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Marijuana Research Review Details Harmful Outcomes of Use
A review of 20 years of marijuana research concludes there are real risks to using the drug, according to U.S. News & World Report. These include increased risk of car crashes, dropping out of high school and cognitive impairment. Marijuana does not produce fatal overdoses, the review notes. more

Top Seven Crazy Myths About Drug Overdose Antidote, Naloxone
With fatalities from heroin and prescription drugs still on the rise, naloxone, an opiate reversal medication, has become an increasingly popular method to prevent overdose death.  more>

New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm
It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana.
The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. more

'Spice' overdoses prompt state of emergency in N.H.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency Thursday after more than 40 people overdosed on synthetic cannabinoid, also known as "spice." more

Robin Williams' death reignites depression and addiction debate
Years of research and mountains of evidence show that addiction and depression are bona fide diseases, and that suicide or the accidental overdose are not choices but biological compulsions beyond the person’s control. more

Detoxing from heroin at home
Are you or a loved one ready for recovery from heroin addiction? Are you ready to begin the journey towards being clean? Recovery requires one step at a time, the first one being a thorough detox process. more

Addiction showcases the brain’s flexibility
Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin, food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction works in the brain. more

Drug overdose deaths in 2013 increased in Fayette; Eastern Kentucky rates are state's highest
A report issued by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy showed that the state's largest increase in the raw number of overdose fatalities last year occurred in Fayette County, with 86 deaths in 2013, up from 74 in 2012. more

Bill aims to address drug-dependent babies

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell introduced a bill on Thursday that aims to reduce the number of babies born withdrawing from opiates because of their mothers' addictions. more

Self-Empowered Approach to Addiction Recovery (Video)
Tom Horvath, Ph.D., a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP), has been President of SMART Recovery® for well over a decade. more

The U.S. Addiction Rehab Industry
Drug, alcohol and other addiction rehab in the United States is big business - $35 billion this year. There are now 14,000+ treatment facilities and growing. more

WSU team studying hookah addiction
It’s worked with cigarette smokers, drug addicts and children who stutter. Researchers at Washington State University hope it can help wean people off hookah. more

Chasing the heroin resurgence
The resurgence of the deadly drug has sparked a flurry of action from governors' mansions and statehouses across New England and the Midwest to small-town police stations from northern Kentucky to Wisconsin. more

A Heroin User's Story: Naloxone Gives a Mother Back Her Son, But Can't Cure Addiction
Peter Ruhry got what many other drug abusers never get: a second chance. Mr. Ruhry grew up in Nassau County, in a home without drugs. He started using drugs in April 2007; two years later, in May 2009, he overdosed on heroin, said his mother, Angie Ruhry. more

Fighting Addiction With Medication?
There are many ways to cope with addiction, but one treatment method is becoming more popular. more

Bringing addicts back from the brink
A former addict-turned-drug counsellor tells Kelly Clarke how he wants his experience to create a positive path for others. more

What are the Benefits of a Halfway House?

Halfway houses are gaining popularity as one facet of a substance abuse recovery plan because they offer so many different benefits. It is definitely going to be a wise idea for you to consider the be

Addicts aim to gain control through writing
A writing group for alcoholics and drug addicts aims to help them gain control over addictions more

Jefferson county attorney's son died of heroin overdose
Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is urging anyone in the “throes of addiction” to seek help after his son Matt died last month of what medical examiners say was an overdose of cocaine, heroin and alcohol. more

Colts' Jim Irsay discusses addiction
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay still isn't ready to discuss the details of his March arrest. But in an extensive interview Monday with The Indianapolis Star, Irsay discussed his ongoing battle with addiction. more

Pot Tax Collections Booming in Colorado
Colorado's marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday. more

Marijuana playing larger role in fatal crashes

As more states are poised to legalize medicinal marijuana, it's looking like dope is playing a larger role as a cause of fatal traffic accidents. more

America Honors Recovery is the addiction recovery community’s annual awards event to recognize the over 20 million Americans in recovery.
Sponsored by Faces & Voices of Recovery, this is the signature annual recovery event that highlights the extraordinary contributions of the country's most influential recovery community leaders to the growing movement to promote the reality of recovery from addiction. more

Q&A with Addiction Medicine Expert: The Impact of Zohydro
Join Together spoke with Dr. Richard Blondell, Vice Chair for Addiction Medicine in the State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine, about the issue. more

Tennessee Enacts Law To Incarcerate Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed a bill into law on Tuesday that is the first law in the country to authorize the arrest and incarceration of women who use drugs while pregnant. Reproductive and civil rights advocates had strongly urged Haslam to veto the legislation. more

Colo. lawmakers plan to boost marijuana profits
The federal government has reluctantly agreed to let Colorado be the first state to collect taxes from the legal sale of recreational marijuana, but it also has made clear it doesn't agree with the move and may try to stop it, if isn't tightly controlled. more

Zac Efron Admits Battle With Addiction Is 'Never-Ending Struggle'
Efron, 26, during in a very candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, admitted he currently goes to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. more

A different perspective on the opiate addiction epidemic
Talk is everywhere of the unfortunate rise in opiate addictions and lethal overdoses of prescription pain pills and cheap heroin. Mental health organizations are mobilizing forces to counter this tragic trend. more

Ky. lawmakers need special session to tackle heroin
Lawmakers in Frankfort failed the people of Kentucky, and especially the people of Northern Kentucky, when they failed to pass a bill addressing the heroin epidemic. more

HOPE IN THE BAKING!
Bridge Bread is a social entrepreneurship initiative designed to provide job opportunities for guests of The Bridge. The goal of the initiative is to help disadvantaged guests engage in a financially rewarding effort that enhances self-worth, promotes dignity and enables the guests to help themselves. more

Maine Poised To Pass Lifesaving Anti-Overdose Bill
After unanimous approval from state House lawmakers on Monday, Maine's legislature appears poised to pass a lifesaving anti-overdose bill despite a veto threat from Gov. Paul LePage (R). more

Colorado Pot Shops Raided By The Feds May Be Shut For Good
Four Denver-area medical marijuana businesses may be permanently shuttered after federal officials reportedly probing links with Colombian drug cartels raided the shops in November. more

Boomers Face A Higher Risk Of Alcohol Abuse
The particular risks of alcoholism for those over 50 go beyond family, work and financial pressures, as well as beyond self-medicating for aches and pains, Colleran says. There’s often a much deeper issue that triggers the trap of addiction: A sense of lost meaning or purpose in life. more

Medical marijuana companies flood Florida ahead of ballot measure

The medical marijuana industrial-complex is in full swing in Florida. more

Smartphone app helps recovering alcoholics stay sober, includes panic button
A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. more

The most addictive prescription drugs on the market

Just because pills are prescribed by a doctor and administered by a pharmacy, that doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. As prescription numbers continue to rise, the chance for prescription drug abuse rises as well. more

Heroin bill gets out of Kentucky House committee but faces uncertain future
FRANKFORT — A controversial anti-heroin bill eked out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, but its future in this year's legislative session is uncertain. more

Overdoses spark pleas for life-saving drug
A mother's success reviving her son from a heroin overdose and a spate of heroin deaths in Grant County – all in a tight span – have a community demanding action. more

Under fire, Zohydro maker touts drug safety board
After months of criticism over its recently launched painkiller Zohydro, the maker of the powerful narcotic is highlighting an unusual oversight board that it’s assembled to try and prevent abuse of the drug. more

Mackenzie Phillips Opens Up On 11 Rehab Stints, Cocaine & Heroin Addiction: ‘It’s Time For Me To Get Grateful For What I Have’
It’s been a long road to recovery for actress Mackenzie Phillips following a staggering 11 stints in rehab and addiction to heroin and cocaine, but now the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas‘ lead singer is opening up about being six years sober. more

Drug addiction is disease, not moral failing
I write to applaud Bob Kravitz for his March 17 column, “Jim Irsay is fighting for his life, he needs help.” It is one of the few pieces I have seen in the blizzard of articles and media reports that contain compassion and concern. more

FDA approves powerful new pain pill despite fears of abuse
It’s a capsule of pure hydrocodone so powerful that one accidental dose can kill. more

Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag
In the wake of the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I am shocked by the vast range of opinions and emotions that have been voiced in the public discourse. more

Ky police department giving free drug test kits to parents
A southwestern Kentucky police department is giving free drug testing kits to parents who suspect their children may be using illegal drugs. more

Richmond, KY Police on heroin: 'I've never heard of it being this big ever'
Richmond Police call it an epidemic, saying a dangerous and illegal drug keeps showing up in their city. And they tell us it's coming straight down I-75 from Michigan. more

Lexington officials continue seeing disturbing trends with heroin use, overdoses
Emergency crews from the Lexington Division of Fire responded to four calls last month about individuals who overdosed on heroin. more

Owensboro Regional Suicide Coalition's 2014 Spring Conference
Thursday, April 24th - public presentation on "Not for Human Consumption - the story of K2, Bath Salts and other Designer Drugs - 6pm - 8pm (no CEUs) and Friday, April 25th - Professional presentation entitled "Intoxicants, Self-Poisoning and Suicide"
9:00am - 4:30pm (6 CEUs available)
Speaker is Dr. Timothy J. Wiegand of the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. (Download PDF information)

Tayna Fogle | House version of voting bill needs to be passed
The right to vote is a basic human right. But Kentucky’s outdated constitution denies that basic right to almost a quarter-million of our citizens. Kentucky is one of only three states that take away a person’s right to vote forever if he or she is convicted of a felony. Currently the only way to get those rights restored is to receive an individual pardon from the governor. more

Changes to voting bill would leave more than half of Kentucky felons without the right to vote
More than half of the 180,000 Kentuckians barred from voting because of a felony conviction would remain permanently disenfranchised under changes the Kentucky Senate made last week to a voting rights bill, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. more

University of Kentucky wins $350,000 grant to help undergraduates study alcohol abuse
The University of Kentucky has won a $350,000 grant to bring 55 college students from around the state to its campus for the next five summers to work on alcohol-abuse research. more

Bill to allow medical marijuana oil passes Kentucky Senate committee
Urged on by families seeking help for children with uncontrollable seizures, Kentucky legislators took the first step Wednesday toward legitimizing marijuana use — passing a bill out of committee that would allow cannabis oil to be used for medical treatment. more

Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade
Fatal Crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade, according to researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The pot related accidents have helped fuel the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths. more

Vets Seeing More Dogs Eating Edible Marijuana
An animal hospital in Denver is seeing an increasing number of dogs who have eaten edible marijuana and is finding that the diagnosis isn’t good. more

New CDOT Campaign Targets Stoned Drivers
Next month the Colorado Department of Transportation will kick off a new campaign aimed at warning people against smoking marijuana and driving called “Drive High, Get a DUI.” more

Kentucky Bill restoring felons' voting rights passes Senate with five-year waiting period
Despite misgivings from Democrats, a state constitutional amendment that would restore most felons' voting rights after a five-year waiting period passed the state Senate on Wednesday with overwhelming support. more

The House also passed House Bill 64, which would allow Kentuckians convicted of first-time Class D felonies to ask a court to expunge, or clear, their record five years after they complete their sentence if they have avoided any additional criminal charges.

Prosecutors would be notified, and certain crimes involving children, the elderly or sex offenses would be ineligible for expungement, as would federal crimes. At present, state law allows convictions to be expunged only for misdemeanors and traffic offenses. "We are a forgiving people," Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville, said, speaking in favor of the bill. "And if somebody has paid their debt to society, then we should consider that debt paid."

Drug to reverse effects of overdose sees expanded use
As communities across Kentuckiana struggle to deal with an opiate addiction problem in the form of heroin and prescription pills, a medication called naloxone that has been around since the 1960s is finding a new, life-saving use. more

Kentucky Prescription Drug Abuse Law Has Unintended Consequences:
Kentucky’s law designed to reduce prescription drug abuse has raised awareness about the problem, but has had some unintended consequences, according to an addiction medicine specialist in the state. more

Overcoming Addiction: Former addict studying to become a counselor
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A life consumed with finding the next buzz, doing whatever it takes to get her hands on drugs. That is what 28-year-old, Shannon Evans, says her life used to be about. Now, a full time student at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, she has hopes of helping other drug addicts and their families. more

Addiction legislation clears Statehouse hurdle
A Cape Cod legislator's proposal to explore sending nonviolent drug offenders into treatment rather than prison has inched one step closer to becoming a reality. more

Holder: State Laws That Bar Felons From Voting Are ‘Too Unjust to Tolerate’
Three days after announcing that the U.S. Justice Department will recognize same-sex marriages in all legal matters, even in states that forbid it, Attorney General Eric Holder took a swipe at states that don’t allow felons to vote. more

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Looks Set To Reject Overdose Prevention For No Good Reason
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) appears set to oppose a bill increasing access to a lifesaving anti-overdose medication because of concerns rejected by public health experts that it could encourage more drug abuse, according to the bill's chief sponsor. more

Opiate Antidote Could Lower Overdose Deaths by Nearly 50%
Distributing naloxone and training people to use it can cut the death rates from overdose nearly in half, according to a new study. more

Heroin Overdose Antidote Naloxone Becoming More Widely Available

The heroin overdose antidote naloxone is becoming more widely available nationwide more

Marijuana Farmers Unlikely To See Farm Tax Perks
Marijuana farmers and agricultural tax breaks are the next wrinkle facing the states that have legal weed as lawmakers debate how to tax the product while it’s growing. more

70 million Americans taking mind-altering drugs
We discover that not only has the traditional distinction between illegal “street drugs” and legal “therapeutic prescription drugs” become so blurred as to be almost nonexistent, but between America’s twin drug epidemics – one illegal, the other legal – well over 70 million Americans are using mind-altering drugs. more

Students Find Way To Secretly Smoke Marijuana In Class

A device is making its way into schools to hide the smell and smoke of marijuana. Students are using vapor pens, and they’re using them in classrooms. It’s becoming a problem at Lakewood High School. more

The next Martin County People Advocating recovery meeting has been rescheduled due to the weather.
It will be Feb. 24th at 5 o’clock at the community center, room 216.
I hope to see you all there and please invite anyone that you think may like to join our efforts in the recovery movement. Together we CAN make a difference!  Contact Carmel Cline Carmel.Cline@ky.gov

Bill allowing expungement of class D felonies approved by Kentucky House panel
Two convicted felons told lawmakers they have changed since their offenses three decades ago and pleaded with lawmakers on Wednesday to approve changes to the law to allow for expungement of class D felonies. more

Does Calling Heroin Addiction A Brain Disease Help Avoid Tragedies Like Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death?
You might surmise that there is a connection between viewing addiction as a brain disease and coming up with an effective treatment for it. But you would be wrong more

Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up About Addiction After Philip Seymour Hoffman Death
The 55-year-old actress stresses that while Hoffman’s death is tragic, non-famous drug addicts who lose their lives to their disease are “no less sad”
Monday was Jamie Lee Curtis’ 15-year anniversary of sobriety, and although it was just a day after Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a suspected heroin overdose, the actress chose to remind us that addiction doesn’t just affect the rich and famous. more

Deadly Batch Of Heroin Laced With Painkiller Hitting Md. Streets
A dramatic surge in heroin deaths is happening across the country. Health officials warn it’s because of a lethal new trend–spiking heroin with powerful painkillers. more

Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S. more

Snacks Laced With Marijuana Raise Concerns
All day long, customers at LoDo Wellness Center, one of Colorado’s new recreational marijuana stores, reach into the refrigerator and pull out tasty ways to get high.  more

House panel approves bill to give most ex-felons in Kentucky the right to vote
Nearly 180,000 ex-felons in Kentucky who have fully served their sentences would regain their right to vote under a proposed constitutional amendment that a state House committee approved Tuesday. more

Jack Conway: Settlement against drug firms must fund Ky. drug treatment
When I was elected your attorney general six years ago, I made stopping prescription drug abuse one of my top priorities. I created Kentucky's first statewide prescription drug task force and helped craft landmark legislation that has shut down half of this state's pain clinics. more

Treating addiction cheaper than policing it
I am writing this as a plea to our public health officials, our Board of Supervisors and our congressman, Jared Huffman. more

Separate fact from fiction about pain medication and addiction
When it comes to prescription pain medications, there's a lot of misinformation out there. Whether you're searching for information about how such drugs can help you relieve pain or reading the latest tabloid tale of a celebrity addict, separating fact from fiction can be tough. more

Powerful Pain Killer Raises Concerns About Addiction
Prescription painkillers are the cause of more deaths in Las Vegas than methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine combined. Many drug addiction specialists believe a new pill soon to be released will add to the casualties. more

A long wait for help: Addiction counselor shortage lengthens wait for treatment
Ask Kenny Lamb how long he and his wife waited for substance abuse treatment, and he’ll quickly give an exact answer: “33 days.” more

Dogs' pot poisoning soars as pets dig through trash, stash
Cases of marijuana poisoning in dogs have increased, particularly in states like California where medical marijuana is legal. As one veterinarian put it, our dogs are "munching out." more

Fayette court program allows veterans to get physical, psychological help instead of jail time
Lexington veterans who run afoul of the law as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse or other issues stemming from their military service are getting a new chance under a recently launched court program. more

Nicotine Exploits Body's Cellular Machinery to Promote Addiction: Researchers
A new study has come up with findings to suggest that the body's mechanism is altered by nicotine to promote addiction. Researchers said nicotine has the ability to exploit the body's cellular machinery to boost the addiction for nicotine. more

Defeating addiction during the holidays
The holidays bring families and friends together, but for those in drug and alcohol recovery, it can be a difficult time to stay sober. As New Year’s Eve sees people making resolutions for self-improvement and adding a fresh start to the new year, some are finding it tough to stay true to their pledge to avoid drugs and alcohol. more

Parents seek support for children's addiction issues
Mom knew her teenage son well enough to know something was wrong, but the clues didn't add up. Her son had always been industrious through high school, but in the summer before going off to college he was now sleeping in until noon. His responsible, caring demeanor had turned moody and at times argumentative. more

Family works to open drug rehab facility in E. Ky.
A family in eastern Kentucky is working to turn an old school into a drug rehabilitation facility for women. more

Powerful new painkiller Zohydro stirs fears of overdose, addiction
Going against the recommendation of its own panel of outside advisers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has approved a powerful, pure hydrocodone painkiller that lacks features to deter abuse. more

Beyond Addiction-Chris Thigpen: Former Conant High athlete talks about his long fall and rise to recovery
Many people reach a point in their life where they feel stuck in a bad place, helpless and hopeless. Even as the world moves around them, they stand still, unable to move or change. How is it, then, that you get out? How do you leave the past behind? more

Silencing Synapses to Deal with Addictions
Imagine kicking a cocaine addiction by simply popping a pill that alters the way your brain processes chemical addiction. New research from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a method of biologically manipulating certain neurocircuits could lead to a pharmacological approach that would weaken post-withdrawal cocaine cravings. more

Addiction is a social disease
Call it a wave, a craze or an epidemic, cheap heroin on city streets and in rural areas of Ohio has become too common, and too costly to ignore. Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said alcoholism and drug addiction account for a majority of expenses to taxpayers for county jail services. more

Addiction: Can you ever really completely leave it behind?
A new study in Biological Psychiatry suggests the answer is no more

Pot smokers, schizophrenics may share similar brain changes
Teens who were heavy marijuana smokers, smoking every day for about three years, had more difficulty performing memory tasks and had abnormal brain structure changes compared to those who had never used the drug. more

Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers
Ohio Attorney General’s office has heard complaints, state lawmakers take step to crack down on abusers. more

Is substance addiction a fantasy? Is it really just a lack of willpower to stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs?
That's what author and columnist Peter Hitchens asserted Monday on BBC's Newsnight. more

'Let reformed drug addicts become magistrates', suggests think tank
Reformed drug addicts who have paid their dues to society should be encouraged to become magistrates, an influential think tank says today. more

Exploring addiction myths, another tool to prevent suicide
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the percentage of heroin-related admissions to Massachusetts emergency rooms is as much as 40%, higher than alcohol. more

The Kentucky Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council is seeking applications of individuals to serve as voting members of the Council. The Council represents and makes recommendations regarding issues and services for persons with or at risk of substance abuse, substance use disorders, mental health disorders and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Download the application here

How to Blow Your Mind — Synthetic Marijuana and Salvia.
After alcohol and marijuana, what mood altering substance is the next most popular among U.S. high school students?  You might reasonably suspect prescription pain relievers or prescription stimulants.  But in a 2012 survey of drug use in the past year by 9th to 12th graders, synthetic marijuana took third place. more

Pocket hookahs proliferate with young marijuana users, sources say
They can look like nondescript writing pens or asthma inhalers. Some resemble lip-gloss sticks and come in the same hot pink or sparkly purple as teenage girls' smartphone cases. more

Lawmaker urging tougher law for heroin dealing
A northern Kentucky legislator is calling for tougher jail penalties for heroin dealing, but treatment advocates argued that harsher criminal punishments don't help with the problem of addiction. more

Long Term Heroin Addiction Leads to Physical Changes in the Brain, Study Says
A recent study has found that for people who use heroin over a long period of time, changes have been seen in the genes that determine brain function. As changes to a genetic structure tend to be permanent, it is important for people looking to seek treatment to enter into a detox center such as Harbor Village. more

A new kind of addict: Methadone clinics find new mission in fight against America’s pain pill problem
Methadone clinics aren’t just for heroin addicts anymore. Every day, Americans hooked on painkillers are lining up for methadone, a synthetic version of morphine that gained acceptance in the 1960s as way to wean addicts off heroin. Now the drug has found a new mission in the fight against opioid-based prescription painkillers, the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. more

Kentucky's response to drug epidemic is yielding some good news
Kentucky recorded 19 fewer drug-overdose deaths in 2012 than the year before. more

Leaked paper reveals UN split over war on drugs
Latin American nations call for treatment strategy, claiming UN's prohibition stance plays into hands of paramilitary groups more

Could genetic mutation be behind excessive alcohol consumption?

