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Police To Help Addicts in Jeffersontown, Mass. Starts in August.

Posted under Massachusetts, Treatment

You may have heard of the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department’s program to help addicts when they ask for it. Now another police department has joined forces and will start their own similar program in Jeffersontown, Massachusetts in August. However, waiting until August to get help for an addict is very risky.

What is the program? The Gloucester Police Department has the following notice on their website:

“If an addict comes into the Gloucester Police Department and asks for help, an officer will take them to the Addison Gilbert Hospital, where they will be paired with a volunteer “ANGEL” who will help guide them through the process. We have partnered with more than a dozen additional treatment centers to ensure that our patients receive the care and treatment they deserve — not in days or weeks, but immediately.

“If you have drugs or drug paraphernalia on you, we will dispose of it for you. You will not be arrested. You will not be charged with a crime. You will not be jailed.

“All you have to do is come to the police station and ask for help. We are here to do just that.”

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Too Few of Wisconsin’s Addicted Nurses Getting Treatment

Posted under Legal Issues, Treatment, Wisconsin

You would think that people who are trained in the medical field – doctors, nurses, technicians, and so on – would have a greater understanding than the man on the street of the dangers of prescription drugs. But some studies show that the number of addicts in the medical profession is roughly the same as in the general public. Many states offer addiction treatment for healthcare workers, but in Wisconsin, along with some other states, not many addicts are trying to get treatment. And it’s causing dangerous situations with patients. more…

Drug Addiction Treatment Help in Wading River, NY

Posted under Addiction Help, New York, Treatment

There’s a bit of a war going on right now between treating addiction with ‘abstinence’, i.e. getting off drugs altogether, vs. treating addiction by giving the addict different drugs than the one(s) they have a problem with. The controversy started with someone questioning the effectiveness of drug rehab. Drug rehab works alright, but just like every other group of similar things, not all drug rehabs are created equal – some are good, some are not. Laura Soviero of Wading River in Suffolk County in New York state, is helping to make sure that addicts get into the type of treatment program that works. more…

Will Ithaca Be First to Open Safe Injection Site for Addicts?

Posted under New York, Treatment

In 27 cities across the world, heroin injection sites – known as “supervised injection sites” or “safe injection sites” – are saving people’s lives. But the federal government of the U.S. hasn’t permitted even one to be opened in the U.S. Svante Myrick, the mayor of Ithaca, New York, is hoping to break the mold by opening the country’s first such site in his city. Which could offer invaluable help to addicts. more…

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…

Another Tool to Help Save the Lives of Addicts

Posted under Alaska, Successes, Treatment

A common marketing basic is that people don’t really consider communication from a corporation about their own product as credible. They want to hear about experiences from consumers – people who already purchased the product. That’s why reviews are so popular and why most people who buy products often research the reviews of a product 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…

Maine’s Drug Law Changes Won’t Help Addicts Quickly Enough

Posted under Addiction Help, Buprenorphine, Heroin, Legal Issues, Maine, Treatment

injecting heroinMaine has had serious drug addiction problems. They’re currently calling heroin addiction an epidemic, and overdoses are skyrocketing. Political leaders – who’ve taken a long time to pass any legislation on this, largely due to the left and right not playing nice – have finally proposed a bill that requires several changes and additions to the State’s drug treatment and prevention resources. But although locals are happy that something is being done, they’re disappointed that many of the changes are long-term. Addicts need help right now. more…

There is Life After Heroin – Thanks to Drug Addiction Rehab

Posted under Heroin, Legal Issues, New York, Treatment

drug rehab works!Drug Court-assigned drug addiction rehabilitation isn’t always successful, but when it works, it works.

On December 13, 2013, James L. Dolson, was arrested in Niagara Falls for selling heroin. He was caught when selling it from his car – the buyer was a police informant. more…

No More Insurance Delays for New Hampshire Drug Rehab

Posted under Addiction Help, Fentanyl, Heroin, Hydrocodone, New Hampshire, Opiates, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Painkillers, Treatment, Vicodin

heroin addictIn Concord, New Hampshire, the number of people expected to die from heroin and opioid overdoses – which includes overdoses of heroin, fentanyl, Opana, prescription painkillers like OxyContin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, vicodin, and so on – is expected to be over 400 by the end of 2015, which is twice the number of overdose deaths in 2013. But a panel of New Hampshire lawmakers is taking steps to make it easier to get treatment. more…

Blue Earth County, Minnesota, Refuses Methadone Clinic

Posted under GHB, Heroin, Methadone, Minnesota, Painkillers, Treatment

police keep drugs under controlA company in Twin Cities recently proposed opening a methadone clinic in Mankato – population under 40,000, spread across three counties: Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur – but Blue Earth County officials said no. Is the county depriving heroin and prescription painkiller addicts an opportunity to get off drugs? Not from the county’s viewpoint. In fact, county officials are worried that a methadone clinic could worsen the county’s drug problem. How could that happen? more…

Maine Suffering from Lack of Drug Addiction Treatment

Posted under Legal Issues, Maine, OxyContin, Painkillers, Treatment, Washington

looking for addiction help?Maine is facing a serious problem with heroin and prescription drug addiction. According to Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, “99 percent of adults age 26 or older [in 2013] who needed addiction treatment for illicit drug use were able to receive it.” However, Dr. Gust Stringos, D.O., who works at Somerset Primary Care, has practiced medicine in Somerset County for the last 25 years, and is now working directly with many addicts, says he is astounded by that statement. more…

East Bridgewater, Mass., Police Help Addicts Get Treatment

Posted under Heroin, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Treatment

Police Officer ThumbsUpIn East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the police department is now going to follow in the footsteps of Gloucester police by helping drug addicts who come to the station and turn in their drugs get into treatment immediately. Gloucester has had the program going for four months and, so far, has helped 250 addicts find treatment facilities with a bed available for them. more…

New York Sheriff Shows Us How to Win the War on Drugs!

Posted under New York, Treatment

Craig AppleCraig Apple, county sheriff in Albany County, New York, is joining the crusade made popular by Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello to use law enforcement resources to get drug addicts into and through treatment. I am so thrilled with Apple, and Campanello and all the law enforcement guys who are doing this sort of thing. They really could change the whole drug scene – this is the way to win the war on drugs! more…

Coerced Drug Addiction Treatment – Is It Right?

Posted under Heroin, Legal Issues, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Treatment

drug overdose in the ERIn most states, an addict who’s overdosed or experienced some other mishap that lands them in the ER is treated and then sent back out into the life that nearly killed them. They often wind up back in the ER and, of course, some of them don’t even make it to the ER the next time. They just die. In Massachusetts, more than 1,200 people died from overdoses of heroin or prescription painkillers last year and Governor Charlie Baker is filing a bill this week that will give hospitals the right to hold addicts who come to the ER for 72 hours so the doctors can assess their condition and determine whether they should be forced to get treatment. more…

Vivitrol – Is it really a good way to get off drugs or alcohol?

Posted under Ohio, Opiates, Painkillers, Treatment

Vivitrol, a drug that blocks opioid receptors to prevent a person from getting high on narcotic prescription painkillers, heroin and other opiate drugs, is now being given to addicts who appear in Ohio’s drug courts. It’s being touted as a big success. One addict said she can barely remember what it was like to be an addict. BUT, people taking Vivitrol have to keep taking it every month in order for the effect to last. And it’s loaded with side effects and other complications. Is that real rehabilitation? more…

How To Choose Addiction Help Services

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Treatment

If someone you care about is on drugs or drinking too much and you want to get help for them, how do you know where to go and what to do? There are literally thousands of centers that offer addiction help and, depending on where you live, there may be anywhere from 5 to 25 more…

How to Convince an Alcoholic to Get Addiction Help

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Treatment

I would guess that not too many people with an alcohol problem really consider the health consequences of their drinking. In fact, they might not even know about some of the problems alcohol can cause – some of which can even kill them. If you’re trying to get someone to get the addiction help they more…

Alcohol Rehab Could Prevent One in Five Deaths from Injury

Posted under Alcohol, Treatment

Why do parents worry when their kids are drinking? For the most part, it’s either because their kids change when they drink and become somewhat obnoxious, or because they’re afraid they’re going to drink and drive or get into a brawl. All very good reasons for finding out how to get them the addiction help 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…

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