News — substance-abuse

How an Obituary Can Help Save Others from Addiction
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img source: public domain   Being addicted to drugs is becoming more of a reality, especially for those who have endured a loss of a loved one. This happened in the town of Burlington, VT.  Sean Tyler Stem passed from his addiction to heroin at the young age of 26. Although this occurrence seems all too common, his family wanted to make a more lasting mark.  The Stem family used this experience to combat drug abuse and reach for donations to kick start a campaign supporting drug abuse victims. The family’s efforts didn’t stop there, engraving a sentimental, yet hopeful,...

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Cleveland Brown's Josh Gordon Suspended for a Third Time
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img source: Bleacher Report   Josh Gordon is not new to the NFL suspension game. Earlier this week, Gordon was reported testing positive for his substance of abuse test.   Josh Gordon is a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. In a statement released by the general manger, “As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh.” Their sentiments are substantiated.   This marks Gordon’s third suspension to date. Three consecutive years in a row. His first suspension fronted his 2013 season (missing two games) and Gordon was still able to lead the NFL...

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Increasing Suicide with Cocaine and Alcohol
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    img source: news.brown.edu   The topic of suicide is a very sensitive. The notion of suicide being a direct link to substance-abuse is, in fact, extremely over-simplified. In an attempt to better understand the factors that may increase suicide risk, researchers studied the use of two drugs specifically, cocaine and alcohol, both independently and combined together.   From a study in the journal Crisis, when used independently, alcohol had no association with increased suicide. In addition, cocaine provided only borderline suspicions. Both findings were unexpected.   However, the combination of both alcohol and cocaine misuse did provide an increase in...

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Verdict Reached for California Rehab: Murder Charge
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  Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elaine Kiefer decided there was insufficient evidence to support the second-degree murder charge against a California rehabilitation center, A Better Tomorrow, and four of its employees in the 2010 death of patient Gary Benefield.   Gary Benefield was seeking treatment for an alcohol drinking problem. Legal experts have noted the importance of this murder charge which may have been intended to put California’s drug and rehabilitation industry on alert. Prosecutors argued the company killed Benefield by allowing employees with little or no medical training to give him drugs without consulting a physician or getting...

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Heroin Injection Sites, Coming Soon...
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Ithaca, New York, a sleepy upstate town that faces an increasingly high death rate due to heroin overdose -- Mayor Svante Myrick proposes a radical approach in fighting this epidemic. Instead of taking the needles out of addicts' arms immediately, Myrick wants to create designated "injection sites" that let people shoot up at-will, with medical professionals standing by to prevent a fatal overdose and counseling services to help them eventually kick the habit. Supervised injection sites (SIS) have popped up around the world, in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and Norway — many finding great success in...

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