Could Internet Based Drug Education Class Help Ohio Save Money?

by Mike Miller March 22, 2013

I always like to examine what is happening with respect to drug abuse in all of our nation’s states. My loyal readers know the reason is that I am a counselor for Ohio online drug classes. I like to keep abreast of the nature of the problem as well as see what solutions people are offering.

There is no denying that the abuse of prescription medication is becoming a problem in our good old, old United States of America. As reported in www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com.

New data shows a modest decline in prescription pain pills that came after a new law passed in 2011 in Ohio. Unfortunately, that positive trend turned back into the negative in 2012. Ohio has worked hard to rid itself of pill-mills, however, that doesn’t mean the problem is solved.

The state really hopes to see the number of prescription opiate doses drop at a much more rapid pace. The key to a continued decrease —could be the Medicaid expansion proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

Awareness of the opiate problem by local doctors, hospitals taking a stand against prescribing painkillers and the addition of resources for substance abuse and behavioral health agencies also could help.

In Ohio, like every other state in the Union, there still is a tremendous amount of misguided prescribing that is not driven by a profit motive, but by a lack of understanding of the potential for danger with such medications.

Does this spell trouble for patients with legitimate medical problems? I don’t think so.

Hopefully, with continued efforts at education through online drug classes and other means of prevention we can curb this increase in the use of prescription medication.

Drug Classes Prevent Adderall Addiction

by Mike Miller March 21, 2013

This is the sixth in a series of blogs looking at one of the prescription medications that has seen the highest increase in usage of late – Adderall. We have looked at who is to blame the surge in usage – doctors or users. I welcome any thoughts you have on where to place blame.

From my perspective, it is always easiest to place blame on the user. They use. They know they are addicted. They know how the addiction is destroying their lives and yet they still choose to use and abuse.

Is it a total crock that blame is placed on certified medical doctors who prescribe this medication? Do doctors need more education on the effects and addiction issues faced by users of drugs like Adderall? Are doctors merely prescribing a medication that placates the patient or are they intimately involved in providing a true cure for the patients’ issues?

These are all good questions and blame can be thrown everywhere. But we need an answer to this problem. As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes I often discuss Adderall use and abuse with my students. Does it surprise you that many have first-hand knowledge of the drug, yet virtually none are in attendance due to Adderall addiction?

Online Drug Class Could Help Iowa’s Economy

by Mike Miller March 19, 2013

Every once in a while I like to take a look at one slice in order to gain a better perspective on a general problem. Today I am speaking specifically about the nation’s increasing problem of prescription medication abuse. The slice is the state of Iowa.

Prescription drug abuse remains one of the fastest growing illegal drug problems in Iowa, but state officials are hoping increased use of a law enforcement tool will begin to reverse the trend. As reported in kmaland.com.

Dale Woolery, associate director of the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP), says it appears more physicians and pharmacists are utilizing a statewide electronic database known as the Prescription Monitoring Program.

“We’re pleased to see health care professionals using it more because that means they’re checking more often to see if any of us might be taking medicines we shouldn’t be taking,” Woolery says. “They can try and identify those who might be doctor shopping so there could be an intervention, help can be provided or if criminal prosecution is required, that can be done as well.”

In 2011, according to the ODCP, 62 Iowans died as a result of an overdose of prescription drugs. That marked a 59-percent increase over 2010. Woolery provided an update on drug trends Thursday during a meeting of the state’s Drug Policy Advisory Council in Des Moines.

Woolery said significant progress has been made to curb the sale and use of dangerous synthetic drugs like K2, but challenges remain.

“This is a constantly changing type of issue that we’re going to have to try and stay up on,” Woolery said.

“We have a legislative proposal to try and get our arms around the new products and try to get ahead where we can.” He said synthetic drug makers are constantly altering their products to try and skirt laws banning the substances. Alcohol and marijuana are the two most abused substances in Iowa.

Woolery noted an increasing amount of the marijuana law enforcement officers are seizing in Iowa is coming from Colorado – where the drug was essentially decriminalized late last year. “I believe it now constitutes about one-third of the interdiction shipments of illegal drugs in the state. That’s up considerably from what it had been because most of it previously was coming from the southwest U.S. and Mexico,” Woolery said.

