Synthetic Methamphetamine in Beaumont, Texas

March 26th, 2012

There is a new kid on the block according to the Jefferson “county Crime lab.  We all know that marijuana is one of the most common drugs that are seized in the US; now a new drug called “pump it” has made its debut in the drug market.  This drug was known as “bath salts” and it was legal until just last September.  What this drug does is mimics the effects of methamphetamine and you can find it area convenience stores.  Rod Carroll, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stated, “It’s the commercialization of the illegal drug trade.  They (drug manufacturers) built an enterprise with their money, knowing they needed a marketing plan to sell this.”

Last year the state legislature made the chemical formula for bath salts and similar products illegal.  So what did the drug companies do?  They started selling the over the counter packet as either shoe deodorizer or plant food.  So if you want some you can ask for that by name because it is out of the view of the ordinary customer or law enforcement.  They will be under the counter.  The Vidor police arrested four clerks at Orange County area convenience stores where “Pump It” was being sold.  Dave Shows, Vidor’s Police Chief said, “The ones buying it (the drug) are former crack heads, meth heads.  The people selling it are people who don’t care about this community and don’t care what they do to people’s lives.  If we are seeing it here, people are seeing it everywhere.  It’s not unique to Vidor.  It’s being made in labs and shipped in from out of town.  This drug is much more dangerous than other controlled substances.  This is bad stuff.  It causes paranoia, hallucinations, increased body temperatures.  Its way worse than meth and worse than crack.  It has the effects of all those drugs rolled into one.”

Bath salts showed up in 2010 and narcotics officers were really not sure what they were seizing.  It seems that there is an ongoing research project to find out what these drugs are.  This substance can be smoked, eaten or snorted.  It is very addictive.  It gets into your system and messes with your brain cells.  They are not as expensive as meth or cocaine and you can find them almost anywhere.  It is not being openly displayed like it was before.  After it became known that bath salts were illegal the manufacturers simply changed the packaging.  Now it’s shoe deodorizer or plant food.  That is what they are asking for now.  The addict will go to any means to get his fix.  It seems the people who sell to the addict will do the same thing.

It has been found that synthetic drug abuse can lead to heroin abuse.  Heroin addicts often cannot recover without the help of a heroin rehab.

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Heroin and Guns in Baltimore, Maryland

March 22nd, 2012

A three month investigation came to an end in Baltimore this week.  This investigation was done by Baltimore City Police and agents from the Department of Homeland Security.  It netted them into a gun and drug ring with a massive bust.  Three suspects were arrested.  City police said they started to keep track of the suspects in January using wiretaps.  Warrants were issued at four houses in the city and a storage unit.  When the arrests were made they found 16 guns, a large amount of heroin and cash along with some bullet proof vest.  Baltimore City Police Detective Donny Moses said, “The commissioner is always talking about getting guns off the street –‘bad guys with guns off the street’ – and we did just that.  Everything that goes hand-in-hand with the drug trade, everything that’s behind and pushing violence in Baltimore City is represented in that seize.”

One of the suspects lived above a dentist’s office in Baltimore.  The staff at the office said he was seen in January and that he had some suspicious people working for him.  Amber Ort a person who knew the suspect said, “He just seemed like a really nice guy.  I talked to him a couple of times outside.  He had some people working for him, like they were picking up trash outside, and they kind of looked sketchy.  So, I thought maybe he was doing something, but never like what we just heard.  I never would have thought of that.”

The war on drugs goes on in Baltimore.  It is a daily occurrence.  Drug addicts fuel the economy in many unfavorable ways.  Baltimore, Maryland drug rehabs constantly struggle with it.  If you know someone who needs help getting off of drugs get them some help.  Something can be done about it.  Get them to an inpatient treatment center where they can detox and withdraw in a safe and natural way.

