Parents Share Stories of their Child’s Drug Overdose in Effort to Save Other Lives

It’s a new online trend: Parents sharing photographs of their children in hospital beds – or worse – after they overdose or suffer life-threatening reactions to illicit drugs.

father posts image of son after heroin overdoseIn three of these cases, the teens or young adults were hooked up with tubes, wires to monitors, sometimes respirators. They were all – two young women and one young man – in comas caused by their drug use. The two women had taken Molly (the crystalline form of Ecstasy although it may actually contain other substances as well.) The young man was in a coma after he overdosed on heroin.

In the fourth case, a parent took a photo of his child just after he died of a heroin overdose and was delivered to a funeral home.

A Colorado Rave Almost Took One Young Life

Here is one of those photos, as published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. According to the story, this seventeen-year-old girl took Molly at an electronic dance festival in Colorado in September 2014. Was it a bad batch of the drug or was this just her reaction to taking it? Reports from the event said that the venue was oversold, overcrowded, hot and cooling water was hard to come by. Continue reading

Thousands of Tons of Drugs Accepted on Drug Take-Back Days

dropping of prescription drugs on take-back dayIn September 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration held its last Drug Take-Back Day. These events were started four years ago as a way to remove harmful, abusable and addictive medications from households around the country. Now, the DEA has established alternate outlets that will be able to accept these drugs and send them off to be destroyed so no more Drug Take-Back Days are needed.

By survey, the majority of people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family. By removing these drugs from households, they will never be able to cause a person to overdose. They will never move anyone closer to being addicted. Continue reading

Narconon Arrowhead Participates in Red Ribbon Week

drug freeEvery year for nearly three decades, individuals, families and organizations around the United States have been donning red ribbons in a sign of solidarity for the Red Ribbon Campaign. This nationwide movement found its beginnings in 1985, when a man named Enrique Camarena was brutally tortured and murdered at the hands of agents of a drug cartel in Mexico. Camarena was there on assignment as an agent of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), working to stop the spread of drugs at its source along the international drug trafficking corridors into the U.S. Continue reading

Narconon New Life Sponsors Drug Free Pledge for Red Ribbon Week

promiseEarlier this month, a team from the Narconon New Life Retreat in Denham Springs, Louisiana set up a booth at the Livingston Parish Fair. They were there to pass out anti-drug educational pamphlets and DVDs, and to invite young people from across the region to sign a pledge to lead drug-free lives. This was reported on by ABC 13 news in Toledo, Ohio, and the story included the fact that around 300 children and teenagers took the Narconon drug-free pledge. This pledge begins: “I promise to stay away from drugs and alcohol and to testify to my friends the satisfaction of a sober life and help as best I can those who fall into the trap of addiction.” Countless thousands of young people have taken Narconon’s drug-free pledge over the years, and it is one of the most well recognized aspects of the Narconon campaign to reduce the rates of substance abuse in the United States. Every one of the kids who signed the Narconon drug-free pledge is now less likely to make the serious mistake of deciding to try using drugs in the future, since they have now taken the time to understand and recite the wording of the pledge, an experience which can make the difference by getting the young person to consciously decide about where he or she stands on the issue of drugs.  Continue reading

Twenty Sober Activities That are More Fun than Using Drugs or Drinking

group friends at coffee shopIf you’re a teen or young adult, it may seem like a lot of fun to get high or drunk. When you look at your friends who are intoxicated, they don’t seem to have a care in the world. Any problems are buried under the intoxication. You may decide to join in so you can fit in, be cool or forget your problems. Before you make that decision, it would be better if you could take a closer look at those people’s lives and see what kind of damage they might actually be suffering that is not so easy to see from the outside.

