Almost 8 Percent of College Students Say They’ve Had Drugs Put Into Their Drinks

A survey of college students finds almost 8 percent say they have had drugs put into their drinks, known as “drink spiking.”

About 80 percent of victims of drink spiking were female. Women were more likely than men to say sexual assault is a motive for drink spiking, HealthDay reports. Men were more likely to say the reason behind drink spiking was “to have fun.” Other motives students cited were to calm someone down or to make them go to sleep.

The survey of more than 6,000 students at three universities found that 1.4 percent said either they had drugged someone, or they knew someone who had drugged another person.

“These data indicate that drugging is more than simply an urban legend,” study leader Suzanne Swan of the University of South Carolina said in a news release.

Full story of college students and spiked drinks at drugfree.org

Medical, Addiction Groups Partner to Advocate for Laws to Address Opioid Epidemic

Medical and addiction groups have formed a coalition to advocate for legislation and policies to address the nation’s opioid epidemic, MedPageToday reports.

The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose (CSOO) includes many national medical groups such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It also includes recovery groups including Facing Addiction, the Association of Recovery Schools and Young People in Recovery.

The coalition’s mission is “to address the U.S. opioid epidemic by engaging policy makers, public health leaders, chronic pain and addiction specialists, individuals in and seeking recovery and family members, so that legislation and policies get the support needed to pass Congress this year and become law.”

Full story of the CSOO to stop the opioid epidemic at drugfree.org

Program Connects People to Treatment After They Survive Opioid Overdose

A New Jersey program immediately connects people to treatment after they have been revived from an opioid overdose with naloxone. Recovery specialists are contacted by hospitals participating in the program once an opioid overdose call has been dispatched.

The Opioid Overdose Recovery Program is run by Barnabas Health in two New Jersey counties with high opioid overdose death rates, CBS News reports. The program works with law enforcement and healthcare providers, including five hospitals. Grant funding is provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Since the program began three months ago, there have been 135 overdoses in Ocean and Monmouth counties, of which 30 were fatal. According to the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, about half of those revived with naloxone have agreed to go into treatment this year. Previously, almost no one who was revived with naloxone agreed to go into treatment, the article notes.

Full story of treatment after opioid overdoses at drugfree.org

Helping People Addicted to Opioids Part of Re-election Strategy of Some Republicans

Some Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate are basing part of their re-election strategies on bills aimed at helping people addicted to opioids, according to The New York Times.

The U.S. House, after overwhelmingly approving 18 bills last week aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, will work with the Senate to craft compromise legislation.

The bills include provisions for prescription drug monitoring programs and assistance to states that want to expand the availability of the opioid overdose drug naloxone. House Republicans in difficult re-election races have attached their names to some of the bills, the article notes.

Full story of helping opioid addiction and re-election strategy at drugfree.org

Global Alcohol Sales Decrease for First Time in Last Two Decades

Sales of alcohol decreased worldwide in 2015 for the first time since the market research firm Euromonitor International began tracking sales in 2001, CNN reports.

The overall volume of alcohol consumed fell by 0.7 percent worldwide in 2015, while sales in dollar terms rose by about 2 percent. Economic slumps in major emerging markets appear to be a factor in the decrease, the article notes.

Alcohol consumption in China—which drinks more alcohol than any other nation—dropped 3.5 percent last year. Brazil’s alcohol consumption decreased 2.5 percent, while Eastern Europe fell by 4.9 percent. Brazil is facing a severe economic slump and political scandals, while fighting between Ukraine and Russia has impacted alcohol sales in Eastern Europe.

Full story of global alcohol decrease in sales at drugfree.org