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How Long Will it Take “Subsys” to Show Up on Drug Overdose Autopsies?

Drugless Atmosphere

The FDA approves the new sublingual fentanyl spray, but will this super-strong painkiller make it easier for people to overdose on this drug?

In January 2012, the FDA announced the approval of a new form of painkiller: a formulation of fentanyl meant to be sprayed under the tongue (sublingual). The new drug is called Subsys and is meant for those suffering from breakthrough pain from cancer.1 This means that Subsys is only supposed to be used when the patient is already on a painkiller and experiences pain that breaks through the existing opioid barrier. But fentanyl is already a common drug of abuse, addiction and overdose death. Will this new form be irresistible to opiate addicts?

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is an opiate-type drug that is 100 times more potent than morphine. Since street heroin is of variable potency, fentanyl could be hundreds of times stronger than heroin.

Fentanyl is already popular among addicts for its intense euphoric effects.2 Those addicted to heroin, OxyContin, hydrocodone or other opioids may seek out fentanyl as a substitute, robbing pharmacies, stealing it from hospices or nursing homes, or forging prescriptions. Since fentanyl is often administered in a patch to prevent easy abuse, addicts squeeze the remaining drug out of the used patches and inject or ingest it.

Subsys Recommended Dosage is Millionths of an Ounce

But now fentanyl will be available as a spray. The dosage is measured in micrograms, with the initial recommended dose set at 100 micrograms, or 3.5 millionths of an ounce. A person initiating use of Subsys for breakthrough cancer pain should start with one spray and move up from there as needed.

A person who has already developed a tolerance for opiates may be able to safely use this drug but what about a person new to opiates? A initiate to the drug can easily overdose on a tiny amount of opiates while a person accustomed to them can take higher amounts without danger. This phenomenally strong painkiller could spell disaster for anyone not intimately familiar with the way opiates work.

“For several years, fentanyl was one of the deadlier drugs on the illicit market,” commented Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. Narconon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of substance abuse and addiction through effective rehabilitation and prevention. “The pharmaceutical and medical industries have already shown that they cannot prevent diversion of these drugs to the illicit market. With this infinitely strong preparation on the market, we should also be ready for the fentanyl overdoses that may follow.”

Mr. Carr noted that more than ten thousand people per year were rushed to emergency rooms between 2005 and 2009 because of problems with illicitly or licitly produced fentanyl. More than a thousand people lost their lives in just three years.

“Because of addiction, many people will not be able to resist the temptation to abuse this powerful drug,” Mr. Carr added. “The only way to save these addicted lives is to eliminate the cravings for drugs with effective drug rehabilitation like the Narconon drug rehab program.”

Narconon organizations located in forty countries not only offer highly successful drug rehab but most also send staff and volunteers out in to the community to provide drug education classes.

Eliminate Drug Cravings

“The very best way to eliminate the desire for this and other drugs is to convince people not to start abusing any substances,” concluded Mr. Carr. “We are fortunate at Narconon centers to be able to provide services both for those who have not started using drugs and those trapped in addiction, offering the addicted a new shot at a sober future.”

For more information on the Narconon drug rehabilitation program or for other Narconon services, call 1-800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.centerwatch.com/drug-information/fda-approvals/drug-details.aspx?DrugID=1179

Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death

Suicide Intoxication

After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so.

The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested, if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs.

Groups that had higher ratios of suicide were:

  • Men, especially young men
  • Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
  • US military veterans
  • The poorly educated
  • Those living in rural areas

Factors found to be involved in these deaths, particularly for young men, were financial problems, relationship difficulties and situations with arrests and incarceration.

People who committed suicide while drunk also tended to use more violent means, just as falls and shootings.

The tragedy is that suicide deaths are 100% preventable if a person can find the help they need. If addiction is part of the equation as well, a person can become despondent and depressed about ever recovering. When a quarter of suicide victims are intoxicated at time of death, eliminating alcohol as a solution to stress can help these people maintain an objective grip on their lives that could prevent these suicides.

How Addiction Can be Overcome

Addiction Not a Disease

It’s unfortunate that so many people are told that they must always consider themselves an addict, that addiction is a “chronic, relapsing disease” like diabetes or heart disease. Many rehab programs work hard to sell this model of addiction. When this is the belief, the solution is so often a very long course of medications that are intended to “treat” this physical disease. The drug companies make money but the addicted people may not find recovery.

