Many die trying to withdraw from alcohol, NJ legislative committees vote to legalize marijuana, 19-year-old dies after inhaling deodorant spray to get high.
Quitting Alcohol Can Be Deadly: Hundreds in the US Die Each Year [USA Today]
Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, especially when it is attempted without medical supervision. The CDC estimates nearly 1,000 deaths related to alcohol withdrawal in one year.
West Africa’s First State-Run Rehab Clinic Provides Free Methadone to Drug Users [CNN]
Free methadone and clean syringes are provided to drug users in West Africa. The goal is to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS.
19-Year-Old Dies After Inhaling Deodorant Spray to Get High [CNN]
A man in the Netherlands died after inhaling deodorant spray to get high. The man had a history of psychotic symptoms.
Hundreds of Babies Born in Scotland ‘Addicted’ to Drugs [BBC]
Babies born “addicted” to drugs is a problem in Europe too. “On average, a baby is born every other day in Scotland addicted to harmful substances.”
NJ Legislative Committees Vote to Legalize Marijuana [WHYY]
Two legislative committees voted to approve a marijuana legalization bill in New Jersey. The legislation will be considered in a full vote after it is reviewed by lawmakers and the governor.
The 5 Types of Problem Drinking Are More Common at Different Ages [Science Daily]
Researchers say there may be five separate types of problem drinkers. Certain types were more common at different stages of life, they found in a new study.
Former Opioid Addict at Harvard Says We’re Getting Addiction Wrong [Daily Beast]
Peter Grinspoon, 11 years sober, is challenging our current understanding of the “addictive personality.” Grinspoon believes that this definition of addiction does more to cripple than to empower people with substance use disorder.
Marijuana Legalization Threatens These Dogs’ Collars [NY Times]
Some police departments are having to hire new K-9s who have not been trained on marijuana detection. As states relax their marijuana laws, the ability to detect marijuana is becoming obsolete.