August 16, 2012
Should people have to get a license in order to have children? Should they be forced to take drug classes before they can conceive? Don’t laugh – given the high rate of infant addiction and behavior of parents this could be a legitimate issue.
In Charlotte, North Carolina both the mother and father of a 17-month-old baby boy have been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. This as reported in gasparillagazette.com.
Amber Rose Landry, 29, and Scott Paul Landry, 31, ar... [More]
August 13, 2012
The prescription drug problem keeps getting worse and worse. Not only are so many Americans addicted to prescription meds but they now seem to be turning. into a gateway drug for even worse substances.
As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes I often discuss prescription medications as gateway drugs with my students. Not surprisingly, many of my students know someone who has used heroin as a substitute for drugs like OxyContin. As reported in www.courierpress.com.
Heroin More D... [More]
August 7, 2012
As horrifying as the epidemic use of prescription medications are, it looks as if things could be getting worse. In an effort to keep users from becoming abusers, OxyContin manufacturers have reformulated their medication. The result could make things much, much worse.
The OxyContin craze that swept America beginning in the early 2000s appears to be fading, thanks to a reformulation of the pills that deters recreational users from abusing them. The bad news is that almost all illicit users of O... [More]
May 16, 2012
There are very few “antidotes” when it comes to drugs. You drink too much booze and you can only snooze it off. However, the drug Narcan can completely sober up individuals who are over-dosing heroin or even OxyContin.
Victims of overdose given this drug, often by firefighters or other emergency personnel, recover within minutes. Usually it only takes a couple of squirts of Narcan up the nostrils to do the trick.
The drug, widely sold under its generic name, naloxone, counteracts t... [More]
February 11, 2012
Who would have though t the day would come that deaths from drug overdoses would be higher than those in automobile accidents? This has not happened in more than 100 years. Basically, it hasn’t happened since Henry Ford rolled out the Model-T.
In 2009, the first time in modern history, the number of deaths in the United States due to drug overdoses have surpassed the number of fatalities caused by auto accidents. You can bet that surging prescription drug abuse is a primary r... [More]
January 15, 2012
Pill mill doctors need the book thrown at them. This scourge of society has got to be reined in firmly and know what they are doing is not only criminal, it’s lethal!
A California doctor linked to a string of drug deaths and dubbed the “Candy Man” was arrested by federal agents on charges of trafficking huge quantities of powerful painkillers to addicts and women who provided sexual favors in exchange for the drugs.
Two female patients taken to a hospital emergency room indic... [More]
January 5, 2012
The term “Hillbilly Heroin” was coined in reference to the proclivity of the use of Oxycontin in the state of West Virginia – primarily in the Appalachian Mountains.
Prescription drug abuse is a problem that affects every part of the region, and it could soon be getting worse.
It’s Going to get Worse!
Hydrocodone is the second most abused medication. Now, drug companies are working to create a pill that would be 10 times more powerful than what is on the market now.
December 26, 2011
True or false – if you get arrested you are likely to have illegal drugs in your system? The answer is true!
Up to 83% of people arrested in major cities across the United States test positive for drug use and almost one-third of all arrestees test positive for the presence of multiple substances.
Marijuana was the most commonly used drug among the arrestees booked into jails in 10 U.S. cities.
The Office of National Drug Control's (ONDCP) Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM II) study ... [More]
November 25, 2011
Add fetuses to the growing list of those addicted to prescription medication. No, that is not a typo, and really should come as no surprise.
Medical authorities are witnessing explosive growth in the number of newborn babies hooked on prescription painkillers, innocent victims of their mothers' addictions.
National statistics on the number of babies who go through withdrawal are not available, and states with the worst problems have only begun to collect data. Scattered reports show the number... [More]
November 2, 2011
This is a storyline that you hear every day. Until some serious controls are put in place, and people are made aware of the dangers of taking prescription medication, you are going to hear it time and again!
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one American dies of a drug overdose every 14 minutes ... with a rapidly increasing share of those deaths caused by prescription drugs. It's the sort of statistic law enforcement officials in one Florida county know about all too well.