Archive for October, 2012


To some thieves, cash may be king.

But to opiate abusers, pills are the priority.

Whether they are addicts looking to extend their fix a few more days, or pushers hoping to profit on others’ additions, pharmacy robberies continue to plague America.

The most recent crime was in a Lakeland, Florida CVS pharmacy.

The man arrested in this crime was unsuccessful in getting any pills, and tipster notified authorities that he was behind the activity.

These incidents are not uncommon.

More people are hitting rock bottom with their addiction and they are going straight to the supplier to get their fix on any pills possible.

Opiates are powerful painkillers that are highly addictive.

Oftentimes, users get hooked on the pills, but they can’t continue affording the costs to keep the high going.

They turn to heroin as a purer and cheaper source of the high. To avoid reaching the next level of abuse and addiction, many users will go to any extreme to keep the pill supply coming.
That includes robbing pharmacies.

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An employee at a fast food restaurant in Slidell, Louisiana was serving more than onion rings.

Authorities say he was operating a heroin ring through the drive thru.

The work was one of 14 people arrested in the community in a round up of people connected to heroin activity.

Slidell police released these mug shots of the people arrested. They say that James Davis was the only person involved in the fast food drug sales. No other employees were connected to the crime.
The rest of the people were arrested after officers took in tips from the public.

They are still trying to figure out who the main source of the heroin was.

The medicine cabinet is a box that’s as alluring as the Xbox360 these days, as a new University of Cincinnati study suggests adolescent males are at a higher risk of reporting longtime use of over-the-counter drugs, compared with their female peers.

Early results of the study by Rebecca Vidourek, and Keith King, were presented Monday at the 140th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in San Francisco.

The study examined over-the-counter (OTC) drug use among 7th-12th grade students in 133 schools across Greater Cincinnati. The data was collected by the Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati as part of the 2009-2010 Pride Survey on adolescent drug use in America. The survey was distributed to more than 54,000 students.

Early analysis found that 10 percent of the students reported abusing over-the-counter drugs. “Findings from this study highlight and underscore OTC drugs as an increasing and significant health issue affecting young people,” says Vidourek, who adds that commonly abused OTC medications include cough syrup containing Dextromethorphan (DXM), and decongestants. The researchers say that high rates of OTC use were also found among male and female junior high school students.

Rebecca Vidourek
Rebecca Vidourek

Vidourek says that OTC abuse can result in unintentional poisoning, seizures and physical and psychological addictions.

The researchers say that youth who reported involvement in positive activities, such as school clubs, sports, community and church organizations, were less likely to report abusing OTC medications. Teens more likely to report taking OTC drugs were also more likely to report that they had attended parties with the drugs or had friends who abused OTC drugs.

The Pride Survey is a national survey that provides an independent assessment of adolescent drug use, violence and other behaviors. The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati promotes drug-free environments for youth by enhancing partnerships to educate, advocate and support locally-based, community mobilization.

The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and is dedicated to improving public health.

UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services has been dedicated to excellence in education for more than a century. With more than 38,000 alumni, close to 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 350 faculty and staff, the college prepares students to work in diverse communities, provides continual professional development and fosters education leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.

According to TMZ.com, so-called Octomom, Nadya Suleman has checked herself into rehab at Chapman House Rehab in Orange.

The celebrity website says that the pseudo-celebrity checked herself in over the weekend, entering a 30-day program. She says she has become dependent on anti-anxiety drug Xanax, which she began taking to “deal with stress.”

“Nadya wanted to get off the Xanax she was prescribed by her doctor and learn to deal with her stress, exhaustion and anxiety with professional help with a team of doctors,” her rep told TMZ. “Nadya wanted to deal with her issues and make sure she is the best mother she can be.”

As with all patients admitted into rehab, their identity cannot be discussed.

Chapman Rehab is run by a team of specialists, led by America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman.

Parents looking for answers filled the seats of First Christian Church in Huntington Beach last night, as the Huntington Beach Union High School District offered a drug talk.

The program was held in the wake of the overdose of 18-year-old Tyler Macleod.

The first speaker was Senior Pastor Bruce Templeton, who opened the event with a few heartfelt words.

Next to speak was the Superintendent of SBUHSD schools, Dr. Greg Plutko.

The Dr. Bill Beacham took the stage and began to discuss how and when teens turn to drugs.

He reported that the average age of teens trying alcohol or drugs is now 14 years old, and the concern is that at that age, the use of substances will alter the brain.

Beacham gave three destinations for teens who abuse drugs. They will either end up in treatment, jail, or the morgue.

Dr. Bill Beacham discusses the phases of chemical dependency before a crowd of parents at the First Christian Church in Huntington Beach.

He explained that kids get sicker quicker, that the prefrontal cortex isn’t really developed until a human is 19-20 years old.

Dr. Beacham covered the phases of susbtance dependency and how like a concussion, the prefrontal cortex needs 6 to 9 months to heal from substance abuse.

He explained that “hangover” is a glamorized term for overdose, and that you see the changes in a teen through the phases of chemical dependency.

Kids set rules about their drug use. It begins as experimentation. Then they begin to bend the rules, using at school when they vowed they never would. Ultimately, kids lose their rules altogether, as the substance abuse controls them and dictates their need to abuse drugs constantly.

He discussed a weapon for parents to detect the teen experimentation: the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.  For information on the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit

Dr. Bill Beacham holds up a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit to parents and explains how the 12-panel test gives parents instant results for up to 12 different substance classifications.

Dr. Beacham then told parents that addicts, especially teen addicts will resort to three behaviors to mask their addiction.

Denial: They refuse to acknowledge that they are abusing a substance.

