at legalizing marijuana through the ballot box are directly targeting the most difficult voters to win over on the issue: parents more>>

Governor Steve Beshear establishes insurance exchange for Kentucky
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide health insurance exchange, following up on earlier promises to do so once the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law. more>>

Outcasts at the ballot box
One in five African Americans in Kentucky aren't eligible to vote because of convictions. In Indiana, the number is 2.4%. more>>

Cognitive Strategy Reduces Craving by Altering Brain Activity
Addiction makes it difficult for people to look beyond immediate gratification to the longer term consequences of their actions. Accordingly, patients in drug abuse treatment are often coached to make and rehearse mental associations between situations that trigger drug cravings and the problems that are likely to ensue from succumbing to them. more>>

Freon Thefts On The Rise For Drug Use
Police say thieves climbed up a ladder of a local business and ransacked the three air conditioning units on the roof for scrap and the very dangerous gas Freon, which can cause a person to be high and kill them in the same breath. more>>

University of Iowa's commitment to curbing binge drinking questioned after beer deal
A lucrative deal between the University of Iowa and Anheuser-Busch has critics questioning Hawkeye Nation's commitment to its high-profile campaign against binge drinking. more>>

Obama: Supreme Court ruling on health care a victory for all Americans
In a landmark ruling that will affect the November election and the lives of every American, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the controversial health care law championed by President Barack Obama. more>>

Reader Letter | Need to focus on treatment, not just drug abuse
With all the issues being discussed around prescription drug abuse in our state, a major part of the solution appears absent from the dialogue — treatment. more>>

Man overcomes addiction by biking
MADISONVILLE, Ky. — It was a little after midnight when Chad Davis went to hop in the shower. Swirling gray clouds floated to the ceiling of his living room as he and his wife inhaled the remnants of burning marijauna. more>>

Medical marijuana sparks tough discussions with kids in some U.S. households
Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he's got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly explaining green-leafed marijuana ads and "free joint" promotions endemic in his suburban hometown. more>>

Prescription Drug Abuse Fueling Rise in Heroin Addiction
The increase in prescription drug abuse is fueling a rise in heroin addiction, NBC News reports. A growing number of young people who start abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy. more>>

The Cost of Addiction on Families
Drug addiction and alcoholism are addictions that most people are familiar with, but there are many addictions families suffer from. more>>

Prescription Drug Abuse Fueling Rise in Heroin Addiction
The increase in prescription drug abuse is fueling a rise in heroin addiction, NBC News reports. A growing number of young people who start abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy. more>>

Eastern Kentucky Police Concerned About Heroin
Police in southeastern Kentucky say they are concerned after finding a different illegal drug in the area. more>>

Baby soaps and shampoos trigger positive marijuana tests
Commonly used baby soaps and shampoos, including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS, can trigger a positive result on newborns' marijuana screening tests, according to a recent study. more>>

46% of all high school students are currently using addictive substances

According to a 2011 study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, substance use by teens is the most significant public heath problem in the United States. The CASA study found that 46% of all high school students are currently using addictive substances more>>

How to Assess Your Teen's Risk Factors for Drug Addiction
Drug use is common among teenagers. By late adolescence, a recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry showed that as many as 78 percent of teens have abused alcohol and over 40 percent have used other drugs. more>>

Obesity surgery may boost risk for alcohol abuse
The most common type of obesity surgery may increase patients’ chances for alcohol abuse, according to the largest study to demonstrate a potential link. more>>

Healing Place alumni reaffirm strength at reunion

At a downtown street party filled with barbecue smoke, hip hop music and corn hole games, Tiffany Reaser marveled at the crowd of revelers celebrating tough victories over alcohol or drug abuse. more>>

When you are upset…peer support is a text message away
SOS refers to “Save our Serenity.” When bad things happen and you are upset, what can you do to get back on track? Being stressed ruins any chance of being happy, has major negative consequences for people with chronic health or mental health issues, and you are much more likely to react in ways that you may regret. more>>

Feeding the epidemic: One in 16 Kentuckians misuse prescription painkillers
Kentucky leads the nation in the use of powerful drugs: Though less-potent medicines might work, narcotics are still being overprescribed more>>

Florida Prisoners Serving 194 Percent More Time For Drugs Than In 1990s, Study Finds
The study, by the Pew Center on the States, examined trends in 35 states that provided data on incarceration for inmates convicted of violent crimes, property crimes and drug offenses. more>>

The D.S.M. Gets Addiction Right
WHEN we say that someone is “addicted” to a behavior like gambling or eating or playing video games, what does that mean? more>>

Health risks of cannabis 'underestimated', experts warn
Experts are warning that the public dangerously underestimates the health risks linked to smoking cannabis. more>>

Bloomberg Backs Plan to Limit Arrests for Marijuana
The New York Police Department, the mayor and the city’s top prosecutors on Monday endorsed a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amounts of marijuana more>>

Groups call for halt to marketing of opioids for long-term pain
Doctors, patients and advocacy groups are urging federal officials to make it illegal for drug companies to market prescription opioids to treat chronic, long-term pain. more>>

Addictions & Answers: Is ‘hitting bottom’ just a myth?

Alcoholism is a bad addiction that won't get better if the alcoholic hits 'rock bottom.' more>>

Scientists invent 'cannabis without the high'
Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn't get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday. more>>

Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol—Addiction Levels Rising as Boomers & Seniors Approach Retirement
Some aging rockstars find it difficult to give up their accustomed lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, and in an interesting twist, a significant number of older adults are heavily partaking in sex, drugs, and alcohol as they transition into their newest phase of life. more>>

Binge Drinking
Nationwide Problem, Local Solutions

New estimates show that binge drinking* is a bigger problem than previously thought. More than 38 million US adults binge drink, about 4 times a month, and the largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8. more>>

Causeway Cannibal Identified; Fears Grow Over Drug Possibly Involved
The crime shocked South Florida and has drawn the attention of the world. A naked man is shot by Miami Police while eating another naked man’s face on the MacArthur Causeway. more>>

Can someone be mildly alcoholic?
That -- in its simplest terms -- is at the heart of a change in a psychiatric manual that could have a major effect on diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism and other addictions. more>>

Revised Definition of Addiction Could Lead to Millions More Being Diagnosed
A proposed revision to the definition of addiction by mental health specialists could lead to millions of additional people receiving an addiction diagnosis, The New York Times reports. The changes could lead to big consequences for both health insurers and taxpayers, according to the newspaper. more>>

The Biology Behind Alcohol-Induced Blackouts
A person who drinks too much alcohol may be able to perform complicated tasks, such as dancing, carrying on a conversation or even driving a car, but later have no memory of those escapades more>>

Marijuana may ease multiple sclerosis symptoms
People with multiple sclerosis have long said that smoking marijuana helps ease their painful muscle cramping.
"But smoking marijuana does not appear to be a long-term solution, because of the cognitive effects," more>>

More than 60 Percent of Males Arrested in 2011 Used Drugs, Federal Survey Shows
More than 60 percent of males arrested last year for crimes – felonies and misdemeanors – tested positive for drug use, according to a White House study of arrest data from 10 large cities. For some cities, that surpassed 80 percent. more>>

Coventry Cares reverses course, will continue paying for addiction drug
Medicaid provider Coventry Cares has reversed an earlier decision and will continue paying for a costly medication that helps drug addicts stop using opiates, a company spokesman said Monday. more>>

Data suggests drug treatment can lower U.S. crime
U.S. crime statistics show illegal drugs play a central role in criminal acts, providing new evidence that tackling drugs as a public health issue could offer a powerful tool for lowering national crime rates, officials said on Thursday. more>>

ER Visits Tied to Xanax, Similar Drugs Soar in NYC

A rise in prescription drug abuse involving Xanax and similar anti-anxiety pills in recent years has prompted some doctors in the U.S. to rethink the frequency with which they dole out the prescription more>>

Kentucky's 2012 Primary Election is Tuesday, May 22
2012 is a very important election year for Kentuckians. Not only will we be voting in the presidential election, but a huge number of federal, state, and local seats will also be up for a vote. Kentuckians will be able to vote on all six of Kentucky’s congressional seats, half of our state Senate seats, all of our state House seats, and a large number of local mayoral and city council races. more>>

Rhode Island Considers First-Of-Its Kind ‘Homeless Bill Of Rights’
Eddie Vega has been homeless for a year. He was waiting for a bus one day last week when a police officer rolled up to ask what he was doing and where he was headed. Vega said it’s the kind of subtle harassment that happens all the time. more>>

Ted Williams: I’ve been sober a year, ‘one day at a time’

Even after a viral YouTube video helped turn him from a homeless crack addict to a media sensation, golden-voiced former radio announcer Ted Williams admitted Monday his struggles were far from over. more>>

DOCTORS are testing a drug that could stop alcohol making people drunk.
The researchers believe iomazenil, taken before drinking, might negate some of alcohol's effects on the brain. more>>

Surge In Alcohol Poisoning Cases Tied To Teens Drinking Hand Sanitizer
Health officials on Tuesday reported the rise of a troubling new trend in Southland emergency rooms: teenagers being treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer. more>>

Prescription drug drop off slated for Saturday
state and federal leaders want people to empty their medicine cabinets of unused drugs — particularly prescription pain relievers — and bring them Saturday to one of 75 drop off sites around Kentucky. more>>

Cocaine Brain? Cognitive Decline Tied To Chronic Use Of Illicit Drug
Although cocaine makes people feel more alert and on top of things in the moment, it can leave users vulnerable to a much slower brain in the long run. A new study shows that chronic use ages key parts of the brain at an accelerated rate more>>

Louisville boosts narcotics busts
Increase in police unit size and shift in targeting dealers pay off in bigger seizures, more arrests more>>

The cost of a nation of incarceration
Is it fair to call the United States the "incarceration nation"? That's what some experts say. And even some veteran law enforcement and correction officials think something's gone wrong. more>>

Rethinking the War on Drugs
Current drug policies do much more damage than they need to and much less good than they might, argues UCLA Prof. of Public Policy Mark Kleiman. He talks with WSJ's Gary Rosen about what's wrong with the war on drugs and what could be done to reduce the harm of heavy drug use. more>>

Obama: 'I Don't Mind A Debate' About Drug Legalization
“I don’t mind a debate on issues such as decriminalization,” Obama told Univisión’s Enrique Acevedo while in Colombia more>>

Abnormalities in the brain may make some people more likely to become drug addicts, according to scientists at the University of Cambridge.
They found the same differences in the brains of addicts and their non-addicted brothers and sisters. more>>

