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Police in Broome County, NY, Offer Hope and Help to Addicts

Posted under Drug Addiction, Legal Issues, New York, Treatment

Every time I see Broome County police help addictsanother city or county police department offering help to addicts instead of wanting to lock them up, I get excited. Here’s the latest – the Broome County, New York, Police Department is following in the footsteps of police in Gloucester, Mass, by offering to get any drug user directly into a treatment program without being arrested or prosecuted. 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…

One Way to Help Stop Drugs in Your Community

Posted under Addiction Help, Buprenorphine, Codeine, Connecticut, Drug Addiction, Intervention, Morphine, Opiates, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

When someone’s in the ER to save their life after they overdosed on drugs, it’s the perfect time to get them started on getting the addiction help they need. Hospital ERs aren’t generally set up that way, but I’m hoping that will change once they find out about a study done at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut where getting people into treatment was very successful! more…

This is Rehabilitation – The Real Thing

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs

When someone goes to drug addiction treatment, the goal is to change their life. Whatever led up to them taking drugs has been addressed, whatever is keeping them on drugs has been addressed, and they’ve changed those things in their life that continue to make them want to take drugs. That’s a tall order, but it is true rehabilitation. Here’s a perfect example of what should happen. more…

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Are Symptoms: What is the Cause?

Posted under Alcohol, Drug Addiction

Every day we read about solutions to alcohol and drug addiction. Unfortunately, most treatment for these conditions doesn’t really get down to the bottom of the problem. Instead, the focus is turning more and more to figuring out how to keep people alive and functioning while still being addicts. Why is this, and how do we fix it? more…

Opana-Related HIV Outbreak in Indiana

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Indiana, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Washington

Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared a public health emergency four days ago in an effort to get an HIV outbreak under control. Although he has banned needle exchanges, 90 new HIV cases in the last few months in one small county convinced him that he needs to temporarily lift that ban. Almost all the HIV cases are related to injecting Opana with shared needles. more…

Do You Wonder if You’re Addicted to Prescription Painkillers?

Posted under Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

There are a lot of people out there who’ve been on painkillers for a long time. Many have tried to stop taking them, but when they do, they suffer from pain and other symptoms that make them think they still need the drug. However, those symptoms are more likely to be from withdrawal – which means it’s time to get into a drug rehab program.

How Do You Know You’re Going Through Withdrawal? more…

Can You Get Addicted to Antidepressants?

Posted under Benzodiazepines, Drug Addiction, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

Antidepressants are taken by about 13 percent of the population in the U.S. For some – like women between 50 and 64 – that number goes up to one in four, 25 percent. How easy is it to stop taking antidepressants? Without help from a prescription drug rehab professional, you could go through hell for months. more…

The Mental Blind Spot that Causes Prescription Drug Overdose

Posted under Drug Addiction, Hydrocodone, MsContin, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs

Physical blind spots of the kind that cause car accidents aren’t the only type of blind spot. There are also mental blind spots, to which many victims of prescription drug overdose have fallen prey. more…

Teen Prescription Drug Addiction: A Must-See Eye-Opener Film

Posted under Drug Addiction, Prescription Drugs

Do you think it impossible that your kids or their friends are involved in prescription drug addiction or abuse? If so, Out of Reach may be a real shocker. more…

You Can Now Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Vicodin

I recently looked in a friend’s medicine cabinet and saw about a dozen bottles of prescription drugs, some of which were six years old. And none of which were currently being taken. Fortunately, there are no young people in this friend’s environment. But had there been, there’s a 40 percent chance the drugs would have started someone off on a very dangerous path. But how could he have gotten rid of them safely?

If he’d put them in the trash, there’s a possibility they might be found. And used. If he’d flushed them down the toilet, he would be polluting our water – the water fish swim in it (and we eat them), we drink it, and so on. When you unleash prescription drugs on the environment, everyone is affected. more…

Christians Not Immune to Addiction and Need Help

Posted under Drug Addiction, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Utah

Last week Joseph Habedank, award-winning Christian singer disclosed that he had been addicted to prescription drugs for five years. Now he’s received the addiction help he needed and is dedicating himself to helping others in what he calls the prescription drug addiction epidemic in the church. What’s that all about?? more…

Prescription Drugs Taken As Directed Endanger Your Baby

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Prescription Drugs, Tranquilizers, Young People

Everyone who’s ever looked into the drug problem at all has heard about ‘crack babies’ – babies born to mothers who used crack cocaine while they were pregnant. It was, and is, a huge problem. Now, the same thing is happening with prescription drugs. more…

Worried About Prescription Drugs? Do This to Reduce the Risk

Posted under Addiction Help, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Connecticut, Drug Addiction, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Prescription Drugs, Rhode Island

Prescription drugs are responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. These drugs are being abused by kids, parents, and even grandparents. Want to do to reduce the risk of a drug death in your family? Here is one of the greatest successes. more…

How To Educate Your Kids on Drugs and Keep Them Safe

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Hydrocodone, Methamphetamine, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Vicodin, Young People

Studies have shown that kids whose parents talk to them about drugs are 50 percent less likely to take them. But for talking to work, you have to say the right things. What do they need to know? Whether they’re pre-teens, teens, or young adults, they all need the same information.

Unfortunately, simply telling your kids that drugs are bad for you isn’t going to work. Telling them that taking drugs is morally wrong, sinful, can get them into trouble, wind them up in jail, and so on and so on – all the hundreds of general things parents could say to their kids – also don’t work.

Why? more…

One Teenage Girl’s Slide from OxyContin Addiction to Heroin

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Marijuana, Minnesota, OxyContin, Prescription Drugs, Xanax

Lauren Waldemar was only 12 when she began her terrible slide from a normal, happy schoolgirl to a serious OxyContin addict and, from there, to the ultimate bottom – life on the street as a heroin addict. more…

If You Can’t Get Them to Get Addiction Help, Naloxone May Save Their Life During Overdose

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Fentanyl, Opiates, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

When someone overdoses on heroin, it’s not likely that John Travolta’s going to be around to pull his famous Pulp Fiction move – stabbing them in the chest with a needle full of adrenalin. But with record numbers of people switching from OxyContin to heroin, something is definitely needed to help prevent death from overdoses. more…

What’s the Best Addiction Help? Just Say No to Prescription Drugs.

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Oxycodone, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

The lead medical examiner in Brevard County, Florida recently said that when he is called out to investigate a death that does not involve a shooting, stabbing or motor vehicle accident, there’s a good chance that drugs are involved. But he’s not referring to street drugs like heroin, cocaine, or meth – he’s talking about 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…

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