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Will Medical Marijuana Help West Virginia’s Opioid / Heroin Epidemic?

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Yesterday, the Governor of West Virginia signed a new law – the Medical Cannabis Act – which will enable people to access medical marijuana to help with pain. The hope is that people will stop using heroin and dangerous opioid painkillers and switch to marijuana. West Virginia’s opioid and heroin problem is worse than in any other State. Will marijuana help?

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Opioid Orphans in South Charleston, West Virginia

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When we think of addicts we tend to think of foolish kids who haven’t yet found, or have lost, their way. But a good portion of adults who we wouldn’t think would become addicts, in some cases, are also addicts, and many are parents. In the U.S. in 2015, 33,091 people died of opioid overdoses. I don’t know how many are parents, but judging from how many children seem to be living as opioid orphans, there are quite a few. And in West Virginia, there are more than in other parts of the country. What happens to these kids?

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Drug Wholesalers Are Fuelling Prescription Drug Epidemic

Posted under Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Philadelphia Teamsters think they’ve got at least part of the answer as to why they have a prescription drug epidemic in their area – drug wholesalers. They’re referencing the lawsuit against AmerisourceBergen and other wholesalers, filed because they sent 9 million pills to one West Virginia town with a population of only 400 over a two-year period. That would mean each person in the town – including 3-month old babies – took 22,500 pills, that’s 31 pills a day for two years. Not likely. But what is happening to those pills?

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West Virginia Gets $47 Million Settlement from Suing Prescription Drug Wholesalers – Money to be Used to Help Fight the Addiction the Wholesalers Helped Create

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West Virginia has the highest number of drug overdoses in the U.S.  The deaths from prescription drugs go right along with that: Between 2007 and 2012, the number of deaths in WV caused by prescription opioids – which are, basically, painkillers – was also higher than in any other state. But WV is not taking it lying down. They’re going after what may be some of the most dangerous dealers in the State – the drugs’ legal wholesalers and distributors. What did they do that was so bad? And how will getting them under control help you or someone you care about who is addicted to drugs?

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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…

Kentuckians Finally Getting Help with Prescription Drugs

Posted under Drug Addiction, Kentucky, Prescription Drugs, West Virginia

Help is on the way for the Kentuckians who are still coping with prescription painkiller addiction – an epidemic that started over a decade ago when Purdue Pharma lied about OxyContin’s addiction potential. For many Kentuckians, the battle is still raging, partially because the State has had such a shortage of treatment centers. But, thanks to more…

Alcohol Abuse in Party Schools – Going to College Can Be Dangerous

Posted under Adderall, Alcohol, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ritalin, Texas, Treatment, West Virginia

Parents are excited when their kids go off to college, but they are also a little worried. How will their young man or woman cope with being away from home? Will they do well? Will they behave themselves? Will they get involved in things that might cause them trouble? Now, more than ever, that is more…

Doctor Suspended for Giving Addiction Help

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Prescription Drugs, Suboxone, West Virginia

A doctor in West Virginia recently had her license suspended for treating too many drug addicts with Suboxone. She was limited to 100 patients by law, and she was treating 200. They warned her, but she didn’t get rid of those patients quickly enough and, when we was next investigated, was still treating 170, so more…

Will the People of Appalachia Ever Get Addiction Help?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Prescription Drugs, West Virginia

I recently watched a documentary on the living conditions in the Appalachian mountains – West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. The film crew followed the lives of a few different people in the area for about two years. One girl was the daughter of a drug addict (mother), another was a high school senior who was more…

Addiction Help for Heroin Replaces OxyContin in Virginia

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, West Virginia

Heroin is on the rise in Northwestern Virigina. One of the areas hit hardest by the scandalous promotion of OxyContin as less addictive than other prescription painkillers, Virginia residents are now turing to heroin to satisfy their OxyContin addiction. Drug addiction help services previously dealing with OxyContin addiction will now be battling heroin addiction instead. 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…

Will Addiction Help Follow Senator Biden’s Investigation?

Posted under Addiction Help, Alabama, Drug Addiction, Prescription Drugs, Valium, West Virginia, Xanax

Senator Biden is looking into the problems caused by prescription drug addiction, dependency and abuse. He heard testimonies about the most commonly abused drugs – Vicodin, OxyContin, Valium and Xanax – and, according to The Talk Radio News Service, “experts’ testimonies at the hearing were appalling.” The whole situation is appalling and President Bush and more…

Where is the Addiction Help They Need in West Virginia?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Painkillers, Percocet, Prescription Drugs, West Virginia

When will Purdue Pharmacy and the other manufacturers of painkillers step forward to help the thousands of people who became addicted to OxyContin, Percocet or Vicodin? “Nearly a decade after OxyContin slammed into southwestern Virginia and much of Appalachia, the abuse of prescription painkillers in the region is worse the ever, police and public officials more…

Is Drug Rehab Enough to Get Surgeon on the Straight and Narrow?

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A surgeon in Charleston, West Virginia, surrendered his license and agreed to go to rehab, according to a recent news article. With four malpractice suits behind him – he won the first and settled the other three – the Board of Medicine finally launched an investigation that resulted in discussions with the doc, and he’s more…

Methadone – solution or problem?

Posted under Maine, Methadone, West Virginia

Originally posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are approximately 136,000 current heroin users in the United States. This number has remained relatively even over the last four years. Heroin addicts who want help will try just about anything to stop. Often, after attempting traditional more…