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New Involuntary Commitment Laws Threaten Drug Users

Posted under Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio

While many states have had laws in place for some time that allow short term involuntary commitment of drug users, the time they can be held against their will is generally limited. But the laws are getting more stringent and the time allowed for commitment longer and longer. Many people will also find themselves spending that time in private prisons that are hurting for customers. more…

30 Percent Increase in Kids Taken from Homes of Drug Abusing Parents in Florida County

Posted under Florida

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than kids being put in the foster system. Unfortunately, in Duval County, Florida, home to Jacksonville, it’s a major problem. And the vast majority of those kids are taken from their parents because of drug abuse.  more…

Half of Prescriptions for Opioid Painkillers Being Abused in Florida Cities. Are You One of The Abusers?

Posted under Florida

A study conducted by Castlight Health – a healthcare information company that offers employers data on different healthcare programs so they can choose the best for their company – revealed the 30 U.S. cities with the worst addiction problems. But instead of being based on street drugs, the assessment consisted of abuse of painkiller prescriptions written by doctors and paid for by employers. Two of the worst on the list are in Florida. And you may be one of the abusers. more…

New Florida Laws Could Help Prevent Painkiller Deaths

Posted under Florida

Years ago Florida did a crack-down on pill mills. The overdose/deaths stats went down immediately, but they’ve been creeping up and have now again reached epidemic proportions. To help put the problems behind them, Florida politicians are proposing new laws that crack down on the worst of the problems – heroin, fentanyl and carfentanyl. Are the laws going to work?


Will Florida’s Deadly Opioid Scene Finally be Declared an Epidemic?

Posted under Florida

Just to give you an idea of how dangerously available heroin is in Florida, and how easy it is for someone to try it and get hooked on it or cause trouble for others, Florida’s Governor Scott is currently being pushed to declare Florida’s heroin crisis to be a public health emergency. Is your neighborhood safe?


Addiction Help Is Available for Methadone, and the Sooner the Better

Posted under Addiction Help, Florida, Methadone, OxyContin

When it gets to the point where a county medical examiner says he would never let someone in his family take a specific prescription drug unless they were a heroin addict, you know you’re dealing with a dangerous drug. And that’s exactly what Hillsborough County, Florida, Medical Examiner, Vernard Adams, said about methadone. As methadone more…

Addiction Help Needed for Florida Prescription Drug Users

Posted under Addiction Help, Florida, Oxycodone, Percocet, Prescription Drugs

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office has recently stated that “prescription drug abuse has become more fatal than abuse of illegal street drugs”. The top two drugs that people overdose on in Tampa, FL are Oxycodone (which can be formulated as Percocet and OxyContin) and Methadone used to “treat” heroin addiction and for chronic pain. more…

Thousands Will Need Drug Addiction Help as Florida Pain Clinics Get Nailed

Posted under Florida, Painkillers, Treatment

I’m reading an autobiography that takes place largely in Mumbai, known at the time as Bombay, India. It strikes me as similar to recent descriptions of Broward County, Florida, the new painkiller capitol of the U.S., where thousands of pills are handed out to local residents every day and thousands more are sold to people travelling more…

Addiction Help for Alcohol and Prescription Drugs In Florida

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Florida, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

What prescription drugs are being used by kids? According to former DEA agent and renowned drug expert, Robert Stutman, OxyContin, Ritalin and Adderall are most common. In 1969 the average age of first drug use was 16 ½; in 2006 the age was 12. One in four of those 12-year-olds will need addiction help according more…

Addiction Help Could Save Thousands of Lives in Florida

Posted under Addiction Help, Benzodiazepines, Drug Addiction, Florida, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tranquilizers, Valium

Here’s the latest stats from Florida – in the first six months of the year 470 people were killed by cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines, and 1,324 were killed by prescriptions painkillers and tranquilizers. This is one state that is in serious need of addiction help services. Which prescription drugs are killing all these people? Methadone, more…