Tag Archive: Opiate

While some communities are seeing a reduction in the number of heroin related deaths, others are seeing an increase.

The state of Maryland has a disturbing trend.

According to the Examiner, the number of heroin deaths rose 41% from year to year.

You can read more about the situation in the state by clicking HERE.

There is a great article in the Marion Star today by Nick Bechtel.

It is a very deep look at how heroin use can not only grip a drug user, but how it can put the whole family on edge.

We highly recommend that you take some time reading how opiate addiction and heroin use is infiltrating our suburbs, and how families are coping with it.

The lucky ones are the ones who may be enduring a several year period of addiction, incarceration, and residential treatment programs.

The unlucky ones have buried their kids.

The article can be found HERE.

We frequently explain that pill abusers turn to heroin because either their pill supply runs dry, or that they can no longer afford to buy their opiates in pill form.

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No community may be seeing a bigger explosion in heroin use than the Maryland beach community of Ocean City.

Citing a 550% increase in heroin cases from the past, investigators there recently conducted an investigation spanning several weeks.

Officers arrested numerous drug users who were buying and selling heroin.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the community there is seeing an explosion in heroin use as measure are being put into place to prohibit prescription fraud.

Operation Smackdown saw undercover officers purchase numerous drugs, but heroin was the chief substance bought and sold.

Nobody just starts trying heroin one day. This is an addiction level built up by opiate use that manifests into heroin use.

It’s important communities continue to explain to people of all ages how critical prescription drug abuse is.

Addicts range in age from early teens to the baby boomers.

The best thing parents can do is either lock up or dispose of old medications to make sure that their children can’t experiment with any pills in the home.

The other thing parents can do is home drug test their children regularly.

Random home drug testing can help detect use that the nose cannot detect. Too many parents keep their nose trained for alcohol or marijuana, but you can’t sniff out a pill.

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City leaders in Simi Valley have had enough with Heroin abuse.

They are taking a proactive step to stop the drug use in schools and communities.

The Ventura County Star Reports that the Simi Valley Task Force on Heroin Prevention has come up with a set of strategies to reduce drug use, crime, and school drop outs.

This includes increased patrols in campus restrooms and withing the perimeter of the school grounds.

This is a very positive group that is making an impact in the community. It consists of the city council, the board of education, and a non-profit heroin awareness group.

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The Nevada Appeal takes a look at the country’s consumption of high powered narcotics.

You can read the article by clicking here.


More teens and young adults are abusing heroin, and they are ending up in treatment.

Treatment experts say they are treating more people with opioid addictions.

The Sante Fe New Mexican profiled the rising heroin and prescription drug trends and they spoke with Brian Parkill with Millennium Treatment Services.

He said a that a few years ago, heroin and opiate abusers amounted to 5% of his patients. Now he’s seeing a rate that’s more than 25%.

It’s no secret people are abusing prescription drugs. Pills like Xanax, Oxycontin, and Percocet are popular from baby boomers, down to first time middle-school experimenters.

But now you’re seeing more people in treatment who never thought they’d have a heroin problem.

America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman, says that the heroin addiction takes many users by surprise. “When you talk with teens and young adults in treatment, you find that they never believed that their habit would evolve into heroin. Most of them thought they had things under control, and knew they finally were full blown addicts, when heroin became their drug of choice.”

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We’ve been telling readers for years about the depths teens will go to try to get high.

It doesn’t stop at marijuana, and it certainly doesn’t stop at other illicit drugs like cocaine and ecstasy.

But now Fox News is catching on, which means die-hards will finally start to listen to what’s going on.

Today Manny Alvarez, or as they call him Dr. Manny, addresses his anti-drug stance to President Obama, and tells the country’s leader that he’s not doing enough to curb teen drug use.

Of course Dr. Manny proclaims that President Obama has dropped the ball. It’s his problem because little Johnny or Mary begins smoking marijuana at 14. And the President is been responsible for all of those little kids who reached into mom and dad’s medicine cabinet for pills.

The truth is, we, American parents, are responsible for the teen drug crisis.

We’re not enforcing anti-drug policies in our own homes.

What do our kids learn with the millions of marijuana smoking parents at home?

Kids are tempted to experiment.

So it’s not the best idea to leave a bunch of high powered, and highly addictive opiates in the home.

Most importantly, most parents don’t even discuss drugs with their kids. Saying “don’t do drugs” to kids is not enough. Parents should be talking about each drug and the damaging effects they have on society.

There’s a story almost every day online about someone who has died using drugs.

These victims come in all ages, races, genders, and from all different social and economical backgrounds.

These are not male, minorities, who are homeless and poor.

Sometimes these victims are the straight A student babysitter from down the street, the star football player at a nationally ranked university, or a successful business person.

Addiction is a powerful problem in this country, and it’s going to take more than one man to solve it.

It takes a united effort by politicians, law enforcement personnel, business leaders, community leader, and citizens.

The creators of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit designed their 3-panel, 5-panel, and 7-panel tests with the family in mind, basing the specific drug combinations on the current drug trends.

If you make the decision to drug test, make sure that you don’t test your loved one with a marijuana only test. Marijuana abuse isn’t plaguing this country as nearly as bad as opiate abuse.

People are dying every day from their addiction to painkillers, and they are leaving behind hundreds of thousands of heroin addicts, who may be the next to go.

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.


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.


Oxycontin has been a widely abused drug for years, and while it helped millions deal with legitimate pain, many were abusing it.

It made headlines when Rush Limbaugh was found to have taken a liking to it.

Trying to take a new step towards safety, the manufacturers of the pill, Purdue Pharma, took steps to decrease the ability to abuse the drug.

Once able to be crushed into a liquid and injected, the compounds were made to turn gelatinous when crushed and placed into water.

Now, according to new research in the New England Journal of Medicine, more opiate addicts are skipping the oxycontin and seeking out heroin.

Researcher Theodore Cicero and his colleagues surveyed more than 2,500 painkiller addicts about their drug habits and found that there’s a shift in drug abuse.


OxyContin’s status as the primary drug of choice among opiate users decreased from 35.6% of respondents before the introduction of the new formula to 12.8% nearly two years later.

But with that solution on the oxycontin abuse, came another problem. Thousands of users turning to heroin.

66% of the abusers surveyed said that they just switched to another opiate.

When once upon a time you had people abusing oxycontin, they weren’t dying from the abuse. But heroin use is one of the leading causes of overdoses.

Purdue Pharma, in a statement to the Chicago Tribune, says the trend found by Cicero and his colleagues is consistent with studies conducted by the company, and suggests that to curb painkiller abuse, other companies should follow its example.

“It is unreasonable to expect the reformulation of one medication by one pharmaceutical company would reduce overall opioid abuse,” the company said in a statement.