January 3, 2015 |
Everybody knows it's really hard for smokers to quit. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania think a quick brain scan could someday make quitting easier - or at least more effective. In a recent study, they found that certain changes in the brain, visible using technology that measures brain activity, predicted better than anything else now available which smokers would quickly relapse - that's most of them - and which might be able to quit without much more than a pep talk.
December 24, 2014 |
A New Jersey woman's use of methadone during pregnancy to treat a prescription drug addiction did not violate abuse and negligence laws, though her baby suffered from methadone withdrawal upon birth, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a 6-0 decision, the court reversed an Appellate Division ruling that the mother was negligent and abusive because her methadone use caused her child's suffering, which included tremors, fever, and trouble sleeping. The high court said the previous ruling did not consider whether the woman "exercised a 'minimum degree of care' or 'unreasonably' inflicted harm on her newborn.
December 18, 2014 |
Next week, Nicole Stone's family was to gather in Lansdale for an annual Christmas Eve feast of peeled shrimp and clam linguine. Seated around the table would have been four generations - Stone, her two young daughters, her mother, grandmother, and sister. Now only the little girls are alive. Over a few hours Monday, Stone's ex-husband, Bradley W. Stone, killed the rest. "It's unbelievable," Nicole Stone's aunt Connie McGaughey said Tuesday. "It's a nightmare. " But it's not that some kind of trouble was unexpected.
December 4, 2014 |
PEOPLE battling drug and alcohol addiction in Philadelphia are watching Hollywood movies in outpatient group therapy - on your dime. The tab can exceed $50 a person for each movie, paid by Medicaid. Clients said that some of the movies they saw - like "Caddyshack" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - had nothing to do with recovery. The films that did depict addiction, including "The Basketball Diaries," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a heroin addict, and "28 Days," with Sandra Bullock in the throes of alcoholism, made them crave the very substance they are trying to kick, they said.
October 10, 2014 |
Patricia Davenport allegedly introduced her daughter to heroin in April, with the 15-year-old snorting the drug in their Harleysville kitchen. By the summer, a needle was in the girl's forearms several times a week, with Davenport often injecting her, police said. The girl's 16-year-old boyfriend was getting high with them too, and Davenport's 8-year-old son often watched, according to court records. Several times a week for six months, Davenport took the three children to North Philadelphia to score the heroin, injecting her daughter and the girl's boyfriend on the ride home, police said.
August 6, 2014 |
AS PERVASIVE a problem as sex trafficking is in the Philadelphia region, experts in the field say that gaps in services for victims and local funding make handling the tough cases even more challenging. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan, who prosecutes sex-trafficking cases in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, said she and her colleagues are constantly faced with the daunting question of how to help victims during their abusers' trials and postconviction - and too often, there is simply no place to send them for the help they need.
June 21, 2014
ISSUE | OVERDOSES Heroin proving more deadly than guns Inquirer coverage missed something very significant about heroin overdoses, which took more lives in Philadelphia in 2012 than guns: So many family members and friends of those who have overdosed on heroin feel robbed because they never even realized their loved one was having an issue until it was too late ("Heroin uptick: Is it a crisis?" June 18). This is one reason the media attention surrounding this issue has been invaluable: Parents are learning to recognize signs of drug abuse, people are noticing and talking about the issue, and those who love someone struggling with addiction can look around and see they are not alone.
June 13, 2014 |
College is supposed to be a place to open one's mind to new ideas, but too often it has become a place to begin abusing prescription drugs - assuming that wasn't first tried in high school. "Colleges get a new crop of eager high school graduates each year," U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said in his opening remarks to a gathering Wednesday at Temple University. "Unfortunately, one of the lessons these students failed to learn in high school is the risks with prescription drugs, and that can play itself out on campuses throughout the country.
April 24, 2014
The American public has so conditioned itself to think of drug abuse as an inner-city problem seen mostly among poor black and brown people that it is jarring when reality paints a very different picture. That happened Monday when authorities announced that they had broken up a drug ring catering to privileged teens in Philadelphia's tony suburbs. Nine adults and two 17-year-olds allegedly sold drugs to students at Lower Merion, Harriton, Conestoga, and Radnor High Schools. The arrests made national news, which shows how rare major drug busts are in such settings.
March 6, 2014
The recent capture of fugitive drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was rightly hailed for the level of cooperation it showed between the United States and Mexico. But it's doubtful that it will bring about any noticeable difference in the illegal drug trade. It's not just that others have been waiting in the wings for an opportunity to take over portions or all of the Guzmán organization's turf. It's that the fall of one kingpin isn't likely to topple the market so long as the demand from its biggest customer, the United States, continues to be huge.