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Children In United States Get Jump Start On Addiction

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

In 1985, approximately 500,000 children were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and put on medication. That number jumped 327% by 1999. Today, 6 million children are drugged due to an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. (CHAADA)

Both Ritalin and Adderall are stimulants classified as Schedule 2 narcotics. Cocaine is also in the same Schedule. Ritalin is more potent in a child’s brain than cocaine. A report by the Washingtonian states, “Adderall is “speed” in low doses. Methamphetamine, the drug made in clandestine labs that is tearing up families and communities across the country, is speed in high doses.” The US Drug Enforcement Agency categorizes Schedule 2 narcotics as substances that “have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.”

If we give our children amphetamines and other stimulants, then their brains learn to enjoy and need stimulants. These drugs work on the pleasure centers in the brain and change the way the brain works. It is no coincidence that the generation of kids who began using medications like Ritalin as children now have resulted in the Adderall epidemic at colleges across the nation.

A study by the Washingtonian found that approximately 25% of college students use Adderall, many of them illegally. Their article quotes one student at Georgetown University as saying, “During finals week here…campus turns into an Adderall drug den. Everyone from a cappella singers to newspaper writers become addicts, while anyone with a prescription and an understanding of the free market becomes an instant pusherman.”

Adderall addiction is real and its withdrawal involves extreme fatigue, debilitating depression, and changes in heart rhythm. Even worse, once a person begins using stimulants and gradually has to take more to get the same results, he or she often turns to other stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine. The exorbitant diagnosing of children with ADD and ADHD is creating future addicts every day.

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Holyoke, MA Drug Abuse Info

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

 Holyoke, MA.  has a population of 39,880 and a crime index of 2 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Massachusetts you would have a 1 in 214 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Holyoke, MA.  you would have a 1 in 83 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  In the last year Holyoke has had 4 murders, 38 rapes, 97 robberies and 339 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 81 of them that will be a victim.  Holyoke has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Holyoke is number 53 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

 

Wwlp.com reported in March of 2011 that there was a drug raid in The Flats and Holyoke Police Department with federal agents seized three guns and thousands of dollars worth of drugs.  Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott gave the information that a 31 year old male and a 35 year old female were both arrested in this raid.  Scott said, “351 baggies of heroin with a street value of $3,510, 2.5 grams of cocaine with a street value of $200, and 56 pills were seized in the raid.  Weapons found in the raid were a Marlin .22 semi-automatic rifle, a .32 caliber Colt revolver, a Taurus .9mm semi-automatic handgun, 38 rounds of ammunition, and three large knives.  Also seized was more than $1,000 in cash, a cell phone, and two digital scales.”  Both of these suspects were being held on $50,000 bail for numerous charges, including drug possession, conspiracy to violate drug law, using a firearm in a felony, receiving stolen property and possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device. Let’s hope that the folks whom these criminals got hooked on dangerous substances got help at one of the local Waltham drug rehabs.

Wggb.com reported in March of 2012 that a 32 year old was taken into custody and it turned out to be the brother of an official of Holyoke.  He was arrested after an officer pulled him over for a traffic violation and found illegal drugs in his possession.  Police LT. M. Patenaude said, “The officer found a few bags with heroin residue and the drugs Suboxone and cyclobenzaprine, of which he did not have a prescription for.”  He was also charged with having a suspended license.   

Even though Holyoke is a small town in this USA it has its own trouble with drugs.  Drugs hit all of us.  It doesn’t matter if you are a part of the elite or the not well to do.  Drugs don’t care they hurt you any way.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs 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.  Something can be done about it.

New Bedford, Mass Drug Abuse Info

Monday, June 18th, 2012

According to neighborhoodscout.com New Bedford, Mass. has a population of 95,072 and a crime index of 9 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Massachusetts you would have a 1 in 214 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in New Bedford, Mass. you would have a 1 in 81 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  Just recently New Bedford has had 3 murders, 69 rapes, 272 robberies and 819 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 50 of them that will be a victim.  New Bedford has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com New Bedford is number 49 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

In March, 2012 Central Falls Police discovered a drug selling operation and because of this investigation they arrested a 32 year old woman, her son a 17 year old and her boyfriend a 30 year old.  When they entered the apartment they found crack cocaine, Marijuana, all kinds of packaging material and some cash.  They were being held until a bail hearing and the young man is appearing in family court.

