For many senior citizens, money is pretty tight. Most are on fixed incomes and it may be a struggle to make ends meet. Add in the complicating factor that many seniors are also in pain from various causes and may be prescribed painkillers paid for by Medicare. Perhaps it’s not surprising that some of our senior citizens have taken to selling their pills to supplement their incomes.…
In Part I of this series, we informed parents how to detect the use of the “study drug” and prescription stimulant Adderall, marijuana and opioids like heroin or painkillers. In this article, we will cover detection of inhalants, alcohol, cough syrup and synthetic drugs.
It is more important at this moment than ever before, that parents are able to identify drug use in their children. Why?
Carfentanil is an opioid drug that packs a powerful wallop. So powerful, in fact, it’s used to sedate elephants, rhinos, hippos and other huge animals. But now it’s being found in heroin supplies and is killing dozens of people in multiple states.
Many addicts will reject help because they say they are “only hurting themselves.” Anyone who has loved an addicted person knows otherwise. Every citizen pays the price for a high rate of drug abuse and addiction.
In June 2016, The Oklahoman reported that Oklahoma took the top spot in a list of states with a prescription painkiller abuse problem. In the long run, this problem could result in an influx of heroin into the state.
There’s no question that those who are addicted suffer greatly. Their suffering is physical, mental, moral and spiritual. Right along with any addicted parent is his (or her) children who suffer through their own struggles.
The State of Oklahoma has long struggled with exceptionally high rates of prescription drug abuse – high enough to keep the state in the number one spot nationally. With so many people trying to help, why is it so hard to make inroads into this problem?
You may have heard that the Midwest and Northeast have been swept by a deadly wave of drug overdoses in the last year. As the number of overdoses rose, more police, fire departments and hospitals were supplied with the opioid antidote naloxone. But naloxone by itself is not a solution to addiction.
In early October 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration released an order to pharmaceutical manufacturers to reduce the number of controlled prescription drugs that could be made in 2017. While this action is designed to reduce the number of pills on the market and being abused, there’s no guarantee that those in pain may suffer in the transition.
If you’re in a group of people working in drug rehab and you mention the opioid antidote naloxone, you’ll probably hear relief and appreciation for this drug that saves lives. But not everyone is so excited. Amazingly, some people think that those who overdose should be left to die. Why is this?
There are certain moments in a person’s life when it looks like a better idea to indulge in drugs or alcohol rather than struggle with an overwhelming life situation.
Every year, workplace drug testing company Quest Diagnostics releases a report on positive drug tests by American workers. Their most recent report on these tests shows that workplace drug use is up which is bad news for employers and communities.
It’s utterly incomprehensible to an unaddicted person—why would a heroin addict continue to inject or smoke this substance that could kill them at any moment? Indeed, it makes no sense at all. But then, when a person is well and thoroughly addicted, reason is not what they are operating off .
When you have a loved one who’s addicted to drugs or alcohol, very often your life becomes as chaotic and tumultuous as your loved one’s. When you understand what’s really going on behind the scenes, it’s a little easier to survive the chaos.
These four names refer to powerful painkillers of similar chemical composition. Fentanyl is the only one you would ever have received from a doctor and even that is rather unlikely. All four are being manufactured illicitly overseas and are causing overdoses in the U.S.
Stimulants could be the worst drugs on the market because some of the most heinous crimes and abuses occur related to methamphetamine use.
Why Reformulating Painkillers is No Solution to Oklahoma’s Pill Abuse Problem In the last several years, there's been a trend toward the reformulation of prescription opioids so as to prevent their abuse. The first announcement came in April 2010 from the Food and Drug Administration. “The U.S.
For years, prescription drug abuse has been a major plague affecting Oklahomans across the state, resulting in far too much addiction and numerous overdose deaths. In fact, for several years, Oklahoma was number one for prescription drug abuse. What is needed is a healthy, lasting way to recover.
Recent news reports from Colorado have revealed that apparently, residents of that state were misled about the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana. One of the promises of legalization advocates was that legalizing the drug would bring its distribution under control.
