British “Clubbers” Need Drug Class

by Mike Miller September 29, 2011

Drugs have long been a problem in the clubs both overseas and here in America.  Now, reports are coming out that "Club drug" abuse in Britain is on the rise, as young people ditch cocaine and heroin for mephedrone and ketamine.

Club drugs are constantly re-invented to evade drug laws and have left healthcare professionals ill-equipped to deal with new trends in substance abuse. Patterns of drug use in the UK are changing and over the last two or three years we have continued to see an increase in the use of "club drugs”.

According to a British survey the number of 16-24 year olds who used the stimulant mephedrone last year was at a similar level to powder cocaine abuse - a figure of around 300,000 people.

Both of these drugs are banned in Britain, but there is a roaring trade for "legal highs" among the clubbing community and young professionals.

Kids are always seeking the next high, especially if it remains legal (like bath salts).  There are new drugs emerging all the time, particularly a group of substances known as "legal highs". The health risks associated with excessive use of club drugs are underestimated by many people and little is known about the potential problems of the newer drugs.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) recorded 41 new drug compounds in 2010 and 20 new compounds in the first four months of 2011.

The result is a lack of understanding about the drugs, and existing drug services that focus on alcohol, crack cocaine and heroin abuse are failing to cater for club drug addicts.

While more research on the potential dangers is of course warranted, first and foremost, these kids need to be made aware quickly that legal or not, these drugs are lethal. Perhaps a good online drug class is in order.

Sly Stone Needs Drug Class

by Mike Miller September 28, 2011

Musicians are certainly vulnerable to the virulent talons of drugs and alcohol. Drugs have ruined the life of another great musician. Sly Stone, the leader of popular 60s and 70s R&B Group Sly and the Family Stone is well known for his hit songs “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and now we’ve learned that despite his celebrity he’s penniless and living in a van.

Four years ago the singer had a home with its own vineyard and now it’s being reported that he is fed once a day by a retired couple who also allow him to use their shower.

Sly’s situation went downhill due to over spending, mismanagement of his funds and a substance abuse problem.

How bad is Sly? Today, Sly is disheveled and paranoid, claiming the FBI is after him and his enemies have hired hit men. He refuses to let The Post into his camper, but, ever the showman, poses flamboyantly with a silver military helmet and a Taser in front of his Studebaker.

Sly says his troubles began in 2009 when he lost all of his royalty payments after feuding with manager Jerry Goldstein, Sly says he was tricked into giving Goldstein control of his finances in 1989 which in turn provided him with a weekly paycheck.

In 2010 Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against Goldstein, in his suit Sly claims fraud and 20 years of stolen royalty payments. Making matters worse in 1984 Slone made the foolish decision to sell his publishing catalog to Michael Jackson for just $1 million.

Sly Stone is currently recording new music in his van and is begging anyone from the record industry to listen with no-strings attached. It pains my heart to see such talent wasted.

Drug Class Can Help With Withdrawals

by Mike Miller September 26, 2011

For those of you who read my blog regularly you know how concerned I am about the abuse of prescription drugs in this country. There are entire businesses set up solely for the purpose of writing out prescriptions. These “pill mills” are becoming yet another bane of American society.

What these doctors who have no moral compass and prescribe pills for anyone with the cash to pay for the visit fail to realize is that they are ruining the lives of people. These people will become hopelessly addicted to these pills and suffer severe withdrawals when they try to kick the habit!

Prescription painkiller abuse has become America’s fastest-growing and most pervasive drug problem with millions of people now suffering from opiate addiction. But unlike cocaine, heroin and other addictions, a huge portion of these people did not start taking their drug by choice.

Drug to Help With Withdrawal

There is a new drug out claiming to help those addicted to opiates quit without suffering the horrible mood swings and depression associated with withdrawal. It is called, simply enough, Withdrawal-Ease.

The design of the product is to help those who have become addicted to painkillers like Hydrocodone, Suboxone, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin.

The jury is still out on this over-the-counter treatment. I will keep you in the loop as I hear more about it. For those seeking more information on drugs and drug classes I urge you to go to www.onlinedrugclass.com.

