drug abuse

Capital Region News
12:36 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Capital Region Embraces 'National Take Back Day'

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Over the weekend, Americans observed the eighth annual "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day," an initiative to educate citizens about the potential abuse of medications that may be found around the home.  Residents are being encouraged to make the one-day drive an everyday occurrence. 

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North Country News
6:59 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Looks At Vermont Drug Abuse

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A field hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee was held in Rutland on Monday to take testimony on Vermont’s efforts to deal with heroin and opiod addiction.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Fri March 14, 2014

"Clean" by David Sheff

    In his new book, Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy, David Sheff shows that addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing.

Sheff’s ongoing research and reporting on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time Magazine's list of the World's Most Influential People.

North Country News
2:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Governor Shumlin Headlines Panel On Prescription Drug Abuse

Governor Peter Shumlin
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The nation’s governors held their annual winter meeting Friday through Monday in Washington. A panel on C-SPAN featured a discussion on states’ efforts to combat prescription drug abuse, an issue that took the national stage when Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted January’s state of the state address to the problem.

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New York News
4:59 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Washington County Law Enforcement Hope To Raise Community Awareness Of Drug Abuse

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Washington County law enforcement officials are pushing for more community awareness of drug abuse and addiction through more oversight of pharmacies.

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan says there are a lot of misconceptions about drug abuse and the reality of highly-addictive methamphetamines.

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Capital Region News
1:08 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Troy Police Seize $120,000+ In Drugs From House

6:30 Friday morning, search-warrant in hand, the Troy Police Emergency Response Team entered 314 8th Street as part of a robbery investigation. They found 1.2 kilos of cocaine, pure powder cocaine, along with two pancakes of crack cocaine. Some of the drugs were packaged for sale.  Arrests in the case are pending.  Police say the total street value of the drugs exceeds $120,000.

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New England News
7:48 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Mass. Physician Advocates Seek Changes in Prescription Monitoring Program

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Patient advocates and representatives of the medical community in Massachusetts are submitting comments to the state Board of Public Health to address regulations that aim to curb prescription drug abuse.

Signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2012, An Act relative to prescription drug diversion, abuse and addiction, requires prescribers of pain killers to enroll in the state’s now-voluntary Prescription Monitoring Program upon renewal of their medical licenses. Currently about 1,700 prescribers in Massachusetts are enrolled in the program.

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New England News
3:19 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Berkshire Lawmaker Files Bill to Support Recovering Addicts

A Massachusetts legislator in Berkshire County is sponsoring a bill that would require health insurers in the state to allow victims of substance abuse greater access to recovery treatment.

4th Berkshire District Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli, a democrat, is one of four co-sponsors of the so-called healthcare parity bill. The legislation would require health insurance providers in Massachusetts to pay for the continuing treatment of individuals recovering from substance abuse.

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The Roundtable
11:10 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment-and How to Get Help That Works

    Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment-and How to Get Help That Works , by medical writer and New York Times bestselling author Anne Fletcher, gives readers an insider’s view of drug and alcohol rehab. It focuses on real people whose stories illustrate the serious issues facing individuals in rehab and endemic in the rehab industry today.

Some stories are disturbing while others are inspiring, as they provide an honest and critical look at the current state of the addiction treatment industry in the U.S., contrasting what goes on in rehab with what experts and scientific studies suggest should go on.

WAMC Speakers Corner
1:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Alan Chartock...In Conversation with Nancy Campbell

Dr. Nancy Campbell

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Nancy D. Campbell, Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Campbell, who earned a PhD in the History of Consciousness program at UC Santa Cruz, did her master’s in English at the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in English at Bucknell. She has researched and published on topics such as drug addiction, bioethics, public health and drug policy, and feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies.