Friday, July 26, 2013
20 pain management clinics not owned by physicians have closed, according to the Associated Press. Now, thousands of medical providers have registered with the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.
The number of hydrocodone doses decreased by 9.5 percent, and oxycodone doses dropped by 10.5 percent, the governor points out. For the first time in a decade deaths have decreased; those caused by prescription or illicit drugs decreased from 1,023 in 2011, to 1,004 in 2012.
“The impact of this bill can’t be measured just in the numbers of pills we’ve kept off the streets,” Governor Beshear said in a news release. “This bill, I believe, has literally saved lives in Kentucky.”
Kentucky has long been considered one of the worst states regarding prescription drug abuse, it is great to see some reductions in the number of drugs prescribed as well as overdose deaths.
Friday, July 19, 2013
On Thursday, the National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske told the attendees of a conference on prescription drug abuse that addiction should be treated as a public health issue.
Every year, drug overdoses take the lives of more Americans than traffic crashes or gunshot wounds, Kerlikowske told the group. He is a big supporter of prescription drug take-back events which keep drugs from falling into the hands of young people, the Associated Press reports.
At the conference, Kerlikowske talked about a number of issues, such as medical marijuana, cocaine use and heroin use. He believes that medical marijuana sends the wrong message to young people, but he pointed out that there has been a 40 percent drop in cocaine use since 2006.
While there has been a decrease in prescription drug abuse from 7 million in 2010, to 6.1 million in 2011, Kerlikowske is concerned about the rise in heroin use.
Friday, July 12, 2013
A study of 145 college students, who read vignettes that described people who had been drinking, USA Today reports.“Results supported previous research by showing that moderate intoxication terms such as ‘tipsy’ were applied to female vignette characters more than male characters, even when female characters were heavily intoxicated,” said study author Ash Levitt of the Research Institute on Addictions at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. “Female participants applied these terms more than male participants.”
Women may downplay intoxication in order to lower expectations of how much they should drink, while men may overestimate how much they are expected to drink, as well as how much their male friends consume, according to Levitt. Make no mistake about it; drunk is drunk no matter what word is used to describe the feeling.
The study is published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Friday, July 5, 2013
This year’s honorees are:
- A New Path (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) of San Diego, received The Joel Hernandez Award
- Tom Coderre, Rhode Island State Senator
- Andre L. Johnson of the Detroit Recovery Project
- Scott Strode of Phoenix Multisport of Denver, Colorado, received the Vernon Johnson Award
- Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services, received the Lisa Mojer-Torres Award
- Kristen Johnston, Emmy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, received The Voice of Recovery Award
The awards were held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.