Scientists believe they have found a genetic mutation that may be behind what makes some people more likely to drink excessively and be alcoholics. more

Legalize all drugs? The man behind loosening pot laws in US eyes new goal
When the ball drops this New Year’s Eve, America’s first aboveboard cannabis markets will rise in Colorado and Washington. more

Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer to clean streets
At nine o'clock in the morning in a garden shed behind a house in Amsterdam, a handful of alcoholics are getting ready to clean the surrounding streets, beer and cigarette in hand. more

Being a Garden Variety Drunk
One of the biggest failures of modern dual diagnosis treatment is that we often label those active in addiction or early in recovery with mental health conditions that they don’t have. more

Veterans court program helps warriors battle addiction, mental health crises
Former Marine Cpl. Eric Gonzales doesn’t remember much about the night last year he led police in Orange County, Calif., on a high-speed, 26-minute chase that ended when he threw his truck into reverse and crashed into the patrol car behind him. more

Drug Shows Promise in Treating Alcoholism
A drug now used to treat epilepsy has been shown to be effective against alcoholism, according to a new clinical trial detailed on the LiveScience Website. more

Colorado Marijuana Taxes Prop. AA Passes: Legal Weed Will Be Taxed
A year after Colorado voters approved the legal recreational use of marijuana by adults, state voters approved a 15 percent excise tax and 10 percent sales tax on all recreational marijuana sales in the state, Tuesday night. more

Michigan Makes Big Strides Toward Marijuana Reform
Voters in three Michigan cities approved ordinances to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use Tuesday, adding to the growing patchwork of cities across the state that have decriminalized pot. more

'Wonder Woman' Lynda Carter Opens Up About Her Battle With Alcoholism (VIDEO)
"Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter twirled her way into our living rooms as one of television's first female superheroes. In the 80s, she gave up her Hollywood career and moved to the Washington, D.C., area. more

As many seek to put a face on addiction and recovery, anonymity gets a second look.
Betsey DeGree initially hoped that she could have her face blocked out and her voice disguised for an interview that she’d agreed to do with ABC-TV’s “Nightline.” But a producer convinced the White Bear Lake mom that her story of abusing her son’s Adderall would be more honest and compelling if she revealed her true identity. more

Target To Drop Criminal Background Questions In Job Applications
Target plans to stop asking prospective employees about their criminal records in initial job applications at all of its U.S. stores more

Ohio's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Welcome to Ohio’s online resource center for clinicians to learn and implement the state’s new guidelines for prescribing opioid pain killers. more

FDA Approves More Powerful, Pure Hydrocodone Drug
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a stronger, single-ingredient version of the painkiller hydrocodone, the widely-abused prescription medicine for chronic pain. more

KY Jury finds drug dealer guilty in heroin overdose death
Harold Wayne Salyers, who was charged with providing heroin that caused a 2012 Clark County overdose death, was found guilty Wednesday. more

Marijuana ads stir the pot over drug safety, free speech
Marijuana billboards have popped up along busy freeways from Seattle to Florida. more

Some Colorado Counties That Won’t Allow Recreational Pot Still Want Slice Of Pie
The debate continues over which counties will receive money if Coloradans pass a sales tax on recreational marijuana. more

Teen binge drinking -- the real American pastime?

Teen binge drinking. As American as baseball and apple pie, right? In fact, many adults just assume that it’s just one of the many rites of passage towards adulthood like losing your virginity or learning how to drive. more

With Addiction, Breaking A Habit Means Resisting A Reflex
The pull of addiction can come from many directions: from food to alcohol to the Internet. So what connects those dependencies? more

Krokodil use reportedly spreading: What makes dangerous drug so addictive?
More cases of Krokodil use are reportedly popping up around the United States, prompting some medical professionals to warn that the addictive, poisonous drug has reached American shores. more

Heroin epidemic worsening in Louisville

It's a problem in Louisville that isn't going away -- in fact, it's getting worse. Ninety-six percent of the detox beds at a local drug recovery center are filled with heroin addicts. more

Neighbors concerned about former Mercy Academy detox plan
Old Highlands neighbors gave an earful Thursday to the developer looking to turn a former Louisville religious school into a rehabilitation center. more

Panel approves rules for Washington pot industry

Washington became the second U.S. state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana Wednesday, setting what advocates expect to become a template for the legalization of the drug around the world. more

Kentucky underage-drinking crackdown yields results
The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's increased presence statewide in an effort to crack down on underage drinking has yielded strong results, a news release said. more

Fatal drug overdoses rank high in Kentucky - as do efforts to combat problem
Kentucky ranks high among states for recent efforts to curb the scourge of drug abuse, but the commonwealth has the third-highest rate of fatal overdoses — the vast majority from prescription pills. more

NKY a testing ground for overdose antidote. Clinic to offer naloxone kits to heroin addicts.
A dozen volunteers, including one doctor, practiced Saturday morning how to greet and treat addicts at high risk of relapsing on heroin and hand them a kit containing a drug that could save their lives if they fall into an overdose. more

Prescription pill abuse dropping among Kentucky youth.
The 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey found that far fewer sixth- through 12th-graders reported misusing prescription drugs last year than in 2004, with the most dramatic decreases occurring since 2008. more

The public information desk at the General Service Office (GSO) of Alcoholics Anonymous released a notice to its conference delegates about anonymity and A.A. in response to inquiries about “a documentary on anonymity.”
People have asked about whether they are breaking their anonymity when they talk publicly about their sobriety. GSO refers to its “Understanding Anonymity” pamphlet, “A.A. members may disclose their identity and speak as recovered alcoholics, giving radio, TV and Internet interviews, without violating the Traditions—so long as their A.A. membership is not revealed.” more

Kentucky underage-drinking crackdown yields results
The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's increased presence statewide in an effort to crack down on underage drinking has yielded strong results, a news release said. more

Fatal drug overdoses rank high in Kentucky - as do efforts to combat problem
Kentucky ranks high among states for recent efforts to curb the scourge of drug abuse, but the commonwealth has the third-highest rate of fatal overdoses — the vast majority from prescription pills. more

Prescription pill abuse dropping among Kentucky youth.
The 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey found that far fewer sixth- through 12th-graders reported misusing prescription drugs last year than in 2004, with the most dramatic decreases occurring since 2008. more

Kentucky Senate Republican Leader Open to Giving Felon Voting Rights a Second Look
A day after U.S. Sen. Rand Paul called on Republican lawmakers in the Kentucky General Assembly to give restoration of felon voting rights a second look, a prominent GOP state senator says the caucus might be open to the idea. more

Proposal would let police administer drug to reverse effects of heroin overdose
The executive director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy says he is working on proposed legislation that would allow police statewide to administer a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. more

E. Ky. program that combats drugs finds success
GRAYSON, Ky. — An initiative to combat substance abuse among youths in Eastern Kentucky has found so much success that it will receive funding for five more years. more

Extreme binge drinking not uncommon in high school
Almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking — downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years, according to a government-funded report. more

How Heroin Is Invading America's Schools
Once a junkie's drug, heroin has taken hold in suburbs across the country, offering teens a hard-core high for the cost of $10—and sometimes their lives. more

Cocaine 'rapidly changes the brain'
Taking cocaine can change the structure of the brain within hours in what could be the first steps of drug addiction, according to US researchers. more

Early-Onset, Regular Cannabis Use Is Linked to IQ Decline
Regular cannabis use that starts in adolescence strips away IQ, a NIDA-supported 25-year study of 1,000 individuals suggests. more

New website aimed at fighting prescription drug abuse in Indiana

Prescription drug abuse is a problem Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says is impacting the state, and Hoosiers. more

Toward a more manageable prison population
After Sept. 30, Kentucky will no longer contract with private prisons to house state inmates, a move that ends a nearly 30-year relationship. more

The 5th annual Different Faces of Substance Abuse Conference will be held on January 28 and 29, 2014, at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, KY. more

Daviess County Treatment Providers Public Forum
September 17, 2013 6:00 PM
Breaking the Chains of Addiction more

Recovery Celebration & Alumni Day
Owensboro Regional Recovery Center
Saturday, September 7, 2013 more

The Daviess County Treatment Providers are proud to host Dr. Patricia Van Voorhis, PhD.
Dr. Van Voorhis will be presenting “Evidence-Based Practices for Treating Substance-Abusers”
September 27 more

RecoveryNow!
A celebration of Addiction Recovery
Saturday, September 21, 2013, Devou Park Ban Shell more

The Healing Place-Louisville, KY-Project Coordinator
Employment Opportunity more

Northern Kentucky methadone clinic will help battle addiction
Northern Kentucky now has its first full-service substance-abuse treatment center that offers methadone therapy. more

Drug addiction not a criminal issue, says chief medical officer
Sally Davies says drug addiction should be seen as a medical problem and admits eating hash cookies at university more

‘Drinking Was Absolutely My Priority in Life’: Veteran Journalist & News Anchor Discusses Her History of Alcoholism

TheBlaze’s Laurie Dhue appeared on The Glenn Beck Program Thursday to discuss her history of alcoholism and what she’s learned from the struggle. more

After years of addiction, ex-Pat Collins found a better path in life
Former New England Patriot running back, Tom Collins, speaks to fall sports athletes at Shea High School on Wednesday about making good choices in life. more

Do Addiction Treatment Programs Need to Change?
Addiction treatment programs are based on research and proven results. Why, then, is relapse still considered a common part of recovery? more

Facility Hopes to Keep Families Together During Addiction Recovery
Some familiar organizations are launching a new program aimed at helping moms and keeping families together. Its goal is to treat women with addictions while strengthening their families and allowing them to stay together. more

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.
Deeply entrenched social stigma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. Interested in seeing it in Louisville again?
In order for the film to be brought here there must be a pre-sale of 55 tickets by Aug. 22. If you'd like to attend, here is a direct link, click on the big blue button on the page to reserve your seat. Your credit card will not be charged until the 55 tickets sold "green light" number is met.
Please consider attending, the film is about recovery advocacy and getting into the solution. Information and the film's trailer is on the page. more

Beshear Ceremonially Signs Law Banning Synthetic Drugs
Governor Steve Beshear Wednesday ceremonially signed into law House Bill 8, adding new substances to the definitions of banned synthetic drugs and controlled substances. more

Reevaluating Drug Courts: No Mother Should Have to Go Through What I Did
July, 4 2013 was the first anniversary of my son's death. My son was a vibrant, well-educated, working professional in New York City. He was also in recovery from substance abuse. more

Kentucky drug deaths decline slightly in 2012, but heroin deaths up sharply
Kentucky saw slightly fewer drug overdose deaths in 2012, down to 1,004, possibly because of less use of prescription painkillers more

'Weed World' vans give out marijuana-flavored candies

The Dro-man -- the only name he would give Fox 5 -- distributes an assortment of different marijuana-flavored candies from the back of a van. more

Mother Settles Suit Over Poppy Bagel Drug Test
A Pennsylvania woman whose newborn baby was taken from her after she failed a drug test by eating a single poppy seed bagel was just awarded almost $144,000 in a settlement. more

Sharp Rise in Women’s Deaths From Overdose of Painkillers
Prescription pain pill addiction was originally seen as a man’s problem, a national epidemic that began among workers doing backbreaking labor in the coal mines and factories of Appalachia. more

Longtime Marijuana Use Linked With Decreased Motivation, Study Finds
The stereotype of pot smokers as lackadaisical loafers is supported by new research: People who smoke marijuana regularly over long periods of time tend to produce less of a chemical in the brain that is linked to motivation, a new study finds. more

Ohio mental health, addiction agencies to merge
Ohio's agencies for mental health services and for alcohol and drug addiction are merging into one entity. more

ADHD drug may treat cocaine addiction
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York found Methylphenidate (brand name Ritalin) modified connectivity in certain brain circuits that underlie self-control and craving among cocaine-addicted individuals. more

Life-saving overdose medication coming to NKY
A life-saving pharmaceutical for people who overdose on opiates such as heroin will be available to some addicts in Northern Kentucky in the coming weeks. more

Transformed by Brighton, addicts then help others

Until she checked into the Brighton Recovery Center for Women last July, Debra Harbour thought she would die a junkie. more

Medical Marijuana Supporters Call for Tighter Restrictions on the Drug

Supporters of medical marijuana legislation around the country are calling for tighter restrictions on the drug, in reaction to critics’ fear that passing such laws will lead to increased use. more

Kentucky to study whether new pain-pill laws are curbing abuse
Kentucky officials are launching a yearlong study to find out whether the state’s controversial new laws cracking down on prescription drug abuse are making a difference in curbing one of the nation’s worst pain-pill epidemics. more

Rally for Recovery 2013
It's just around the corner. Stay updated with our website. more>>

‘Smoking’ Alcohol: Is It Safe?
It’s a different way to get drunk. The practice of “smoking” alcohol is gaining popularity — and a local poison expert says it’s dangerous. more

Financing Addiction: 5 Ways To Stop Enabling And Become Part Of The Solution
Caring about someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is emotionally draining. It can also be a tremendous drain on the family finances. more

Missing Enzyme Linked To Drug Addiction
A missing brain enzyme increases concentrations of a protein related to pain-killer addiction, according to an animal study. The results will be presented Monday at The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. more

Medical marijuana laws and treats may send more kids to ER
Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests. more>>

Marijuana is drug most often linked to crime, study finds

Marijuana is the drug most often linked to crime in the United States, the U.S. drug czar said Thursday, dismissing calls for legalization as a “bumper-sticker approach” that should be avoided. more>>

Drug tests for unemployment benefits approved
Workers who lose their jobs would have to clear a drug screening to qualify for unemployment compensation under a proposal approved by the Texas Legislature. more>>

Health law to open access to addiction treatment
Addiction treatment rarely is covered by health insurance, and many people cannot afford programs needed to recover and manage the disease. That prevents millions from getting the help they need. But that will change next year. more>>

Most addiction treatments need update, Minnesota author argues
"The time is ripe for change," Anne Fletcher says of how we help people overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs and other substances. more>>

Small victory in war against addiction

Husband and wife team Holly Daugherty and Bobby Ferguson are on the front lines in the fight against addiction in Northern Kentucky. more>>

My thanks to WDBR-TV Louisville and Lindsay Allen for doing a story on the solution!
KY news anchor shares personal struggle with alcohol more>>

Northern Kentucky PAR News
NKY PAR Quarter Auction at Legend's Bar and Grill 3530 Decourcey Ave. Latonia, Ky. 41015. Come to Legend's Bar and Grill, bring some quarters, win some prizes!! Doors open at 6:30 auction starts at 7:00 pm. June 6th.

NKY PAR community meeting will be at Transition's Grateful Life Center at 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Guest Speakers TBA 6:30 - 7:30. Focus group work 7:30 - 8:00. Monday June 10th.

Medicaid health insurance to expand under Obamacare in Kentucky
More than 300,000 uninsured Kentuckians will become eligible for Medicaid after Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday that the state will expand the health insurance program — taking advantage of President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act. more>>

Indiana Governor Pence signs expungement bill into law

The measure, authored by Rep. Jud McMillin, requires the court to expunge records of misdemeanor convictions and some felony convictions under certain circumstances. It also allows the court to expunge records concerning more serious felony convictions. more>>

Capilouto appoints task force to study University of Kentucky alcohol policy
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto appointed a task force Tuesday to examine longtime rules that strictly limit alcohol on campus. more>>

Jamie Lee Curtis talks Drug Addiction, Alcoholism, and Sobriety
Jamie Lee Curtis has been discussing her drug and alcohol addiction openly. Jamie Lee Curtis got her big break in the 70s with the first Halloween film and appeared in countless films since then. more>>

Over-Criminalization Task Force In House Could Rethink Drug Laws
NEW YORK -- The House Judiciary Committee created a bipartisan task force Tuesday to investigate whether the federal code over-criminalizes minor offenses. Advocates and lawmakers said the move could eventually help reduce the size of the massive federal prison population. more>>

Celebrity Rehab Ends After Five Alumni Deaths
Dr. Drew Pinsky says he's "tired" of taking the blame for former cast members' deaths. more>>

Is addiction a disease?
With all the reality TV such as “My Strange Addiction”, ”Celebrity Rehab”, and “Hoarders”, there’s never been a time when addiction has been more widely observed. more>>

Obama Drug Policy Reform To Be Outlined By Gil Kerlikowske, Nation's Drug Czar
President Barack Obama's new strategy for fighting the nation's drug problem will include a greater emphasis on using public health tools to battle addiction and diverting non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of prisons, under reforms scheduled to be outlined by the nation's drug czar Wednesday. more>>

Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization
U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske sought to portray the White House as a champion of drug policy reform on Wednesday, while staunchly opposing marijuana legalization and leaving unanswered questions about how the Justice Department will handle legalized recreational pot in Colorado and Washington. more>>

Prescription drug abuse by teens up sharply: study
More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use. more>>

Minnesota Welfare Drug Testing Debate Prompts House Members To Vote For Testing Themselves

As drug testing bills aimed at the poor and jobless have entered several state legislatures this year, one group of lawmakers decided Monday to extend the idea to themselves. more>>

Defense attorneys say synthetic drug law unconstitutional because it is too confusing
Lawyer says it's too vague for people to understand more>>

Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar, Opposes Marijuana Legalization
U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske sought to portray the White House as a champion of drug policy reform on Wednesday, while staunchly opposing marijuana legalization and leaving unanswered questions about how the Justice Department will handle legalized recreational pot in Colorado and Washington. more>>

The number of people seeking treatment could double over current levels,
depending on how many states decide to expand their Medicaid programs and how many addicts choose to take advantage of the new opportunity, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. more>>

FDA blocks generic version of crushable OxyContin abused by addicts. Old crushable form too easy to abuse
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has blocked generic drug manufacturers from producing versions of the old crushable form of OxyContin that was widely abused in Kentucky and across the nation more>>

Study: Taste Of Beer Makes People Want To Drink More
A new study says just tasting beer increases a person’s desire to get drunk. more>>

Hospitals target emergency room 'super-utilizers' to cut down on costs
In less than two years, Dennis Manners was treated 337 times at University Hospital’s emergency room — sometimes after passing out drunk in the street and being brought in by ambulance. more>>

House Bill 366 passes in Kentucky allowing the distribution of a Naloxone rescue kit for use with Good Samaritan protection.
Distributing naloxone more widely to heroin users and citizens impacted by opiate use would reduce the number of deaths due to overdose and would be a cost-effective intervention, according to a mathematical model described in the January 1, 2013, Annals of Internal Medicine. Providing naloxone to prescription opiate users will prevent even more deaths.

