Top Stories of Addiction: Uber to Pay $1.1 Million Fine for Drunken-Driver Complaints

According to NBC News, Uber is reportedly facing a $1.1 million fine in California for failing to handle “zero tolerance” cases against drunken drivers.

In a complaint filed in April 2017 by California’s Public Utilities Commission, of the 2,047 complaints Uber received about drunken driving between August 2014 and August 2015, only 574 drivers were suspended.

According to the article, in 154 specific cases, only 21 were investigated by Uber. And within an hour of being complained about, 64 drivers were still picking up passengers.

An Uber representative recently told NBC News the company has “zero tolerance for any impaired driving,” and since the complaints, Uber has improved its handling of complaints and record handling.

Opioid Addicts Turn to Anti-Diarrhea Medication for High, Withdrawal

Some opioid addicts have been moving toward an anti-diarrhea medication, loperamide—better known as Imodium, reports U.S. News & World Report.

According to the article, some addicts are ingesting as much as 500 pills a day of the opioid medicine to get the same high as other stronger opioids or to prevent withdrawal symptoms. In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that taking high doses of Imodium can lead to heart problems that can cause death.

Yet, the inexpensive over-the-counter opioid continues to attract addicts who can no longer afford hundreds of dollars’ worth of heroin or prescription pills. A box of a 24-tablet pack of Imodium is priced at just $14.99 at CVS stores in Washington, DC, while some generic brands containing 400 capsules cost as little as $7.59.

From 2010 to 2015, there were 1,736 intentional loperamide ingestions reported to the National Prison Data. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there were 382 intentional ingestions in 2015 and 552 in 2016.

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Kelly Osbourne Reveals Drug Abuse Got Her Confined to Mental Institution

The purple-haired fashionista whose fiery personality first captured audiences in her family’s 2002 reality TV show, The Osbournes, recently opened up about her past with drugs and alcohol abuse in her new memoir.

Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of heavy metal rockstar Ozzy Osbourne, first experimented with drugs at age 13 when she was prescribed liquid Vicodin for having her tonsils removed, according to People.

“I found, when I take this, people like me. I’m having fun. I’m not getting picked on. It became a confidence thing,” she said in the article.

But after dealing with insecurities, her mother’s cancer battle, and a 2003 near-death experience that almost killed her father, Osbourne’s addiction took a turn for the worst, causing her mom to lock her in a mental institution for three days.

“…It scared the hell out of me…I had to wear paper shoes since I could potentially kill myself with a shoelace,” the former E! Fashion Police co-host wrote in her new memoir, There’s no F—ing Secret: Letters from a Badass Bitch.

After four rehab visits, six detoxes, and being locked in a mental institution, Osbourne was finally able to “manage her pain through creativity, friendship, and self-care.”

Anti-Drug Vaccine Can Potentially Block Addiction in Drug Users

We’ve all been through that terrifying moment when our four-year-old eyes watered in horror as an empathetic doctor stung us with a needle, squirting vaccinations into our bloodstreams.

This time, these vaccines are blocking more than measles, flu, and hepatitis; they can block addictive drugs from being sent to the brain, according to NBC News.

As drug addictions continue to rise, nearly 22,000 people die from drug overdoses each year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Although, there have been efforts to create vaccines that target prescription opioids like fentanyl, the latest in vaccine work includes channeling nicotine, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine addictions. Chilean researchers are even developing a vaccine for alcohol addiction.

Ron Crystal, a researcher at Cornell Medical College who developed a vaccine for cocaine, said the purpose of the vaccines is to prevent the addictive molecule from reaching the brain.

Currently, a heroin vaccine developed at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Springs, Md., fights heroin addiction while preventing HIV. The vaccine was tested in Thailand in 2009, but the vaccine numbs the effects of morphine for those in therapy for pain.

Still, researchers are confident the vaccines will provide a future anecdote to those who struggle to kick the cycle of addiction and relapse.

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