Red Ribbon Week Calls Awareness to Addiction

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Oct 252007

It’s Red Ribbon Week once again in the U. S. and time to call awareness to the issues surrounding drug and alcohol addiction. The National Family Partnership, who coordinates Red Ribbon Week says that more than 80 million people participate in drug and alcohol prevention commitments during this week, particularly students.

Students this week are encouraged to pledge to live drug and alcohol free lives, while wearing red ribbons and other red clothing. Red Ribbon Week honors DEA agent Enrique Camarena (Kiki) who was captured and killed by drug traffickers in Mexico City in 1985.

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug and alcohol prevention campaign in the U. S. and is a method of showing a visible commitment to a drug-free America.

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Addiction Costs London $243 Million Per Year

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Oct 182007

It’s been estimated that addiction costs London $243 million per year and some of this cost is due to the 1,500 homeless people, of which 40-percent are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. For this population only 360 shelter beds are available on any given night.

But, addiction isn’t confined to the homeless population as it cuts across all ethnic and socio-economic barriers from poor to middle class to upper class. Even legendary Londoner and rock superstar Eric Clapton has written his autobiography outlining his own addictions to heroin and alcohol. The book tells about how his addiction led him to a brush with suicide to escape his own personal pain.

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Migraine Pill May Help Curb Alcohol Addiction

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Oct 112007

An anticonvulsant drug used routinely for migraines and seizures may help alcoholics taper off their alcohol addictions without having to go through detoxification. A recent study published in Wednesday’s journal of the American Medical Association, has shown that the drug Topamax helped 15 percent of alcoholics at the height of their drinking binges stop drinking altogether for 7 weeks.

The rest of the group, given the anticonvulsant drug cut their drinking in roughly half of what it had been prior to the study. All participants were encouraged to stop drinking altogether. The 14-week trial is good news for some candidates with alcohol addictions as they may opt to be treated by their family doctor, while in their own community rather than leaving jobs and family for a trip to a rehab facility.

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Oct 042007

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tatum O’Neal gave advice that she hopes Britney Spears will hear coming from one famous mother who lost her kids due to addiction to another. The 43-year-old Tatum O’Neal¬†outlined her struggles with heroin addiction and the loss of custody of her three children to ex-husband John McEnroe in her book “Paper Life”. O’Neal has also been on the Oprah Winfrey Show talking about similar issues and her openly hostile relationship with McEnroe.

Tatum O’Neal, an Oscar-winning actress for Paper Moon, has stated that Britney Spears needs to get into drug and alcohol addiction rehab and shield her kids from the media attention. Earlier this week, Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Scott Gordon, ordered Britney Spears to turn over custody of her two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James to former husband Kevin Federline until further notice.

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