Thank you to all that have taken time to contribute to these efforts. However, our work here is not done. It is now time to join forces to find the funding and distribution methods necessary to get this life saving medication to those in need. We will be hosting our a PAR Town Hall Focus Group meeting Wednesday April 3rd at Transition’s Grateful Life Center to discuss how each and every one of us can assist in this battle. Please Join us at 6:30 p.m. 305 Pleasure Isle Drive, Erlanger, KY 41017

Why some people are more prone to alcohol addiction
A Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center team that is studying alcohol addiction has new research, which might shed light on why some people are more susceptible to alcohol addiction than others. more>>

Teen talks about meth addiction at launch of new school initiative
A 16-year-old girl told Channel 2 Action News how she began using methamphetamine when she was just 15. more>>

Remembering the people who shaped addiction treatment
Lots of people contributed to finding ways to make treatment for addictions work. It started with treatment for alcohol use long ago and has moved into drugs and behaviors like gambling. Here are a few: more>>

Panel backs approval of implants for addiction treatment
A four-rod subdermal implant that slowly releases buprenorphine over 6 months should be approved for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, although more work is needed to determine optimal dosing strategies and how to address the potential risks of the treatment, the majority of a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recommended. more>>

Smoking pot may lead to nicotine addiction
New York: People who smoke marijuana are at a higher risk of developing nicotine addiction if they try cigarettes, according to a new study. more>>

Does Drug Treatment Work?
Addiction is a chronic disease that can be successfully treated. We need to look no further than the millions of Americans who are in long-term recovery today from drug and alcohol addiction to see that recovery is possible. more>>

War on drug addiction
Sen. Joe Manchin looks to re-introduce the ‘Safe Prescribing Act of 2013’ more>>

Chaske Spencer: A Native Actor Who Left Addiction Behind

Chaske Spencer is known for his alpha wolf portrayal in The Twilight Saga, but many people aren’t aware that he’s also an activist speaking out against the addictions that almost took his life. more>>

Study: THC May Lead to Stronger Nicotine Addiction
A new study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that THC, the primary psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis, triggers stronger nicotine addiction in lab rats. The study was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. more>>

Propofol Abuse Among Healthcare Providers On The Rise
A new study in the April edition of the Journal of Addiction Medicine suggests that propofol abuse by health care professionals is increasing. more>>

Cocaine use causes ‘feed-forward’ loop
Scientists have found a molecular chain reaction in the brain triggered by cocaine, and say that interrupting this process could provide treatment for addiction. more>>

Christopher Kennedy Lawford on addiction, recovery
Bestselling author and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford's background is quite varied. He's acted in movies and on TV. He's produced films and has worked in the legal field. But a very personal substance abuse battle set him on a very different path, to use his own struggles as a way to help others. more>>

Discovery may lead to treatments for cocaine addiction
Washington: Scientists have discovered a molecular process in the brain triggered by cocaine use that could provide a target for treatments to prevent or reverse addiction to the drug. more>>

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
ONDCP invites people in recovery, family members, friends and allies to share their stories of recovery to testify to the power of recovery to transform individuals, families and communities. You can check it out, join; upload videos and photographs to their new Facebook page Americans in Recovery. “Together, our voices have the power to galvanize and transform. By sharing and celebrating our stories we can help dispel the fear, misunderstanding, and stigma that so often create obstacles for Americans in recovery who want to live healthy, safe, and productive lives,” said ONDCP Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, David Mineta, in launching the new page. more>>

Merlene Davis: Let us decide on restoration of felons' right to vote
By the start of the new session of the General Assembly on Jan. 7, 2014, Rep. Jesse Crenshaw will resubmit House Bill 70 for consideration yet again. more>>

Advocate advises addiction, recovery are 'a family process'

The 100 or so people who came Wednesday to hear recovery advocate William C. Moyers speak left with a call to action. The author and addiction expert asked those who, like himself, are in recovery to share that with someone they don’t know. more>>

Research finds decrease in prefrontal lobe activity in cocaine addicts
All people from all social classes and ethnicities are vulnerable to the ubiquitous presence of drug addiction. Yet research into a cure gets less than 2 percent of the funding of other, more mainstream diseases like cancer. more>>

Energy Drink Addiction [Infographic]
Many people enjoy energy drinks over other drinks, but these drinks effect the body in a different way. Caffeine is a drug that is very addictive. That is the main reason people drink energy drinks. more>>

Addiction resource put online
Health researchers at the University of Otago's Wellington campus have developed a free online educational resource covering addiction issues. It also aims to help people learn directly from those who have experienced addiction. more>>

Researcher foresees DNA data in treating addiction
Patients' gene sequence would guide doctors more>>

Rally for Restoration of Voter Rights
Despite snowy weather, about 260 people raised their voices for voting rights at a rally and lobby day Wednesday at the state capitol in Frankfort. more>>

Lexington council supports restoring voting rights to ex-felons
Lexington's Urban County Council voted unanimously on Thursday to support House Bill 70 and to ask the General Assembly to put the issue before Kentucky voters as a constitutional amendment. The bill would restore voting rights to ex-felons. more>>

Affordable Care Act to Provide Substance Abuse Treatment to Millions of New Patients
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will revolutionize the field of substance abuse treatment, according to A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute. more>>

Heroin arrests, overdoses increasing in Lexington
Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said that after three confirmed heroin overdose deaths since Jan. 1, he is now testing heroin taken from the scene of an overdose death. more>>

Local groups work to address area's substance abuse issues
Nearly 100 community members gathered at the Grateful Life Center in Erlanger, KY Thursday, Feb. 28, to participate in the first meeting of the newly reborn Northern Kentucky Chapter of People Advocating Recovery (PAR), part of a statewide advocacy group working to help those struggling with addiction. more>>

2013 Celebrate Freedom Dinner - Too Legit!
Video featuring alumni, clients, and staff of The Healing Place for the annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner. Page 132 of The Big Book. more>>

Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally!
Join us for our major lobby day and rally to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society!
March 6th Frankfort, Kentucky
See our Facebook page for more details. more>>

“Essential Health Benefits” Rule Covers Drug Addiction and Alcohol Abuse Treatment
The federal government on Wednesday issued a final rule on “essential health benefits” that most health insurance plans must offer next year, including treatment of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. more>>

Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally!
Join us for our major lobby day and rally to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society!
March 6th Frankfort, Kentucky
See our Facebook page for more details. more>>

Merlene Davis: Advocates for felons' voting rights hope changes in legislature prove beneficial to bill
In describing Jesse Crenshaw, the average person could call him a long-time state representative who was first elected to serve the 77th District in 1993. more>>

Researchers Develop Patch to Deliver Psychoactive Ingredient of Marijuana
Researchers at the University of Mississippi have developed a patch to deliver THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. They say it could be used to treat pain, glaucoma, and the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, Mississippi News Now reports. The patch is designed to be used in the mouth, above the gum line. more>>

Study shows naloxone kits cost-effective in preventing overdose deaths
Giving heroin users kits with the overdose antidote naloxone is a cost-effective way to prevent overdose deaths and save lives, according to a study released this week in The Annals of Internal Medicine. more>>

Denver Considers Whether To Opt In Or Out Of Amendment 64
There’s a chance Denver will opt out of Amendment 64 despite the fact voters in the city overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana. more>>

Felony expungement bill clears Kentucky House

The Kentucky House voted 78-18 to approve a bill that would give people convicted of Class D felonies a chance to expunge the crime from their record. more>>

Ky. bans more felons from voting than many other states
A new report shows that nearly a quarter-million Kentuckians are denied access to voting booths because of felony convictions. more>>

Felony expungement bill clears Kentucky House
The Kentucky House voted 78-18 to approve a bill that would give people convicted of Class D felonies a chance to expunge the crime from their record. more>>

Heroin use skyrockets impacting families, community in Louisville
A killer is back on our streets. A staggering rise in heroin use is tearing families apart and sending ripple effects through every corner of our community. The numbers are jaw dropping and lots of people are paying the price, but none more so than the families of people who get hooked. more>>

Dr. Nora Volkow Explains the Science of Addiction
An excellent scientific explanation of how addiction impacts the brain and the decision making process of the person addicted. Video more>>

Denver Considers Whether To Opt In Or Out Of Amendment 64
There’s a chance Denver will opt out of Amendment 64 despite the fact voters in the city overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana. more>>

Addiction Expert: Treatment Providers Can Perpetuate Media Stereotypes of Patients
Stereotypes about addiction, perpetuated by the media, can be unintentionally reinforced by addiction professionals, according to a New York addiction expert. more>>

Study claims minimum pricing cuts alcohol-related deaths
Research published in Canada has linked the introduction of minimum pricing with a significant drop in alcohol-related deaths. more>>

House calls for homeless: Street docs find no quick fix
Jonathan Wong, a 29-year-old Wayne State University medical student, moved the blood pressure cuff from one of Thomas Wise's arms to the other aiming to get a better reading. more>>

Drug overdoses top AIDS as main cause of homeless deaths
Overdoses of drugs, particularly prescription pain-killers and heroin, have overtaken AIDS to become the leading cause of death of homeless adults, according to a study of homeless residents of Boston released on Monday. more>>

Floyd County, IN targets pain clinics
With the experiences of neighboring Jeffersonville in mind, Floyd County leaders are joining the ranks of local communities acting to restrict new pain management clinics. more>>

FDA panel votes for more restrictions on Vicodin
Federal health advisors want new restrictions on hydrocodone, the highly addictive ingredient found in Vicodin and other widely abused prescription painkillers. more>>

Heroin replacing pain pills as drug of choice in some parts of Kentucky
Heroin has rapidly replaced prescription pain pills as the drug of choice in much of Northern Kentucky and Louisville, raising fears that a heroin scourge will soon ravage the state. more>>

Employment Opportunity-Kentucky
Family Mentor position for the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) program.  The Family Mentor position will be located in Louisville and the position is now posted on the EKU website under the title, “Family Mentor, Jefferson County.”

Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally!
Join us for our major lobby day and rally to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society!
March 6th Frankfort, Kentucky
See our Facebook page for more details. more>>

Access to Health Care Services for Addiction Will Improve Dramatically

Once the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented in 2014, access to effective health care services for addiction will improve dramatically, according to Faces & Voices of Recovery. more>>

Opioid Overdose Treatment and Prevention: Often Overlooked at Community Level
While many programs aimed at prescription drug abuse focus on how to stop diversion of medications, an often overlooked but critical issue is preventing and treating opioid overdoses, according to a Brown University researcher. more>>

Group begins studying homelessness in Jeffersonville, Clarksville, Indiana
Sophia Bates and Michael Tilton moved with their daughter Kara to Southern Indiana from Arkansas last year after a relative convinced them they would have a place to stay and better job prospects. more>>

Painkiller Paradox: Feds Struggle To Control Drugs That Help And Harm
These drugs have been a godsend for millions of people in pain. But they are narcotics, which means they can make people high. As a result, they are abused by millions of people. And many patients who take them for pain become dependent. more>>

Denzel Washington: Flight is more about addiction than disaster
THE hit movie features one of the most terrifying crash scenes ever shot but double Oscar winner Denzel Washington says the fascinating script which deals with alcohol addiction was what drew him in. more>>

Trend in women binge drinking carries deadly risks
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 14 million women and girls binge drink about three times a month. more>>

'Drinking Mirror' app aims to show how alcohol ages you
If you're the kind of gal whose "me time" includes a glass or two of wine after work, you might want to consider how those drinks could affect your looks. more>>

A Kennedy Shocks the Pro-Dope Liberal Media
The major media do not want to cover the issue of marijuana causing mental illness. But because a prominent Democrat, Patrick Kennedy, has raised it, the media have nowhere left to hide. The news that he says marijuana “Destroys the brain and expedites psychosis” was big news and a big headline in The Washington Post. more>>

New regulations for Kentucky law dealing with prescription drug abuse move forward
A legislative review panel signed off on several new regulations Monday that govern the implementation of a controversial 2012 law to tackle Kentucky's prescription drug-abuse problem. more>>

Jefferson County targets 'frequent flier' inmates with new intensive-treatment program
On a recent December morning, 33-year-old Michael Stults shuffled from jail in handcuffs into a Jefferson District courtroom to face charges of public intoxication — a trek he has made dozens of times in the past two years. more>>

New program offers recovering addicts affordable housing
After completing 18 months of substance abuse treatment, Timberly Fox was hoping the legal problems she'd worked to overcome wouldn't keep her from finding a place to live. more>>

Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering
On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge. Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong. more>>

Eight ways to support someone with an addiction
When a habit becomes an addiction, things change. Addictions dramatically affect everyday living, both for addicts and their families. Overcoming addictions and regaining complete freedom is a long process and one that requires a lot of patience, love and support from all sides. more>>

Addiction: Recovering addicts reach out to others
An unhealthy habit becomes an addiction when it causes suffering to self or others and prevents a person from pursuing something that matters to him or her, says Paul Guinther, a licensed psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy. more>>

Anonymity Of Addiction Hurts More Than It Helps
Our silence has allowed others to define us more>>

Reader's view: Addiction a public health, not a moral, problem
The underlying cause of prescription narcotic abuse is addiction; and all of the scientific evidence supports the understanding of addiction as a chronic disease, a brain disorder (“Doctors, patients caught in the middle of narcotics ‘epidemic,’ ” Dec. 17). more>>

China Uses Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction
A small handful of doctors in China are going to extremes to rid people of addiction. As a last resort against intractable addiction to heroine and alcohol, these doctors are attempting to erase motivation by erasing a part of the addict’s brain. And they are doing it in the face of worldwide condemnation, and in the name of scientific research. more>>

Rising painkiller addiction shows damage from drugmakers’ role in shaping medical opinion
Portsmouth, Ohio — Over much of the past decade, the official word on OxyContin was that it rarely posed problems of addiction for patients. The label on the drug, which was approved by the FDA, said the risks of addiction were “reported to be small.” more>>

Clinton, Carter Blast ‘War on Drugs’ in Documentary
"If all you do is try to find a police or military solution to the problem, a lot of people die and it doesn't solve the problem," Clinton says in the documentary, “Breaking the Taboo,” which debuts on Friday. more>>

Painkiller addiction sweeping the U.S.
The US is leading the way in eradicating pain, but in doing so has created an unwanted byproduct: painkiller addiction. Prescription pill overdoses are killing 15,000 Americans a year, and the toll is growing. more>>

Promising new treatment for cocaine addiction adds stimulant drugs
Cocaine dependence is a devilishly difficult addiction to break, owing to the drug's unique chemical ability both to reward users and to disrupt their impulse-control mechanisms. But a surprising drug combination may offer an equally clever way to loosen cocaine's hold on an addict, a new study has found. more>>

Telling Addicts To ‘Just Say No’ Proves Ineffective
An Indiana University brain researcher has found negative messaging may not help people beat drug and alcohol addiction. more>>

Openings for three Family Mentor positions for the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) program that is being implemented in Daviess County. The 3 Family Mentor positions will be located in Owensboro in Daviess County and the positions are now posted on the EKU website under the title, “Family Mentor - Daviess County UTC K-START.” Applicants must apply on line. The link will be posted until 12/19/12. more>>
Tina Willauer, START Director
tinam.willauer@ky.gov

Life in Recovery Survey
Help other people learn about the key aspects of life in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs by taking our survey today. It ’s available in English and en español. The deadline for responding is December 31, 2012. Please help us get the word out by distributing our flyer, posting information on your Facebook page and talking about it with your friends and family members. Thanks!

In a compelling new documentary, Deadly Dose: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports,CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports how prescription drug misuse has become an epidemic.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, President Bill Clinton Discuss No. 1 Accidental Killer more>>

Federal government releases long-awaited health reform rules

Long-awaited federal rules for health insurance plans came out Tuesday, and they make clear that insurance plans that people can buy on the open market next year will look a lot like some of the most popular plans on offer now – with a few big differences. more>>

Havens and hope for homeless youth
Almost Home, by Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley, tells the story of homeless young people who find their way to Covenant House, and its promise of safe harbor, emotional support, and a chance at a better life. more>>

With Marijuana Legal In Colorado And Washington, Police Worry About Stoned Driving
It's settled. Pot, at least certain amounts of it, will soon be legal under state laws in Washington and Colorado. Now, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep stoned drivers off the road. more>>

Faces & Voices is excited to conduct the first nationwide survey designed to document key aspects in the lives of people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. While we know a lot about the many costs of addiction, we know very little about what happens in a person's life in recovery. Faces & Voices is gathering this information to inform the public, policymakers, service planners and providers and the recovery community - about the milestones that people achieve in recovery. We will use the information we gather from you to contribute to our work educating the public about recovery and to address discriminatory barriers facing people in or seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. more>>

Mexico to reconsider joint policies with U.S. amid new state marijuana laws
A top aide to Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto says votes to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state will force the Mexican government to rethink its efforts at trying to halt marijuana smuggling across the Southwest border. more>>

Pot votes in 2 states challenge US drug war
First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people. more>>

Commentary: What Foundations Can Do to Fight the Opiate Epidemic
Foundations can play a vital role in battling the epidemic of opiate overdoses. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, while heroin use is also on the rise in communities around the country. In addition to funding, some foundations have the expertise to provide technical assistance and can bring together communities and policymakers to devise solutions to this devastating public health problem. more>>

PAR Board Member Tayna Fogle is a grandmother, basketball player extraordinaire, and former addict who spent nearly part a decade in prison. In order to stand up for the issues that were important to her family, she had to bravely defend against harsh drug sentencing policies and learn to navigate bureaucratic mazes to regain her right to vote. more>>

Author Offers Help For Families Dealing With Addiction
Interview with William Moyers, author of Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery more>>

France to launch program that allows supervised illegal drug use
France is reportedly planning to test launch a series of "shooting galleries," where drug users can inject illegal drugs while under medical supervision. more>>

Regulator: Insurers must help pay for urine tests required by Ky. drug law
State regulators said this week they're working with private insurance companies and Medicaid managers to make sure health insurance plans help cover the cost of urine tests required under House Bill 1, the so-called "pill mill bill." more>>

Indiana officials promoting new alcohol amnesty law
State officials have started visiting Indiana college campuses to promote a new law that shields people from alcohol-related arrests if they seek medical help for those who are dangerously intoxicated. more>>

Thanks! to everyone who stood up for recovery during September’s Rally for Recovery! events and activities as part of Recovery Month.  Over 100,000 people walked, rallied and called for action to support recovery at events across the nation and around the world.