Pine Ridge sits just across the state line from Whiteclay, Nebraska. Surrounded by the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, it’s a typical small town in this rural area. It’s got a hospital, small college, propane supplier and pizza restaurant.
In a quiet neighborhood of large, new houses in Oklahoma City, a man got ready to go to work as usual. When he went to find out why his family members were not showing up, he found two of them dead from fentanyl overdoses.
When an individual turns to drug use, whatever their initial reason for doing so, the fact is that they are giving up some control of their life to these dangerous chemical substances.
A University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) research study reported in the journal of Clinical Toxicology brought to light the fact that health surveys may be underestimating the number of U.S. poisonings by as much as 60 to 90 percent.
According to the Illinois Attorney General website, meth cannot be made without ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. These are substances found in over-the-counter cold medications such as Claratin, Sudafed and others.
Most individuals who turn to drug use do so in order to try and escape from their problems. Unfortunately, few individuals recognize the fact that trying to solve their life problems with drug use is like fighting fire with fire – not only incredibly ineffective, but also extremely dangerous.
Drugs are chemical substances that begin by slightly altering an individual’s life in a way they think makes things better, and then finish by taking over the individual’s entire life and leaving only destruction in their wake.
A recent survey of medical students in the U.S. revealed that more of these individuals are struggling with serious substance abuse issues than the general population. Alcohol abuse was noted…
The Tricky Relationship Between Painkiller Addiction and Medicare Could having Medicare coverage be associated with higher rates of addiction to painkillers? A new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association seems to lean in that direction.
Talequah, Oklahoma is a classic small Midwest town. It’s people are salt-of-the-earth but that doesn’t mean it’s free from problems created by drug traffickers. When these traffickers get Oklahomans addicted to their drugs, a solution for recovery is needed.
There is most definitely a difference. And if you or a loved one wants to find recovery after addiction, it’s vital that you know this differenceif you want to leave drugs behind for good.
In June 2016, the American Medical Association recommended that medical practitioners abandon the practice of using pain as the “fifth vital sign. This change could save lives.
A new report reveals that Oklahoma still tops the list of states with prescription drug abuse problems. According to the most recent national survey on drug abuse, a higher percentage of Oklahomans aged 12 and older abused prescription drugs — about 5% of the population —than in any other state.
IIn the last twenty years, many actions have been taken to reduce the impact of drug abuse. Despite billions in costs, overdose deaths are still going up. Why? Narconon explains what’s missing.
In the United States, there are literally millions of people living in recovery. In Oklahoma, there’s many ways to meet up with other people enjoying sober lives. Narconon Arrowhead offers many ideas to help a person new to sobriety start enjoying sober activities.
It’s an unfortunate coincidence that the age group with the highest rate of substance abuse in Oklahoma is also the prime age group for having babies. Overall, about 8.5% of Oklahomans over 12 years of age used an illicit drug or abused a prescription medication in the last month.
Knowing what drugs are sending the most Oklahomans to rehab enables families to have a good idea of what drugs their loved ones might be using. Narconon explains what to watch for.
The Narconon program has been around for fifty years and, for its entire history, has succeeded without the use of drugs during recovery. How do we help a person recover from addiction and regain life skills and never utilize any drugs?
In the world of opiates and opioids (synthetic opiates), things never stay the same for long. Drugs on the market shift, trafficking and use patterns change. The latest threat includes synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and W-18, a new and incredibly powerful painkiller.
If you haven’t been around an addicted person, then you might not realize that they really do tend to have certain behavior characteristics in common. We help you spot those characteristics.
While some people claim that there are no gateway drugs, there are some common patterns of drug use that lead people to using deadly and highly addictive drugs. The residents of Oklahoma suffer from these patterns as much as anyone else in the U.S.
In March 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would add a Black Box Warning to the most widely used prescription painkillers. Will this lower the rate of prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma has taken actions to control the distribution of prescription drugs but much more needs to be done to reverse the state’s trend of drug abuse. Narconon provides recommendations that can help.
Many people struggling with addiction to opioids are making the choice to enter medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs to get help. This number is likely to increase, as current legislation on addiction treatment usually contains wording directing people toward MAT.
Opinions vary about what’s needed to solve Oklahoma’s most pressing problems. But one thing is certain: Oklahoma doesn’t need any more drug overdose deaths.
Narconon Arrowhead examine whether or not Oklahoma elementary schools should include marijuana in their drug education classes. A look at recent incidents where marijuana products were found in elementary schools would suggest that it’s a good idea.
Fighting Back Against Heroin and Opioids in Oklahoma While there’s many states struggling with prescription drug abuse, Oklahoma has been at or near the top of the list for a number of years.
What to Tell Your Kids about Drugs & Alcohol Before They Leave Home It could be Spring Break, it could be the big departure for college or a trip to Europe or the other coast. Whatever it is, it’s the first time your teenaged or young adult child has left home on their own.
Forbes Magazine and the website www.mylife.com said Tulsa and Oklahoma City were among the top ten most dangerous cities in the US. Could this be correct? Could drugs be contributing to this image?
National media have provided plenty of news coverage for the epidemic of heroin use in states like Ohio, Indiana, Massachusetts and Vermont, but the problems in Oklahoma have been largely overlooked.
When marijuana-infused candies were found during a February 2016 traffic stop, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics issued a warning about marijuana-infused products.
Because Oklahoma City lies at the crossroads of two Interstates, one of which beelines from Laredo, Texas, it is a focal point for drug cartel operations, meaning there’s a ready supply of drugs for local use.
Are Pharma Companies Exploiting those Trapped in Addiction? On the first of February 2016, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin delivered the annual State of the State Address in which she acknowledged that funding substance abuse services was a critical core service of the state.
Many people say that the worst possible pain is losing a child. These days, too many mothers and fathers are suffering this loss due to drug overdoses.
The city of Boston is considering new 1 percent to 2 percent tax on all sales of alcohol.
The United Methodist Church shares a common heritage with fellow Christians and all Christian communities. The First United Methodist Church of Canadian, located in Canadian, Oklahoma, was recently acknowledged by Narconon Arrowhead for its good works.
The mission of the National Safety Council (NSC) is to save lives. Through leadership, education, leadership and advocacy, the NSC focuses on preventing injuries and deaths in the workplace, in homes, in communities, and on the roads.
A recent online Associated Press article focuses on two top policy advisers from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign who are speaking with Iowa and New Hampshire substance abuse prevention advocates as part of developing drug addiction and drug addiction treatment-related campaign policies.
Heroes for Hope , a service-based organization, has programs and initiatives to help people during times of difficulty. It encourages other people to participate in giving hope to those in-need.
June is designated as Men’s Health Month, focused on raising public awareness of health-related issues facing men today, and encouraging me to take health-oriented preventive measures to safeguard and preserve their health.
A recent online article cites an alarming spike in reported heroin abuse, nearly doubling from a 2007 number of 161,000 to 289,000 in 2013. From 2007 to 2014, arrests for heroin abuse also doubled .
One of the most frustrating parts of drug abuse and addiction problems is the individual’s belief that they have no control over these problems, or indeed their life.
Nutritional deficiencies result from substance abuse and addiction. Remedying those deficiencies markedly help the addict in recovery. The body is affected in a number of ways by substance abuse, including its metabolism (processing energy), organ function and mental well-being.
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) has been coordinating National Drug Court Month for more than 10 years. During May of each year, Drug Courts, Veterans Treatment Course, and DWI Courts celebrate their success and their contributions to society.
Sometimes when family members and friends learn about a loved one’s problems with drug addiction they are nothing short of shocked and amazed. For whatever reason, the fact that their loved one was leading a troubled life and using drug substances managed to escape them.
Memorial Day is a nationally observed United States holiday remembering and honoring all those who lost their lives in active military service to their country. It is observed on the last Monday in May each year, and in 1971 became an official federal holiday.
