Drug Awareness Class Could Save You From Near-Death Experienced

by Mike Miller April 30, 2013

It is unfortunate, but sometimes you have to look death in the face before confronting an addiction issue. Chris maxim had just one of these incidents, though it involved her 16-year-old son Joey. His friend, the driver of the car, was arrested for DUI. Joey was not expected to live.

Maxim and her husband, Joseph, of Murrysville founded Young Overcomers United to educate teens and parents about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The Maxims created Young Overcomers United and began working with young addicts in their home. As reported in triblive.com.

The program has evolved into a 10-step recovery program.

The issue with the Maxims, as it is with many other parents, is they view the world of their children through rose-colored glasses. They want to think the best of your kids. We want parents to take the blinders off and let them know if your child is using drugs.

Hopefully more parents will band together to fight the battle against teen drug use. Believe it is very scary.

Skittles Party

Have you ever heard of the above-referenced social gathering? They are very disturbing to say the least.

Some teens raid their parents' medicine cabinets, gathering drugs such as Ritalin, Tylenol with codeine, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall and Valium and holding a “Skittles Party.”

The multicolored pills are placed in a bag, and party-goers take turns reaching into the bag and swallowing whatever pill they select without considering the ramifications.

This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated. This is dangerous to a degree rarely seen in previous generations. We need more drug classes (http://www.onlinedrugclass.com/DrugClass) and counseling to keep kids from experimenting with drugs. They need to find a healthier outlet for their growing independence.

Substance Abuse Course to Help Deal with Presciption Drug Abuse in North Dakota

by Mike Miller April 29, 2013

Like every other state in the Unites States, North Dakota is grappling with how to curb abuse of prescription medications. Why do you think prescription medications are becoming such a problem? My belief is that there are more of them and they are easily available.

In Grand Forks officials are especially alarmed, feeling that prescription drugs are so common among young people now that they are practically a form of currency. As reported in www.grandforksherald.com.

Pills are being traded for marijuana, favors, gas money or other pills. Some pills are stolen, perhaps from older relatives with prescriptions; some are prescribed to the young people themselves.

One of the primary drugs traded among youth is the stimulant Adderall. Some prescription drugs, such as hydrocodone, are so common that students describe them as free.

Young people assume prescription drugs are safer because they’re legal and easy to obtain.

The belief is that for everyone who’s actually caught with an illicit drug like marijuana or meth, there are probably 10 cases that have to do with prescription pills.

Interestingly, law enforcement officials believe that prescription drug abuse tends to happen more with high school students than college students in the area.

Contributing to the relatively high rates of prescription drug abuse is the fact that they are so widely available.

Why is it that with the huge problem we have that the painkiller hydrocodone do not need a new prescription from a doctor for a refill?

I hope that North Dakota will implement drug awareness classes for all middle schoolers and high school students. This will increase the awareness and reinforce the message that these medications are addictive and very dangerous.

Colorado Needs to Implement Mandatory 8-Hour MIP Classes for Youth

by Mike Miller April 27, 2013

The problem with illicit drugs is bad everywhere. It is no surprise that even the “Mile-High” city of Denver and the state of Colorado are being ravaged by prescription medication abuse.

In my previous blog entry I discussed how the number of overdose deaths from opioid analgesics was twice as high as those from drunk-driving. As reported in trinidad-times.com.

Scary, Scary Stats

A recent to the to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Colorado has the second-worst rate of pain pill abuse in the U.S. A 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted in Colorado revealed that 29.2 percent of high school seniors had taken a prescription medication without a doctor’s prescription at least once in their lifetime. That’s higher than the national average of 25.6 percent.

Many teens feel that prescription drugs are safer to use than street drugs since a physician prescribes them. Part if the problem is parents not turning in their expired prescriptions. The crazy thing is that prescription medications are often easier for teens to get than beer because prescription medications are easily obtained from friends and family medicine cabinets.

I am a firm believer that we need to do our best to keep kids from ever experimenting with prescription medication. While peer pressure is great, it is important to realize that parental involvement in their kids’ lives can be crucially important. Minor in Possession classes can help with education. Visit: http://www.onlinedrugclass.com/MIPClass to learn more.

MIP Classes Help Keep Teens from Abusing Prescription Medication

by Mike Miller April 25, 2013

There is no doubt that prescription drug use and abuse by our nation’s youth is a serious problem. With statistics revealing that almost as many teens experiment with prescription medication as beer and other forms of alcohol it cannot be denied.

Now the million-dollar question is – what can you do to prevent your child from abusing prescription meds? As reported in trinidad-times.com.

What to Do

Parents need to think about their homes and what prescription and over-the-counter drugs they might have, where they’re kept and whether they would know if some were missing.

