Michigan MIP Class Educates Families on Alcohol and Drugs

by Mike Miller November 16, 2014

In our previous blog entries on the subject of the new Michigan MIP class launched by onlinedrugclass.com we looked at how important it is for parents to present a united front and be stellar role models for their children. After all, isn't parenting and raising a child everyone's most important job? Does not every parent want the best for their children?

So let's assume now that you are doing that by not abusing alcohol and not using drugs. If you are, I urge you to stop immediately. If you drink, even socially, make sure it is extremely moderate and your child never witnesses you intoxicated.

As your child gets older, their peers begin to have more and more influence over them. If they have witnessed your drug or alcohol use, they will be more inclined to experiment themselves. It is my firm belief that it is in their best interest not to experiment with drugs and alcohol. I also think it is a ridiculous idea for parents to let the kids experiment at home in the "safety" of the watchful eyes of the parental figure!

The key is to send a strong message, be a good role model and get educated on the risks and dangers together with your children. he Michigan MIP class by onlinedrugclass.com is a great place to start. These courses provide excellent education and a good way to start communicating more with your kids about these issues.

Parents and Children Should Take Online 8 Hour Drug Class Together

by Mike Miller November 11, 2014

Parenting is every person's (who has children) most important job. Of course this means providing a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs and food in the bellies of their progeny.

Parenting is giving your child every opportunity to succeed. Providing the basic sustenance mentioned above is the foundation. But certainly a lot more goes into being a successful parent.

We need to communicate on a very close level with our children. We need to be aware of what is going on in their lives. We need them to feel comfortable speaking to us and sharing what is happening in their lives away from home. It is the time away from home where good parents have the most to worry about.

In the past we have discussed the importance of setting a good example for your children. If you are a parent and your child sees you drinking, using drugs, and God forbid getting loaded, what do you think they are going to believe? If you and the schools are giving them the message that drugs and alcohol are bad and dangerous they are going to be confused and conflicted. I can assure you, that in more cases than not, once they get to high school those mixed messages will enable their brains to believe they will not be harmed by experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

We will continue on this vein in our next onlinedrugclass.com blog.

Drug Class May Keep NFL from Tough Decisions

by Mike Miller November 5, 2014

Should the National Football League (NFL) allow its players to use marijuana? Of course the drug remains illegal in many states, but what about the states where it has been legalized for medicinal purposes?

Players insist it helps keep them using and abusing prescription pain medication. What about players who are already suffering from addiction? Should the NFL and the players union be able to dictate the law? As reported in profootballtalk.nbcsports.com.

If receiver Josh Gordon has an addiction to marijuana, shouldn't he be treated as a person with a disease rather than just being a druggie? In theory, yes. As a practical matter, the NFL and NFLPA decided that the league should have the right to reach into a player’s bladder from time to time in order to police whether he has been smoking marijuana or taking other recreational substances that don’t enhance performance.

Fair or not, just or not, reasonable or not, the league and the union jointly decided long ago that the NFL would serve as the unofficial police force when it comes to the use of marijuana and other street drugs. So what if a player is in his own home, on his own time? The rules are they cannot use illicit drugs.

Let's face it - marijuana use in the NFL is rampant. Statistics ranging from 35% to 80% of current players admit to using marijuana. It is easy to use during the off-season, and even during the season and not get caught.

The challenge for the NFLPA will be to decide whether to attempt to secure relaxed standards regarding marijuana. The current collective bargaining agreement imposes a once-per-year test between April 20 and August 9 on players not in the program. It would be quite easy to avoid a positive test by players who want to smoke marijuana and who are able and willing to stop in the middle of March and quit until after their annual test has happened.

The NFL needs to decide whether or not to go after marijuana users - not just those caught by police while driving under the influence. Don't you think that a simpler solution would be to provide all athletes with a free online drug class that may prevent them from wanting to use marijuana in the first place?

Steelers Running Backs Need15 Hour Drug Education Class

by Mike Miller October 31, 2014

Does it ever shock you when you hear about a professional athlete using drugs? Of course it doesn't. Why? Because it happens almost every week. What shocks me is that they would jeopardize their fragile, short-lived careers to smoke a joint or two.

Such is the case of two running backs for the National Football League's (NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers. On August 21st, police pulled over Le'Veon Bell's Chevrolet Camaro. Both Bell and his teammate, Lagarrette Blount (pronounced "blunt" pun intended), were arrested along with a female passenger in the car when police, after smelling marijuana, searched the vehicle and located 22 grams of cannabis.

Mind you this happened just hours before the players were set to board a team charter flight for a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The sheer audacity of it.

Here is a surprising part of the story - Bell, the driver of the vehicle, was "shocked" to find out that it is frowned upon to drive after smoking marijuana. What planet is this guy living on? The second-year running back from Michigan State University claimed that he had smoked two hours earlier and was perfectly fine.

