substance abuse http://michiganradio.org en Michigan lawmakers discussing drug testing for welfare recipients http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-discussing-drug-testing-welfare-recipients <p>State lawmakers are taking testimony on <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(oat2xt55q1fesb451tl2vb45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-5223">legislation</a> to require some state welfare recipients to undergo drug testing.</p><p>Michigan tried before to require drug testing of welfare recipients. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;That law mandated random drug testing.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But <a href="http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/282/michiganruling.shtml">the courts stopped that program a decade ago.</a></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 19:19:35 +0000 Steve Carmody 7385 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers discussing drug testing for welfare recipients The number of older Michiganders in substance abuse treatment doubles in a decade http://michiganradio.org/post/number-older-michiganders-substance-abuse-treatment-doubles-decade <p>&nbsp;The number of adults over 50 entering into substance abuse treatment nearly doubled in Michigan during the past decade,&nbsp;according to a new state health department study.</p><p>&nbsp;The Department of Community Health compared data on substance abuse treatment admissions from 2000 and 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>Alcohol was and is the main reason most older adults ended up in treatment Michigan.</p><p>A decade ago, alcohol was the reason 85% of older Michiganders ended up in substance abuse treatment.&nbsp; But by 2009,&nbsp; that percentage dropped to 59%.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:25:12 +0000 160 at http://michiganradio.org The number of older Michiganders in substance abuse treatment doubles in a decade