Barnstable-hyannis.patch.com reported in January of 2012 that the Barnstable Police Narcotics detectives and members of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit ended a three month investigation.  This lead to the arrest of two men that had connections with a heroin and cocaine distribution ring.  These two men were reputed New Bedford gang members and they had extensive criminal records involving drugs and firearm charges.  When they were arrested they had quantities of heroin and cocaine on them hidden inside their undergarments.  A Mashpee Police drug sniffing K-9 assisted in locating the drugs.  The street value of the drugs seized is about $2,000.  They were held overnight on $10,000 bail.  Both suspects were arrested in a 2009 federal gang investigation in Bristol County according to the Police. Let’s hope that the folks whom these criminals got hooked on drugs got into one of the Boston drug rehabs.

Those are the kinds of things happening in New Bedford, Mass.  Drugs absolutely take over our lives.  The mother leading her son into a drug career is not very palatable.  The gang members continuing to so criminal distributing of these drugs.  This goes on in every city in this country.  One answer may be to not do drugs to being with.  It may come down to that; each of us being responsible for our own actions.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get 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.

Washington, D. C. Drug Abuse

Friday, June 15th, 2012

According to neighborhoodscout.com Washington, D. C.  has a population of 601,723 and a crime index of 6 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in the District of Columbia you would have a 1 in 75 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Washington, D. C.  you would have a 1 in 75 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  Just recently Washington has had 132 murders, 187 rapes, 4,325 robberies and 3,360 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 60 of them that will be a victim.  Washington has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Washington, D. C. is number 40 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

Washingtontimes.com reported late in 2011 the Metropolitan Police Department made arrest during “Operation Manic Enterprises”.  This operation included using a mock recording studio as cover for a criminal enterprise.  The undercover officers were able to confiscate 171 firearms, seized more than $7 million dollars in drugs and made 70 arrests.  In this yearlong sting they closed 15 armed robberies and two shootings.  One of the big things they did was to break up a Mexican drug cartel that was looking to set up shop selling meth in Washington.  Police Chief, Cathy Lanier said, “Had these drugs made it to our streets, the consequences would have been devastating.  The sting, which ran from November 2010 to November 2011, was aimed at catching high-level drug and gun dealers who were channeling their supplies from as far away as Atlanta.”

One of the men arrested did sell undercover officers 59 firearms.  He also offered to sell hand grenades and a rocket launcher.  I might mention these are not sportsmen’s weapons.  They are stick-up guns used by gang members.

Chief Lanier said, “Words gets around pretty quickly, and almost immediately people began approaching the undercover officers with offers to sell drugs and guns.  In all, police either bought or seized roughly 80 pounds of methamphetamine, 9.6 kilograms of cocaine, 1.25 gallons of PCP, and 23.5 pounds of marijuana, heroin and ecstasy.”

Hats off to the Metropolitan Police Department.  They managed to arrest nine members of the Mexican drug cartel:  La Familia”. And let’s hope that the individuals whom these criminals got hooked on dangerous substances got themselves into one of the Washington D.C. drug rehabs.

Drugs are very harmful to all of us.  You may not see the effect it has on your everyday because you don’t use and abuse.  But if you look at the way your taxes are spent you find out that there a many dollars going to the war on drugs.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or heroin rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

Springfield, Mass Drug Abuse Info

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

According to neighborhoodscout.com Springfield, Mass. has a population of 153,060 and a crime index of 4 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Massachusetts you would have a 1 in 214 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Springfield, Mass. you would have a 1 in 73 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  Just recently Springfield has had 16 murders, 131 rapes, 587 robberies and 1,358 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 63 of them that will be a victim.  Springfield has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Springfield is number 38 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

Springfield Police and the US Drug Enforcement Administration will collect prescription medications at the next “Take Back” initiative.  The event will be on April 28, 2012.  This annual event is to mitigate epidemic prescription drug abuse nationally and it gives many an outlet to dispose of old and unused drugs.  Last fall there was 188.5 tons of medications taken in.  Michele Leonhart, DEA Administrator said, “With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,945 state, local and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these  events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue.” This is indeed important work — and let’s hope that anyone hooked on these substances reconsidered whether they ought to be in one of the local Waltham drug rehabs.

