Archive for October, 2011


This isn’t just some event to make a government agency look good.   The DEA and law enforcement agencies across America are teaming up with volunteers to collect unused and expires prescription drugs.    These neglected pills can often fall in the wrong hands, when thrown away in the trash, or just left sitting in an unlocked medicine cabinet.

This event is about saving lives.   Numerous children first experience drugs by sneaking a pill from the family medicine chest.   If you have unwanted medications in your home, please dispose of them at a center near you.    You can visit the DEA’s website to find a location in your neighborhood.

The Teensavers Team hopes that everyone will participate in this event.    Proper disposal is key.   Flushing pills down the toilet or sink contaminates the water supply.    Throwing pills in the trash, leaves them for a junky who will raid the garbage curbside or in the dump.

If you want to know if your child has been taking prescription medications without your knowledge, we have a compete line of Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits available on the drugstore.com.     You can click HERE for a link to the store.

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Your average American likely pictures a drug deal in this likely scenario: two cars of people meeting under the cover of darkness, on a rarely traveled road exchanging cash for a bag of stash.    

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That might have been how deals went down years ago, but the DEA has just made an arrest that could reveal that you may have seen a drug deal or two happen right in front of your eyes.

DEA agents arrested an Irvine doctor, on accusations that he supplied numerous fraudulent prescriptions for people out of Southern California Starbucks cafes almost nightly.

If you live in Orange County, it’s quite possible that your evening tea or coffee run at the chain may have coincided with pill addicts getting their fix.       Baristas even had a hand in helping agents arrest Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 43, of Mission Viejo.   Their witness testimony helped agents track the alleged actions of Yee. 

And he wasn’t just helping aching seniors alleviate some pain.   People came from all over to get these pills, flying in from places like Detroit, Seattle, and Phoenix.   The lead agent revealed that a third of these patients were under the age of 25.  

Yee is accused of handing out prescriptions for Oxycontin, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderal, and Suboxone.   These are among the strongest opiates on the street.   According to the LA Times, Yee wrote so many of these invalid prescriptions, that local pharmacies started catching on and refused to fill them.

It’s one thing for a junky to deal with an allegedly shady doctor to get his 100 pill fix of a strong opiate.    But let’s assume that these buyers were not all addicts.   These pills are big business.   They can fetch as much as $40 a piece.    That’s $4000 worth of supply to a dealer who can sell to children.

Bogus prescriptions is big business.  Kids are trying pills left and right.   2,500 children try drugs for the first time every day.   Talk to your kids about the dangers of prescription drugs, and dispose of any unused pills in the home.  This is National Drug Take Back weekend.   Saturday, thousands of community events across the country will be held from 10a-2p to collect these pills.   Utilize them.

 

 

 

 

Eminem talked with Rolling Stone as the 38-year old is finally emerging back into the music spotlight.

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He told Rolling Stone magazine: “I try to stay recording, because if I don’t, I get rusty. I’m very paranoid about writer’s block – I had it for four years, and it drove me f***ing crazy. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t think of s**t.”

 

“The pills had a lot to do with it. Just wiping out brain cells. I don’t know if it sounds like I’m making excuses, but the absolute truth is a lot of my memory is gone.

Some celebrities send out the wrong message about drugs.    Endorsing marijuana or talking about cocktails of pills and alcohol can leave an impression on a teenager.  

Hopefully Eminem’s candid discussion about how pills ruined some of the most creative years of his life will help dissuade teenagers from getting mixed up with pills.

 

Imagine selling one million pills for $25-$27 each.  That’s exactly what a group of people are accused of doing in California.

An operation that authorities say included medicare fraud and identity theft. Pills are big business. Oxycontin is a hot commodity. The DEA swooped in and arrested 10 people after a lengthy operation revealed the $25 million dollar scheme.

You can read more details about the big bust from the good folks at californiawatch.org by clicking HERE.

Kids are among those buying the pills for a recreational high. Remember to lock up your medications you are using, and dispose of medications you are no longer taking.

From the Taunton Gazette

A vast majority of Massachusetts parents don’t realize that some prescription drugs contain ingredients similar to heroin, and some have even given their children prescription pain medication without a doctor’s consent, a new study shows.

