Inhalants Abuse

January 28, 2013

Suicide

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Just recently I have been writing some pieces about suicide in this country.  Some of the statistics I found was that sixteen percent more Americans took their own lives in 2010 than in 2000.  That comes out to 12.1 suicides per 100,000 people compared to 10.4 per 100,000 before.

Information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying that guns are still the number one method of suicide.  Guns, Poisoning, and hanging account for 93 percent of all suicides in the US.  An interesting fact that was found is that suicide by firearms dropped almost one quarter among 15 to 24 year olds but it raised by almost the same amount those aged 45 to 59.  Some other interesting facts are that suicide rates are getting higher and faster among women than men and faster among whites than in non-whites.  Also it is noted that in terms of age the suicide rate went up 39 percent among people 45 to 59 and it dropped with people 70 and older.  More people die by suicide in the US than in car accidents and that makes suicide the leading cause of injury deaths.Sometimes suicidal thoughts might need attention from rehab.

Today I got the news that another NFL football player committed suicide right in front of his coaches.  The linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs shot his girlfriend then he drove to the tram training facility and killed himself in front of the coach and general manager.  This 25 year old did indeed go out in a blaze but not in glory.  He shot his girlfriend right there in front of her mom.  This one suicide follows a string of former NFL players who have taken their own lives.  Right now because this news is so fresh they are saying there may be risk of brain injury from repeated concussions suffered by veteran NFL players in a game that some people are saying has grown too aggressive and brutal.  I truly hope that in the short future we do not hear that this football player was not on drugs.  This behavior was very irrational.  Kansas City Mayor Sly James decried the violence as “part of the tragedy of urban living in this country.  Handguns all over the place, people blowing themselves away, and others.  At some point, we have to get a handle on this kind of stuff.  We are not doing a good job of it.”  At this time we are all confused about why he did this suicide.

If inhalant abuse has been a cause of suicidal thoughts, contact us.

 

 

January 23, 2013

Drugs all over the world

Here in the USA we have many problems with drugs and the abuse of them. But what about in other countries? Are they having similar problems? The answer to that is a resounding yes…
Just recently the government of Rwanda put into place strict measures of fighting drug abuse and illegal liquor and this is what the residents did with that. They crossed over to neighboring countries to get what drugs and alcohol they wanted and then they came back home. People who want and need drugs can be quiet smart sometimes. All of this information was given out during the meeting that was held in Muhanga district and it was chaired by Speciose Mukagahima from the Ministry of Youth and ICT. Mr. Mukagahima says, “Residents cross over to use drugs and come back because they can’t risk bringing them to Rwanda.”
There has definitely been a turn up of anti-drug and illegal alcohol measures and so the residents are being resourceful and getting what they want and need. They are crossing borders and this is reported to be happening at Rwanda-Uganda borders where there are no definite demarcations like rivers allowing residents to cross and make it back. Some forms of these drugs can include inhalants.
The most reported is Gatuna border where Ugandans set up brewery factories and confirm the biggest clientele are Rwandans. So where does all the blame for this lie? It seems it is being blamed on the fact that these residents listen to radios of neighboring countries instead of listening to Rwanda radio and follow government programs.
Well there you have it some problems with drugs across the planet. It seems like the use and abuse of drugs are existent it other areas as well as the USA. It believe it is up to each and every one of use to be responsible and don’t do drugs.

If you or someone you know has a drug abuse problem, contact us.

August 18, 2012

Drugs Trick Pleasure Center In Brain

Loved ones of alcoholics and addicts cannot comprehend why they continue to use despite consequences and even stints of sobriety.

An article by the National Institute On Drug Abuse helps explain the compulsive need to use.

“Our brains are wired to ensure that we will repeat life-sustaining activities by associating those activities with pleasure or reward. Whenever this reward circuit is activated, the brain notes that something important is happening that needs to be remembered, and teaches us to do it again and again, without thinking about it. Because drugs of abuse stimulate the same circuit, we learn to abuse drugs in the same way. Why are drugs more addictive than natural rewards?”

NIDA points out, “When some drugs of abuse are taken, they can release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards do. In some cases, this occurs almost immediately (as when drugs are smoked or injected), and the effects can last much longer than those produced by natural rewards. The resulting effects on the brain’s pleasure circuit dwarfs those produced by naturally rewarding behaviors such as eating and sex. The effect of such a powerful reward strongly motivates people to take drugs again and again.”

The addict or alcoholic is no longer able to feel any pleasure without drinking or getting high. When they are sober they feel depressed and anxious on top of the physical pain of withdrawal.

How can someone in this condition start over and live sober?

