Archive for May, 2012

 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Drug Abuse

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

According to neighborhoodscout.com Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has a population of 27,109.  It has a crime index of 0 – 100 being the safest.  If you live in South Carolina you have a 1 in 167 chance of becoming a victim and if you live in Myrtle Beach, south Carolina you have a 1 in 56 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The crime rate goes like this; out of one thousand residents 171 of them will be a Vitim.  That leaves Myrtle Beach with one of the highest crime rates in America when you compare it to all other communities of all sizes.

An investigation done by one of the news reporters or WMBF TV is a tell all; cocaine is still a big problem in South Carolina.  He notes that chasing that high can come at a high cost even if a person can use cocaine and keep their job and home.  A Myrtle Beach drug counselor by the name of Spencer Josey said, “The people that are financially stable and still have drug problems are not quite seen as bad off as people that come through my doors that have lost everything.  But even those who just use cocaine to ‘party’ may eventually find their family torn apart.” Indeed, regardless of income or apparent level of emotional and financial stability, many of these “partiers” would likely benefit from getting help from the Charleston drug rehabs.

According to the 2010 figures from the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services seven percent of drug abusers are seeking help in crack or cocaine abuse.  Cocaine is the number one hard drug by far.

Judith, a drug counselor, said, “We are still getting cocaine abusers.  And we’re also getting people that are using both cocaine and heroin, which is a thing called speedball.  And that in combination is very dangerous.  That’s the thing that killed Chris Farley and John Belushe because in combination it’s really lethal.” Many of the folks who engage in this kind of activity would do well to get into one of the local heroin rehabs.

Cocaine may be the number one hard drug in South Carolina but, according to state figures, 59% of people seeking treatment in 2010 in this state, similarly to rehabs in Louisiana and elsewhere in the south, were actually addicted to alcohol.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is number 15 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in; located in these United States.  Having cocaine as one of the most popular drugs does somehow contribute to this situation.  Drugs harm us and our families and our communities in many ways.  Most of us don’t look at the actual ways they do harm us.  There are a lot of dollars spent to stop the distribution of these drugs.  The abusers of drugs and the distributors however always find a way to get them out and on the streets.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center where they can get a safe and natural way to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

Pontiac, Michigan Drug Abuse Info

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Pontiac, Michigan has a population of 59,515 and it has a crime index of 7 – 100 being the safest. If you lived in Michigan you would have a 1 in 203 chance of becoming a victim of crime and if you lived in Pontiac, Michigan you would have a 1 in 53 chance of becoming a victim of violent crimes. For every one thousand residents there are 53 that will be a victim of crime.  Pontiac has one of the highest crime rates in America when you compare it with other communities of all sizes.

Late in the year 2011 clickondetroit.com reported that the DEA made a statement that they made what it calls the largest heroin bust in Michigan’s history in Pontiac.  The Oakland county Sheriff’s deputies found 2 kilograms of suspected cocaine in a vehicle; and they found this while they were doing a traffic stop.  After all that excitement the DEA’s Detroit office did a follow up investigation after getting a search warrant.  They went into a home on Pike Street in Pontiac and what they found was 69 kilograms of heroin and 10.5 kilograms of cocaine.  All of this had a street value of about $150 million.  They also found $560,000 in cash and drug distribution equipment.  All of this was seized by the DEA agents.  There were two people that were arrested with the drug bust.  One of them was from Mexico and was staying in the US illegally.  Michael Bouchard, Oakland County Sheriff, said, “The sheer quantity of drugs we confiscated last week in our own backyard is startling.” Let’s hope that in addition to these seizures, that the people hooked on the dangerous substances these criminals were peddling got themselves help at one of the Detroit drug rehabs.

This indeed does sounds like a Hugh drug bust.  My hats off to these guys.  The more we get off the streets the less there is to distribute.  Drugs can and do harm many parts of our lives.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs; get them some help and bring them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the heroin rehabs where they can detox and withdraw in a safe and natural way.  Something can be done about it.