Results of the Internet survey – conducted by the nonprofit organization, Partnership at Drugfree.org, and released today by state officials – underscore a lack of understanding by some parents of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Among the 305 Massachusetts parents surveyed, 67 percent say they are concerned their children will try drugs. But only 2 percent say they are concerned about prescription drugs, a figure that lags far behind that of alcohol (33 percent), marijuana (11 percent) and and cocaine or crack (6 percent).

Furthermore, only 30 percent say they realized that the main ingredient in many prescription drugs, including Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin, is similar to heroin and morphine.

State Sen. John Keenan, D-Quincy, and Rep. Liz Malia, D-Jamaica Plain – co-chairs of the state’s Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse – were to announce the survey results at a press conference this morning at the State House.

Other findings include:

Fifty-six percent of parents say their children have access to their prescription pain medications, with the most common place to store them being the kitchen.

Forty-five percent of parents said they have taken pain medications without a prescription, and 14 percent say they have given their children pain medication without a prescription.

Ninety-seven percent say they have discussed the dangers of alcohol and street drugs with their children, but only 76 percent have specifically discussed prescription pain killers.

The results show a disparity between parents’ knowledge and other data describing prescription drug abuse as one of the region’s fastest growing problems.

According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2010 National Drug Threat Assessment, New England in recent years reported the highest levels of prescription drug abuse contributing to violent and property crimes.

It kills more people state-wide than car crashes, according to the state substance abuse committee, and the opiate drug epidemic has claimed thousands of lives in the state, including more than 3,200 over a recent four-year period.

The Enterprise has chronicled the region’s epidemic of prescription-drug and heroin addictions in two series entitled “Wasted Youth” and “Deadly Surge.”

Last month, officials announced a recovery high school will open in Brockton this December, giving the state its fourth school geared toward students recovering from a drug addiction and in a region officials say has long needed it.

West Virginia has a serious problem.   A DUI problem.   But it’s not what you think.   A Lieutenant in Charleston says that 70% of the DUIs in his city are something other than alcohol.    That’s 700 DUI arrests.

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If you didn’t know, there’s a prescription abuse problem in West Virginia.     Like New Mexico, the most popular pill is Oxycontin.

“Prescription drugs are becoming an epidemic across West Virginia, and we are seeing more and more drivers under the influence of pills,” the Lieutenant told Charleston’s Daily Mail.  “There are a lot of officers across the state who are intimidated because they don’t know the process, because it’s been driven home in their training that you need that BAC (blood alcohol content) to make the arrest.

“It boils down to this: A person impaired by a pill or alcohol is impaired just the same,” he said.

Williams is also the regional coordinator for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Teensavers reminds parents that just because they can’t smell alcohol on the breath of their teen driver, it does not mean that their teen is sober.   Impairment can happen in just minutes the way teens abuse pills.   When pills are smashed, the coating that enables the time-release is diminished.   The active ingredients in the pills get into the bloodstreams of teens rapidly.

 

 

The candy won’t get your child high, but it may give them the idea to try pot.

Candy shaped like marijuana is popping up in stores across America.  Already upset combating marijuana edibles, city leaders in Buffalo, NY are outraged by this new marijuana-free candy.   “We’re already dealing with a high amount of drug abuse and drug activity and trying to raise children so they don’t think using illegal substances is acceptable,” said City Councilmember Darius Pridgen. “So to have a licensed store sell candy to kids that depicts an illegal substance is just ignorant and irresponsible.”

Photos of the candy can be seen by clicking HERE

The owner of the company that makes the candy says the items are popular and he’s had no complaints.

Trick-or-treaters are mainly elementary school kids who shouldn’t even know about marijuana.   But some kids as young as 8-years-old have experimented with pot.    And parents should know, while this candy has no THC or marijuana like chemicals in it, there are candy bars that do contain marijuana.

Kids often use the marijuana laced candy bars as an alternative to smoking.   They can flaunt eating the candy right in front of their parents because it’s a chocolate bar, that doesn’t appear to be marijuana related all.

A vigilant parent can help uncover adolescent drug use.     Teensavers reminds parents to interact closely with their children.