Some states, including Minnesota, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what’s happening in Minnesota:Minnesota has seen an alarming rise in heroin-related deaths in recent years and a tenfold increase in the number of people seeking treatment for heroin addiction.
Heroin addiction has been in the spotlight after the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, but heroin is not just a problem among the rich and famous — it’s killing Minnesotans as well. Now, there are new treatment options that doctors are using to deal with heroin addiction.
An Anoka family is searching for a missing father of two. Kevin Casserly, 22, was last seen near the North Star station in Anoka on Nov. 12. Casserly has not contacted his family or shown up to work at Lakeland Tool. Kevin’s sister, Alex Casserly, says her brother’s disappearance has been very difficult to explain to his children. “[His kids] wanted to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and for them it was hard to understand why their dad wasn’t there,” Casserly said.
Minnesota children and young adults suffering from addiction are getting a huge boost in resources to help with treatment. Hazelden’s Plymouth treatment facility is getting an upgrade and expansion. By the start of next year, 32 more people will be able get months-worth of treatment.
A New Jersey mother is arrested for sneaking her 5-year-old into a tanning booth. The video of the mother looking a little, “burned” is shocking enough. Read the story and watch the interview here.
Sales of the nation’s two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.
In this Internet age, are your kids spending too much time in front the monitors? Dr. Hilarie Cash is the co-founder and co-executive director of Restart. She talks to Esme about the Internet addiction recovery […]
Famous names have been addicted to drugs and alcohol, and author Derek Steele might not be first on the list when that topic comes up. However, he has had to deal with the same troubles […]