Visit this page often to see what is in the news. Opioid abuse and overdose as well as other substance abuse has become a major topic with multiple media sources reporting on the issue(s).
Do your teens have access to prescription medications? Look at one survey conducted in one area.
Urban Outfitters to STOP selling items that promote prescription drug abuse!
Preventing Substance Use Disorders in People with Mental Disorders.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM5) includes "addictive disorders" !
Teen victims of Cyberbullying more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol study.
Stop Urban Outfitters from selling items that promote prescription drug abuse
One-fourth of teens have misused or abused drugs.
23% of teens suyvered admit to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs!
Teen misuse/abuse of prescription drugs up 33% since 2008
One fourth of teens have misused or abused prescription drugs at least once.
Parent's deployment may add to substance abuse for teens.
DEA focuses on drug distributors to fight prescription medication abuse!
Bath Salts the new drug of CONCERN!. This is no ordinary drug...learn the facts!
Opioid Drug Deaths Up in Lowell -- August 1, 2012 Lowell Sun article.
Representative Mary Bono Mack speaks of the national tradegy of prescription drug abuse. " Rest assured, if 20,000 people died each year from food poisoning, Americans would demand immediate action".
Beware! New opioid Opana has become available.
Adults over 50 years of age often ignore prescription drug warning label
When a loved one has an addiction!
Bill aims to reduce teen abuse of cough syrup.
Former NBA player recounts struggle with drug addiction. Watch Chris Herren's story.
Painkiller use breeds new face of heroin addiction. Three different stories of families struggling with addiction. The name of the city may change but the face remains the same!
Seniors not ammune to prescription abuse! Take a moment to update yourself of seniors risks at http://nihseniorhealth.gov/
Be aware of bath salts on line.
Designer synthetic drugs banned.
Prescription Medication addiction in the NFL. Interview with Ray Lucas.
Treating Drug Abuse as a Public Health Problem could lower crime rates......
Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Substance Abuse
Bath Salts, What You Need to Know Part 1. They are NOT what you may think they are. They are the NEW designer drug for kids.
Bath Salts, What You Need to Know Part 2
Sales of prescription painkillers increasing across the US.
Mellissa Weiksnar of Carlisle continues to keep her daughters Amy story alive. Teen Drug use can be hard to recognize, but response is key.
Prescription Drug Abuse, Addiction and Recovery blog by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
New from the CDC--Prescription Painkiller Overdoses
CDC vital signs report 2011 More information on the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Someone dies every 19 minutes in the United States from Prescription Drug abuse. The numbers have grown.
65 arrests related to Prescription Drug Abuse
Should we avoid expired medications? Experts say yes!
New powerful pain killer has abuse experts worried!
Drug Poisoning Deaths in the United States, 1980–2008 CDC report.
Prescription medications....the new gateway drugs. Article by CDC.
Unwanted Medication Disposal Box at Lowell Police Department. Press Release September 2011
Progress seen in fight on heroin. In the August 2011 Boston Globe article, Narcan saving lives.
Cape Overdose Vigil Held in Hyannis
90.9 WBUR "With New Research More Doctors Treat Addiction As A Chronic Disease.
90.9 WBUR "Prescription Drugs Lead to Spike In Crime Rates
What is Narcan and how can it save a life. Boston Globe article.