Members of Congress, state and local elected officials and other allies came together to speak out about the reality of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and call for policies to support recovery.  Recovery community organizations registered voters and called on the recovery community to get involved in our nation’s civic life. 4,000 people came out for this year’s National Hub event in Detroit, Michigan, where people in recovery, family members, friends and allies walked around historic Belle Isle.

Mark your calendar for September 21, 2013 when recovery advocates in Providence, Rhode Island’s Rally4Recovery committee will host Faces & Voices 2013 National Hub event.

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School
When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. more>>

Get Ready Now for Influx of Patients Under Affordable Care Act, Expert Urges
Substance abuse treatment providers must take steps now to get ready for the influx of new patients they will begin to see in January 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to an expert speaking at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders. more>>

States Deny Millions Of Ex-Felons Voting Rights
Eric Bates was caught twice in the late 1990s driving with a suspended license, and then again in 2006. That third time, under then-Virginia law, Bates was considered a habitual offender and was prosecuted as a felon. more>>

High times: 3 states to vote on recreational marijuana use
Advocates of legalizing marijuana for recreational use may be closing in on their first statewide victory. Voter initiatives that would legalize up to an ounce of pot will be on the ballot in three states in November: more>>

U.S. teen drinking and driving rate cut in half in 20 years
The percentage of U.S. high school students who drink and drive has dropped by more than half in two decades, in part due to tougher laws against driving under the influence of alcohol, federal health officials said on Tuesday. more>>

Indiana AG kicking off new statewide program to combat synthetic drugs
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart and local law enforcement leaders at a news conference Thursday to announce a statewide initiative aimed at getting such synthetic drugs as “bath salts” and “spice” off retailers’ shelves. more>>

Colorado Vets See Spike In Cases Of ‘Stoner Dogs’
The popularity of medical marijuana in Colorado has had an unintended side effect — dogs getting stoned, sometimes with deadly results. more>>

Kentucky's Mental, Behavioral Health Centers Prepare for Influx of Newly-Insured Patients
As Kentucky officials continue to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, doctors are preparing for a rush of new patients in every sector of the health care industry. more>>

Study: Binge-drinking students happier

An end-of-summer study indicates that college students who binge drink are actually happier people than those who don't. more>>

Urine tests required by new drug law can cost patients hundreds of dollars
To curb prescription drug abuse, Kentucky started in July requiring people with long-term prescriptions for controlled substances to submit to urine testing. more>>

Marijuana withdrawal is real, study says
When people try to quit smoking pot, they experience real withdrawal symptoms that can affect their daily lives, a new study from Australia says. more>>

This is the FINAL WEEK to accept submissions for the 2012 Recovery Month Essay Contest! We’d like to encourage military members and veterans to email their submissions by this Sunday, October 7th at Midnight for a chance to win one of three great prizes – including an iPad2 for 1st Place!
Follow the link below for contest information, guidelines and submission instructions. more>>

What is Recovery?
The term recovery is often used but hard to define. We want to know how people who have been through the alcohol and drug recovery process define the term. The information collected will be used to help reduce the stigmas about alcohol and drug addiction.

Please take an online survey about recovery if you are in recovery and are over 18 years of age. It should take about 20 minutes. more>>

John Larroquette's moment of clarity with sobriety
Though John Larroquette gave up alcohol for good thirty years ago, the Emmy and Tony award-winning actor still makes a point of relating that journey at public appearances. more>>

Arkansas court upholds medical marijuana proposal
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a proposed ballot measure that, if successful, would make the state the first in the South to legalize medical marijuana. more>>

Prescription drug abuse drops, national survey finds
Efforts to curb misuse paying off; young adults push rate level to lowest since 2002 more>>

Ky. part of national prescription drug initiatives
Kentucky will join several states hard hit by prescription drug abuse to develop strategies to combat what is described as a still-growing problem, Gov. Steve Beshear said Friday. more>>

Saying goodbye to addiction: 2012 Kentucky Rally for Recovery
Drug and alcohol addiction was momentarily defeated Saturday morning and early afternoon as hundreds of people flocked to the 2012 Kentucky Rally for Recovery held at the Louisville Waterfront Park. “This is what recovery looks like,” declared Mike Barry, CEO of People Advocating Recovery more>>

Weekend's Rally For Recovery a big boost to our Voting Rights campaign
This past weekend, our allies at People Advocating Recovery (PAR) held their big, annual Rally For Recovery in Louisville and KFTC members were invited as always to talk to people about our campaign to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Drug-Addicted Doctors: California Debates How Best To Protect Patients And Help Doctors
Five years ago, a state program to help doctors struggling with addiction was shut down after repeated audits found it failed to hold addicts accountable and fell short in protecting the public. more>>

Legislative committee delays Health Benefits Exchange vote until September
After more than an hour of debate, the Kentucky legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare on Wednesday delayed a vote on an executive order that would create an online marketplace for insurance plans, a key part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. more>>

Beshear’s alcohol task force will have limited agenda
Gov. Steve Beshear’s new task force to study state alcoholic beverage laws will take a limited approach in what it tackles, said chairman Robert Vance Wednesday at the panel’s first meeting. more>>

Clean slate hard to get in Louisville: County attorney battles requests to erase misdemeanor convictions

To the dismay of some judges and attorneys, the Jefferson County attorney’s office has started making it much more difficult for misdemeanor offenders to get old convictions erased. more>>

Lexington police make significant arrest in designer-drug investigation
In what could be a major break in a months-long investigation into the sale of designer drugs in Lexington, narcotics officers last week arrested a man suspected of manufacturing synthetic marijuana in his home and supplying it to local retailers. more>>

There's something (potentially dangerous) about molly
"Have you heard of molly?" the girl next to me asked. She was swaying from side to side, bobbing her head to the bass vibrating throughout the sold-out venue. more>>

Researchers find way to block heroin, morphine addiction
Opiate drugs, such as morphine and hydrocodone, are frequently prescribed medications to aid patients in need of chronic pain relief – but they often come at a cost. more>>

How PTSD and Addiction Can Be Safely Treated Together
The vast majority of people with addiction have suffered significant previous trauma, and many people who struggle with addiction suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) simultaneously. more>>

Treating Drug Addictions Saves Lives
William Yarborough: Addiction is taking many lives, including those of our youth, and we must have tools to address the challenges of treating it. more>>

Former NFL quarterback Ray Lucas hopes story of painkiller addiction will lead others to get help
Ray Lucas said he had no intention of getting himself clean. Taking up to 800 prescription opioid pain medications per month at his worst, the former NFL quarterback went broke, put his family through "hell on Earth" and would pop a handful of pills before bed hoping he wouldn't wake up. more>>

Addicted Reveals The Emotional Journey Of Substance Abuse On Discovery Fit & Health August 28 At 10pm Et/pt
The powerful one-hour docu-series ADDICTED returns to Discovery Fit & Health Tuesday, August 28, at 10 PM ET/PT. Season two opens the doors to the complex journey of addiction while following the unpredictable ride to recovery as top interventionist Kristina Wandzilak works with nine individuals with uncontrollable addictions, and the friends and family members who are seeking to help them. more>>

Drug Addiction Vaccine: Medicine’s Next Big Thing?
In 2010 there were an estimated 22.6 million Americans over the age of 12 that were current or former illicit drug users within the last month. more>>

Olympians Hanging Up Cleats Risk Drug Addict-Like Ills
Message to Olympians: be careful what you wish for. Going for gold can trigger a bad case of the blues -- or worse. more>>

How One Shot Could Stop Drug Addiction
Researchers are making breakthroughs on a decades-old quest to use our own bodies to defend against addiction — by priming our bodies to stop the small molecules that cause an addictive high before they reach the brain. more>>

Former addict's apartment door -- on the wall at Portland's ReBuilding Center -- becomes symbol of redemption
With some stories, it's difficult to see where a story starts and ends. In this case, pick a day in the fall of 2006, call it the beginning and let the story unfold. more>>

Joint effort aims at awareness of gambling addicts
Toledo and Lucas County officials shifted Monday from exalting casino tax revenues for local governments to addressing the darker side of gambling with a call to residents to educate themselves on how to spot addictions and learn where to seek help. more>>

ASAM opposes state ballot measures to legalize marijuana. Physicians should take lead against efforts in Colorado, Washington and Oregon.
Legalization initiatives in Colorado, Washington and Oregon create unacceptable risks to public health, according to a white paper approved by the ASAM Board of Directors at its July 25 meeting. Physicians and other health professionals must learn more about the real health threats posed by marijuana use, all of which are made worse by legalization. more>>

The Anonymous People
Tired of seeing the same old addiction story on TV? Greg Williams, filmmaker and co-founder of Connecticut Turning to Youth and Families, has just launched a KickStarter campaign for an independent documentary film about the recovery movement. Greg's been all around the country, filming recovery advocates to get the project underway. You'll see some familiar faces of PAR Board Members. Now, when you have a few minutes, you can click this link and find out how you can help make this movie a reality. more>>

New prescription drug law prompts four pain clinics to close
Just a few days after a new state law went into effect to crack down on Kentucky's increasing problem with prescription drug abuse, four "pain management clinics" already have notified the state that they cannot comply with it and will close, Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday. more>>

Beshear sets up task force to review state’s alcohol laws

Gov. Steve Beshear created a task force Wednesday to study Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage control laws. more>>

More powerful, user-friendly heroin moving to the suburbs

He stole from his family and pawned his belongings, but Bill Patrianakos still couldn’t afford his OxyContin habit. more>>

LA Marijuana Dispensary Ban Approved By Council, Expected To Go Into Effect In 30 Days
Medical marijuana patients in Los Angeles will have to rush to dispensaries if they want to stock up on marijuana products. more>>

Faces and Voices of Recovery is excited to let you know that for the first time ever, we will be live streaming from rallies around the world on September 15, 2012! If you can't make it to a Rally for Recovery! event in your community, you can tune in and watch recovery advocates in Detroit, MI at this year's National Hub event; in Hartford, CT for Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery's (CCAR) Recovery Walks 2012 and in Dublin, Ireland for Recovery Walk Ireland 2012 where the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, will be leading the walk. Stay tuned for details.

What is Recovery? Please take a minute to take part in the first-ever nationwide survey about addiction recovery. You will be partnering in an exciting new research project funded by the National Institutes of Health. The project's goal is to learn how people experience and define recovery. This research has never been done before. Help us reach people in your community who used to have a problem with alcohol and/or other drugs and no longer do. The 20 minute anonymous survey can be answered online at http://www.whatisrecovery.org/. more>>

Governor Steve Beshear establishes insurance exchange for Kentucky
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide health insurance exchange, following up on earlier promises to do so once the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law. more>>

Outcasts at the ballot box
One in five African Americans in Kentucky aren't eligible to vote because of convictions. In Indiana, the number is 2.4%. more>>

Cognitive Strategy Reduces Craving by Altering Brain Activity
Addiction makes it difficult for people to look beyond immediate gratification to the longer term consequences of their actions. Accordingly, patients in drug abuse treatment are often coached to make and rehearse mental associations between situations that trigger drug cravings and the problems that are likely to ensue from succumbing to them. more>>

Freon Thefts On The Rise For Drug Use
Police say thieves climbed up a ladder of a local business and ransacked the three air conditioning units on the roof for scrap and the very dangerous gas Freon, which can cause a person to be high and kill them in the same breath. more>>

University of Iowa's commitment to curbing binge drinking questioned after beer deal
A lucrative deal between the University of Iowa and Anheuser-Busch has critics questioning Hawkeye Nation's commitment to its high-profile campaign against binge drinking. more>>

Bill introduced to legalize medical marijuana in Ky.
A Louisville lawmaker is preparing to unveil legislation that he will introduce in next year's legislative session that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. more>>

DrugStrategies.org, An Addiction Recovery Website, Re-Launches Website With Addiction Recovery & Meeting Information Across The United States
If you are looking for details or help on addiction, DrugStrategies.org provides all types of information on addiction, getting help for addiction, and resources for entering into all types of different treatment centers. more>>

AVERT - Addictive Voice Emergency Recognition Training

AVERT is a substance abuse craving reduction technique that can help individuals challenge cravings in the immediacy by bringing up realistic events and situations that will happen if you choose to use. more>>

Recovery Activists Honored at Stellar Event

A high-powered benefit hosted in Washington, DC carries a resounding message of hope. more>>

Exclusive: In His Second Term, Obama Will Pivot to the Drug War
According to ongoing discussions with Obama aides and associates, if the president wins a second term, he plans to tackle another American war that has so far been successful only in perpetuating more misery: the four decades of The Drug War. more>>

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Targets Parents
Advocates of a Colorado campaign aimed at legalizing marijuana through the ballot box are directly targeting the most difficult voters to win over on the issue: parents more>>

Governor Steve Beshear establishes insurance exchange for Kentucky
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday ordered creation of a statewide health insurance exchange, following up on earlier promises to do so once the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law. more>>

Outcasts at the ballot box
One in five African Americans in Kentucky aren't eligible to vote because of convictions. In Indiana, the number is 2.4%. more>>

Cognitive Strategy Reduces Craving by Altering Brain Activity
Addiction makes it difficult for people to look beyond immediate gratification to the longer term consequences of their actions. Accordingly, patients in drug abuse treatment are often coached to make and rehearse mental associations between situations that trigger drug cravings and the problems that are likely to ensue from succumbing to them. more>>

Freon Thefts On The Rise For Drug Use
Police say thieves climbed up a ladder of a local business and ransacked the three air conditioning units on the roof for scrap and the very dangerous gas Freon, which can cause a person to be high and kill them in the same breath. more>>

University of Iowa's commitment to curbing binge drinking questioned after beer deal
A lucrative deal between the University of Iowa and Anheuser-Busch has critics questioning Hawkeye Nation's commitment to its high-profile campaign against binge drinking. more>>

Obama: Supreme Court ruling on health care a victory for all Americans
In a landmark ruling that will affect the November election and the lives of every American, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the controversial health care law championed by President Barack Obama. more>>

Reader Letter | Need to focus on treatment, not just drug abuse
With all the issues being discussed around prescription drug abuse in our state, a major part of the solution appears absent from the dialogue — treatment. more>>

Man overcomes addiction by biking
MADISONVILLE, Ky. — It was a little after midnight when Chad Davis went to hop in the shower. Swirling gray clouds floated to the ceiling of his living room as he and his wife inhaled the remnants of burning marijauna. more>>

Medical marijuana sparks tough discussions with kids in some U.S. households
Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he's got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly explaining green-leafed marijuana ads and "free joint" promotions endemic in his suburban hometown. more>>

Prescription Drug Abuse Fueling Rise in Heroin Addiction
The increase in prescription drug abuse is fueling a rise in heroin addiction, NBC News reports. A growing number of young people who start abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy. more>>

The Cost of Addiction on Families
Drug addiction and alcoholism are addictions that most people are familiar with, but there are many addictions families suffer from. more>>

Prescription Drug Abuse Fueling Rise in Heroin Addiction
The increase in prescription drug abuse is fueling a rise in heroin addiction, NBC News reports. A growing number of young people who start abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to buy. more>>

Eastern Kentucky Police Concerned About Heroin
Police in southeastern Kentucky say they are concerned after finding a different illegal drug in the area. more>>

Baby soaps and shampoos trigger positive marijuana tests
Commonly used baby soaps and shampoos, including products from Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno and CVS, can trigger a positive result on newborns' marijuana screening tests, according to a recent study. more>>

46% of all high school students are currently using addictive substances

According to a 2011 study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, substance use by teens is the most significant public heath problem in the United States. The CASA study found that 46% of all high school students are currently using addictive substances more>>

How to Assess Your Teen's Risk Factors for Drug Addiction
Drug use is common among teenagers. By late adolescence, a recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry showed that as many as 78 percent of teens have abused alcohol and over 40 percent have used other drugs. more>>

Obesity surgery may boost risk for alcohol abuse
The most common type of obesity surgery may increase patients’ chances for alcohol abuse, according to the largest study to demonstrate a potential link. more>>

Healing Place alumni reaffirm strength at reunion

At a downtown street party filled with barbecue smoke, hip hop music and corn hole games, Tiffany Reaser marveled at the crowd of revelers celebrating tough victories over alcohol or drug abuse. more>>

When you are upset…peer support is a text message away
SOS refers to “Save our Serenity.” When bad things happen and you are upset, what can you do to get back on track? Being stressed ruins any chance of being happy, has major negative consequences for people with chronic health or mental health issues, and you are much more likely to react in ways that you may regret. more>>

Feeding the epidemic: One in 16 Kentuckians misuse prescription painkillers
Kentucky leads the nation in the use of powerful drugs: Though less-potent medicines might work, narcotics are still being overprescribed more>>

Florida Prisoners Serving 194 Percent More Time For Drugs Than In 1990s, Study Finds
The study, by the Pew Center on the States, examined trends in 35 states that provided data on incarceration for inmates convicted of violent crimes, property crimes and drug offenses. more>>

The D.S.M. Gets Addiction Right
WHEN we say that someone is “addicted” to a behavior like gambling or eating or playing video games, what does that mean? more>>

Health risks of cannabis 'underestimated', experts warn
Experts are warning that the public dangerously underestimates the health risks linked to smoking cannabis. more>>

Bloomberg Backs Plan to Limit Arrests for Marijuana
The New York Police Department, the mayor and the city’s top prosecutors on Monday endorsed a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amounts of marijuana more>>

Groups call for halt to marketing of opioids for long-term pain
Doctors, patients and advocacy groups are urging federal officials to make it illegal for drug companies to market prescription opioids to treat chronic, long-term pain. more>>

Addictions & Answers: Is ‘hitting bottom’ just a myth?

