California Fights Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse has become a serious problem in the U.S. and California is leading the way in putting this to a stop. Most people do not realize how much of a problem prescription drug abuse has really become. Our lives are busy and no one wants to complicate theirs by thinking about something that does not directly affect them. A person addicted to prescription drugs did not intend to get that way. Sure, they started out following the doctor’s orders, but when the pain came back earlier or the anxiety just would not go away, it was too easy to take another pill. These people would tell themselves that it would get better tomorrow while in reality they compounded their problems by taking more pills and depending on an artificial crutch to get them through the day, the week, and even the month. Eventually, people who abuse prescription drugs have to get more pills from their doctor or from another doctor. The situation can escalate as their body…

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OxyContin: The Crouching Tiger

The abuse of prescription drugs like OxyContin by the younger generation is a growing concern for society. The drug gives the user a sense of euphoria, replacing anxiety with sleepy relaxation -- a relaxed high if you will. One out of ten seniors in high school seniors have admitted to using narcotic painkillers to get high, and when it comes to OxyContin, the number seems to be increasing among the youth. The drug provides an experience that is attracting an increasing amount of users. It is looked at as a "party" drug instead of an extremely addictive substance. The public’s flawed belief in what an addict looks and acts like is thought to be a factor in the growing number OxyContin users and its acceptance among the younger population. One of the especially troubling things about this addiction is the ease of use for the addicts; the fact that the effects are not immediately noticeable. As a result, the young people who are using it don’t see the harmful…

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Heroin Overdose is Just the Tip of Southern California’s Drug Problem

This past Wednesday, Carlie Coulter, age 22, died of a heroin overdose. She had been struggling with addiction since the age of 18. Her family is now joining with other parents out there to try to help end this surge of drug related deaths in younger people in Southern California. Heroin is becoming an epidemic in the area, not just on the streets, but among middle and upper class youngsters too. While many kids start out with prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Xanax or Klonopin, heroin offers a much cheaper high.Smokeable heroin allows users to get high without having to deal with needles. The LA County Sheriff’s office reports that there have been at least six heroin overdose deaths since August 2011. There is no word as to whether these were injectable or smokeable heroin though, or any other information on the victims. According to Cary Quashen, founder of Action Family Counseling and Action a Parent and Teen Support Program, “we've lost more than a dozen Santa Clarita kids…

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Prescription Drugs are becoming easier to get:

Prescription drugs are everywhere these days, and they're becoming easier and easier to get. In 2008 there was a staggering 20,044 cases of death from prescription overdose. Of those numbers, 14,800 were from narcotic painkillers. Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, says that the majority of people who die from prescription overdoses haven't taken their own prescriptions. These victims of the prescription drug epidemic may have gotten the drug any number of ways - they may have found them in the medicine cabinet at home, or they could have acquired them from a friend or family member. Educating Doctors about the Dangers of Prescription Drugs is a Must Doctors are also partially to blame as they have been known to hand out prescriptions more easily in recent years. Most doctors are actually interested in their patients’ well being and prescribe responsibly. But there is also a small and dangerous minority that run what are “pill mills.” At these pill mills, narcotic drugs are basically traded for money…

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Trends in Opiate Addiction Treatment

In the past decade opiate addiction has skyrocketed across the United States, with little progress in deterrence, in spite of stepped-up efforts in law enforcement. The rampant abuse of opiate based drugs (like OxyContin, Opana, Vicodin etc) is largely to blame as many young people who experiment with these drugs find themselves hooked and seeking much cheaper (and easier to acquire) heroin to ease the withdrawal symptoms. Upscale communities coast to coast have been shaken by the rash of heroin abuse in social groups of every economic status. In particular, Orange County, California, has had its share of drug offenders, but it was mostly believed that heroin (and other "hard" drugs) would never be a real problem there, at least in comparison to the epidemic facing it's neighboring Los Angeles. According to a sheriff's deputy from Orange County, a high school freshman was caught in late 2011 with dozens of heroin-packed balloons, ready for distribution. One of the difficulties in tracking just how big of a problem of heroin…

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