Florida residents fear lack of real-estate recovery due to rehab neighbors
Residents of a tony Florida community hard-hit by the real estate slide say the wrong kind of recovery is coming to the neighborhood. more>>

Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills
Scientists found that men who drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers were quicker in delivering correct answers. more>>

Manipulating memories of drug use may help reformed addicts avoid a return to a life of drug abuse, according to scientists in China.
They said memories linking "cues" - such as needles or cigarettes - and the pleasurable effects of drugs caused cravings and relapsing. more>>

Painkiller prescriptions grow nearly 300 percent since 1991
Some doctors, dentists overmedicating

Even well-meaning doctors and dentists are fueling the epidemic of prescription drug abuse by prescribing narcotics too often and for too long, officials said. more>>

Drug Company Says Its New Form of Pseudoephedrine Can’t Be Made Into Meth
A drug company says it has developed a formulation of the cold medicine pseudoephedrine that cannot be made into methamphetamine. more>>

Members of the Congress Thursday urged more support for pending legislation to fight prescription drug abuse, which some federal officials have called the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
Members of the Congress Thursday urged more support for pending legislation to fight prescription drug abuse, which some federal officials have called the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem more>>

Painkiller prescriptions grow nearly 200 percent since 1991. Some doctors, dentists overmedicating
Painkiller abuse in the United States has exploded along with skyrocketing prescriptions and sales, top national health officials told a crowd of hundreds at a national drug summit Wednesday. more>>

Beshear Wants National Painkiller Tracking
Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear told a drug summit Tuesday that the 50 states need to link their prescription drug monitoring programs if the nation is going crack down on pill mills and painkiller abuse. more>>

States Get Tough On The Unemployed, Push For Drug Testing
If you're out of work, you might soon have to give a urine sample to the government to collect unemployment benefits. more>>

Interests jockey for influence on Kentucky 'pill mill' bill. Doctors' group, others maneuvering to shape prescription measure
Proponents and critics of a bill that takes aim at illegal pill mills and prescription drug abuse in Kentucky jockeyed for influence Friday over final provisions in the measure as this year’s legislative session winds to a close. more>>

Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills
Scientists found that men who drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers were quicker in delivering correct answers. more>>

Florida residents fear lack of real-estate recovery due to rehab neighbors
Neighbors along the Intercoastal Waterway in ultra-posh Deerfield Beach fear a planned drug and alcohol rehab facility in a 7,000-square-foot mansion will further drive down the value of their homes more>>

‘Blackout Parties’ Accused of Perpetuating Binge Drinking and ‘Rape Culture’ at Universities
Over the weekend more than 20 young adults were hospitalized with alcohol poisoning after attending a so called “blackout party” in Montclair, New Jersey. This is just the latest in a controversial tour of blackout parties around the country sponsored by Barstool U. more>>

Prescription painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction
Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic. more>>

Opana: Newest Prescription Painkiller Being Abused in Rural Areas
At least nine people have died so far in 2012 from prescription drug overdoses in Scott County, Indiana, and most of the deaths involved Opana. more>>

Kentucky Senate sends anti-meth bill to Beshear
The Kentucky Senate gave final passage Friday to a bill that would further limit the amount of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine that consumers could buy without a prescription. more>>

Support from Middle School Teachers May Reduce Early Use of Alcohol, Study Suggests
Emotional support from middle school teachers may reduce the risk their students will engage in early use of alcohol and other illicit substances, a new study suggests. more>>

Kentucky House approves anti-meth bill
The House approved a bill Wednesday aimed at curbing the spread of illegal methamphetamine labs after more than an hour of debate on whether it would inconvenience consumers or penalize “soccer moms.” more>>

Video Report shows drug recovery centers helping in Kentucky
It's a program that's designed to help Kentuckians recover from substance abuse but a report released today says the Recovery Kentucky program may have another benefit. more>>

Kentucky Senate panel approves its version of pain clinic regulation bill
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday to regulate pain clinics on a 7-2 vote and sent it to the Senate, which may vote on it later Tuesday. more>>

KY to share prescription dispensing info with other states
Kentucky is turning to other states to crack down on its prescription drug problems. more>>

Rogers joins in bill to help states share prescription drug-tracking data
While 48 states, including Kentucky, have set up prescription drug-tracking systems, there is no way for those states to share their information to target abuse. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-5th District, and a group of lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate want to close that gap by creating a nationwide system that would link the states’ prescription drug monitoring programs. more>>

Jensen agrees that KASPER should be in attorney general’s office
Senate Judiciary Chairman Tom Jensen said Thursday he agrees with House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s call to put the attorney general’s office in control of the statewide electronic prescription monitoring system. more>>

Dry counties show higher rates of DUI-related crashes
Kentucky State Police records show an interesting trend in the number of alcohol-related vehicle crashes in the area — dry counties generally have higher rates of DUI-related crashes than their “moist” neighbors. more>>

Florida state workers face random drug tests under new law
Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a law allowing state employees to be randomly tested for drugs, a measure likely to draw a legal challenge over its constitutionality. more>>

More from last week's Voting Rights lobby day
Last Thursday, March 8th, 200-300 citizen lobbyists with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, People Advocating Recovery, the Center for Community Change, Tea Party groups, religious groups, and others joined together in Frankfort in support of HB 70 – our bill to restore voting rights to most former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Kentucky House approves broad ban on synthetic drugs
A bill that would ban whole classes of synthetic drugs that are being sold as bath salts and potpourri at gas stations and other shops passed the House on Tuesday. more>>

Doctors and Drugs: Is it murder when a patient ODs?
On Friday in Los Angeles, former-doctor Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng will be arraigned on three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of three of her patients who overdosed on drugs she'd prescribed. more>>

Anti-meth bill stalls in Kentucky House committee
A bill meant to reduce methamphetamine labs in Kentucky stalled in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday amid questions about the limits it places on sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. more>>

The 117th session of the Indiana General Assembly has adjourned
The following are highlights for mental health and addiction advocates: more>>

Heroin Use On The Rise Among New Mexico Teens
A drug once associated primarily with crime, poverty, and homeless now has a surprising new set of victims -- suburban teenagers. More and more instances of heroin use among U.S. high school students are being reported. more>>

5 Charged With Insider Trading After Alcoholics Anonymous Confession
Federal regulators on Tuesday charged a Philadelphia investment broker and four others with illegally profiting on insider information that the broker learned from a friend he met at Alcoholics Anonymous. more>>

House Bill 70, our Restoration of Voting Rights amendment passed out of the state House of Representatives by a huge margin of 78-18. There is a lot of momentum behind this bill, thanks in large part to our members who have been up to Frankfort or made calls, lobbying their representatives every week since the legislative session began.

Great day in Frankfort, KY as hundreds gathered in the rotunda to offer support on HB 70-Restoration of Voter Rights after spending the day meeting with their legislators. Check out the pictures on our Facebook site. The day also included a live web video feed and people following live on Twitter.

Senate panel approves revised bill to regulate pain clinics
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a revised bill Thursday to regulate pain clinics but said it needed more work. more>>

House Republicans boycott meeting over drug testing of welfare recipients
Six House Republicans boycotted a committee meeting Thursday because the chairman refused to take a vote on a measure that would require random drug testing of those who receive welfare and other public benefits. more>>

Ten Percent of American Adults Consider Themselves in Recovery From Drug or Alcohol Abuse
Ten percent of American adults consider themselves to be in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse problems, according to a new survey released today by The Partnership at and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). more>>

Tainted “Spice” Linked to Kidney Failure Outbreak
Health officials in Casper, Wyo., are investigating an outbreak of kidney failure linked to a batch of synthetic marijuana known as “spice.” Three people were hospitalized Friday and two more were treated and released from a hospital in the eastern Wyoming city of 55,000 residents. more>>

The state Senate approved a revised version of a controversial anti-methamphetamine bill
Would decrease the amount of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine that Kentuckians could purchased without a prescription. more>>

Florida, Kentucky plead for unity in fighting drug abuse
The White House drug czar and the state attorneys general of Florida and Kentucky told Congress on Thursday that prescription drug abuse is "a national crisis" and efforts to fight it will falter without better cooperation among states and better education of the medical community and the public. more>>

Stumbo proposes moving prescription drug monitoring to attorney general's office
House Speaker Greg Stumbo hopes to crack down on doctors who overprescribe pain medications by moving the statewide prescription monitoring system to a law-enforcement agency. more>>

Gov. Steve Beshear says deep budget cuts coming, plugs expanded gambling
Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday night that the budget he will propose to lawmakers later this month will include deeper cuts than those in his first term — and he again pitched expanded gambling and tax reform as key elements to boost revenue over the long term. more>>

2012 Kentucky Legislative Preview | Pseudoephedrine bills may top Kentucky legislature's crime agenda
After passing legislation last year to overhaul the corrections system, the agenda for the 2012 General Assembly likely will be lighter on crime — with attempts to combat methamphetamine and review the state’s penal code high on the list. more>>

The Champion of Painkillers
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the overdoses from opioid drugs like OxyContin an "epidemic." And a growing group of experts doubts that they work for long-term pain. more>>

New powerful painkiller has abuse experts worried
Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation’s second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse. more>>

Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than Car Accidents: CDC
In 2008, poisoning deaths became the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States and the leading cause of injury death in 30 states, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ninety percent of these poisonings were linked to drugs, with a surge in deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses reported. more>>

Prescription drug abuse hits home
Nearly a third of Kentuckians report that a relative or friend has had problems as a result of abusing prescription pain drugs, according to a survey released Monday. more>>

Marijuana Use Rises in Popularity Among Teens
Marijuana use is gaining in popularity among teens, according to Monitoring the Future, an annual survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th-graders, The New York Times reports. The survey found one of every 15 high school seniors smokes marijuana on an almost daily basis. more>>

Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children
In many state legislatures around the country, or by ballot (direct voter) referendum, important decisions are or will be made as to legalization of marijuana in some form. Before voters cast their ballots, or their elected officials decide, think about what will happen to children if marijuana becomes accessible to adults, much like alcohol. more>>

Post-booze blackout, how people fill in the blanks
Getting hammered to the point of not remembering much, if anything, about it is a pretty common experience for some people on college campuses or during a long holiday weekend. Reconstructing what happened during a bout of booze-fueled amnesia can either make for a hilarious movie plot like "The Hangover" or an interesting research project. more>>

1 in 9 high school seniors using synthetic marijuana
Teenage drinking and cigarette smoking is at a historic low, but marijuana use and prescription drug abuse continue at high rates, according to a new report looking at trends among teens. And there's a new substance raising concerns. more>>