Americans Need Drug Class

by Mike Miller September 24, 2011

How many people drugs kill every year, I assure you the problem is bad and getting worse.

In 1979 the U.S. Government began tracking drug-related deaths and for the first time those deaths have surpassed the number of traffic fatalities on an annual basis.

The most recent statistics, taken in 2009, show that 36,284 people died in traffic related accidents while 37,485 people died from drug related activities in a one year period.

For those of you who read this blog regularly you know the primary culprit is prescription drugs, not street illegal drugs.  Some of the medications causing these deaths include Xanax, OxyContin and the main culprit Vicodin which killed more people than cocaine and heroin combined.

The primary lethal drug in the United States is literally right under our noses – on the bathroom sink or in the medicine cabinet.

The study also revealed that traffic related fatalities have actually fallen by a third since the 1970s even as the number of drivers using American roadways continues to increase, while drug related deaths have doubled in the last decade. Deaths among the 50-year-old to 69-year-old crowd have been even worse, tripling during the same time period.

Not all deaths have been related to drug overdoses from drug abuse, in many cases double dosing by adults has been the culprit.

In the meantime parents are urged to speak with their kids not just about street illegal drugs but also the medications found in medicine cabinets which can be just as addictive and just as deadly.

Perhaps a good online drug awareness class is in order.

Miami Needs Online Drug Class

by Mike Miller September 22, 2011

“Scarface” brought to the big screen the cocaine importation and business in South Florida. Cocaine has long been a problem, almost always, seeming without end, for Floridians in general and Miami specifically.

I cannot remember the last time I heard of some positive news regarding cocaine and its use in Miami. Yet here some is.

According to recent report cocaine use is on the decline in Miami. The soft economy in a state with 10 percent unemployment has made the long-popular drug a "pricey extravagance."

This is not the same coke Al Pacino was peddling as “Scarface” back in the day. The drug war has reduced the purity of cocaine, meaning users pay more and get less of the drug, and drug users are increasingly turning to cheaper prescription drugs that are easier to get.

The number of patients treated in emergency rooms for cocaine overdoses has also fallen recently, and the number of people seeking treatment for cocaine addiction fell to 549 last year from 918 the previous year, a 41 percent decline.

But prescription drug use has been on the rise.  Among 9,000 people who died of drug-related causes statewide in 2010, 6,090 had used benzodiazepines and Oxycodone.

Cocaine ranked fifth in causes of drug deaths, behind crystal methamphetamine and alcohol.

Well – it is nice to get a little good news when it comes to use of such a horrific drug.  Perhaps a good online drug class is in order for everyone to get the numbers even lower.

Do Doctors Need Drug Class?

by Mike Miller September 21, 2011

It seems like everything is reaching epidemic proportions in this country.  From alcohol and drug abuse to theft, our nation is bound by negative addictions.  One of the most serious, and seemingly legal, is the overconsumption of prescription drugs.

Is it me, or does it seem like more and more doctors are doing less work, instead just providing a prescription medication?  Of course there is the huge case pending right now against Dr Conrad Murray in the death of pop star and icon Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson’s Former MD Could Lead to Changes

Dr. Conrad Murray is currently facing trial for involuntary manslaughter for administering a powerful anesthetic that led to the death of Michael Jackson. 

Murray is part of a growing trend of doctors who are criminally prosecuted for medical malpractice. 

Prescription Malpractice?

Let me begin by saying I hate frivolous lawsuits and I hate that doctors are so susceptible to medical malpractice lawsuits by disgruntled patients whose claims have zero merit.

Here is a little history on medical malpractice lawsuits.  From 1809 (yes when one of our Founding Fathers – James Madison was President through the year 2000 fewer than 40 doctors faced criminal charges for malpractice.  Since 2001, there have been at least 37 cases – almost as many as in the previous 200 years!

Controlled Substances Act of 1970

The majority of the cases since 2001 involved doctors who have overprescribed prescription painkillers other controlled substances.  Many doctors have been charged under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, which allows prosecution of physicians who knowingly prescribe medication outside the usual course of professional practice or for non-medical purposes.

