Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#52-Battling the Heroin Crisis in St. Louis in Unique Way-Dan Duncan

Substance Abuse 411-#52-Battling Heroin Crisis in St Louis-Dan Duncan

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Sadly, heroin use across the United States is on the rise. In St. Louis, Missouri, they are seeing a tragic increase in overdose deaths from heroin not only in the inner city but also the affluent suburbs.

In 2010, they had over 200 overdose deaths among young people in the Greater St. Louis area. Because of that, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in the St. Louis region swung into action and came up with a community concept to battle the problem incorporating a website.  That website ( is providing valuable information in one spot for young and old, users, family members and concerned citizens.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Dan Duncan the Director of Community Services with NCADD-St. Louis about the program and how it is bringing awareness of the heroin problem to the forefront in the region.


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#51-Community Response to Opiate Crisis in Great Cincinnati Area-Ann Barnum

Substance Abuse 411-#51-Community Response to Opiate Crisis Greater Cincinnati Area-Ann Barnum

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Heroin use is increasing in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana around the Cincinnati area. Why? Effective laws that are making prescription opiates harder to obtain.

Scioto County in Ohio with a population of 76,000 people had 35 million pain pills prescribed in one year during the height of the prescription drug epidemic.

Now, because of new laws, those addicted to prescription drugs are turning to shooting or snorting heroin.

Substance Abuse 411 talks with Ann Barnum, Senior Program Officer-Substance Abuse Disorders with the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati about the growing problem and what the 15 counties that the organization serves are doing to battle this growing problem.


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#50-Doctors’ Concerns over Patient Ratings May Role in Opioid Prescriptions-Anna Lembke

Substance Abuse 411-#50-Doctors' Concerns Over Patient Ratings May Play Role in Opioid Rx-Anna Lembke


Prescription drug abuse in the United States has been a growing problem in recent years. What if it is being aided by doctors that are worried about NOT prescribing drugs for pain? That is what a recent opinion piece in the New England Journal  of Medicine pondered.

Anna Lembke, a M.D. and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University delved into the problem One of her major points, Americans' have an attitude that "all suffering is avoidable" and that treatment of pain has become the Holy Grail of of compassionate medical care.

Substance Abuse 411 delves deeper into this opinion piece with the author Anna Lembke on this edition.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#49-Community Solutions for Youth in Trouble-Jennifer Carreon

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Substance Abuse 411-#49-Community Solutions for Youth in Trouble-Jennifer Carreon-Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Prevention is always the best policy when it comes to substance abuse.  However, ours is not a perfect world and sadly most of the substance abuse work comes after a problem arises and many times when it rears its ugly head in the justice system.

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition has looked at the incarceration of youth in a recent study and found that keeping the youth closer to home in county situations is much better than sending them off to state facilities far away. That allowed them to stay connected to their family and more likely to focus on rehabilitation and less likely to wind up back in the juvenile justice system.

Jennifer Carreon a policy researcher with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition talks to Substance Abuse 411 about the studies findings and how Texas is working to solve the problem.


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