Does Turkey Need A Drug Class?

by Mike Miller January 28, 2013

Just how bad is Turkey’s drug problem? Of course you realize I am not merely “talking turkey” I am referring to the Eurasian country known as The People’s Republic of Turkey, right?

How many people do you think perish each year in Turkey due to drug addiction? Before you answer, know that there are approximately 69 million Turkish people and more than 25% are age 14 and under. As reported in

Last year 365 people died last year in Turkey due to drug addiction and 95.2 percent of the victims were male.

At least 105 of the deaths were directly connected to drug addiction like overdoses, and the other 260 fatalities were indirectly caused by drug usage. Do these numbers seem high, or low? To me they seem low. Either Turkey is fabricating the extent of its drug problem, or more likely, the heavy Muslim religious influence means there is much less drug use.

The average age of male drug addicts is 33.5, while the average age of their female counterparts is 43. There was one child under the age of 15 died due to drugs.

The Turkish security forces detained 105,665 suspects in 2011 in 67,099 drug raids. Among the drugs used in Turkey the usage of heroin and marijuana decreased, but the usage of cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine rose.

The government reported that in 2011 and 2012, 117 tons of cocaine, 17.1 tons of heroin, 1 million pills of captagon and 3 million ecstasy pills were seized by the Turkish security forces.

As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes these types of reports are very interesting to me. I wonder if they have drug classes. How about online drug classes?

Bus Driver In Need of California Alcohol Awareness Class

by Mike Miller January 26, 2013

Is there anything scarier than hearing a bus driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) while on the job? I am sure there are. Still, it is quite frightening to think of the pilots of those mega-ton vehicles driving around in a drunken state!

In San Clemente, California, a bus driver was arrested in December on suspicion of driving his route while under the influence. As reported in

The culprit was 41-year-old Kerri Harper. No one on the bus was injured.

The driver was a "coach operator" for MV Transportation, with which OCTA contracts to run some routes. MV Transportation drivers are required to follow the same guidelines as OCTA-employed drivers, which means they come under a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy.

Of course this will mean an intensive meeting among company personnel to ensure they adhere to all safety protocol. Perhaps they may mandate an alcohol awareness class.

So far the big management decision has been to increase the amount of random testing of its employees to 20 percent from 10 percent annually. I think they definitely should mandate an 8-hour online alcohol class.

There is no substitute for safety. The more education and training bus drivers have the better.

Take an Alcohol Class if You are a Social Drinker

by Mike Miller January 24, 2013

Are you a social drinker? How often do you drink with friends or family? Do you have a drinking problem?

All alcoholics are, or were, social drinkers. One of the enjoyable effects of alcohol is light buzz and the releasing of inhibition. But when does drinking socially develop into a drinking problem?

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes I can assure you that drinking problems set in long before you are out on the street drinking Old English 800 out of a paper bag. It sets in way before you are drinking Jack and Coke on your couch every night. Alcoholism and drinking problems begin right in front of friends and family.

How many holiday parties did you attend? Did you binge drink (meaning have four or more alcoholic beverages per day) at any of these occasions? Did you not drink at any of these occasions?

Speaking from my own experience, I used to attend 5-10 parties every holiday season. It started off being company parties and one or two with friends and family. Then it became Hanukkah parties, Christmas parties, Kwanza parties and even Black Friday parties. I binge drank at every party other than company parties, and if alcohol was served I always had as many as I thought reasonably responsible one or two.

I would like to think that if I had taken an alcohol class in my early 20s it might have saved me time, money and health.

Give Your Teen a Minor in Possession Class for their Birthday

by Mike Miller January 22, 2013

Are you the parent of a child? If so you always have some concern that they may become addicted to drugs or alcohol. With prescription pain medication as easy to get as ibuprofen in local high schools, parents’ concerns are well-justified.

This is the third in a series of blogs addressing the drug use among out nation’s teens. What do you think the answer is to curbing teen drug use? As reported in

Here’s how scary it is. If statistics play out, one in five kids in high school are using prescription drugs.

As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes I often speak at local schools. I'm tired of going to places and have people say, we've lost a generation to prescription drug abuse. It's time for us to get in front of the next generation and ask you to not get hooked. But we need not just ask, we must help them not get hooked!

The situation is changing. Three years ago, one in 10 teens were reportedly using prescription pills for nonmedical reasons. Unlike marijuana and alcohol which have strong smells, prescription meds are easier to mask. Kids take them , get hooked on them and suffer from their addiction. They never thought it could happen to them.

Drug abuse isn't discriminatory. It doesn't care about race, gender, age or social status.

If someone takes that first pill and gets that first high they will spend the rest of their time chasing that feeling. Then you take more and more pills and try different drugs to mimic that first high.

We all have to help our children make the smart choice – not to use drugs. Drug minor in possession classes help. Most important are good parental role models. Please, everyone do you part so we do not lose a generation to prescription meds.

Could Selena Gomez Use a Drug Class?

by Mike Miller January 21, 2013

Is any Hollywood celebrity immune from the accusations of drug and alcohol abuse? Now, even one of my favorite young performers is being accused. I say accused not because I am defending her, but because it is uncertain if she really is using drugs. I am speaking about Selena Gomez.