At Narconon, Drug Addiction Recovery is Possible

At Narconon, drug addiction is not treated by giving a person drugs for a day, a year or longer. No drugs are ever used as part of treatment. Instead, a person is guided through a process of recovering health, rebuilding clear thinking, learning new life skills, reducing cravings through detoxification. These steps, to result in a drug-free life, take time. For most people, three to five months, sometimes longer. But it is time well spent.

Learn Narconon Detox

Each person goes through the recovery phase called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase utilizes time in a sauna with moderate daily exercise and nutritional supplements. This combination causes the body to dispose of stored toxins that remain behind after past drug use. These toxins have been shown to be involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after a person stops using drugs or drinking.

When the residues are gone, a person has a brighter outlook and more energy. He or she can think more clearly. Most people state that their cravings are reduced or even gone.

Life Skills Must Follow

Life Skills Courses

This is not the end of recovery but just the beginning of life skills training. Each person learns such skills as choosing associates and friends who will support a sober life and how to handle those who might lead one back into substance abuse. He learns also step-by-step methods of repairing relationships with family, friends and others in the community that he may have harmed while using drugs.

The list goes on – the way Narconon drug addiction recovery works to bring about sobriety is thorough. Get the whole story by calling and talking to an Intake Counselor today. Call 1-800-775-8750.


http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/25/study-nearly-quarter-us-suicide-victims-intoxicated-at-time-death/

Will US Follow Finland’s Trend?: Rising Drug Use among Youth and Women

Women Drug Use Rise

In the United States, the trend has always been toward more illicit drug abuse by men than women, usually in a ratio of two to one. In drug dependence and treatment statistics both, women generally make up about one-third of the total.

This ratio varies by the drug being discussed. When it comes to needing treatment for marijuana addiction, only about one in four of those being admitted to treatment for marijuana addiction is a woman. But for crack cocaine and prescription drugs, the ratio of women to men is higher. In fact, more women go to treatment for sedatives than men, and for tranquilizers and opiate painkillers, the numbers are close to even.

In Finland, groups of social workers who provide support for young people have noticed rising drug use among youth and women. The Deaconess Institute and the A-Clinic Foundation provide help for those who are aged 16-29. This group overall has seen more incidence of drug abuse with the majority of that increase among the females.

Rising drug use among youth and women indicates a couple of dangerous social trends. One is failing drug education for youth. And the other is the distinct possibility that births of babies who are addicted to the drugs the mother was using while pregnant.

Women Using Drugs Increase

One of the workers with the young people noted that the ratio of young women who were using drugs increased from 25% to 40% in just one year. The report noted that most drug abuse starts with alcohol and marijuana and that the age of initiation is dropping in Finland. In the US in these categories, women seeking treatment remain around one-quarter of the total.

Success Rates Vary But Can Reach 70% at Narconon

Losing Self Respect to Drug Use

Different sources will cite varying success rates for treatment, often between 10% and 20% for those trying to get sober. This means heartbreak for the great majority of people who enter rehab with hopes of breaking free from substance abuse. Those who come to Narconon drug rehabs such as Narconon Georgia find recovery 70% of the time. The reason for this high rate of success is the thorough address to the problems created by addiction. When a person has been abusing substances, they lose their integrity and self-respect. They become dishonest, manipulative and lying to those around them so they can continue to obtain and use drugs. To fully recover from addiction, these points of damage must be reversed.

Each person must break through this dishonesty to be able to live a sober life. As described in many success stories, sobriety can be achieved when a person learns the life skills that are needed to stay sober and then applies them to the life that was destroyed by addiction. Gradually, they learn a new honest way of living. They learn how to repair relationships like those with spouses, parents and children. They put these broken pieces of their lives back together. As they do so, they find that they don’t need drugs any more.

Detoxification is an Essential Part of Recovery

Live Without Drugs

The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is a sauna-based program that uses nutritional supplements with moderate daily exercise to flush out the residues of these toxic drugs that cling to the fatty tissues of the body. Because these residues tend to bond to fat, they can be hard to get out of the body. This combination activates the body’s ability to release them. As the residues flush out, the recovering addict feels brighter and clearer. Most people achieving this relief also notes that cravings are reduced.

When there is rising drug use among youth and women, there is a way to bring them back to a healthy life. And that is Narconon.


