Drug addiction – NCSAPCB http://ncsapcb.org/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 03:37:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ncsapcb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Drug addiction – NCSAPCB http://ncsapcb.org/ 32 32 As Opioid Trial Ends, Judge Jokes About ‘Generous’ Timelines https://ncsapcb.org/as-opioid-trial-ends-judge-jokes-about-generous-timelines/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:23:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/as-opioid-trial-ends-judge-jokes-about-generous-timelines/
By Bonnie Eslinger (June 27, 2022, 10:23 p.m. EDT) — A San Francisco federal judge who has imposed strict deadlines on a bench trial in a multidistrict opioid litigation noted Monday that both sides concluded their cases in the 45 hours allocated to them. , prompting him to wonder to laughter from the courtroom if he “was just too generous.”

Senior U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer’s comment came late in the day’s proceedings in a trial that began April 25. The lawsuit filed by San Francisco claims drugmakers Teva and Allergan, distributor Anda and drugstore giant Walgreens illegally fueled the city’s opioid crisis.

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Drug addiction more dangerous than COVID, says NTR district collector https://ncsapcb.org/drug-addiction-more-dangerous-than-covid-says-ntr-district-collector/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 20:11:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/drug-addiction-more-dangerous-than-covid-says-ntr-district-collector/

Educational institutions should use psychologists to counsel students: Dilli Rao

Educational institutions should use psychologists to counsel students: Dilli Rao

Drug addiction among young people has become one of the biggest threats to society and it is more dangerous than the novel coronavirus, NTR District Collector S. Dilli Rao said.

Mr Rao was speaking at the ‘Choose Life’ symposium organized by the Indian Red Cross District Chapter on the eve of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at the Academy auditorium Siddhartha here on Saturday.

He said ganja consumption was highest in Visakhapatnam, West Godavari and NTR districts of the state. “Previously, drug abuse and addiction were seen in students, but now it is found in 15-year-olds. The habit starts with tasting the drug and ends up being completely unable to live without it. It destroys lives,” Mr. Rao said.

He said schools and colleges should appoint psychologists and counsel students. He asked students to report any sale or use of drugs to the toll-free number 14500.

MLC KS Lakshman Rao, IRCS District Chairman Dr. G. Samaram, Deputy Police Commissioner Venkata Ratnam, Superintendent of Excise and Prohibition T. Showry, District A Legal Services Authority Secretary Padma, psychiatrist Dr Vijaya Lakshmi, students from PB Siddhartha College of Arts and Sciences, Government Polytechnic and PSCMR College of Engineering and Technology were present.

A Tamagotchi-like accessory could help keep screen addicts away from their phones https://ncsapcb.org/a-tamagotchi-like-accessory-could-help-keep-screen-addicts-away-from-their-phones/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 15:39:52 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/a-tamagotchi-like-accessory-could-help-keep-screen-addicts-away-from-their-phones/

A new Tamagotchi-like device that encourages screen addicts not to use their phones has been designed by a Brunel Design School student.

Don’t Kill Murph encourages users to keep their phone in their pockets by rewarding good screen habits with treats and items for their virtual pet, Murph.

If the user slips and starts scrolling aimlessly on their phone, a dark cloud moves away over Murph, eventually crushing it after 30 minutes of continuous scrolling.

“I was looking at behavior change models for smokers and other forms of addiction,” said designer James Battishill, 24, from Gloucestershire.

“And although phone addiction is not currently considered a medically diagnosed addiction, a large group of researchers believe it should be, as it has effects such as loneliness, low self-esteem and poor sleep.There are so many mental health issues that can result from this.

Battishill said that aside from the obvious nod to the late ’90s hit toy, the Tamagotchi, Don’t Kill Murph is inspired by gamification theory and the work of Fitbit, which aims to get people moving by rewarding them for hitting a certain number of steps per day.

The designer said that while most modern phones now have apps that monitor screen time and usage, they’re good for showing a user their screen habits, but don’t do much to help her use her phone less.

“Our phones are designed to be addictive, and that’s the rub,” Battishill said. “So, in slightly paradoxical terms, I’m trying to use some of the techniques that the phone companies use to keep you on your phone to get by.”

The concept device, which was unveiled at Made in Brunel, the flagship exhibition for Brunel Design School students, connects to an app on the user’s phone via Bluetooth to collect screen time data .

Certain apps, such as the Phone app, will be excluded from Murph’s attentions, however, so as not to discourage people from adopting healthy habits such as talking to friends and family on the phone.

When the player is not using their phone, their character Murph receives coins to build their city of Murphtopia. They also have to feed their character, which is rewarded with a worm every time a user goes half an hour without looking at their phone.

However, if the player finds themselves scrolling endlessly on their phone, they risk overwriting their Murph and restarting the game.

“If you look at companies like Fitbit, they’ve had success using wearables to get people to do things that take effort, like running and walking,” Battishill said.

“People are getting addicted to this system. They know they’re playing a game, and their behavior can really change.

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New survey aims to track addiction recovery resources in Indiana https://ncsapcb.org/new-survey-aims-to-track-addiction-recovery-resources-in-indiana/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:30:30 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/new-survey-aims-to-track-addiction-recovery-resources-in-indiana/

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's Mental Health and Addiction Division plans to use new survey data to make future decisions about how and where to fund resources for addiction recovery.  - FSSA

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Mental Health and Addiction Division plans to use new survey data to make future decisions about how and where to fund resources for addiction recovery.


State leaders hope Hoosiers will participate in a survey to measure people’s well-being and gauge the overall availability of addiction recovery resources statewide.

The Family and Social Services Administration’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division’s Recovery Capital Index Survey will help state leaders make future decisions about how and where to fund resources. for addiction recovery.

Recovery capital is the overall measure of the resources available to someone with a substance use disorder, such as access to health care, transportation, and education. For a person living with a substance use disorder, a larger recovery capital increases the likelihood that the person will remain in recovery.

The ROI will measure the resources needed for a person to begin and stay in recovery from addiction and help track the state’s overall recovery capital.

In a press release, DMHA Director Jay Chaudhary said recovery isn’t just about sobriety.

“A full and fulfilling life is the key to a successful recovery,” Chaudhary said. “The Recovery Capital Index will help the state measure the quality of life for recovering Hoosiers and ensure that Indiana remains a great place to recover.”

The Recovery Capital Index uses an online survey that aims to measure an individual’s general well-being from a holistic perspective.

To complete the Recovery Capital Index survey, text RECOVERY to 833-638-3784. All Hoosiers are encouraged to complete the survey, not just those with substance use disorders, as broad participation will help the agency better understand the state’s recovery capital.

Participants can choose to remain anonymous.

To help encourage participation in the survey, the nonprofit organization Overdose Lifeline, Inc. will place stickers on more than 200 NaloxBox units and 19 naloxone vending machines throughout Indiana. The stickers will have QR codes and the numbers needed to access the survey. The stickers will also contain additional information and training videos on naloxone – the opioid overdose reversal drug.

Contact journalist Darian Benson at dbenson@wfyi.org. Follow on Twitter: @helloimdarian.

$3 billion to fight fentanyl-driven opioid epidemic https://ncsapcb.org/3-billion-to-fight-fentanyl-driven-opioid-epidemic/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:17:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/3-billion-to-fight-fentanyl-driven-opioid-epidemic/

Two years ago, Alicia Busha’s outlook on life was bleak.

“I hope it’s not dead,” she remembers thinking.

But now she knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle through the depths of addiction.

“They really help you, if you really want to,” she said.

What do you want to know

  • There have been four fatal overdoses at Schenectady in the past week
  • Albany reports that every month this year overdose responses have exceeded the three-year average
  • Senator Chuck Schumer is proposing a two-part plan, including a $3 billion increase in funding to bolster addiction services

Busha talks about the staff at the Albany Addiction Center.

“ACC definitely gave me another chance to rebuild my life,” she said. “Not just for me, but for my children.”

Busha shared her story with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and others on Monday as the Capital Region and other parts of New York grappled with a wave of fatal overdoses.

“Schenectady had four fatal overdoses in a single week,” Schumer said.

Albany also reports that every month this year overdose responses have exceeded the three-year average.

Despite the numbers, the senator said the areas are not designated as high-intensity drug trafficking areas.

“That’s where the federal government coordinates with local law enforcement to stop this flow of drugs coming into the capital area,” Schumer said.

Changing that designation is part of what Schumer is advocating in Washington.

“We desperately lack the kind of facilities we have here,” he said.

The senator is also proposing an investment of more than $3 billion to strengthen prevention, treatment and recovery services like those offered at ACC.

“We seemed to be making progress before 2020,” ACC CEO Keith Stack said. “But the COVID-forced isolation has created real problems.”

Schumer pointed to the problems during other visits across the state on Monday, including to Onondaga County, where there were nearly 200 fatal overdoses last year.

“Illicit fentanyl is today’s problem,” Stack said. “And that’s really driving the opioid epidemic.”

As Busha prepares to take her next step in recovery on Tuesday, she was proof of what can be accomplished when the right resources are on the line.

“I’m a little scared,” she said. “But I’m also happy to get on with my life, with my son and other children.”

EU prepares to extend drug agency mandate as illicit drug production rises – EURACTIV.com https://ncsapcb.org/eu-prepares-to-extend-drug-agency-mandate-as-illicit-drug-production-rises-euractiv-com/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 16:34:15 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/eu-prepares-to-extend-drug-agency-mandate-as-illicit-drug-production-rises-euractiv-com/

The EU Drugs Monitor faces an expanded mandate as the EU has become a major producer of illicit drugs for national and global use, with links between European and international criminal groups growing stronger.

Europe is changing from a predominantly drug-consuming market to a drug-producing market, according to the latest European Drugs Report from the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

The report comes as EU institutions prepare to extend the EMCDDA’s mandate from a watchdog to a full-fledged agency.

The Commission proposed the extension in January and the negotiating mandate was adopted by the Council on 9 June. Soon, the European Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) will take charge of the file.

Parliament’s rapporteur, Socialist MEP Isabel Santos, hopes for “increased resources and increased capacity to properly equip the future agency with the right tools,” she told EURACTIV.

“As the drug landscape always seems to be one step ahead, it is critical that the agency is able to have both a strengthened surveillance and analytical capacity system, but also a mechanism faster and more effective response to emerging threats and trends,” Santos added.

The MEP underlined that the European drugs market is constantly changing, increasingly diverse and very dynamic – characteristics confirmed by the EMCDDA report on drugs.

While the Drug Watch Agency has played a crucial role in collecting data on the bloc’s drug markets, more tools are needed “to operate successfully in such a complex environment as we are now experiencing. in Europe”, said the rapporteur.

Despite the intention to transform the EMCDDA into a full-fledged agency, Santos added that it will essentially remain a provider of data to help member states develop informed policies.

More international crimes

High levels of innovation, digitalisation, increased choice and increased production of synthetic drugs have resulted in stronger ties between European and international crime syndicates, according to the EMCDDA report.

“There is increased cooperation between organized crime groups in the EU and Mexican cartels, especially for methamphetamine,” EMCDDA director Alexis Goosdeel told a press conference on the findings of the report, Tuesday 14 June.

EMCDDA evidence shows that some of the dismantled laboratories in EU territory with industrial methamphetamine production capacity used either Mexican cooks or their methamphetamine recipes and production methods.

Goosdeel explained that there is a need for more profiling of drugs circulating in the EU, reiterating the need for an extension of the EMCDDA’s mandate to give them more capacity.

He also added that they had received information from Europol and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that Mexican cartels were seeking to expand their control over global drug trafficking.

“The fact that they seem to be more closely associated with certain production units in Europe kind of confirms that,” Goosdeel said, adding that there is also closer cooperation between the EU and Mexico in an attempt to prevent this development.

COVID-19 has changed digital drug consumption habits

In addition to greater international collaboration, changes have also been observed during COVID-19. EURACTIV previously reported that drug use had returned to normal levels in Europe after social distancing restrictions and full lockdowns.

The EMCDDA sees a change in the way medicines are distributed online.

“The report shows that – like all of us – traffickers have increasingly gone online during the pandemic. Buying and selling drugs via social media is now commonplace,” Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told the press conference.

It has long been known that drugs can be purchased from websites on the dark web, but the change the report finds is that “social media apps and encrypted services appear to be more commonly used to facilitate drug purchases” .

However, there has also been an increase in the use of online platforms to address and manage drug issues during the pandemic.

[Edited by Alice Taylor/Nathalie Weatherald]

Nonprofit Encourages Pets While Owners Receive Drug Treatment https://ncsapcb.org/nonprofit-encourages-pets-while-owners-receive-drug-treatment/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:17:37 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/nonprofit-encourages-pets-while-owners-receive-drug-treatment/

Scott Bailey, who has been recovering from meth and heroin for six months, has two cats who are cared for by PAWSitive Recovery while he lives soberly.

“I’ve been here for about a month and a half. Before that, I was in hotels,” Bailey told Rocky Mountain PBS. “This [PAWSitive Recovery] give them a place so I don’t have to worry about them. I know they are in good hands. Serena is great and gives me updates so I can focus on myself.

Through the non-profit organization, pet owners undergoing treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction receive free care for their pets as well as basic veterinary treatments such as vaccinations. The non-profit foster program places any animal considered a pet in a home.

“I’m currently raising two guinea pigs at the moment. We take dogs, cats, gerbils, bearded dragons,” Saunders said. “You name it, we can do it.”

The organization also facilitates pet visits to treatment centers so that owners receiving treatment “give them something to look forward to,” Saunders said.

Saunders believes PAWSitive Recovery fills a need that has existed for years when it comes to getting addicts to recover.

“One of the biggest barriers that keeps people from getting treatment is their pets,” Saunders explained. “Often these people have experienced real trauma in their lives and animals have been the only thing that has given them constant love and support.”

Now, what the nonprofit needs most are people willing to take in animals. The app to favor can be found here.

“We need people in recovery or people who are passionate about people and animals to contact us if they are available to host us,” Saunders said.

For Bailey, knowing his cats are safe while he takes care of him is one of the things that keeps him sober as he begins to recover.

” If I did not have [PAWSitive Recovery], I was going to have to take them to a shelter and I don’t think I would have done well with the recovery,” Bailey said. “I probably would have relapsed again.”

Dana Knowles is a media reporter at Rocky Mountain PBS and can be reached at danaknowles@rmpbs.org.

Brian Willie is head of content production at Rocky Mountain PBS. You can reach him at brianwillie@rmpbs.org.

New SF supervisor pushes for police crackdown in ‘drug enforcement priority areas’ https://ncsapcb.org/new-sf-supervisor-pushes-for-police-crackdown-in-drug-enforcement-priority-areas/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:03:48 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/new-sf-supervisor-pushes-for-police-crackdown-in-drug-enforcement-priority-areas/ San Francisco’s newest supervisor pushes plan for police to prioritize apprehending drug dealers and confiscating illegal drugs from users in areas where people seek help with drug addiction .

The plan is part of a larger ‘right to recovery’ initiative that supervisor Matt Dorsey is drafting as he tries to deal with the fentanyl crisis unfolding in SoMa and other parts. of his district where overdoses are high and city officials want to connect more people to treatment.

Dorsey, who is recovering, said her goal was to make it easier for people to access treatment without being close to using or dealing drugs in public.