We can help. Call for more information about our drug abuse solutions. A caring, experienced drug counselor is waiting on the other end of the line to assist you towards living a better, drug-free life.

June 6, 2012

Hot Springs, Arkansas Drug Abuse Info

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Hot Springs, Arkansas has a population of 35,193 and a crime index of 1 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Arkansas you would have a 1 in 197 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas you would have a 1 in 87 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  In the last year Hot Springs has had 7 murders, 22 rapes, 72 robberies and 301 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 100 of them that will be a victim.  Hot Springs has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Hot Springs is number 60 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

Hotsprings.todaysthtv.com reports that state agencies had a  meeting in Little Rock for a Prescription Drug Summit.  Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said, “Our state has historically had one of the largest problems of prescription drug abuse – especially by children – of anywhere in the nation,  By the time Arkansas high school students have reached their senior year roughly one in five have abused prescription drugs.  Over the past three years, youth abuse rates have dropped and we are working to continue this welcome trend.  Arkansas has conducted three successful prescription drug take back events that have yielded over twelve tons of no-longer-needed medications from family medicine cabinets in Arkansas.”

These are the kinds of things that were discussed at the summit.  It seems that prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Arkansas and this problem is affecting the children, friends and neighbors.  It is discussed that neglecting to get rid of our old pills is one of the ways to make the problem worse.  It is also noted that that is only the beginning.

Skip Mooney speaks from experience because his son battled with addition.  Mooney said, “During one of his high school games he had a concussion and he started having anxiety attacks and panic attacks.  The doctor prescribed medicine to help with the attacks and that’s when the problem began.  The medicine wasn’t really working for him, so by the time he got to college he found the medicine that helped him with the panic attacks is hydrocodone and Xanax.  It’s absolutely horrible; when he came to us he couldn’t go without withdrawals for more than three days.” I hope that this kid got help from one of the Hot Springs drug rehabs.

This kind of thing is going on with close to 10 percent of today’s seniors.  They are using prescription drugs for non medical reason.  This is a problem and McDaniel attributes that to the convenience with unused prescriptions sitting in the medicine cabinet.  “You are placing them at risk of being stolen or taken by your children or grandchildren or their friends.  They find their way to the streets from the most innocent of sources and they are poisoning our children.” No wonder that rehabs in Louisiana, Arkansas, and all across the south are full of Oxy addicts.

That is the way the summit went in Arkansas.  They are addressing the drug problem there.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

June 3, 2012

Louisiana — Violent States

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A study was done on violent crimes in the US and according to the study by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Louisiana makes the bottom of the list.  Is that a good thing or bad thing?  This nonpartisan group is releasing this information for the second year and according to the Vice President Michael Shank data from previous reports Louisiana has ranked as one of the most violent states for the past two decades.  That may not be good news.  Maine has been named the most peaceful state for the past 11 years.

What is the ranking based on?  This group looks at five different factors; homicide rates, violent crime statistics, number of police employees, incarceration rates and the availability of small arms.  With these parameters Louisiana received an overall score of 4.05 and Maine has an overall score of 1.31.  Tennessee was the second most violent state and it had an overall score of 3.41.

The study suggest that Louisiana ranked last for the number of homicides, it tied with five other states for last on the incarceration rate, and ranks at the bottom 10 for the number of violent crimes, the number of police employees and the availability of small arms. Rehabs in Louisiana no doubt also see side effects of the drug abuse that goes hand in hand with violence.

There were other states that were listed as more violent and they include Nevada scoring 3.41, Florida scoring 3.36, Arizona scoring 3.22, Missouri scoring 3.21 and Texas and Utah scoring 3.20.

Just as a side note New Orleans was ranked as the second most violent city scoring 3.70.  It came in behind Detroit scoring 3.87.

This study presents that the south is made up of 14 states from Texas to Florida to Maryland.  This region is the most violent in the United States.  Perhaps it’s no surprise that Louisiana drug rehabs are also kept very busy. Another region they looked at is the Northeast and is made up of Maine to Pennsylvania ranking the most peaceful region.

Do you want to know what the cost of violence is in these United States?  It is conservatively estimated to be over $460 billion dollars and the lost productivity from violence amounted to $318 billion.  That my friend is a whole lot of money that could be spent somewhere else.  There is no doubt that drugs have a play in these figures. Anyone with a drug problem needs to get him or herself to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs immediately.

The Institute for Economics and Peace is a non-profit organization and they are dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive measurable of human well-being and progress.

There is cause for optimism in Louisiana: both the homicide and violent crime rates have decline along with incarceration rates.