Blount was released and made the team plane. Bell had to go to the hospital to have his blood tested and was forced to pay his own way to Philly.

How do you think this is going to affect their seasons? Most experts think nothing will result this year as it will take more than the season to resolve itself. Most likely, they will be fined, forced to take a drug awareness class and miss one game next year.

I would like to see them voluntarily take an online drug class and refrain from using illegal drugs. What do you think?

Washington DC Needs Online Marijuana Classes

by Mike Miller October 26, 2014

It is always nice when our nation's capital leads by example. If you think I am being sarcastic, you are correct.

One of the least restrictive marijuana laws in the country went into effect in the shadow of the White House in July, eliciting stern warnings from the local police but good cheer from many Washingtonians. As reported in www.nytimes.com.

There is a new District of Columbia law that reduces the penalty for having up to an ounce of marijuana to a $25 ticket. The offense is now a civil infraction. Littering carries a fine three times as high (pun intended).

What do locals think? here is one example.

“A ticket when you just have a jay or something?” said Clifford Gray, a lifelong District of Columbia resident who is in his 20s, using a slang term for a marijuana cigarette. “I’m good with that.”

What do you think of this? "When you just have to have a jay?" Seriously?

An ounce can be the equivalent of dozens of marijuana cigarettes. Possession of more than an ounce remains a crime — an acknowledgment that drug dealers are more likely than recreational users to be carrying that much — and carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Washington DC legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2010.

The new law went into effect at the end of a 60-day review period, when Congress could have overruled it by a joint (no pun intended) resolution of the House and Senate — a difficult hurdle.

In the contentious Congress it should come as no surprise that this too did not get bipartisan support. House Republicans, who are unhappy with the new law, instead passed a spending bill that would block funding for it. But the measure is unlikely to pass the Senate, and President Obama threatened to veto it as he warned Congress not to interfere in the city’s laws.

The law also poses challenges for the local police. Unless an officer believes someone is driving under the influence, the smell of marijuana is not considered evidence of a crime, and possessing up to an ounce of the drug is insufficient justification for a search warrant.

Will this new law create a bigger market for recreational users of the drug? Are we creating a need for more online drug classes? Are we telling our children that littering is worse than using marijuana? I would appreciate your input here too.

Will Breathalyzer Put More People into Marijuana Education Class?

by Mike Miller October 21, 2014

Pot smokers – beware! The day is just about here that police will be able to use a Breathalyzer-type test to determine your level of intoxication with THC.

With marijuana legalization making as much progress as it has in the last few years, it was only a matter of time before someone developed a marijuana breathalyzer. It seems a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police is close to doing exactly that. As reported in www.duiblog.com.

The new device called the Cannabix was developed by Kal Malhi and will be able to detect whether a person has smoked marijuana in the last two hours. The Cannabix supposedly works in a manner similar to that of traditional breathalyzers used by law enforcement to determine the blood alcohol content of drivers.

"People are becoming very afraid to drink and drive nowadays because they feel that they will get caught and charged, but they’re not afraid to drug and drive because they don't feel that law enforcement will do anything about it," said Malhi.

Although the Cannabix is pending a patent and still has further field testing to undergo, it’s a step in the direction long awaited by law enforcement: a bright line test for DUI of marijuana.

States which have legalized recreational marijuana and some states which have legalized medical marijuana have established a per se impairment level at 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. Ohio and Nevada have established a per se limit of 2 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. Some states which allow medical marijuana have established a zero tolerance rule.

You’ve heard me hoot and holler about the flaws of such standards. THC can stay in a person’s system for over a month. A month after smoking marijuana, the “high” is long gone but, unfortunately, the THC is not. Yet these standards allow officers to arrest someone even though they are no long impaired.

As promising as something like the Cannabix looks to law enforcement, it too does not determine how impaired a person is after smoking. Sure, proximity in time to the smoking of marijuana certainly has a correlation to degree of impairment. (Remember, the Cannabix will tell officers if a person has smoked within the last two hours) We still don’t know how much someone has smoked or how impaired a person is two hours after smoking.

The purpose of alcohol and marijuana DUI laws are to prevent impaired driving. Being impaired is what makes our streets dangerous, not whether someone has smoked marijuana at a given point in the past. The Cannabix creates a DUI standard of how long it’s been since someone has smoked, not whether they are actually impaired.

Imagine if we had the same standard for alcohol: You have one beer at dinner. You drive home an hour and a half later. For whatever reason, you’re pulled over and given a breathalyzer. The breathalyzer tells the officer that you’ve ingested alcohol in the last two hours. Although you’re clearly not impaired after one beer, you’re arrested for DUI simply because you’ve had something to drink in the last two hours.

Find Your Teen a Drug Awareness Class

by Mike Miller October 16, 2014

There is no doubt the use of illicit drugs among teenagers is at frightening levels right now. Even scarier is that they often acquire these drugs inside their own home, without their parents realizing they are enabling their children’s drug use!

