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She Breastfed Her Child, and Officials Say It Killed Him

Bucks mother charged after infant found to have died from ingesting meth, methadone

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mother's 11-week-old son died in April, and she has now been charged in his death. The Morning Call reports Samantha Jones, 30, is in Bucks County Jail after failing to make her $3 million bail in connection with the homicide charge. A probable cause affidavit reveals the... More »

Cops: Mom Fed Meth to Toddler Who Took Methadone

Natalie Russell allegedly tried to neutralize effects after daughter took drug

(Newser) - A 30-year-old Phoenix mom has been charged with murder after allegedly feeding her toddler meth in a bid to counteract the methadone the little girl had swallowed. Police say 22-month-old Adalynn Russell died on April 14 after consuming liquid methadone she found in her family’s house the night before.... More »

Methadone Stashed in Medicine Bottle Kills Boy, 6

Dad gave dose to son, not realizing DayQuil had been replaced

(Newser) - A 6-year-old Bronx boy has died after ingesting methadone stashed by his mom in a medicine bottle. The boy's father gave him a dose of what he thought was DayQuil to help relieve cold systems. He had no idea his wife had stored her methadone in the bottle, police... More »

Prescription Drugs Found in Dead Surfer's Room

Friends say addiction not plausible

(Newser) - Speculation is swirling around the death of surfing great Andy Irons after police found a variety of prescription drugs in his Dallas hotel room. Police reports indicate that Irons had generic versions of Ambien and Xanax, and the county medical examiner told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that one of the bottles... More »

Docs: Let's Give Heroin Addicts Heroin

Supervised program seen as best option for hard core

(Newser) - For many heroin users, the best solution to their addiction is more heroin, according to British researchers. Long-term heroin users who continued to use street heroin despite being on methadone programs were able to cut down and in some cases end their heroin use when given medical-grade heroin as part... More »

Anna Nicole Took Drugs While Pregnant

(Newser) - More sad details about Anna Nicole Smith's drug use emerged during the Howard K. Stern hearing yesterday, as babydaddy Larry Birkhead testified that she took methadone while pregnant with daughter Dannielynn out of fear that she'd go into shock and lose the baby if she stopped. As to why she... More »

Treating Addicts With Heroin Gains Steam

British study finds benefits in giving addicts their fix

(Newser) - Giving heroin to heroin addicts may not sound like a great idea, but it could soon become the preferred treatment for hardcore addicts. Switzerland and a handful of other countries already have clinics that administer small, supervised doses to addicts, and Britain could be next after completing a four-year trial... More »

New Heroin Addiction Treatment? Heroin

Scientists caution that controversial treatment has its downsides

(Newser) - Medical heroin may be effectively used to treat heroin addiction, Canadian scientists have discovered, but their dramatic findings may be railroaded over political and financial concerns, ABC News reports. Injectable diacetylmorphine, the active ingredient in heroin, resulted in 67% less illegal activity and illicit drug use after one year when... More »

Russia Starts to Admit Heroin Problem

Some blame West's failures in Afghanistan; others see bad policy

(Newser) - With an estimated 2 million drug addicts in Russia—about one in 50 adults—the nation is finally admitting it has a problem. One ally of PM Vladimir Putin faults the West’s anti-terror efforts in nearby Afghanistan for allowing poppy cultivation to bloom; others say Russia’s sweep-it-under-the-rug policies... More »

Deaths Soar as Methadone Use Rises

Prescriptions of effective but risky painkiller up 700%

(Newser) - Methadone, formerly used primarily to treat heroin addicts, is now increasingly being prescribed for patients suffering from debilitating pain. Powerful and long-lasting, it's proved effective for millions, but it's also risky, causing more than 4,000 deaths between 1999 and 2005. The New York Times investigates the medical community’s... More »

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