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A U.S. Coast Guard Officer has died following an encounter with drug smugglers off the California coast.

Two Mexican nationals — Jose Meija Leyva and Manuel Beltran Higuera — face charges of killing a federal officer while the officer was on duty.

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, 34, died Sunday after he was struck in the head by the suspects’ vessel, near the Channel Islands, west of Los Angeles.

Horne is the first law enforcement official to die off California since a spike in illegal activity began several years ago, said Ralph DeSio, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman.

As the Coast Guard cutter approached the small vessel, the suspects hit the motor, ramming the boat.

Horne fell, hit his head, landing in the water.

Crew members quickly retrieved Horne and began to treat him. He died from his injuries a short time later.

It’s tragic that an officer had to lose his life because of the drug smuggling.

While the chargers did not confirm whether or not drugs were on board the small vessel, the Coast Guard needs to remain relentless to stop these criminals.

Our hearts go out to the family of the fallen officer.

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If you have not read the in-depth report by Scott Glove and Lisa Girion regarding the prescription drug related death in Southern California, it is well worthwhile.

Adults aren’t the only ones dying from prescription abuse. Teens are dying too.

The investigation attributed a number of deaths related to prescription drug abuse, and a eye-raising portion of those deaths were connected to just a handful of doctors.

Today, an Editorial in the Times focuses on a plan on Sen. Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) that would require the coroner to not only list all prescription drugs found during an autopsy in drug related deaths, but report the doctors’ names.

This would allow the state to focus on doctors who lose multiple patients to prescription related deaths.

You can read that editorial HERE.

 

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.

 

Three pharmacists are facing charges for trafficking Oxycontin in Orange County, California.

According to the OC Register, prosecutors charged the three with defrauding medicare and medi-cal of nearly $9 million dollars.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that phony patients were paid to visit a Los Angeles clinic where they were prescribed large amounts of the pain killer.

The pharmacies billed the patients insurance.  When they picked up the pills at various pharmacies, the drugs were turned over for illegal sale on the street.

The pharmacists arrested were from the communities of Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley.

It’s a small crack in the armor of thousands of pill operations in America.

Many people associate drug dealing and drug use with major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, and Seattle to name a few.

But small towns and rural neighborhoods are also coping with problems ranging from prescription drug abuse, to methamphetamine production.

It’s manifesting in Missouri. It’s pumping in Pennsylvania. And it’s even violating Vermont.

Rutland, Vermont is has a population of about 16,000 people. But according to Vermont Public Radio, it also has a very serious problem with drugs.

Believe it or not, there are many parents who think that their city or community is safe from drugs.

Moms and dads, your home may not even be safe from drugs.

Your teen could have pot stashed in his/her room. They could be swiping your medications.

The parents who know for sure, are the proactive parents.

They talk with their teens, and they make sure, drugs are not in the house.

Parents cannot afford to be relaxed about teen drinking and drug use.

Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits can help detect experimentation before it becomes an addiction.

Click here for information on which test is right for your family.

 

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), spoke Tuesday in Los Angeles at the California Summit on Opioid Dependence.

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His overall message: Keep fighting the fight, but some people need to wake up!

As the Ventura County Star Reports, Kerlikowske discussed the unwise conventional wisdom surrounding heroin use.

“Young people don’t recognize the addictive powers of heroin,” Kerlikowske said. “They think if they snort it or smoke it, they won’t get addicted.”

Kids think they can handle recreational pill use. They get this from their use of marijuana and their mindset that it is a perfectly controlled high. But the mentality doesn’t change when heroin use sets in as well.

Parents need to stay vigilant, and continue discussing drugs with their teens.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.