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Heroin on the Homefront – The Ledger Independent

October 20th, 2014

EDITOR”S NOTE: Call it horse, smack, gear, number 8, whatever, there is no denying it is here.

Heroin has arrived and brought with it all its usual baggage – increased crime rates, bulging court dockets, pressure on health care to provide treatment, babies born addicted to drugs, broken families and even death.

Addiction to heroin knows no socio-economic boundaries. It respects neither age nor gender. It is an equal opportunity addiction.

While local communities are working to solve the problems and curb the invasion of heroin into our area, it is a problem that will not be solved easily or quickly.

Today we begin a series of stories examining the effects of heroin on our communities and how we are coping with the issue

Heroin – aka Black Tar, Big H. Dog, Horse and Puppy Chow, is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. Heroin can be injected, smoked in a water pipe, inhaled as smoke through a straw, or snorted as powder through the nose.*

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Editorial: Being proactive in the war on heroin –

October 18th, 2014

Cautionary tales are sometimes easy to ignore.

We keep hearing the drumbeat of a heroin epidemic marching across the country, but it’s understandable that many people dismiss the noise as static, as little more than this generation’s drug problem.

Heroin addiction is fast becoming everybody’s problem.

It can start as a result of a simple prescription for painkillers. It hits hard, it hits fast and it will only get worse if action isn’t taken.

The drumbeat has reached our communities. According to the state medical examiner’s office, there were 257 heroin-related fatalities in Connecticut in 2013. That’s a 48-percent increase from the previous year. Lest you believe it’s an addiction of the poor, consider that there were eight drug-related deaths in Greenwich last year. That’s the most in at least a decade, and likely considerably longer.

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Tampa Bay area law enforcement warn parents of new drugs –

October 17th, 2014


A new warning for parents tonight about drugs your child might be using.

You may or may not have heard of the terms Cloud 9 or Dirty Sprite, but they are making children sick.

“We came home one night and she was just flat on her face in the bedroom. I had no idea what she had taken and I had no idea what she did. It’s frightening as a parent,” Missy Peterson remembers.

Her 17-year-old daughter Jessie is battling drug addiction that began with synthetic drugs.

“It’s scary because you don’t know what’s happening,” said Peterson.

Peterson is one mother who knows about a new synthetic drug, Cloud 9.

The drug which has the effects of cocaine and meth can be found at some gas stations and Peterson, who speaks at schools, says kids already know what it is but when it comes to parents it’s a different story.     Read more…

Report: Pa. must address addiction crisis fueled by $10 heroin – PennLive.com

October 16th, 2014

Heroin is cheaper and easier to get than beer in Pennsylvania, and the people selling it use sophisticated methods on par with the biggest retailers.

Those are among the conclusions of a state agency which complied a report and recommendations based on a series of informational hearings held around the state this summer.

Heroin addiction was long associated with inner cities.

But the Center for Rural Pennsylvania concluded there is a current “epidemic” that crosses all geographic, economic and racial boundaries, with scores of people becoming addicted and dying in suburban and rural communities. All parts of the state, including its most rural counties, are affected.     Read more…

Teens World-Wide Self-Medicate With Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs –

October 15th, 2014

Adolescents around the world are frequently using over-the-counter and prescription medications without a doctor’s order, a risky practice that can lead to overuse and abuse and is often continued into adulthood, reveals a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

“Self-medication” is influenced by many factors as adolescents are highly affected by their surrounding environment, explained lead author Syed Shehnaz, M.D. of Gulf Medical University in the United Arab Emirates.

“Being keen observers and having spent good amount of time with the family, [adolescents] often have a tendency to adopt the habits of their parents and family members, especially self-medication behavior,” said Shehnaz. “Parents are generally the first to be approached for any health complaint and adolescents seek their help and guidance.     Read more…

Baby or booze? GN sends explicit message to expectant Nunavut moms – Nunatsiao Online

October 14th, 2014

The Government of Nunavut’s health department says a new eye-catching campaign aimed at preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, is helping to spur discussion about alcohol use and pregnancy in the territory.

A new advertisement that the GN put out this month to coincide with FASD prevention day Sept. 9 features the stark black silhouette of a young pregnant woman drinking a bottle of alcohol, against a deep red background.

In the illustration, the yellow liquid flows from the bottle into the woman’s mouth, through her body and into her womb, which carries her unborn child.

The key message of new campaign, designed by Iqaluit-based Atiigo Media, is “Baby or The Bottle.” Text placed above the image reads: “Pregnant women should never drink alcohol.”     Read more…

Alcohol-free tailgates gain attention of UT students – The Independent Collegiate

October 13th, 2014

Alcohol-free tailgating is the name of the game of the game for a growing number of UT students on Rocket game days.

After changing departments last year, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs program is now offered through the counseling center as an alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention program. One of the many activities ATOD provides is alcohol-free tailgating in the flatlands by the UT spirit rock before every home football game.

Will Pecsok, associate director of the counseling center, said the alcohol-free tailgates are offered to “provide an environment for people where they can spend some time, tailgate and not have to be around alcohol.”

“What we do is have a space that provides an alternative for people to come to,” Pecsok said. “We want to prevent the alcohol use on campus, so we make this space so that people do not have to run into that.”   Read more…

Recovering addicts gather to celebrate sobriety – Glenn County Transcript

October 12th, 2014

Living a clean and sober life free of alcohol and drugs is a daily process, but each September those in recovery programs and services around the county come together to celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, family and friends.

The 10th annual Recovery Happens in Orland last Wednesday brought recovering drug addicts, alcoholics and their supporters together for a local observance of National Recovery Month.

The observance’s main focus spreads the positive message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover, said Francis Cuny, Glenn County drug and alcohol prevention specialist.

“There are events like this happening all over the country,” Cuny said.

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‘Horse valium’ at high school investigated – The Examiner

October 11th, 2014

POLICE are investigating the sale of drugs at Kings Meadows High School, which has resulted in student suspensions.

Six students were allegedly involved in a drug dealing incident where “horse valium” tablets were brought to school by one student, believed to be in year 10, and subsequently ingested by other students at school.

Kings Meadows High School principal Lee Barker said the six involved received disciplinary sanctions.

It is known that at least one of the teenage boys who took a tablet received a 10-day suspension.

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Six high school students hospitalized from new ‘Cloud 9′ drug –

October 10th, 2014


On the street it’s called “Cloud 9″ or “Hookah relax” – a liquid synthetic drug made from chemicals found in air freshener or bath salts.

And it is the latest trend with high school kids.

“It’s absolutely deadly,” says Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik. “Some kids are sprinkling in marijuana and smoking it with marijuana, some are putting it into the e-cigarettes, and now the trend is to put it into energy drinks.”

Westland police say Monday two John Glenn High School students ended up in Garden City Hospital after ingesting the drug. This is just two weeks after four Canton students were also hospitalized.

“It’s been a spread across western Wayne County. There are a lot of kids that are getting really sick and having near-death experiences because of it,” Jedrusik says.

Police say this latest drug can easily be purchased in area gas stations and convenience stores. The small vial costs about $20.

The side effects include: Chest pain, increased pulse, high blood pressure paranoia, hallucinations, agitation and suicidal thinking/behavior.

“The symptoms of heart attacks is what’s being described by the kids in school,” Jedrusik said.

Police say like K2 or spice bath salts, the latest rage in recent years, catching the sellers of Cloud 9 is proving difficult.

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