Detroit, Michigan Drug Abuse Info

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Detroit, Michigan has a population of 713,777 this according to neighborhoodscout.com and it has a crime index of 1 — 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Michigan you have a 1 in 203 chance of becoming a victim and if you lived in Detroit you have a 1 in 41 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  With a crime rate of 91 per one thousand residents Detroit has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.

Mlive.com reported in February of 2012 that federal authorities were saying that they broke up an international drug ring operating in Metro Detroit and it was called one of the largest drug busts ever in the region.

The officials allege that Carlos Powell of Washington Township ran the criminal organization.  Powell and 11 other suspects, including the former State Representative Ken Daniels of Detroit are facing criminal charges.  It seems that all of these suspects were charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 30 grams of heroin, 12 kilograms of cocaine, 1,000 pounds of marijuana and money laundering in excess of $21 million.  That does indeed sound like a very large drug bust.  After some investigating they found that the money was used to buy luxury vehicles like Rolls-Royce, Two Bentleys a Ferrari, four Mercedes a Range Rover and two boats.  There was also some real estate and some jewelry all of it appraised at more than $800,000.

Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for Michigan’s Eastern District, said, “We are focused on dismantling major drug trafficking organizations that bring illegal drugs into our community.  We want young people to see that the lucrative rewards from drug trafficking are short-lived and lead to criminal charges.” It’s also a concern, of course, that so many young people become hooked on these substances as well as on a life of crime; but help is available at Detroit drug rehabs.

Rich Issaacson, a spokesman for the DEA Detroit Division, said, “It’s certainly one of the larger heroin operations that has been dismantled here in Southeast Michigan.  These drugs were coming from the Southwest part of the United States.  It doesn’t take much of a leap to understand that the majority of the cocaine, heroin and marijuana consumed here in Southeast Michigan are coming from Mexican cartels.” Let’s hope that the people hooked on these dangerous drugs get themselves into one of the heroin rehabs available.

That is what is going on in Detroit.  The war on drugs is being fought very bravely and coming up with good end products.  Detroit is one of 100 most dangerous cities to live in in these United States.  Drugs have a big part in this situation.  If you know someone who wants 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.

Jackson, Michigan Drug Abuse

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

 

At the end of February 2012, Sheriff Steve Rand of Jackson County, Michigan executed a search warrant on a residence and what he came up with was the seizure of firearms, ammunition, heroin, marijuana and digital scales.  There were deputies from the Jackson county office of the Sheriff that were acting on a tip about heroin and marijuana being sold from a particular residence.  During the investigation they secured a search warrant and because of this they were able to seize the heroin and marijuana along with a sawed-off shotgun and two handguns.  They also found the ammunition and other firearms.  As a result of this investigation a 21 year old was charged by the Prosecutors Office with four felony counts, possession of short barreled shotgun with the serial numbers ground off, delivery of marijuana, possession of heroin and felony firearms.  The ATF was notified and will help with more investigating having to do with the firearms and the direct connection to the distribution of drugs. Let’s hope that the folks whom this young man got hooked on drugs have gotten themselves into one of our Lansing drug rehabs.

On another incident in Troy Michigan early in March there was a 23 year old man arraigned in a drunk driving causing injury accident on I-75 North of Wattles Road.  Early in the morning the Troy Police Department and the Alliance Emergency medical Services responded to a serious injury one car rollover crash on this road.  When they got to the accident scene they found a 2001 Jeep Wrangler lying on its passenger side in the middle of the Northbound lane of I-75 expressway.  A 23 year old woman, passenger in the jeep had been ejected and was laying several feet from the crash.  The 23 year old man who was driving was taken to the hospital also and was released and charged with “Operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.”

The police say the freeway was closed for about four hours and that was an inconvenience to many residents of the area.

In Michigan we can see that drugs and alcohol are keeping the law enforcement busy.  From getting the criminal off the street when they are distributing the drugs to getting the drunk driver off the roads.  Drugs and alcohol can and do affect us all in our communities.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs or alcohol get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the heroin rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  That is sometimes the scariest part of getting off.  So assure them something can be done about it.

