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Co-dependency and Addiction

An addict’s road to recovery can be compromised by a person who exhibits co-dependency symptoms. If you are living with an addict or a recovering one, do you have co-dependency habits that can get in the way of full recovery of a person in a womens drug rehab center in Vancouver? Here are some signs […]

via Signs of Co-Dependency and How it Affects Addiction — Westminster House


Harm reduction and recovery advocacy — Addiction & Recovery News

If you have a couple of minutes, check out Chris Budnick’s interview with Kevin McCauley. The whole conversation is great, but 24:15 to 25:50 really leapt out at me. Kevin shares his mom’s reaction to learning of his addiction and harm reduction as a “deeply humane response” to what is often perceived as a “set of unsolvable […]

via Harm reduction and recovery advocacy — Addiction & Recovery News

Addressing the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic

The United States is in the midst of an epidemic. The small county I work in reports 3-5 calls per day for opiate related overdoses. Treatment programs from around the area have huge wait lists and people are dying every day. Experts at a recent round table discussion on the problem are predicting that it […]


Study: Burden of Disease Associated with Alcohol-use Disorders Higher Than Previously Thought

Study: Burden of Disease Associated with Alcohol-use Disorders Higher Than Previously Thought

In a paper published online last week in the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, a group of international researchers have brought fresh eyes to a familiar data set: the NIAAA’s NESARC. Whereas past studies have estimated the alcohol-attributable global burden of disease, or rates of alcohol-attributable deaths and years of life lost, no study has focused specifically on the burden of disease in the United States associated with alcohol-use disorders (AUD). This is important, the authors note, because alcohol-use disorders (including “abuse” and “dependence” from DSM or “the harmful use of alcohol” from ICD) “were identified as the largest disease category contributing to the alcohol-attributable global burden of disease for the year 2004, making up approximately one-third of this burden.” By using US-specific data, including population and death statistics as well as Waves 1 and 2 of the NESARC, the authors were able to estimate the burden of disease from AUD in the US in 2005.
“In the United States in 2005, 65,000 deaths, 1,152,000 years of life lost due to premature mortality (YLL), 2,443,000 years of life lost due to disability (YLD), and 3,595,000 disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost were associated with AUD. For individuals 18 years of age and older, AUD were associated with 3% of all deaths (5% for men and 1% for women), and 5% of all YLL (7% for men and 2% for women). The majority of the burden of disease associated with AUD stemmed from YLD, which accounted for 68% of DALYs associated with AUD (66% for men and 74% for women). The youngest age group had the largest proportion of DALYs associated with AUD stemming from YLD.”

Some figures from the article:

Prevalence of alcohol use disorders by category, sex, and age in 2005.  And:

Proportion of all deaths associated with alcohol use disorders in 2005, by sex and age You can read the abstract of the paper by Rehm, et al. here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acer.12331/abstract

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DUI Blood Test Warrants Crucial for Enforcement of “No Refusal Zones”

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A suspected drunk driver may be able to refuse a breathalyzer test, but officers in an increasing number of cities adopting “No Refusal” initiatives are now seeking warrants for blood draws to determine a suspect’s blood alcohol content. In instances where a breath test is refused by the driver, officers can immediately apply to a judge for a DWI/DUI search warrant via telephone or other electronic communication, allowing blood tests to be performed quickly to reflect accurate alcohol levels at the time of the arrest.

The conviction of impaired drivers during expanding “No Refusal” efforts is streamlined by electronic warrant acquisition, a process that can take around 90 minutes, according to case studies. Net Transcripts’ services offer transcription of these audio search warrants for agency files, court records, and investigations. Transcripts will be promptly returned in a few hours, so officers can meet deadlines to present the document…

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