Drugs, alcohol fuel child abuse and neglect in Kentucky
A Lexington Herald-Leader review of files released this week on children killed or nearly killed because of abuse or neglect over a two year period found that more than half mentioned suspected or confirmed substance abuse by parents or caregivers. more>>

House Votes to Ban Fake Marijuana, Fake Cocaine
The House today voted to ban a variety of synthetic drugs, including "spice," and "bath salts," that had previously been sold legally in stores throughout the country. more>>

ARC and Operation UNITE holding prescription drug abuse summit
The Appalachian Regional Commission has signed on as a partner with Operation UNITE to hold a national summit on prescription drug abuse next year. more>>

Prescription drug addiction skyrocketed 430% over past decade; Drug rehab for painkiller abuse soars
Federal statistics released Thursday revealed that treatment for prescription painkiller abuse has skyrocketed 430% over the last decade. more>>

Appalachian states see increase in marijuana
Appalachian states have seen an increase in marijuana production, and a federal drug official said Thursday that a sour economy may have turned some people in need of cash to the clandestine crop. more>>

Alcohol Watchdogs Target Supersized Alcopops as Urgent Issue
Following the success of a coalition of public health organizations, government agencies and health experts in forcing the alcohol industry to remove caffeine from alcoholic beverages, a new public health threat is emerging: supersized alcopops. more>>

DEA Now Monitoring Krokodil, a Deadly Morphine Derivative
A new designer drug called krokodil -- a derivative of morphine that can turn an addict's skin greenish, scaly and cause it to rot away -- is being eyed by officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration, has learned. more>>

Mom Overcomes Hard Times To Give Kids Happy Thanksgiving
CINCINNATI -- Just one year ago, Janie Fox said she cried herself to sleep. She couldn't afford water or electricity for her trailer home. more>>

Govs. Chafee, Gregoire lobby for reclassification of marijuana
Two governors on Wednesday filed a petition with the federal government to have marijuana reclassified to allow for medical use, expressing in a letter to Drug Enforcement Administration their concerns that "patients with serious medical conditions who could benefit from medical use of cannabis do not have a safe and consistent source of the drug" as a result of its current classification. more>>

Purdue students urge state alcohol amnesty law
Students at Purdue University and two other colleges want Indiana to enact a law that shields underage drinkers from disciplinary action if they report that someone is intoxicated and at serious health risk. more>>

Kentucky Rep. Yonts proposes different option to curb meth

A House member offeres a proposal to fight methamphetamine abuse in Kentucky, where lawmakers have been in a stalemate over whether to make cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine available only by prescription. more>>

New liver for alcoholics? Study reopens debate
Some gravely ill alcoholics who need a liver transplant shouldn't have to prove they can stay sober for six months to get one, doctors say in a study that could intensify the debate over whether those who destroy their organs by drinking deserve new ones. more>>

Addicted to Exercise?
Brain scans suggest that everything from sugar to sex lights up the brain’s pleasure circuitry similar to the way cocaine does in an addict. And altruism does, too. more>>

Reader Letter | Restoring voting rights after felony convictions
Since 2007 a few Republicans in Senate leadership have single handedly blocked House Bill 70, the Restoration of Voting Rights Act. more>>

Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade
The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday - a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped. more>>

Western Kentucky official seeks ban on new forms of synthetic marijuana
Officials in McCracken County are planning to discuss a ban on chemicals being sold as synthetic marijuana. more>>

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear names advisory panel for prescription drug monitoring
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed a new advisory council Friday that will set guidelines for using the state’s prescription monitoring program to investigate doctors who illegally hawk powerful pain medication more>>

Change in crack sentencing means early releases

Darryl Flood thought he would have to wait until 2013 to get out of prison, more than a decade after he pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. more>>

Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Community Messaging Training
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 9am-4pm
Owensboro Regional Recovery
Space is limited. Call to register at 270-689-0905 ext 2106 or
Email Joseph Johnson

Schools Warn Of Bracelets Used To Smoke Pot
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orange County school administrators are worried about a new bracelet that students may be using to conceal drug paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana. more>>

Chicago may decriminalize marijuana
Several Windy City councilmen said Thursday they plan to introduce a local law that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in order to cut costs and free up police to handle more serious crimes. more>>

Dr. Nora Volkow: Reaching the American Teenager During National Drug Facts Week
As the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), I interact with a variety of audiences, including scientists, prevention and treatment specialists, and the general public. But one particularly important audience (and often the most difficult to reach) is the American teenager. more>>

Policy Position on Discrimination
Faces & Voices' board of directors has released a policy position on discrimination. “People in or in need of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs face myriad forms of discrimination. Discrimination creates barriers to our full participation in community life. Faces & Voices of Recovery strives to eliminate all policies and practices that discriminate against people and their impacted families based solely on their recovery status.” (PDF) more>>

Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Community Messaging Training
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 9am-4pm
Owensboro Regional Recovery
Space is limited. Call to register at 270-689-0905 ext 2106 or
Email Joseph Johnson

Remembering Luke Cockey
Editor’s note: I recently saw a benefit for the Luke Cockey Memorial Fund on a friend’s Facebook page, and wanted to learn more about his story of struggling with addiction. I’ve found it’s something parents are often embarrassed about, and perhaps if it’s shared more openly, it can help parents cope and possibly prevent tragedies like Luke’s. more>>

Mother tries to keep daughter, other addicts alive
Bree Saghy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., watched a friend die in her arms after injecting prescription drugs — but it never stopped her from shooting crushed painkillers into her own veins. Her mother, Joy Saghy, said she's gotten her daughter into rehabilitation several times, but it never lasted. Joy said there's little she can do to help her daughter if Bree doesn't commit to getting clean. In the meantime, she's working to help others avoid her family’s addiction. more>>

Price of that drinking binge? $2 more per shot
Health officials say the toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society. more>>

Dogs Poisoned During Medical Marijuana Theft
Several dogs were poisoned during a medical marijuana robbery at a Vacaville residence, authorities said. more>>

Restoration of Voting Rights — Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
In an attempt to share more of the stories from former felons across the Commonwealth, we’re presenting a series of short interviews every few weeks on our blog and in balancing the scales."First and foremost, I'm a mom," says April Browning, after mulling over my vague introductory question, asking..more>>

Fighting the scourge of "pill mills"
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one American dies of a drug overdose every 14 minutes ... with a rapidly increasing share of those deaths caused by prescription drugs. It's the sort of statistic law enforcement officials in one Florida county know about all too well. more>>

National Quit & Recovery Registry taps the insights and experiences of people who have been in recovery from an addiction
During a Sept. 30 press conference announcing the registry launch, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said she hopes the registry will inspire more researchers to focus on recovery. "Most of the research that has been done up to now has focused on that immediate intervention that would allow a person to stop taking drugs," she said. "Much less is known about recovery." more>>

Kentucky Substance abuse treatment directory released
The University of Kentucky has put together a directory of facilities in the state that treat substance abuse and provide support services for families.
A statement from the school says there are over 2,500 such resources listed in the 2011 Kentucky Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Directory. The list includes at least one resource in each of Kentucky's 120 counties.

States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare
As more Americans turn to government programs for refuge from a merciless economy, a growing number are encountering a new price of admission to the social safety net: a urine sample. more>>

U.S. Drug Policy Would Be Imposed Globally By New House Bill
The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out in the U.S., would violate the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) more>>

Study Finds Young Adults With Addiction Want to Change But Need Help
Many young adults entering treatment for an addiction want to change, but don’t have the skills, confidence or commitment to do so without help, a new study suggests. more>>

Cold-medicine makers urge a block list for meth criminals in Kentucky
The manufacturers of drugs that contain pseudoephedrine are urging Kentucky legislators to ban people who have been convicted of meth-related crimes from buying the drugs instead of requiring all Kentucky residents to get a prescription for them. more>>

Beshear, Conway and Stumbo announce plans to battle prescription drug abuse
Three of Kentucky’s top official unveiled a trio of new initiatives Thursday to crack down on doctors who over-prescribe pain medications. more>>

IRS Hits Oakland Pot Shop With $2.4M Tax Bill
The federal government has found a new weapon in its war on marijuana — the tax man. more>>

Support Kentucky's Restoration of Voting Rights
Legislation that would allow Kentuckians to vote on changing Section 145 of the KY Constitution to require the automatic restoration of voting rights after a person completes their sentence. The approach avoids anyone claiming the arbitrary use of the discretionary power, and instead provides certainty and predictability. It encourages participation in the community, promotes democracy, and welcomes people back into society.

This year Kentucky’s Governor and its other executive constitutional officers will be up for re-election.
On November 8th Kentucky voters will choose who will administer our state government for the next 4 years. All registered Kentucky voters may vote for one candidate in each of the six statewide races. more>>

Voting Law Changes in 2012
Ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. More than five million Americans could be affected by the new rules already put in place this year -- a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections. more>>

Synopsis of The Jennifer Act Bill- Indiana & Florida
The Jennifer Act bill will provide Drug and alcohol abuse commitments. Provides procedures for the involuntary commitment of a person due to alcohol or drug abuse. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to maintain and operate or contract for alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, including faith based facilities. The Jennifer Act bill requires the law enforcement academy to provide training regarding persons with alcohol or drug addictions, including training for involuntary commitments for alcohol or drug use. The Jennifer Act bill requires the department of correction and county jails to provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation to all offenders with alcohol or drug addictions. more>>

IRS Hits Oakland Pot Shop With $2.4M Tax Bill
The federal government has found a new weapon in its war on marijuana — the tax man more>>

CDC: Self-reported drunken driving is down
Drunken driving incidents have fallen 30 percent in the last five years, and last year were at their lowest mark in nearly two decades, according to a new federal report. more>>

Report on Medicare Cites Prescription Drug Abuse
Medicare is subsidizing drug abuse by thousands of beneficiaries who shop around for doctors and fill prescriptions for huge quantities of painkillers and other narcotics far exceeding what any patient could safely use, Congressional investigators say in a new report. more>>

Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S., data show
Fueling the surge are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one another or with other drugs or alcohol. more>>

Addiction Is Not A Disease Of The Brain
Addiction has been moralized, medicalized, politicized, and criminalized. And, of course, many of us are addicts, have been addicts or have been close to addicts. Addiction runs very hot as a theme. more>>

Welcome to Corman Races for Chrysalis House!
The 2nd Annual R.J. Corman 5K & Duathlon to benefit the Chrysalis House returns on Saturday, October 1st, 2011, with thousands of dollars in prize money and cash give-aways. more>>

Abuse of Xanax Leads a Clinic to Halt Supply
Gayle Mink, a nurse practitioner at a community mental health center here, had tired of the constant stream of patients seeking Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug coveted for its swift calming effect. more>>

