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Addiction Help for Older Americans

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Tranquilizers, Xanax

Pledging to help “the millions of elderly Americans who can’t get through the day without popping pills or shooting up insulin,” President Bush announced his committment  to wiping out prescription-drug use among seniors around 2001. Last year 184,000 people went for addiction help for things like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Xanax.  Roughly 10% of them were 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…

Less Addiction Help Needed As Doctors Required to Get Educated

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Valium, Xanax

Would fewer people become addicted to prescription painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin if Massachusetts Rep. Steve Walsh’s bill passes?  Rep. Walsh wants doctors to be required to 10 hours of training on pain medications and pain management in order to get or renew their license. I think Rep. Walsh has the right idea. It would 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 for Cheerleaders – Parents Might Need to Wake Up

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

If you are the parents of a cheerleader you might want to examine whether your daughter or son needs addiction help. “In 2005 NCAA colleges noted that one quarter of their insurance claims involved cheerleaders injured in sporting events,” according to a recent review of  Lisa Torgovnick’s book, ‘CHEER! THREE TEAMS’ QUEST FOR COLLEGE CHEERLEADING’S more…

Addiction Help for Students Who Turn to Cough Medicine?

Posted under Addiction Help, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Do we need addiction help for the 3.1 million teenagers who turn to cough syrup when painkillers, depressants or other stronger drugs aren’t available? Its coming, that’s for sure. Neil Cline, a counselor for Integrated Counseling Services said that “despite the numbers, the teens he counsels are usually not addicted to cough meds, but rather more…

Addiction Help Needed as Prescription Painkillers are Replaced by Heroin

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

The onslaught of Oxycontin addiction and dependency is going to be the cause of more need for drug addiction help for heroin addicts. In 2007 a huge crop of opium from Afghanistan drove down the price of heroin. At Addiction Help Services we are starting to see or hear of people switching from OxyContin to more…

Addiction Help Could Stop Use of Prescription Drugs in Baseball

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Steroids, Valium, Xanax

Baseball should really investigate the use of prescription drugs in their sport. If a player can’t perform without Adderall or Ritalin, why isn’t that considered performance enhancing? If he can’t get off the bench without painkillers, shouldn’t that considered performance enhancing? To make matters worse, these athletes are going to become, or already are, dependent more…

More Addiction Help Desparately Needed for Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants and Sleeping Aids

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Stimulants, Tranquilizers

Officials have determined that Heath Ledger died of an overdose involving a combination of six prescription drugs – painkillers, tranquilizers and sleeping aids. “We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications,” the New York City Medical Examiner’s office said in a statement. Could addiction help have more…

Addiction Help Can Get Your Life Back Under Control

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

A lot of people get the alcohol or drug treatment they need through drug court. Here’s the story of one young Kentucky woman, a mother, who started taking drugs and drinking casually while she was a senior in high school. It seems she wasn’t really interested in drugs, but because the people she hung around 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…

Addiction Help Grant Received for Utah High School Athletes

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Steroids, Utah

“We know alcohol and drug abuse is high nationwide, Utah’s numbers are high and Granite District matches both of those numbers” says Martin Bates, interim assistant superintendent of Granite School District’s program services. Granite just received a $1.2 million grant to educate athletes about drug abuse, and to test them. Those who test positive for more…

Addiction Help Needed in Pennsylvania as Methadone-Related Deaths Soar

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, Painkillers, Pennsylvania, Prescription Drugs

The addiction help needed by methadone users is coming too late. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,000 people died from methadone overdoses during 2004. And that’s just methadone, how many more deaths are caused by prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin or Lortab? Whatever the number, for every more…

Drug Addiction Help in New York – High On Wall Street?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Detox, Drug Rehab, New York, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Valium

Getting the addiction help you need is still necessary – even though you’re on prescription drugs now, not cocaine or heroin  Your broker or money manger may be addicted to drugs, or at least crazy enough to use them. Addiction help is going to be needed by a few rich and successful wall streeters –  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…

Take Addiction Help When You Can Get It

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Painkillers

I don’t know of many drug addicts who want to get arrested, but I came across a story about NASCAR driver Aaron Fike who reportedly told a judge that he was thankful for an arrest that got him the addiction help he needed to handle his problem with heroin.   According to the article, Fike more…

Drug Addiction Treatment: Parents Are Responsible For Their Kids Getting Help

Posted under Addiction Help, Painkillers

An article from CBS News reports that Andy Reid’s sons will finally be given the opportunity to get the addiction help they have needed for years. This past week, both sons were sentenced to jail time with the option to apply for a drug addiction treatment program that that would require them to report to more…

Do You Need Addiction Help for Prescription Painkillers?

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

Which is the bigger problem – prescription painkiller addiction or being in pain? This point is being argued in a recent article which reads like a ploy to get more people to take addictive and dangerous prescription drugs. However, the recommendations are coming mainly from doctors, not from those with experience in drug addiction help. more…

Drug Rehab Can Keep A Drug Addict Out Of Jail

Posted under Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

One of the problems with drug addiction and abuse is that the person often has to resort to criminal activity to support the habit. This can be a disaster for addicts as it’s almost as easy to get drugs in jail as it is in the streets – yet another reason to get addicts into more…

Drug Rehab For Parents Taking Prescription Drugs Will Help Kids

Posted under Drug Rehab, Painkillers

Some people become addicted to prescription drugs after getting them from their doctor for surgery, injury or illness. But, for many, the drug problem starts by ‘borrowing’ a drug from a friend’s or parents’ medicine cabinet – a Xanax to help them sleep or a Vicodin for a headache. As a drug counselor I’ve run more…

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