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Teen Deaths Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocket

Teen Prescription Drug Deaths
In April 2012, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling statistics on the number of teens being lost to prescription drug abuse. Between the years 2000 and 2009, the number of children losing their lives to poisoning went up 90%. The CDC stated that the major reason for this increase is the growing abuse of prescription drugs by teens.

It’s doubtful that parents perceive that teen deaths related to prescription drug abuse skyrocket. They may only see that their child died, or perhaps they were lucky and their child was simply rushed to an emergency room for an overdose but survived. Or maybe they got the young person into a rehabilitation center in time to prevent these dire circumstances.

Despite Advanced Protections of Children, US Rate of Child Deaths is High

It could be argued that the US has far more protections of their children than most other countries. There are multitudes of laws in place to protect children or create safe communities. Despite this, the US has a rate of child injury death – including drug poisoning – far greater than many other countries. For example, the US rate of 8.65 children’s injury deaths per 100,000 people is more than four times that of Sweden and nearly twice that of Canada. Among American states, the worst rates are seen in South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Mississippi.

Teens Acquire Prescription Drugs Most Often from Medicine Chests

The primary way that teens acquire prescription drugs to abuse is by stealing them from their own home or the home of someone else. Even a guest who has a pill bottle in her purse could have some pills stolen by a teen with a craving for drugs. Addictive medications, particularly pain pills, must be protected from theft by storing pill bottles in a locked medicine chest. While this is inconvenient, any visitor to the home could steal just enough pills that the shortage might not be noticed. When teen deaths related to prescription drugs skyrocket, then changes need to occur.

At Narconon, Drug Addiction to Pain Medication Can be Overcome

A person who becomes trapped in addiction does not have to feel like their formerly happy life is gone forever. They can recover their personal integrity again and learn how to live sober. And it does not have to be a grim struggle to overcome an assault of daily cravings.

For Narconon, drug addiction responds to a long-term holistic program that deals with the three main components that trap a person in addiction: guilt, cravings and depression. It has been found in forty-five years of helping addicts recover their sobriety that guilt, cravings and depression can be lifted and eliminated. There do not need to be further drugs administered to cover up these problems and give a person a weak apparency of an enjoyable life. Cravings can be addressed with the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, a thorough detox that flushes out residues from drug use that become stored in fatty tissues. The presence of these residues have been shown to contribute to the triggering of cravings. Those finishing this detox talk about how much lower their cravings are. Some people even say they are gone.

Guilt is lifted by helping a person understand how personal integrity is lost and how it can be restored again, then guiding them through that process. As guilt is replaced by relief, it is common for those in this phase of recovery to talk about the weight that is lifted from them.

Depression can be lightened for some people by boosting their physical condition with nutritional supplements. It is well known that drugs and toxic exposures cause the body to burn up nutrients, so administering generous doses of nutrition help lift the mood. Then as a person works through repairing relationships that were damaged in the past and recovering self-esteem, depression related to addiction usually needs no further treatment.

Learn more about Narconon; drug addiction does not have to destroy the life of someone you love. Call today for further information: 1-800-775-8750.

Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/ChildInjury/infographic-text.html

http://www.cdc.gov/injury/about/focus-rx.html

Saving Our Youth: Study Finds Most Alcohol, Drug Abuse Starts in Teen Years

Drug Abuse Starts in Teen Years

Recent surveys of teens and young adults have turned up a startling new fact. More than one study finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years. Just when our young people should be getting educations and preparing for their lives, many are starting to abuse alcohol and drugs and risking addiction.

There are several situations that increase a teen’s risk for abusing drugs or alcohol. These are when:

  • The young person is depressed
  • He or she suffers from low self-esteem
  • The young person manifests early signs of aggressive behavior
  • He or she feels rejected socially
  • Parents do not provide enough supervision or care
  • The family suffers from poverty
  • There are many drugs readily available, either in the home or close by

To prevent the situation where a survey finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years, as much as possible these risks should be prevented. The other way to reduce teen drug abuse is to educate the young on the serious problems that can result from substance abuse. When a teen sees his or her friends seeming to enjoy themselves or experience excitement or euphoria, this can look very attractive. Especially if he is bored or stressed by his experiences at home or at school.

The Right Time to Prevent Drug Abuse is Before Addiction Begins

Before a person is addicted, they have a much greater ability to set drugs down and walk away from them. If a person has just begun abusing alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, LSD or prescription drugs, if they can be inspired to leave them behind and create a healthy new life, this relieves the family of endless heartbreak and may even save that person’s life.

But young people so often keep their substance abuse habits secrets from family and school, and even from their sober friends. This is why a young person may change friends rather suddenly. If, for example, a young man associated with athletes and then gradually drops out of touch with them and begins to hang out with young people who are not doing very well in life, dress oddly and perhaps do not seem to care for themselves very well, there is a good chance that he has begun to abuse drugs. It is normal for the new drug user to seek out the company of people who are also abusing substances.

Drug Rehab Services Can Turn this Situation Around

When the young person is on a destructive path, it is likely that drug rehab services are going to be needed to put them back on a productive path. This is the service supplied every day by Narconon drug rehab services. In more than fifty centers around the world, Narconon centers help those who lost the battle with drugs to achieve productive, sober lives again.