It does not matter how one starts onto the path of drug addiction or how quickly one moves from casual drug use into full-blown addiction, there is absolutely no doubt that this is a complex condition that quickly takes over the individual’s every thought, decision and action in their entire life.
OCARTA, the Oklahoma Citizen Advocates for Recovery and Treatment Association, hosted its Rally 4 Recovery event on April 23 rd , 2015.
May is designated as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month by the Federal Occupational Health (FOH), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). National Physical Fitness and Sports Month focuses on raising awareness of the importance of active living.
The progression from casual drug use into full-blown drug addiction can be so subtle that the individual himself rarely comprehends just how thoroughly his life has changed because of drug substances.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin submitted the State of Oklahoma Fiscal Year 2016 Executive Budget to the Citizens of the Great State of Oklahoma, and the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature in February of 2015.
Many people resort to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with stress. The martini after a hard day at work can lead to a dependence on that drink, and more drinks to follow. Taking a pill to solve the problem of stress-related insomnia can lead to dependence on that pill, and more pills to follow.
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Drug abuse and addiction are complex problems that can begin somewhat innocently and then escalate very rapidly. Initially, an individual thinks that casual drug use can help them in some way – usually by suppressing the undesirable symptoms of a problem they have encountered in their life.
Rally 4 Recovery, sponsored by the Oklahoma Citizen Advocates for Recovery & Treatment Association (OCARTA) will be held at the Oklahoma State Capitol on April 23 rd .
Spring Break is typically a one-week escape from school life. Oftentimes, it coincides with Easter, occurring in March or April. It is an opportunity for university and college students to go home, see family or just take a holiday.
The United States is experiencing an unprecedented increase in heroin use, and heroin overdose deaths. Over the past fourteen years, overdose deaths due to heroin use have increased four-fold. Our nation saw the greatest increase in the past few years, just since 2010.
When an individual falls into the abyss of drug addiction it can be very hard to think about anything besides their own misery.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that heroin deaths in the U.S. almost quadrupled from 2000 to 2013. The trend continues to worsen with nationwide heroin-related deaths increasing by an alarming 39.3 percent from 2012 to 2013 alone.
A dangerous new synthetic drug has appeared on the scene, particularly in the area which includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
I’m coming up on one year clean and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have the tools Narconon Arrowhead gave me. Prior to my arrival at Narconon I was lost, empty and hopeless. I just did three years in prison and developed a 50 bag a day heroin habit.
The city of Tulsa held a prescription drug take-back event on Saturday, May 16 th , 2015. The event gave community and area residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unused and outdated medications and prescription drugs in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.
Narconon Arrowhead hosted seventeen Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students from the McAlester Kiamichi Technology (KTC) on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Two of their instructors were also in attendance.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted on a bill recently that would essentially be the first step toward curbing the state’s prescription drug abuse problem. The bill, promoted by Governor Mary Fallin, seeks to limit the over-prescription of three types of extremely addictive pain killers.
An addict’s decision to reclaim his or her life from addiction can be the beginning of a very challenging, yet very rewarding journey.
The month of February is designated as National Parent Leadership Month. It is dedicated to acknowledging the important role parents play in raising healthy families, both in the home and in the community. It is sponsored by Parents Anonymous, Inc.
Based on a recently released study of 28 states, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found heroin-related deaths doubled from 2010 to 2012. Heroin-related overdose deaths nationwide surged to 8,257 between 2012 and 2013, a 39 percent jump.
Narconon Arrowhead in Southeastern Oklahoma is a long-term residential drug rehabilitation and education center. It delivers the Narconon program, a holistic and drug-free approach to treating addiction.
What is alcohol contamination and how can you spot the warning signs?
A recent online article featured in the eMissourian reported that local, state and federal police have found that Methamphetamine is currently trafficked in large quantities to the Kansas City area of Missouri. The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma are also trafficking destinations.
Each person is a distinct individual, and his or her journey to sobriety is uniquely his own. Narconon Arrowhead , a long-term residential drug rehabilitation and education center, takes a drug-free and holistic approach to rehabilitating the addict and alcoholic.