A recent report found just over 26% of all Iowans screened or admitted for drug treatment in 2011 said marijuana was their primary substance of abuse.

Online Addiction Class to Help Prevent Adderall Abuse

by Mike Miller March 17, 2013

The key to winning the battle against the current surge in the use of stimulants, like Adderall, is to keep kids from ever experimenting with them in the first place. This is the fifth in a series of blogs addressing the growing problem of prescription medication abuse generally, and stimulants like Adderall specifically.

As a counselor for alcohol drug classes I often discuss the use of Adderall with my students. Despite the fact that less than 1% of my students attend due to Adderall addiction, my students are quite familiar with this prescription medication.

Do you know someone using Adderall? Do they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? The odds are that the vast majority of those currently taking Adderall do not really have ADHD.

As a stimulant, one of Adderall’s primary effects is an increased energy, focus and drive. Who wouldn’t want to benefit these core parts of our lives? The problem is that Adderall and other stimulants are highly-addictive. Interestingly, research has shown that Adderall is not addictive to those who have ADHD.

Keeping anyone from ever experimenting with Adderall is the best place to start. If you or someone you care about has a problem with Adderall or other stimulants, please seek help immediately. You can become clean and sober once again. A drug class is a good place to start.

Former Korn Drummer in Need of 15-Hour Drug Education Class

by Mike Miller March 15, 2013

Does it surprise you that a professional rock musician got arrested for a DUI? It certainly should surprise no one. If a Mormon Congressman from Utah can get arrested for DUI, anyone can.

Add former Korn drummer David Silveria to the list. At least he didn’t try to plead not guilty. The musician was arrested last March for driving under the influence and committing a hit-and-run, but he claimed that extenuating circumstances were at play in making him seem as though he was driving under the influence. What the heck does that even mean? As reported in loudwire.com.

Silveria was pulled over by police in Huntington Beach, Calif., but stated that he had not been drinking and blamed his driving woes on the after effects of a sleeping pill. The rocker claimed to have blown a 0.0 on the breathalyzer at the time he was pulled over, but the officers arrested him when he revealed he had taken a sleeping pill the night before.

The drummer said he suffered from insomnia and did not realize the following morning that he was too exhausted to drive when he got behind the wheel. As he was heading to breakfast, Silveria reportedly rear-ended another vehicle.

As part of his punishment, the drummer was sentenced to three years of informal probation, and he must partake in a three-month first offender program and attend a M.A.D.D. victim impact panel.

After leaving Korn, Silveria returned to music last year with the new band INFINIKA.

I guess there was an extenuating circumstance. I would offer him an 15-hour online drug education class to teach him about the effects of prescription medications, including sleeping pills, as part of his recovery.

An 8-Hour Drug Class Will Teach About the Addictive Danger of Adderall

by Mike Miller March 13, 2013

This is another in a series of blogs looking at the highly-addictive prescription medication Adderall. For those of you unfamiliar with the drug, although is getting harder by the minute, Adderall is a stimulant prescribed to help those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The reason many people are becoming addicted to it is because it help them focus. This is especially true for high school and college students looking to stay up late and finish their term papers or cram for their exams.

As a recovering drug addict I openly admit to using the available drugs back when I was in college. My study aid of choice graduated from coffee as a freshman to the Black Beauty for my final three years. Of course this was about 30 years ago. Had Adderall been available back then, I most likely would have tried it, and most-likely became addicted to it. That said, I can understand why kids use it and become addicted to it.

My question is – how can we keep them from ever experimenting with it?

Would mandatory drug classes beginning in late middle school, perhaps an 8-hour online drug class that could be taken from the computer lab at most middle schools help provide a key in the battle against stimulant experimentation?

Alcohol Class May be Party of Super Bowl After Party

by Mike Miller March 11, 2013

Drinking alcohol is a major staple for most Super Bowl parties. How many people have you known who drove home from a Super Bowl party after they probably had too much to drink?

There is no doubt that we love our football and a lot of times that involves drinking alcohol along with it. As reported in www.10news.com.

Unfortunately, that mix is leading to car crashes. A recent AAA study found that on Super Bowl Sunday, DUI fatal and injury crashes jump 75 percent in California compared to other Sundays in January and February.