Resources:

http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/quicklink/US09.htm

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2k10NSDUH/2k10Results.htm#7.1.3

Chill Pills Generate a New Threat for a New Generation

Pill Factory

Before the 1950s, there were no tranquilizers being marketed. Then came Miltowns, followed by Valium and then followed by the full range of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. By 1957, there had been 56 million prescriptions filled for Miltowns.

And with the popularization of this range of drugs, and despite their addictiveness, millions of people have come to depend on these drugs to deal with daily life. In many cases, it’s a whole new generation of young people who are using, abusing or being addicted to them. Some people simply rely on them, filling the prescriptions as needed, and others abuse them recreationally.

Now, these medications that have been referred to as “chill pills” for decades are sending people to rehabilitation centers so they can finally get sober.

Celebrity Addicts Going to Recovery

According to the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles, actors, singers and other performers in Hollywood are frequently going to rehabilitation centers to overcome their addictions. It appears that too many doctors in Hollywood are too willing to hand out prescriptions.

Pill Addiction

Despite the fact that these classes of drugs create dependence, even when they are taken at correct, therapeutic doses, many people receive prescriptions for them for years on end. Some people progress to abusing them and then, as they develop a tolerance, have to find ways to get enough of their drugs to satisfy the tolerance that normally builds up. In other words, they need more of the drug just in order to function, much less to get a high.

Now, there are literally hundreds of different formulas for “chill pills” that are available to provide an artificial, addictive solution to life’s problems.

Mixing Drugs Creates a Whole New Set of Problems

Polydrug Abuse

The recent trend in substance abuse is to mix substances. It’s called polydrug abuse. Along with Valium, now, a person might add alcohol. In fact, alcohol abuse along with prescription drug abuse is very common among those under 25 years of age. Alcohol was frequently abused with painkillers, stimulants like Ritalin, sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications. Statistically, the more dependent a person is on alcohol, the more mixing they do.

The Narconon Program Provides a Solution

Turn Life Around

After years or even decades of addiction, it’s never easy to admit the extent of the problem and find a rehab center to provide recovery. But the risk presented by chill pill abuse or mixing this kind of drug with alcohol means that the sooner a person in this situation can be gotten to an effective rehab program, the better.

The Narconon program has been helping people get sober after street drug, alcohol and prescription drug abuse since 1966. The program is completely based on results – that principle guided the development of the program from the beginning. The only methods used were those that resulted in sobriety. Finding this program can be the beginning of a new sobriety for someone you care about.

In three to five months for most people, the Narconon program can provide a repair of damage done by addictive drugs and alcohol and a restoration of the life skills essential to staying sober. Some people call this an alternative program because it is not based on the Twelve Step model nor on a medical model that uses more drugs in the course of treatment. Instead, the steps are based on a philosophy anyone can understand: if you address the factors that keep a person trapped in addiction and help a person really learn how to escape them, they will stop being addicts. Pure and simple.

Learn more about the Narconon rehab program that is offered all around the world. Call a Narconon drug help representative today 1-800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/2008/03/alcohol-abuse-makes-prescription-drug-abuse-more-likely

http://origin.firstcoastnews.com/video/1538027788001/1496488896001/Chill-Pills-A-Growing-Epidemic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miltown

http://www.drugs.com/pro/valium.html

Litany of Heroin Deaths in Alabama Illustrates Fatal Dangers of Addiction

Heroin Deaths

The shift from OxyContin to heroin and people trying to get high after getting clean are some of the reasons for the upsurge in deaths in Alabama.

In May 2012, the Birmingham News provided some grim insight into the fatal results of addiction. In just the month of April, Jefferson County had thirteen deaths from heroin. In all of 2010, there were only 12 deaths from the drug and in 2011, a total of 30 people died.

What makes the situation worse is that many of those who died were so very young: a 28-year old man, 38-year old man, one who was 18, another who was 24, a nineteen-year-old, a 21-year old woman, and a 32-year old woman. All dead of heroin, often with syringes next to the bodies.

Heroin Abuse Supplies

Across the country, many people are seeking heroin supplies after the reformulation of Oxycontin, their prior preferred drug of choice. Once OxyContin pills were made hard to abuse by making them gummy, heroin deaths began to creep up. The effects of OxyContin and heroin abuse are said to be very much the same. So individuals who previously used prescription fraud to obtain drugs now had to find a street drug dealer to score heroin which was sometimes sold at half the price.

