One man’s journey from alcohol addiction to recovery

Peter Delbert lives in Camelot, but it’s not a fairytale. It’s a 45-bed in-patient substance use disorder rehabilitation center on Staten Island. He’s addicted to alcohol and has been in recovery twice — this time for 10 months. His drink of choice is vodka. “It became my new best friend. It became my family. It … Read more

UW-Madison addresses underage drinking as school year begins

MADISON, Wis. — With the Fall semester just days away, college students have returned to the Madison area. And on Sept. 2, 137 of them were cited for underage drinking. Freshman enrollment at UW-Madison is up 16% compared to last fall. A record 8,465 freshman students will begin studying in just a few days; many … Read more

Addiction Services Council marks Overdose Awareness Day

CINCINNATI — hundreds of crosses dot the garden outside Cincinnati’s Addiction Services Council, casting long, haunting shadows onto the grass. Those who work for the council said about 350 names came from the Hamilton County quick response team and another 200 were reported by friends and family. Each represents a life lost to drug overdose. … Read more

How a former Ky. teacher aims to help others in recovery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For 13 years, teaching was a passion for Jessica Dueñas. She had worked in Jefferson and Oldham County school districts and in 2019, she was named the Kentucky State Teacher of the Year. “Obviously, the biggest honor I’ve ever had and because of that, it’s allowed me to impact so many people,” … Read more

How a former Ky. teacher aims to help others in recovery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For 13 years, teaching was a passion for Jessica Dueñas. She had worked in Jefferson and Oldham County school districts and in 2019, she was named the Kentucky State Teacher of the Year. “Obviously, the biggest honor I’ve ever had and because of that, it’s allowed me to impact so many people,” … Read more

An FDA proposal could make cigarettes less addictive

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the US While gains have been made to curb smoking rates nationwide, federal health officials are taking direct aim at cigarettes, with the goal of pushing allowable nicotine levels down to a non-addictive level. Will it make a difference? National Health Reporter Erin Billups … Read more

Desperate need for more addiction treatment facilities

MONROE, NC — One addiction center is trying to address the growing need for more addiction treatment beds in Union County. What You Need To Know According to the state Department of Health and Human Services there was a 40% increase in overdose deaths in 2020 compared to the previous year In 2021 overdose deaths … Read more

Asheville man explains how he battled through addiction

ASHEVILLE, NC — A problem emerging across North Carolina has doctors on high alert. What You Need To Know More than 60% of overdose deaths in 202 involved multiple substances, such as methamphetamine and fentanyl Mixing depressants and stimulants can cause several dangerous side effects, such as stroke, respiratory failure, heart attack, aneurysm or death … Read more

Buffalo community members concerned over addiction clinic

BUFFALO, NY — The latest opioid statistics for Erie County show a continued trend in the wrong direction. The county saw its highest number of opioid-related deaths in 2016 at 301. It trended downward from there, down to 156 in 2019. But then, the pandemic hit. That’s when we saw a spike of 246 deaths … Read more

Montgomery County woman helps others overcome addiction

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio — In 2016, Montgomery County in southwest Ohio made national headlines as the overdose capital of the United States. With 317 deaths the year before, the county coroner proclaimed drug overdoses “a mass casualty event.” What You Need To Know Pain medication presciptions, Fentanyl and lack of mental health services to blame. … Read more