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CHICAGO -- At age 17 in the 1970s, Marvin Seppala dropped out of high school and became the first adolescent admitted at Hazelden, when treatment for alcoholism was in its infancy. Afterward, he returned to his Minnesota town and finished high school in the homes of merciful teachers. Between relapses, he applied for a job as a janitor at the Mayo Clinic and somehow landed one as a lab tech. The work inspired him to get straight at age 19, go to college, then move ahead to medical school. Now a renowned expert on addiction treatment and psychiatry, Seppala returned to Hazelden (hazelden.org) a few years ago — as chief medical officer. His recovery shows that predisposition to alcohol abuse isn’t doom or destiny.
LEBANON, Ohio — As he sat in the doctor's office, ex-boxer and weightlifter Gerald Dixon explained that years of sports had left him in pain, especially his hands, and he was looking for relief. After a cursory examination at the clinic in West Palm Beach, Fla., Dixon left with a prescription for 180 doses of OxyContin — and a plan to return to his Ohio home and sell them on the street. The trips made by Dixon and others like him — authorities dub them "prescription" or "drug" tourists — have complicated the challenges investigators face trying to stem the flow of painkillers, whose prevalence have made drug overdoses the leading cause of accidental death in dozens of states including Ohio, Florida, Kentucky and Utah, surpassing car crashes.
When Reggie Whitten's oldest son, Brandon, died after in a motorcycle crash in which prescription pain-killers and alcohol were a motivating factor, his life was destroyed. But in those darkest moments he found a small point of light that has grown into new life-long mission to help others and fight the same disease that helped take his son.
I've walked down this hall too many times. So much trepidation. I hear my heart in my head. Will he be dead this time? Today I see his chest rise and fall. There is hope. "Get up! Get up right now!" I'm screaming at my 22-year-old son to get out of bed. He's stretched across the bed, beer cans strewed on the floor. The carpet is sticky. He has an itchy wool blanket covering the window. I flip on the light. His color is gray, dark circles under his eyes. He's so very thin, gaunt really. More nDepths
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Health officials, health care workers and drug control professionals are talking about the problems surrounding Kentucky babies who are born addicted to drugs. The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/17ZQlz1) reports that hospitalizations for addicted newborns increased from 29 in 2000 to 730... Read More
UK braces for unrest after soldier's slaying while also reviewing whether it missed warnings LONDON (AP) — Both of the suspects accused of butchering a British soldier during broad daylight on a London street had long been on the radar of Britain's domestic spy agency, though investigators say it would have been... Read More
My epiphany of sorts this week leapt out at me while I was reading about a journalist's progress against anorexia, an eating disorder that first appeared when she was 10. Kate Taylor of The New York Times wrote, "Now, at 33, I have been healthy for many years." Her self-assessment of personal... Read More
KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee prosecutor says the burgeoning pain pill problem is filling jails beyond capacity with women. Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/13HXKj6) three of the four counties in his district have overcrowded jails,... Read More
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prescription painkiller abuse is rampant in South Carolina, but there's no statewide effort to combat it, the state inspector general said Monday. Inspector General Patrick Maley recommended that legislators, state officials and the medical community work together to rein in the escalating... Read More
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Etowah County say they're going to start cracking down on women who give birth to drug-addicted babies. At a news conference Monday, officials from the Etowah County sheriff and district attorney's office and the Department of Human Resources announced that women whose babies... Read More
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire firefighters are urging the House to pass a casino bill Wednesday to provide more revenue for state programs. David Lang, president of the Professional Fire Fighters Of New Hampshire, said at a Statehouse news conference Monday that the state needs money to pay for mental... Read More
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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Women are daughters, each of us. That's how Tammy Jordan, inspirational author, agriculturist and business owner, views it. So much so, she's sharing her bounty with women unaccustomed to walking through doorways to opportunity. Jordan is calling on her culinary experience and agriculture... Read More
AKRON, Ohio — The young man said he had never gambled in his life. Then he decided to check out the new Hollywood Casino Columbus. Two weeks later, he had lost everything, including the trust of his mom when he stole from her after his cash ran out. Desperate to slam the door on his new addiction, he asked the... Read More
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