Inexperience Using Heroin Contributes to Deaths

But a number of factors now conspire to cause to these deaths:

  • OxyContin users were accustomed to a consistent potency so knew how to dose themselves with that drug
  • Heroin’s potency varies greatly
  • OxyContin users are not used to dosing themselves with the variable heroin potency
  • To make things worse, Mexican drug cartels began smuggling in a high potency heroin in 2011

Heroin Drug Deal

Heroin dealers have plenty of customers and potential customers – so customer service and concern is not part of the job.

Another factor in some of these deaths is that some people may have wanted to get high again after being clean for awhile. When they gave themselves a “usual” dosage, they couldn’t tolerate it and overdosed. Some of the people who died had recently graduated from drug court or been to rehab.

In St. Louis, the story was much the same. According to the news site BND.com, heroin deaths in the area almost doubled in 2009 and then maintained that peak in 2010. Over a five-year period, 357 residents of the area died due to heroin overdoses. Here too, many of those who died were young.

Not Isolated Incidents

 

“Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents,” stated Bobby Wiggins, longtime drug educator and spokesperson for Narconon International. Narconon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of substance abuse and addiction. “The same scenario is playing out from Minneapolis to San Diego. These people are trying to stave off the sickness of opiate withdrawal with whatever drug they can find. Fortunately, at Narconon we have developed a tolerable method of withdrawal followed by an effective method of rehabilitation that can save some of these people who feel trapped in their addictions.”

At any of the fifty Narconon rehab centers around the world, addicts are supported through withdrawal by giving them generous dosages of nutritional supplements that help the body through the withdrawal period and calm many of the symptoms. Relaxing physical assists help the person relax and stop being anxious about recovery. The rehab program that follows is so effective that seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home.

There are only three outcomes to addiction: prison, death or sobriety,” Mr. Wiggins said. “We help people choose lasting sobriety.”

Heroin Rehab Help

For more information about heroin rehabilitation on the Narconon program, call 1-800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/05/jefferson_county_sees_spike_in.html

http://www.bnd.com/2011/09/18/1863590/dope-sick-youths-migrate-to-heroin.html

Do New Synthetic Drugs Create the Most Dangerous Addictions?

Addiction to Drugs

It’s pretty obvious that there are simply no “good addictions” when it comes to drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t matter if it’s alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana or cocaine – every addiction is destructive of a person’s life, goals, focus, mental stability and personal integrity.

Drugs and alcohol are also destructive of a person’s health and relationships. When addiction takes over a person’s life, then every constructive priority takes a back seat to this overwhelming influence.

How then could one pick out one drug that creates the most dangerous addiction?

The fact is that there is a class of new drugs on the market that might qualify as creating the most dangerous addiction. It’s the new synthetics: drugs labeled as “bath salts” or “Spice.” There are actually many names for these new drugs.

They may be labeled as:

Bath Salt Drugs

Bath Salts

Ivory Wave, Cloud 9, White Dove, White Lightning, Scarface, Red Dove or even called plant food or research chemicals

Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic Marijuana

K2, Spice, Vampire Blood, Lazy Cakes, Simmer

Some people might be able to abuse these new drugs and escape unharmed but others are not so lucky. Some people experience frightening, dangerous, even deadly effects.

Bath salts: Insomnia, delusions, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations.

Synthetic marijuana: High doses bring delusions, vomiting, seizures.

Why are People Abusing These Drugs?

Using Synthetic Drugs

In many areas, these drugs are sold as legal “highs” that are undetectable on drug tests. So a person on an athletic team who might be drug tested might think that he could get away with using this drug without being found out. It is also available in many places in convenience stores or head shops, even gas stations. There are federal laws outlawing these drugs but it is impossible for federal agents to cover all the locations these drugs are sold. Until individual US states or other countries enact legislation banning these drugs, they are as good as legal.

The other reason people abuse these drugs is that they don’t know about the dangers. Chemists seeking to gain profits at any cost are willing to devise chemicals that can kill. When the drug they have been selling gets outlawed, they can just come up with a new formula and new packaging and go back into business again.

The only safety, really, is in sobriety.

Narconon Helps a Person Develop the Ability to Live Sober

Drug-Free Living

At Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers around the world, Narconon takes on a slightly different form than other rehabs. Students complete a series of life skills courses that enable them to overcome the causes of his or her own addiction. Perhaps it was yielding to peer pressure, desire to fit in, a need to overcome shyness, a yearning for excitement or just plain boredom that led a person to abuse drugs or alcohol. A person learns how each of these obstacles to happiness can be overcome.