Marijuana Abuse

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

I have been roommates with my friend Jerome for about six months.  We both are in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin.  Despite the fact that we are opposite genders, we do not date each other, and live together as roommates to share the cost of rent and utilities.  When I agreed to room with Jerome, I knew that he smoked marijuana.  At the time, I didn’t think this was a terrible thing.  Many students smoke it and maintain good grades and don’t seem to be involved with anything else illegal.  I wasn’t really thinking it was an issue until I started to notice some changes.

At first, maybe once every two or three weeks, I would come home late and find Jerome and a bunch of other guys laughing in the living room.  The laughter would go on for some time and I could smell the marijuana smoke.  I always just said “hi” and went to bed.  In the past few months, I have noticed his usage escalating.  Now, if I come home to fix supper, Jerome is often there smoking marijuana by himself in his room.  I also noticed as of late that laughter seems to only occur when the friends are over. When Jerome is under the influence alone, he is usually critical and cranky.  If I talk to him and mention a person, he has something negative to say.  Since he plays on the interdepartmental softball team, I mentioned that this girl Courtney was signing up to play and he said that now they’ll surely lose.  I mentioned someone else I ran into and he said that girl was stuck-up and slutty.  Jerome wasn’t like this when we first started being friends.  Otherwise, I never would have agreed to room with him!

I am trying to figure out what is going on with him.  Is this mood change due to the pot?  I looked on-line and found on web4health.info that “in some cases high quantity users can experience feelings of anxiety, depression and be seriously unwell.  Long-term use of cannabis may affect thinking, emotions and feelings.”  Unfortunately, I could not find a website describing the exact symptoms I have noticed with Jerome.  However, the same site did say that the psychological effects of marijuana were highly individualized.

In the midst of all of this, I talked to an acquaintance of mine who knows us both.  He is a former heroin addict and is on the custodial staff at our school.  I told him about Jerome and asked his advice on what to do.  I thought perhaps Mr. Jones would be willing to do an intervention with me and others we could summon.  He said that I need to move out quickly and not look back because if drugs would be found by the authorities in our co-apartment, I would be in just as much legal trouble as Jerome, even if I am not there while they are being consumed!  He said Jerome would have to formally state that I had nothing to do with the drugs, otherwise I would be just as accountable as he because both of our names are on the lease!  Mr. Jones didn’t know the exact laws and if they are applicable here in Madison, WI, but he said that’s how it was in Chicago in the 60s.  Basically, I needed to get out. Perhaps, in fact, Jerome needs to get into a rehab center–it’s not like he needs to go to a heroin rehab, but maybe he needs some kind of help.

I still have concern for Jerome, but my main thoughts are for my own welfare.  So, I told Jerome that things just weren’t working out and asked if he could move out.  He actually was relieved by the idea and had been wanting to move in with friends that were more fun!  He just didn’t know how to tell me what a drag I am.  I am still upset that Jerome put me in this situation and I don’t want to be friends with him any more.  Yet still, I feel like I should have mentioned my concerns to him. I’m sure that there are polite and caring ways to say that he might consider going to one of our Wisconsin drug rehabs.  I will try and work up my courage to tell him that he needs to lay off the pot that it is affecting him and he is not being fun.

Philadelphia, PA. Drug abuse

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Earlier this month the police got a call about excessive noise in the neighborhood so they responded.  What they found was some cockfighting going on and we all know that is gambling.  In all of this the ASPCA rescued 100 birds but just as a side note they also were able to make some arrest on drugs.  They put into action a massive drug sting and worked all day.  Starting at 6am different units of the Philadelphia Police narcotics teams were in the streets serving more than 90 warrants in the 24th thru 26th district as well as Northeast Philadelphia.

The results were 100 arrest, 30 guns were confiscated, including assault rifles.  They also got 2 vehicles, $41,000 cash and drugs like cocaine, crack, heroin, marijuana, PCP and Oxycontin.  These drugs were worth about $198,000 on the streets.  This was a good thing that they went to find out what the noise was all about and found animal abuse and drug abuse.  This was all in a neighborhood where presumably families lived. Let’s hope that the people these criminals got hooked on drugs got themselves to one of the Philadelphia drug rehabs.

