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L.A. City Council Bans Alcohol Ads at City Bus Stops
Members of the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property In Los Angeles say they have spent the past three years trying to get this ordinance passed. Los Angeles now joins other cities like San Francisco and Seattle in banning alcohol-related advertising on city property. "This is the last city, county or transit district in California that will get rid of alcohol ads on its public property," said Bruce Livingston, Alcohol Justice's Executive Director and CEO.
"I learned it from an extraordinary mixture of people I met on my travels. From the surviving friends of Billie Holiday, who helped me to learn how the founder of the war on drugs stalked and helped to kill her. From a Jewish doctor who was smuggled out of the Budapest ghetto as a baby, only to unlock the secrets of addiction as a grown man." CONTINUED @ HuffingtonPost.com
Just What The Doctor Ordered
Future Moms Using Painkillers
More than 25% of women who might become pregnant are getting prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, that can cause birth defects and other serious problems early in pregnancy. Taking them early in pregnancy is dangerous. "They're deadly, addictive and they cause birth defects," CDC Director Tom Frieden said.
In a decades-long search for a vaccine that could fight drug abuse, scientists came upon one that can potentially annul the addictive buzz of cocaine. The vaccine, which was reported in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics onDec. 22, was developed by researchers from The Scripps Research Institute in California. It works by tapping on the natural immune system of the body to reduce the high produced by cocaine.
Cafe Therapy To Treat Alcoholics and Addicts in Bucharest
Cafe Therapy is the first cafe in Romania that will help alcoholics and drug addicts treat their addictions.It will open soon in Bucharest. Cafe Therapy, financed by European contributions, will be launched by the ALIATAssociation through a bigger project to prevent and treat people who abuse alcohol and drugs. Alcohol consumption and smoking will be forbidden in the cafe. There will also be the presence of social workers and psychologists.
Members of the Major Crimes Task Force said Tuesday that they have arrested an addiction counselor for selling drugs to an undercover officer. Roberta Payne, 52, was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs. The Ohio Attorney General said Payne was arrested Fridayevening after she allegedly sold more than 2,000 morphine pills and 30 milligrams of liquid morphine to the undercover officer. "What is particularly disappointing is that a person who has been placed in a position of trust apparently abused that trust by using her job for illegal activities which are counterproductive to her position," said Police Chief Patterson.
More Gambling Does Lead to More Gambling Addiction
I just finished the article entitled "More Gambling Does Not Lead to More Gambling Addiction." The premise for the article is, "Despite an increase in gambling opportunities, rates of problem gambling remained stable." This survey showed the rate of problem gamblers remained in the 3.5 to 5.5 percent range and pathological rate in the 1.0 to 2.4 range. Although this number is a small percentage of the adult population of the United States, it is a large number of people, representing between 12.5 million and 20 million adults.
Dallas Taylor, Drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dies at 66
Dallas Taylor, a rock 'n' roll drummer who played behind David Crosby,Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, among other big names, and who overcame desperate addictions to drugs and alcohol to become a counselor for other addicts, died on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 66. But his real feat was overcoming addiction, and counseling others in recovery. David Crosby wrote: "I use Dallas as an example when I'm speaking about surviving the drug experience. I think he wound up being a hell of a good example." Memorial, Jan. 30, 3:00 PM, Brentwood Presbyterian, 12000 San Vicente, L.A., CA 90049
Police Find 2-Year-Old After Mom Dies From Overdose
Police detectives are credited with tracking down a 2-year-old girl who was found alone in an apartment after her mother died of a presumed heroin overdose. A Cleveland police spokesman said on Thursday
that three detectives from the heroin-involved death investigation team responded to a call about a woman dead inside a car this week.
Deaths From Heroin Galvanizing Leaders In Maryland And Virginia
Political leaders in Annapolis and Richmond are searching for ways to combat a wave of heroin overdoses that is killing dozens of their constituents each month - in inner-city neighborhoods, suburbs and rural enclaves. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared reducing heroin use a priority, putting lieutenant gov. in charge of finding solutions. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) introduced a package of heroin-related bills in the past week...
Faced with years of soaring overdoses, Orange County leaders are directing more money to drug treatment centers - but a new law is emptying the very beds the county hopes to fill, and experts fear an increase in deaths. After November's voter-approved proposition that classifies drug-related and other nonviolent crimes as misdemeanors rather than felonies, officials report dramatic drops in the number of people seeking government-funded treatment.
Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana
On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised its policy on medical marijuana, saying pediatricians should avoid prescribing it to children until more research is done, except in cases where patients are suffering from chronic, debilitating conditions. The pediatrics group is also recommending the decriminalization of weed.
Risk of Painkiller Abuse Now Required Subject in Ohio Schools
A new law requires Ohio schools to teach children about the dangers of prescription painkillers, a leading gateway drug to heroin abuse. Nationally, 1 in 5 high-school students uses painkillers without a prescription, while about half of young people who get hooked on heroin became addicted to prescription painkillers first, the Dayton Daily News reported. "Most people don't realize that prescription opioids and heroin are close cousins, and heroin use is simply a later phase of the same addiction," the lawmakers testified in support of the bill. CONTINUED @ Dispatch.com
Breaking Bad in Brisbane
Australia Facing Meth Crisis
Australian seizures of methampheta- mine have increased almost 10 times in the last few years. In 2011 there were 44 amphetamine-like substances seized. In 2014, there were 415. Police raided almost 750 meth labs last year and expect to raid many more in 2015. Most labs were discovered in rural areas, but police have conducted busts in motel rooms, shipping containers and truck beds.
Approximately 170,000 people die from alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver in Europe every year. Although alcohol is the most important risk factor, less is known about the significance of different patterns of drinking. Investigators have now established that alcohol drinking pattern has a significant influence on the risk of cirrhosis and that daily drinking increases that risk compared with drinking less frequently.
Kim Richards: I'm "Strong in My Sobriety Today" After Pills From Doctor VIDEO
Kim Richards thinks that poker night episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills should be renamed "Awkward" - and we have to agree. "From the limo to the spa to the wine tasting, there was literally alcohol everywhere in this episode," Kim writes. "But I am so strong in my sobriety today and know how to handle situations like this. I removed myself from the situation and was fine the whole trip."