Hangovers, getting dangerously close to overdoses, emergency room visits, upset and fights with family, falling grades, lost scholarships or jobs, broken relationships, dulled perceptions, cloudy thinking, poor memory, illness and injury – these are the common results or using drugs or drinking. But nobody warns you about this the first time you reach for a joint, a bottle, syringe or pill. The truth is that there are many, many other activities available to you that are safer and more productive and that can bring about a result you enjoy far more than getting high.

father in garden with sonThis article says “twenty sober activities” although it could as well say “one thousand.” If you try some of the activities on this list or think up your own, you could just have fun or perhaps you’ll learn something or gain a new skill. Certainly, many of the items on this list may not interest you – everyone is different. Maybe you’ll get ideas from just a few. Some are more oriented to females than males and vice versa. Some require money and some don’t. Take your pick from our list. It’s our hope that you discover (if you’re not sure now) that living sober is a lot more fun than joining those who are drinking or using drugs. Continue reading

Pot-Proofing Your Child

There’s a new concept being circulated on the internet: Pot-proofing your child. This means that a parent makes sure that his (or her) children are thoroughly protected from the temptation to use marijuana.

kid saying turning down marijuanaThere’s now more than twenty states plus the District of Columbia that have authorized the sale of medical marijuana. And as most people know, two more states that have made it legal to buy and possess the drug for recreational use. There are close to 2.5 million Americans holding medical marijuana cards. The illicit market adds millions more people carrying around pot – nearly 19 million were current users per the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

And the final statistics that help paint the picture of what your children are up against: Nearly 90% of high school students said that their classmates are drinking, using drugs or smoking during the school day. Ninety-one percent of students know someone at the school who sells marijuana. Continue reading

Narconon Taiwan Stays Active in Offering Drug Prevention and Recovery Help

Narconon Taiwan distributing drug education bookletsOur staff and volunteers in Taiwan are always active! In these photos, you can see them getting out into the community to stop the use of drugs. In Taiwan, the widespread use of heroin and methamphetamine and the growing use of ketamine, the sleep aid Zolpidem and Ecstasy are creating many addicts. But if these enthusiastic drug educators have their way, addiction to these substances will soon be a thing of the past. Here you can see them reaching out to the public in and around the train station. The booklet they are handing out is 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know about Drugs, translated into Chinese.

Narconon Taiwan Outreach activities

Narconon Taiwan hands out drug education booklets throughout the city.

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Sensible Viewpoint on the Legalization of Marijuana or Other Drugs

Woodward quote on being soberIf you follow the news about drug legalization as presented by the mainstream media, you are likely to be mightily confused. Well-paid spin doctors work overtime to fill major media, blogs, magazines, television and radio with pro-legalization messages. Messages of compassion are used to pluck the heartstrings of moms and dads – no one wants small children to suffer from seizures. Can cannabis really cure cancer? Is pot really harmless and non-addicting? Billboards, bus signs, professional speakers, bloggers, late night television show appearances, even cannabis cooking recipes infiltrate our personal worlds every day in any state where a vote is imminent or where the drug has been legalized.

At the same time, there are plenty of parents determined that their kids should stay drug-free. It’s got to be tough to maintain that position with all this media and environmental furor going on. Continue reading

Narconon Puts Out New Educational Resources for Recovery Month

informationIn recognition of the fact that October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Narconon has launched an online hub with materials that parents, educators, law enforcement and others can use in their efforts to help keep children and teenagers off drugs. Prevention is the most effective approach to handling the problems of drug abuse and addiction in our society, and the message of Substance Abuse Prevention Month is one of the most important that can be spread in today’s world. Narconon offers powerful solutions to treating addiction and helping people make a fresh start in life, but for every person they help to recover, others are daily falling into the trap of addiction, so it is clear that if we are to win the war on drugs, it will be through prevention. Continue reading

Celebrating National Recovery Month with Narconon Sweden and Redwood Cliffs

success“Lasting recovery is one of the greatest gifts you can help an individual achieve who has been suffering from addiction, along with his family.” These words were spoken by Narconon International president Clark Carr, commenting on Narconon’s support of National Recovery Month this past September. “We are very proud of the tens of thousands of graduates we have sent home clean and sober. Our staff will continue to support both drug prevention and addiction recovery with their work that goes on 24 hours a day, every day of the year.” Continue reading