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announces prescription drug task force
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Kentucky is partnering with three border states to combat the region’s prescription drug problem, even as questions linger over how well the state has used its own electronic monitoring resources. more>>

Stumbo demands more action against pain-pill doctors in Kentucky
House Speaker Greg Stumbo demanded Tuesday that the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure step up its oversight of doctors who prescribe questionable amounts of pain pills. more>>

Survey: Web Networking Increases Teen Substance Abuse
American teenagers who spend time on social networking websites are more likely to smoke, drink, and use drugs, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). more>>

School District Offering Drug Testing Kits To Parents
A Pittsburgh school district is offering take home drug tests to parents. more>>

Recovery Defined – Give Us Your Feedback
Over the past year, SAMHSA – as part of its Recovery Support Strategic Initiative – has worked with the behavioral health field to develop a working definition of recovery that captures the essential, common experiences of those recovering from mental and substance use disorders, along with 10 guiding principles that support recovery. more>>

The Grateful Life Foundation - Bill W. and Dr. Bob Play
Serenity, Recovery and Happiness. The Grateful Life Foundation is committed to encouraging people to life a healthy lifestyle. more>>

Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) just released this new definition of addiction after a four-year process involving more than 80 experts. more>>

Stumbo demands more action against pain-pill doctors in Kentucky
House Speaker Greg Stumbo demanded Tuesday that the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure step up its oversight of doctors who prescribe questionable amounts of pain pills. more>>

Feds sue Raleigh insurance office for not hiring an ex-addict
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today sued a Raleigh insurance office for not hiring a recovering drug addict who tested positive for methadone in his system. more>>

Today's heroin addict young, white, suburban
New drug of choice is cheap and accessible more>>

Never Heard of Kratom? Trust Us, You Will.
A plant from Thailand with opiate-like properties is the latest "designer drug" speeding its way through America. more>>

Our Stories Have Power Workshop Sponsored by Mountain PAR-People Advocating Recovery
Where: Allen, KY (Old Allen Baptist Church)
When: September 14, 2011
Time: 9am-4pm
Workshop Title & Description: Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Community Messaging
Click Here for Registration

Homeless youth on the increase
Count shows overall numbers remain constant more>>

KFTC Fancy Farm 2011 Report
KFTC members from the Jefferson County, Central Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky chapters met up in far western Kentucky this weekend to challenge "politics as usual" at the rowdy Fancy Farm picnic more>>

Ohio, Kentucky share prescription drug information
Doctors and law enforcement officers in Kentucky and Ohio can now access prescription drug records from both states. more>>

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes homeless protection bill
Legislation aimed at discouraging attacks against the homeless, by expanding their right to compensation when they are targeted for assault, was vetoed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the move was unnecessary. more>>

Antidepressants being prescribed needlessly, study suggests
More and more doctors are prescribing the drugs for patients who aren't suffering from depression or any other mental illness, according to a provocative new study. more>>

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D.C. Adults Top Alcohol Abusers in Country
A new report says that adults in Washington D.C. abuse alcohol more than anyone else in the country. more>>

New Parent Helpline Provides Support, Resources For Teen Substance Abuse
When parents find out their teen is abusing drugs or alcohol, the family’s immediate focus is generally on getting help for the teen. more>>

Increased Risk of Parkinson's Disease in Methamphetamine Users, Study Finds
People who abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine-like stimulants were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those who did not more>>

Fewer underage alcohol sales in Indiana
Indiana's bars, restaurants, and liquor stores are doing a better job of keeping minors from buying alcohol. more>>

“Mad Hatter” Incense Being Abused in Ohio
Health care providers in Ohio are reporting cases of people abusing a type of incense sold under the brand name “Mad Hatter.” more>>

Gender Differences Emerge in Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment
A growing body of research is showing that when it comes to treatments for alcohol use disorders, women’s needs are different from men’s. more>>

Cocaine: The evolution of the once 'wonder' drug
Long before drug cartels, crack wars and TV shows about addiction, cocaine was promoted as a wonder drug, sold as a cure-all and praised by some of the greatest minds in medical history, including Sigmund Freud and the pioneering surgeon William Halsted. more>>

Some in eastern Ky. uneasy about drug law reform
A new law reducing prison time for low-risk, nonviolent drug criminals caught with small amounts of drugs is being met with uncertainty by the people who will have to enforce it. more>>

First Nationally Accredited Residency Programs for Addiction Medicine Show Change in Thinking about Addiction
The introduction of the first nationally accredited residency programs in addition medicine, which began on July 1, demonstrates a change in thinking about the roots of addiction more>>

Senate Bill Would Require Doctor Training to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse
A bill co-sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) and Jay Rockefeller (WV) would require doctors to receive training for prescribing opiate-based narcotics more>>

2011 National Drug Control Strategy Released
Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of our young people. more>>

Recovery Month Tool Kit
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to present the National Recovery Month: Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover (Recovery Month) toolkit. more>>

Ohio Takes Point in the Fight Against Oxycontin Abuse
Last week, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Gil Kerlikowske came to Portsmouth, Ohio to address a capacity crowd since the Scioto County Prescription Drug Action Team has elevated the media attention on the prescription drug problem in Scioto County to the level that it has gained the attention of the White House. more>>

Donation boxes aimed at reducing panhandling
Louisville Downtown Management just installed 12 metal boxes to encourage people to put money in there instead of giving it to panhandlers. more>>

Federal judge in Virginia tosses death sentence
A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a drug dealer's murder-for-hire conviction and death sentence in the 2001 slaying of his marijuana supplier in a case that exposed a distribution ring in the wealthy northern Virginia suburbs. more>>

Meth Law To Track Cold Medicine Sales In Real Time
Indiana pharmacists and police officers are welcoming a new law that will require retailers to track sales of cold medicines in real time in an effort to curb methamphetamine use. more>>

Indiana first state to require drug tests for job training
A new Indiana rule requiring drug tests for unemployed people participating in state-funded job training programs reflects a hard stance that many states are taking regarding public assistance as they struggle with limited financial resources. more>>

Crack offenders eligible for early release
People already in prison will benefit from change in sentencing rules more>>

Doctors Drug-Testing Patients to Weed Out Abuse
Patients who visit Dr. Todd Williams' office in Cave City, KY seeking prescription medications are required to submit a urine test as a way to sort out those who abuse pills. more>>

Kentucky fights back on pills, gaining ground in prescription-drug abuse war
Awareness up, funding lags in medication-abuse battle more>>

1,000 celebrate sobriety at Healing Place block party
About 1,000 people celebrated sobriety Saturday afternoon at the Healing Place’s 12th annual alumni block party. more>>

Rick Scott Retreats On Worker Drug Tests
Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended an order requiring all state workers undergo drug testing, pending resolution of a lawsuit that called the tests an illegal search of workers' bodies. more>>

Kentucky continues to target designer drug
Officials believe Kentucky is making progress in the fight against a new designer drug. Officials say fewer people are now overdosing on the ‘bath salts,' but it's a substance they expect to be battling for a while. more>>

PAR is pleased to be able to offer a professional development opportunity for professionals in the field by hosting the Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy at the KY School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. Registration deadline is June 18, 2011 more>>

Kentucky continues to target designer drug
Officials believe Kentucky is making progress in the fight against a new designer drug. more>>

U.S. can't justify its drug war spending, reports say
Government reports say the Obama administration is unable to show that billions of dollars spent in the anti-drug efforts in Latin America have made a significant difference. more>>

Police make drug arrests before law takes effect
Police in Newport, KY rounded up some drug suspects this week one day before a new state law took effect, in an effort to charge them under stricter laws. more>>

New York Marijuana Bill May Stall; Connecticut To Decriminalize Pot Possession
More than 30 years ago, New York state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But one line in that 1977 law has led to the annual arrest of thousands of New Yorkers under the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk searches. more>>

Florida governor defends measure requiring drug tests for welfare
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended recent legislation that requires adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screenings, saying the law provides "personal accountability." more>>

New Florida law could help Kentucky's drug problem
Florida's governor just made a move that may help Kentucky's illegal prescription drug problem. more>>

New law will reduce arrests for misdemeanors in Kentucky

Kentucky should begin seeing fewer people jailed for misdemeanor crimes like having a marijuana cigarette or a few pills. more>>

In Connecticut, Carrying A Small Amount of Marijuana Downgraded From Misdemeanor to Fine
The Connecticut Senate narrowly approved legislation on Saturday that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. more>>

Florida governor defends measure requiring drug tests for welfare
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended recent legislation that requires adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screenings, saying the law provides "personal accountability." more>>

Police make drug arrests before law takes effect
Police in Newport, KY rounded up some drug suspects this week one day before a new state law took effect, in an effort to charge them under stricter laws. more>>

'Global war on drugs has failed,' key panel says
The global war on drugs has failed and governments should explore legalizing marijuana, according to a commission that includes former heads of state. more>>

Big spike recorded in older drug, alcohol addicts
They go around this room at the Hanley Center telling of their struggles with alcohol and drugs. They tell of low points and lapses, brushes with death and pain caused to...more>>

Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure
Saying it is "unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction," Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed legislation requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening. more>>

Prescription drugs worth millions to dealers
Prescription drug abuse, now the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, has created a ballooning street market for highly-addictive pain relief, anxiety and depression drugs. more>>

Think the odd glass of wine at home helps teenagers learn to drink sensibly?
What nonsense, says leading psychologist
Drinking is something we enjoy and inevitably see as an integral part of adult life. Culturally, alcohol is in our blood — and, for many, literally so. Now, it’s increasingly making its way into our children’s blood, too, and at alarmingly younger ages. more>>

When Children’s Scribbles Hide a Prison Drug
Mike Barrett, a corrections officer, ripped open an envelope in the mail room at the Maine Correctional Center here and eyed something suspicious: a Father’s Day card, sent a month early. He carefully felt the card and slit it open, looking for a substance that has made mail call here a different experience of late. more>>

First Nationally Accredited Addiction Medicine Residency Programs to Start July
n July 1, the first group of medical residents will start training in 10 newly accredited addiction medicine residencies around the country. more>>

Georgia is latest state to pass law tracking prescription pain drugs
Lawmakers in Georgia have approved a system to track prescription drugs dispensed there, which could help put a dent in interstate pill trafficking that has fed drug abuse and overdose deaths in Kentucky. more>>

Governor Mitch Daniels signs HB1211 into law.
Second chance legislation restricts access to criminal records after 8 years for for non violent class D felons and misdemeanants more>>

Rob Lowe On Rehab: 'It Was Great. I Loved It.'
Rob Lowe has been sober for just about 21 years, and in promoting his new book, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," he has been very open in discussing both his substance abuse problem and his rehabilitation. more>>

US aims at its deadliest drug problem: painkillers
The White House drug czar wants doctors, states and law enforcement working harder to stop America's deadliest drug-abuse problem: highly addictive prescription painkillers. more>>

New British Beer Is Laced With Viagra
Forget the little blue pill. A British company has brewed the first beer laced with Viagra. more>>

Addiction to food, drugs similar in the brain.
Ice cream and other tasty, high-calorie foods would seem to have little in common with cocaine, but in some people's brains they can elicit cravings and trigger responses similar to those caused by addictive drugs, a new study suggests. more>>

Maryland plans 50 percent alcohol tax hike.
Maryland is close to raising alcohol taxes by half and decriminalizing marijuana for medical reasons. more>>

Indiana House passes bill meant to stop meth labs.
The Indiana House passed legislation last week that is meant to discourage the production of meth by preventing individuals from purchasing some cold and allergy medicines beyond legal limits. more>>

Owensboro Regional Recovery Center Golf Scramble
Saturday, June 18 · 8:00am
Location: Ben Hawes Park
Owensboro, KY
Proceeds will go to support the Recovery Center. For more information visit their new website more>>

The Mountain PAR Chapter is Monday, April 18, 2011 @6:30pm at the Old Allen Baptist Church (On 23 S, go through the light at Allen and take the second left turn.  The church sits back off 23 with parking lot in the rear). 

Physician turns away drug-seekers-Morehead, KY
A patient on his way to the hospital asked the attending ambulance paramedic which doctor was on call in the emergency room. When the paramedic told him it was Dr. John Sanders, the patient said “Never mind. Just take me home.” more>>

Want pain pills? Be prepared to sign the dotted line
Some docs ask for 'pain contracts' to ensure that patients are taking powerful opiads safely more>>

Indiana House committee advances meth tracking bill
The House Health Committee passed legislation Tuesday that would implement the MethCheck system for real-time tracking of pseudoephedrine purchases in Indiana, despite testimony from police officials that they don’t want it. more>>

Ashley Judd reveals troubled childhood, sexual abuse
The actress shares details of dysfunctional family life in her memoir (Video included) more>>

New drug on the streets of Louisville
It's a drug that's meant to treat pain, but Louisville Metro Police say drug abusers are using it to get high. The drug is opana, or oxymorphone. Not only is it illegal to sell on the streets, but it can and has been deadly. more>>

City Council Votes To Ban ‘The Box’
Philadelphia City Council today gave final approval to new restrictions on the questions employers can ask of job applicants about possible prior criminal records. more>>

Conway urges Floridians to back drug-tracking law there
Kentucky's attorney general has written directly to Florida residents urging them to speak out for their state's yet-to-be-implemented prescription drug-tracking law, which he says would help crack down on so-called pill mills feeding addictions in Kentucky. more>>

Criminal Background Checks Upend Job Search For Some Unemployed
In fact, in the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, criminal background checks calibrated to detect everything from arrests on dismissed or expunged charges to misdemeanor and felony convictions have become an increasingly common part of the job application process. more>>

State law to ban 'bath salts' drugs now in effect
A new state law to ban synthetic drugs that are often falsely marketed as bath salts or plant food is on the books but police are not expected to make immediate raids on stores to find them. more>>

Kentucky meth busts setting records; enforcement money drying up
Methamphetamine lab busts are running at a record pace in Kentucky, but a crucial supply of federal money tapped by law enforcement to clean up the hazardous drug-making operations has run dry. more>>

Many Doctors Fail to Monitor Potential Opioid Abuse Appropriately
Study Finds Primary Care Physicians Do Not Use Strategies to Reduce Risk more>>

Bill Would Extend EHR Incentive Pay to Behavioral Health Care
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has introduced a bill (S 539) that would make health IT incentive payments available to mental health care, behavioral health care and substance misuse treatment professionals and facilities, Health Imaging reports. more>>

Alcohol Detectors Could Come Standard With a New Car
The American Beverage Institute claims the ROADS SAFE Act could mandate that all cars have a device that could determine if a driver had been drinking, a device which authors of the bill say doesn't exist today. more>>

Governor Signs Landmark Legislation
It's designed to decrease the state's prison populations, reduce costs and crime, all while increasing public safety. Governor Steve Beshear signed a landmark justice reform bill Thursday after years of study and hard work. more>>

DEA Ban on 'Synthetic Marijuana' Takes Effect
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned five chemicals whose effects mimic marijuana, following through on an announcement it made last November, NPR reported March 1. more>>

Sponsor of derailed meth bill challenges opponents to find another solution
A state senator expressed disappointment Monday over the demise of his bill to ban over-the-counter sales of cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine and urged his colleagues to help him come up with a solution to stop deadly meth labs in the state. more>>

Neglected and Outdated State Beer Taxes
Want to know what the beer tax rate was in your state during the FDR Administration? If you're from Wyoming you won't have to look hard, since the tax rate has not changed there since 1935. While Wyoming may win the prize for having neglected its beer taxes the longest, most other states also have extremely low beer tax rates and have lost much of their beer tax rates' real value. more>>

Addiction and recovery: Families find solutions
This is the fifth article in the series about addiction and recovery in our community. Each Friday, The Morehead News shared families’ experiences as they encounter and overcome addiction and navigate through an array of public agencies. more>>

KY Gov. Beshear Signs Corrections Reform Bill Into Law
A bill hailed as a bi-partisan effort to control the soaring costs of Kentucky's corrections system while providing better treatment options for drug offenders was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Steve Beshear. more>>

Senate panel approves ban on ‘bath salts’ drugs
A Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill banning synthetic drugs commonly sold as “bath salts” while more horror stories emerged about their use. more>>

Money for meth lab clean up drying up.
Seth Brown says meth gave him the confidence he never had as a child growing up in Olive Hill, Ky. But it also made him intolerant, angry and turned him into "a monster." more>>

Pot can double psychosis risk, new study says
But researchers point out many with psychosis use marijuana to self-medicate more>>

Pill Mill Rage In Florida
Pressure is mounting on Florida to do something about the state's pill mill problem. The US Drug Czar along with law enforcement officers from other states are growing frustrated because people are flocking to Florida, loading up on painkillers and overdosing. more>>

Pictures and Quotes from the Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally
We had 250-300 people throughout 6 1/2 hours of citizen lobbying and rallying for HB 70, our bill to restore voting rights to most former felons once they have served their debt to society more>>

In Loving Memory Tributes: Memorials

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America created this site to give families and friends the chance to leave tributes in loving memory of those lost to substance abuse. more>>

First Pictures and Quotes from the Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally
We had 250-300 people throughout 6 1/2 hours of citizen lobbying and rallying for HB 70 more>>

Drug czar: spend on prevention, treatment first
The nation's drug czar offered his solutions to curb Kentucky's drug problems during a visit to Louisville Tuesday. more>>

Senate plans to vote Monday on prison crowding bill
A sweeping overhaul of the state’s criminal code, and particularly its drug laws, sped through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday more>>

Addiction and Recovery: Families and faith
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of articles about addiction and recovery in our community. (Morehead) more>>

Supporters may compromise on prescriptions for cold medicines
Supporters of a bill that will require prescriptions for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine hope that excluding some of those medicines will be enough to get the measure through the full Senate. more>>


HB 70 Passes House - Now we need to put pressure on the Senate!
The KY House of Representatives heard HB 70, the bill to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society, on the House floor. more>>

House committee approves reforms in drug laws
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday night approved the most sweeping changes to Kentucky’s penal code in a generation in an effort to reduce prison and jail crowding. more>>

Bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only fails
Cold and allergy sufferers have won a round in Frankfort. more>>

Sweeping bill filed to address prison crowding in Kentucky
Lawmakers on Friday filed a long-awaited bill to cut the state’s prison and jail populations and save an estimated $42 million a year, although much of that would be reinvested in addiction treatment and community supervision. more>>

Federal drug czar takes on pill issue in Ky.

President Barack Obama's chief adviser on drug issues said Monday that prescription pill abuse is taking a "heartbreaking" toll in Kentucky where scores of people are dying from overdoses each month. more>>

Mongiardo: Fla. governor's proposal would keep drugs flowing to Kentucky
Florida's new governor wants to eliminate a prescription-tracking system that Kentucky authorities believed would help cut the flood of pills coming into the state from Florida. more>>

The Kentucky House of Representatives heard HB 70 the bill to restore voting rights to former felons.
HB 70 proceeds to the Senate, where we expect it to be assigned to Senator Damon Thayer's State and Local Government Committee. more>>

Mongiardo: Fla. governor's proposal would keep drugs flowing to Kentucky.
Florida's new governor wants to eliminate a prescription-tracking more>>

Group speaks out against breathalyzer law aimed at DUI offenders
There is proposed legislation that would put breathalyzers in the cars of anyone convicted of a DUI. more>>

Much-discussed penal code reform bill still a no-show
Llegislators still aren’t ready to file a bill to address prison and jail crowding in Kentucky, despite a year’s work by a high-powered committee and consultants paid $200,000 more>>

Substance abuse center awarded $250,000 grant
The funding for the Recovery Kentucky center in Morehead was announced during a visit Wednesday from Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. more>>

House accepts shorter session as a goal but won’t immediately change calendar
The state House will try to finish its work March 16 but will not change the official legislative calendar that has this year’s session ending March 22. more>>

Kentucky House panel approves ban on bath salts
Lawmakers say the powdered substance is growing in popularity among drug users. The bill now heads to the full House. more>>

Prescription for Tragedy
Three part series from the Courier-Journal more>>

Several Eastern Kentucky counties act to keep out 'pill mills'
Several Eastern Kentucky counties have banned certain types of pain clinics, or are considering doing so, to try to keep out facilities that officials fear would pour more pills into an area where prescription-drug abuse already reaches crippling levels. more>>

Obama: Drug Legalization 'Worth A Serious Debate'

Drug legalization is an "entirely legitimate topic for debate," President Barack Obama said Thursday during his online YouTube more>>

Efforts to curb meth production raise questions
ome members of local law enforcement agencies are urging Kentucky lawmakers not to support a proposed bill aimed at curbing meth-making. more>>

Pot meets pop: Local entrepreneur plans to market line of smartly branded medical-marijuana soft drinks
Company is poised to move aggressively in a market that could one day be enormously popular by combining pot with soda pop more>>

Fewer drug offenders in prison backed as cost-cutting move
The state could save money by putting fewer non-violent drug offenders in prison and instead supervising them through probation, parole and substance abuse treatment programs more>>


Fewer drug offenders in prison backed as cost-cutting move
Kentucky could save money by putting fewer non-violent drug offenders in prison and instead supervising them through probation, parole and substance abuse treatment programs more>>

Drug Tests On Sale At Placer County High Schools
Parents of Placer County, California students can now buy discounted drug tests from high schools, a tactic that county officials hope will help cut down on what appears to be a rising drug use rate. more>>

Synthetic Cocaine Sold As 'Bath Salts'
DEA Warns Synthetic Drug Appearing In Gas Stations, Head Shops, Online more>>

Kentucky drug laws would change under new proposal
Many of Kentucky's drug criminals would be sentenced to probation and addiction treatment instead of prison under a broad reform bill proposed Tuesday by a high-powered committee created to find cheaper alternatives to incarceration. more>>

Kentucky lawmaker wants random drug testing for welfare recipients
Those who fail the test would lose their benefits under House Bill 208, filed by Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster. more>>

Impact of new Oxycontin formula on abusers unclear
A decade after the pain reliever Oxycontin was linked to an increasing number of fatal overdoses, a new form of the pill — designed to keep addicts from snorting or injecting the drug — is making its way into Kentucky. more>>

Battle likely over bill to require prescription for cold medicine used in meth
Two states that require a prescription for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine have seen dramatic declines in the number of methamphetamine labs, a state report released Thursday shows. more>>

Alcohol May Come With A New Kind Of High:Taxes
Alex DeMetrick reports supporters of a “Dime a Drink Tax” think they have a shot at making it happen in Maryland. more>>

Parents Ordered By School to Attend Drug, Alcohol Abuse Meeting
Some parents of Swampscott High School students in Massachusetts are objecting to a note from school officials ordering them to attend a "mandatory" meeting on drug and alcohol abuse. more>>

Merlene Davis: Fighting drug abuse is everyone's responsibility

When I was growing up, Miss McIntire, who lived across the street, told my mother everything she saw my siblings and me doing. more>>

Craving for alcohol linked to obesity
Family history of alcoholism may turn some to find comfort in food more>>

Dangerous drugs sold in Kentuckiana gas stations
Gas stations in Kentuckiana are selling dangerous drugs, and people are ending up in emergency rooms because of it, according to some sources. more>>

Legislation targets growing use of synthetic meth

A Western Kentucky lawmaker wants the state to outlaw a type of synthetic drug that mimics the effects of methamphetamine or cocaine. more>>

Officials urge lawmakers to spend more on drug treatment in abuse cases
Child advocates and the head of the state's child protection unit are urging lawmakers to spend more money on drug treatment for parents of children who are abused and neglected. more>>

Indiana drug, theft sentences would change under bill
Indiana would move from a virtual one-size-fits-all sentencing structure for theft and drug crimes to a multi-layered system based on the severity of the offense under legislation that will be introduced in the House and Senate in January. more>>

Alcoholics Anonymous as a spiritual experience
Only the first of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous mentions alcohol. The other 11 talk about redemption, restoring moral character, and devotion to God (or other higher power). more>>

Teen Marijuana Use Up, Alcohol Use Down
America's teens are using more marijuana and less alcohol, according to an annual government study of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders across the country. more>>

High School Plans to Open Drug Clinic
18/Nov/2010 8:28
Would be first-of-its-kind school for New York. more>>

A Flood of Opioids, a Rising Tide of Deaths
18/Nov/2010 5:20
Faced with an epidemic of drug abuse and overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to require opioid makers to provide training for physicians.....more>>

FDA Poised to Bar Caffeine in Alcoholic Drinks
17/Nov/2010 9:53
Four Loko, Joose and other caffeine-containing alcoholic drinks will effectively be banned soon by federal regulators amid concerns that the combination of alcohol and stimulants are a dangerous mix. more>>

Young Marijuana Users Risk Brain Damage
17/Nov/2010 9:54
Chronic pot smokers beware. A new study found that regularly smoking marijuana may lower cognitive function, especially if the person starts smoking before 16 years of age. more>>

NTSB urges Kentucky to do more to curb hard-core drunk drivers
17/Nov/2010 9:54
National Transportation Safety Board officials on Tuesday morning urged Kentucky lawmakers to strengthen efforts to curb drivers with high blood-alcohol content and those who are repeat drinking-and-driving offenders. more>>

Kentucky explores requiring prescription for pseudoephedrine to curb meth labs
17/Nov/2010 9:55
It's provided millions of allergy sufferers relief from itchy eyes and runny noses, but pseudoephedrine may become available only by prescription in Kentucky, if some law enforcement and legislators have their way. more>>

Mom's goal: Help for adult-children addicts | The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN
17/Nov/2010 9:55
In 2002, when Jennifer Reynolds was addicted to heroin, her mother, Sharon Blair, began writing the Jennifer Act, a bill that provides procedures for the involuntary commitment of a person due to alcohol or drug abuse. more>>

Washington state bans alcoholic energy drinks
17/Nov/2010 9:56
Retailers have a week to clear millions of dollars worth of alcoholic energy drinks from their shelves after state regulators banned them Wednesday, citing the hospitalization of nine dangerously drunk college students last month. more>>

Singing For Democracy Six, a Success
4/Nov/2010 7:53
The sixth Singing For Democracy Gospel Fest in less than a year. more>>

The Never-Ending War on Drugs
4/Nov/2010 7:53
U.S. shifting its goals as narcotraffickers move on to new frontiers. more>>

Study: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine
4/Nov/2010 7:53
Alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new study. more>>

Pot activists vow to push legalization in 2012
4/Nov/2010 7:53
It seemed an easy sell in California: The state that gave us medical marijuana would allow pot for recreation. more>>

Just say "yes!" legalizing drugs is good for society ... and the economy harvard prof. says...
7/Oct/2010 14:03
California residents will vote in November on whether or not to legalize marijuana. If they do vote "yes," says Harvard economics professor Jeffrey Miron, that should only be the beginning. more>>

The Alcohol Controversy: Is Drinking Good for You?
6/Oct/2010 6:54
While moderate alcohol consumption carries certain health benefits, it would be unwise to ignore the associated risk. more>>

1 in 4 Students, Young Adults Binge Drink
6/Oct/2010 6:23
One in four high school students and adults ages 18 to 34 engaged in binge drinking in the past month, putting themselves and those around them at risk, according to U.S. government researchers more>>

California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
1/Oct/2010 13:47
Pot possession will be treated like a traffic ticket. more>>

Synthetic marijuana should be banned, Indiana legislators told
1/Oct/2010 10:45
Indiana Poison Center director Dr. Jim Mowry says it has received 117 reports of adverse reactions to synthetic marijuana. more>>

Louisville mayoral candidates comment on the Restoration of Voter Rights.
1/Oct/2010 10:46
The three major mayoral candidates turned their attention to Louisvilles west end Thursday night during a forum at Shawnee High School more>>

'Backpack Meth Labs' On The Rise
28/Sep/2010 6:12
It's a new trend when it comes to the war on drugs: Law enforcement officials are seeing more of what they call "backpack meth labs." more>>

Kentuckians have just one week to make sure they are registered to vote in the November 2nd election.
27/Sep/2010 15:55
The deadline to register is Monday, October 4th to turn in registration cards. Mail-in applications have to have a postmark of that day or earlier.
You can obtain registration cards by going to

Stigma Unaffected by Acceptance of Disease Model, Study Finds
27/Sep/2010 13:52
Survey results show that although more Americans now believe that mental illness and alcohol dependency are medical or genetic in origin than did so in the mid-1990s, they are just as likely to reject those who suffer from them. more>>

Booze tax could make us all healthier
26/Sep/2010 8:29
Increasing the tax on alcohol could have a slew of public health benefits, according to a new study. more>>

Doctors endorse requiring Rx for pseudoephedrine
22/Sep/2010 16:57
The Kentucky Medical Association is endorsing a plan to require cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine to be dispensed only to people with a doctor's prescription. more>>

We're addicted to rehab. It doesn't even work.
20/Sep/2010 12:56
The therapies offered in most U.S. alcohol treatment centers are so divorced from state-of-the-art of medical knowledge that we might dismiss them as merely quaint -- if it weren't for the fact that alcoholism is a deadly and devastating disease. more>>

Doctor's assumptions ignore successes of an approach that has helped millions of alcoholics
20/Sep/2010 12:58
He, like many academicians, assumes Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work because there are no long-term controlled studies on the efficacy of AA. more>>

Marijuana to Blame for Increased Drug Use in 2009, Government Report Says
16/Sep/2010 9:09
Peter Maer: Drug Czar Affirms Opposition to Pot Legalization in Interview, Says Young People Are Being Given `Mixed Messages` more>>

Pot Flavored Ice Cream Anyone?
16/Sep/2010 9:11
A new medical marijuana dispensary in Soquel is offering its customers a tasty alternative to smoking: enjoying a bowl of pot-infused ice cream. more>>

KFTC at the Roots and Heritage Festival
14/Sep/2010 6:14
Over twenty KFTC members and staff worked the crowds at this year's Roots and Heritage Festival in Lexington on Saturday, registering voters and talking to people about important issues like restoration of voting rights for former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Burp v. Breathalyzer: Kentucky Supreme Court to decide issue in DUI case
13/Sep/2010 9:13
It is considered crass in most cultures, and hardly a subject of polite conversation. But now the Kentucky Supreme Court must answer a profound legal question about the burp is one enough to invalidate an alcohol breath test? more>>

AG calls prescription drug abuse a scourge
13/Sep/2010 9:13
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says prescription drug abuse in America is at epidemic proportions and taming it will take more than law enforcement. more>>

Limit Consumer Access to Cough Medicine
13/Sep/2010 9:13
Five years ago when Congress was considering a requirement that nasal decongestants be placed behind the counter to combat their use in methamphetamine production, I was one of many policy analysts who argued against this restriction. more>>

Possible ban of K2 in New Albany
13/Sep/2010 9:14
But a city council member in New Albany wants it off the shelves. He says most of the council members plan to support a ban against the sale of K2 there. more>>

Moms Warn Teens Of Dangers Of Prescription Pills
13/Sep/2010 9:14
Two grieving mothers are reaching out to Kentucky teens in hopes of sparing other parents the pain of losing children to prescription drug abuse. more>>

Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers
9/Sep/2010 10:59
Sheriffs in North Carolina want access to state computer records identifying anyone with prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other controlled substances. more>>

Drug addiction pill Suboxone costly for Kentucky
7/Sep/2010 5:21
Kentucky's Medicaid program spent nearly $11 million last year for an expensive, brand-name prescription medication used to help deal with drug addiction even though the state does not pay for the treatment programs that experts say should accompany its use more>>

Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers, Study Finds
31/Aug/2010 5:22
One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do more>>

Adults with ADHD benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, study says
26/Aug/2010 7:49
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is getting a lot of attention in children, but it's widely recognized in adults too: about 4.4 percent of adults in the United States have ADHD. more>>

Is Alcoholism Genetic?
23/Aug/2010 5:38
A mutation found in a mouse gene may provide new insights into the genetic roots of alcoholism in humans. more>>

Shocking School Drug And Gang Survey
19/Aug/2010 7:59
A new survey claims that 27 percent of public school students aged 12 to 17 attend schools that are both gang and drug-infected. That means 5.7 million students attend schools which are both gang and drug dominated. more>>

Scientists suggest fresh look at psychedelic drugs
18/Aug/2010 14:37
Combined with therapy, such substances could treat depression, chronic pain more>>

States claim fake pot poses real threat
13/Aug/2010 8:58
A blend of herbs laced with synthetic marijuana known popularly as K2 is being sold openly in head shops and online more>>

Doctors concerned over possible link of K2, heart damage
13/Aug/2010 8:56
The chemically-enhanced marijuana substitute is currently sold legally more>>

Paul: Eastern Kentucky drug problem not 'a real pressing issue'
13/Aug/2010 5:58
Senate hopeful says fiscal, social concerns on voters' minds more>>

Georgetown Singing For Democracy Raises Spirits and Grassroots Power
2/Aug/2010 4:49
PAR and Scott County KFTC members had a tremendous Singing For Democracy Gospel Fest in Georgetown with about 150 people happily crammed into the Ed Davis Learning Center to listen to some great gospel music and to educate each other on how we can work to restore voting rights to former felons more>>

Enough with celebrity 'rehab-abuse'
22/Jul/2010 6:04
At some point, the "rush to rehab," reached the ridiculous. Rehab is getting a bad name from this more>>

Oakland Votes to Allow Large Marijuana Farms
21/Jul/2010 13:32
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Oakland City Council has approved a plan to license four production plants where marijuana would be grown, packaged and processed, moving Oakland closer to becoming the first city in the nation to authorize wholesale pot cultivation. more>>

Coming Down: Pot Hunt Moves South
21/Jul/2010 13:31
Northern California's so-called Emerald Triangle, famous for flourishing marijuana farms that supply the country with much of its pot, is facing formidable competition for that distinction from an area hundreds of miles to its south—Los Angeles County. more>>

The Jennifer Act: Grieving mother honors daughter's death with 'Jennifer Act'
16/Jul/2010 8:35
Mother gains lawmakers' support for The Jennifer Act, a bill proposing mandatory intervention for someone who needs help with addiction. more>>

Double Trouble in Recovery | Peer Support for People Recovering from Mental Disorders and Addiction
14/Jul/2010 6:05
Information about a self-help group for persons who are diagnosed with the dual conditions of mental health issues and chemical abuse. more>>

Results of 2010 Statewide Homeless Count Announced
13/Jul/2010 8:41
Today, June 30, at a regular meeting of the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness (KICH) Executive Committee in Frankfort, the results of the 2010 Point-In-Time Count of the Homeless were released. more>>

Ohio River study finds drugs, chemicals that slip through waste treatment
12/Jul/2010 16:35
Dozens of chemicals and pharmaceuticals -- antidepressants, veterinary hormones, even cocaine -- have been detected in the Ohio River upstream and downstream from Louisville. more>>

Probe sought into alcohol-energy drinks promotion
11/Jul/2010 16:51
Urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the marketing of flavored alcoholic beverages with caffeine that appear to be explicitly designed to attract underage drinkers. more>>

Paul: Local governments should pay for fight against drugs
10/Jul/2010 7:36
Drug abuse and addiction is an issue that local communities should address — and pay for — themselves, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul said this week. more>>

Kombucha Tea May Face Regulation as Alcoholic Beverage
7/Jul/2010 8:07
The U.S. Treasury Department says that the kombucha variety of tea -- which can ferment in the bottle -- may be classified as an alcoholic beverage for regulatory purposes. more>>

Pro-Voting Rights Demonstration Outside of Thayer's Golf Fundraiser
29/Jun/2010 9:01
About thirty people gathered in Georgetown this weekend to speak out in favor of restoring voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Feds bust Louisville drug cartel
24/Jun/2010 14:54
Federal officials tell Fox 41 News that they've broken up the largest cocaine ring in Louisville history. more>>

Addicted docs put patients in peril
24/Jun/2010 14:09
Random drug screening urged for health care workers more>>

ER Visits for Abuse of Painkillers Double Over Five Years
22/Jun/2010 12:45
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Pills Implicated in Growing Number of Cases more>>

More than 1,000 celebrate their recovery from addiction at Healing Place event
22/Jun/2010 12:46
The Healing Place said the event celebrates not only those who have recovered, but also every member of that person’s family more>>

That's the spirit! State approves 192-proof Spirytus, allowing New Yorkers to get quite the buzz
22/Jun/2010 12:48
The approvals came several years after the state turned down the grain alcohol Everclear. more>>

Doctor, ex-deputy want new methadone clinic in Ky.
20/Jun/2010 11:27
A northern Kentucky doctor and retired sheriff's deputy are pushing to open a new methadone clinic in northern Kentucky. more>>

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who takes illegal drugs while pregnant can't be charged with endangering her child.
17/Jun/2010 15:21
In a 5-2 decision, the court ruled that such prosecutions are "expressly precluded" by the Maternal Health Act passed by the 1992 General Assembly. more>>

'Graying' of Drug Users at U.S. Treatment Centers
17/Jun/2010 9:31
Dramatic jump in aging Boomers seeking help for drug abuse, study finds more>>

More families are homeless and on the streets
16/Jun/2010 17:54
The Great Recession drove more families into homeless shelters in 2009, a new federal report has found. more>>

Ending the War on Drugs?
12/Jun/2010 6:08
John Stossel weighs in on campaign to legalize drugs (Video) more>>

Ice cream man busted in major drug roundup
4/Jun/2010 17:20
A man is busted for selling drugs out of an ice cream truck, and he is not the only one in jail. more>>

CDC: 1 in 5 high schoolers abuse legal drugs
4/Jun/2010 5:25
Twelfth-graders had the highest likelihood of prescription drug abuse, at 26 percent, and ninth-graders had the lowest, at 15 percent more>>

New drug on Louisville's streets
3/Jun/2010 6:47
"We had never heard of it before didn't know what it was," says Sergeant Joe O'Toole with the Louisville Metro Police Department's Sixth Division. more>>

CNN Opinion: I'm a criminal and so are you.
1/Jun/2010 11:25
Lately, I've been telling people that I'm a criminal. This shocks most people, since I don't "look like" one. more>>

Buying beer in Indiana? As of July 1 everyone will need to show an ID
1/Jun/2010 10:59
Anyone who fails to check for ID during a transaction can be cited with a criminal misdemeanor. more>>

The Kentucky State Police has awarded $365,000 in federal grant funds to help enforce underage drinking laws.
26/May/2010 13:18
State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the funds from the U.S. Justice Department help educate young people and their parents more>>

Cheap, ultra-pure heroin kills instantly
24/May/2010 16:16
Spike in overdoses linked to drug popular with Mexican smugglers more>>

There is only one week left to get your application in to become an A&E Recovery Project Delegate! All information and applications can be found at through next Friday, May 28th. more>>

CEO of clinics chain is indicted in Eastern Kentucky drug case - Pill Pipeline
21/May/2010 5:54
The chief executive officer of a chain of urgent-care clinics was part of a conspiracy to sell pain pills in Eastern Kentucky, a federal grand jury has charged. more>>

'Drinking' neat vodka through your EYE for a quick buzz?
16/May/2010 8:17
A website clip of the 'vodka eyeballing' craze that started in the U.S. and has now spread to the university party scene in Britain more>>

Administration says drug policy will emphasize prevention and treatment
12/May/2010 16:13
The White House is putting more resources into drug prevention and treatment, part of President Obama's pledge to treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue and less as a criminal justice problem. more>>

Former Felon Voter Mobilization Phonebank
12/May/2010 14:26
KFTC leader Tayna Fogle organized a voter mobilization phone bank in Lexington staffed by an incredible 35 former felons who came from Lexington, Georgetown, and Nicholasville more>>

Beshear to propose budget compromise; sets May 24 session
12/May/2010 14:30
In an effort to break a House-Senate deadlock, Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday he is proposing a budget compromise more>>

Popular new drug just banned in Kentucky, easy to get in Indiana
3/May/2010 16:23
K2, also known as fake weed, has put over 100 people in the emergency room in Louisville so far this year. more>>

Courts must cut 100 jobs, abolish programs
29/Apr/2010 17:19
A projected budget shortfall will force the state’s court systems to further trim costs, eliminate more than 100 jobs and abolish some popular programs such as family and juvenile drug courts. more>>

AP-CNBC Poll: Most in US against legalizing pot
20/Apr/2010 8:03
Most Americans still oppose legalizing marijuana but larger majorities believe pot has medical benefits and the government should allow its use for that purpose, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Tuesday. more>>

Treat, don't jail, addicted mothers
18/Apr/2010 18:20
Op-Ed by Susan Barron and Robert Walker more>>

McLellan Resigning as ONDCP Deputy Director
16/Apr/2010 16:37
Respected addiction researcher Tom McLellan has announced that he will resign as deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in May. more>>

Florida Pain Clinics: 'Pill Mills' for OxyContin Abuse
14/Apr/2010 11:31
A dramatic growth in the number of pain-management clinics has led to increased prescription-drug-overdose deaths in Florida more>>

Reformulated, 'Abuse Resistant' OxyContin Approved by FDA
14/Apr/2010 6:19
A new slow-release version of the powerful opiate painkiller OxyContin has been approved by the FDA. more>>

KY Lawmakers Seek To Ban Plant
13/Apr/2010 6:05
Senate Bill 107, which would make the salvia plant illegal and a Schedule 1 controlled narcotic more>>

Doctors ‘tune in’ to hallucinocens again
12/Apr/2010 5:57
Scientists study use of psychedelics to treat depression, anxiety, addiction more>>

Europe's Super-High Alcohol Beer Heads to the U.S.
10/Apr/2010 19:23
Two European breweries are waging a battle to try to get you drunker. Good business? Or an example of irresponsible behavior? more>>

Many Felony Pot Cases Getting Tossed Out of Court
8/Apr/2010 8:12
Police in a northern California town thought they had a couple dead to rights when they seized more than two pounds of marijuana from their home, even though doctors authorized the pair to use pot for medical purposes. more>>

Rats Starve Rather Than Eat Healthy Food
8/Apr/2010 8:11
Scientists Compare Junk Food to Cocaine as Study Shows Rats Fed Junk Food Go Hungry When Given Healthy Food more>>

General Assembly approves texting ban, tougher DUI law
6/Apr/2010 8:47
Anyone with detectable levels of more than a dozen types of unprescribed drugs in their blood would be presumed guilty of DUI more>>

House briefly toughens DUI law, changes mind
30/Mar/2010 5:50
Minutes later, a lawmaker who voted for the bill filed a motion for reconsideration, which undoes Monday’s votes and puts the bill back in the House for possible action in the future more>>

House toughens state’s DUI law
29/Mar/2010 16:19
FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House on Monday toughened the state’s drunken driving law in a move that surprised some lawmakers because they thought they were dealing with another subject. more>>

Pot legalization measure headed to California ballot, advocates say
25/Mar/2010 9:31
City and county governments would be allowed to imposed a sales tax under the proposed statute. more>>

Kentucky Bill restricting cold medicines moves ahead
25/Mar/2010 9:32
Meant to keep some cold or allergy medicines from being used in illegal methamphetamine labs more>>

New Report Highlights Alcohol Abstainers, Quitters as Well as Current Drinkers
25/Mar/2010 9:39
May not show how many Americans are in recovery from alcoholism, but it does provide interesting insights into the number of adults who have quit drinking or abstain for health and other reasons. more>>

Senate committee passes bill to curb meth
17/Mar/2010 6:12
Those who have been convicted of crimes related to the production of methamphetamine would be blocked from buying any medications with pseudoephedrine for five years under a proposal that passed a Senate committee on Tuesday. more>>

House committee approves bill to charge for DUI blood tests
10/Mar/2010 17:11
People convicted of drunken driving would have to pay for their blood tests under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. more>>

‘Drugged driving’ a growing threat
10/Mar/2010 6:41
Official calls for same attention given to drunken driving prevention more>>

KFTC Blog — Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
6/Mar/2010 7:45
Yesterday, KFTC members and allies filled the halls of Frankfort for our major lobby day to support HB 70, our proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Study Finds 65 Percent of Inmates Meet Criteria For Addiction But Only 11 Percent Receive Treatment.
5/Mar/2010 18:45
Of the 2.3 million inmates in prison or jail in the United States, 1.5 million meet the DSM IV medical criteria for substance abuse or addiction. An additional 458,000 had histories of substance abuse more>>

Released felons rally for return of voting rights
5/Mar/2010 6:14
Dozens of convicted felons descended upon the Capital rallying for the right to vote more>>

Anti-drinking ads boost boozing for some
3/Mar/2010 18:26
A new study finds anti-drinking ads can actually spur increased binge drinking for some audiences. more>>

Heroin cases triple in Louisville, increase attributed to higher prescription prices
2/Mar/2010 17:19
Some places in the country are seeing a spike in heroin cases including Louisville. more>>

America's drug laws-A fine too far
1/Mar/2010 5:13
State stamp laws for drugs make a mockery of the tax code more>>

Jeffersonville, IN middle school student suspended for touching pill
26/Feb/2010 8:46
According to Greater Clark County Schools district policy, even a touch equals drug possession and a one week suspension. more>>

Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age
23/Feb/2010 9:42
Number of people aged 50 and older reporting marijuana use in the prior year went up from 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent from 2002 to 2008 more>>

Bill Seeks To Crack Down On Drunken Driving
19/Feb/2010 16:19
Measure Clears House Unopposed more>>

Convicted drunken drivers would have to pass a breath test before starting their vehicles under a bill the Kentucky House passed 95-0 on Thursday.
19/Feb/2010 7:42
House Bill 58, which now proceeds to the Senate, would require judges to order a breath-alcohol monitoring devices for defendants' vehicles for six months after a first conviction for driving under the influence. more>>

Louisville Metro Council member moves to limit cold drug used to make meth
16/Feb/2010 6:58
Calls on the state General Assembly to make Kentucky the only state besides Oregon and Mississippi to require prescriptions for pseudoephedrine more>>

Voting Rights Bill Passes House 83-16!
11/Feb/2010 5:51
HB 70, our bill to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society, just passed the House floor 83-16, with strong majorities of both Democrats and Republicans voting Yes! more>>

Kentucky Tonight-Voting Rights for Felons
10/Feb/2010 11:07
A discussion about voting rights for felons video more>>

DUI monitor in cars advances
10/Feb/2010 10:28
FRANKFORT — People convicted of drunk driving might have to pass a breathalyzer test each time they start their vehicle under a bill approved by a House committee more>>

Obama Proposes Increased Funding for Treatment and Prevention, but 'Balance' Proves Elusive Goal
8/Feb/2010 11:15
Adds new funding for addiction treatment and prevention, but does little to close the huge gap between spending on drug supply- and demand-reduction efforts more>>

Voting Rights Bill Passes House Committee Unanimously
3/Feb/2010 5:27
Many legislators took the opportunity to explain their vote, making strong statements of support. more>>

Landmark Case Could Restore Felon Voting Rights
2/Feb/2010 17:19
A historic ruling earlier this month on behalf of felons who lost the right to vote could call into question the disenfranchisement of felons and ex-felons in the State of Washington and indeed across the United States. more>>

IRS to auction homeless shelter in Jeffersonville, IN
2/Feb/2010 16:45
The Haven House homeless shelter in Jeffersonville is scheduled to be sold at auction March 9 by the Internal Revenue Service because of unpaid payroll and Social Security taxes for its employees. more>>

Obama Issues New Rules on Mental Health Coverage
29/Jan/2010 16:58
New consumer rules require same payments for mental health as for regular doctor visits more>>

Voting Rights Bill Hearing February 2nd- Call your Legislators
27/Jan/2010 5:37
HB 70, our bill to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society, will be heard in the House Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee Tuesday, February 2nd more>>

$500,000 pledged for substance abuse treatment in Eastern Ky.
27/Jan/2010 5:27
The pledge from Kentucky River Properties LLC to Operation UNITE is the largest single private donation to the agency since it was formed in 2003 more>>

Words used to describe substance-use patients can alter attitudes, contribute to stigma
23/Jan/2010 12:53
Changing the words used to describe someone struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction may significantly alter the attitudes of health care professionals more>>

Study: Kentucky drug laws flooding prisons with non-violent, small-time criminals
17/Jan/2010 6:37
Kentucky’s 35-year war on drugs has produced “brutally harsh sentences,” flooded the prison system with non-violent and small-time offenders and helped push the state budget to the “outer edge of fiscal distress,” the author of the state’s penal code says. more>>

Diagnosing pill abuse problem
12/Jan/2010 9:03
Police, medical professionals swap information at Eastern Kentucky drug-abuse forum more>>

Research on cocaine reveals gene-altering roots of addiction
9/Jan/2010 7:41
The study helps explain how cocaine use changes the brain, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. more>>

"Geezer" Drug Use to Have Ripple Effect
9/Jan/2010 7:06
Report Says the Need for Substance Abuse Treatment Among Americans Over Age 50 Is Projected to Double by 2020 more>>

Court spectator sues judge for drug-testing him ‘on a hunch’
8/Jan/2010 16:08
He was released when the drug test came back negative. more>>

Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote
8/Jan/2010 15:27
In a decision that could give momentum to other efforts to expand voting to inmates, a federal appeals court ruled that incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state. more>>

Addicted pharmacist gets clean and tells the tale.
3/Jan/2010 6:15
For years, pharmacist Jared Combs got high from the pills he was supposed to dispense and made potentially deadly mistakes. more>>

Kentucky babies endangered-Lexington Herald-Leader Editorial
30/Dec/2009 9:54
As they gather in Frankfort next week to begin a three-month regular session, lawmakers should pay more attention to the health of newborns. more>>

Alcohol substitute that avoids drunkenness and hangovers in development
27/Dec/2009 5:58
An alcohol substitute that mimics its pleasant buzz without leading to drunkenness and hangovers is being developed by scientists. more>>

Eastern Ky. officials to host forums, discuss substance-abuse
22/Dec/2009 6:15
Police, healthcare providers and others plan a series of community forums on the state's substance-abuse problem, including how to keep doctors safe in the wake of a fatal shooting at a Perry County clinic. more>>

Bill would allow prosecution of mothers with addicted newborns
21/Dec/2009 5:35
Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Jeffersonville, pre-filed the bill at the urging of several prosecutors in his district more>>

Cocaine Laced With Cow-Worming Drug Sickens Americans
19/Dec/2009 6:17
Two-thirds of cocaine smuggled into the U.S. is laced with a cattle-worming drug linked to a rare immune disorder in a rash of cases, a report says. more>>

Pot Use Edges Up Among Teens, Survey Shows
15/Dec/2009 5:59
Teenagers Cutting Down on Cigarettes, Methamphetamines, Binge Drinking; Alcohol Most Widely-Used Illicit Substance more>>

Should pregnant women who abuse drugs face criminal charges?
10/Dec/2009 14:19
Thursday's Supreme Court hearing more>>

Court will reconsider fetuses, drug use
10/Dec/2009 6:03
Some maintain that it's a form of child abuse more>>

Arresting pregnant women is bad for babies
9/Dec/2009 8:30
Courier-Journal Op-Ed. Supreme Court hearing Thursday more>>

Scientist at Work: A. Thomas McLellan
10/Dec/2009 7:22
Addiction on 2 Fronts: Work and Home more>>

Singing For Democracy a Hit!
5/Dec/2009 6:44
On Wednesday, an incredible 400-500 people from across the state gathered at Imani Baptist Church on the north end of Lexington. more>>

Non-violent felons seek the right to vote again
2/Dec/2009 13:06
Rene Riley will take part in a gospel concert at Imani Baptist Church on Dec. 2 more>>

Kentucky Launches New Tactic In Fight Against Meth
20/Nov/2009 17:23
NPLEX Tracks Pseudoephedrine Sales more>>

New York toughens drunken driving law
19/Nov/2009 6:05
It is now a felony in New York to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs with a child in the vehicle more>>

'Tough on crime' drains state funds
17/Nov/2009 16:47
Inmates charged with these kinds of non-violent offenses make up about 46 percent of this state's prison population. more>>

DUI Diversion Program appears to be working
17/Nov/2009 11:41
Each year the Jefferson County Attorney's office prosecutes over 3,000 driving under the influence crimes. more>>

Groups discuss homeless in Phoenix Park-Lexington, KY
17/Nov/2009 7:37
A place for homeless people to spend the day instead of congregating in Phoenix Park was identified Monday as a need for downtown. more>>


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