Alcoholism is a bad addiction that won't get better if the alcoholic hits 'rock bottom.' more>>

Scientists invent 'cannabis without the high'
Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn't get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday. more>>

Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol—Addiction Levels Rising as Boomers & Seniors Approach Retirement
Some aging rockstars find it difficult to give up their accustomed lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, and in an interesting twist, a significant number of older adults are heavily partaking in sex, drugs, and alcohol as they transition into their newest phase of life. more>>

Binge Drinking
Nationwide Problem, Local Solutions

New estimates show that binge drinking* is a bigger problem than previously thought. More than 38 million US adults binge drink, about 4 times a month, and the largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8. more>>

Causeway Cannibal Identified; Fears Grow Over Drug Possibly Involved
The crime shocked South Florida and has drawn the attention of the world. A naked man is shot by Miami Police while eating another naked man’s face on the MacArthur Causeway. more>>

Can someone be mildly alcoholic?
That -- in its simplest terms -- is at the heart of a change in a psychiatric manual that could have a major effect on diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism and other addictions. more>>

Revised Definition of Addiction Could Lead to Millions More Being Diagnosed
A proposed revision to the definition of addiction by mental health specialists could lead to millions of additional people receiving an addiction diagnosis, The New York Times reports. The changes could lead to big consequences for both health insurers and taxpayers, according to the newspaper. more>>

The Biology Behind Alcohol-Induced Blackouts
A person who drinks too much alcohol may be able to perform complicated tasks, such as dancing, carrying on a conversation or even driving a car, but later have no memory of those escapades more>>

Marijuana may ease multiple sclerosis symptoms
People with multiple sclerosis have long said that smoking marijuana helps ease their painful muscle cramping.
"But smoking marijuana does not appear to be a long-term solution, because of the cognitive effects," more>>

More than 60 Percent of Males Arrested in 2011 Used Drugs, Federal Survey Shows
More than 60 percent of males arrested last year for crimes – felonies and misdemeanors – tested positive for drug use, according to a White House study of arrest data from 10 large cities. For some cities, that surpassed 80 percent. more>>

Coventry Cares reverses course, will continue paying for addiction drug
Medicaid provider Coventry Cares has reversed an earlier decision and will continue paying for a costly medication that helps drug addicts stop using opiates, a company spokesman said Monday. more>>

Data suggests drug treatment can lower U.S. crime
U.S. crime statistics show illegal drugs play a central role in criminal acts, providing new evidence that tackling drugs as a public health issue could offer a powerful tool for lowering national crime rates, officials said on Thursday. more>>

ER Visits Tied to Xanax, Similar Drugs Soar in NYC

A rise in prescription drug abuse involving Xanax and similar anti-anxiety pills in recent years has prompted some doctors in the U.S. to rethink the frequency with which they dole out the prescription more>>

Kentucky's 2012 Primary Election is Tuesday, May 22
2012 is a very important election year for Kentuckians. Not only will we be voting in the presidential election, but a huge number of federal, state, and local seats will also be up for a vote. Kentuckians will be able to vote on all six of Kentucky’s congressional seats, half of our state Senate seats, all of our state House seats, and a large number of local mayoral and city council races. more>>

Rhode Island Considers First-Of-Its Kind ‘Homeless Bill Of Rights’
Eddie Vega has been homeless for a year. He was waiting for a bus one day last week when a police officer rolled up to ask what he was doing and where he was headed. Vega said it’s the kind of subtle harassment that happens all the time. more>>

Ted Williams: I’ve been sober a year, ‘one day at a time’

Even after a viral YouTube video helped turn him from a homeless crack addict to a media sensation, golden-voiced former radio announcer Ted Williams admitted Monday his struggles were far from over. more>>

DOCTORS are testing a drug that could stop alcohol making people drunk.
The researchers believe iomazenil, taken before drinking, might negate some of alcohol's effects on the brain. more>>

Surge In Alcohol Poisoning Cases Tied To Teens Drinking Hand Sanitizer
Health officials on Tuesday reported the rise of a troubling new trend in Southland emergency rooms: teenagers being treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer. more>>

Prescription drug drop off slated for Saturday
state and federal leaders want people to empty their medicine cabinets of unused drugs — particularly prescription pain relievers — and bring them Saturday to one of 75 drop off sites around Kentucky. more>>

Cocaine Brain? Cognitive Decline Tied To Chronic Use Of Illicit Drug
Although cocaine makes people feel more alert and on top of things in the moment, it can leave users vulnerable to a much slower brain in the long run. A new study shows that chronic use ages key parts of the brain at an accelerated rate more>>

Louisville boosts narcotics busts
Increase in police unit size and shift in targeting dealers pay off in bigger seizures, more arrests more>>

The cost of a nation of incarceration
Is it fair to call the United States the "incarceration nation"? That's what some experts say. And even some veteran law enforcement and correction officials think something's gone wrong. more>>

Rethinking the War on Drugs
Current drug policies do much more damage than they need to and much less good than they might, argues UCLA Prof. of Public Policy Mark Kleiman. He talks with WSJ's Gary Rosen about what's wrong with the war on drugs and what could be done to reduce the harm of heavy drug use. more>>

Obama: 'I Don't Mind A Debate' About Drug Legalization
“I don’t mind a debate on issues such as decriminalization,” Obama told Univisión’s Enrique Acevedo while in Colombia more>>

Abnormalities in the brain may make some people more likely to become drug addicts, according to scientists at the University of Cambridge.
They found the same differences in the brains of addicts and their non-addicted brothers and sisters. more>>

Florida residents fear lack of real-estate recovery due to rehab neighbors
Residents of a tony Florida community hard-hit by the real estate slide say the wrong kind of recovery is coming to the neighborhood. more>>

Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills
Scientists found that men who drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers were quicker in delivering correct answers. more>>

Manipulating memories of drug use may help reformed addicts avoid a return to a life of drug abuse, according to scientists in China.
They said memories linking "cues" - such as needles or cigarettes - and the pleasurable effects of drugs caused cravings and relapsing. more>>

Painkiller prescriptions grow nearly 300 percent since 1991
Some doctors, dentists overmedicating

Even well-meaning doctors and dentists are fueling the epidemic of prescription drug abuse by prescribing narcotics too often and for too long, officials said. more>>

Drug Company Says Its New Form of Pseudoephedrine Can’t Be Made Into Meth
A drug company says it has developed a formulation of the cold medicine pseudoephedrine that cannot be made into methamphetamine. more>>

Members of the Congress Thursday urged more support for pending legislation to fight prescription drug abuse, which some federal officials have called the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
Members of the Congress Thursday urged more support for pending legislation to fight prescription drug abuse, which some federal officials have called the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem more>>

Painkiller prescriptions grow nearly 200 percent since 1991. Some doctors, dentists overmedicating
Painkiller abuse in the United States has exploded along with skyrocketing prescriptions and sales, top national health officials told a crowd of hundreds at a national drug summit Wednesday. more>>

Beshear Wants National Painkiller Tracking
Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear told a drug summit Tuesday that the 50 states need to link their prescription drug monitoring programs if the nation is going crack down on pill mills and painkiller abuse. more>>

States Get Tough On The Unemployed, Push For Drug Testing
If you're out of work, you might soon have to give a urine sample to the government to collect unemployment benefits. more>>

Interests jockey for influence on Kentucky 'pill mill' bill. Doctors' group, others maneuvering to shape prescription measure
Proponents and critics of a bill that takes aim at illegal pill mills and prescription drug abuse in Kentucky jockeyed for influence Friday over final provisions in the measure as this year’s legislative session winds to a close. more>>

Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills
Scientists found that men who drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers were quicker in delivering correct answers. more>>

Florida residents fear lack of real-estate recovery due to rehab neighbors
Neighbors along the Intercoastal Waterway in ultra-posh Deerfield Beach fear a planned drug and alcohol rehab facility in a 7,000-square-foot mansion will further drive down the value of their homes more>>

‘Blackout Parties’ Accused of Perpetuating Binge Drinking and ‘Rape Culture’ at Universities
Over the weekend more than 20 young adults were hospitalized with alcohol poisoning after attending a so called “blackout party” in Montclair, New Jersey. This is just the latest in a controversial tour of blackout parties around the country sponsored by Barstool U. more>>

Prescription painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction
Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic. more>>

Opana: Newest Prescription Painkiller Being Abused in Rural Areas
At least nine people have died so far in 2012 from prescription drug overdoses in Scott County, Indiana, and most of the deaths involved Opana. more>>

Kentucky Senate sends anti-meth bill to Beshear
The Kentucky Senate gave final passage Friday to a bill that would further limit the amount of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine that consumers could buy without a prescription. more>>

Support from Middle School Teachers May Reduce Early Use of Alcohol, Study Suggests
Emotional support from middle school teachers may reduce the risk their students will engage in early use of alcohol and other illicit substances, a new study suggests. more>>

Kentucky House approves anti-meth bill
The House approved a bill Wednesday aimed at curbing the spread of illegal methamphetamine labs after more than an hour of debate on whether it would inconvenience consumers or penalize “soccer moms.” more>>

Video Report shows drug recovery centers helping in Kentucky
It's a program that's designed to help Kentuckians recover from substance abuse but a report released today says the Recovery Kentucky program may have another benefit. more>>

Kentucky Senate panel approves its version of pain clinic regulation bill
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday to regulate pain clinics on a 7-2 vote and sent it to the Senate, which may vote on it later Tuesday. more>>

KY to share prescription dispensing info with other states
Kentucky is turning to other states to crack down on its prescription drug problems. more>>

Rogers joins in bill to help states share prescription drug-tracking data
While 48 states, including Kentucky, have set up prescription drug-tracking systems, there is no way for those states to share their information to target abuse. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-5th District, and a group of lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate want to close that gap by creating a nationwide system that would link the states’ prescription drug monitoring programs. more>>

Jensen agrees that KASPER should be in attorney general’s office
Senate Judiciary Chairman Tom Jensen said Thursday he agrees with House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s call to put the attorney general’s office in control of the statewide electronic prescription monitoring system. more>>

Dry counties show higher rates of DUI-related crashes
Kentucky State Police records show an interesting trend in the number of alcohol-related vehicle crashes in the area — dry counties generally have higher rates of DUI-related crashes than their “moist” neighbors. more>>

Florida state workers face random drug tests under new law
Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a law allowing state employees to be randomly tested for drugs, a measure likely to draw a legal challenge over its constitutionality. more>>

More from last week's Voting Rights lobby day
Last Thursday, March 8th, 200-300 citizen lobbyists with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, People Advocating Recovery, the Center for Community Change, Tea Party groups, religious groups, and others joined together in Frankfort in support of HB 70 – our bill to restore voting rights to most former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Kentucky House approves broad ban on synthetic drugs
A bill that would ban whole classes of synthetic drugs that are being sold as bath salts and potpourri at gas stations and other shops passed the House on Tuesday. more>>

Doctors and Drugs: Is it murder when a patient ODs?
On Friday in Los Angeles, former-doctor Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng will be arraigned on three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of three of her patients who overdosed on drugs she'd prescribed. more>>

Anti-meth bill stalls in Kentucky House committee
A bill meant to reduce methamphetamine labs in Kentucky stalled in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday amid questions about the limits it places on sales of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. more>>

The 117th session of the Indiana General Assembly has adjourned
The following are highlights for mental health and addiction advocates: more>>

Heroin Use On The Rise Among New Mexico Teens
A drug once associated primarily with crime, poverty, and homeless now has a surprising new set of victims -- suburban teenagers. More and more instances of heroin use among U.S. high school students are being reported. more>>

5 Charged With Insider Trading After Alcoholics Anonymous Confession
Federal regulators on Tuesday charged a Philadelphia investment broker and four others with illegally profiting on insider information that the broker learned from a friend he met at Alcoholics Anonymous. more>>

House Bill 70, our Restoration of Voting Rights amendment passed out of the state House of Representatives by a huge margin of 78-18. There is a lot of momentum behind this bill, thanks in large part to our members who have been up to Frankfort or made calls, lobbying their representatives every week since the legislative session began.

Great day in Frankfort, KY as hundreds gathered in the rotunda to offer support on HB 70-Restoration of Voter Rights after spending the day meeting with their legislators. Check out the pictures on our Facebook site. The day also included a live web video feed and people following live on Twitter.

Senate panel approves revised bill to regulate pain clinics
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a revised bill Thursday to regulate pain clinics but said it needed more work. more>>

House Republicans boycott meeting over drug testing of welfare recipients
Six House Republicans boycotted a committee meeting Thursday because the chairman refused to take a vote on a measure that would require random drug testing of those who receive welfare and other public benefits. more>>

Ten Percent of American Adults Consider Themselves in Recovery From Drug or Alcohol Abuse
Ten percent of American adults consider themselves to be in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse problems, according to a new survey released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). more>>

Tainted “Spice” Linked to Kidney Failure Outbreak
Health officials in Casper, Wyo., are investigating an outbreak of kidney failure linked to a batch of synthetic marijuana known as “spice.” Three people were hospitalized Friday and two more were treated and released from a hospital in the eastern Wyoming city of 55,000 residents. more>>

The state Senate approved a revised version of a controversial anti-methamphetamine bill
Would decrease the amount of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine that Kentuckians could purchased without a prescription. more>>

Florida, Kentucky plead for unity in fighting drug abuse
The White House drug czar and the state attorneys general of Florida and Kentucky told Congress on Thursday that prescription drug abuse is "a national crisis" and efforts to fight it will falter without better cooperation among states and better education of the medical community and the public. more>>

Stumbo proposes moving prescription drug monitoring to attorney general's office
House Speaker Greg Stumbo hopes to crack down on doctors who overprescribe pain medications by moving the statewide prescription monitoring system to a law-enforcement agency. more>>

Gov. Steve Beshear says deep budget cuts coming, plugs expanded gambling
Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday night that the budget he will propose to lawmakers later this month will include deeper cuts than those in his first term — and he again pitched expanded gambling and tax reform as key elements to boost revenue over the long term. more>>

2012 Kentucky Legislative Preview | Pseudoephedrine bills may top Kentucky legislature's crime agenda
After passing legislation last year to overhaul the corrections system, the agenda for the 2012 General Assembly likely will be lighter on crime — with attempts to combat methamphetamine and review the state’s penal code high on the list. more>>

The Champion of Painkillers
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the overdoses from opioid drugs like OxyContin an "epidemic." And a growing group of experts doubts that they work for long-term pain. more>>

New powerful painkiller has abuse experts worried
Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation’s second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse. more>>

Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than Car Accidents: CDC
In 2008, poisoning deaths became the number one cause of accidental deaths in the United States and the leading cause of injury death in 30 states, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ninety percent of these poisonings were linked to drugs, with a surge in deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses reported. more>>

Prescription drug abuse hits home
Nearly a third of Kentuckians report that a relative or friend has had problems as a result of abusing prescription pain drugs, according to a survey released Monday. more>>

Marijuana Use Rises in Popularity Among Teens
Marijuana use is gaining in popularity among teens, according to Monitoring the Future, an annual survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th-graders, The New York Times reports. The survey found one of every 15 high school seniors smokes marijuana on an almost daily basis. more>>

Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children
In many state legislatures around the country, or by ballot (direct voter) referendum, important decisions are or will be made as to legalization of marijuana in some form. Before voters cast their ballots, or their elected officials decide, think about what will happen to children if marijuana becomes accessible to adults, much like alcohol. more>>

Post-booze blackout, how people fill in the blanks
Getting hammered to the point of not remembering much, if anything, about it is a pretty common experience for some people on college campuses or during a long holiday weekend. Reconstructing what happened during a bout of booze-fueled amnesia can either make for a hilarious movie plot like "The Hangover" or an interesting research project. more>>

1 in 9 high school seniors using synthetic marijuana
Teenage drinking and cigarette smoking is at a historic low, but marijuana use and prescription drug abuse continue at high rates, according to a new report looking at trends among teens. And there's a new substance raising concerns. more>>

Drugs, alcohol fuel child abuse and neglect in Kentucky
A Lexington Herald-Leader review of files released this week on children killed or nearly killed because of abuse or neglect over a two year period found that more than half mentioned suspected or confirmed substance abuse by parents or caregivers. more>>

House Votes to Ban Fake Marijuana, Fake Cocaine
The House today voted to ban a variety of synthetic drugs, including "spice," and "bath salts," that had previously been sold legally in stores throughout the country. more>>

ARC and Operation UNITE holding prescription drug abuse summit
The Appalachian Regional Commission has signed on as a partner with Operation UNITE to hold a national summit on prescription drug abuse next year. more>>

Prescription drug addiction skyrocketed 430% over past decade; Drug rehab for painkiller abuse soars
Federal statistics released Thursday revealed that treatment for prescription painkiller abuse has skyrocketed 430% over the last decade. more>>

Appalachian states see increase in marijuana
Appalachian states have seen an increase in marijuana production, and a federal drug official said Thursday that a sour economy may have turned some people in need of cash to the clandestine crop. more>>

Alcohol Watchdogs Target Supersized Alcopops as Urgent Issue
Following the success of a coalition of public health organizations, government agencies and health experts in forcing the alcohol industry to remove caffeine from alcoholic beverages, a new public health threat is emerging: supersized alcopops. more>>

DEA Now Monitoring Krokodil, a Deadly Morphine Derivative
A new designer drug called krokodil -- a derivative of morphine that can turn an addict's skin greenish, scaly and cause it to rot away -- is being eyed by officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration, FoxNews.com has learned. more>>

Mom Overcomes Hard Times To Give Kids Happy Thanksgiving
CINCINNATI -- Just one year ago, Janie Fox said she cried herself to sleep. She couldn't afford water or electricity for her trailer home. more>>

Govs. Chafee, Gregoire lobby for reclassification of marijuana
Two governors on Wednesday filed a petition with the federal government to have marijuana reclassified to allow for medical use, expressing in a letter to Drug Enforcement Administration their concerns that "patients with serious medical conditions who could benefit from medical use of cannabis do not have a safe and consistent source of the drug" as a result of its current classification. more>>

Purdue students urge state alcohol amnesty law
Students at Purdue University and two other colleges want Indiana to enact a law that shields underage drinkers from disciplinary action if they report that someone is intoxicated and at serious health risk. more>>

Kentucky Rep. Yonts proposes different option to curb meth

A House member offeres a proposal to fight methamphetamine abuse in Kentucky, where lawmakers have been in a stalemate over whether to make cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine available only by prescription. more>>

New liver for alcoholics? Study reopens debate
Some gravely ill alcoholics who need a liver transplant shouldn't have to prove they can stay sober for six months to get one, doctors say in a study that could intensify the debate over whether those who destroy their organs by drinking deserve new ones. more>>

Addicted to Exercise?
Brain scans suggest that everything from sugar to sex lights up the brain’s pleasure circuitry similar to the way cocaine does in an addict. And altruism does, too. more>>

Reader Letter | Restoring voting rights after felony convictions
Since 2007 a few Republicans in Senate leadership have single handedly blocked House Bill 70, the Restoration of Voting Rights Act. more>>

Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade
The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday - a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped. more>>

Western Kentucky official seeks ban on new forms of synthetic marijuana
Officials in McCracken County are planning to discuss a ban on chemicals being sold as synthetic marijuana. more>>

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear names advisory panel for prescription drug monitoring
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed a new advisory council Friday that will set guidelines for using the state’s prescription monitoring program to investigate doctors who illegally hawk powerful pain medication more>>

Change in crack sentencing means early releases

Darryl Flood thought he would have to wait until 2013 to get out of prison, more than a decade after he pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. more>>

Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Community Messaging Training
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 9am-4pm
Owensboro Regional Recovery
Space is limited. Call to register at 270-689-0905 ext 2106 or
Email Joseph Johnson jtjohnson@audubon-area.com

Schools Warn Of Bracelets Used To Smoke Pot
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orange County school administrators are worried about a new bracelet that students may be using to conceal drug paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana. more>>

Chicago may decriminalize marijuana
Several Windy City councilmen said Thursday they plan to introduce a local law that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in order to cut costs and free up police to handle more serious crimes. more>>

Dr. Nora Volkow: Reaching the American Teenager During National Drug Facts Week
As the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), I interact with a variety of audiences, including scientists, prevention and treatment specialists, and the general public. But one particularly important audience (and often the most difficult to reach) is the American teenager. more>>

Policy Position on Discrimination
Faces & Voices' board of directors has released a policy position on discrimination. “People in or in need of recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs face myriad forms of discrimination. Discrimination creates barriers to our full participation in community life. Faces & Voices of Recovery strives to eliminate all policies and practices that discriminate against people and their impacted families based solely on their recovery status.” (PDF) more>>

Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Community Messaging Training
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 9am-4pm
Owensboro Regional Recovery
Space is limited. Call to register at 270-689-0905 ext 2106 or
Email Joseph Johnson jtjohnson@audubon-area.com