Wwlp.com reported that the Springfield Narcotics officers made an arrest of an alleged drug dealer and three alleged drug buyers earlier this week.  What they saw was a drug deal taking place in a parking lot of a convenience store. Sgt. John Delaney said, “the parking lot is known as a meeting spot for ‘drops’ of heroin to customers.  At 5:40pm surveillance officers observed three females sitting in a Toyota Yaris complete a heroin buy from a dealer.”  All four suspects were arrested a short time later and will be arraigned in Springfield District Court.

Drugs are very harmful to all of us.  You may not see the effect it has on your everyday because you don’t use and abuse.  But if you look at the way your taxes are spent you find out that there a many dollars going to the drug war on drugs.  The law enforcement in your town will be very busy at all times fighting this war.  It may be that when you need one of them they will be too busy with other drug related incidents.  That is one way they can affect your everyday.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs 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.  Something can be done about it.

 

Baltimore, Maryland drug abuse

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland has a population of 620,961 and it has a crime index of 4 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Maryland you have a 1 in 182 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime and if you lived in Baltimore, Maryland you have a 1 in 66 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  Just recently there have been 223 murders, 266 rapes, 3,363 robberies and 5,513 assaults.  Baltimore is number 25 in the 100 most dangerous cities to live in.  This information comes from data reported by the FBI and is published by neighborhoodscout.com.

The US Attorney Rod Rosenstein reported to wbalt.com that “Officer Redd, although he was a police officer, he was an armed drug dealer, and he’s going to suffer the consequences of an armed drug dealer.”

This after the investigation came to an end on a tip to the Baltimore Police Department about this officer selling drugs out of the police station parking lot.  The officer pleads guilty to possession with intent to sell and conspiring to sell drugs while on the job from Jan to June of 2011.  Court records say he was at times in uniform and carrying his service weapon as he sold heroin in the Northwestern Police District Station parking lot.  Police spokesman Anthony Gugleilmi said, “It’s an egregious violation of the public’s trust, but what people have to know is this is a BPD-led investigation.  The BPD identified this problem, and we rectified this problem.  We partnered with our federal authorities to send a very clear message.”  The FBI and the Baltimore City Police investigation did include wiretapped phone conversations.  The officer in question had been working as a city police officer for 17 years at the time of his arrest.  Rosenstein said, “Obviously, I do think it’s cause for concern, but also, I think there ought to be some recognition that the Police Department is turning the corner in terms of dealing with corruption and there’s going to be a very significant deterrent in the future for police officers who realize that when they cross the line, They are going to be dealt with harshly.  The Police Department is committed to ‘rooting out corruption’.  One of the significant aspects of this case is the level of cooperation and coordination that the police provided to the FBI in conducting the investigation.”

There is a plea agreement and if the court accepts it then the officer will be sentenced to 20 years in prison.  That is indeed a heavy price to pay for dealing in drugs.  That is one example of what drugs can do to a community.  Many manpower hours are spent to catch this officer who had gone wrong.  Can you imagine those that were buying from him what kind of attitude they had about the police department?  That kind of thing can encourage people to actually sell and distribute more drugs because after all “the police are doing it too”. I hope that the individuals whom this moral-less man got hooked on drugs go themselves into one of the local Baltimore drug rehabs.

If you know someone who wants to get off drugs 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.  Something can be done about it.

Harvey, Illinois Drug Abuse

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Harvey, Illinois has a population of 25,282 and a crime index of 1 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Illinois you would have a 1 in 229 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime and if you lived in Harvey, Illinois you would have a 1 in 63 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Harvey has had in recent times 12 murders, 20 rapes, 239 robberies and 130 assaults.  There is a crime rate of 86 per one thousand residents.  Harvey has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  Harvey is number 21 of the 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

There are stories like this going on in Harvey, Illinois:

Duffle bags that were stuffed with cocaine are being delivered by plane to a suburban airport in the US state of Illinois in the meantime sheriff’s officers provided security.

A guard which was a police officer stood by the cash and kept out the bad guys at a poker game where $100,000 changed hands.

A drug dealer was given the information that if he saw a car marked “sheriff” and “sheriff’s police” that it may be available on a “freelance” basis so that it could provide protection for deliveries.

All of these stories are what came up when there was a sting operation into an investigation of officers hired out to ride shotgun for drug deals and other criminal activities.  What came out of this sting was fifteen officers were charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine or heroin or both.  But the ones who pulled off the most pretending were the federal agents.  They were the pilots of the airplane.  These guys were actually undercover agents and they piloted the airplane and they also sat in as the gamblers busily playing high stakes poker just for show.  The drug broker who got the officers to the airport to pick up the duffel bags was an agent and the drug dealer who stuffed the bags into his car.

Officials were really upset that so many law enforcement officers had “sold out their badge”.  There was one unnamed FBI agent who moved into a business in Harvey and set up shop as a drug broker so he could track activities; because there had been reports of police corruption in southern cook county including Harvey Police Department.  There were unsolved murders involved in these incidents.  Allegation of robberies, extortions, narcotic offenses and weapons distribution were all on the table.  What all this resulted ion was 14 arrested.  This behavior is “absolutely reprehensible” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Let’s hope that the folks that these criminals got hooked on narcotics got into one of the local Joliet drug rehabs.

That is the kind of thing going on in Harvey, Illinois.  The crime rate is up and with the police officials being the crooks what do you think the chances of capturing other criminals in that area.  Drugs harmfully affect our families and communities in many ways.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the heroin rehabs where they can get safe and natural detoxing and withdrawing.  Something can be done about it.

Inkster, Michigan Drug Abuse

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Inkster, Michigan has a population of 25,369 and it has a crime index of 7 – 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 Inkster you have a 1 in 56 chance of becoming a victim of violent crimes.  For every one thousand resident there are 55 of them that will be a victim.  Inkster has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.

Just this week hometownlife.com reported that parents were surprised to learn that their teens can actually walk in a gas station and buy synthetic marijuana.  What has it come to?  When they go into the gas station they are looking for K2, Spice—it is an herbal chemically enhanced substance.  Right now it is legal and teens throughout Inkster are using it to get high.  Terry Seracena, a Farmington Hills parent who works at the Botsford Hospital said, “We’re seeing a rambunctious amount of it coming in to the ER.  It’s very dangerous.  Kids are coughing blood up and until they do that, they don’t realize they’re in danger, and they die.”

Parents of North Farmington High School attended a PTSA meeting and had an informal discussion with the 47th District Court Judges Marla Parker and James Brady.  Some of the parents are reporting what they are hearing in the streets that in a recent case a 15 year old had a heart attack and died after using Spice. NFHS junior Kara Govan said, “I have seen the effects.  I’ve seen a girl almost die on that.  It’s the most disgusting thing.  It needs to be taken away.”

Judge parker said, “Because synthetic marijuana isn’t illegal, we’re seeing a lot of people who are on probation turn to it because it doesn’t show up in drug tests.”

Parents wanted to know how this could be banned because they were concerned of its availability in gas station and party stores.  The Judge said it would be up to the state Legislature to outlaw it.

Both Judges talked about trends that they are noticing through the court system and they took questions from the parents and students.  They are noting that drug abuse and heroin use along with prescription use are on the rise.  Judge parker said, “People are often prescribed Vicodin for pain after a dental procedure, for example.  They take one or two and leave the remaining pills in the medicine cabinet.  That’s where teens and others are getting a hold of the drugs.  It’s amazing how many people (in court) say, ‘I had my mother’s Vicodin or my father’s Xanax.’” Regardless of legality, anyone hooked on these dangerous substances need to find help at one of the Detroit drug rehabs.

Judge Brady said, “I’ve noticed a large increase in heroin use in the community.  It’s cheaper than buying pills on the street.  Now, we are seeing kids all the time who are doing heroin every day and they’re so strung out.  Eighteen-19, 20 year olds who say they’ve been doing heroin every day for the past six weeks.  It’s mind boggling.” These kids need to get into one of the heroin rehabs available.

This is just a few things these parents and Judges discussed at the PTSA meeting in Inkster, Michigan.  Drugs are in our communities all over this country.  They affect us in our families and at school and at work.  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.

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.