You should safeguard all drugs in your home by monitoring quantities and controlling access. You should set clear rules for teens about all drug use. This includes not sharing medicine and always following the medical provider’s advice and dosages.

Perhaps the best advice is to be a good role model for your child by following these same rules with your own medicines. You should properly conceal and dispose of old or unused medicines in the trash.

Proper disposal of unused medications is a must. Don’t flush them down the drain or toilet, because the chemicals in them can pollute the water supply. Instead, mix them with kitty litter or coffee grounds, seal them in a plastic bag and throw them in the trash. Always remove any personal, identifiable information from pill packages or prescription bottles before you throw them away. You should ask your friends and family to also safeguard their prescription drugs.

With peer pressure such an important factor in a teen’s decision to experiment with drugs it is smart to make an effort to get to know the parents of your kids’ friends, and make sure they know about the issues.

You should tell your children that the dangers of using prescription and OTC drugs far outweigh any alleged benefits. Make sure your message is clear – that these are dangerous drugs and are only intended for those with medical conditions requiring their use. Teens should be told that these are powerful drugs whose abuse can be just as dangerous as street drugs.

It might also be useful to take an online MIP class with your child. You cannot give them too much education.

Colorado Needs to Open Up Online Drug Classes

by Mike Miller April 23, 2013

The war on drugs ion Colorado seems to be a losing battle. That is not only because the state has legalized marijuana. Despite the easy access to marijuana, Colorado also suffers from prescription drug abuse.

The abuse of prescription painkillers is rapidly becoming one of the country’s most serious drug problems. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a recent report that the number of overdose deaths from prescription medications is now greater than those from heroin and cocaine combined. How scary is that figure? As reported in trinidad-times.com.

Its issues with marijuana aside, Colorado had the second-highest rate of prescription painkiller abuse in the United States.

So, just what is Colorado and the US government doing to combat this problem? They have developed a four-pronged plan of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, which includes education, monitoring, disposal and enforcement. This includes health care providers’ educational needs, barriers to change in practice and educational efforts undertaken by the Colorado Prescription Drug-Abuse Program in 2012.

One of the common forms of drug overdose involves mixing alcohol with painkillers like oxycontin.

Opioid analgesics, which are opium-based drugs designed to alleviate moderate to severe pain, are very dangerous and can be addictive and have dangerous side effects. Some opioid analgesics include the common prescription painkillers oxycontin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and fentanyl.

The number of deaths in Colorado involving the use of opioid analgesics nearly quadrupled from 87 in 2000 to 304 in 2011. The 304 fatalities from poisoning due to opioid analgesics in 2011were nearly twice the 161 deaths from drunk-driving related fatalities.

I am all in favor of mandating drug awareness classes for all youth. These classes could be done in computer lab – perhaps an 8-hour online drug class given annually to all middle school and high school students.

Punjab Needs Drug Education Classes

by Mike Miller April 21, 2013

For those of you who read my blog regularly you know I have focused a lot of time and energy on drug problems around the world as well as here in the United States of America. One place I have paid particular attention to is India.

Like many places on the planet, the Indian state of Punjab is in the grip of a drug abuse crisis. Just how bad is the problem? Surveys indicate that more than half of all rural households are home to at least one drug addict, a problem most severe along the Pakistan border. As reported in www.dw.de.

Drug abuse is not new but matters have been getting worse in recent months as almost a whole generation of young people is being lost to a menace that has literally shattered the physical and mental health of Punjab's youth.

The types of drugs are many. The availability is simple. From heroin and opium to barbiturates, cough syrup and alcohol, there has been an alarming rise in the number of teens addicted to drugs, which are freely available.

One survey by the state's department of Social Security Development of Women and Children late last year suggested that as many as 67 percent of rural households in Punjab had at least one drug addict in the family. Worse, there is at least one death due to drug overdose each week in the region.

It also revealed that most drug addicts belong to the 16-to-35 age group, indicating the high vulnerability of young people in the border belt.

The problem may be even worse. According to some reports, up to 70 percent of Punjab's youth is addicted to drugs Heroin is the drug that is causing most concern in the region. Having Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer of heroin, right next door is definitely part of the problem.

The problem already is spiraling out of control. Authorities need to get a handle on it through drug classes and stricter enforcement of the border. What do you think?

Bruno Mars Took an 8-Hour Drug Class

by Mike Miller April 19, 2013

One of my favorite current singers is Bruno Mars. I have to admit that I think he has an amazing voice. He seems so clean cut, yet like most of us, there are demons inside him and skeletons in his closet. Fortunately for this talented crooner his demons are exorcised and his skeletons are in the past.

The uber-clean-cut young man who projects an image of such utter wholesomeness was once in a very troubled place. Like many of us, he was a victim of bad choices and addiction. As reported in www.starpulse.com.

