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2009-07-20 15:00:00

DENVER, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- SBIRT Colorado (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment), a public health program in Colorado, is offering free training for healthcare providers to help identify substance (alcohol and other drugs) abuse in patients before it becomes a larger problem. By recognizing substance abuse early on, Colorado and other states can save billions of dollars in healthcare costs, according to the Shoveling Up II Report, released May 2009 by The National...

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2009-06-27 13:10:00

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday renewed concerns about an increase of deaths from misuse of prescription pills after rising questions about the possible role of drugs in Michael Jackson's sudden death on Thursday, AFP reported. Jackson collapsed and died of an apparent cardiac arrest at his rented Los Angeles home, and some people close to Jackson revealed on Friday they had been concerned for some time about his use of drugs. Following a mass of incoming calls related to...

2009-06-26 16:07:00

CENTER CITY, Minn., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Marv Seppala, M.D., chief medical officer for renowned substance abuse treatment center Hazelden, is now available for media interviews about the dangers of addiction to prescription drugs - a growing problem that not only impacts wealthy and famous celebrities, but everyday people from teens to older adults. Marv can speak in layman's terms about the complicated disease of addiction, especially addiction to painkillers and other prescription...

2009-06-23 10:00:00

NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- "Addiction is on the upswing, fueled by pressures from our economic downturn," says Howard Meitiner, President and CEO of Phoenix House, the nation's largest non-profit alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention facility. "Eighty-eight percent of the population feels that drug abuse is at either serious or crisis levels today, reflecting the devastating impact that addiction is having on individuals, families, and communities." Says Mr. Meitiner:...

2009-06-11 10:07:00

ANAHEIM, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National figures, stars from the world of sports and entertainment, public health and justice professionals, and Drug Court graduates gathered today in Anaheim, California to celebrate 20 years of Drug Court and call for a Drug Court to be put within reach of every American in need at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) 15th Annual Training Conference. Speaking in front of a crowd representing every U.S. state...

2009-06-04 06:30:00

LOS ANGELES, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is issued by Narconon International. "More drug rehabilitation and broader drug prevention, not less, is needed if we intend long-term reduction in drugs and crime along our border," says Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, a network of over 150 drug rehab and education centers. "The ONDCP, the UNODC, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, in fact, governments everywhere agree that reducing drug demand must...

2009-06-02 07:00:00

Coalition Working to Improve Public Safety, Reduce Costs for Overburdened Justice Agencies WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representatives from more than 50 federal agencies, corporations, nonprofits and academic institutions are meeting today in Washington, D.C., as part of a multi-phase process aimed at mitigating what they call the crippling effects of alcohol misuse and crime in the United States. The third meeting for the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime...

2009-05-27 23:01:00

Of Every Federal And State Dollar Spent, 96 Cents Goes to Shovel up Wreckage of Illness, Crime, Social Ills; Only 2 Cents Goes to Prevention and Treatment WASHINGTON, May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Substance abuse and addiction cost federal, state and local governments at least $467.7 billion in 2005, according to Shoveling Up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets, a new 287-page report released today by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse...

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2009-05-21 14:30:33

The Army's vice chief of staff has warned that Army commanders are failing to punish or seek treatment for a growing number of soldiers who test positive for substance abuse, possibly because they don't want to lose any more combat troops, USA Today reported. Gen. Peter Chiarelli said hundreds of soldiers involved in "substance abuse-related misconduct (including multiple positive urinalyses)" were not processed for possible discharge and that many are not referred to the Army Substance Abuse...

2009-05-11 10:20:57

Nearly one in 12 people exposed to terrorism report increased use and misuse of alcohol, according to researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Michigan. In a study published in the June issue of the journal Addiction, investigators combined data from 31 studies conducted in the aftermath of such incidents as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City Bombings of 1995, and the Intifada uprisings in Israel. The researchers used...


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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'