Remembering Luke Cockey
Editor’s note: I recently saw a benefit for the Luke Cockey Memorial Fund on a friend’s Facebook page, and wanted to learn more about his story of struggling with addiction. I’ve found it’s something parents are often embarrassed about, and perhaps if it’s shared more openly, it can help parents cope and possibly prevent tragedies like Luke’s. more>>

Mother tries to keep daughter, other addicts alive
Bree Saghy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., watched a friend die in her arms after injecting prescription drugs — but it never stopped her from shooting crushed painkillers into her own veins. Her mother, Joy Saghy, said she's gotten her daughter into rehabilitation several times, but it never lasted. Joy said there's little she can do to help her daughter if Bree doesn't commit to getting clean. In the meantime, she's working to help others avoid her family’s addiction. more>>

Price of that drinking binge? $2 more per shot
Health officials say the toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society. more>>

Dogs Poisoned During Medical Marijuana Theft
Several dogs were poisoned during a medical marijuana robbery at a Vacaville residence, authorities said. more>>

Restoration of Voting Rights — Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
In an attempt to share more of the stories from former felons across the Commonwealth, we’re presenting a series of short interviews every few weeks on our blog and in balancing the scales."First and foremost, I'm a mom," says April Browning, after mulling over my vague introductory question, asking..more>>

Fighting the scourge of "pill mills"
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one American dies of a drug overdose every 14 minutes ... with a rapidly increasing share of those deaths caused by prescription drugs. It's the sort of statistic law enforcement officials in one Florida county know about all too well. more>>

National Quit & Recovery Registry taps the insights and experiences of people who have been in recovery from an addiction
During a Sept. 30 press conference announcing the registry launch, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said she hopes the registry will inspire more researchers to focus on recovery. "Most of the research that has been done up to now has focused on that immediate intervention that would allow a person to stop taking drugs," she said. "Much less is known about recovery." more>>

Kentucky Substance abuse treatment directory released
The University of Kentucky has put together a directory of facilities in the state that treat substance abuse and provide support services for families.
A statement from the school says there are over 2,500 such resources listed in the 2011 Kentucky Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Directory. The list includes at least one resource in each of Kentucky's 120 counties.
more>>

States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare
As more Americans turn to government programs for refuge from a merciless economy, a growing number are encountering a new price of admission to the social safety net: a urine sample. more>>

U.S. Drug Policy Would Be Imposed Globally By New House Bill
The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out in the U.S., would violate the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) more>>

Study Finds Young Adults With Addiction Want to Change But Need Help
Many young adults entering treatment for an addiction want to change, but don’t have the skills, confidence or commitment to do so without help, a new study suggests. more>>

Cold-medicine makers urge a block list for meth criminals in Kentucky
The manufacturers of drugs that contain pseudoephedrine are urging Kentucky legislators to ban people who have been convicted of meth-related crimes from buying the drugs instead of requiring all Kentucky residents to get a prescription for them. more>>

Beshear, Conway and Stumbo announce plans to battle prescription drug abuse
Three of Kentucky’s top official unveiled a trio of new initiatives Thursday to crack down on doctors who over-prescribe pain medications. more>>

IRS Hits Oakland Pot Shop With $2.4M Tax Bill
The federal government has found a new weapon in its war on marijuana — the tax man. more>>

Support Kentucky's Restoration of Voting Rights
Legislation that would allow Kentuckians to vote on changing Section 145 of the KY Constitution to require the automatic restoration of voting rights after a person completes their sentence. The approach avoids anyone claiming the arbitrary use of the discretionary power, and instead provides certainty and predictability. It encourages participation in the community, promotes democracy, and welcomes people back into society.

This year Kentucky’s Governor and its other executive constitutional officers will be up for re-election.
On November 8th Kentucky voters will choose who will administer our state government for the next 4 years. All registered Kentucky voters may vote for one candidate in each of the six statewide races. more>>

Voting Law Changes in 2012
Ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. More than five million Americans could be affected by the new rules already put in place this year -- a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections. more>>

Synopsis of The Jennifer Act Bill- Indiana & Florida
The Jennifer Act bill will provide Drug and alcohol abuse commitments. Provides procedures for the involuntary commitment of a person due to alcohol or drug abuse. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to maintain and operate or contract for alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, including faith based facilities. The Jennifer Act bill requires the law enforcement academy to provide training regarding persons with alcohol or drug addictions, including training for involuntary commitments for alcohol or drug use. The Jennifer Act bill requires the department of correction and county jails to provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation to all offenders with alcohol or drug addictions. more>>

IRS Hits Oakland Pot Shop With $2.4M Tax Bill
The federal government has found a new weapon in its war on marijuana — the tax man more>>

CDC: Self-reported drunken driving is down
Drunken driving incidents have fallen 30 percent in the last five years, and last year were at their lowest mark in nearly two decades, according to a new federal report. more>>

Report on Medicare Cites Prescription Drug Abuse
Medicare is subsidizing drug abuse by thousands of beneficiaries who shop around for doctors and fill prescriptions for huge quantities of painkillers and other narcotics far exceeding what any patient could safely use, Congressional investigators say in a new report. more>>

Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S., data show
Fueling the surge are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one another or with other drugs or alcohol. more>>

Addiction Is Not A Disease Of The Brain
Addiction has been moralized, medicalized, politicized, and criminalized. And, of course, many of us are addicts, have been addicts or have been close to addicts. Addiction runs very hot as a theme. more>>

Welcome to Corman Races for Chrysalis House!
The 2nd Annual R.J. Corman 5K & Duathlon to benefit the Chrysalis House returns on Saturday, October 1st, 2011, with thousands of dollars in prize money and cash give-aways. more>>

Abuse of Xanax Leads a Clinic to Halt Supply
Gayle Mink, a nurse practitioner at a community mental health center here, had tired of the constant stream of patients seeking Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug coveted for its swift calming effect. more>>

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announces prescription drug task force
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Kentucky is partnering with three border states to combat the region’s prescription drug problem, even as questions linger over how well the state has used its own electronic monitoring resources. more>>

Stumbo demands more action against pain-pill doctors in Kentucky
House Speaker Greg Stumbo demanded Tuesday that the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure step up its oversight of doctors who prescribe questionable amounts of pain pills. more>>

Survey: Web Networking Increases Teen Substance Abuse
American teenagers who spend time on social networking websites are more likely to smoke, drink, and use drugs, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). more>>

School District Offering Drug Testing Kits To Parents
A Pittsburgh school district is offering take home drug tests to parents. more>>

Recovery Defined – Give Us Your Feedback
Over the past year, SAMHSA – as part of its Recovery Support Strategic Initiative – has worked with the behavioral health field to develop a working definition of recovery that captures the essential, common experiences of those recovering from mental and substance use disorders, along with 10 guiding principles that support recovery. more>>

The Grateful Life Foundation - Bill W. and Dr. Bob Play
Serenity, Recovery and Happiness. The Grateful Life Foundation is committed to encouraging people to life a healthy lifestyle. more>>

Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) just released this new definition of addiction after a four-year process involving more than 80 experts. more>>

Stumbo demands more action against pain-pill doctors in Kentucky
House Speaker Greg Stumbo demanded Tuesday that the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure step up its oversight of doctors who prescribe questionable amounts of pain pills. more>>

Feds sue Raleigh insurance office for not hiring an ex-addict
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today sued a Raleigh insurance office for not hiring a recovering drug addict who tested positive for methadone in his system. more>>

Today's heroin addict young, white, suburban
New drug of choice is cheap and accessible more>>

Never Heard of Kratom? Trust Us, You Will.
A plant from Thailand with opiate-like properties is the latest "designer drug" speeding its way through America. more>>

Our Stories Have Power Workshop Sponsored by Mountain PAR-People Advocating Recovery
Where: Allen, KY (Old Allen Baptist Church)
When: September 14, 2011
Time: 9am-4pm
Workshop Title & Description: Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Community Messaging
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Homeless youth on the increase
Count shows overall numbers remain constant more>>

KFTC Fancy Farm 2011 Report
KFTC members from the Jefferson County, Central Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky chapters met up in far western Kentucky this weekend to challenge "politics as usual" at the rowdy Fancy Farm picnic more>>

Ohio, Kentucky share prescription drug information
Doctors and law enforcement officers in Kentucky and Ohio can now access prescription drug records from both states. more>>

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes homeless protection bill
Legislation aimed at discouraging attacks against the homeless, by expanding their right to compensation when they are targeted for assault, was vetoed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the move was unnecessary. more>>

Antidepressants being prescribed needlessly, study suggests
More and more doctors are prescribing the drugs for patients who aren't suffering from depression or any other mental illness, according to a provocative new study. more>>

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D.C. Adults Top Alcohol Abusers in Country
A new report says that adults in Washington D.C. abuse alcohol more than anyone else in the country. more>>

New Parent Helpline Provides Support, Resources For Teen Substance Abuse
When parents find out their teen is abusing drugs or alcohol, the family’s immediate focus is generally on getting help for the teen. more>>

Increased Risk of Parkinson's Disease in Methamphetamine Users, Study Finds
People who abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine-like stimulants were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those who did not more>>

Fewer underage alcohol sales in Indiana
Indiana's bars, restaurants, and liquor stores are doing a better job of keeping minors from buying alcohol. more>>

“Mad Hatter” Incense Being Abused in Ohio
Health care providers in Ohio are reporting cases of people abusing a type of incense sold under the brand name “Mad Hatter.” more>>

Gender Differences Emerge in Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment
A growing body of research is showing that when it comes to treatments for alcohol use disorders, women’s needs are different from men’s. more>>

Cocaine: The evolution of the once 'wonder' drug
Long before drug cartels, crack wars and TV shows about addiction, cocaine was promoted as a wonder drug, sold as a cure-all and praised by some of the greatest minds in medical history, including Sigmund Freud and the pioneering surgeon William Halsted. more>>

Some in eastern Ky. uneasy about drug law reform
A new law reducing prison time for low-risk, nonviolent drug criminals caught with small amounts of drugs is being met with uncertainty by the people who will have to enforce it. more>>

First Nationally Accredited Residency Programs for Addiction Medicine Show Change in Thinking about Addiction
The introduction of the first nationally accredited residency programs in addition medicine, which began on July 1, demonstrates a change in thinking about the roots of addiction more>>

Senate Bill Would Require Doctor Training to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse
A bill co-sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) and Jay Rockefeller (WV) would require doctors to receive training for prescribing opiate-based narcotics more>>

2011 National Drug Control Strategy Released
Drug use affects every sector of society, straining our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and endangering the futures of our young people. more>>

Recovery Month Tool Kit
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to present the National Recovery Month: Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover (Recovery Month) toolkit. more>>

Ohio Takes Point in the Fight Against Oxycontin Abuse
Last week, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Gil Kerlikowske came to Portsmouth, Ohio to address a capacity crowd since the Scioto County Prescription Drug Action Team has elevated the media attention on the prescription drug problem in Scioto County to the level that it has gained the attention of the White House. more>>

Donation boxes aimed at reducing panhandling
Louisville Downtown Management just installed 12 metal boxes to encourage people to put money in there instead of giving it to panhandlers. more>>

Federal judge in Virginia tosses death sentence
A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a drug dealer's murder-for-hire conviction and death sentence in the 2001 slaying of his marijuana supplier in a case that exposed a distribution ring in the wealthy northern Virginia suburbs. more>>

Meth Law To Track Cold Medicine Sales In Real Time
Indiana pharmacists and police officers are welcoming a new law that will require retailers to track sales of cold medicines in real time in an effort to curb methamphetamine use. more>>

Indiana first state to require drug tests for job training
A new Indiana rule requiring drug tests for unemployed people participating in state-funded job training programs reflects a hard stance that many states are taking regarding public assistance as they struggle with limited financial resources. more>>

Crack offenders eligible for early release
People already in prison will benefit from change in sentencing rules more>>

Doctors Drug-Testing Patients to Weed Out Abuse
Patients who visit Dr. Todd Williams' office in Cave City, KY seeking prescription medications are required to submit a urine test as a way to sort out those who abuse pills. more>>

Kentucky fights back on pills, gaining ground in prescription-drug abuse war
Awareness up, funding lags in medication-abuse battle more>>

1,000 celebrate sobriety at Healing Place block party
About 1,000 people celebrated sobriety Saturday afternoon at the Healing Place’s 12th annual alumni block party. more>>

Rick Scott Retreats On Worker Drug Tests
Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended an order requiring all state workers undergo drug testing, pending resolution of a lawsuit that called the tests an illegal search of workers' bodies. more>>

Kentucky continues to target designer drug
Officials believe Kentucky is making progress in the fight against a new designer drug. Officials say fewer people are now overdosing on the ‘bath salts,' but it's a substance they expect to be battling for a while. more>>

PAR is pleased to be able to offer a professional development opportunity for professionals in the field by hosting the Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy at the KY School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. Registration deadline is June 18, 2011 more>>

Kentucky continues to target designer drug
Officials believe Kentucky is making progress in the fight against a new designer drug. more>>

U.S. can't justify its drug war spending, reports say
Government reports say the Obama administration is unable to show that billions of dollars spent in the anti-drug efforts in Latin America have made a significant difference. more>>

Police make drug arrests before law takes effect
Police in Newport, KY rounded up some drug suspects this week one day before a new state law took effect, in an effort to charge them under stricter laws. more>>

New York Marijuana Bill May Stall; Connecticut To Decriminalize Pot Possession
More than 30 years ago, New York state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But one line in that 1977 law has led to the annual arrest of thousands of New Yorkers under the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk searches. more>>

Florida governor defends measure requiring drug tests for welfare
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended recent legislation that requires adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screenings, saying the law provides "personal accountability." more>>

New Florida law could help Kentucky's drug problem
Florida's governor just made a move that may help Kentucky's illegal prescription drug problem. more>>

New law will reduce arrests for misdemeanors in Kentucky

Kentucky should begin seeing fewer people jailed for misdemeanor crimes like having a marijuana cigarette or a few pills. more>>

In Connecticut, Carrying A Small Amount of Marijuana Downgraded From Misdemeanor to Fine
The Connecticut Senate narrowly approved legislation on Saturday that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. more>>

Florida governor defends measure requiring drug tests for welfare
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday defended recent legislation that requires adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screenings, saying the law provides "personal accountability." more>>

Police make drug arrests before law takes effect
Police in Newport, KY rounded up some drug suspects this week one day before a new state law took effect, in an effort to charge them under stricter laws. more>>

'Global war on drugs has failed,' key panel says
The global war on drugs has failed and governments should explore legalizing marijuana, according to a commission that includes former heads of state. more>>

Big spike recorded in older drug, alcohol addicts
They go around this room at the Hanley Center telling of their struggles with alcohol and drugs. They tell of low points and lapses, brushes with death and pain caused to...more>>

Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measure
Saying it is "unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction," Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed legislation requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening. more>>

Prescription drugs worth millions to dealers
Prescription drug abuse, now the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, has created a ballooning street market for highly-addictive pain relief, anxiety and depression drugs. more>>

Think the odd glass of wine at home helps teenagers learn to drink sensibly?
What nonsense, says leading psychologist
Drinking is something we enjoy and inevitably see as an integral part of adult life. Culturally, alcohol is in our blood — and, for many, literally so. Now, it’s increasingly making its way into our children’s blood, too, and at alarmingly younger ages. more>>

When Children’s Scribbles Hide a Prison Drug
Mike Barrett, a corrections officer, ripped open an envelope in the mail room at the Maine Correctional Center here and eyed something suspicious: a Father’s Day card, sent a month early. He carefully felt the card and slit it open, looking for a substance that has made mail call here a different experience of late. more>>

First Nationally Accredited Addiction Medicine Residency Programs to Start July
n July 1, the first group of medical residents will start training in 10 newly accredited addiction medicine residencies around the country. more>>

Georgia is latest state to pass law tracking prescription pain drugs
Lawmakers in Georgia have approved a system to track prescription drugs dispensed there, which could help put a dent in interstate pill trafficking that has fed drug abuse and overdose deaths in Kentucky. more>>

Governor Mitch Daniels signs HB1211 into law.
Second chance legislation restricts access to criminal records after 8 years for for non violent class D felons and misdemeanants more>>

Rob Lowe On Rehab: 'It Was Great. I Loved It.'
Rob Lowe has been sober for just about 21 years, and in promoting his new book, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," he has been very open in discussing both his substance abuse problem and his rehabilitation. more>>

US aims at its deadliest drug problem: painkillers
The White House drug czar wants doctors, states and law enforcement working harder to stop America's deadliest drug-abuse problem: highly addictive prescription painkillers. more>>

New British Beer Is Laced With Viagra
Forget the little blue pill. A British company has brewed the first beer laced with Viagra. more>>

Addiction to food, drugs similar in the brain.
Ice cream and other tasty, high-calorie foods would seem to have little in common with cocaine, but in some people's brains they can elicit cravings and trigger responses similar to those caused by addictive drugs, a new study suggests. more>>

Maryland plans 50 percent alcohol tax hike.
Maryland is close to raising alcohol taxes by half and decriminalizing marijuana for medical reasons. more>>

Indiana House passes bill meant to stop meth labs.
The Indiana House passed legislation last week that is meant to discourage the production of meth by preventing individuals from purchasing some cold and allergy medicines beyond legal limits. more>>

Owensboro Regional Recovery Center Golf Scramble
Saturday, June 18 · 8:00am
Location: Ben Hawes Park
Owensboro, KY
Proceeds will go to support the Recovery Center. For more information visit their new website more>>

The Mountain PAR Chapter is Monday, April 18, 2011 @6:30pm at the Old Allen Baptist Church (On 23 S, go through the light at Allen and take the second left turn.  The church sits back off 23 with parking lot in the rear). 