In 2010, Mars busted for using cocaine in Las Vegas. While he admits he tries to forget about the incident every day, it serves as an important reminder of how close he came to blowing both his career and his life.

The Grammy-winning singer was snorting line after line of cocaine at the Hard Rock Hotel when a bathroom attendant called the police to report the situation. Mars reportedly told officers it was his first time using drugs after they caught him with a bag of cocaine. It was a very bad decision regardless of whether it was his first time (though I doubt any first-time user decides to snort cocaine by himself in a public restroom).

He admits that he was really intoxicated and that a lot of that is a big blur. Following the drug arrest, Mars was placed on probation and completed an 8-hour drug class as well as 200 hours of community service.

He skyrocketed to fame with the hit “Grenade” and also sang an amazing duet with Eminem. Mars recently released the album "Unorthodox Jukebox," including the number-one hit "Locked Out of Heaven."

It appears Mars’ 8-hour drug class (http://www.onlinedrugclass.com/DrugClass/8-Hour-Level-1) and the embarrassment of getting arrested did the trick. He has stayed clean and sober and both his life and career are on the rise.

Adderall Increases Need for Addiction Awareness Classes

by Mike Miller April 17, 2013

This is the 10th in a series of blogs on the prescription medication Adderall. Why so many blogs on a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Because believe it or not, this is a dangerous medication, especially for perhaps the majority of those currently using.

In the best of all possible worlds, this rise can be attributed to the maturing of adolescents who have A.D.H.D. into young adults — combined with a greater recognition of adult A.D.H.D. in general.

However, the reality is much more terrifying. The surge is more to blame on savvy college graduates, freed of parental oversight, can legally and easily obtain stimulant prescriptions from obliging doctors.

We are looking at the case of Richard Fee, a case many doctors consider to be a textbook example of how a drug like Adderall can get so out of hand.

Fee seemed to have it all. He was smart, talented and popular. He was the president of his senior class in high school and the captain of the baseball team. He played first base for his college team too.

When he was in elementary school he fidgeted, daydreamed and got A’s. he has been an A-B student until mid-college when he became scattered and he wandered while reading He never had to study. His mind thinks most of the time, he procrastinated, he multitasks not finishing in a timely manner.

Do you know anyone like this? I sure do. In our next installment we will continue to look at the case of Richard Fee and witness how things can go horribly wrong once you start taking Adderall.

Substance Abuse Education Can Help Conquer Addiction

by Mike Miller April 15, 2013

Would you agree that treatment is not a prerequisite to surviving addiction? As a recovering alcoholic and drug addict it took years of treatment and effort for me to break free of alcohol and drugs.

I would agree that it is nearly impossible to quit by yourself. Most addicts fee they can stop on their own. Some can – most cannot. As reported in well.blogs.nytimes.com.

For most, it is imperative to listen to professional therapists and assumed responsibility for behavior.

The reality of the situation – especially when looking at it from the positive perspective that you will no longer be addicted, is that treatment is not the end, it’s the beginning. Once one quits using, they have to find a way to live without drugs and alcohol.

I am not saying that treatment is not a magic bullet. The success rate even after intensive month-long in-patient rehab at the best facilities in the country has about 50% staying sober for more than a year.

There are places that claim a 100% success rate. I can tell you that 100% of those places are hogwash!

Treatment works to make recovery possible. But recovery is also possible without treatment. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach.

If you or someone you care about has an addiction problem, please seek help immediately. If you prefer to maintain anonymity, there are online drug classes and online alcohol classes too.

Youth Need MIP Classes Now More Than Ever

by Mike Miller April 13, 2013

A day probably doesn’t go by where I read a story about the horrific problem of prescription drug abuse among our nation’s youth. If you look at the past 30 blog entries I have written for onlinedrugclass.com, you will notice that prescription medications are taking up a lot of my material. There is a good reason for this.

There is no doubt that more young people are abusing prescription drugs than ever before. As reported in www.mintpress.net.

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, indicates that young people are abusing prescription drugs at a rate 40 percent higher than their older generation.

It is no surprise that this increase rate of use directly correlates with overdose rates, creating a dangerous — and new — epidemic among adolescents. Between 2004 and 2007, emergency room visits related to prescription drug abuse increased by 129 percent. Death caused by prescription overdose tripled between the 1990s and 2007.

One of the primary reasons for the increase in use is the increase in availability of analgesics. Get this, the total number of hydrocodone and oxycodone products prescribed legally in the U.S. increased more than fourfold from about 40 million in 1991 to nearly 180 million in 2007.

I hope parents and kids will begin to take online drug classes together. Everyone should be aware of the potential loaded gun in the house.