drug addiction http://www.kplu.org en Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings http://www.kplu.org/post/heroin-becoming-scourge-20-somethings <p></p><p>There are two versions of this story.</p><p>One is the story of how drug-abuse involving heroin has spiked upward, especially in young adults, over the past decade. Drug experts say people end up on heroin as a last resort, after getting addicted to prescription painkillers.</p><p>That version is in the news this week, and has <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist">made headlines for the past few years</a>, when annual drug trends come out.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:04:51 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9058 at http://www.kplu.org Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings ACLU, public health groups cautioning marijuana rulemakers http://www.kplu.org/post/aclu-public-health-groups-cautioning-marijuana-rulemakers <p>How do you build a whole new industry – and undermine a black market -- without increasing its customer base? &nbsp;</p><p>That’s the challenge state regulators are facing <a href="http://www.liq.wa.gov/marijuana/proposed-producer-rules">as they write the rules</a> that will govern recreational marijuana in Washington. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging caution.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:33:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7963 at http://www.kplu.org ACLU, public health groups cautioning marijuana rulemakers FBI, Seattle police announce oxycodone arrests http://www.kplu.org/post/fbi-seattle-police-announce-oxycodone-arrests <p></p><p>Police and federal agents arrested 21 people Tuesday in raids in the Seattle area and northern California to bust a ring accused of illegally distributing the painkiller oxycodone.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:46:29 +0000 The Associated Press 6114 at http://www.kplu.org FBI, Seattle police announce oxycodone arrests Prescription drug abuse continues decline, but heroin is rising http://www.kplu.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-continues-decline-heroin-rising <p>Not as many people are dying from prescription drug overdoses in Washington &ndash; but heroin abuse appears to be spiking higher. Those figures come from an annual report on drug abuse in the state.</p><p>Heroin abuse peaked in the 1990s. Since then, it&#39;s been a problem primarily for aging drug-addicts. But Caleb Banta-Green of the UW&rsquo;s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute says it&#39;s making a comeback among younger people: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:11:07 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5566 at http://www.kplu.org LSD Gets Another Look As Alcoholism Treatment http://www.kplu.org/post/lsd-gets-another-look-alcoholism-treatment You might be tempted to chuckle about some Norwegian researchers peering back at experiments done during the '60s and '70s with LSD as a treatment for alcoholism.<p>But don't.<p>Their rigorous <a href="http://jop.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/03/08/0269881112439253.abstract">analysis</a>, combining data from six different studies, concludes that one dose of the hallucinogenic drug might just help.<p>The past studies randomly assigned patients to get a strong dose of LSD or something else (another drug, such as amphetamine, a low dose of LSD or nothing special). Fri, 09 Mar 2012 23:13:36 +0000 4393 at http://www.kplu.org LSD Gets Another Look As Alcoholism Treatment Drug abuse trends: Deaths down, with an insidious twist http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist <p>You&#39;ve probably heard the under-world of drug abuse has taken on a new face over the past decade, with the rise of prescription pill addicts.</p><p>The story is more nuanced than that. But before looking at the nuance, here are a few surprising facts and a disturbing trend. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 01:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1822 at http://www.kplu.org Drug abuse trends: Deaths down, with an insidious twist Prescription drug abuse deaths take a surprising drop http://www.kplu.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-deaths-take-surprising-drop <p>There&rsquo;s a glimmer of hope in the struggle against prescription drug abuse.&nbsp; For the first time, the number of overdose deaths from painkillers has gone down in King County. It&rsquo;s also fallen statewide.</p><p>Unfortunately, people hooked on painkillers may be turning to heroin. Heroin abuse used to be confined to Washington&#39;s cities -- primarily Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Everett. Now, it&#39;s appearing for the first time in small towns and rural areas.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 21:48:47 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1819 at http://www.kplu.org Synthetic drug "bath salts" banned in Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/synthetic-drug-bath-salts-banned-washington <p>Why were &quot;bath salts&quot; for sale in head shops? Because they contained stimulants known as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Substituted_cathinone">substituted cathinones </a>that can affect user behavior and judgment. They&#39;ve been growing in popularity as a legal alternative to cocaine or methamphetamine.</p><p>As of April 15th, they&#39;re no longer legal in Washington; the state Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency rules classifying the salts as Class I controlled substances, banning their manufacture, sale, delivery and possession.</p><p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:20:52 +0000 Dave Meyer 1243 at http://www.kplu.org Synthetic drug "bath salts" banned in Washington Are drug courts working? http://www.kplu.org/post/are-drug-courts-working <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-958911.mp3</p><p>Drug courts have long been viewed as a success.&nbsp; The courts give drug offenders charged with non-violent crimes the option of treatment rather than prison.</p><p>The courts, including those in Washington State, have proven effective in reducing repeat offenses. But some critics say too much money is being poured into drug courts. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 19:03:32 +0000 Paula Wissel 1049 at http://www.kplu.org Are drug courts working? Crisis center for mentally unstable opposed by neighbors http://www.kplu.org/post/crisis-center-mentally-unstable-opposed-neighbors <p>A diversion program intended to keep drug abusers and troubled mentally ill people out of hospitals and jails has run into opposition.&nbsp; Neighbors of a proposed new facility in Seattle don’t want it.&nbsp; They say the "Jackson Park" area between Rainier Valley and the Central District already has enough challenges and has become a dumping ground.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:34:54 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 569 at http://www.kplu.org