Posts Tagged ‘abuse’

 

Meth and Heroin in San Jose, California

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Today on March 5, 2012 there were three men all of San Jose that were arrested and charged in connection with one of the largest methamphetamine seizures in American History.

Anthony D. Williams Drug Enforcement Special Agent in Charge; Dennis Burns, Palo Alto Police Department Chief; Chris Moore, Sand Jose Police Department Chief and Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney made the announcement.  All of these people were involved with the investigation and the ultimate arrest and they are to be congratulated.  This was the largest drug bust in history.

The detectives from Palo Alto Police Department were following up on some information they got concerning stolen iPads.  This investigation led them to an apartment located in San Jose.  They were doing a preliminary search and they observed this large quantity of methamphetamine.  These detectives knew they had come across a big bust so they called the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for some help.  That is when they called in the DEA San Jose Resident Office.  As a result of the investigation they seized approximately 750 pounds of methamphetamine; this supply has a street value of $34 million.  They also found items believed to be stolen from Palo Alto at this location.

These three guys were charged and arraigned with state law violations: conspiracy to transport a controlled substance; manufacturing a controlled substance; possession for sale of a controlled substance; child endangerment; gang enhancement because the investigation is believed to be tied to a Mexican drug trafficking organization.  Bail was set at $2 million each.  Of course in America, the charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This supply of METH is off the streets now and that is 750 pounds less that will be distributed in these communities.  If you know someone who needs help to get off drugs; get them to an inpatient treatment center where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

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Heroin, Drugs, and Pregnancy

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Having graduated from a suburban high school near Columbus, OH about twenty years ago, I am getting in touch with former classmates to figure out plans.  I volunteered to be one of the people to call and email everyone to see who can come and who can help.  What an adventure this has been to reconnect with so many people I had not thought of in years.    However, as you can imagine, there are some names that I felt hesitant to call.  Every class had some kids that were on drugs, and all this time later, I am finding out what happened everyone.

Recently,  I  spoke to Stacey, a girl who was troubled throughout the years I had known her.  We didn’t mingle in the same crowds.  I barely knew her personally, but I knew of her reputation for being interested in trying any drug she could get her hands on.  As a person who hates bad news, I was afraid to ask her much about her current life.  However, Stacey opened up to me immediately.  She told me all about her three daughters who are having similar struggles in school.  One was kicked out of high school for disruptive behavior, one was caught smoking marijuana behind the school, and the other is trying to be follow the rules of society, but is struggling with her grades and is in remedial classes.  I had to wonder about whether Stacey’s use of drugs might have had an effect on her kids.  Shortly after graduation, it was rumored that Stacey was pregnant with a dealer’s baby.  I myself never saw her again as I went off to college in Illinois, but another classmate had seen her looking very pregnant and and very stoned near a local bar.  The timing would be about right for the oldest daughter to be that same baby.

I decided to do some internet research.  An article called “Drug Use and Pregnancy” on WebMD.com stated that “exposure to drugs such as marijuana and alcohol before birth has been shown to cause behavior problems in early childhood. These drugs can also affect the child’s memory and attentiveness.  In addition, some findings show that babies born to women who use cocaine, alcohol, or tobacco when they are pregnant may have brain structure changes that persist into early adolescence.”   The article further cites a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse stating that “exposure to cocaine in the womb can lead to subtle, yet significant, deficits later in children. These deficits usually show up in areas such as cognitive performance, information-processing, and attention to tasks. These are areas that are vital for success not just in school but also in life.”

Although Stacey made it clear to me that her partying days were over with and that I could count on her to attend the reunion,  I could clearly see that the aftermath of her drug usage would last her entire life.  She had three children with serious problems that likely stemmed from using drugs in her pregnancies.   She would always have a difficult road ahead of her because of drug abuse and so would the children.

Many drug rehabs in Columbus, Ohio are ill equipped to deal with heroin addiction and the abuse of other street drugs.

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Prescription Abuse Among Antidepressant Users

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Reuters health from New York is reporting that even though recent debates about how well antidepressants really work in people  with only mild to moderate depression they have come up with a new analysis of drug studies and they suggest they may have some benefits across the board.  From the University of Chicago, Robert Gibbons, the study’s lead author said, “The idea that unless you’re very, very ill, you’re not going to benefit from treatment does not appear to stand up, when looking closely.”  Researchers have found that more patients taking Prozac or Effexor had a substantial improvement in their symptoms than those taking a drug-free placebo pill it didn’t matter how bad their symptoms were in the first place.

One researcher who was not involved in this study noted that its findings still don’t mean the drugs are any better than non-drug methods of treating depression, there is still talk therapy and being more physically active.

Gibbons and his co corkers looked at and analysized outcomes for each individual patient in published and unpublished trials that were testing the effects of six weeks of treatment with antidepressants versus placebo pills.  It is noted that most of those trials were funded and run by the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture Prozac and Effexor – Eli Likely and Wyeth, respectively.  They looked at 12 studies of Prozac in adults and four each in elderly patients and youth, as well as 21 trials of immediate-or extended-release Effexor in adults.  About 9,000 participants were included.  This is what they found:

Adults taking Prozac had a least 50 percent improvement.

Fifty-five percent of adults on Prozac responded to treatment compared to 34 percent in the placebo group.  In the young people 30 percent on Prozac had significant symptom improvement compared to just six percent of the comparisons.

It did not matter how severe patients’ symptoms were before starting treatment there was some benefits.  When they looked at the elderly they found the difference between the treatment and placebo it was smaller.  17 older patients would have to be treated with Prozac for one to gain from it.  Gibbons said, “Clearly the efficacy of antidepressants is age-dependent, (and) largest, most interestingly, in youth, which I don’t think would be the mainstream view in psychiatry.”