There a many harmful effects of drug abuse in our communities.  These drug dealers provide what the addict wants and needs.  It seems that this kind of thing is going on in many communities across the US.  I suppose if someone didn’t need their product then they would go out of business.  The root then of this problem is the addict.  If you know someone who would like to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or heroin rehab where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  These drugs make your family members and friends act differently than what they should be acting.  Help them and help our communities get off drugs.

Drug Rehab and Nutrition

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

If you are into drug rehabilitation one of the first thing you may notice is that you do not feel so well.  This could be because of the harmful effect of the substance abuse itself and the negative lifestyle changes like the irregular eating habits you adopted and poor diet.  This recovery you are going through affect the body; for example your metabolism, your organ function and the mental well-being.  If you get into good nutrition it can help with the healing process.  The right nutrients will give the body energy and help build and maintain healthy organs and fight off infections.

If a person is on opiates like codeine, heroin and morphine that can affect the gastrointestinal system.  You can get constipated and when you withdraw you will get diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.  So what will happen next is that you will have an imbalance of electrolytes like sodium, potassium and chloride.  A high fiber diet with plenty of complex carbs is recommended.

If a person is suffering from alcohol abuse they will probably have deficiencies from Vitamin B6, thiamin and folic acid.  This will cause anemia and nervous system problems.  Alcoholic have problems with two major organs the liver and the pancreas ad that can cause imbalance of fluids, calories, protein and electrolytes.  A person could develop Diabetes, permanent liver damage, seizures, severe malnutrition and a shortened life expectancy.  Lab testing is recommended to see just what a rehabilitating alcoholic will need.

Stimulants like crack, cocaine and methamphetamine have decreased the appetite of the user and this will cause weight loss and malnutrition.  The user can stay up for days at a time.  They will be dehydrated and have electrolyte imbalances during these days.  The difficulty will be in getting back to a healthy diet especially if they have lots of weight loss. You don’t have to be at a spa in Sonoma to make healthy changes — though if you’re an addict, it will help to get expert advice at one of the Arizona drug rehabs.

Marijuana can cause a person to have increased appetite.  You will notice weight gain in these individuals.  They will need to cut back on fat, sugar and total calories.

When people are trying to get into rehabilitation it is important that they feel good.  That will help tremendously with the recovery as the relapse will be less likely.  Some good ideas are to stick to a regular mealtime, eat a low fat diet, get more protein, complex carbs and dietary fiber and by all means take vitamins and mineral supplements.

If you need help getting off the drugs or alcohol get into an inpatient treatment center or heroin rehab.  There are places that will get you through this process in a safe and natural way.  Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that taking one drug will get you off the drug you are on.  Something can be done about it.

Portland, Oregon Drug Abuse

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Just last month Portland, Oregon made a huge drug bust.  Working in cooperation with Portland’s Police bureau Neighborhood Response Team the Columbia Enforcement narcotics Team (CENT) arrested two suspected Mexican Cartel drug traffickers.  These traffickers were believed to provide large quantities of heroin to Columbia County.  This team had a high risk stop in southeast Portland and the result was the arrest of a 31 year old and a 32 year old both of Gresham.  The St. Helens Police Department’s Critical Incident Response Team raided the couples’ Gresham apartment and found methamphetamine, cocaine and more than 2 ounces of heroin as well as scales and packaging materials.  There was about $11,000 in cash that was seized.  The detectives found a small shrine depicting Jesus Malverde, reportedly the patron saint of narcotics trafficking.  An official was quoted as saying, “These shrines are frequently found in homes of Mexican drug traffickers and are believed by the traffickers to bring them protection against law enforcement.”

This whole investigation started when some individuals that were arrested gave to the officials some information of a high-level Mexican drug organization in Gresham and so law enforcement followed that lead knowing that this could be the main source of heroin in Columbia County.  During the investigation they identified the two as suspected leaders of the organization.  They tracked their movements associated with the organization with physical, electronic, and scientific means to “not only build their case on the organization but to also identify many of the organizations Columbia County and Portland med-level drug distributors.”

