Americans over the age of 50 have been seeking out substance abuse treatment more often in recent years. Seniors can be susceptible to addiction for various reasons, and they often are unaware of the dangers and signs.
A hospital in rhode Island sees more overdose related deaths this year so far than all year last year. One authority says that stronger street drugs and the influx of synthetic drugs are to blame. In the last five years, overdose admissions for opiates other than heroin have also doubled.
Jerry Cantrell, who was Alice in Chain's frontman, was honored with the Stevie ray Vaughn Award, which is given by MusiCares to musicians who dedicate themselves to helping others with substance abuse recovery.