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Fentanyl: The king of all opiates, and a killer drug crisis
It’s stronger than heroin and more potent than OxyContin. It’s also cheap, ubiquitous, and incredibly deadly. Inside the rise of fentanyl.

Michael MortonMacleans.ca— Michael Morton and his friend had a plan, and they’d done their homework. It started with the opportunity for high school co-op placements at local pharmacies, and a favourite rap song that rattled off a list of drugs to abuse. “OxyContin, Xanax bars, Percocets and Loritab,” Lil Wyte rhymed in Oxy Cotton. “Valiums, morphine, patches, ecstasy. And it’s all up for grab.” Within weeks of starting their jobs, the two teens from Barrie, Ont., had pilfered enough prescription narcotics to start their own drugstore. And via the Internet, they researched how to best misuse them, right down to the dosages and the proper order in which to take them in order to build up tolerance. More...

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Too Many MDs Fail to Grasp Pain Pill Addiction

Too Many MDs Fail to Grasp Pain Pill AddictionPsychCentral.com – A new survey has found that many primary care physicians — the top prescribers of prescription pain pills — lack a general understanding of how people abuse opioids or how addictive different formulations of the drugs can be.

“Physicians and patients may mistakenly view these medicines as safe in one form and dangerous in another, but these products are addictive no matter how you take them,” said study leader G. Caleb Alexander, M.D., M.S., an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology and co-director of the school’s Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness. More...
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Heroin Overdose Rates Drop in Parts of Ohio

TheFix.com — Miami Valley officials are crediting the life-saving heroin antidote naloxone with the drop in overdoses.
As news outlets continue to report a rise in the number of heroin-related overdoses and deaths across the United States, the Miami Valley region of southern Ohio is experiencing a drop in overdose admissions to area hospitals. More...

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Doctors and pharmacists tricked into handing over oxycodone

OxyCodoneCBC News – Dozens of doctors and pharmacists failed to catch an impostor who duped them into handing over 23,000 painkillers during a five-year drug shopping spree using two women's stolen care cards, B.C. regulators say.

The B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Pharmacists began investigating after a CBC Go Public investigation exposed how easily Audrey Gettings was able to use two other women's personal health numbers to get oxycodone using a convincing story about back pain.

"She went in screaming about a sore back and she was able to get 400 or 600 oxys," Sandra Adamson said of the impostor, who used her care card number to fool physicians and pharmacists. More...

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Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?
The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.

Illustration by Andrew Rae 

New York Times Eighteen vials were rocking back and forth on a squeaky mechanical device the shape of a butcher scale, and Mark Lyte was beside himself with excitement. ‘‘We actually got some fresh yesterday — freshly frozen,’’ Lyte said to a lab technician. Each vial contained a tiny nugget of monkey feces that were collected at the Harlow primate lab near Madison, Wis., the day before and shipped to Lyte’s lab on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Abilene, Tex.
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Substance Abuse Treatment Counselors Say Workplace Violence is Common

drugfree.org - Counselors at substance use disorder treatment programs say violence against them is common, a new study finds. More than half said they personally experienced violence, 44 percent witnessed violence, and 61 percent had knowledge of violence directed at a colleague.

The study is the first to measure the extent of workplace violence in treatment programs across the United States, according to News-Medical.net.

“We know that workplace violence disproportionately impacts health care and social service providers,” lead author Brian E. Bride of George State University said in a news release. “Our goal was to quantify its existence in substance abuse treatment centers, identify personal and institutional responses, and identify any characteristics that may put counselors at greater risk.” More...

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I was a little kid who had CHUM on my radio all day and under my pillow at night growing up! All of my heroes were deejays on CHUM, and I was determined I was going to be one! Never did work at CHUM Toronto, although I was with the company off and on over 20 years in other Canadian markets. I got into radio at the University of Waterloo and the rest is history, I guess.

2. Your current radio gig is hosting "People Helping People," a show about addictions on CFRB every week, which you started way back in the CKLW days -- in recovery, you've become a certified addiction counselor and you're using it on the air. What compelled you to take your personal experiences and use them to help others in this manner? What drives you to pay it forward, in a manner of speaking?  More...
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