Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Needs Drug Awareness Class

by Mike Miller September 16, 2011

It has long been my position that celebrities and athletes alike are not role models.  During the 1980s any sports fan had to love to watch the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics rivalry.  Those two teams played for the championship of the National Basketball Association five times during the decade, with the Lakers winning three.

While most people think of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, and rightly so since these two also competed for the 1979 NCAA basketball championship, with Magic’s Michigan State Spartans defeating Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores in the final, the two centers deserve some recognition.

When I say deserve recognition, I mean for their use of illegal drugs.  Few will deny that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greats ever to play the game.  His patented sky hook still has never been duplicated.  Robert “The Chief” Parish was a stalwart defensively and anchored the front-court of the Celtics.

Perhaps The Chief could say his bust for marijuana was “medicinal.”  He was the oldest player in the NBA when he was arrested for possession in February, 1993.  The 39-year-old was caught with the drug in his home as well as in a mail-delivered packager to him.  Parish was nailed by a drug sniffing dog used by FedEx.

Kareem definitely claims his marijuana busts (yes plural) were to help him control nausea and migraines.  He was first busted in 1998 in the Toronto Airport with possession and two years later for driving under the influence of marijuana in Los Angeles.

Two basketball stars from one of the great all-time sports rivalries seem to have more than hoops in common. Perhaps both could use a good drug awareness class and then move on to a sober life.

Could Drug Awareness Class Have Stopped Assault on 83-year-old Woman?

by Mike Miller September 14, 2011

How messed up can you get from doing drugs and alcohol?  I guaranty you one thing – this is about as bad as it gets.  The following story took place in the Old Country – good old, England.

Darren Penfold , a TV aerial fitter has been found guilty of sexually assaulting an 83-year-old woman after he drugged her drink. Penfold, 48, put the drugs into a glass of whisky when he was working at her house in 2010.

The woman came round on her bed the next day partially clothed and with no recollection of how she got upstairs.  Penfold was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced next month.

Seemed Like A Normal Guy

Penfold was not some indigent.  He had a job and a family and seemed to many to be “normal.”  At one point he may have been normal, but after years of alcohol and drug abuse he lost all sense of rationality.  The father-of-three was convicted of sexual assault and administering a substance to overpower the woman.

Adding insult to injury he was also found guilty of stealing four bottles of alcohol from the woman's home.

Because Penfold used two Class C controlled drugs in the attack the judge warned him his sentence would be a long one!

The woman - who is now 85 - woke up on her bed and called police when she began to remember that a man had abused her.

Giving evidence, Penfold said he was "absolutely mortified" when the allegations were first put to him by police.  He still claims that he can’t believe he was even accused of doing that to anyone, let alone an 83-year-old woman.

It certainly can seem like a sick world.  I like to believe the best in people, but this story really makes me sick.

University of Michigan Students Need Alcohol and Drug Awareness Classes

by Mike Miller September 12, 2011

Alcohol and drugs are quite popular at university campuses around the country. That is a fact that has had relevance for as long as colleges have been around.

But is the problem getting worse? People at the University of Michigan are beginning to think so!

The MU Police Department reported 21 instances of underage alcohol-related offenses and five marijuana-related offenses between Aug. 18 and Aug. 25.

Compared to similar college campuses, MU’s numbers are significantly higher. MUPD recorded more than three times as many drug- and alcohol-related incidents in the same period as reported to UC Berkeley Police.

Under state law, it is illegal for anyone under 21 years old to consume, possess or purchase alcohol. Harsher enforcement, combined with other ordinances, attempt to address the expected issue of underage drinking in the large student population of Columbia.

At other campuses, police say they do not actively seek out arrests for the offense, but still cite many students. More often than not, campus police are called for another reason – perhaps a fight or some form of trouble. The alcohol and drug offenses are tacked on to the other offenses.

Other reason police are called are nuisance parties, which are considered social gatherings of 10 or more people where activities such as minors drinking alcohol, littering, outdoor urination, smoking marijuana, setting off fireworks or discharging firearms happen.

Sobriety checks are one way local police have attempted to deter driving under the influence of alcohol as well as minors in possession. These are typically a joint effort between local police and highway patrol or the county sheriff and are funded through a highway safety grant program.

Possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, though considered a low-priority offense under the city ordinance, is still an arrestable offense under state law as a Class A misdemeanor in Michigan. In contrast, Berkeley, California’s code directs local police to “make no arrests and issue no citations for violations of marijuana laws.”

What are your thoughts? Should these laws be strictly enforced? Perhaps the answer is a good alcohol awareness class or drug awareness class. Education is never a bad thing.

Lindsay Lohan Needs Drug Awareness Class

by Mike Miller September 10, 2011

Celebrities, just like normal people get addicted to drugs. Are they more vulnerable and susceptible than others? The answer differs for each individual, but the fact remains that celebrities have issues with drugs.

A poster child for the Hollywood drug and alcohol abuse problem is Lindsay Lohan. This gorgeous uber-talented actress who has starred in such films as “Freaky Friday” with Jamie Lee Curtis and “Herbie Rides Again” has been in and out of rehab, in and out of jail, more times than I can count!

Lindsay admits that she's often turned to drugs and alcohol to ease the pain of her personal problems.

She admits that she tried to mask my problems with alcohol, cocaine, and mind-altering substances. Now, she claims she’s in a place where she doesn’t need to use.

Lindsay claims to be clean and sober now and has learned from the mistakes she's made in her past. She also admits that she made some dreadful mistakes but learned from them – and that learning process is what saved her life.

Addiction Runs in the Family

Lohan blames her addiction to cocaine on her father, who also abused the drug when he was younger. 

Here is how she describes her experience with cocaine.

"I was terrified of it. But I tried it because I was stubborn, stupid and wanted to see what it was like. It’s not something I ever want to do again. It made me feel like s**t. It became uninteresting to me. I’m hyper anyway and I have that kind of personality, so I don’t need something like that.” 

During the very candid interview, Lindsay also addressed her multiple stints in rehab. Speaking about the first of her three trips to rehab, Lindsay admitted she requested treatment after collapsing in her bathroom. 

Wow! It's actually refreshing to hear Lindsay speak so candidly about her drug problem instead of denying the fact that she has one. Sadly, she just needs to surround herself with positive people and it'll make a world of a difference for her. But on a positive note, she's actually starting to look healthy again! Let’s just hope she can stay sober!!

Painful Erections Lead to Drug Addiction and Theft

by Mike Miller September 7, 2011

Let us begin by stating once and for all – stealing is wrong.  There is no good reason to steal.  As a counselor for drug awareness classes and online theft classes I like to keep abreast of any interesting news stories about these subjects.  The following has to be one of the most ludicrous I ever have seen.

Painful Erections Cause Man to Become Drug Addict and Thief

I know what you are thinking, ‘did I read that correctly?’  Yes, it appears to be true, not something culled from The Onion.

The story has it that a New York man has been arrested for stealing money in order to combat his painful erections.

30-year-old David Miller allegedly broke into his father Tommy's apartment in the city and demanded money for painkillers, which he had become addicted to after developing his embarrassing condition.

David pulled a knife on his dad and declared "I want you out, and I want money", according to court documents acquired by The New York Post.

Tommy is then said to have called police, after which his son was arrested for burglary and attempted robbery. However, the elder Miller has since posted bail, which was set at a $25,000 bond or $5,000 in cash.

The father explained that his son has a very rare disease, a priapism, which means he gets an erection that lasts five or six hours, and it's very painful.

Doctors originally prescribed the powerful painkiller oxycodone to help him deal with his painful erections.  While the erections remain a problem, it is his addiction to oxycodone that is causing legal problems.  He's addicted to drugs now.

There is nothing funny about drug addiction and stealing, but I have to admit this story did cause me a chuckle or two.

Welcome to the Online Drug Class Blog

by Mike Miller September 5, 2011

Welcome to the Online Drug Class blog. Online Drug Class is one of the leaders in online drug education and alcohol awareness education. This blog is meant, not to promote our classes, but to inform people about the what's going on in the world of drug use and abuse. We hope by reading the (sometimes scary) situations that people get into, people who are thinking of using or abusing drugs or alcohol will think twice. Plus we'll keep you informed of the news and advancements in alcohol and drug treatments.

We hope you enjoy this blog so stay tuned!

Mike