Inhalants Abuse

June 6, 2012

Hot Springs, Arkansas Drug Abuse Info

Filed under: Media Reports — admin @ 10:11 am

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

Filed under: Media Reports — admin @ 10:07 am

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.

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