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Prescription Abuse in Buffalo, New York

March 20th, 2012

WKBW.com is reporting that New York Senator Charles Schumer has just recently given the news to the public that his plan to crack down on prescription drug theft, the SAFE DOSES Act, has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously.  One would observe that this is a critical hurdle to stop the spike in drug abuse in New York State.  Reports are showing from the Upstate New York Poison Control Center that there have been over 12,800 cases of prescription drug abuse total in New York and this abuse has fueled dozens of pharmacy robberies across the states which lead to some deaths.  The SAFE DOSES Act purpose is to combat theft at every point of the supply chain.  It starts at the drug warehouse to the delivery truck to the pharmacy.  Penalties are being increased and medical product theft is being put under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law; this gives law enforcement access to tools to combat drug rings.

Schumer is stating, “This is huge step towards curbing the prescription drug epidemic that is sweeping across New York and the entire country.  The SAFE DOSES Act will help ensure that prescription drugs like Oxycontin and hydrocodone make it from the factory to the patient and nowhere else.  Pharmacy robberies have put our communities in danger and have turned deadly in the last year – we need to give law enforcement the tools to fight back.”

Prescription drug abuse is in every part of New York State.  The Upstate Poison Control Center reports the following prescription drug abuse cases during 2011:

Capital Region had 1,452 cases reported

Central New York had 3,103 cases reported

Rochester Finger Lakes Region had 2,063 cases reported

Hudson Valley had 1,428 cases reported

Western New York had 2,324 cases reported

Southern Tier had 1,431 cases reported

Northern Country had 1,070 cases reported

This new plan will direct increases in sentences for robbing pharmacies of controlled substances and commit a new crime for the theft of medical products.  There is a heavy demand for prescription drugs and it is often fed by pharmaceutical theft. According to the DEA In 2009 $184 million worth of prescription drug were stolen in the US that is a 350% increase from 2007.  There were a total of 129 pharmaceutical cargo thefts between 2009 and 2011.  Armed robberies at pharmacies rose 81 percent between 2006 and 2010.  During the same period the number of pills stolen went from 706,000 to 1.3 million.  This crime wave has overwhelmed law enforcement.  This bill that has passed will help with that.

Broad prescription abuse eventually leads to an increase in heroin addiction.

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Heroin Abuse

December 7th, 2011

Heroin acts quickly and that is one of the reasons why it is among the most addictive drugs.  When people inject it into their blood stream they get the effects in less than 8 seconds.  In case you didn’t know you can smoke or sniff heroin.  Heroin is very dangerous because it is processed from naturally occurring morphine.  It can be missed with other substances and that can make it even more dangerous.

When a person uses heroin it can have powerful effects on their body.  Their judgment can be clouded you can have changing states of alertness and drowsiness.  The first effect of heroin is euphoria, flushing and heaviness in hands and feet and you get that within seconds and it can last for hours.  Some of the long term effects that go with heroin abuse are heart problems, lungs, kidneys and liver.  You can also get collapsed veins.

If you get an overdose you can actually die from it.  Your breathing slows down your blood pressure drops; your mental faculties are affected.  You can actually get stomach contractions, muscle spasms and vomit.

When a user does this repeatedly the body builds up a tolerance so they have to use higher and higher doses to get the same effect.  When a user tries to stop they will have withdrawal symptoms which can be very severe.  They get diarrhea cold flashes, muscle spasms, pain in the bones, sleeplessness and restlessness.  These withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that it can prevent the user from trying to get off this dangerous drug.

It has been estimated by the NIH that about three million people have tried heroin at some time in their lives.  Many of these people feel that heroin is risky and this study says that they may try it if they had done some other drugs first.  In fact it is most common on those who have used alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.  There are people who have not used any of these drugs and so they are much less likely to not start with heroin.  There are things you can recognize when a person is abusing heroin so watch for these signs of abuse, like sleeplessness and restlessness.  Stay involves with your family and friends so you can be aware of these dangers.  If you or someone you love needs help from a drug treatment facility, we can help.  Our rehabs in Louisiana serve the entire U.S.

