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Latest news: 05-25-2010

Pill may stop addiction, rewire brain

WA - Could a once-a-month alcoholism shot keep some of the highest-risk heroin addicts from relapse? A drug that wakes up narcoleptics treat cocaine addiction? An old antidepressant fight methamphetamine? This is the next frontier in substance abuse: Better understanding of how addiction overlaps with other brain diseases is sparking a hunt to see if a treatment for one might also help another. We're not talking about attempts just to temporarily block an addict's high. Today's goal is to change the underlying brain circuitry that leaves substance abusers prone to relapse.

Full story, from MSNBC.com

Meth use may have led to brutal murder of toddler

TX - Chronic use of methamphetamine by Blaine Keith Milam may have played a factor in his actions leading to the death of 13-month-old Amora Bain Carson, a psychology professor testified Monday. During the sentencing phase of Milam’s capital murder trial, Paula Lundberg-Love, an expert in psychopharmacology and professor at the University of Texas at Tyler, explained the effects drug use has on the brain and behavior, including “believing there were demons and that demons were changing the facial structure of the child,” she said.

Full story, The Conroe Courier

Woman to spend 10-30 years in prison for operating meth lab

MI - A Harbor Springs woman, who faced multiple drug charges stemming from her involvement in the operation of a methamphetamine laboratory, will spend the next 10-30 years in prison.  On May 17, Judge Charles W. Johnson in 57th Circuit Court sentenced 44-year-old Karen Jean Bergey to prison for two felonies and one misdemeanor — operating/maintaining lab in presence of a minor, a 20-year felony; possession of meth/ecstacy, a 10-year felony; and maintaining a drug house, which is a two-year, high-court misdemeanor. Bergey was arrested Feb. 16, along with her son, 22-year-old Matthew Scott Stoll, by Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement, with assistance from the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department, after police discovered a working meth lab in the garage of their rented home at 1162 Tower Road in Harbor Springs.

Full story, The Petoskey News-Review

Police nab man at park with alleged "backpack lab"

CA - An Oroville man who was reportedly shouting cuss words at children playing in a park Saturday was arrested on drug charges with what police call a "backpack lab" outfitted with enough chemicals to manufacture a personal supply of methamphetamine. Lagrone said officers noticed Maxwell appeared to have difficulty speaking and controlling his body movements, and gave the suspect field sobriety tests.
After determining Maxwell was under the influence of a controlled substance, police arrested him without incident.

Full story, The Oroville Mercury-Register

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