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How Did Everett, WA’s Drug Epidemic Start and How Can You Get Help?

Posted under Washington

I recently read an article about a women living in Everett, Washington. A homeless drug addict, Shandell Orr, on the brink of suicide, she was helped by a program run out of the sheriff’s department. She is now doing much better in life. But she is just one of many who were trapped in the opioid epidemic intentionally started in Everett with the express purpose of getting people onto and hooked on drugs. With the emphasis on one drug – OxyContin, the prescription painkiller. more…

Oklahoma Tackles High Rate of Opioid Overdose in Medicaid Patients

Posted under Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s had it worse than a lot of other states in the years-long opioid epidemic facing America. The state has initiated several programs to help the situation but remains high on the list of states in the most trouble. However, in 2017, Medicaid will take one of the current programs to the next level in the hopes of making their prevention efforts more effective. more…

How’s It Going with Marijuana Legalization in Washington State? Not Well.

Posted under Washington

A lot of people think of marijuana as a somewhat innocent drug that is just about people enjoying themselves – like going out for an ice cream – rather than something that’s dangerous to the individual or society. Four years ago, in December 2012, the state of Washington legalized marijuana. Over the years it has become very obvious that marijuana is anything but innocent, at least not on the road. more…

Cummins, Inc. Implements Major Changes to Help with Prescription Painkiller Problems in the Workplace

Posted under Indiana

I recently wrote about the prescription painkiller problem in Indiana – specifically about why the situation is so much more severe than in most other states and the outrageous increase in babies born addicted (a 3900 percent increase from 2000 to 2010). But every day another news item comes through and makes me realize that the drug problem in Indiana is even worse than I thought the day before.  Now it’s being reported that 80 percent of Indiana businesses say that prescription drug addiction is a problem in their business. One company, Cummins, Inc., is doing more than most to get the situation under control. more…

Babies Born Addicted – The Unexpected Consequences of the 2008 Wall Street Crash

Posted under Addiction Help, Indiana

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) – the group of symptoms experienced by a baby going through withdrawal from the drug he or she became addicted to while in the womb of an addict mother – has been skyrocketing for years in Indiana. The increase from 2000 to 2010 alone was 3,900 percent, and it continues. What brought it about? Why is the NAS situation in Indiana so much worse than many other parts of the country? more…

Boston Medical Center Offers Even More Help to Addicts

Posted under Massachusetts

One of the biggest problems getting opioid addicts off opioids – which includes heroin, morphine, fentanyl, carfentanyl, prescription painkillers under many different names, and more – is that they have to wait for treatment. If addicts don’t get help when they ask for it, they could well be on a slab in the morgue the more…

Calabasas School in Rio Rico, Arizona Helps Parents Get Their Kids Off Drugs

Posted under Arizona

Every day there are stories and news items all over the internet and in local and national newspapers and magazines about young people getting into trouble and even overdosing because of drug abuse and drug addiction. They come from every different type of environment, and all social and economic standings. A lot of communities are banding together to try to help the situation, including a program being run in Calabasas School, in Rio Rico, Arizona. more…

24 Overdoses of Synthetic Marijuana Hit Butler, Ohio in One Day

Posted under Ohio

Ohio got a big surprise at their recent EST FEST Music Festival in Butler, about 90 miles southwest of Cleveland. EST stands for “Everybody Stands Together” but at least 24 people weren’t standing at all – they were getting treated for drug overdoses. The drug that caused the overdoses was synthetic marijuana. Not too many people would associate marijuana with overdose, but this situation was different, and could happen to a lot of others in Ohio and elsewhere. more…

New Law in New York Could Help Control Heroin & Opioid Deaths

Posted under New York

New York is having a tough time with heroin and other opiate overdoses. On 22 July of this year, Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law. But it can’t be put into action yet because Congress hasn’t provided the money. In the mean time, people are dying. CARA was passed in more…

Local Girl Wins Her Personal War on Drugs. What Was the Key?