First, each person learns about basic components needed for a sober life: communication skills, ability to confront another person without flinching, ability to resolve problems, a strong, recovered personal integrity, a moral guide for decisions and actions. After learning the basics of each of these ingredients of sober living, a person then uses what he has learned to gain control of his life again and repair the damage done by addiction.

It takes longer than 28 days to really recover from addiction. Narconon restores life skills, encompassing three to five months, have a 70% success rate, one of the best in this field.

Get Help Now

Find out how the Narconon program can help someone you love reclaim lasting sobriety at last. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.


Resources:

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/nov/12/laws-cracking-down-synthetic-drugs-legally-sold/

Narconon meetings

Will Canada’s New Oxycodone Formulation – OxyNeo – Solve the Prescription Pain Reliever Problem?

Oxycodone to OxyNeoAfter years of negotiating, Purdue Pharmaceutical and the Canadian Government finally settled on a way to improve the abuse and addiction problem that exists with OxyContin. On March 1, 2012, the new formulation called OxyNeo hit the shelves of pharmacies across Canada.

OxyNeo is only available in Canada. Now, instead of a dose of oxycodone that can be crushed and snorted, dissolved and injected or just swallowed, oxycodone is now formulated into a pill that is too hard to crush. Alternately, if those bent on abuse try to dissolve the pill, it turns into a thick jelly substance that won’t pass through a syringe.

The US Has Already Been Through this Transition

In the US, a new formulation of OxyContin that was supposedly less abusable was released in 2011. For the US, oxycodone was embedded in a tough glue-like substance. It did not take long for this abuse protection to be circumvented but instead of taking the extensive steps needed to abuse the pills, some people simply switched to other pain pills or heroin. News reports from the west coast, Michigan, Missouri and other area all attest to the increase in heroin abuse and overdose deaths.

Abusing Heroin Now

This trend of course creates a concern that those in Canada who had been abusing the drug may now switch to heroin with its less-predictable purity and potency. It is estimated that most of the 200,000 prescription drug addicts in Canada prefer OxyContin and so now may have to work out another solution.

What these people really need is the type of lasting recovery provided by the addiction recovery program in the two locations Narconon drug rehabilitation centers in Canada and in dozens of other locations around the world. When seven out of ten Narconon graduates finding long lasting sobriety after alcoholism, opiate, stimulant or other drug addiction, then these people are returned to their communities as productive, contributing members. There are many Narconon reviews of graduates who have completely turned their life around and are now giving back to their communisty.

The First Week Brings the First OxyNeo Death

OxyNeo Death

Canadians who were already being prescribed OxyContin immediately started being transitioned over to OxyNeo. With OxyContin prescriptions growing to 1.6 million scrips per year, this means an enormous task to safely transition users to this new drug. Although it was attributed as possibly occurring from transition problems, one death was reported in the first week OxyNeo was in circulation.

This death and the hundreds of thousands abusing OxyContin or other prescription pain relievers points out the importance of directly addressing and eliminating addiction. The other part of the equation is educating young people so they understand for themselves why they should not start abusing drugs. When these two solutions are in place, then extraordinary chemical measures are not needed.

When even a person who has been unable to recover from opiate addiction through other methods can find sobriety at a Narconon center, then Canada may also one day be able to dispense with the clean shooting rooms of Vancouver and needle distribution and other harm reduction programs in other cities. The Narconon program uses tools like sauna, exercise, nutrition, counseling and life skills training to bring an addicted person out of the addicted lifestyle and help them create a new sober life.

Drug-Free Solutions

When strong pain relievers are needed to provide an acceptable quality of life for a person who has suffered injury or illness, there is OxyNeo. For the person who wishes to break free from pain reliever dependence or abuse, there is Narconon.


Resources:

http://www.dailytribune.com/articles/2012/03/04/news/doc4f52b9b43f976266640129.txt

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/King-County-WA-warns-of-rise-in-heroin-deaths-3387488.php

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2011/11/01/heroin-growing-concern-poplar-bluff/

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/30/doctor-calls-for-free-heroin-for-addicts

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/health/16oxy.html

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm207480.htm

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/andre-picard/chronic-pain-patients-collateral-damage-of-drug-abuse-policy/article2359592/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/29/oxycontin-coverage-bc-oxyneo_n_1311839.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/03/05/tby-oxy-death.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxycodone

http://www.globaltvbc.com/oxycodone+facts/6442583660/story.html

Recovery From Addiction Does Not Have to Be Infinite

There are some addiction rehab programs that require a commitment of years. When a person uses support groups for recovery, it may be necessary for that person to commit to years of frequent meetings. A therapeutic community may require years of residence for a person to fully develop sober living skills.