Physician turns away drug-seekers-Morehead, KY
A patient on his way to the hospital asked the attending ambulance paramedic which doctor was on call in the emergency room. When the paramedic told him it was Dr. John Sanders, the patient said “Never mind. Just take me home.” more>>

Want pain pills? Be prepared to sign the dotted line
Some docs ask for 'pain contracts' to ensure that patients are taking powerful opiads safely more>>

Indiana House committee advances meth tracking bill
The House Health Committee passed legislation Tuesday that would implement the MethCheck system for real-time tracking of pseudoephedrine purchases in Indiana, despite testimony from police officials that they don’t want it. more>>

Ashley Judd reveals troubled childhood, sexual abuse
The actress shares details of dysfunctional family life in her memoir (Video included) more>>

New drug on the streets of Louisville
It's a drug that's meant to treat pain, but Louisville Metro Police say drug abusers are using it to get high. The drug is opana, or oxymorphone. Not only is it illegal to sell on the streets, but it can and has been deadly. more>>

City Council Votes To Ban ‘The Box’
Philadelphia City Council today gave final approval to new restrictions on the questions employers can ask of job applicants about possible prior criminal records. more>>

Conway urges Floridians to back drug-tracking law there
Kentucky's attorney general has written directly to Florida residents urging them to speak out for their state's yet-to-be-implemented prescription drug-tracking law, which he says would help crack down on so-called pill mills feeding addictions in Kentucky. more>>

Criminal Background Checks Upend Job Search For Some Unemployed
In fact, in the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, criminal background checks calibrated to detect everything from arrests on dismissed or expunged charges to misdemeanor and felony convictions have become an increasingly common part of the job application process. more>>

State law to ban 'bath salts' drugs now in effect
A new state law to ban synthetic drugs that are often falsely marketed as bath salts or plant food is on the books but police are not expected to make immediate raids on stores to find them. more>>

Kentucky meth busts setting records; enforcement money drying up
Methamphetamine lab busts are running at a record pace in Kentucky, but a crucial supply of federal money tapped by law enforcement to clean up the hazardous drug-making operations has run dry. more>>

Many Doctors Fail to Monitor Potential Opioid Abuse Appropriately
Study Finds Primary Care Physicians Do Not Use Strategies to Reduce Risk more>>

Bill Would Extend EHR Incentive Pay to Behavioral Health Care
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has introduced a bill (S 539) that would make health IT incentive payments available to mental health care, behavioral health care and substance misuse treatment professionals and facilities, Health Imaging reports. more>>

Alcohol Detectors Could Come Standard With a New Car
The American Beverage Institute claims the ROADS SAFE Act could mandate that all cars have a device that could determine if a driver had been drinking, a device which authors of the bill say doesn't exist today. more>>

Governor Signs Landmark Legislation
It's designed to decrease the state's prison populations, reduce costs and crime, all while increasing public safety. Governor Steve Beshear signed a landmark justice reform bill Thursday after years of study and hard work. more>>

DEA Ban on 'Synthetic Marijuana' Takes Effect
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned five chemicals whose effects mimic marijuana, following through on an announcement it made last November, NPR reported March 1. more>>

Sponsor of derailed meth bill challenges opponents to find another solution
A state senator expressed disappointment Monday over the demise of his bill to ban over-the-counter sales of cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine and urged his colleagues to help him come up with a solution to stop deadly meth labs in the state. more>>

Neglected and Outdated State Beer Taxes
Want to know what the beer tax rate was in your state during the FDR Administration? If you're from Wyoming you won't have to look hard, since the tax rate has not changed there since 1935. While Wyoming may win the prize for having neglected its beer taxes the longest, most other states also have extremely low beer tax rates and have lost much of their beer tax rates' real value. more>>

Addiction and recovery: Families find solutions
This is the fifth article in the series about addiction and recovery in our community. Each Friday, The Morehead News shared families’ experiences as they encounter and overcome addiction and navigate through an array of public agencies. more>>

KY Gov. Beshear Signs Corrections Reform Bill Into Law
A bill hailed as a bi-partisan effort to control the soaring costs of Kentucky's corrections system while providing better treatment options for drug offenders was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Steve Beshear. more>>

Senate panel approves ban on ‘bath salts’ drugs
A Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill banning synthetic drugs commonly sold as “bath salts” while more horror stories emerged about their use. more>>

Money for meth lab clean up drying up.
Seth Brown says meth gave him the confidence he never had as a child growing up in Olive Hill, Ky. But it also made him intolerant, angry and turned him into "a monster." more>>

Pot can double psychosis risk, new study says
But researchers point out many with psychosis use marijuana to self-medicate more>>

Pill Mill Rage In Florida
Pressure is mounting on Florida to do something about the state's pill mill problem. The US Drug Czar along with law enforcement officers from other states are growing frustrated because people are flocking to Florida, loading up on painkillers and overdosing. more>>

Pictures and Quotes from the Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally
We had 250-300 people throughout 6 1/2 hours of citizen lobbying and rallying for HB 70, our bill to restore voting rights to most former felons once they have served their debt to society more>>

In Loving Memory Tributes: Drugfree.org Memorials

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America created this site to give families and friends the chance to leave tributes in loving memory of those lost to substance abuse. more>>

First Pictures and Quotes from the Voting Rights Lobby Day and Rally
We had 250-300 people throughout 6 1/2 hours of citizen lobbying and rallying for HB 70 more>>

Drug czar: spend on prevention, treatment first
The nation's drug czar offered his solutions to curb Kentucky's drug problems during a visit to Louisville Tuesday. more>>

Senate plans to vote Monday on prison crowding bill
A sweeping overhaul of the state’s criminal code, and particularly its drug laws, sped through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday more>>

Addiction and Recovery: Families and faith
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of articles about addiction and recovery in our community. (Morehead) more>>

Supporters may compromise on prescriptions for cold medicines
Supporters of a bill that will require prescriptions for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine hope that excluding some of those medicines will be enough to get the measure through the full Senate. more>>

 

HB 70 Passes House - Now we need to put pressure on the Senate!
The KY House of Representatives heard HB 70, the bill to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society, on the House floor. more>>

House committee approves reforms in drug laws
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday night approved the most sweeping changes to Kentucky’s penal code in a generation in an effort to reduce prison and jail crowding. more>>

Bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only fails
Cold and allergy sufferers have won a round in Frankfort. more>>

Sweeping bill filed to address prison crowding in Kentucky
Lawmakers on Friday filed a long-awaited bill to cut the state’s prison and jail populations and save an estimated $42 million a year, although much of that would be reinvested in addiction treatment and community supervision. more>>

Federal drug czar takes on pill issue in Ky.

President Barack Obama's chief adviser on drug issues said Monday that prescription pill abuse is taking a "heartbreaking" toll in Kentucky where scores of people are dying from overdoses each month. more>>

Mongiardo: Fla. governor's proposal would keep drugs flowing to Kentucky
Florida's new governor wants to eliminate a prescription-tracking system that Kentucky authorities believed would help cut the flood of pills coming into the state from Florida. more>>

The Kentucky House of Representatives heard HB 70 the bill to restore voting rights to former felons.
HB 70 proceeds to the Senate, where we expect it to be assigned to Senator Damon Thayer's State and Local Government Committee. more>>


Mongiardo: Fla. governor's proposal would keep drugs flowing to Kentucky.
Florida's new governor wants to eliminate a prescription-tracking more>>

Group speaks out against breathalyzer law aimed at DUI offenders
There is proposed legislation that would put breathalyzers in the cars of anyone convicted of a DUI. more>>

Much-discussed penal code reform bill still a no-show
Llegislators still aren’t ready to file a bill to address prison and jail crowding in Kentucky, despite a year’s work by a high-powered committee and consultants paid $200,000 more>>

Substance abuse center awarded $250,000 grant
The funding for the Recovery Kentucky center in Morehead was announced during a visit Wednesday from Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. more>>

House accepts shorter session as a goal but won’t immediately change calendar
The state House will try to finish its work March 16 but will not change the official legislative calendar that has this year’s session ending March 22. more>>

Kentucky House panel approves ban on bath salts
Lawmakers say the powdered substance is growing in popularity among drug users. The bill now heads to the full House. more>>

Prescription for Tragedy
Three part series from the Courier-Journal more>>

Several Eastern Kentucky counties act to keep out 'pill mills'
Several Eastern Kentucky counties have banned certain types of pain clinics, or are considering doing so, to try to keep out facilities that officials fear would pour more pills into an area where prescription-drug abuse already reaches crippling levels. more>>

Obama: Drug Legalization 'Worth A Serious Debate'

Drug legalization is an "entirely legitimate topic for debate," President Barack Obama said Thursday during his online YouTube more>>

Efforts to curb meth production raise questions
ome members of local law enforcement agencies are urging Kentucky lawmakers not to support a proposed bill aimed at curbing meth-making. more>>

Pot meets pop: Local entrepreneur plans to market line of smartly branded medical-marijuana soft drinks
Company is poised to move aggressively in a market that could one day be enormously popular by combining pot with soda pop more>>

Fewer drug offenders in prison backed as cost-cutting move
The state could save money by putting fewer non-violent drug offenders in prison and instead supervising them through probation, parole and substance abuse treatment programs more>>

 

Fewer drug offenders in prison backed as cost-cutting move
Kentucky could save money by putting fewer non-violent drug offenders in prison and instead supervising them through probation, parole and substance abuse treatment programs more>>

Drug Tests On Sale At Placer County High Schools
Parents of Placer County, California students can now buy discounted drug tests from high schools, a tactic that county officials hope will help cut down on what appears to be a rising drug use rate. more>>

Synthetic Cocaine Sold As 'Bath Salts'
DEA Warns Synthetic Drug Appearing In Gas Stations, Head Shops, Online more>>

Kentucky drug laws would change under new proposal
Many of Kentucky's drug criminals would be sentenced to probation and addiction treatment instead of prison under a broad reform bill proposed Tuesday by a high-powered committee created to find cheaper alternatives to incarceration. more>>

Kentucky lawmaker wants random drug testing for welfare recipients
Those who fail the test would lose their benefits under House Bill 208, filed by Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster. more>>

Impact of new Oxycontin formula on abusers unclear
A decade after the pain reliever Oxycontin was linked to an increasing number of fatal overdoses, a new form of the pill — designed to keep addicts from snorting or injecting the drug — is making its way into Kentucky. more>>

Battle likely over bill to require prescription for cold medicine used in meth
Two states that require a prescription for cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine have seen dramatic declines in the number of methamphetamine labs, a state report released Thursday shows. more>>

Alcohol May Come With A New Kind Of High:Taxes
Alex DeMetrick reports supporters of a “Dime a Drink Tax” think they have a shot at making it happen in Maryland. more>>

Parents Ordered By School to Attend Drug, Alcohol Abuse Meeting
Some parents of Swampscott High School students in Massachusetts are objecting to a note from school officials ordering them to attend a "mandatory" meeting on drug and alcohol abuse. more>>

Merlene Davis: Fighting drug abuse is everyone's responsibility

When I was growing up, Miss McIntire, who lived across the street, told my mother everything she saw my siblings and me doing. more>>

Craving for alcohol linked to obesity
Family history of alcoholism may turn some to find comfort in food more>>

Dangerous drugs sold in Kentuckiana gas stations
Gas stations in Kentuckiana are selling dangerous drugs, and people are ending up in emergency rooms because of it, according to some sources. more>>

Legislation targets growing use of synthetic meth

A Western Kentucky lawmaker wants the state to outlaw a type of synthetic drug that mimics the effects of methamphetamine or cocaine. more>>

Officials urge lawmakers to spend more on drug treatment in abuse cases
Child advocates and the head of the state's child protection unit are urging lawmakers to spend more money on drug treatment for parents of children who are abused and neglected. more>>

Indiana drug, theft sentences would change under bill
Indiana would move from a virtual one-size-fits-all sentencing structure for theft and drug crimes to a multi-layered system based on the severity of the offense under legislation that will be introduced in the House and Senate in January. more>>

Alcoholics Anonymous as a spiritual experience
Only the first of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous mentions alcohol. The other 11 talk about redemption, restoring moral character, and devotion to God (or other higher power). more>>

Teen Marijuana Use Up, Alcohol Use Down
America's teens are using more marijuana and less alcohol, according to an annual government study of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders across the country. more>>

High School Plans to Open Drug Clinic
18/Nov/2010 8:28
Would be first-of-its-kind school for New York. more>>

A Flood of Opioids, a Rising Tide of Deaths
18/Nov/2010 5:20
Faced with an epidemic of drug abuse and overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to require opioid makers to provide training for physicians.....more>>

FDA Poised to Bar Caffeine in Alcoholic Drinks
17/Nov/2010 9:53
Four Loko, Joose and other caffeine-containing alcoholic drinks will effectively be banned soon by federal regulators amid concerns that the combination of alcohol and stimulants are a dangerous mix. more>>

Young Marijuana Users Risk Brain Damage
17/Nov/2010 9:54
Chronic pot smokers beware. A new study found that regularly smoking marijuana may lower cognitive function, especially if the person starts smoking before 16 years of age. more>>

NTSB urges Kentucky to do more to curb hard-core drunk drivers
17/Nov/2010 9:54
National Transportation Safety Board officials on Tuesday morning urged Kentucky lawmakers to strengthen efforts to curb drivers with high blood-alcohol content and those who are repeat drinking-and-driving offenders. more>>

Kentucky explores requiring prescription for pseudoephedrine to curb meth labs
17/Nov/2010 9:55
It's provided millions of allergy sufferers relief from itchy eyes and runny noses, but pseudoephedrine may become available only by prescription in Kentucky, if some law enforcement and legislators have their way. more>>

Mom's goal: Help for adult-children addicts | The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN
17/Nov/2010 9:55
In 2002, when Jennifer Reynolds was addicted to heroin, her mother, Sharon Blair, began writing the Jennifer Act, a bill that provides procedures for the involuntary commitment of a person due to alcohol or drug abuse. more>>

Washington state bans alcoholic energy drinks
17/Nov/2010 9:56
Retailers have a week to clear millions of dollars worth of alcoholic energy drinks from their shelves after state regulators banned them Wednesday, citing the hospitalization of nine dangerously drunk college students last month. more>>

Singing For Democracy Six, a Success
4/Nov/2010 7:53
The sixth Singing For Democracy Gospel Fest in less than a year. more>>

The Never-Ending War on Drugs
4/Nov/2010 7:53
U.S. shifting its goals as narcotraffickers move on to new frontiers. more>>

Study: Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine
4/Nov/2010 7:53
Alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new study. more>>

Pot activists vow to push legalization in 2012
4/Nov/2010 7:53
It seemed an easy sell in California: The state that gave us medical marijuana would allow pot for recreation. more>>

Just say "yes!" legalizing drugs is good for society ... and the economy harvard prof. says...
7/Oct/2010 14:03
California residents will vote in November on whether or not to legalize marijuana. If they do vote "yes," says Harvard economics professor Jeffrey Miron, that should only be the beginning. more>>

The Alcohol Controversy: Is Drinking Good for You?
6/Oct/2010 6:54
While moderate alcohol consumption carries certain health benefits, it would be unwise to ignore the associated risk. more>>

1 in 4 Students, Young Adults Binge Drink
6/Oct/2010 6:23
One in four high school students and adults ages 18 to 34 engaged in binge drinking in the past month, putting themselves and those around them at risk, according to U.S. government researchers more>>

California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
1/Oct/2010 13:47
Pot possession will be treated like a traffic ticket. more>>

Synthetic marijuana should be banned, Indiana legislators told
1/Oct/2010 10:45
Indiana Poison Center director Dr. Jim Mowry says it has received 117 reports of adverse reactions to synthetic marijuana. more>>

Louisville mayoral candidates comment on the Restoration of Voter Rights.
1/Oct/2010 10:46
The three major mayoral candidates turned their attention to Louisvilles west end Thursday night during a forum at Shawnee High School more>>

'Backpack Meth Labs' On The Rise
28/Sep/2010 6:12
It's a new trend when it comes to the war on drugs: Law enforcement officials are seeing more of what they call "backpack meth labs." more>>

Kentuckians have just one week to make sure they are registered to vote in the November 2nd election.
27/Sep/2010 15:55
The deadline to register is Monday, October 4th to turn in registration cards. Mail-in applications have to have a postmark of that day or earlier.
You can obtain registration cards by going to http://www.vote.ky.gov/register.

Stigma Unaffected by Acceptance of Disease Model, Study Finds
27/Sep/2010 13:52
Survey results show that although more Americans now believe that mental illness and alcohol dependency are medical or genetic in origin than did so in the mid-1990s, they are just as likely to reject those who suffer from them. more>>

Booze tax could make us all healthier
26/Sep/2010 8:29
Increasing the tax on alcohol could have a slew of public health benefits, according to a new study. more>>

Doctors endorse requiring Rx for pseudoephedrine
22/Sep/2010 16:57
The Kentucky Medical Association is endorsing a plan to require cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine to be dispensed only to people with a doctor's prescription. more>>

We're addicted to rehab. It doesn't even work.
20/Sep/2010 12:56
The therapies offered in most U.S. alcohol treatment centers are so divorced from state-of-the-art of medical knowledge that we might dismiss them as merely quaint -- if it weren't for the fact that alcoholism is a deadly and devastating disease. more>>

Doctor's assumptions ignore successes of an approach that has helped millions of alcoholics
20/Sep/2010 12:58
He, like many academicians, assumes Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work because there are no long-term controlled studies on the efficacy of AA. more>>

Marijuana to Blame for Increased Drug Use in 2009, Government Report Says
16/Sep/2010 9:09
Peter Maer: Drug Czar Affirms Opposition to Pot Legalization in Interview, Says Young People Are Being Given `Mixed Messages` more>>

Pot Flavored Ice Cream Anyone?
16/Sep/2010 9:11
A new medical marijuana dispensary in Soquel is offering its customers a tasty alternative to smoking: enjoying a bowl of pot-infused ice cream. more>>

KFTC at the Roots and Heritage Festival
14/Sep/2010 6:14
Over twenty KFTC members and staff worked the crowds at this year's Roots and Heritage Festival in Lexington on Saturday, registering voters and talking to people about important issues like restoration of voting rights for former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Burp v. Breathalyzer: Kentucky Supreme Court to decide issue in DUI case
13/Sep/2010 9:13
It is considered crass in most cultures, and hardly a subject of polite conversation. But now the Kentucky Supreme Court must answer a profound legal question about the burp is one enough to invalidate an alcohol breath test? more>>

AG calls prescription drug abuse a scourge
13/Sep/2010 9:13
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says prescription drug abuse in America is at epidemic proportions and taming it will take more than law enforcement. more>>

Limit Consumer Access to Cough Medicine
13/Sep/2010 9:13
Five years ago when Congress was considering a requirement that nasal decongestants be placed behind the counter to combat their use in methamphetamine production, I was one of many policy analysts who argued against this restriction. more>>

Possible ban of K2 in New Albany
13/Sep/2010 9:14
But a city council member in New Albany wants it off the shelves. He says most of the council members plan to support a ban against the sale of K2 there. more>>

Moms Warn Teens Of Dangers Of Prescription Pills
13/Sep/2010 9:14
Two grieving mothers are reaching out to Kentucky teens in hopes of sparing other parents the pain of losing children to prescription drug abuse. more>>

Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers
9/Sep/2010 10:59
Sheriffs in North Carolina want access to state computer records identifying anyone with prescriptions for powerful painkillers and other controlled substances. more>>

Drug addiction pill Suboxone costly for Kentucky
7/Sep/2010 5:21
Kentucky's Medicaid program spent nearly $11 million last year for an expensive, brand-name prescription medication used to help deal with drug addiction even though the state does not pay for the treatment programs that experts say should accompany its use more>>

Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers, Study Finds
31/Aug/2010 5:22
One of the most contentious issues in the vast literature about alcohol consumption has been the consistent finding that those who don't drink actually tend to die sooner than those who do more>>

Adults with ADHD benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, study says
26/Aug/2010 7:49
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is getting a lot of attention in children, but it's widely recognized in adults too: about 4.4 percent of adults in the United States have ADHD. more>>

Is Alcoholism Genetic?
23/Aug/2010 5:38
A mutation found in a mouse gene may provide new insights into the genetic roots of alcoholism in humans. more>>

Shocking School Drug And Gang Survey
19/Aug/2010 7:59
A new survey claims that 27 percent of public school students aged 12 to 17 attend schools that are both gang and drug-infected. That means 5.7 million students attend schools which are both gang and drug dominated. more>>

Scientists suggest fresh look at psychedelic drugs
18/Aug/2010 14:37
Combined with therapy, such substances could treat depression, chronic pain more>>

States claim fake pot poses real threat
13/Aug/2010 8:58
A blend of herbs laced with synthetic marijuana known popularly as K2 is being sold openly in head shops and online more>>

Doctors concerned over possible link of K2, heart damage
13/Aug/2010 8:56
The chemically-enhanced marijuana substitute is currently sold legally more>>

Paul: Eastern Kentucky drug problem not 'a real pressing issue'
13/Aug/2010 5:58
Senate hopeful says fiscal, social concerns on voters' minds more>>

Georgetown Singing For Democracy Raises Spirits and Grassroots Power
2/Aug/2010 4:49
PAR and Scott County KFTC members had a tremendous Singing For Democracy Gospel Fest in Georgetown with about 150 people happily crammed into the Ed Davis Learning Center to listen to some great gospel music and to educate each other on how we can work to restore voting rights to former felons more>>

