Inkster, Michigan Drug Abuse

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.

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