Archive for August, 2012


The University of South Carolina is cracking down on drug and alcohol fueled events on or near campus.

School has only been back in session for a few days and already USC is responding to a viral video of an enormous pool party at the Woodlands.

Wistv.com reported that the party featured drinking, fighting, and nudity in their coverage.

Most young adults think that around the clock partying and intoxication are rites of passage for college students.

But we are seeing dozens of young adults die on campus each year from alcohol poisoning or a drug overdose.

That’s the problem.   Partying until you die.

USC’s Director of Student Conduct Alisa Liggett says told the TV station: “Not only have our alcohol offenses increased, but we had a number of student deaths that are accidents related to alcohol.”

Liggett says there were more than 600 alcohol-related fines from 2011-2012, up 15% from the previous year.

It appears the students didn’t worry about a measly $50 fine.

She told WISTV, “It used to be 50, it’s gone up to 250 (dollars for the first offense), a second offense was 100, it’s gone to 350 and the third offense is suspension.”

Teensavers applauds USC for trying to control the problem. Nobody is saying that college kids shouldn’t have fun, but we shouldn’t be losing our kids to an alcohol or drug related death.

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Santa Clarita is one of the troubled spots for heroin in Southern California.

The sleepy community in Northern Los Angeles county has seen a surge in heroin drug deaths the last two years, and community members congregated last night to discuss the one year anniversary of this community awareness plan.

What the people are doing there is tremendous.    They are determined to kick heroin out of the city.

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KHTS, AM-1220, covered the story on its’ website hometownstation.com

As the coverage indicates, the city’s “Heroin Kills: The High is a Lie” program was created after 5 heroin related deaths in 2011. This year the city has already seen 6 heroin related deaths, and the deaths of 7 others have been attributed to opiate use.

The most dramatic moment of the meeting was when a young man stood up in the middle of a Q and A session with the panel of guests.

Read more by clicking HERE.

Three Delaware teenagers are hospitalized in critical condition after ingesting a large number of prescription pills and over-the-counter medications.

The girls called 9-1-1 saying they had popped pills.

The pills consumed include Tylenol, Xanax, used to treat for anxiety and panic disorders; Zoloft, used to treat depression and panic attacks; codeine, a pain reliever; and another medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease.

It’s scary when kids take pills like it is candy. Luckily, one of these teens was able to call for help.

Parents need to remember to lock up all medications, and talk to their kids about the dangers of drugs.

Just because pills are legal, does not mean that they are safe to take without a doctor’s oversight.

Federal Agents in Los Angeles arrested 17 people accused of participating in a drug ring that funneled cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States.

Among the 17, according to the LA Times, a San Fernando Auto Repair owner and a taco stand owner, also from the valley.

These smuggling operations are present 24/7 and more drugs are being smuggled into America by the minute.

Shows like “Border Wars” show how drug cartels are pushing their product through into the United States.

Some stash their load in cars, hoping not to get caught at border checkpoints, while others run it across the border to people on the other side.

There is nobody to blame but the people using this stuff. If there wasn’t a demand, we wouldn’t see people risk their lives or their freedom to import drugs.

Tazelwell County, Illinois has an epidemic on its hands.

Heroin and prescription drugs have likely claimed the 14th fatal overdose victim in that community in 2012.

James Reader, 21, was found unresponsive over the weekend.

The Coroner is awaiting toxicology reports, but police say that Reade injested heroin before his death.

According to the Peoria Star-Journal, Reader told his friend he felt the heroin’s effects were dissipating too soon and that Reader then ingested a brand-name form of the drug clonazepam.

Reader apparently told the friend that he planned to call someone to obtain more heroin.

Tazewell county saw 19 drug related fatalities last year, and Reader’s death puts them on pace to equal that unfortunate record number.

Another critical substance abuse problem involves methadone. The painkiller that is prescribed to patients to help with heroin withdrawal symptoms has been linked to seven deaths there.

These habits typically start with ingested pills from the medicine cabinet. Once they are hooked on the painkillers,

California’s lawmakers in both the house and the senate have approved a new law giving immunity to 9-1-1 callers who report an overdose.

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Introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill, Assembly Bill 472 provides that neither the overdose victim nor a person who seeks emergency treatment for him shall be charged with the crime of drug possession, being under the influence of drugs, or drug possession, provided the drugs are for personal use.

Other similar “Good Samaritan” bills are on the books in nine other states.

In asking his colleagues to vote for the measure, Ammiano noted that more people die from drug overdoses than car crashes.

“This is not going soft on crime,” said Assemblyman Donald Wagner (R-Irvine). While he added that he does not condone drug use, he said it was necessary to “overlook some indiscretions for the greater good.”

“It’s critically important to save lives,” said Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen (R-Modesto). “This bill doesn’t condone drug behavior.”

Excellent work in California.

The key to remember is trying to send out the anti-drug message before teens and young adults get to the point where they are overdosing on medications.

One woman’s hail mary pass into a correctional facility ended up with more than a penalty. She’s facing charges!

The woman, a former correctional facility worker, was arrested by authorities after she filled two football with drugs, cigarettes, cell phones, chargers and pills and threw them in the Ohio facility.

Read about here on the post game.

You see how desperate some people are to help others with their addictions.

The phrase “getting stupid,” used to refer teens getting high, may be more of a reality than those adolescent smokers think.

A joint study between a London University and Duke University found that teens who smoked pot in their adolescence, had lower IQ scores as adults.

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They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained.

The study focused on data from over 1,000 people in New Zealand, who have been followed through their lives since being born in 1972 or 1973.

Participants were asked about cannabis usage when they were 18, 21, 26, 32 and 38. Their IQ was tested at 13 and 38. In addition, each nominated a close friend or family member, who was asked about attention and memory problems.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found persistent users, those who had smoked 4 times a week or more, had dropped 8 IQ points over the 25 years from 13 to age 38.

With the recent studies of marijuana as a possible gateway drug, this study may be another strong indicator why parents need to reinforce the message that marijuana is bad for children.

Gil Kerlikowske, the Director of the White House’s ONDCP has written a column for the Huffington Post talking about the fight to reduce a rising trend of drug overdoses.

Four times as many people die from drugs than they did 20 years ago, and the Obama administration has spend $10 billion dollars on programs in an attempt to curb drug abuse.

The problem is painkillers.

People are addicted to them. Kids pop them like candy.

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Kerlikowske also alerts people to the fact that August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day.

If people can start learning about the severity of the problem, we can start solving it.

You can read the Director’s post at the Huffington Post by clicking HERE.

The only thing worse than a death related to an overdose, is when the death could have been prevented.

Teensavers is applauding the work of Senator Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex.)

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A new law, proposed by the Senator, is in the works that would give immunity to 9-1-1 callers who are present when someone they are with overdoses.

Citing the death of comedian Greg Giraldo, the New Jersey newssite NJ.com, breaks down the proposed law.

Teensavers believes this is a much needed law across the entire country.

It’s not just the rich and famous who die like Giraldo. Teens, fearing arrest, often bail when one of their friends overdoses.

Not only should more Good Samaritan Emergency Response Acts be proposed, but they need to be publicized to let teens know that they won’t be in trouble for trying to save a friend’s life.