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High Rollers – Addiction on Wall Street

Posted under Heroin

I recently read an article about a 32-year-old bond trader on Wall Street. He makes tons of money – just paid $1 million cash for a condo – but he starts every morning shooting dope or taking OxyContin, and his life is falling apart. 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…

Heroin Overdoses Lives Can be Saved

Posted under Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Oxycodone

When someone overdoses on heroin or similar drugs (called opioids) and doesn’t receive immediate treatment, they can stop breathing and die rather quickly. But a new drug could save the life of someone you care about.

We frequently hear about these overdose tragedies on the news – actors, musicians, all sorts of celebrities, not to mention college and high school kids, housewives, professionals, and so on – no one is immune.

Unfortunately, most of the time an opioid overdose means there’s very little anyone can do to save that victim’s life. Rescue people might be it, but there is virtually no chance they’ll be able to do anything about it. That is, unless more…

Prescription Painkillers Leading to Heroin and Overdose Deaths

Posted under Heroin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Heroin is a scary drug. It conjures up all the images of everything that’s bad about drug addiction. And according to a recent government study, it’s use has doubled in the last 10 years. Why? Primarily because of prescription painkillers. Where? In the suburbs.

Last year, one county in New Jersey – with a relatively small population of about 100,000 – saw 28 people die of OxyContin overdose. That’s a lot of people for a place that size, and most of them were under 22.

A lot of loss. The family, friends, teachers, employers, co-workers, classmates, local shop-keepers – so many people must have known these young people.

“Every part of Bergen County is touched in some way, shape or form by the heroin epidemic,” said Lt. Thomas Dombrosk of the county prosecutor’s office.

What he is clear to point out is that for many heroin users, the path beings with prescription painkillers. more…

Why You Shouldn’t Use Methadone to Get off Other Drugs

Posted under Heroin, Methadone, Opiates

Methadone has been used for decades to help people get off heroin. But guess what? It doesn’t work. It has life-changing side effects. It’s easy to overdose on. And it’s almost impossible to quit. It’s hard to face up to heroin withdrawal. It can be painful. That’s why only 5 percent of people who try more…

Methadone Is Worse Than Heroin

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Methadone, Opiates

People sometimes go onto methadone temporarily to help them get off heroin. But rarely do they actually get off the methadone. In fact, methadone is so hard to stop taking that many addiction help facilities won’t even accept people who are taking it. Why Do People Take Methadone to Quit Heroin? Using methadone to help more…

Teachers Need Addiction Help Too – Don’t Let Your Kids Depend on Them

Posted under Adderall, Addiction Help, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, GHB, Heroin, Ritalin, Young People

You would think that schools would be a relatively safe place when it comes to drugs and alcohol. At the very least, you would expect that if you can educate and protect your kids from other kids who drink and take drugs, and sell them, you wouldn’t have much to worry about. And if you 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…

Get Addiction Help for Prescription Drug Abuse – Before It Leads to Heroin Addiction

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Xanax

An investigation in New Jersey is evaluating what causes young people to move from one drug to another – specifically, the relationship between prescription drugs and heroin. The investigation was motivated in part by a rise in both heroin and prescription drug deaths in the area. They’re hoping their findings will prevent these deaths and more…

Illegal Drugs Available by Prescription? Prescription for Disaster.

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine, Heroin, Prescription Drugs

One of the MPs (Members of Parliament) in England is suggesting that the war on heroin and cocaine – on drug dealers – be won by making heroin and cocaine available by prescription from doctors. It is hoped that the dealers won’t be able to stay in business and, consequently, the drug scene will cool more…

Hidden Dangers of Heroin Addiction Demand Addiction Help Fast

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin

You would think that a fungus destroying the poppy crops of the world’s largest exporter of heroin – Afghanistan – would be good news. But it’s wreaking havoc. Instead of addicts getting the addiction help they need, they’re buying heroin mixed with other substances and ending up in the hospital being treated for poisoning and more…

Occasional Cocaine Use: It’s Never OK!

Posted under Addiction Help, Cocaine, Heroin

Lady Gaga, an American pop-star, has topped music charts and created controversy over some of her fairly risqué song topics and videos. She’s definitely got quite a following of fans, some of whom are younger girls who hear her music on radio stations around the US or buy her cds. She recently did a photo more…

Heroin Overdose – Who is Responsible?

Posted under Heroin, Michigan

This week in Michigan, an 18 year old woman drug dealer sold heroin to a 24 year old man, who later died from what was determined to be a drug overdose. The man was an addict, not a first-time user, who apparently was stuck in a pretty serious drug addiction. The young woman was arrested more…

Methadone – The Other Heroin

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Methadone, Morphine, Treatment

Methadone is commonly given to heroin addicts (as well as morphine and other opioid users) to “treat” their dependence and withdrawal symptoms. It is prescribed to addicts every day, all over the US. It’s considered a way of helping people to get past their addiction and dependence to illegal street drugs. The unfortunate thing about more…

Addiction Help: How to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs

Posted under Adderall, Addiction Help, Cocaine, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Ritalin, Tranquilizers, Young People

Every day I see articles telling parents to discuss drugs with their children if they want them to stay drug-free. Statistics show that kids whose parents talk to them about drugs are 50% less like to take them. But often parents don’t know what to say and, because of that, don’t talk to them about more…

Methadone Clinics Don’t Solve Heroin Addiction Problem

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Maine, Methadone

The City Council in Brewer, Maine, was supposed to make a decision on opening more methadone clinics. There are already nine of them, three of them in Bangor, just a mile from Brewer. They’ve put the decision off until January, largely because they’re concerned with social issues. They say the residents don’t want more drug addicts more…

Unsuccessful Heroin Addiction Treatment – Methadone – Hits the Czech Republic

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Methadone

Other countries often follow what happens in the U.S. I was raised in Canada, I was always told that we were 10 years behind the U.S. In some ways, that’s a blessing. As the people in the Czech Republic are soon to find out – they’re going to get methadone to “treat” heroin addicts. We’re more…

Addiction Help for Prescription Drugs Could Slow Heroin Addiction Trend

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Heroin, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Vermont

The District Attorney and police are somewhat alarmed by the increased in heroin trafficking in Vermont, but say prescription drug addiction and cocaine are still their biggest problems. What they may not realize is that if they don’t get prescription drug addicts the addiction help they need, their heroin problem is likely to continue. Why? more…

Does Addiction Help Work for Methadone? Yes. And It Works for Heroin, Too.

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Methadone

After writing yesterday’s blog on methadone treatment I received a blog from a woman who was on heroin for 10 years until a methadone treatment clinic opened in her town. From her viewpoint, methadone saved her life. Fair enough. I don’t know what addiction help she tried during those 10 years but, obviously, whatever it more…

Addiction Help Could Have Prevented Student's Death

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin

Natalie Ciappa, an 18-year-old high school student who overdosed and nearly died on Memorial Day weekend, promised her parents (and probably herself) she was going to stop using heroin. But less than a month later, she was dead. The drug problem had been going on for over a year but she had refused addiction help. It’s more…

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