On the other hand, a short term program of 28 to 30 days is very often far too short a time to enable a person to rebuild a life that was destroyed by addiction. Perhaps a short term program should be followed by counseling or further service but if a person fails at sobriety as soon as he (or she) goes back to his life, he may not show up for any further service.

Recover from Drug Addiction

When a person who needs rehab chooses the Narconon program for recovery, there are no Narconon meetings to attend. The program consist of courses and excercises in which a person restores his or her life skills for sober living. They consist of periods of time spent in a low-heat sauna in a strict regimen of nutritional supplements on a detoxification program that flushes out old drug residues that can contribute to cravings, even years after drug use stops.

The Narconon program is unique, innovative and thorough. It is thorough enough that seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home. It just takes a commitment to do one’s best to get clean and sober, to honestly apply oneself to learning how to live a new, drug-free life. The Narconon staff will take it from here.

Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

When a person has been abusing alcohol heavily for many years, it may be that they have to go through a medical detox before they can start the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. According to the National Institutes of Health, withdrawal sickness can start within one to a few days after drinking stops and may last for weeks. For most people, their detox will be over within one to two weeks. A few people, especially those in poor health, it may take longer.

When alcohol withdrawal is over, the person can then start the Narconon drug rehab program. This program usually requires three to five months although a few people take longer. Seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home, meaning the Narconon program has one of the best success rates in the field.

Loss of Life Skills

Everyone around an addicted person sees that he loses more life skills the longer he is addicted. He stops being able to communicate openly, he has secrets – things he does not want anyone to know. He has done things he would never have done were he not addicted. He has put his addiction before his family and his integrity. Bringing this person back to sobriety includes restoring his own personal integrity. The Narconon program has a workable process for helping bring this about.

You can learn more about the science of this program by visiting http://www.drugrehab.net/scientific-research/.

Find out more about this holistic, drug-free program and how it can help someone you care about. Call the international management offices of Narconon in Los Angeles at 1-800-775-8750 today. There are fifty Narconon drug rehabs around the world. Find out where the one that is closest to you is located.


Resources:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000764.htm

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh22-1/44-46.pdf

In Some Regions of US, Heroin Abuse Worse, First Time Users Younger

It was bad enough that millions of US teens were abusing prescription drugs in increasing numbers over the last decade. Now, many of them are switching to heroin at a very young age, younger than ever seen before. While this fact may take some people by surprise, it was a completely predictable outcome of the effort to make OxyContin harder to abuse.

Purdue Pharmaceutical began to ship a new version of OxyContin that was bound to a plastic-like substance. The drug was supposed to be released over time once it was in the body but the pill could not be ground up and snorted or smoked.

Overcome Heroin Addiction

It’s bad enough that new reports show heroin abuse worse; first time users younger just makes everything worse.

Laws Have Been Changing to Eliminate Abuse

At almost the same time Purdue released its new less-abusable opiate drug, the State of Florida finally changed its laws so that there was far less OxyContin on the street to abuse. Within the first few months after the laws changed in 2011, the quantity of OxyContin purchased by doctors in the state plummeted more than 90%.

Many other states have prescription monitoring programs so they can tell if any individuals are visiting multiple doctors to get enough pills to abuse or sell. Pharmacies are then required to refuse to dispense these drugs to anyone who appears to be trying to circumvent the law.

What all this means is that a person who wants to abuse this drug, who is addicted to opiates or who wants to try an opiate for the first time is probably going to reach for heroin instead of prescription opiates. While the abuse of any opiate is dangerous and can be fatal, using heroin instead of a prescription drug adds the additional elements of possible damaging contamination and uncertain dosages that can easily result in overdoses.

In Columbus, Ohio, the number of young people being treated for heroin addiction are quickly decreasing in age, and the National Drug Intelligence Center notes that there are increasing amounts of heroin in circulation in the Chicago and Lake County areas. In the San Diego area too, drug courts are trying to divert these youthful addicts into other programs rather than putting them in jail. These signs of heroin addiction worse, first time users younger is an alarming statistic that should drive parents to talk to their children about drug abuse.

