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Paterson, NJ Heroin Bust : 300 “Bricks” Won’t Change Much

While I commend all law enforcement in what they do and in their battle against this heroin epidemic here in New Jersey, April’s first heroin bust is just a pin prick in the fight.  Police report having seized 300 bricks of heroin, said to have a $120,000 street value. The heroin bust took place in Paterson, …

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What About Confidentiality and Anonymity?

We speak of “confidentiality” in detox and treatment, and “anonymity” in some of the recovery groups, such as AA, NA, Overeaters Anonymous, and so forth.  What does all of this stuff mean, and why should we care about it? Well, let’s handle confidentiality first, because many of its principles apply to anonymity as well. Confidentiality …

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Lindsey Lohan Fails Drug Test

Lindsay Lohan’s drug and alcohol addiction has, once again, proven itself more powerful than the good intentions of the court and some more drug counselors, according to the Associated Press. Lindsay Lohan has confirmed on her Twitter page that she failed a court-ordered drug and alcohol screening, and she said that if asked, she is …

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Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages Quickly Becoming Widespread, Dangerous Trend

Everything Addiction, a good source for information about alcohol and drug addiction, has a good post today about the trend toward caffeinated alcoholic beverages, the dangers involved, and the long-overdue effort to get them off the shelves. …colleges across the nation are realizing…a new threat to student health that has gained widespread popularity:manufactured caffeinated alcoholic beverages. …

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Drunk Driver Gets More Than He Bargained For

A Montgomery County [Texas] jury in Judge Lisa Michalk’s Court Wednesday evening decided the fate of George Lee Harvey — a serial drunk driver with eight prior DWI convictions. According to prosecutor Adrienne Frazior, the crash happened on April 3, 2009 just before midnight on FM 1485 and Kings Rd. in New Caney. Harvey was backing out …

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Michigan Bans Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Michigan has banned all alcoholic, caffeinated energy drinks from being sold in the state after nine Washington college students were hospitalized last month after consuming Four Loko, known as “blackout in a can.”Reversing its earlier approval, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission yesterday banned Four Loko and 54 similar fruity, high-caffeine, high-alcohol drinks, Detroit Free Press …

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Feds Declare Alcohol/Caffeine Products Like Four Loko Dangerous, Illegal

“FDA does not find support for the claim that the addition of caffeine to these alcoholic beverages is ‘generally recognized as safe,’ which is the legal standard,” said Joshua M. Sharfstein, the FDA’s principal deputy commissioner in a written statement. “To the contrary, there is evidence that the combinations of caffeine and alcohol in these …

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US Moves To Ban “Fake Marijuana”

The DEA has begun a 30-day process to put the “designer marijuana” products in the same category as cocaine and heroin. The man who created three of the chemicals as part of his government-sponsored research nearly 20 years ago said, “They are dangerous and anyone who uses them is stupid.” Although they have similar effects, …

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