Posted under Michigan

Today I read a drug rehab success story about a girl who’s been through more twists and turns than a busy summer for about 20 roller-coasters. It took years of work and defeat, but when she finally reached the end the ride and stepped off onto the platform to create her new life, she’d done an incredible job. Here’s a little of her history. more…

Maryland Billboard Comes Down as Parents Take Offense to Idea That Parenting Could Have Prevented Their Child’s Addiction

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Just a couple of weeks ago, a billboard about preventing addiction went up on a road called Md. 355, close to Frederick, Maryland. Within days, it was covered with a black tarp. Why? Because it suggested that parenting could help prevent addiction. And parents from all over the county complained. Obviously, they had tried ‘everything’ with their child that they were capable of, or had witnessed other parents doing the same, and they took offense. So, the billboard is no longer there. And parents who protested just shot themselves – and probably a lot of other parents and kids – in the foot. more…

Help for Opioid Addicts in Rural Central Appalachia

Posted under Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia

What do you do when you live in a rural area, are broke, living more or less hand-to-mouth, have no job or one that causes constant pain and injury, don’t have health insurance or don’t think you do, are certain that life will never get better and you don’t have a clue what to do to make it so – if you even still think of that kind of thing – and you’re addicted to painkillers or heroin and there no drug rehab or other real help available? Unfortunately, this is the plight of many people in rural central Appalachia – Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. It’s a mess. But U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is trying to get you help – and right now he’s focusing on rural central Appalachia. more…

Vermont Governor Expands Medical Marijuana Access

Posted under Vermont

A few weeks ago, Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin signed a law giving doctors the right to prescribe medical marijuana for those in chronic pain. Shumlin is hoping to use this to fight the prescription painkiller epidemic, which is causing both addiction and overdose deaths. But getting people to switch from opioids to marijuana might not be as easy as it sounds.



Wolf Signs in New PA Law to Control Designer Drugs

Posted under Pennsylvania

Have you heard of designer drugs?  Basically, they’re drugs that are made in a lab – usually something seedy – to mimic or give a reaction similar to another drug that is already controlled by the government, pronounced legal or illegal, and designated as to the degree of danger it poses. However, they’re not the actual drugs and, in fact, aren’t chemically identical to any known drug – which means you don’t really know what’s in them or how you’ll react to them. It also means they’re legal – no matter how much damage they cause. more…

Maine Legislature Overrides Gov’s Vetos on Harm Reduction

Posted under Drug News

There were two bills proposed in Maine to increase access to harm reduction for opioid addiction – in other words, to keep people from dying of overdoses, contracting HIV, and so on. One bill offered clean syringes; the other made naloxone / Narcon accessible – the drug that can reverse opioid overdoses. Governor Paul LePage vetoed both them, but two-thirds of the Maine legislature overrode his vetos and Maine now has those resources available. However, LePage’s viewpoint on this is nothing short of stunning. more…

Drug Addiction Help without Arrest at Chicago Police Stations

Posted under Illinois

Seven police stations in the Lake County area of Chicago are now participating in a just released program called The Way Out. Simply put, you go into the police station, turn in your drugs or paraphernalia, ask for drug addiction rehab help, and you’ll get it – with no charges or arrest. more…

Potent Batch of Heroin Skyrockets Overdoses in Marion, Ohio

Posted under New York, Ohio

Marion, a city of less than 40,000 and the seat of Marion County in Ohio, has some big problems with heroin and, right now, they’re dealing with a ‘hot batch’ of heroin – one that’s especially strong or, police suspect, laced with fentanyl. The overdoses are going up, and this is an important time to keep a close watch on any heroin addicts you might know of. Here’s what you need to know. more…

North Dakota to Stiffen Penalties on DUI for Drugs?

Posted under North Dakota

If you take drugs and live in North Dakota, now is the time to get through drug addiction rehab. Currently, the North Dakota penalties for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) are much lower than those for driving under the influence of alcohol. But that’s about to change. more…

Police To Help Addicts in Jeffersontown, Mass. Starts in August.

Posted under Massachusetts, Treatment

You may have heard of the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department’s program to help addicts when they ask for it. Now another police department has joined forces and will start their own similar program in Jeffersontown, Massachusetts in August. However, waiting until August to get help for an addict is very risky.

What is the program? The Gloucester Police Department has the following notice on their website:

“If an addict comes into the Gloucester Police Department and asks for help, an officer will take them to the Addison Gilbert Hospital, where they will be paired with a volunteer “ANGEL” who will help guide them through the process. We have partnered with more than a dozen additional treatment centers to ensure that our patients receive the care and treatment they deserve — not in days or weeks, but immediately.

“If you have drugs or drug paraphernalia on you, we will dispose of it for you. You will not be arrested. You will not be charged with a crime. You will not be jailed.

“All you have to do is come to the police station and ask for help. We are here to do just that.”


Does this Grandmother Deserve to Go to Prison?

Posted under Maine, Young People

I’m not crazy about anyone going to prison. There’s generally no rehabilitation of the individual and they come out less able to become a productive citizen than when they went it, and often return to prison. However, the one purpose it does seem to serve is to protect others from being harmed by that person. more…

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