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Legal prescription pills are killing people in this country regularly.

More people die from legal prescriptions than heroin and cocaine combined.

It’s a trend that isn’t getting any better.

A Los Angeles Times investigation has found that in nearly half of the accidental deaths from prescription drugs in four Southern California counties, the deceased had a doctor’s prescription for at least one drug that caused or contributed to the death.

Reporters identified a total of 3,733 deaths from prescription drugs from 2006 through 2011 in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Diego counties.

An examination of coroners’ records found that:

In 1,762 of those cases — 47%— drugs for which the deceased had a prescription were the sole cause or a contributing cause of death.

And it may have to do with where the pills are coming from.

Read more on this fascinating investigation piece by Scott Glover and Lisa Girion, by clicking HERE.

 

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The kids at Valencia High in Southern California are speaking out against high school drug use, and they have created a drug free club.

KEEPING KIDS DRUG FREE CAN BE DONE PRIVATELY IN THE HOME WITH THE TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST KIT. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHICH TEST IS RIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILY.

The club features special extracurricular activities and the only rule is that kids agree to undergo random drug testing.

About 30 kids have signed in to the club.

Santa Clarita Valley has had its share of drug problems. There have numerous heroin and opiate related deaths the last few years.  It’s a trend everybody wants to reduce.

Parents, school administrators, and the sheriff’s department have been working together with community groups to spread the anti-drug message.

You can read more about this club and the community’s efforts in the Los Angeles Times story HERE.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rodney King died in an accidental drowning, but that the troubled historical figure had large amounts of drugs and alcohol in his system.

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King, whose violent arrest in 1991, was a central element in the L.A. riots.

The avid swimmer drowned in the pool at his Rialto home after slipping into a “state of drug and alcohol-induced delirium,” according to a coroner report.

Along with alcohol, toxicology tests found traces of marijuana, PCP and cocaine.

King had a long battle with drugs and alcohol. He tried numerous time to find a cure for his disease, even appearing on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

The Teensavers team had heard about “Overtaken,” a movie produced by two Orange County moms, but we hadn’t had a chance to see it until now.

The driving force behind the film are Jodi Barber and Christine Brant.

Jodi lost her son Jarrod to a powerful drug cocktail. He died on the couch while watching a movie. His friends thought he was sleeping.

Overtaken is a movie that can open the eyes of children and parents, as these first-hand accounts of these survivors will show you that drugs can affect any family.

You can watch the movie on the production company’s website by clicking HERE.

If you want to know who is making the effort to save lives not only in Orange County, but across the country, look no further than these two women.

Check out this four legged felony!

We know it’s easy for people to score painkillers from doctors on the take, but a bust in Los Angeles county shows even a dog can score opiates.

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Authorities say that undercover officers had routinely obtained painkillers from Dr. Rolando Atiga. But the last prescription he wrote was one for the birds.

An undercover officer asked about medication for pain that they were suffering. They even produced x-rays for Atiga to review. After pointing out bones and joints he offered up a prescription.

According to the LA Times, the doctor let the patient choose:

“Do you want to try Vicodin ES?” he asked. “Or do you want to try others? … Roxicodone? Or oxycodone? … Or whatever you want….Maybe some Valium or Xanax.”

Problem was, not only was the undercover officer lying about the pain, she was using xrays from the k9 officer, Recon.

The doctor now faces charges of improperly prescribing medications,

These pills can fetch big bucks on the streets. They are extremely addictive. This is a growing problem in our community.

People score pills, and turn around and sell them for a profit.

When the pills run dry, many times these addicts turn to heroin.

We’re seeing a surge in teen and young adult heroin addictions. There’s no question it starts with pill abuse.

Make sure you rid your home of all unwanted or unneeded medications. And pills should be properly disposed during a drug take back day.

Pills should not be flushed down the toilet. That only pollutes our water supply.

If you do have pills in the home, make sure they are accounted for, and locked up.   Make sure only adults have access to them.