Minimization: They believe that their use is under control and not a problem in their life.

Projection: They blame others for their downfalls, and blame others for blowing their addiction out of proportion.

Dr. Beacham closed the session with models of prevention for parents.

He said the kids need to have a tool kit and they come in a series of steps:

Dr. Bill Beacham discusses his steps to empower parents at a community anti-drug meeting held Monday, October 29th at the First Christian Church of Huntington Beach.

One of the key elements that Beacham believes will help the community is with an anti-drug coalition involving faith, law enforcement, school, and families.

Beacham referred to coalitions making an impact in other communities, and how they’ve helped develop laws like social hosting ordinances which will cost parents fines for allowing teen parties at their homes.

The message was well received, and hopefully Huntington Beach takes more strides against teen and youth drug abuse.

There is one place parents can get answers, and that’s Saturday November 3rd at Edison High School. Parents and students can get information at Real, and event sponsored by parents in Huntington Beach.

REAL, an event held this Saturday at Edison High School.

There are plenty of examples of adolescents talking about  drug use on the internet.

Parents just need to look for it.

Case in point:

This is a question from Yahoo Answers.

Is the person asking this question really 11 years old?

Since it’s anonymous, there’s probably a good chance that this poster is not lying about their age?

But parents we talk with have a hard time considering that their pre-teens could be using at such young ages.

“We see children of all ages using illicit drugs. There’s no magical age number when kids start trying. We see kids starting to use at younger ages, and they are showing a willingness to to expand their drug use from alcohol and marijuana,” says America‘s Parenting Coach Tim Chapman.

Most parents would guess that they wouldn’t have to worry about alcohol and drugs with their kids until those kids are 16 or 17.

But SAMHSA studies show that on average, 6,000 kids try drugs for the first time every day. Some of those are as young as 8-years-old.

Twitter is another popular place where kids speak openly about drugs.

Chapman says parents should monitor their kids’ online activity to see the warning signs. “They put it out there, because they think nobody is paying attention. But you can learn a lot from not only knowing your child’s activities, but their friends’ activity online as well.”

Teensavers home drug test kits are a weapon that parents can use to not only detect adolescent drug use, but deter it.

Chapman says most parents aren’t even aware that lab accurate home drug testing exists.

“Parents will ask me, “should I test my teen?” and I tell them absolutely”

For information on Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits, click HERE.

Should I drug test my teen?

Are you a parent that you have either asked your spouse or youself?

 Unfortunately, many parents don’t have much information on home drug test kits made for families.

Thankfully, Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits were created, with the latest science, free lab confirmation, and a total solution for families that includes 24/7 free support.

The best home drug kit for families is the 7-panel test which screens for marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates, oxycodone, benzodiazepines, and ecstasy.

Not familiar with each of these drugs?

There is a complete breakdown of the drugs detected in the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit on the Kit’s website WWW.MYTEENSAVERS.COM.

Beware of cheap or free tests on the internet.

Nearly all of them:

–Are not FDA approved for OTC sales in retail chains (they say FDA cleared, but they are cleared for use by technicians)

–Do not have Lab Accuracy (who knows if their levels are right. What does that mean for parents? FALSE POSITIVES)

–Do not offer free lab confirmation (Sure the test is free. But then when you get that positive and you’re scared, you are referred to a lab that can cost between $40 and $100!)

–Do not offer support with the test (Sure there is an instruction guide, maybe, but do they have a Parental Support Guide like the Teensavers Kits?)

–Do not offer 24/7 support (Their hotline is recorded with a 2-3 day turnaround, if they even respond)

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits are the number 1 brand recommended by Addiction Specialists and the winner of the Parent Tested, Parent Approved award.

Florida, long known as one of the major states where prescription drug abuse is rampant, is making strides in the battle. For the first time in 10 years, prescription drug deaths dropped in the sunshine state.

The total number of prescription drug related deaths in 2011 was 2,539 deaths, according to the Deceased Persons Report.

That’s down from the 2010 total of 2,710 deaths.

Officials say oxycodone presence decreased by 10.7 percent and related deaths dropped 17.7 percent when comparing numbers to 2010.

State officials credit Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts in 2011 to create Statewide Drug Enforcement Strike Force teams.

Florida law enforcement leaders cracked down on doctors and pharmacies from overprescribing dangerous drugs.

The Chicago Times today ran a very compelling story about PJ Newberg, Skokie, Illinois woman.

She’s a mother of young woman that is battling heroin abuse.

Mrs. Newberg noticed the change in her fun-loving daughter.

“The decline in her, I couldn’t believe it,” Newberg said of that time. “It was hard to spend a lot of time with her. She wasn’t the fun-loving warm kid that you want to be around.”

Newberg credits her daughter’s arrest as a potential life-saving moment.

Please read this story, and help support groups like the many anti-drug coalitions across the country.

Attend town hall meetings, and help support communities that are trying to stop drugs from falling into the hands of children.

The Chicago Tribune’s story is HERE.

The Teensavers Team was in San Diego, California this weekend, at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds talking with parents about the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

Thousands of parents streamed through the San Diego Kids Fair and Expo Saturday and Sunday.

America’ Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman spoke before a packed audience, and discussed adolescent behavior and substance abuse issues.

Many parents had questions about their kids, ranging from an uninspired 20 year old adult pot smoker, to a 11 year old who appears to be using narcotics.

Families were given free drug tests, and they were also given a a copy of Chapman’s book on parenting.

Parents asked about the Teensavers accuracy, which drugs are tested, and how the Teensavers program provides more than just a positive or negative result.

To learn more about the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit, click HERE.

To learn more about America’s Parenting Coach, and his treatment programs, click HERE.