Both of these suspects are being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple felony charges including manufacture and delivery of heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine.  They were also charged with conducting their illegal drug enterprises within 1,000 feet of a school. Let’s hope that the kids whom they got hooked on drugs got themselves to one of the Portland drug rehabs.

Officials also stated: “The investigation is far from over.  We intend to focus additional time and resources to a complete dismantling of the local arm of this and any other drug organization that prey upon our Columbia County communities for profit.” If you or someone you know has gotten hooked on these dangerous substances, get him or her to a detox or heroin rehab today.

The war on drugs rages on.  These organizations actually they will be protected from harm when they are doing harmful things to whole communities.  There is a lot to be said about that.

Drug Abuse Hurts Your Body

Monday, May 7th, 2012

When a person is using and abusing drugs the last thing they think of is “what are these drugs doing to my body?”  Drugs do not rebuild or replenish your body in no way.  They are made to kill bacteria or stop pain.  Because we use them to “feel good” that is what drug abuse is all about.  Many of the drugs we abuse can cause and does cause problems in your body like having heart attacks and high blood pressure.  That is not a simple thing to have happen to your body.  It can cause many illnesses in your later years.

If you smoke cigarettes you can get a disease (dis-ease) like cancer or emphysema.  Your lungs can be hurt and have infections and you can cough a lot.  Smoking marijuana can cause these same things.

When you take drugs like heroin and painkillers; it slows down your body and it can even make you stop breathing.  Inhalants can hurt your lungs and airways and actually stop your breathing.  That would bring you to the next step of death.

When a person does cocaine and heroin it may hurt their kidneys.  What does that include?  Well, there may be times when you hurt the kidneys so bad that you have to do medical treatment (dialysis) every week.  That sounds like not too much fun.  You will feel awful most of the time.  If it is bad enough your kidneys may stop working or you could even die.

Your liver could be in danger if you abuse alcohol and inhalants.  We need our liver to help our body filter everything in our system.  Detoxing in a treatment center, whether it’s one of the Delaware drug rehabs or one of many across the country, can help.

Some people don’t think of this but if they are into injecting drugs they can hurt their veins.  If they use dirty needles you can pick up HIV/AIDS and maybe hepatitis.

Drugs do hurt your body.  When you are young you feel that nothing can hurt you.  Most times we do not feel the effects of what drugs do to our bodies until we get older.  Pay attention.  What you do to your body today will definitely affect you later.  If you want to get off drugs get to an inpatient treatment center or heroin rehab where you can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Don’t let anyone put you on another drug to get off the one you are on.

Friday, May 4th, 2012

New Anti-Addiction medication

The National Institute of Health is releasing a report that states that thanks to new research, that is giving a better understanding of the properties of the only member of the opioid receptor family; whose activation counteracts the rewarding effects of addictive drugs, scientist are one step closer to developing anti-addiction medications.  These studies were supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Institute of Mental Health.  The NIDA Director, Dr. Nora D. Volkow stated, “Drug abuse and addiction remain devastating public health challenges in the United States.  This research could aid in the development of effective medications for the treatment of drug addiction, particularly to stimulants like cocaine, for which there are no medications currently available.  It may also be valuable for the development of safer pain medications.” Maybe with this knowledge we can keep people out of New Mexico drug rehabs and ones all across the country.

The Kappa opioid receptor (KOR) does not go along with the development of physical dependence or the abuse potential of opiate drugs like heroin or morphine.  So medications that act at the KOR could have broad therapeutic potential for addressing addiction, pain, as well as other mental disorders.  There is a leading compound for this purpose and it is called JDTic and the reason is because its specific binding to the KOR has been shown to reduce relapse to cocaine seeking in animal models.  JDTic is currently in clinical trials to assess its safety and tolerability in humans.

It would be nice if there were a pill to take and then your addiction would be gone.  In this fast paced world it seems that is what is wanted.  Most of us just want to take a pill and that makes it all better.  The real solution is to get off drugs or to not start taking them to begin with.  If you know someone who needs help to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or heroin rehab where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.