Irving Kirsch, who studies antidepressants and placebos at Harvard Medical School in Boston said, “This new report didn’t make me more optimistic about the drugs.  There are alternative treatments for depression that also produce about the same symptom reduction as the drugs do, but without the risk of side effects, including psychotherapy and exercise.”

Antidepressants are on the prescribed drugs that are being abused in this country.  The drug companies are trying to make sure their popularity continues to be high.  There are other alternative ways to help yourself if you are depressed.  Don’t just take a drug.  Find a natural way first.

It’s been proved that prescription abuse can lead to heroin abuse.  If you or someone you love needs help finding heroin rehabs, call our hotline now at 1-877-340-3602.

Prescription Abuse in Buffalo, New York

Tuesday, 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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Colorado police charge woman of killing cat with heroin smoke

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Police in Boulder, Colorado have charged a 21-year-old Danielle Blankenship with third degree assault and animal cruelty.

Officials appeared at the scene of the crimes after Blankenship’s boyfriend called 9-1-1 after she allegedly became violent. He said that the incident happened after she was using heroin. Blankenship denied ever using heroin.

Boulder authorities also noticed a cat on the scene that was unresponsive and appeared to be poisoned. Blankenship’s boyfriend stated that she had blown smoke in the cat’s face while she was abusing heroin, and since that point the cat’s condition had worsened.

Heroin purity has risen in recent years, giving rise to a new young generation that smokes the drug instead of injecting it. There is a strong stigma against using needles, but no such stigma against smoking. Unfortunately, heroin can be just as dangerous when it is smoked as when it is injected. Moreover, it’s been proven time and time again that smoking heroin eventually leads to injecting it, because as tolerance builds it becomes more and more difficult for the user to get high from just smoking.

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This incident proves that effective Colorado heroin rehabs are needed now more than ever.

New Abuse-Proof Drugs Increase Heroin Addiction

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

New formulations of the painkiller OxyContin may have reduced the ability of addicts to abuse it, but it still isn’t keeping them from getting their fix – one way or another. Heroin addiction is on the rise as “oxy” addicts turn to the opiate for an easier high.

Purdue Pharma, maker of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, released a crush-proof version of its drug last summer. Now users have to go to extreme efforts in order to get high on the drug by sniffing it up their nose, and many are using the cheaper and easier heroin instead.

Unfortunately, heroin abuse, which was on the decline until recent years, is one of the most deadly forms of drug abuse in the United States. The population of heroin users have some of the worst mortality rates out of any segment of the population. This is largely because heroin destroys the person’s physical health, leaving them susceptible to disease and malnutrition. Heroin users are also at risk of needle-sharing related illnesses such as HIV and Hepatitis-B.

This new wave of heroin abusers call the newest formulation of OxyContin “gummies” (because they get stuck between the teeth when you chew them) or “jellynoses” (because they cake in the nostrils if snorted). While OxyContin addicts have still been able to abuse the drug, many just want an easier high.

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Portland Heroin Dealers Busted for Overdoses

Monday, May 30th, 2011

According to the Portland Tribune, Oregon authorities arrested three Portland residents on drug charges. These men allegedly supplied heroin to Portland resident Jeremiah Alden, a 32 year old male who died of a heroin overdose in a fast food restaurant’s restroom.

The arrests are part of an effort to punish drug dealers whose actions lead to a death. Under the Len Bias legislation in place, prosecutors can hold drug dealers accountable for drug-related deaths.

The Len Bias laws were named after a college basketball star who died from a drug overdose and create a minimum of 20 years in prison for anyone who supplies drugs that lead to overdose.

It is hoped that tough enforcement of these laws will result in fewer overdoses in Portland, Oregon.

The truth is that cracking down on heroin dealers only solves half of the problem. Someone who is addicted to heroin will not stop at any lengths to be able to get their fix. As a result, if they don’t get it from one dealer, they’ll get it from another.

Heroin addicts such as Jeremiah Alden need to be identified and brought to an Oregon heroin addiction rehab that provides the best chance for recovery. Without heroin addicts in the world, there would be no heroin dealers. If we attack the problem at both angles, we have a better chance at finally ending the senseless deaths caused by heroin abuse.

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7 Year Old Distributes Heroin to Classmates

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

A seven-year-old Pittsburgh, PA native brought bags of heroin to school and distributed them to classmates. The school learned of this when three sets of parents called in, complaining that their children had brought drugs home.

Authorities are still trying to determine where the child obtained heroin. While it’s a bizarre circumstance for a seven-year-old child to have his hands on heroin, the drug is more frequently being abused by older school children.

They aren’t shooting it up. Rather, they’re taking heroin derivatives such as “cheese heroin,” which can be purchased for a buck a hit and consists of a mix of heroin and over-the-counter pain medication. Because it’s so cheap and able to be taken so easily, it has become “popular” with the school-age crowd.

Heroin abuse is again on the rise, both because of the new, potent forms of the drug being marketed by drug pushers, and also because opioid prescriptions are on the rise. When someone becomes addicted to opioids, he’ll eventually turn to heroin for a cheaper, similar high.

Also, with new potent forms of heroin that don’t have to be injected, as mentioned above, teens are considering using it whereas they have shied away from needles. The stigma against the heroin junkie with “railroad tracks” all up and down their arms with long-sleeved shirts doesn’t keep a teen from smoking or snorting heroin. Unfortunately, heroin is dangerous and even deadly no matter which way you consume it.

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