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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.

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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.

The folks at Teensaver Diagnostics try to extend the message to parents that addiction can strike any family at any time.

No amount of money, religion, or social status can prevent it.

The best medicine for averting teen addiction is proactive parenting.

DETECTING TEEN DRUG USE IS EASY WITH THE TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST KITS. DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR FAMILIES, THE TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST KIT CAN HELP KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE FROM DRUG ABUSE.

Drug addicts aren’t bad people. They have a sickness.

Addiction occurs when good people, make bad decisions, and it we are seeing new teen addicts on a daily basis.

Kirk Shaffer shared his story with the OC Register’s David Whiting. You don’t have to live in Orange County to understand Shaffer’s story. It’s being lived out by millions of other people across the country.

Shaffer talked about his addiction to pretty much everything, and it all started with a big box of pills.

I encourage you to read his story, and see how life turned so quickly for a promising young boy. I also encourage you to read more of David Whiting’s stories on the opiate problem in Orange County, as they surely can hit close to your home.

KNOW YOUR CHILD.  IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR CHILD ANYMORE, START WITH A DRUG TEST.

Amphetamines (speed) are drugs that are being abuse by an alarming number of our teens in Orange County.  My estimate is that 80% of the teenagers that I have worked with who are abusing drugs; have abused amphetamines.  These drugs are known on the street as speed, meth, uppers, crystal, crank, coke, free base, toot, blow, flake, snow and lady.

Amphetamines are found in pill form, powder form and crystallized rock.  Our teens are abusing this drug in greater numbers than ever before.  It is cheap and easy to get.

When a person ingests this drug many things can happen:

Dilated (enlarged) pupils

Rapid breathing, speech, pulse and movement

Decreased appetite

Insomnia

Euphoria

Impaired judgment

Paranoia or suspiciousness

Rage

Hallucinations

Seizures

Stroke, chest pain, heart attack or death

Symptoms of withdrawal from amphetamines may include:

Fatigue

Depression

Cravings

Hypersomnia (not sleeping)

Mood swings

Lethargy

Cramps or other pain

This drug has become popular among many teenage girls because it decreases appetite and helps to induce weight loss.

Chronic use of amphetamines can lead to psychosis and many teens have become paranoid to the point of thinking they are being followed or persecuted.  Some have become depressed to the point of attempting suicide.

Amphetamines are highly addictive, and unlike alcohol and other drugs, they “hook” kids faster and deeper.

Our courts in Orange County are inundated with crimes committed by people who were under the influence of methamphetamine.

Here is a list of symptoms that parents can use to determine if their child is abusing drugs, including amphetamines.

Drastic change in grades

Using unfamiliar or suspicious language

Drastic personality changes

Loss of interest in activities that were recently important

Truant, suspended or missing school

Possession of drugs or paraphernalia

Avoiding eye contact

Parents are missing cash or personal items at home

Being secretive about certain friends or activities

Arguments about alcohol or drug use

As a parent of a teenager, you should immediately drug test your child if you

checked three or more symptoms on these checklists.  Use the tensavers drug test.  It’s the most relaible test on the market.  Check out www.myeensavers.com

Tim Chapman

America’s Parenting Coach