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Teachers Today

December 6th, 2011

What do teachers of today go through each day?  Do you know a teacher?  I get the idea from talking to a few that school is not like it was in the Fifties.  Back then the teacher was respected and now they are watched as if they would harm your children.  I am sure it is quiet hard for the teachers now.  Students are known to carry guns to school, disrupt their classes because of unruly behavior.  In fact there would be a drug for that.  It is called Ritalin.  If the students do not sit in their chairs, do not listen and are fidgety the teachers calls that ADHA.  Right now there are a large percentage of students that are on drugs called Ritalin.  These drugs are taken so they can focus better.  That is one drug the teacher has to put up with.  What about the teacher themselves, how do they fare on their daily trek?  Should teachers be randomly drug-tested?  I believe the decision is still being reached on that matter.  One friend of mine was a bit concerned because she had a sister that is a teacher that was using ecstasy on the weekends and this teacher was not worried about getting caught because she felt like all things were under control.  This friend of mine felt like she needed to report her to the school but didn’t want to ruin her career.  I say call them maybe they can do random drug testing and save her life.  I know a teacher personally that is addicted to prescription painkillers and she goes to class each day taking this medication.  On the weekends she drinks heavily and has missed several days of work this year.  If drug testing were done she would not pass.

News.yahoo.com reports that the arrest of a teacher In Ohio drew national headlines for having sex with five students and claiming insanity then just weeks after that coach Barr was arrested in Fairfield County on similar charges.  The problem is not isolated in the Buckeye State.  Numerous teachers in other states have been arrested and suspended for sexually explicit and drug related crimes this year.  A special education teacher and girls soccer coach was suspended this week for possible ethics violations.  She was using her computer to create pornographic websites. A music teacher in Semi Valley was arrested last week after a heroin overdose.  In Las Cruces an elementary teacher was arrested in his classroom on drug related charges.  All of this can be very alarming.  These people are in charge of our children each day.  Are they being responsible teachers or even responsible citizens?

Drug education is very much needed.  If most people were aware that this was going on each day in the schools they would I hope do something about it.  Get active now and find out what kinds of teachers are in the schools where your children go.  Help get the awareness up.

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Effects of Heroin Abuse

October 27th, 2011

Immediate Effects to you

When heroin is taken a person gets a surge of sensation it is called a “rush”.  The person may get a warm feeling of the skin and a dry mouth.  They also may get some vomiting and severe itching.  After these first effects the person will get drowsy and this will go on for several hours and their breathing and heart rate slowdown.  Just hours after all these effects decrease the person who took heroin begins to crave more and if he doesn’t get what he craves he will get into withdrawals. He will start to have physical and mental symptoms like restlessness, aches and pains in the bones, diarrhea, vomiting and severe discomfort.

Long Term effects

The abuser is doing frequent injections and this can cause collapsed veins and can lead to infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.  Tuberculosis can result from the general poor condition of the body.  Arthritis is another long-term result of heroin addiction.  Heroin users often share needles and that can lead to AIDS and other contagious infections.

What it is doing to our communities?

In August of this year 51 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 pounds of heroin worth about $6.5 million was seized by the New York Field of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This shipment came from Mexico transported to Texas then trucked across the country.  These drugs were intended to sell to addicts in the area.  These addicts get their fix and in turn do violent acts against their families and the city they live in.

Just this week in St. Louis, Mo. the DEA conducted an aggressive heroin enforcement operation that resulted in the arrest of 53 individuals and it was only the first phase of their targeting street level heroin dealers.  It has been reported that since the beginning of 2011, in the city of St. Louis there have been 57 heroin related deaths.  Officials in the Southern Illinois area are sending a message to heroin violators;   they will not tolerate heroin use, abuse and trafficking.

A few examples of the time and money spent in the war against drugs in this country.  This affects our communities in many unforeseen ways.

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Communication and Drugs

October 20th, 2011

Do you know how to communicate well?  Some people think they are really good communicators and all they do is talk, talk, talk.

Well I don’t know if that is communicating.  When you are aware of the other person and listen, that may be talking.  When you say to the person, “yes, I hear you” you may be communicating.  When you make sure when you are talking with someone that they answer your questions, you may be communicating.  All of these are skills that help a person get along well in life.

When a person does drugs and become an abuser that may be one of their problems.  They could not communicate so they say, “I couldn’t say anything”.  They don’t stand up for themselves because they can’t think of what to say.  If they had a skill to communicate they could get passed that problem.