Addiction is a terribly dangerous habit. Every day presents the risk of overdose death or accidental injury. Even if a person escapes this kind of harm, the addiction itself strips the individual of all self-esteem. He or she becomes someone who is able to harm loved ones and friends. The addicted person commits acts he or she never would have before.

Trust Narconon drug rehab services to provide a lasting sobriety for your loved one. In seven out of ten cases, Narconon graduates remain sober after they go home. Find out just how this alternative program that uses no drugs in treatment gets this result. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.

Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/teen-drug-abuse/My01099

http://www.drugfree.org/resources/know-your-childs-risk-level-for-developing-a-substance-abuse-problem/

Marijuana Shipment Dumped in Ocean Cuts off Supplies for Teenage Drug Abuse

Drug Addiction Help Today

In late May 2012, more than one hundred bales of marijuana were found floating in the Pacific Ocean off the Orange County coast. The Sheriff’s Department hauled in the drugs that were then whisked away for destruction.

Seagoing drug shipments are particularly difficult to detect and seize because of the vast stretches of ocean available for trafficking. Any small cove can serve as a place to land the shipments. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the eastern Pacific route near the coast of California is commonly used for illicit shipments originating in either South America or Mexico.

Law enforcement was tipped off about this shipment and found the bales twelve miles south of Dana Point, which would mean they had traveled about fifty miles from the US-Mexico border.

The seizure of this much marijuana means that the supplies for teenage drug abuse were reduced by approximately five million individual “joints” or cigarettes made out of marijuana.

Would this Marijuana Have Been a Gateway Drug for Teenage Drug Abuse?

Opinions vary on whether or not marijuana is a gateway drug – meaning that it serves as the first drug a person will use before they move on to abuse other drugs.

According to the National Center on Substance Abuse and Addiction at Columbia University (CASA), three-fourths of high school students have used cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana or cocaine by the time they graduate and half of all students are current users. While it is difficult to trace the exact relationship between the beginning of drug use and ultimate addiction, it can be stated that the $467 billion in substance abuse costs to federal, state and local governments are primarily driven by those who started using drugs as a teenager.

CASA reports go on to show that if a young person refrains from teenage drug abuse – in other words, refrains from abusing addictive substances when they are less than 21 years old – they are virtually certain to never do so later in life.

Narconon Drug Rehab Helps Those who Lose the Battle

When a person loses the ability to control his own drug or alcohol use, and when damage is occurring that person’s relationships, health, finances, legal situation or other areas of life, that person is struggling with an addiction. When this happens, the correct solution is drug rehabilitation.

Whether drugs start becoming a problem as teenage drug abuse or it starts later in life, the Narconon drug help program can be the end of the danger and damage. This long-term program that addresses both the harm done by addiction and the causes of addiction is offered at more than forty locations around the world. In three to five months for most people, the factors that cause people to stay locked in an addictive pattern can be resolved.

The Narconon drug rehab program has just one basis: get the result of lasting sobriety. For seven out of ten people who graduate from this program, this is the result that is achieved. Family can get back the one they lost to addiction and the individual who once was lost can get his or her life and future back again.

Find out how Narconon can help someone who is struggling with drug addiction. Call today to get the whole story on the eight phases of the Narconon program and how they add up to recovery. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.


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Resources:

http://www.justice.gov/dea/concern/drug_trafficking.html

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/NewsRoom.aspx?articleid=631

Parents Can Be First Line Defense Against Teen Prescription Drug Use

Teens busing Prescription Drugs

By the time American children are through with high school, more than 50% of them have abused an illicit drug or a prescription drug. Approximately 60% of American students have drunk alcohol by the time they graduate from high school, 41% of them binge drinking (five or more drinks in a short time period) in the two weeks before the survey.

Europe is seeing some improvements in drug abuse among the young, with decreases particularly in cannabis use. But polydrug use and a proliferating market for synthetics like mephedrone and synthetic cannabis are worrisome.

In these geographic regions and others, children who are not adequately educated on the problems that can arise from drug abuse are frankly at risk.

The Monitoring the Future report that comes from the University of Michigan each year paints a picture of what happens when there is not enough information broadcast to young people who lack the experience to know what can happen from drug abuse. The latest report, issued in December 2011, noted that while heroin and cocaine use were down in the US, marijuana use was up and prescription drug abuse was steady at a high level.

In the US, schoolchildren 12 to 17 make up nearly 8% of those going into drug rehabs for help. When you total up the number who are not even 21 years old yet, you come up with 15% of the two million people into treatment in 2009. That’s 300,000 young people. The primary drug that group is struggling with is marijuana, but 67,000 went to treatment for alcohol abuse.

Many Teens Are Easily Convinced that Prescription Drugs are Safer

When teens see themselves or their friends given prescription drugs throughout their lives for problems focusing and settling down in schools or for injuries, and when they see their parents consuming prescription drugs for anxiety, pain or sleep problems, it is not hard to understand that they might consider prescription drugs a safe substance to abuse.
And so American youth abuse these drugs in unacceptably high numbers. Prescription drugs of abuse are all addictive and some of them are fairly easy to overdose on.

