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New Law Would Allow Supervised Injection Sites in Ireland

Posted on July 3, 2015 in Drug Law News

New Law Would Allow Supervised Injection Sites in IrelandNew legislation is being drafted that would introduce medically supervised injection sites for heroin abusers in Ireland. Although there are many potential benefits to the approach, there are understandable criticisms, and the debate cuts to the heart of the larger issue regarding the role of harm reduction in reducing the drug problem around the world. The legislation was proposed once before and was shot down almost immediately, but the new draft of the legislation might have the power to change minds. The approach has already been instituted in Canada, and it’s likely to become more popular in the U.S. and around the world in response to rising heroin abuse. 

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Teens and the Changing Face of Heroin Addiction

Posted on March 24, 2015 in Heroin

Teens and the Changing Face of Heroin AddictionThe long fingers of heroin addiction have stretched well past the inner cities of the U.S. and now grasp at every corner of the country. The newest and most troubling face of heroin addiction is the high school student.

Heroin use and addiction isn’t restricted to the “bad” kids, either. Athletes, straight-A students, cheerleaders and everyone in between are susceptible to heroin addiction and impacted by this terrible drug. The statistics and news stories are overwhelming evidence that America’s teens are getting lost in heroin. 

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As Prescription Opioid Deaths Dip, Heroin Deaths Double

Posted on November 14, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

As Prescription Opioid Deaths Dip, Heroin Deaths Double Prescription pain relievers are killing fewer people, but heroin deaths are more than making up for it. In fact, heroin deaths doubled from 2010-12, according to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The investigation was spurred by national death rates over 12 years ending in 2010 that saw prescription opioid pain reliever (OPR) overdoses quadruple while heroin overdoses increased by less than 50 percent.

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Mexican Drug Cartels Fueling, Exploiting America’s Heroin Epidemic

Posted on October 28, 2014 in Heroin

Mexican Drug Cartels Fueling, Exploiting America’s Heroin EpidemicNo outside force can impose illegal drugs on reluctant consumers. Drug dealers set up intricate networks to deliver supplies to areas that promise high profit margins, but perpetual demand is what allows them to benefit so handsomely from the misery of others. Put 1,000 drug peddlers in prison and a thousand more will rush in to take their place, which is one reason so many view the war on drugs as a futile enterprise. 

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Editorials Call for End of Marijuana and Heroin Prohibitions

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Research & News

Editorials Call for End of Marijuana and Heroin ProhibitionsTwo recent editorials in the New York Times  and the Boston Globe called on the United States to end its prohibitions on marijuana and heroin, respectively. Both editorials expressed the view that federal bans on these drugs—both currently Schedule I banned substances—have criminalized a large portion of the U.S. population without effectively reducing drug use.

The New York Times editorial, written by the full Times editorial board, compared the 40-year ban on marijuana to the 13-year alcohol Prohibition that lasted from 1920 to 1933. It pointed out that while Prohibition did little to reduce the amount of alcohol that was consumed in the U.S., it did turn many people who had not previously been criminals into criminals. Furthermore, organized crime thrived during Prohibition.

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Heroin Study Shows Importance of Multi-Faceted Treatment

Posted on October 6, 2014 in Heroin

Heroin Study Shows Importance of Multi-Faceted TreatmentDifferent drugs each have their own set of side effects and potentially lethal ramifications. Heroin is no different. The drug, also known as diamorphine, is an opioid analgesic drug that was originally synthetically created in 1874.

Since then, heroin began to be illegally created and sold on streets all over the globe. The heroin compound is inactive until it enters a person’s bloodstream, where it’s converted to morphine. This is the substance that leads to a transcendent state of relaxation, euphoric feelings, and ultimately very dangerous ramifications. 

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Louisiana OKs 99-Year Sentence for Heroin Dealers


Posted on July 14, 2014 in Heroin

Louisiana OKs 99-Year Sentence for Heroin Dealers
Dealing with drug offenders is a challenging topic for politicians. On one side, there are a lot of people looking to liberalize the laws, arguing that harsh punishments for drug offenses are counter-productive, and have not worked—as part of the war on drugs—for over 40 years. On the other side, some argue that more severe punishments will serve as a deterrent, and that the opposite course of action would only exacerbate the problem. There isn’t an easy solution to this dilemma, but most will readily agree that the new approach favored by Louisiana legislators—a 99-year sentence for repeat heroin dealers—is excessive. 

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Contingency Management Helps Recovering Heroin Users Avoid Hepatitis B

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Heroin

Contingency Management Helps Recovering Heroin Users Avoid Hepatitis BHepatitis B is a viral infection that can cause potentially life-threatening damage to the liver. Intravenous (IV) drug use is one of the known risk factors for developing this infection. An effective vaccine for hepatitis B exists, but recovering IV drug users often fail to complete the vaccination process while participating in addiction treatment. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal The Lancet, researchers from several British institutions assessed the effectiveness of a form of behavioral therapy called contingency management in improving the hepatitis B vaccination rate among recovering heroin addicts.

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Using Cocaine and Heroin Greatly Increases Chances of Early Death

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Research & News

Using Cocaine and Heroin Greatly Increases Chances of Early DeathCocaine use in the U.S. appears to be waning slightly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1.9 million Americans used cocaine in 2008. By 2010 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 1.5 million Americans used the drug. Heroin, however, is on the rise. Both substances can lead to fatalities, but just how big is the risk? A recent Spanish study examined mortality rates for those who use cocaine or heroin, finding that users experienced a more than 14-fold increase in death risk.

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Heroin Addiction Reaches the Middle Class

Posted on March 25, 2014 in Heroin

Heroin Addiction Reaches the Middle ClassHeroin, the illegal narcotic once confined to the inner-city, has now reached the suburbs. Heroin use in the United States increased 75 percent between 2007 and 2011, and a huge jump in heroin use among the middle class is largely responsible for this growth.

Prescription painkiller abuse has become a common pathway to heroin use and addiction. Some people who become addicted to prescription opiates, such as OxyContin, switch to heroin because the illegal opiate is much cheaper. Those who began taking painkillers for a legitimate therapeutic purpose may also find it much easier to obtain heroin than prescription pills once their prescriptions have run out.

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