Narconon Sauna Program Can Help These Young Addicts Recover

Anyone who has been addicted to opiates knows the cravings they cause. Many rehabs prescribe other drugs that are addictive as a way of relieving the cravings for more opiates. This drugging may start as soon as the person walks in the door and last long after they leave rehab.

At Narconon, sauna time after moderate exercise and generous nutritional supplementation have been shown to greatly change the heroin addict’s recovery experience once he gets to Narconon. This combination activates the body’s ability to detoxify drug residues left behind after a body has broken down and eliminated most of the drug. These residues can make it impossible for a person to remain sober as the residues are involved in the triggering of cravings. The Narconon sauna program flushes out old toxins, resulting in clearer, faster thinking. Those completing this step talk about how their cravings are much lower, sometimes even gone completely.

The Narconon program can help a person with heroin addiction. Call today to get the whole story. Call Narconon at 1-00-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/mar/28/more-young-people-are-getting-hooked-heroin/

http://www.wlky.com/Ohio-Heroin-Abuse-Worse-First-Time-Users-Younger/9782684

 

Eliminating a New Threat: Dangerous K2 Drug Effects and K2 Abuse

It seems like those working in the illicit drug industry are industriously working to keep one step ahead of law enforcement and drug users. It seems they are able to release one new synthetic drug after another onto the market, catching the interest of those who might believe the hype about how “legal” a new drug is and what a great effect it has. One of the latest drugs to appear in this way is a drug being called K2. In some areas, it’s also called “Spice” and it is said to be a synthetic cannabinoid – in other words, a chemical that is similar in composition and effect to marijuana.

K2 Effects

In some areas, these new drugs are not covered by existing laws, and until legislation catches up, a dealer can state that a new synthetic drug is a “legal” high. Naive users may believe this.

One of the additional selling points for K2 is that it will not register on the usual drug tests that might be administered by employers, schools or parents. Eventually, all these points will catch up to K2 and it will be able to be seized and the dealers arrested for the damage they are doing.

K2 Drives Thousands of Call to Poison Control Centers

In less that two years, there were more than 4,000 calls to national Poison Control centers that involved K2 drug effects and K2 abuse. As K2 drug effects and K2 abuse can cause severe anxiety, aggression, threatening behavior and an inability to speak, more and more young people are turing up emergency rooms as well. The main public using this drug are young people who are inexperienced with drug use or the adverse effects that can result.

But at times, these effects have been far more serious than anxiety or aggression. In Wisconsin, a young man who had taken K2 went into convulsions and was admitted to the hospital. Some people experience terrible headaches or uncontrollable hallucinations. One young man who smoked the drug with friends committed suicide later the same night. In another part of Wisconsin, the police were seizing thousands of dollars of this drug just as two sixteen-year-olds were being taken the the hospital for seizures resulting from use of K2. The laws in Wisconsin have caught up to the dealers of this drug and it is already illegal for sale or use.

K2 is also addictive. This means that even if K2 drug effects and K2 abuse cause terrible harm, the person is driven to use the drug over and over again.

At Narconon, Drug Addiction to K2 Can be Overcome

Narconon provides a way for a person to overcome an addiction to K2 and get life back under control again. At Narconon, drug addiction is treated in a long-term program that builds personal integrity, health and sober living skills.
One of the most essential phases of this recovery program is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. Cravings are aggravated by the storage of drug residues in the fatty tissues of the body. Even years after drug use ended, these lodged residues can contribute to sudden cravings. By flushing these residues out in a sauna-based program, each person in recovery has a better chance to find lasting sobriety. Those completing this program talking about their brighter outlooks and reduced cravings. Some people even say those cravings are gone when this phase is complete.

Once the cravings are under control or eliminated, each person then has the freedom to learn about themselves, how their addiction came about and how they can repair that damage. This process can take some time, which is why the Narconon program is not based on a time limit. Each person proceeds at his or her own rate.

For those going through recovery at Narconon, drug addiction is something that can be overcome and replaced by long-term sobriety. Find out how a Narconon drug addiction program can help someone you love who is suffering from addiction to any drug or alcohol. Call the international offices of Narconon today at 1-800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/drug_data_sheets/K2_Spice.pdf

http://waukesha.patch.com/articles/police-seize-thousands-of-dollars-in-fake-pot