Don’t think alcohol and drugs are problem with our nation’s teens? Here are some startling revelations. According to the health department, one in five high schoolers has been binge drinking, defined as five or more alcoholic drinks in the space of a couple of hours. Twenty-seven percent of the county’s high schoolers have used marijuana once or more in the past 30 days. Other negative health trends include increased use of smokeless tobacco and injection drugs, and decreased use of seat belts. As reported in www.fredericknewspost.com.

The issue with prescription medication is of even greater concern.

The growth in prescription drug abuse is particularly worrying because it can lead on to a more catastrophic narcotic — heroin — which has accurately been called an epidemic across the nation. As the cost and availability of prescription drugs has made them increasingly unavailable, heroin has become the cheaper option. Many heroin addictions are anecdotally related to find their beginnings in abuse of prescription drugs.

So, what can be done? Lock up the prescription drugs you’re using and throw away those you’re not.

Do you think a mandatory drug awareness classes that educates our society about the dangers of prescription medication might help? I would like your input.

Teens Need Online 15 Hour Drug Class -- Now More Than Ever!

by Mike Miller October 11, 2014

Have you heard any recent news about drug issues involving local teens? There is no doubt, no matter what part of the country, or what part of the world you live in that could not be hearing about teen drug use. Unfortunately, it has become a simple fact of life.

Teen use of prescription medication is especially rampant. Parents - put a lock on your medicine cabinets! As reported in www.fredericknewspost.com.

The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted every two years by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, which includes data from national to local level showed that 24 percent of 12th-graders reported they’d taken a prescription drug, such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin or Xanax at least once in their life without a doctor’s prescription. How terrifying is that?

The survey more broadly monitors health behaviors, such as bullying and harassment, suicide, obesity, physical activity, nutrition, sexual behavior, injury and violence, tobacco and alcohol use, and other drug use.

Even more frightening is that parents and relatives are enabling them by making the meds easy to reach inside the home. Relatives and friends make it too easy to simply swipe a pill or two unnoticed here and there, and it’s a trend that is growing.

The problem appears to be worsening as in 2011 the same survey revealed that 20 percent of older teens taking a non-prescribed prescription drug.

I would like to think that increased vigilance by parents combined with mandatory drug education classes 9for both kids and parents) might make society a slightly better place. What do you think?

24 Hour Online Drug Classes May Protect Children

by Mike Miller October 6, 2014

Drug abuse provides one tragic story after another. No story is more tragic than the death of innocent victims.

Some states are now working to protect innocent children from drug-addicted parents. They are trying to pass legislation that will provide protection for the young and vulnerable, and prevent more tragic stories like that of Jaidon Morris. As reported in www.goupstate.com.

One of the primary components of this legislation is that for parents whose children are taken by the Department of Social Services because of substance abuse issues to be drug tested before a judge can consider returning the child to the parents' custody

One bill in Mississippi, dubbed Jaidon's Law, is named in memory of Jaidon Morris, a toddler who was a few months shy of his second birthday when he died of a prescription drug overdose in 2008. Jaidon's grandmother and father were convicted of homicide by child abuse, and aiding and abetting the crime, respectively. They were accused of giving the toddler adult-strength prescription cough medicine and failing to bring him to a doctor when he showed breathing problems.

Jaidon died one week after being returned to his biological family after nearly a year in foster care.

I believe that when substance abuse is a factor in removing a child from parental care, the parents should be required to take a drug test before a child may be returned to them.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you think mandatory drug classes for parents whose children are taken by the Department of Social Services could help prevent some innocent deaths?

12 Hour Drug Class Could Help Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

by Mike Miller October 1, 2014

Do you believe government should play a role in the fight against drug abuse? I certainly think we all need to band together to do our best to keep as many people as possible off of drugs and alcohol.

I always appreciate learning about government bodies looking to help in the fight. As reported in bostonherald.com.

The recent increase in the use and abuse of prescription medication is especially frightening. Communication and the sharing of information are critical to keep excess prescription meds off of the street.

New England governors have agreed to seek stronger cross-border monitoring of prescription painkillers as part of a regional strategy to stem a rising tide of heroin overdoses and abuse of other opioids.

The governors from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to discuss ways in which the states can work together to solve an increasingly deadly problem.

It has been shown that at least 140 people died from suspected heroin overdoses in Massachusetts in just the last several months. This is enough to qualify as a public health emergency. Imagine if that many people were dying from the Swine Flu or some other virus.

There's just no doubt that drug abuse can undermine our quality of life.

The governors agreed to set up a system for sharing information among their own states' prescription monitoring programs and, to help stop the practice known as "doctor shopping," make registration of doctors in the programs mandatory across the region.

The problem is that people can easily cross state lines to purchase a supply of prescription painkillers for personal use or to sell on the black market.

Obviously this is not a problem that will be solved overnight. Monitoring systems and educational drug classes will go a long way to helping people make better decisions about drugs.