 

We’ve seen some pretty crude tunnels created to transport drugs from Mexico into Arizona or California, but now law enforcement says that they’ve found one of the most sophisticated and extraordinary tunnels they’ve ever seen.

DRUG TESTING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR YOUR FAMILY.

They say this isn’t just the work of diggers, this has the blueprints of engineer work.

The shafts descend 57 feet and are tall enough to allow a 6 foot man to walk through.

You can read about the discovery in the Los Angeles Times by clicking HERE.

Every one of these tunnels discovered cuts off another artery of drug smuggling. But you can bet as one is uncovered and filled, another several are being built.

Agents don’t know how much drugs were moved through this tunnel but the discovery was made in a recent bust where $39 million dollars of methamphetamine was confiscated.

These cartels aren’t just moving marijuana into America. They are sending in cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

We know we will never cut off the supply of drugs reaching our neighborhoods, which is why it is important that parents talk to their teens about the dangers of drugs.

Today’s drug related arrest of the day goes to an Irvine, California Couple.

Kent and Jill Easter pose in photo used on online wedding site

The Orange County District Attorney’s office charged the couple with planting drugs in a school worker’s car and filing a false police report.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the couple were displeased with the way the school worker was treating their child. That’s when investigators say that the couple hatched a plan to get the school worker fire.

They allege that Kent Easter stashed prescription drugs and marijuana in the worker’s unlocked car late last April.

They say that Easter then made his way to a Newport Beach hotel where he called Irvine Police under a fake name. Detectives say that hotel surveillance video caught Easter making the call.

Detectives also looked the couple’s text messages to each other.

Read the full story in the LA Times by clicking HERE.

TEENSAVERS heart go out to the victims of the Memorial Day weekend crash.

More news on that tragedy that has rocked Irvine.    Irvine Police Chief Henry Boggs told the LA Times that the bail on Austin Jeffrey Farley has been increased to one million dollars.

Farley was arrested early Sunday morning after a horrific crash at the intersection of Culver and Irvine Blvd. in Irvine.   The accident left 14-year-old Northwood High Student Ashton Sweet brain dead, and several others injured.

Farley has a long list of run-ins with authorities before, and a previous drunk driving conviction.   Officers arrested Farley on suspicion of driving under the influence following the early morning crash.

The hearts of the Teensavers team, an company based in Irvine, go out to the Sweet family, as well as the grieving students and community members in Irvine.

This was a case of kids doing the right thing, and parents being responsible to make sure their children were safe.   It’s unfortunate that a driver, with an apparent history of drug and alcohol related arrests, may have again be under the influence at the time of the crash.

Teensavers counselors reminds parents to talk with their kids about alcohol and drug use.

     Marijuana legalization advocates are claiming victory, despite the sound defeat of Prop 19.   With 100 precincts reporting, the NO votes scored a 54% advantage of the YES votes.  

     Already supporters of the prop are calling for the issue to return to the 2012 ballot.   They are also claiming a small victory.   The issue of marijuana legalization, once the topic of a small grassroots rally, now dominates the biggest headlines on the major media sites.   California’s media sources like the LA Times, OC Register, SF Chronicle, and other smaller papers have been running daily stories on Prop 19.   But other nationwide media sources have been commenting on the issue.   This morning, big write-ups could be found in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Rolling Stone.  

    The issue will smolder now as the federal government keeps a close eye on this, and the growing number of states enacting medicinal marijuana laws.   The Obama administration has already said it would come down on any state that legalizes pot.    But the White House said that once before regarding medicinal marijuana, where it can now be found in many states.  

    The biggest issue is keeping pot, alcohol, and any other drugs out of the hands of teens.   With a rise in teen narcotics use, it is important for parents to maintain a continual dialogue with their teens.   Home drug testing kits are an option for parents who want to feel secure about their children.

    For the latest information on home drug test kits, visit Myteensavers.com

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