May 31, 2012

Norristown, Pennsylvania drug abuse

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Norristown, Pennsylvania has a population of 34,324 and a crime index of 13 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Pennsylvania you would have a 1 in 273 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Norristown, Pennsylvania you would have a 1 in 87 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  In the last year Norristown has had 6 murders, 23 rapes, 172 robberies and 193 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 42 of them that will be a victim.  Norristown has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Norristown is number 59 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

It all started in a chain that led to 25 suspected drug traffickers in the Philadelphia area the first link was on Chain Street in Norristown with a 24 year old Costa Rican man.  Late in 2011 Montgomery County Detectives learned from the Department of Homeland Security that the suspected drug dealer was living in Norristown.  After this information they were compelled to get court approved wiretaps.  District Attorney Risa Ferman said, “This target was, as we had learned, a major drug trafficker.  He had a very diverse customer base.  It was white, it was black, it was Hispanic, it was across ethnic backgrounds, that spoke to us and told us about the volume of drugs that he was trafficking.”

It took a large amount of work to get the wiretap OK from the courts but it was worth it.  With that tool “Operation Chain-Link” gained momentum and helped the federal, state and local law enforcement.  In this case alone 53 phones were seized from suspects.  They use multiple devices to frustrate police who are trying diligently to track them.  When these men were arrested they had 11 phones each.  The DA has been working through the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association to change state law to mandate registration of prepaid cell phones.  These phones are called “burner phones” and drug dealers typically use them. Let’s hope that the folks whom these dealers got hooked on these substances get help from one of the local Philadelphia drug rehabs.

That is very creative finding ways to get away from the police.  If only they used their creativity in useful ways no telling what they could accomplish.  Drugs are harmful to use in many ways in all of everyday lives.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

May 28, 2012

Brockton, MA Drug Abuse Info

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Brockton, Massachusetts has a population of 93,810 and a crime index of 13 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Massachusetts you would have a 1 in 214 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Brockton, MA you would have a 1 in 86 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  In the last year Brockton has had 9 murders, 61 rapes, 243 robberies and 775 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 42 of them that will be a victim.  Brockton has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Brockton is number 58 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

PRnewswire.com reported in 2011 that under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative by federal, state and local authorities there were indictments unsealed and they were charging nine Brockton area men with different kinds of federal firearms and drug-related offenses.  All of this was a result of a ten month investigation.  When the investigation started their goal was to reduce drug activity and the number of guns available on the streets of Brockton.  When these arrests were made they had picked up a total of 7 guns as well as a significant amount of ammunition and crack cocaine.  The Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative makes prosecution of firearms cases a top priority.  It provides a comprehensive, strategic approach to reducing gun violence in America.  When the US Attorney’s office put this program into effect there have been eleven cities across the state of Massachusetts, including Brockton, have joined in the program.

US Attorney General Sullivan praised the joint effort, he said, “The apprehension of these suspects demonstrates how communities can benefit from multi-jurisdictional investigations and information sharing.  Community involvement, cooperation and good police work has ensured that guns will be kept out of our neighborhoods, away from our schools and playgrounds, and out of the hands of dangerous individuals.” Let’s hope as well that the folks whom these criminals got hooked on crack and cocaine got help from one of the local Boston drug rehabs.

Colonel Robbins of the Massachusetts State Police said, “It is important to recognize that cooperation among police agencies and prosecutors at all levels results in a positive impact on the quality of life of the citizens we all serve.”

Gun violence goes hand in hand with drugs and addiction.  That is why these people have the guns.  Drugs affect our lives in many ways and street violence is one of them.   If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

May 25, 2012

Fort Pierce, Florida Drug Abuse Info

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Fort Pierce, Florida has a population of 41,590 and a crime index of 3 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Florida you would have a 1 in 184 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Fort Pierce, Florida you would have a 1 in 85 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  Just recently Fort Pierce has had 9 murders, 27 rapes, 142 robberies and 306 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 69 of them that will be a victim.  Fort Pierce has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Fort Pierce is number 57 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

Wptv.com reported April 27, 2012 that one of Fort Pierce’s favorite actors 22 year old Matthew Underwood was arrested on drug charges.  Underwood is known for his role as Logan Reese on the Nickelodeon TV show “Zoey 101”.  This 22 year old had a search warrant executed on his at a residence and what was found was marijuana as well as numerous smoking devices that were in the kitchen and in the garage.  The 22 year old was with a 24 year old who was charged also.  This young man does play a role on TV that is viewed by many youngsters.  There are many that will probably get wind of the fact that he was charged on possession of drugs.  He must know that there are many that look up to him a so his behavior is very destructive as it does give others that it is ok to do this kind of thing. Who knows how many youths this could land in drug treatment –from rehabs in Florida to rehabs in Louisiana to ones all across the country.

