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Recovery Court in Roane County, Tennessee, is Getting Addicts Off Drugs

Posted under Tennessee

There isn’t one State in the U.S. that doesn’t have a drug problem. But Tennessee is one of the hardest hit, and prescription painkillers are the most commonly abused. However, officials in Tennessee care about the people’s addictions, and are really working to make people aware of the consequences of taking these pills (and others), and helping them overcome addiction. Recovery Court is one of the State’s programs, and it’s working. 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…

How Safe is Drinking and Driving Below the Legal Limit?

Posted under Alcohol, Tennessee

In most States, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at which a person is considered officially impaired is .08%. But is below .08% really safe?

In truth, you’re impaired a long time before the law says you are. more…

How to Get 7 Million People off Drugs – Including Family and Friends

Posted under Drug Rehab, Kentucky, Tennessee, Treatment, West Virginia

drug free tatooKentucky can’t seem to get a break. First it was the hardest hit State when drug maker Purdue Pharma lied to doctors and patients about the addictive nature of OxyContin, and now, along with West Virginia and Tennessee, it’s facing a huge outbreak of Hepatitis B. 75 percent of the Hep B cases are attributed to injecting drugs.

From 2009 to 2013, the Hep B cases increased by 114 percent, while Hep B in the rest of the country was stable. For the last four of those years, 75 percent of the cases were related to injection drugs. more…

Babies Born Addicted in Tennessee Three Times National Average

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Morphine, Opiates, Painkillers, Tennessee, Young People

addicted babyThere’s a law in Tennessee that makes it a criminal offense for a woman to have a baby born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS happens when the pregnant woman takes opiates or opioids – like heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers – during pregnancy and the baby is born addicted. NAS puts the baby through agony, could cause permanent damage, and risks the baby’s life. The mother is charged with ‘fetal assault’.

Unless you’re an addict, it’s hard to imagine what kind of hell an NAS baby is going through. more…

Number of Babies Born Addicted Still on the Rise

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Mississippi, Opiates, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee, Young People

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is the result of babies born addicted to opioids. A few years ago I reported statistics on how many babies go through the hell of being born addicted to prescription drugs and having to go through the torture of withdrawal. Drug withdrawal is torture for everyone– you can imagine how bad it must be for a baby, just out of the womb, their body very delicate, and with no understanding of why they hurt.

The drugs they’re being born addicted to are opioids. more…

Prescription Drugs Turn People into Heroin Addicts

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Hydrocodone, MsContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee

Officials in Tennessee are predicting a surge in heroin addiction. Why? Is there a bumper crop of poppies in Afghanistan? Have the Mexican drug cartels pumped up their marketing efforts or lowered their heroin prices? No. It’s because there are so many people suffering from OxyContin addiction and addiction to other painkillers and prescription drugs, more…

Is There Enough Addiction Help for West Virginia, Tennessee and Columbus, Ohio?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Detox, Ohio, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee, West Virginia

According to a report by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the states with the highest percentage of its citizens addicted to prescription drugs are Tennessee and West Virginia. West Virginia just took over the number one spot, and drug rehab centers will probably be inundated with people needing addiction help.  We’ve talked about “West more…

Doctors Get Drug Addiction Help for Doctor Shoppers from Tennessee

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Oxycodone, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee

If you live in Tennessee and go to a pharmacy in Ringgold, Georgia, there’s at least one pharmacist there who will know you’re doctor shopping –  Chuck Gass. Tennessee has a prescription drug monitoring system so doctor shopping is almost impossible and if you get caught doing it  using TennCare you can go to jail more…

Addiction Help and Drug Education for OxyContin

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tennessee

This is a follow up to yesterday’s blog about the four students from Ringgold High School in Catoosa County, Tennessee. Timothy Lebron Smith died from an overdose after taking four 80mg pills. Pharmacists have reminded me that OxyContin was originally marketed for terminally ill cancer patients in extreme pain. It seems that the purpose for more…

Addiction Help Will Help Methamphetamine Addiction in Missouri and Tennessee

Posted under Addiction Help, Methamphetamine, Missouri, Tennessee

Missouri accounted for 1205 meth lab busts in 2007. Tennessee accounted for 500. The meths labs in those two states alone accounted for about a third of the meth labs found in the U.S. last year. The recent busts in Mexico of super labs and the recent border seizures have put pressure on producing more more…