The logic is obvious – people drink and drive more on Super Bowl Sunday than other Sundays. The bigger picture is how this compares to past Super Bowl Sunday. Surprisingly, it is nearly double the number from nine years ago.

Sometimes with a good game, good commercials, and a lively social atmosphere, people can tend to have an extra drink or two. And that drink or two can make all the difference.

Did you know that even if you blow less than a .08, you can still be arrested for driving under the influence?

DUI is a bad thing that happens to good people sometimes. It happens even to those who rarely drink.

How often does the party host look you in the eye and see if you are OK before you get out on the road? It is always best to call a cab. We'll make sure your friends who might be here and a little more responsible, take care of you or call home.

Could Drug Class Keep You from a Horrific Adderall Addiction?

by Mike Miller March 9, 2013

This is the second in a series of blogs looking at the current problem of Adderall addiction facing the United States government and its economy.

Are users to blame? Or are doctors who prescribe these medications to blame?

I prefer not to play the blame game. Let’s look outside the box and see what we can do to curb the use and over-prescription of this dangerously addictive medication.

First, let’s establish a national database for people who are prescribed addicted drugs. Far too often patients go from doctor to doctor and pharmacy to pharmacy stockpiling medications.

These databases will save lives. Already there are some states that have implemented drug databases and the proof is out there. Still doctors in these states continue to prescribe and over-prescribed addicted drugs like Adderall. How can that be?

Are doctors so over-worked that they cannot take the time to make a sound diagnoses? Are they simply taking the easy way out? After all, for many doctors handing out a prescription is just what the patient wants. This is true even if they are not addicted.

Doctors handing our prescriptions is extremely dangerous. The vast majority of patients trust their doctors to make an accurate diagnosis and will continue to use and abuse stimulants like Adderall even if they don’t need them. They also very well may be under the delusion that because they were prescribed by a physician they are safe.

Could an Alcohol Awareness Class Have Saved Dog’s Life?

by Mike Miller March 7, 2013

Alcohol makes people do stupid things. That is a fact. The following story could have ended without tragedy. This time is caused an innocent animal its life!

In this case, a man from Illinois sent his dog on a police officer who was attempting to arrest his girlfriend. The result – the officer was forced to shoot and kill the dog. As reported in www.news-gazette.com.

The man, John P. Cargo was charged Friday with felony resisting a peace officer and misdemeanor aggravated assault in connection with the incident, which started tried to arrest Lisa G. Ehler, 52, for driving under the influence.

As they were placing her under arrest, the 41-year-old Cargo came out of the house and tried to get in Ehler's car and tried to claim he had been the driver. Ehler was totally intoxicated.

When told they were arresting his girlfriend Cargo went back into the house and got his pit bull which attacked the officers. One officer tried to push the dog away with his foot and the dog growled and snarled at the officers and eventually they had to make the decision to shoot the dog.

After the dog was shot, Cargo came back out of the house and police started to arrest him, but he resisted them. Now Cargo too got arrested.

What a tragedy – all of which started when Ehler’s decided to drink and drive! I hope she is mandated to a good online alcohol class.

Take a Drug Class before Using Adderall

by Mike Miller March 5, 2013

Who is to blame for the current surge in the use of the drug Adderall? Are doctors to blame? Are they merely pill pushers, not taking the time to thoroughly evaluate patients? Are users the problem, lying to their physicians about their symptoms in order to get a prescription?

Drug classes could mean the difference between life and death. I think the pharmaceutical companies need to jump on the drug education bandwagon and offer to help addicts wean themselves off prescription medication. As reported in www.nytimes.com.

Adderall can be useful in a small group of individuals – through truly suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.).

Medications like Adderall can markedly improve the lives of children and others with the disorder. But the tunnel-like focus the medicines provide has led growing numbers of teenagers and young adults to fake symptoms to obtain steady prescriptions for highly addictive medications that carry serious psychological dangers.

These efforts are facilitated by a segment of doctors who skip established diagnostic procedures, renew prescriptions reflexively and spend too little time with patients to accurately monitor side effects.

If you or anyone you care about is currently using Adderall you should be extremely careful. If you are addicted to Adderall, there is a good chance you don’t need it.