In The News
PART OF YOUr GAINING STRENGTH and hope IS GETTING INFORMED. This page has current articles PERTINENT to the topic of addiction, recovery, and how to cope.
Our 20/20 award winning reporter, Elizabeth Vargas, shocked America when she stepped out from behind the desk on her 20/20 TV Show on ABC. She spent the whole segment talking about how her addiction to alcohol went from a whimsical affair, to a full blown, undeniable, addiction where she felt the dependent relationship and chemical dependency.
She interviws some of the leading doctors and addiction specialists.
Renee Montagne hosted a conference that is catching the eyes of police officers across the nation. Sergeant Nicastro, from the Gloucester Police reported that at one point during his recent shift he had been requested to help four addicts get a detox bed and off to rehab. They have decided to slow down on arressts and instead work to help the addicts get the support and help they need to overcome their illness. What is so incredible about this movement is, we are getting closer to decriminalizing this mental illness and moving to recoverying our nation.
A federal Judge in Pittsburgh charged a local Heroin Dealer with the death of an addict that was found in a convenience store bathroom. The Heroin that fatally killed the addict was reported to be laced with fentanyl.
The Dealer was sentenced to eight years and $6,000 restitution. It's a small price to pay for the fatal heroin that took another life.
with the rise in opiod addiction we are also seeing a rise in babies born and immediately begin to withdrawal from the opiod they were fed while in utero. The US news reports: "Research suggests about 3 to 10 percent of babies with NAS experience tremors, Spence notes; she thinks it’s probably closer to 3 percent. She adds that NAS symptoms frequently persist for months."
It was a life like Zombie land in one Brooklyn neighborhood. This was the result of a mass overdose of K2. K2 is (as clearly displayed in this video) dangerous.
A new scientific finding in rats shows that suppressing a relatively unstudied part of the brain can act as an on/off switch for addictions and binges. It is said that this is a ground breaking finding that may lead to controlling our mind. Click here for more information.
It may seem unreal that our beloved Prince's death was ruled an accidental overdose. He was displaying the most common signs of allowing the disease to take over and eventually take his life. CNN reports that Prince had missed two shows and did not "feel like himself, which was not common for the healthy vegan," leading up to the day he lost his battle with his opioid addiction.Click here for more information.
It's a terrifying fact: More than 47,000 people in America died of drug overdoses in 2014 — in what's been widely called an epidemic. But the biggest killer of this epidemic isn't cocaine, meth, or even heroin; it's totally legal opioid painkillers. Click here for more information.
National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, who is a recovering addict himself, aims to refocus the country's drug policy. (60 Minutes). Click here for more information.
In Michael Strahan's new book, Wake up Happy, he says lyrics to a Coldplay song - "Am I part of the cure, or am I part of the disease?" - helped him to learn to handle [many challenges in his life]. “You can’t change the way somebody acts. The only thing you can do is change the way you act towards them," he quotes. Click here for more information.
Prescription painkillers are hooking our kids on heroin, with dire consequences. Who's to blame?
"Education is a critical component of any effort to slow the abuse of prescription medication, and that includes better education for doctors," says Dr. Volkow. Click here for more information.