Posts Tagged ‘addiction’

 

Heroin and Drug Abuse in Henderson, Texas

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Benjamin Thomas Ferrell, 36, A Rusk County constable was arrested last week on federal drug and weapons charges.  His wife, Amanda Gayle Ferrell was arrested for delivering a controlled substance.

Ferrell has served as Precinct 2 constable in Rusk County since winning the office in 2004. Both of these people posted bond and were released.

The indictment stated, “Benjamin Thomas Ferrell is alleged to have collaborated with an unindicted co-conspirator from December 2001 to January 2012 to possess with intent to distribute phentermine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and marijuana.  The indictment alleges that he also sold an SKS assault rifle to a known felon on Jan. 12”

If Ferrell is convicted he is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for the dug violation and 10 years for the firearms offense.  A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, FBI East Texas HIDTA Task Force and the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.  Jim Middleton is the Assistant US Attorney who is prosecuting.  Rusk County Sheriff, Danny Pirtle commended all the officers who were in the investigation.  He said, “Due to the professionalism and specialized training, the investigation went as planned.  We appreciate the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents for a job well done.”

And so it goes in this great country.  People who we vote into office are sometimes not to be trusted.  He obviously used his position as constable to be in the forefront of the public.  Can you imagine what the guys who did buy from him would say?  They probably had little to no respect for our political system because they knew this guy was getting away with this illegal activity.

Well I guess if you have to buy drugs you just as soon get it from a constable of your district.  It can give you the idea that drugs are safe in this country.

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Drugs and Heroin in Ohio

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

At Ohio State University there were studies done by researchers to examine bullying and substance use and abuse.  They looked at more than 74,000 students in all public, private and Catholic middle and high schools in Franklin County, Ohio, which includes Columbus.  Some of the facts they came up with was that about 30 percent of middle school students and 23 percent of high school students were thought of as being bullies, bully victims or both, called a bully-victim.  More interesting information is that substance use was defined as smoking, drinking, or using marijuana at least once a month.  Fewer than 5 percent of middle school students reported substance use.  When they looked at high school students they found 32 percent drank alcohol, 14 percent smoked cigarettes and 16 percent used marijuana.  So they did find a link between bullying involvement and substance use.  Here are some more statistics.  Marijuana use was reported by only 1.6 percent of middle school students not involved in bullying, compared with 11.4 percent of bullies, 6.1 percent of bully-victim and 2.4 percent of victims.  Marijuana use was reported by 13.3 percent of high school students not involved in bullying, compared with 31.7 percent of bullies, 29.2 percent of bully-victims, and 16.6 percent of victims.  When they looked at alcohol and cigarette use the results were the same as with marijuana.  This was according to the study in the April issue of Addictive Behavior.  Kisha Radliff, lead author and an assistant professor of school psychology said, “Our findings suggest that one deviant behavior may be related to another.  For example, youth who bully others might be more likely to also try substance use.  The reverse could also be true in that youth who use substances might be more likely to bully others.”

This all adds up to when young people do drugs their behavior changes and it could account for what is going on in America right now with bullying.  If you know someone who wants or needs help to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center where they can get a safe and natural way to detox and withdraw.  There is a place like that.  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.

If you or someone you love needs an Ohio heroin rehab, call our hotline now at 1-877-340-3602.

Drug and Heroin Abuse in Tucson, Arizona

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The Federal Authorities in the Phoenix, Arizona area is stating that 12 people have been arrested and more than 220 pounds of drugs seized as part on an eight-month investigation into drug trafficking.

This operation was called, “Operation Smoke in Glass,” and it targeted a large-scale drug trafficking organization linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel.  Many of the officials in the Arizona area have noted that the cartel has been smuggling large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexicali and Sonoita up to Phoenix and Tucson area since 2009.  The way the organization was smuggling was by backpackers transporting the dug loads across the Arizona-Mexico border.  Then the drugs were stored in different stash houses that were located in west Phoenix and then all of these drugs were distributed to different locations in western and Midwestern states.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration officials say nine simultaneous search warrants on some of those suspected stash houses were conducted and many arrest in the case are anticipated.

The words crystal Meth is just short for methamphetamine.  It is a crystalline drug that is white.  It is taken in by snorting it, smoking it or injecting it.  Some people are known to take it orally.  When they take it they get a false sense of happiness and well-being.  So it is easy to develop a strong desire to continue using it.  The get a rush of confidence, hyper activeness and energy.  Methamphetamine is an illegal drug and it ranks at the top with cocaine and other street drugs.  On the street they call it meth, crank, chalk or speed.

Heroin is made from the resin of poppy plants.  Milky sap-like opium is first removed from the pod of the poppy flower.  This opium is refined to make morphine, and then further refined into different forms of heroin.  Most heroin is injected, and that creates additional risks for the user.  These users on a daily basis face the danger of AIDS or other infection on the top of the pain of addiction.

Drug abusers refer to cocaine as “snow,” “sniff,” or “coke”.  Cocaine is commonly abused in Phoenix, Arizona either in its powder form or in solid rocks known as crack cocaine.  Cocaine is produced from the active ingredient in the coca plant, and is one of the most highly addictive drugs found in the streets of Phoenix.  Coke produces a rapid, concentrated high that leads into an edgy, depressed state that causes its user to crave more.  Cocaine abusers experience a skyrocketing heart rate, spasms and conclusions.

No matter how much was smuggled into Phoenix or Tucson there are many drug abusers who will use what they sell on the streets.  Help someone you know get off of drugs.  Get them to a safe and natural place where they can detox and withdraw in this safe environment.

Tucson, Arizona drug rehabs are often challenged to provide the proper care.

If you or someone you love needs an Arizona heroin rehab, call our hotline now at 1-877-340-3602.

 

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.

Synthetic Methamphetamine in Beaumont, Texas

Monday, 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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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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The Effects of Heroin

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Heroin is a dangerous drug that can cause overdose and death. Even numerous celebrities have died from this opiate drug. Because many people who get into heroin are ignorant about the purity of the heroin, they can easily overdose or kill themselves. Some people even become addicted after just one try.

As with other drugs, the longer a person consumes heroin, the more tolerance they will build up. This means more and more heroin is needed in order to achieve the same feeling.

Heroin may give the person a high for a little bit, but once that person experiences withdrawal the fun ends. In fact, heroin’s withdrawal is so brutal that it makes the high not worth it. Many people would agree, but because the withdrawal is so unbearable, they give in to the drug just to make it stop.

The withdrawal occurs not only mentally, but physically too. Some of the common physical side effects are abnormal skin sensations, twitching, vomiting, slurred speech, nausea, constipation, trembling, pupil constriction, dry mouth, mental cloudiness, and slowing of heart and breathing rates. Other possible side effects are hallucinations, nightmares, convulsions, impaired vision, mental instability, mood swings, severe constipation, liver disease, abscesses, collapsed veins, fertility issues, diminished sex drive, and much more.

Fortunately, a person does not have to endure these unpleasant side effects alone. Heroin drug rehab programs are there to guide a person through the difficult process of quitting. Heroin is an extremely hard drug to quit all on one’s own, so it is highly recommended to look into a rehab program.

If you or someone you know needs help for a heroin addiction, you can call our hotline at 1-877-340-3602.

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.

If you or a loved one has a problem with heroin, we can help. Call our toll-free hotline now at 1-877-340-3602 for more information about heroin addiction rehabs.

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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