Enough with celebrity 'rehab-abuse'
22/Jul/2010 6:04
At some point, the "rush to rehab," reached the ridiculous. Rehab is getting a bad name from this more>>

Oakland Votes to Allow Large Marijuana Farms
21/Jul/2010 13:32
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Oakland City Council has approved a plan to license four production plants where marijuana would be grown, packaged and processed, moving Oakland closer to becoming the first city in the nation to authorize wholesale pot cultivation. more>>

Coming Down: Pot Hunt Moves South
21/Jul/2010 13:31
Northern California's so-called Emerald Triangle, famous for flourishing marijuana farms that supply the country with much of its pot, is facing formidable competition for that distinction from an area hundreds of miles to its south—Los Angeles County. more>>

The Jennifer Act: Grieving mother honors daughter's death with 'Jennifer Act'
16/Jul/2010 8:35
Mother gains lawmakers' support for The Jennifer Act, a bill proposing mandatory intervention for someone who needs help with addiction. more>>

Double Trouble in Recovery | Peer Support for People Recovering from Mental Disorders and Addiction
14/Jul/2010 6:05
Information about a self-help group for persons who are diagnosed with the dual conditions of mental health issues and chemical abuse. more>>

Results of 2010 Statewide Homeless Count Announced
13/Jul/2010 8:41
Today, June 30, at a regular meeting of the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness (KICH) Executive Committee in Frankfort, the results of the 2010 Point-In-Time Count of the Homeless were released. more>>

Ohio River study finds drugs, chemicals that slip through waste treatment
12/Jul/2010 16:35
Dozens of chemicals and pharmaceuticals -- antidepressants, veterinary hormones, even cocaine -- have been detected in the Ohio River upstream and downstream from Louisville. more>>

Probe sought into alcohol-energy drinks promotion
11/Jul/2010 16:51
Urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the marketing of flavored alcoholic beverages with caffeine that appear to be explicitly designed to attract underage drinkers. more>>

Paul: Local governments should pay for fight against drugs
10/Jul/2010 7:36
Drug abuse and addiction is an issue that local communities should address — and pay for — themselves, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul said this week. more>>

Kombucha Tea May Face Regulation as Alcoholic Beverage
7/Jul/2010 8:07
The U.S. Treasury Department says that the kombucha variety of tea -- which can ferment in the bottle -- may be classified as an alcoholic beverage for regulatory purposes. more>>

Pro-Voting Rights Demonstration Outside of Thayer's Golf Fundraiser
29/Jun/2010 9:01
About thirty people gathered in Georgetown this weekend to speak out in favor of restoring voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Feds bust Louisville drug cartel
24/Jun/2010 14:54
Federal officials tell Fox 41 News that they've broken up the largest cocaine ring in Louisville history. more>>

Addicted docs put patients in peril
24/Jun/2010 14:09
Random drug screening urged for health care workers more>>

ER Visits for Abuse of Painkillers Double Over Five Years
22/Jun/2010 12:45
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Pills Implicated in Growing Number of Cases more>>

More than 1,000 celebrate their recovery from addiction at Healing Place event
22/Jun/2010 12:46
The Healing Place said the event celebrates not only those who have recovered, but also every member of that person’s family more>>

That's the spirit! State approves 192-proof Spirytus, allowing New Yorkers to get quite the buzz
22/Jun/2010 12:48
The approvals came several years after the state turned down the grain alcohol Everclear. more>>

Doctor, ex-deputy want new methadone clinic in Ky.
20/Jun/2010 11:27
A northern Kentucky doctor and retired sheriff's deputy are pushing to open a new methadone clinic in northern Kentucky. more>>

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who takes illegal drugs while pregnant can't be charged with endangering her child.
17/Jun/2010 15:21
In a 5-2 decision, the court ruled that such prosecutions are "expressly precluded" by the Maternal Health Act passed by the 1992 General Assembly. more>>

'Graying' of Drug Users at U.S. Treatment Centers
17/Jun/2010 9:31
Dramatic jump in aging Boomers seeking help for drug abuse, study finds more>>

More families are homeless and on the streets
16/Jun/2010 17:54
The Great Recession drove more families into homeless shelters in 2009, a new federal report has found. more>>

Ending the War on Drugs?
12/Jun/2010 6:08
John Stossel weighs in on campaign to legalize drugs (Video) more>>

Ice cream man busted in major drug roundup
4/Jun/2010 17:20
A man is busted for selling drugs out of an ice cream truck, and he is not the only one in jail. more>>

CDC: 1 in 5 high schoolers abuse legal drugs
4/Jun/2010 5:25
Twelfth-graders had the highest likelihood of prescription drug abuse, at 26 percent, and ninth-graders had the lowest, at 15 percent more>>

New drug on Louisville's streets
3/Jun/2010 6:47
"We had never heard of it before didn't know what it was," says Sergeant Joe O'Toole with the Louisville Metro Police Department's Sixth Division. more>>

CNN Opinion: I'm a criminal and so are you.
1/Jun/2010 11:25
Lately, I've been telling people that I'm a criminal. This shocks most people, since I don't "look like" one. more>>

Buying beer in Indiana? As of July 1 everyone will need to show an ID
1/Jun/2010 10:59
Anyone who fails to check for ID during a transaction can be cited with a criminal misdemeanor. more>>

The Kentucky State Police has awarded $365,000 in federal grant funds to help enforce underage drinking laws.
26/May/2010 13:18
State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the funds from the U.S. Justice Department help educate young people and their parents more>>

Cheap, ultra-pure heroin kills instantly
24/May/2010 16:16
Spike in overdoses linked to drug popular with Mexican smugglers more>>

There is only one week left to get your application in to become an A&E Recovery Project Delegate! All information and applications can be found at www.recoveryproject.com/delegates through next Friday, May 28th. more>>

CEO of clinics chain is indicted in Eastern Kentucky drug case - Pill Pipeline
21/May/2010 5:54
The chief executive officer of a chain of urgent-care clinics was part of a conspiracy to sell pain pills in Eastern Kentucky, a federal grand jury has charged. more>>

'Drinking' neat vodka through your EYE for a quick buzz?
16/May/2010 8:17
A website clip of the 'vodka eyeballing' craze that started in the U.S. and has now spread to the university party scene in Britain more>>

Administration says drug policy will emphasize prevention and treatment
12/May/2010 16:13
The White House is putting more resources into drug prevention and treatment, part of President Obama's pledge to treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue and less as a criminal justice problem. more>>

Former Felon Voter Mobilization Phonebank
12/May/2010 14:26
KFTC leader Tayna Fogle organized a voter mobilization phone bank in Lexington staffed by an incredible 35 former felons who came from Lexington, Georgetown, and Nicholasville more>>

Beshear to propose budget compromise; sets May 24 session
12/May/2010 14:30
In an effort to break a House-Senate deadlock, Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday he is proposing a budget compromise more>>

Popular new drug just banned in Kentucky, easy to get in Indiana
3/May/2010 16:23
K2, also known as fake weed, has put over 100 people in the emergency room in Louisville so far this year. more>>

Courts must cut 100 jobs, abolish programs
29/Apr/2010 17:19
A projected budget shortfall will force the state’s court systems to further trim costs, eliminate more than 100 jobs and abolish some popular programs such as family and juvenile drug courts. more>>

AP-CNBC Poll: Most in US against legalizing pot
20/Apr/2010 8:03
Most Americans still oppose legalizing marijuana but larger majorities believe pot has medical benefits and the government should allow its use for that purpose, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Tuesday. more>>

Treat, don't jail, addicted mothers
18/Apr/2010 18:20
Op-Ed by Susan Barron and Robert Walker more>>

McLellan Resigning as ONDCP Deputy Director
16/Apr/2010 16:37
Respected addiction researcher Tom McLellan has announced that he will resign as deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in May. more>>

Florida Pain Clinics: 'Pill Mills' for OxyContin Abuse
14/Apr/2010 11:31
A dramatic growth in the number of pain-management clinics has led to increased prescription-drug-overdose deaths in Florida more>>

Reformulated, 'Abuse Resistant' OxyContin Approved by FDA
14/Apr/2010 6:19
A new slow-release version of the powerful opiate painkiller OxyContin has been approved by the FDA. more>>

KY Lawmakers Seek To Ban Plant
13/Apr/2010 6:05
Senate Bill 107, which would make the salvia plant illegal and a Schedule 1 controlled narcotic more>>

Doctors ‘tune in’ to hallucinocens again
12/Apr/2010 5:57
Scientists study use of psychedelics to treat depression, anxiety, addiction more>>

Europe's Super-High Alcohol Beer Heads to the U.S.
10/Apr/2010 19:23
Two European breweries are waging a battle to try to get you drunker. Good business? Or an example of irresponsible behavior? more>>

Many Felony Pot Cases Getting Tossed Out of Court
8/Apr/2010 8:12
Police in a northern California town thought they had a couple dead to rights when they seized more than two pounds of marijuana from their home, even though doctors authorized the pair to use pot for medical purposes. more>>

Rats Starve Rather Than Eat Healthy Food
8/Apr/2010 8:11
Scientists Compare Junk Food to Cocaine as Study Shows Rats Fed Junk Food Go Hungry When Given Healthy Food more>>

General Assembly approves texting ban, tougher DUI law
6/Apr/2010 8:47
Anyone with detectable levels of more than a dozen types of unprescribed drugs in their blood would be presumed guilty of DUI more>>

House briefly toughens DUI law, changes mind
30/Mar/2010 5:50
Minutes later, a lawmaker who voted for the bill filed a motion for reconsideration, which undoes Monday’s votes and puts the bill back in the House for possible action in the future more>>

House toughens state’s DUI law
29/Mar/2010 16:19
FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House on Monday toughened the state’s drunken driving law in a move that surprised some lawmakers because they thought they were dealing with another subject. more>>

Pot legalization measure headed to California ballot, advocates say
25/Mar/2010 9:31
City and county governments would be allowed to imposed a sales tax under the proposed statute. more>>

Kentucky Bill restricting cold medicines moves ahead
25/Mar/2010 9:32
Meant to keep some cold or allergy medicines from being used in illegal methamphetamine labs more>>

New Report Highlights Alcohol Abstainers, Quitters as Well as Current Drinkers
25/Mar/2010 9:39
May not show how many Americans are in recovery from alcoholism, but it does provide interesting insights into the number of adults who have quit drinking or abstain for health and other reasons. more>>

Senate committee passes bill to curb meth
17/Mar/2010 6:12
Those who have been convicted of crimes related to the production of methamphetamine would be blocked from buying any medications with pseudoephedrine for five years under a proposal that passed a Senate committee on Tuesday. more>>

House committee approves bill to charge for DUI blood tests
10/Mar/2010 17:11
People convicted of drunken driving would have to pay for their blood tests under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee. more>>

‘Drugged driving’ a growing threat
10/Mar/2010 6:41
Official calls for same attention given to drunken driving prevention more>>

KFTC Blog — Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
6/Mar/2010 7:45
Yesterday, KFTC members and allies filled the halls of Frankfort for our major lobby day to support HB 70, our proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. more>>

Study Finds 65 Percent of Inmates Meet Criteria For Addiction But Only 11 Percent Receive Treatment.
5/Mar/2010 18:45
Of the 2.3 million inmates in prison or jail in the United States, 1.5 million meet the DSM IV medical criteria for substance abuse or addiction. An additional 458,000 had histories of substance abuse more>>

Released felons rally for return of voting rights
5/Mar/2010 6:14
Dozens of convicted felons descended upon the Capital rallying for the right to vote more>>

Anti-drinking ads boost boozing for some
3/Mar/2010 18:26
A new study finds anti-drinking ads can actually spur increased binge drinking for some audiences. more>>

Heroin cases triple in Louisville, increase attributed to higher prescription prices
2/Mar/2010 17:19
Some places in the country are seeing a spike in heroin cases including Louisville. more>>

America's drug laws-A fine too far
1/Mar/2010 5:13
State stamp laws for drugs make a mockery of the tax code more>>

Jeffersonville, IN middle school student suspended for touching pill
26/Feb/2010 8:46
According to Greater Clark County Schools district policy, even a touch equals drug possession and a one week suspension. more>>

Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age
23/Feb/2010 9:42
Number of people aged 50 and older reporting marijuana use in the prior year went up from 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent from 2002 to 2008 more>>

Bill Seeks To Crack Down On Drunken Driving
19/Feb/2010 16:19
Measure Clears House Unopposed more>>

Convicted drunken drivers would have to pass a breath test before starting their vehicles under a bill the Kentucky House passed 95-0 on Thursday.
19/Feb/2010 7:42
House Bill 58, which now proceeds to the Senate, would require judges to order a breath-alcohol monitoring devices for defendants' vehicles for six months after a first conviction for driving under the influence. more>>

Louisville Metro Council member moves to limit cold drug used to make meth
16/Feb/2010 6:58
Calls on the state General Assembly to make Kentucky the only state besides Oregon and Mississippi to require prescriptions for pseudoephedrine more>>

Voting Rights Bill Passes House 83-16!
11/Feb/2010 5:51
HB 70, our bill to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society, just passed the House floor 83-16, with strong majorities of both Democrats and Republicans voting Yes! more>>

Kentucky Tonight-Voting Rights for Felons
10/Feb/2010 11:07
A discussion about voting rights for felons video more>>

DUI monitor in cars advances
10/Feb/2010 10:28
FRANKFORT — People convicted of drunk driving might have to pass a breathalyzer test each time they start their vehicle under a bill approved by a House committee more>>

Obama Proposes Increased Funding for Treatment and Prevention, but 'Balance' Proves Elusive Goal
8/Feb/2010 11:15
Adds new funding for addiction treatment and prevention, but does little to close the huge gap between spending on drug supply- and demand-reduction efforts more>>

Voting Rights Bill Passes House Committee Unanimously
3/Feb/2010 5:27
Many legislators took the opportunity to explain their vote, making strong statements of support. more>>

Landmark Case Could Restore Felon Voting Rights
2/Feb/2010 17:19
A historic ruling earlier this month on behalf of felons who lost the right to vote could call into question the disenfranchisement of felons and ex-felons in the State of Washington and indeed across the United States. more>>

IRS to auction homeless shelter in Jeffersonville, IN
2/Feb/2010 16:45
The Haven House homeless shelter in Jeffersonville is scheduled to be sold at auction March 9 by the Internal Revenue Service because of unpaid payroll and Social Security taxes for its employees. more>>

Obama Issues New Rules on Mental Health Coverage
29/Jan/2010 16:58
New consumer rules require same payments for mental health as for regular doctor visits more>>

Voting Rights Bill Hearing February 2nd- Call your Legislators
27/Jan/2010 5:37
HB 70, our bill to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society, will be heard in the House Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee Tuesday, February 2nd more>>

$500,000 pledged for substance abuse treatment in Eastern Ky.
27/Jan/2010 5:27
The pledge from Kentucky River Properties LLC to Operation UNITE is the largest single private donation to the agency since it was formed in 2003 more>>

Words used to describe substance-use patients can alter attitudes, contribute to stigma
23/Jan/2010 12:53
Changing the words used to describe someone struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction may significantly alter the attitudes of health care professionals more>>

Study: Kentucky drug laws flooding prisons with non-violent, small-time criminals
17/Jan/2010 6:37
Kentucky’s 35-year war on drugs has produced “brutally harsh sentences,” flooded the prison system with non-violent and small-time offenders and helped push the state budget to the “outer edge of fiscal distress,” the author of the state’s penal code says. more>>

Diagnosing pill abuse problem
12/Jan/2010 9:03
Police, medical professionals swap information at Eastern Kentucky drug-abuse forum more>>

Research on cocaine reveals gene-altering roots of addiction
9/Jan/2010 7:41
The study helps explain how cocaine use changes the brain, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. more>>

"Geezer" Drug Use to Have Ripple Effect
9/Jan/2010 7:06
Report Says the Need for Substance Abuse Treatment Among Americans Over Age 50 Is Projected to Double by 2020 more>>

Court spectator sues judge for drug-testing him ‘on a hunch’
8/Jan/2010 16:08
He was released when the drug test came back negative. more>>

Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote
8/Jan/2010 15:27
In a decision that could give momentum to other efforts to expand voting to inmates, a federal appeals court ruled that incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state. more>>

Addicted pharmacist gets clean and tells the tale.
3/Jan/2010 6:15
For years, pharmacist Jared Combs got high from the pills he was supposed to dispense and made potentially deadly mistakes. more>>

Kentucky babies endangered-Lexington Herald-Leader Editorial
30/Dec/2009 9:54
As they gather in Frankfort next week to begin a three-month regular session, lawmakers should pay more attention to the health of newborns. more>>

Alcohol substitute that avoids drunkenness and hangovers in development
27/Dec/2009 5:58
An alcohol substitute that mimics its pleasant buzz without leading to drunkenness and hangovers is being developed by scientists. more>>

Eastern Ky. officials to host forums, discuss substance-abuse
22/Dec/2009 6:15
Police, healthcare providers and others plan a series of community forums on the state's substance-abuse problem, including how to keep doctors safe in the wake of a fatal shooting at a Perry County clinic. more>>

Bill would allow prosecution of mothers with addicted newborns
21/Dec/2009 5:35
Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Jeffersonville, pre-filed the bill at the urging of several prosecutors in his district more>>

Cocaine Laced With Cow-Worming Drug Sickens Americans
19/Dec/2009 6:17
Two-thirds of cocaine smuggled into the U.S. is laced with a cattle-worming drug linked to a rare immune disorder in a rash of cases, a report says. more>>

Pot Use Edges Up Among Teens, Survey Shows
15/Dec/2009 5:59
Teenagers Cutting Down on Cigarettes, Methamphetamines, Binge Drinking; Alcohol Most Widely-Used Illicit Substance more>>

Should pregnant women who abuse drugs face criminal charges?
10/Dec/2009 14:19
Thursday's Supreme Court hearing more>>

Court will reconsider fetuses, drug use
10/Dec/2009 6:03
Some maintain that it's a form of child abuse more>>

Arresting pregnant women is bad for babies
9/Dec/2009 8:30
Courier-Journal Op-Ed. Supreme Court hearing Thursday more>>

Scientist at Work: A. Thomas McLellan
10/Dec/2009 7:22
Addiction on 2 Fronts: Work and Home more>>

Singing For Democracy a Hit!
5/Dec/2009 6:44
On Wednesday, an incredible 400-500 people from across the state gathered at Imani Baptist Church on the north end of Lexington. more>>

Non-violent felons seek the right to vote again
2/Dec/2009 13:06
Rene Riley will take part in a gospel concert at Imani Baptist Church on Dec. 2 more>>

Kentucky Launches New Tactic In Fight Against Meth
20/Nov/2009 17:23
NPLEX Tracks Pseudoephedrine Sales more>>

New York toughens drunken driving law
19/Nov/2009 6:05
It is now a felony in New York to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs with a child in the vehicle more>>

'Tough on crime' drains state funds
17/Nov/2009 16:47
Inmates charged with these kinds of non-violent offenses make up about 46 percent of this state's prison population. more>>

DUI Diversion Program appears to be working
17/Nov/2009 11:41
Each year the Jefferson County Attorney's office prosecutes over 3,000 driving under the influence crimes. more>>

Groups discuss homeless in Phoenix Park-Lexington, KY
17/Nov/2009 7:37
A place for homeless people to spend the day instead of congregating in Phoenix Park was identified Monday as a need for downtown. more>>

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