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The US knows how to address its drinking problem, but proven fixes are hard to sell
When health officials wanted to reduce deaths from tobacco, they spread messages about the proven cancer risks, pushed to ban smoking in public places and worked to raise taxes on cigarettes. Alcohol, which causes 88,000 deaths a year in the United States, is a similarly grave public health concern. But the way forward is less clear. more

The Healing Place men's campus to open 426-bed facility in late December
The new building will allow the healing place to double its services after having to turn away 200-300 men every month the last four years.
Like many other cities, Louisville is in the middle of an addiction epidemic. The Healing Place is helping with that epidemic, but for the last four years, it's had to turn away hundreds of people every month who needed help. “It's devastating,” said Erin Fogarty, a grant manager and gift officer with The Healing Place. The facility's men's campus didn’t have enough beds, which is why they had to turn people away, sometimes as many as 300 per month, Fogarty said. more

Alcohol is killing more people, and younger. The biggest increases are among women
The last time lawyer Erika Byrd talked her way out of an alcohol rehab center, her father took her to lunch. "Dad, I know what alcohol has done to me," she told him that day in January 2011. "I know what it has made me do to you and mom. But that wasn’t me." more

'Nothing is childproof': Kids are overdosing on drugs adults leave out
In his final hours, 15-year-old Chanze Laplant used his cellphone for an internet query: "Can you OD on morphine?" more

Dubai’s first rehab clinic set to open
Officials at Erada rehab clinic promise a ‘safe haven for treatment’ Officials at the government-owned Erada Rehab and Treatment Centre (Erada loosely translates into ‘willpower’ in Arabic) are quietly aware of the role they will soon play. more

Cocaine Back in a Big Way, DEA Warns, with Rising Overdose Deaths
Cocaine use in the United States has "rebounded" buoyed by a boost in supply, and the increasing prevalence of potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl mixed into the product is "accelerating cocaine involved overdose deaths," the Drug Enforcement Administration said in the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment released today. more

Michigan Eyed as Bellwether for Legal Pot in Midwest
Michigan is aiming to build a potentially lucrative industry from the ground up with passage of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. It could do more by serving as a model for the rest of the Midwest — and possibly beyond. Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana, with voters Tuesday passing a ballot measure that will allow people 21 or older to buy and use the drug. Including Michigan, 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana; North Dakota voters decided this week that recreational pot wasn't for them. more

FDA approves powerful opioid despite fears of more overdose deaths
The Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful opioid Friday for use in health-care settings, rejecting criticism from some of its advisers that the drug would inevitably be diverted to illicit use and cause more overdose deaths. The opioid is five to 10 times more potent than pharmaceutical fentanyl. A tiny pill that is just three millimeters in diameter, it is likely to worsen the nation’s drug crisis, according to critics and the head of the FDA’s advisory committee on painkillers. more

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