Asian Drug Rehabs Use Concentration-Camp Techniques to “Rehabilitate” Addicts – No Surprise that 90% or More Relapse

*+-You don’t hear much about drug rehabilitation in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Malaysia. There may be a very good reason for that. All these countries have drug rehabs that resemble concentration or forced labor camps more than anything a humane person would think of as a drug rehab. First, each of these countries has drug rehab “treatment” that is compulsory for addicts. Once the addicts are collected up, they may be detained for as long as four years in “rehabilitation” centers that put them to work under inhumane conditions at minimal pay. In Vietnam, some work long days…

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How Long Will it Take “Subsys” to Show Up on Drug Overdose Autopsies?

*+-The FDA approves the new sublingual fentanyl spray, but will this super-strong painkiller make it easier for people to overdose on this drug? In January 2012, the FDA announced the approval of a new form of painkiller: a formulation of fentanyl meant to be sprayed under the tongue (sublingual). The new drug is called Subsys and is meant for those suffering from breakthrough pain from cancer.1 This means that Subsys is only supposed to be used when the patient is already on a painkiller and experiences pain that breaks through the existing opioid barrier. But fentanyl is already a common…

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Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death

*+-After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so. The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested, if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs. Groups that had higher…

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Will US Follow Finland’s Trend?: Rising Drug Use among Youth and Women

*+-In the United States, the trend has always been toward more illicit drug abuse by men than women, usually in a ratio of two to one. In drug dependence and treatment statistics both, women generally make up about one-third of the total. This ratio varies by the drug being discussed. When it comes to needing treatment for marijuana addiction, only about one in four of those being admitted to treatment for marijuana addiction is a woman. But for crack cocaine and prescription drugs, the ratio of women to men is higher. In fact, more women go to treatment for sedatives…

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Chill Pills Generate a New Threat for a New Generation

*+-Before the 1950s, there were no tranquilizers being marketed. Then came Miltowns, followed by Valium and then followed by the full range of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. By 1957, there had been 56 million prescriptions filled for Miltowns. And with the popularization of this range of drugs, and despite their addictiveness, millions of people have come to depend on these drugs to deal with daily life. In many cases, it’s a whole new generation of young people who are using, abusing or being addicted to them. Some people simply rely on them, filling the prescriptions as needed, and others abuse…

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Litany of Heroin Deaths in Alabama Illustrates Fatal Dangers of Addiction

*+-The shift from OxyContin to heroin and people trying to get high after getting clean are some of the reasons for the upsurge in deaths in Alabama. In May 2012, the Birmingham News provided some grim insight into the fatal results of addiction. In just the month of April, Jefferson County had thirteen deaths from heroin. In all of 2010, there were only 12 deaths from the drug and in 2011, a total of 30 people died. What makes the situation worse is that many of those who died were so very young: a 28-year old man, 38-year old man,…

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Do New Synthetic Drugs Create the Most Dangerous Addictions?

*+-It’s pretty obvious that there are simply no “good addictions” when it comes to drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t matter if it’s alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana or cocaine – every addiction is destructive of a person’s life, goals, focus, mental stability and personal integrity. Drugs and alcohol are also destructive of a person’s health and relationships. When addiction takes over a person’s life, then every constructive priority takes a back seat to this overwhelming influence. How then could one pick out one drug that creates the most dangerous addiction? The fact is that there is a class of new…

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