Drug users get introverted and then they make a choice to not communicate because that is how they got into trouble to begin with.  Now the drug abuser feels more shame and guilt about who they are and what they are doing.

When you go to Narconon Louisiana Riverbend Retreat you will get an in-depth part of the program that will address this lack of communication.

They will help you get into communication with others and the environment around you.  This part of the program will also allow you to apply practical exercises that will extrovert you taking attention off of just yourself and onto the present time environment.

Your senses and your ability to handle problems in your life will get much better because of this exercise.  It is important to be able to communicate so getting the skill is very important.

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Heroin – What is It?

October 13th, 2011

What is it?

It is a very addictive drug that is illegal.  Millions of addicts all around the world take this drug.  These people are unable to overcome the urge to continue taking this drug and so they do this every day of their lives.  What is in store for them is withdrawal if they stop.

Heroin is made from the resin of poppy plants.  Milky, sap-like opium is first removed from the pod of the poppy flower.  Then it is refined even more to make morphine, and then further refined into different forms of heroin.  This poppy plant is grown throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia.  The abuser injects the heroin creating additional risks because of the dangers of AIDS or other infection.

Heroin was first manufactured in 1898 by the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company of Germany.  At that time it was gotten out as a treatment for tuberculosis as well as a remedy for morphine addiction.

A Cycle

In and around the 1850s opium was a big addiction problem in the United States.  The “solution” was to give the addict a less potent and “non-addictive” substitute and that was morphine.  That became a bigger problem than opium addiction.  So another “solution” that was “non-addictive” and that was heroin and then it became a bigger problem than morphine.  The heroin problem became a very big problem yet another “non-addictive” substitute is given the drug now known as methadone.  In 1937 German scientist found this drug for pain with the name of Dolohine.  Then it was brought to the United States renamed methadone and given as a treatment for heroin addiction.  What do you know it is more addictive than heroin.  The cycle continues.

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Heroin: “I’ll Just Try it Once”

September 18th, 2011

I know some friends that have said to me, I’ll just try it once or twice, I can always stop.”  But when they start down that road it is nearly impossible to turn back.

Sam a user said:

“When you first shoot up, you will most likely puke and feel repelled, but soon you will try it again.  It will cling to you like an obsessed lover.  The rush of the hit and the way you’ll want more, as if you were being deprived of air—that’s how it will trap you.”

You use it once then not only do you get the threat of addiction but the worse consequence of experimenting with heroin.  You may use it long term and get bad teeth, inflammation of the gums, constipation, cold sweats, itching, weakening of the immune system.  That just names a few, so I ask you does that sound like fun.  So just trying it once can get you into a lot of trouble.  You can become addicted and then nothing else matters to you.  You will get the money anywhere you can.  You will spend your whole day finding or taking the drug.

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Heroin: Its Destructive Effects

September 11th, 2011

Some of us or some of our family and friends use heroin and we may ask ourselves.  What does it do you?  The initial effects of heroin include a surge of sensation it is called a “rush”.  Now a person will get a warm feeling of the skin and a dry mouth.  Sometimes they will get severe itching or vomiting.  I don’t see any fun yet, do you?

After these beginning effects fade, the user becomes drowsy for several hours.  Then all of the body slows down, like the heart beat and the breathing.  Then it is only hours after the drug effects decrease the body begins to crave more.  You know if he doesn’t get a fix he will begin to experience withdrawals.  These withdrawals include extreme physical and mental symptoms which the user will have if their body is not supplied again with the next dose.  They start to feel restlessness, aches and pains in the bones, diarrhea, vomiting and severe discomfort.

Then the cycle really begins.  The intense high they get lasts only a few minutes, so they use more; then he needs increasing amounts of the drug just to feel “normal”.  This is not a way to live.  It interrupts your work life your family life and all things around you.  You become obsessed with “where will I get my next fix.”

Just so you don’t have to feel the withdrawals, there are holistic heroin addiction treatment programs designed to help you through the detox process.  The thing to do is just call us at 1-877-340-3602 and we’ll help you find the long term drug rehabilitation program that you need.