The number of high school seniors abusing prescription opiates like hydrocodone or oxycodone almost doubled between 1991 and 2010, hitting more than 13%.

In 2010, 7.5% of high school seniors abused a sedative. Eight percent abused a tranquilizer like benzodiazepines. Two percent abused steroids.

The class of amphetamine drugs was abused by 11% of seniors. This class includes the drug Adderall, commonly prescribed for young Americans and so in plentiful supply in schools. Ritalin, another stimulant, was abused by 2.7% of high school seniors and 2% of high school seniors also abused Provigil, a drug that was previously prescribed to children for so-called “attention disorders” but which was banned from use on young people due to serious adverse reactions.

Parents and Narconon Working Together Can Save Lives

Parents may be reassured to find out that they can have a positive effect on their children by talking to them opening about drug use. It’s important that both parents agree on the anti-drug and anti-alcohol stance taken, as the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Colombia University (CASA) found that this one factor can have a profound effect on whether or not a child decides to use drugs or alcohol.

CASA also found that having family dinners five or more times a week coincides with lower substance abuse than is found in families where communal dinners are held three or fewer times each week.

Parents Educating Kids About Drugs

The Narconon alcohol treatment or drug rehab delivered in rehab facilities around the world is there when drug prevention fails. When a person struggles with addiction, unfortunately, this struggle can go on far too long before they get effective help. At Narconon rehab centers, seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they go home, without the need of Narconon meetings, which is a remarkable success rate in this field.

Narconon also sends staff and volunteers to schools, clubs, civic groups and even the streets in some cities to educate children on drugs to prevent addiction from ever becoming a problem. Drug education teams are sent out from Narconon California and other centers across the US, in Ghana, Nepal, across Europe and in other parts of the world.

With parents and Narconon both working on the matter of drug abuse, addiction does not have to result in a lifetime habit, incarceration or death.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-vol1_2010.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey on American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI.

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/attachements.cfm/att_143743_EN_EMCDDA_AR2011_EN.pdf

http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k9NSDUH/tabs/Sect2peTabs1to42.htm#Tab2.4B

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2011.pdf

What Will Stop the Increase in Teen Prescription Drug Use?

Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Help

The recent Monitoring the Future report on young adult and teen prescription drug use makes it very clear that not enough effective actions are being taken to convince young people to avoid abuse of prescription drugs. The 2011 edition of this annual survey of teens and college students points out that while cigarette smoking, heroin and cocaine use are down, marijuana abuse is up and prescription drug abuse remains steady at unacceptably high levels.

Prescription Pain Medication Seen by Many Teens as Safer

It’s understandable that many teens would think that if they are going to abuse drugs, prescription drugs would be the way to go. After all, they were prescribed this drug after they broke their foot (or after mom’s surgery or grandma’s hip replacement). It can’t be that dangerous. And Aunt Sally takes them every day.

So at a party or friend’s house, someone breaks out a stash of prescription pills. Maybe they are ingested or maybe they are crushed and snorted for a real fast and strong effect.

Between 1991 and 2010, the number of high school seniors who had abused a prescription narcotic like hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab and others) or oxycodone (OxyContin and others) just about doubled, increasing from 6.6% to 13.1%.

But Far More than Just Pain Killers are Being Abused

Sure, there’s been a lot of publicity about the use of prescription pain pills but not as many comments about the rest of the long list of prescription drugs that are being abused by America’s young people. While oxycodone and hydrocodone are the headliners, here are some of the other types of drugs being abused:
Sedatives such as barbiturates. In 2010, 7.5% of seniors abused a sedative.

Tranquilizers like benzodiazepines. More than 8% of seniors abused one or more of these.
Steroids, abused by 2% of seniors.

Amphetamines, abused by more than 11% of seniors at some point in their lives. This group of drugs includes Adderall, an addictive combination of amphetamine salts prescribed when a person is said to suffer from an “attention disorder.” When asked if they had abused Adderall in the last year, 5% of high school seniors and 10% of college students said “Yes.” Some medical staff on college campuses put this figure much higher.

Ritalin, a strong stimulant used for the same problems as Adderall, had an annual abuse rate of 2.7% among seniors.
Provigil, a stimulant drug banned from use among children, had an annual abuse rate of nearly 2% among seniors.

Stopping Prescription Drug Abuse Begins with Parents

More than anyone else, it’s up to parents to stop prescription drug abuse. No matter what reply your child has while you are talking to them about drugs, they hear you and many will listen more than they let on. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, children whose parents agree on their anti-drug message and who carry that message clearly and firmly to their children will have lower drug abuse rates.

Prescription Drug Help

Drug rehab is also an important solution for this problem. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has helped tens of thousands of people around the world with problems like these. Check out Narconon reviews at centers like Narconon California or other locations in Europe, Australia, Asia or Africa. Narconon alcohol treatment and drug rehab enable those who have become addicted to start living sober lives again.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-vol1_2010.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey on American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI.