Senate Committee Requests Help for Elderly American Tricked into Drug Smuggling

Senate Committee Requests Help for Elderly American Tricked into Drug Smuggling
Members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging are seeking help for a retired pastor from Maine who is imprisoned in Spain for smuggling drugs. The New York Times reports the pastor was tricked into carrying contraband. Recently, nine senators called on Secretary of State John Kerry or James Costos, the American ambassador to Spain, to raise the case of J. Bryon Martin directly with the Spanish government. Martin, 77, is serving six years in prison for smuggling drugs. “We find it terribly unfair that an older American who by all indications is a victim and did not understand that he was being used to transport illegal drugs remains incarcerated abroad while the criminals who masterminded this scheme remain free,” the senators wrote in the letter. The senators also called on the State Department to take similar steps on behalf of other American citizens being held by foreign governments. Dozens...
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FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Buprenorphine Implant to Treat Addiction

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Buprenorphine Implant to Treat Addiction
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended recently that the agency approve the buprenorphine implant Probuphine as a treatment for opioid addiction. The FDA is not required to follow their advisory panels’ advice, but usually does so. Probuphine provides a steady dose of buprenorphine, which eases withdrawal symptoms, decreases cravings and reduces the risk of relapse, according to USA Today . Buprenorphine is currently sold as a pill or dissolvable film placed under the tongue. Patients can get buprenorphine at a doctor’s office. Physicians who prescribe the drug must be certified to dispense it. They are only permitted to treat 100 patients at the time, the article notes. Buprenorphine is generally considered to be safer than methadone, because it is less likely to cause an overdose, the newspaper reports. About one million people took buprenorphine in 2012, according to the FDA. Probuphine consists of four rods...
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Massachusetts Officials Report Eight Deaths in One Week From “Hollywood” Heroin

Massachusetts Officials Report Eight Deaths in One Week From “Hollywood” Heroin
Massachusetts State Police report eight people have died in one week from a deadly strain of heroin known as “Hollywood” heroin. Officials say they are not sure how long the strain has been in the state. The deaths were reported in small cities in Western Massachusetts, CNN reports. State officials say they are investigating why this strain of heroin is so deadly. There may be additional dangerous chemicals added to the batch, according to Holyoke Police Department Lt. Jim Albert. The strain may be so pure that even some people addicted to heroin can’t handle it, he noted. A few people who used the deadly strain of heroin were saved by the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. While police seized 9,000 bags of heroin with the “Hollywood” stamp and arrested four people on heroin trafficking charges, there still may be more of the heroin circulating, according to Springfield Police Sgt. John...
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Synthetic Marijuana – The New Street Drug

Synthetic Marijuana – The New Street Drug
Synthetic marijuana, once sold mostly online and in convenience stores, is now largely a street drug, according to PBS NewsHour . People who use the drug tend to be poor, urban and homeless, experts say. “We originally felt that [synthetic marijuana] was being marketed for younger people, for teenagers,” said Lt. Andrew Struhar, Acting Lieutenant of the Narcotics Unit of the Washington D.C. Police. “But it has definitely drilled down to the street, and unfortunately a great deal to the homeless population.” He noted, “The progression of the drug from when we started, being advertised in windows of gas stations and convenience stores to street sales, has definitely been a bad case scenario. Because street sales are much more difficult to find, to locate and prosecute.” Synthetic marijuana is banned in all 50 states, but manufacturers continually change the drug’s chemistry to stay one step ahead of new legislation. The...
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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week - Update

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week - Update
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is an annual, week-long observance that brings together teens and scientific experts to shatter persistent myths about substance use and addiction. New toolkits provide event holders with resources to tailor activities to the specific drugs that most affect their communities. Additionally, a general NDAFW toolkit in Spanish is now available. This year’s observance will be held January 25-31, 2016. Events can be sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools, community groups, sports clubs, and hospitals. Toolkit resources can be combined with the IQ Challenge quiz, which contains questions about different kinds of drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have launched new online toolkits designed for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week event holders interested in focusing on specific drugs. The toolkits highlight information to specific drugs or audiences, including: Alcohol...
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Three-Fourths of High School Students Who Use Heroin Have Also Used Painkillers

Three-Fourths of High School Students Who Use Heroin Have Also Used Painkillers
A survey of high school students finds 77 percent of those who use heroin say they also have used opioid painkillers for non-medical purposes. The survey of more than 67,000 high school seniors over a five-year period found 12.4 percent reported lifetime nonmedical opioid use and 1.2 percent reported lifetime heroin use. The more often teens used opioids for nonmedical purposes, the higher the odds they also used heroin, HealthDay reports. “The more times a teen uses nonprescribed painkiller pills, the greater the risk he or she is at for becoming dependent on the drug,” said lead researcher Joseph Palamar of New York University. “People who become dependent on painkiller pills often wind up resorting to heroin use because it’s cheaper and more available than these pills.” White students are more likely than black or Hispanic students to use opioid painkillers or heroin, the survey found. Black and Hispanic students...
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Alcohol Or Drugs Trouble Can Be Inherited

26652725 - at the barA recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald found that around 50 per cent of the risk of drug or alcohol dependence abuse is genetic.

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Adderall -- A Personal Story

It was the toughest semester of my life. I was taking six classes, my grandmother had passed away just days before finals, and I was too emotionally and mentally shot to focus on anything. Hours slid by and nothing was getting done. My worst fear was coming true—I was going to fail my exams. After venting to my friend about my troubles, he responded by handing me a little blue tablet marked AD 10. Having never taken any prescription pill, I was a bit hesitant, but considering my desperate circumstances, I decided to down it. Subtle stimulation is one thing, such as a caffeine rush, but encephalic overdrive characterized by robotic like tunnel vision that allows you to scan hundreds of pages of bland text with no desire to stop, is literally a mind blowing sensation. An electric wave of euphoria pulsated through my body giving me a sense of...
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