Anna Nicole Smith’s Doctor Sued

Prior to the case of Dr. Murray, the most famous prosecution of a doctor involved the death of model and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith.  Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Smith’s doctor, was charged with supplying the celebrity with dangerous prescription drugs that eventually led to her death. 

Kapoor was acquitted of the charges against him when the prosecution failed to prove that Kapoor prescribed drugs without a medical purpose.

The case of Conrad Murray is unusual because he administered an anesthetic to Michael Jackson rather than a controlled prescription drug.  In addition to criminal charges, Murray is also facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s father.  The majority of medical malpractice cases are tried in civil rather than criminal courts.

Prescription Machine

In Southern California, Dr. Al Bussum is facing charges of illegal distribution of prescription drugs after he wrote more than 60,000 prescriptions between 2007 and 2010, and Dr. Tyron Reece is charged with dispensing more than 900,000 prescription pills in 2010 alone.

Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyer has stated that doctors who are legitimately trying to help their patients should not be lumped together with these doctors who run prescription drug “pill mills.” Los Angeles Coroner Dr. Christopher Rogers would probably disagree with this statement since he has stated that Murray’s treatment of Michael Jackson was substandard and resulted in the pop stars death.

Don’t get me wrong – I am all for prescription medication – when it is necessary.  We all know the difference between use and abuse.  

Does Sarah Palin Need a Drug Awareness Class?

by Mike Miller September 20, 2011

I want to begin this by saying I am a dead centrist in my political views. As a God-loving man, I certainly lean toward conservative moral values, however, I certainly stand on the left side of the fence more than occasionally. Therefore, know that this is not just a bash on former Vice-Presidential candidate Palin or her fellow conservatives, Tea Partiers and whatnot!

Snowballin’ While Snowmobiling

I am sure you have heard about the latest Palin biography, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.” Written by a total oddball, and well, let’s face it – creepy Joe McGinniss, it paints a less than flattering picture about the personal and social habits of the potential presidential candidate.

Now keep in mind these actions are only alleged, but McGinniss put his claims in writing and I would bet where there is smoke there is fire, and dollar-to-donuts Palin committed the acts alleged in the book.

The most outrageous claim as it relates to drug use is that Sarah snorted cocaine off a 55-gallon drum while snowmobiling. Another claim is that she smoked marijuana with a profession at Mat-Su College in Alaska.

McGinniss further claims that Palin and her husband, and perhaps even her children have a history of drug use.

Granted, these claims are coming from a man who moved in next door to the Palins. A little creepy, right?  All in all I have to say that I sincerely hope this woman never holds public office again – in any form. I would have hoped her 125 minutes of fame were up. If you read this Sarah, or Todd, I have a nice online drug awareness class I can recommend!

Dykstra Needs Alcohol Awareness Class, Drug Awareness Class & Theft Class

by Mike Miller September 19, 2011

“Nails” is digging himself deeper and deeper. For baseball fans, the title of this blog combined with the lead tells you were are speaking of Lenny Dykstra, former Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series Champion.

He was called “Nails” because of his toughness. He played the game hard. But like many celebrities and professional athletes who have reached the pinnacle of success, Dykstra has fallen on hard times – and drugs and alcohol are partially to blame!

Real Class Act

Dykstra, who already is jailed on state and federal charges, pleaded not guilty today to indecent exposure for allegedly exposing himself to women who responded to online advertisements for a personal assistant or housekeeper.

Dykstra, 48, who owns a home in Encino, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. The charges stem from a series of complaints—one from 2009, three from 2010 and more this year.

Craigslist

Dykstra allegedly placed advertisements on the Craigslist website in search of a personal assistant or housekeeper. When women came to his home in response to the ads, Dykstra told them the job required them to give him a massage, and he would expose himself.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charges, the former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder faces up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines for each count.

Dykstra was ordered July 22 to stand trial on 25 criminal counts in state court, including grand theft auto, for allegedly trying to lease cars using phony business and credit information.

Dykstra remains jailed in lieu of $455,000 bail. He is also facing federal bankruptcy charges stemming from the alleged sale of property from his $18 million mansion in Ventura County.

The Charges Keep Piling On

In state court, Dykstra is charged with eight counts of filing false financial statements, five counts of attempted grand theft auto, four counts of identity theft and three counts each of grand theft auto and possession of a controlled substance – all felonies!

