A Jacksonville high school for teens in addiction-recovery wants to be able to serve more students and provide additional programming. The nonprofit school is asking the state for $700,000.

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Last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new implant to treat opioid addiction.

The medication blocks brain receptors that drive powerful addiction to pain pills.

But not everyone in Jacksonville is praising the decision. Some in law enforcement and healthcare see medication-assisted treatment as just substituting one addiction for another.

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A Jacksonville organization that works with recovering addicts hopes to soon be able to help more people.

Gateway Community Services, now Gateway Steps to Recovery, Thursday launched a $7 million fundraising campaign for renovation and construction.

US military intelligence sources say there is evidence Russia is now sending troops and military hardware to bolster the forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. The United States is fighting an air war against the Islamic State group in Syria but also opposes the Syrian government. Meanwhile, Jacksonville’s large Syrian-American community is watching closely as the refugee crisis in the region spirals out of control. We hear from two local men who have ties to the region: Jacksonville attorney Fadi Chakour and Rev. Nicholas Louh of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.

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Prescribed opiates for veterans in the Jacksonville hospital system has grown overall from 2001, when there were 45 prescriptions for every 100 veterans, to 80 prescriptions for every 100 veteran patients in 2012.

A recently published investigative report found that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been prescribing the potent drugs and feeding addictions.

Following his story's airing on WJCT during the pilot episode of a new investigative news program Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting's Aaron Glantz spoke with WJCT's Michelle Corum about the VA's "opiate overload."

Click here to read Aaron Glantz's story from Reveal

The Startling Rise Of Baby Boomer Drug Abuse

May 16, 2013
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Baby boomers have become addicted to drugs at an alarming rate. 

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health,  released in 2012, found illicit drug use among people between the ages of 55 and 59 had increased more than any other group.