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White Americans Are Dying Younger as Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises

Posted on – April 20, 2016 By Sabrina Tavernise

Oxycodone pills

Oxycodone pills are sometimes prescribed for patients with chronic pain. Drug overdoses are reducing average lifespans for the white population as a whole. – John Moore/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Life expectancy declined slightly for white Americans in 2014, according to new federal data, a troubling sign that distress among younger and middle-age whites who are dying at ever-higher rates from drug overdoses is lowering average life spans for the white population as a whole.

The new federal data, drawn from all deaths recorded in the country in 2014, showed that life expectancy for whites dropped to 78.8 years in 2014 from 78.9 in 2013. Men and women had declines, but because of statistical rounding, the decline did not appear as sharp among men.

Life expectancy for women fell to 81.1 in 2014 from 81.2 in 2013. The average life span for men also fell, but not enough to sink below 76.5 years, their life expectancy in 2013.

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The fear of using heroin is going away, and what comes next could be terrifying

Posted on Business Insider – March 7, 2016 by Harrison Jacobs

It’s no secret that heroin use is hitting record numbers in the US.

Erin Daly

Erin Marie Daly and her brother, Pat.

For journalist Erin Marie Daly, that fact became disturbingly real in 2009 when her 20-year-old brother, Pat, died of a heroin overdose.

In the intervening years, the problem has become only worse, with heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupling between 2002 and 2013, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Since Pat’s overdose, Daly has tried to understand her brother’s death by investigating the causes and effects of his and hundreds of thousands of others’ addictions to heroin and prescription opioids. In 2014, she collected her findings into a book: “Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis.”

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Wasted – The Nature of Things: Science, Wildlife and Technology – CBC-TV

Posted on CBC-TV – January 21, 2016

Maureen Palmer with Mike Pond in Vancouver

Filmmaker Maureen Palmer set out to make a documentary following her partner Mike Pond — a psychotherapist and an alcoholic five years sober — as he searched for the best new evidence-based addiction treatments. The intent was to help others battling substance use disorders

But to the couple’s shock and dismay, shortly after filming began, Mike drank again. In Wasted, Mike and Maureen’s attitudes and assumptions about addiction are tested in real time as the couple search for a treatment that will work for Mike.  A theoretical journey becomes very real and deeply personal.

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Girls’ Night Out

Posted on CBC-TV – February 25

Girls’ Night Out tackles the prevalent and often dangerous culture of binge drinking and young women, with the eye of a reporter, the curiosity of an anthropologist, and the sometimes-wounded heart of a teenage girl. A deeply personal point-of-view film embedded in the stories of young women engaged in, and in ‘recovery’ from, this toxic epidemic, Girls’ Night Out offers an intimate conversation around this very serious issue and explores the all-too-ubiquitous story of what’s happening to 80% of the young women at university campuses across North America with often damaging consequences.

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Nova Scotia doctor alarmed by growing number of younger alcoholics

Posted on CBC News – March 2, 2016 by Jean Laroche

Dr. Warren Fieldus, an emergency room physician, is worried about the growing number of young people who need help for serious alcohol abuse. (CBC)

At Nova Scotia’s largest hospital, treating people who are drunk or suffering from alcohol-related injuries is commonplace.

But what really worries Dr. Warren Fieldus, an emergency room physician at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, is the growing number of young people who need help for serious alcohol abuse.

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Now that Dry January is over, could you go a whole year without beer?

Posted on The Telegraph – February 1, 2016 by Jonathan Wells

Credit: OneYearNoBeer

For those who managed to drag themselves, kicking and screaming, through the dreary days of January without a drink, February the first must have seemed like the glittering light at the end of the tunnel.

But now, a new and considerably more ambitious campaign is looking to stretch the sobriety over an entire year. Capitalising on the success of ‘Dry January’, a group of like-minded triathletes and mud racers have teamed up with the Professional Footballers’ Association and have created ‘OneYearNoBeer‘.

Co-creator and ex-professional footballer Andy Ramage tells me why sobriety is a tough, but worthy, pursuit.

“OneYearNoBeer started out of frustration,” says Ramage. “Frustration that there was nothing available for someone who is not an alcoholic – but who is fed up with hangovers and regret – to stop drinking.

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Study: Future Lawyers Are Hiding Depression and Drug and Alcohol Use

Some law students fear that getting help for addiction and mental health problems will hurt their chances of becoming lawyers.

Posted On BloombergBusiness – January 8, 2106 – Author: Natalie Kitroeff

Some of America’s future lawyers are hiding drug, alcohol, and depression problems instead of seeking help, a new report shows. Law students with addiction and mental health issues may be afraid to report the problems because they think that doing so would jeopardize their chances of being admitted to the bar or getting a good job after graduating, according to the study, which was conducted by a law professor, a dean of law students, and the programming director of a nonprofit focused on lawyers’ mental health. It was published last month in the Bar Examiner, an industry magazine.

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Are you an alcoholic? It’s not as obvious as you might think

Posted on Yahoo Style – 01/05/2016 – Author: Robin Roberts

Chances are you raised a glass of something bubbly during a toast to a Happy New Year. Chances are you followed that toast with a resolution to make the year ahead better than the one before. And chances are one of those vows included cutting back — or out — on the very cheer you used to ring in a happier, healthier future. Why? Maybe because you’ve spent one too many nights praying to the porcelain god, one too many mornings wondering what you did the night before, one more wasted day nursing a wicked hangover. Maybe it’s because you’re afraid. Afraid you’re becoming — gulp — an alcoholic. But how can you know for sure?

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Hiding an addiction – 3 questions to ask yourself

Maggie Harmon July 25, 2014

Some people are good at hiding their addiction from the world, and from themselves, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real… and it doesn’t mean that there is no impact from the addicted behavior. Denying an addiction problem is an expected self-defense mechanism for people with substance abuse problems and their families. So, how can you address addiction which is affecting an entire family group?

Here, we bring light to the subject of hiding addictions. While families and individuals remain functional on the outside, hidden addictions can eat you up from the inside. More here on addiction, dysfunction, and families, with a section for your comments or questions at the end. Read More …

The set up – Living with addiction

Tian Dayton MA, PhD, TEP 

What Happens to the Family When Addiction Becomes Part of It?

Families where addiction is present are oftentimes painful to live in, which is why those who live with addiction may become traumatized to varying degrees by the experience. Broad swings, from one end of the emotional, psychological and behavioral spectrum to the other, all too often characterize the addicted family system. Living with addiction can put family members under unusual stress. Normal routines are constantly being interrupted by unexpected or even frightening kinds of experiences that are part of living with drug use. What is being said often doesn’t match up with what family members sense, feel beneath the surface or see right in front of their eyes. The drug user as well as family members may bend, manipulate and deny reality in their attempt to maintain a family order that they experience as gradually slipping away. The entire system becomes absorbed by a problem that is slowly spinning out of control. Little things become big and big things get minimized as pain is denied and slips out sideways. Read More …

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