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Advocates for the drugs, which are designed to thwart certain kinds of abuse, said they aren’t a cure-all but another critical tool in the state’s effort to reduce the epidemic of opiate addiction. Pharmaceutical representatives and their allies have continued to push for legislation that would require state-regulated health plans to cover abuse-deterrent opioid drugs (ADOs)...

The research and statistics are irrefutable: methadone treatment is successful at improving almost every quality of life measurement for patients and creates safer, healthier conditions for families and communities.

Methadone saved my life. Literally--I wouldn’t be here if someone hadn’t helped me get into a program...

Portugal decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it -- Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small quantities of these drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal, of course. But now getting caught with them meant a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program -- not jail time and a criminal record. Read more.

Most times, when you lose a hubcap, it bounces off into the bushes at the side of the road until maybe it gets picked up by someone who owns a hubcap stand.

By then, you’re long gone.

Richie “LaBamba” Rosenberg is a little different. It’s hard for him to lose his Hubcaps, and that’s a good thing for music fans. The LaBamba and the Hubcaps Reunion Concert is set for Saturday, April 8 at Bar A in Lake Como.

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Opioid Use Soars Among Middle Aged and Elderly

Could your doctor be prescribing too many pain pills? The epidemic of opioid abuse sweeping the U.S. might seem like a distant phenomenon to the average middle-aged patient who is getting a joint replacement, visiting an emergency room or seeking help with persistent pain from a primary-care physician.

by Frank Greenagel II, Rutgers School of Social Work - In 2011, I was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism (GCADA). Two other public members that were appointed that year were Paul Ressler and Kevin Meara (both from Hamilton). Ressler’s son Corey died in July of 2010 from a drug overdose. Meara's son KC died at the age of 24 in 2008 — he was found kneeling and motionless on his bedroom floor by his mother. Both Corey and KC struggled with addiction for years and their parents fought valiantly to help them. Both were flummoxed by the problems within the treatment industry and the lack of supports available...

"We’re starting to see people looking at drug use as a health issue as opposed to a criminal justice issue."

“We’re not trying to ask about where they got the drugs or where they were using,” she explained. “We ask about the quantity they used, if it was a normal amount they would usually use, and if it’s possible it was contaminated with fentanyl, which we’re seeing a lot more of right now.” Read entire article....

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A dance with the devil. That’s how 33-year-old Elizabeth Mooney describes her struggle with drug addiction, recalling the “little voice” that repeatedly overpowered her mind after she had been in recovery, once for as long as three years...

A year ago, I woke in the night with pain so severe I was crying before I was fully aware what was going on. A 50-year-old cop sobbed like a child in the dark.

It was a ruptured disc and related nerve damage. Within a couple of months, it became so severe that I could no longer walk or stand. An MRI later, my surgeon soothingly told me it would all be okay. He would take care of me; the pain would end.

After surgery, I never saw that surgeon again. A nurse practitioner handed me a prescription for painkillers — 180 tablets, 90 each of oxycodone and hydrocodone. Read more