Tag Archive: Opioid dependence


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.

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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.

Most communities don’t want to admit that there is a heroin problem in the community.  The Denver Post is tackling it head on!

She says her name is Angel.   And she is no stranger to drug use.  She used marijuana at 12, cocaine at 14, and at 15 her mother introduced her to crack.

Then she started with the pills, and that opiate addiction bloomed into a heroin problem.

And while being a complete teen junkie, she was maintaining a 3.7 GPA at her Wisconsin High School.

But after high school she fell into that trap that Teensavers warns parents about. Once the supply of free pills goes away, the price of an opiate is too much to bear. Instead of paying $80 for a percocet or oxycontin, she can buy 7 bags of heroin for that price, and she can keep the high going for hours upon hours.

We encourage you to take a look at this work done by Denver Post reporter Michael Booth. And we hope the readers consider the fact that this could happen to their teen.

Yes she had a massive presence of drugs in the home with her parents, but in the end, it was someone she knew and trusted that supplied her.

Many teen addicts will tell you that they tried drugs for the first time with a best friend or loved one.

Strangers in the alley aren’t the people hooking our kids on drugs. Chances are, if you’re loved one is doing drugs, you have at least one photo of that loved one with the person that introduced them to narcotics.

For all of our readers, I wanted to introduce you to a group that focuses on raising awareness to the rising heroin epidemic in this country.

The group is called live4lali.

It was created by Chelsea Laliberte. Chelsea lost her brother Alex to drugs 4 years ago.

Alex died of a heroin overdose. What began as a pot habit in high school, and evolved into a pill and heroin addiction. You can read his story here.

Please check out their page. Please also like their facebook page, and if you are a former addict, or you have a loved one who you’ve lost to drugs, or who continues to struggle with addiction, please share your story.

It’s important that this community of anti-drug activists stay strong and support each other. We can make a difference.

The creators of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits have been warning parents for quite some time, that there’s a simple three step process from you being loose about pills at home, to your teen becoming a heroin addict.

Step 1: You leave unattended pills at the home.

Step 2: You son or daughter polish them off, creating an opiate addiction.

Step 3: Pills are too expensive and too hard to find, so your loved one moves onto heroin, a much cheaper and purer high.

Think that it’s too outrageous to happen to your loved one? Talk to the parent of a heroin addict. It all starts the same way. Very few people decide one day, I’m going to try heroin. Heroin is a need that typically derives from an opiate addiction.

MSNBC is bringing attention to a problem that treatment specialists, counselors, and regular American families have been coping with for years.

Click here for MSNBC’s story.