In another story released by wpbf.com Fort Pierce Police arrested a teacher, who teaches at a Palm Beach Gardens middle school, while she was trying to get her keys out of her locked car and a bag of cocaine fell out of her pocket.  She searched for her keys and then a clear plastic bag containing cocaine fell out of her pocket onto the ground and then they searched her truck and found another bag of drugs.  Her keys were in the truck.  After this incident the teacher was temporarily reassigned and she was not allowed any contact with students. It’s hard to believe that these are the role models that kids have to look up to; no wonder the Kissimmee drug rehabs are kept so busy.

These are the kinds of things happening at Fort Pierce, Florida.  It seems that drugs are all over the young people of this state.  Drugs are very harmful and when our youth see that the grownups are doing the drugs they get the message that it is OK to do that.  .  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

May 22, 2012

Nashville, Tennessee drug abuse

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According to neighborhoodscout.com Nashville, Tennessee has a population of 601,222 and a crime index of 4 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Illinois you would have a 1 in 163 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Nashville, Tennessee you would have a 1 in 85 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  In the last year Nashville has had 55 murders, 370 rapes, 1,829 robberies and 4,780 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 64 of them that will be a victim.  Nashville has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Nashville is number 56 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

Wkrn.com reported on April 25, 2012 that in Nashville, Tenn. there was a measure that does require testing as a condition for receiving welfare and this measure was definitely passed in the Senate.  There are many states that are looking and presenting this kind of measure but Tennessee has passed it in the senate.  That means that this legislation requires new welfare applicants to undergo a special screening process.  During this screening if any suspicions come up then the applicant would be drug tested.  The measure was sponsored by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville and the vote was 24-9. One wonder where these folks will end up…let’s hope they would get help, as they would at rehabs in Louisiana.

This measure differs from an original one that would have required blanket testing.  The state’s attorney general gave concerns about that approach and that it would be unconstitutional because it would violate applicants’ rights not to be drug tested unless there is suspicion they are using drugs. The bill that did pass the senate will go to the House Finance Committee for it to be voted on there. Whether or not it does, let’s hope that attention to the drug problems in our country leads some folks to get help from one of their local Tennessee drug rehabs.

As we discussed before many states are attempting to get this kind of measure passed so that those who need help are spending their dollars on food and necessities and not drugs.  I do believe that is a fair judgment.  There are some who apply for this assistance just to get some extra dollars to buy drugs.  That is another way that drugs are harming us in our daily lives.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

May 19, 2012

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Drug Abuse Info

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina has a population of 57,477 and a crime index of 2 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Illinois you would have a 1 in 275 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina you would have a 1 in 83 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  Within the last year Rocky Mount has had 11 murders, 14 rapes, 210 robberies and 453 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 74 of them that will be a victim.  Springfield has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Rocky Mount is number 55 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

Late last year In Rocky Mount, North Carolina two men were issued a search warrant at a Food Mart and the end result was that a 25 year old and an 18 year old were charged with narcotics violations.  During the search the law enforcement officers seized drug paraphernalia, a handgun, ammunition and 10.2 grams of marijuana which was inside a refrigerator at the back of the store.  They also found marijuana on the personal self of one of the suspects. Before the search was done they also found three vials of bath salts valued at $15 a vial.  These two are being charged with possession of bath salts (a phenomenon we’ve seen a lot of at rehabs in Louisiana), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reclaimingfutures.org on April 23, 2012 gave an update to their program.  A screening tool was one of the first steps of the Reclaiming Futures Model that was used.  The idea was is to screen youth entering the juvenile justice system for substance abuse problems.  There were six sites in North Carolina that had adopted the Global Appraisal for Individual Needs Short Screener (GAINSS).  It seems that from 2010 to 2011 there were 2,633 Gain screeners that were completed with 2,490 youth in Reclaiming Futures’ North Carolina sites.  Here are some results of this screening.  22% scored at moderate to high risk on the substance disorder screener.  What that tells us is that these youths may need substance abuse, dependence or substance use treatment from one of the local Raleigh drug rehabs, or one elsewhere.  About 18% of the youth scored high risk on the overall screening with an additional 75% scoring moderate risk this all indicated they needed help.  This screening tool is made available to all counties through the North Carolina Juvenile Online Information Network (NCJOIN).  This data is then used to make appropriate referrals and in development of service plans for youths.

This is one way North Carolina is fighting the war on drugs.  Albeit I don’t know if it is OK to label these youths.  Drugs are harmful to all of us in one way or the other.  If you know someone who would like to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

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