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Egypt pushes for high voter turnout

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 06:05
Polling is extended on the final day of Egypt's presidential election amid reports of a light turnout, with ex-army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi poised to win.

Babysitter gave toddler to rapist

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 05:53
A babysitter is jailed for 16 years after admitting giving a boy aged three to a known paedophile who drugged and raped him.

Patients miss waiting time target

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 05:39
Fewer than 90 per cent of patients are being treated by the NHS within the Scottish government's target of 18 weeks after they've been referred by their GP.

Sudan woman on death row gives birth

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 05:35
A Sudanese woman awaiting the death penalty for abandoning her religious faith after marrying a Christian has given birth in prison, her lawyer says.

Malaysia Releases Satellite Data From Missing Jetliner

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 05:35

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 communicated with satellites as it flew across the Indian Ocean. Malaysia, however, is facing criticism for leaving out some information.

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Soldiers Arrest Thai Politician As He Speaks Out Against Coup

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 05:27

A former minister of Thailand's ousted cabinet was detained Tuesday at a news conference. The arrest comes as ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is released.

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Man jailed for pregnant wife killing

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 05:24
A man is sentenced to life in prison for strangling his pregnant wife at her home in Forest Gate, east London, last year.

A Meaty Offer: Pilgrim's Pride Offers $5.58 Billion For Hillshire Brands

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 05:17

Pilgrim's Pride said the deal would create a "protein-focused company." The offer also puts Hillshire Brands' own intent to buy Pinnacle Foods in limbo.

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Lloyds Bank announces TSB flotation

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:42
Lloyds announces plans to float a 25% stake in its TSB business on the stock market, with small investors being offered free shares in the bank.

Fixing the VC gender gap

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:35

Innovation requires brains, but also requires money -- and the early money often comes from venture capitalists. But all too often minority and women innovators miss out on venture capital funding.

Jules Pieri, found and CEO of the product launch platform, The Grommet, sees a bias in the system, but she also sees a simple, practical solution. Pieri calls her idea “Title IX for business.” In short, remove the lucrative carried interest tax loophole from any venture firms that do not fund women’s businesses proportionate to men's.

Pieri joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss. Click on the audio player above to hear more. 

YouTube removes gunman's videos

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:35
The Google-owned YouTube has removed videos posted by Elliot Rodger, the gunman who killed six students in California last week.

Book News: U.K. Plan To Cut American Lit From Tests Prompts Fierce Backlash

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:31

A push to protect To Kill A Mockingbird. Also: Notable books coming out this week include a wildly original collection of poetry and a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thriller.

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Could the era of glass skyscrapers be over?

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:30
Is it time for skyscrapers to be made of something else?

India presses Pakistan on militants

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:30
India's new PM Narendra Modi urges his Pakistani counterpart to crack down on militants and speed up the trial of the 2008 Mumbai attacks suspects.

French opposition leader to resign

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:22
The leader of France's opposition UMP party announces he will quit after allegations of party funding fraud in 2012 and a poor showing at the European elections.

Haskell thrilled by England return

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:20
Wasps flanker James Haskell says his best form is yet to come following his recall for England's tour to New Zealand.

AUDIO: Clive James: 'I've started saying goodbye'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:15
Writer and broadcaster Clive James speaks about his life and illness with the Today programme's James Naughtie.

Police investigate patient restraint

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:08
A police force confirms it is investigating claims of unlawful patient restraint at a West Midlands Hospital trust.

Heroin, opiate addicts find it tough to get treatment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:07

Sheryl Santiago's son, Erik, was addicted to pills he'd been prescribed for anxiety and depression.

But when he finally decided to quit, he learned that asking for help and getting it can be two very different things.

"As soon as he contacted [a treatment facility], he thought he could go that night,” Santiago recalled. “He was ready to go and then he just got more and more discouraged."

Erik didn't have health insurance, and neither he nor his parents could afford the private facilities, where a month of treatment can cost as much as $30,000. So the first step for the family was to purchase insurance for Erik.

"When we got the insurance, they only covered a couple places, and they had waiting lists," she said.

A few weeks later, Erik was moved off the waitlist at a local treatment facility in Ocean County, N.J. However, he had been trying to stop using drugs on his own while he waited for help, and the program he was accepted into was the kind of place that helps patients detox with the assistance of medication. Like many facilities of this type, it required potential patients to be active drug users to get treatment -- to actually fail a drug test.

"He told me, he goes, 'Don't be mad at me if I use something because I have to test dirty in order to go into their program,'” said Santiago. “And he did, he must have used whatever he was using prior — the dosage — and it was too much."

Santiago said Erik had been clean for four weeks before he overdosed and died. In that time, his body may have lost some of its tolerance for the drug.

He had just turned 31 when he died, so it's hard not to play a game of “what-ifs?” but Santiago believes her son would still be here today if he'd gotten into a program right away.

"There's not enough beds, there's not enough providers,” confirmed Bruno Silie, a health educator who helps place addicts in treatment facilities at a drop-in center run by the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J.

"There's options, but the waiting period is ridiculous,” he added. “I've had clients wait for 60-plus days, and by that time they've given up."

"You really have to strike when the iron's hot," said Kimberly Reilly, the alcohol and drug coordinator in Ocean County, N.J. "So if someone comes to us and says I'm motivated for treatment, you really want to get them in, really, within that hour, because the next hour they could be off looking for their next hit of heroin."

There are simply not enough beds to meet New Jersey’s growing demand for substance abuse treatment. Statewide, admissions are up nearly 40 percent since 2006. As the state diverts more nonviolent drug users to treatment over prison, the waiting lists are even more of an issue.

Increasingly, people are seeking treatment for heroin and opiate additions. In Ocean County, half the admissions last year were for heroin. It's cheap and easily accessible, so many users turn to the drug after getting addicted to prescription pills, such as OxyContin.

The situation in New Jersey is mirrored across the country, according to Roseanne Scotti, director of the Drug Policy Alliance in New Jersey.

Scotti noted the Affordable Care Act will eventually add coverage for many people with mental health and substance abuse issues. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that the ACA will eventually extend coverage to approximately 11 million people with behavioral health conditions, which include mental health and substance use issues.

Without significant expansion of treatment options, that expansion may create additional backlogs.

“In some states, like New Jersey, there just isn’t the infrastructure, at this point,” said Scotti. “There’s going to have to be new facilities, new providers, new licensed addiction counselors, and that’s going to take a while to ramp up.”

In addition to expanded access to insurance, other factors – like the aging population, the high turnover of substance abuse counselors, and better medical screening for addition – affect the availability of treatment options, according to Andrea Kopstein, a division director in SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

Kopstein says the Obama administration is making a “significant investment” in both the number of treatments slots and to expand the number of professionals working in the field, SAMHSA was unable to specify how much. The most recent figure available on U.S. spending for substance abuse was $24 billion in 2009. 

Clive James is 'saying goodbye'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-27 04:07
Terminally ill author Clive James says he has "started saying goodbye" through his poetry.
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