This news really shocked me. According to a latest report by Celebs Gather, Selena Gomez – the female version of Justin Bieber – and his girlfriend, enjoys using the drug Ecstasy. Ironically, Gomez is starring in a movie called “Behaving Badly” and it is her costars who seem to be spreading the rumor. One report had her taking to tabs of the drug in pill form. As reported in

It turns out that these rumors are blatantly false, and that it is not Gomez using Ecstasy but her character in the film. I, for one, am glad that this rumor turned out to be false. It is just another case of the Hollywood media machine churning out whatever garbage it thinks will generate interest.

I am not sure if Gomez and Bieber are still dating, but I sure do think they make a clean and wholesome-looking young couple. Don’t you?

Minor in Possession Classes Help Keep Teens from Deadly Mistake

by Mike Miller January 20, 2013

Can you have too much drug education? Do you think drug classes should be mandatory for all students? Do you want your child to experiment with drugs and alcohol? Do you want your child to become an addict?

I am not saying that without extensive drug, alcohol and MIP classes that our children will fall victim to the virulent talons of addiction, but we must arm them as best we can. We must lead by example and continue to pound in the mantra about how easy addiction slides its evil head into our lives. Once its claws are inserted, they can be very difficult to break free from. As reported in

How scary is the situation? Speaking to a group of high school students I asked how many had taken prescription medication not prescribed for them. More than half raised their hands.

To the shock and dismay of the adults in the gym, my second question yielded a similar response.

Again hundreds of students raised their hands when I asked: "How many of you think prescription pills are easy to get?"

This is the first in a series of blogs looking into the nature of drugs among our teens. If you have a child aged 11 and up, I urge you to take an online drug class with them. Prevention is the best recipe to keep our kids clean.

Drug Class Could Help You Avoid Deadly Combination

by Mike Miller January 18, 2013

Every day thousands of people die because they made the bad decision two mix two or more chemical substances. Understand that this can happen with legal medications as well as illegal ones.

The huge surge in use of prescription medication is costing everyone. Substance abuse treatment admissions for addiction involving combined use of benzodiazepine and narcotic pain relievers rose a total of 569.7%, to 33,701, from 2000 to 2010. As reported in

That figure is astronomical – 569%! By comparison, overall substance abuse treatment admissions of people ages 12 and older in the same period rose 4%, to 1.82 million.

This form of substance abuse is clearly a major a public health problem.

What to Watch Out For

According to the report, 38.7% of those with this combined addiction began use of both drugs in the same year, 34.1% first used narcotic pain relievers and the remaining 27.1% started with benzodiazepines.

The public health and safety threat we face from the abuse of prescription drugs is indisputable, and these data show the increasing need for treatment for those suffering from addiction to prescription drugs.

As a counselor for both in-class and online drug awareness classes I realize that while prevention is a critically important pillar of our prescription drug prevention plan, equally important is ensuring that treatment is available to those in need.

I would hope our federal and state governments will do more preventative maintenance, combining drug education classes within the regular school curriculum. A life is a terrible thing to waste.

Patriots Player Understands the Value in Drug Classes

by Mike Miller January 16, 2013

There is no arguing that drugs and abuse of chemical substances are prevalent both in society and the National Football League. A week does not go by where some NFL player does not make the news for some incident involving drugs or alcohol.

While I have long taken the stance that athletes and celebrities should not be role models, sometimes they are worth. Former New England Patriots’ player Tony Collins is worthy of role model status. As reported in

As a running back, Collins amassed more than 7,000 all-purpose during the 1980s. But at the height of his powers, cocaine and injuries cost him his career and sent him down a path of substance abuse that lasted more than a decade.

Collins, who now appears as a motivational speaker for school groups around the country, spoke to students on the pressures of stardom and making good choices.

Wise Man, Wise Words

His words as reported in the Sun Chronicle are extremely wise. He said, “The choices you make are important. Your choices can hurt a lot of people. My mom, my dad and a lot of other people were hurt because of the choices I made.”

Life is all about choices. As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes the theme of choices is a topic for each session.

The man who was a Pro Bowler and scored more 44 touchdowns urged teens to obey their parents, hang out with “good people” and work hard as students and athletes as part of a recipe for success.

It is always nice when athletes and celebrities can be role models. As parents all we can hope to do is help provide the recipe for success to our children.

24 Hour Alcohol Awareness Class Will teach You How to Get and Stay Sober

by Mike Miller January 15, 2013

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes I would like to save the most important information about how to get and stay sober a secret until you take one of my alcohol awareness classes.

However, for my loyal readers, I am sure you have the information at hand since I write about it all the time. The key will follow.


That one word defines what it takes to get sober and stay sober. That does not mean that you have to do it all on your own. Getting sober and staying there is much more likely to be successful if you involve as many people as possible.

First, you have to commit to getting clean. That commitment begins with you. Even if you have doubts at the beginning – commit to stopping.

Once you have committed, involve your friends, family or social group (like Alcoholics Anonymous) so that you have a support network. A good alcohol class, including online alcohol classes, is a great way to get a foundation. Consider this 24 hour class:

Of course that is just the start. A good support network, especially if you are around others going through getting and staying sober, will help you make your commitment more firm. Now you are committing to yourself and to others. Good luck.

Have You Been Asked to Complete a Drug Awareness Class?

by Mike Miller January 14, 2013

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