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Coast guard officers patrolling the Atlantic Ocean raked in nearly $55 million dollars in cocaine at Port Canaveral, Florida.

They made the 75-bale find as drug smugglers fled from pursuing officers.

The floating stash weighed more than 5,000 pounds.

Officers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa made the seizure after a Canadian Maritime Patrol Aircraft operating in the area alerted them.

The drug smugglers got away, but they left a very valuable find behind.

It’s good to see that 2.6 tons of cocaine will not hit the streets of America.

As the Coast Guard mourns the loss of an officer who died during an attack from marijuana smugglers, they are still continuing their fight to stop drug trafficking into America.

A new BBC report says that the number of people seeking treatment for so-called “club drugs” like ecstasy and ketamine, or Special K has risen in the past six years, according to the England’s National Treatment Agency.

Last year, 6,486 people were treated for drugs classified as club drugs – up from 4,656 in 2005-06.

It is not mentioned whether synthetic drugs like bath salts, 2e-i, or spice were included in that survey.

But, despite the rise in that period, the last 12 months has seen a fall in those treated for many such drugs.

The report refers to those who sought help for their drug use, such as counselling and detoxification.

The NTA estimates that around one million people used club drugs last year.

It said club drug users make up just 2% of adults in treatment and 10% of young people in specialist services, indicating that the UK is coping with a larger drug problem.

Its research suggests that ecstasy (MDMA) remains the most common club drug people receive treatment for.

Mephedrone and ketamine are thought to be increasingly popular drugs.

A health executive in England says that while drug use overall is falling, there is an increase in the number of people turning to treatment for club drugs. But he also adds that the numbers remain small compared to heroin and crack addiction.

While these numbers are based in England, they can be an indicator of what is happening in other countries through out Europe, and in North America. Both Canada and the United States have had some ecstasy related problems in recent months.

It doesn’t seem that surprising to the people at Teensavers, but a researcher with an extensive background in medicine says he’s surprised that his data shows that kids have great access to illicit drugs.

Doctor Evan Wood conducted a new study which focused on drug accessibility.

The findings, of course, were that kids had great access to drugs, and they were not seeking out just marijuana.

The study conducted by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS found that teens and young adults had no problems obtaining heroin, crack, cocaine, crystal meth, as well as marijuana.

The study covered two groups of people in 2007; one between 14 and 26 years of age who had used an illicit drug other or in addition to marijuana at least 30 days before joining the study.

The other consisted of adult drug users over 16 years old who injected drugs at least a month before the survey.

Participants of both studies were asked “How difficult would it be for you to get drugs right now in the area you typically obtain your drugs?”

The responses narrowed in to the 10 minute mark.

This doesn’t seem that surprising. With cellphones and social media, it’s much easier for kids to find a friend who can lead them to drugs.

Parents need to realize that everyone knows someone who can score drugs, and this is very prevalent in high schools.

Whether you are north or south of the border, it really doesn’t matter.

I bet this same survey applied in the United States, would yield the same results.

The best way to protect your teen is to have regular conversations about the dangers of drugs.

Prescription drugs, while legal, are often perceived as “safe” by teens.

Just a few instances of experimentation can lead a teen to an opiate addiction.

The best line of defense is the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.

Made specifically for families, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit screens for the most popular combinations of drugs, and the kits are grouped based on treatment trends.

For more information on the Canadian study, you can click HERE.

U.S. and Canadian authorities showed off the haul of a major smuggling operation along the remote border area of Montana, as their press conference coincided with the first sentencing in the case.

Over the last two years, smugglers have moved 1,000 kilograms of cocaine into Canada and 1.3 million tablets of the designer drug Ecstasy into the United States over the last two years.

17 people have been arrested and a driver was the first to be sentenced to five years in prison.

The cocaine originated in the states from Southern California and was to be distributed in British Columbia.

Read more about the $17 million bust by clicking here.

U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter said the international investigation seized 414 kilograms of cocaine and 29 kilograms of Ecstasy, and 17 people were arrested in the U.S. and Canada, making it one of the largest drug busts on either side of the border.

“This is certainly the largest seizure both here in Montana and Saskatchewan,” Cotter said in a news conference in Great Falls.

A change in stance from Perry Kendall, British Columbia’s top doctor.

Earlier this week he made statements that touted the safety of pure ecstasy while he condemned street gang created versions of MDMA.

Well now there’s a change in position, as Kendall took another look at the subject.

You can read about it here in the B.C.’s Globe and Daily Mail by clicking here.

Teensavers reminds everyone that no drugs are safe for minors, and that even legal drugs like prescription drugs are being abused at alarming rates by children.

 

A new five year study published today by the University of Montreal says that more teen drug users face depression after their drug use.

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The study focused on the party drugs ecstasy and amphetamine.

It found that 15 to 16-year-olds who took MDMA (ecstasy) or speed (amphetamine) had a 70 percent greater risk of suffering from depression a year later.Nearly 4,000 Canadian high school sophomores were questioned regarding the drug use.

The findings concluded that participants who had tried both drugs doubled their risk of suffering symptoms of depression.

The team said that the contribution of this type of drug use to depression was “relatively modest,” but warned, “modest contributions can have significant clinical implications from a population health perspective.”

The study is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Three California doctors want to see a reduction in the number of
opioid prescriptions, as doctors continue to hand them out in mass.

The full report is not available to non-subscribers, but NPR’s blog covered the story.  Nice work NPR.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/09/16/140540259/doctors-call-for-pullback-on-narcotics-for-chronic-pain?ps=sh_sthdl

 

Most parents are naive.    That’s the finding from a new Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse study, found here.    The study arrives on the first day of National Drug Awareness Week in Canada.   The two key findings:

  • 70 per cent of Canadian parents surveyed don’t think their kids (aged 12-17) have experimented with drugs; and
  • 80 per cent of parents say they are confident they would recognize signs of drug use in someone close to them.

But information uncovered in the study shows that one in three teens between the ages of 15-17 and half the children between the ages of 18-21 have smoked marijuana in the past year.

An Ontario Student Drug Use Health Survey also found that Canadian children as young as 11 years-old had tried marijuana.   Overall Canadians smoke more marijuana than any other developed nation.

The most glaring problem was with prescription drug abuse.    92% of Canadian parents believed that their teen had not ever stolen a pill from the medicine cabinet.   But 18% of junior high and high school students said they had raided the medicine cabinet to get high.

These alarming types of reports show that parents cannot rely on their own judgment because they are not experienced in the field of drug abuse.

Home drug testing teens is the safest, most accurate, and most reliable way to ensure your teen is clean.   For information on home drug test kits, click on Myteensavers.com for education on how home drug test kits work, and why you should have one if you have teens.