Dorsey sent a letter Tuesday to City Attorney David Chiu asking for his office’s help in drafting legislation that would create “drug enforcement priority zones” around facilities that serve people with addiction-related disorders. substance or alcohol use.

A former police spokesman appointed by the mayor of London Breed in May, Dorsey said the legislation would not change any drug laws. In the zones, the police would be asked to immediately confiscate users’ drugs and paraphernalia – whether cited or not – and immediately arrest anyone selling illegal drugs.

Actor Shakti Kapoor’s son detained in Bangalore for drug addiction https://ncsapcb.org/actor-shakti-kapoors-son-detained-in-bangalore-for-drug-addiction/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 04:48:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/actor-shakti-kapoors-son-detained-in-bangalore-for-drug-addiction/

Bollywood actor Siddhanth Kapoor has been arrested for taking drugs at a rave party at a hotel in the city, police said on Monday.

“Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor’s son Siddhant Kapoor is confirmed to have taken drugs. He tested positive for drug use in the blood test report. Therefore, he was brought to the Ulsoor Police Station,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Dr Bheemashankar S Guled told reporters. .

Police say the rave party was taking place at a posh hotel in MG Road on Sunday evening when a police team raided the scene and arrested them.

Besides Kapoor, five other people were arrested, police sources said.

Police had uncovered drug abuse in a section of Kannada’s film industry in 2020. They then arrested actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani and former minister Jeevaraj Alva’s son, Aditya Alva.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Drug overdose deaths are on the rise; fentanyl responsible for 75% https://ncsapcb.org/drug-overdose-deaths-are-on-the-rise-fentanyl-responsible-for-75/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 21:36:00 +0000 https://ncsapcb.org/drug-overdose-deaths-are-on-the-rise-fentanyl-responsible-for-75/

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Drug overdose deaths spiked in Virginia in 2016, and that’s when fentanyl came into play, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.

Deaths rose again in 2020 when lockdowns began. Fentanyl is the main culprit in these deaths.

The substance is used to treat severe pain, but there is also a high risk of addiction and dependency. Fentanyl is so deadly because it is often disguised as other, less potent drugs.

“We usually don’t just find pure fentanyl. It is usually mixed with something else. Some of the counterfeit pills. You get a lot of that in those,” Staunton Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Butch Shifflett said.

Most of the time, people who use fentanyl don’t know it’s there.

“A tiny amount of fentanyl in your medications can really contribute to an overdose,” said Rosie Hobron, a state forensic epidemiologist with the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

US reports show that most fentanyl in the US is smuggled from Mexico. Before Mexico became the main supplier of illicit fentanyl, it was China, according to the DEA.

“There’s a lot more fentanyl crossing the southern border and being trafficked into the United States,” Hobron said.

Shifflett said Staunton police have recorded 22 reports of drug overdoses this year. In 2021, they took 38 over the whole year.

“We are already halfway there and we have just reached halfway through the year. We’re about to have more reports this year for overdoses,” Shifflett said.

Fentanyl is responsible for around 75% of all drug overdose deaths in the Commonwealth. In the Valley, about half of those deaths are fentanyl-related.

“There are a large number of deaths from methamphetamine overdoses. Nothing like fentanyl, but it’s something we see in the southwest area of ​​Virginia,” said Hobron.

For help with addiction, seek advice or emergency help. You can call the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) hotline at 1-800-662-4357.

“Addiction is something that’s being treated around the world right now, and it’s like, how do you deal with it? There’s help out there. The first thing to do is ask for that help” , Shifflett said.

The ultimate goal is to help people struggling with addiction get sober, but harm reduction techniques reduce the likelihood of dying from an overdose. You can test your unregulated medications for fentanyl with test strips.

Hobron also recommended if you are going to use drugs, use them with other people, so if you overdose someone can give you Narcan or Naloxone or call for help.

You can learn more about local harm reduction efforts through Strength in Peers. Mid-Atlantic Recovery Center is an opioid treatment center in Waynesboro.

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