How about one more charge - he also faces one misdemeanor count each of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and unauthorized possession of a syringe.

If convicted in the felony case, he faces up to 12 years in state prison. With a long history of drugs and alcohol, it looks like Dykstra should seek help. Perhaps a good drug education class or alcohol awareness class, along with a online theft class could get him started on the path to redemption.

Great Musicians Need Drug Awareness Class

by Mike Miller September 18, 2011

Marijuana has long been a part of the art culture. Musicians have especially been known to smoke the “peace pipe.” There was a time I too believed it enhanced my creative abilities (I had written an episode of “Seinfeld” while under the influence of THC). Of course, we all know that drugs and alcohol impede artistic creativity and slow the creative process.

Those busted for marijuana use span generations.  Two musicians who have been notoriously busted for marijuana use will be mentioned here.  Remember they are not role models, and their use of drugs and alcohol drastically hurt their careers and wasted some of their talent.

Louis Armstrong

Many of you may not be able to remember Louis Armstrong.  As a world-class jazz musician, Armstrong was known for his powerful trumpet. 

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that smoking anything would not help your lung capacity. Armstrong holds the title of being the first musician arrested for marijuana possession when he was busted in 1931!

Hoyt Axton

Moving forward 60 years, this country great was busted in grand fashion back in 1997 when he and his wife were arrested after police found more than a pound of marijuana in his Montana home.

His wife claimed she had been administering the weed medicinally to help easy Axton’s discomfort following a stroke two years earlier.  Marijuana is illegal for all purposes in Montana and both Axton and his wife went to jail for a short time.

These are just two musicians who have been busted for illegal drug use, specifically marijuana.  Despite the current liberal view toward marijuana, it is important to remember that the American Medical Association does not recommend it for any physical or mental ailment!

Ivory Wave users Better Hurry to Drug Awareness Class

by Mike Miller September 17, 2011

People selling drugs and people doing drugs are always looking for a way to legitimize and make their activity legal. I have written about bath salts that have been ground up and snorted, causing ridiculously harmful effects including in many cases, death.

Now comes ivory wave. Have you heard about it? If so, stay the heck away from it.

The substance has a similar euphoric effect to ecstasy and is sold widely online.

Earlier this year a coroner found that ivory wave may have been a "strong contributory factor" in the death of one user.

Michael Bishton, a 24-year-old chef, bought a £15 pack of ivory wave from a shop in Ryde on the Isle of Wight in August 2010.

His body was discovered after he had been seen running with outstretched arms along a cliff. Post-mortem tests showed he died of a brain injury and he had small amounts of alcohol and ivory wave in his blood.

The inquest heard he had become "bizarre and paranoid" in the days leading up to his death and doctors at a mental health unit had advised him not to take the substance.

Speaking after the coroner recorded an open verdict, Mr Bishton's mother said it was an "insult" to his memory that ivory wave had not been banned.

The ACMD said that it had now reviewed scientific evidence on the effects of ivory wave and its related compounds.

It said the National Poisons Information Service in Edinburgh had highlighted a number of cases in which users had experienced paranoia, hallucinations and "severe agitation" for up to a week after taking ivory wave.

Professor Les Iversen, chairman of the ACMD, said: "The health effects of desoxypipradrol (2-DPMP, sold as Ivory Wave) and its related compounds correspond with those related to other Class B drugs and have the potential to cause harm.

"That is why we are recommending that the government takes action to control the substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act".

The recommendation also covers structurally similar compounds as part of an effort to prevent alternatives being developed to circumvent the ban.

Ivory wave can look like a white crumbly powder and similar ingredients can be found in substances sold as ivory coast, purple wave and vanilla sky.

The drug is the sixth so-called legal high recommended for a ban by the ACMD. The government has already classified naphyrone, mephedrone (and related cathinones), Spice, GBL and BZP.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The ACMD's advice on ivory wave reinforces what we already know - that substances touted as legal highs contain dangerous and illegal substances.

"We have already taken action to ban the importation of 2-DPMP. We welcome this further comprehensive advice from the ACMD. We will consider the advice in full and respond very shortly."