Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Heroin baggies, featuring a cartoon Robert Pattinson, were recently seized in West Hempstead, Long Island, yet the Twilight brand drugs have been gaining popularity all over the east coast.
According to New York Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride, a dime bag of heroin in New York is cheaper than a six pack of beer.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Among the grand jury's recommendations:
* Curbing doctor shopping by reducing the 15-day reporting requirement
* Requiring doctors at pain clinics to access and view patients' databases prior to prescribing and dispensing medication to patients
* Prohibiting prescription drugs from being dispensed at clinics, unless there is no pharmacy within 10 miles of the pain clinic. Or, as an alternative, allowing only a 3-day supply of prescription drugs rather than a 30-day supply
* Barring people with criminal records from owning pain clinics
To view a Miami-Herald story about the recommendations, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/story/1342972.html
Despite an on-going criminal investigation and a cloud of suspicion over him, Michael Jackson’s former personal physician is returning to work at his Houston clinic for the first time since the pop singer’s death.
Murray last worked at the clinic in April, before suspending his regular practices in Las Vegas and Houston to take a lucrative $150,000-per-month job as Jackson’s personal physician.
The physician continues to be the focus of a homicide investigation since telling investigators he administered propofol, a powerful operating room anesthetic, to Jackson. Los Angeles police say they will not decide whether to prosecute Murray, until next year.
Lillo Brancato made a name for himself playing mob characters on the small and big screen. With his Italian New York upbringing, and an uncanny ability to imitate the tough dialect of local crime families, he was recruited to play opposite Robert De Niro and appeared in six episodes of the TV series the Sopranos as a wannabe mobster who was killed before he could achieve his dreams.
Now Brancato's own ambitions face extinction as he goes on trial for the second degree murder of a police officer in 2005. Brancato is alleged to have been involved in a bungled robbery in search of prescription drugs, in which his accomplice, Steven Armento, shot the officer at close range.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Read article: Drunk Drivers with Kids in Car Could Face Felonies in N.Y.
Some members of the Baby Boomer generation not only remain tolerant of marijuana use but also continue to smoke the drug themselves, theWashington Post reported Nov. 16.
"I know literally hundreds of people my age who smoke," said Joe Lee, 62, a vintage-records dealer in Rockville, Md. "They are upright citizens, good parents who are holding down jobs. You take two or three puffs, and you're good to go. I'm not a Rastafarian; I don't treat this as some holy sacrament. But pot is fun."Tolerance of Marijuana Reflected in Seniors' Use
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer: What You Can Do to Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse" was recently launched by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), along with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and 15 other groups.
Some of the staggering facts about teen drug use are:
* More than 1 in 10 teens (or 2.8 million) have abused prescription drugs in their lifetimes according to SAMHSA
* 1 in 3 teens surveyed said there is "nothing wrong" when using prescription drugs "every once in a while," according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America's 2007 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study
To read full story, click here.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
In response to the increasingly complex issue of alcohol abuse among college students, the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism created the Task Force on College Drinking in 1998. Visit the task force site with facts on college drinking here.
Friday, November 13, 2009
The story reports, "The deaths result from overdoses, car wrecks, and violent acts committed by the drug abusers. The addicts are costing state, city and county governments an estimate 43 billion dollars a year in emergency room visits, crime scene investigations, and prison costs. Florida TaxWatch spokesman Harvey Bennett says drugs and alcohol also keep people from paying taxes and using their skills for the greater good."
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
You will be able to search for drug or alcohol treatment centers by city, state, zip code, or street address. For example, a search of Fort Lauderdale, Florida results in almost 150 treatment centers offering a wide range of services.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
As part of this initiative, the Pinellas County Sheriff ’s Office is holding “Operation Medicine Cabinet” events. This is an opportunity for citizens to properly dispose of their unused medications in a safe and secure manner. Last spring the first "Operation Medicine Cabinet" collected over one ton of medications from Bay Area citizens.
Read the full story about the Narcotics Strategic Diversion Unit.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Trafficking of prescription drugs is the basis for 13 Coral Springs arrests since June 2009, reports Police Chief Duncan Foster, with 1,936 dosage units of 30-milligram oxycodone and 90 units of 15-milligram oxycodone seized in the actions.
According to a November 8 Sun Sentinel story titled Coral Springs puts tight lid on prescription drug abuse, Coral Springs Police Department efforts include working with local pharmacies to insure compliance with laws aimed at preventing abuse of prescription narcotics.
A resident tip line, partnerships with the FBI, and "drug destruction day" events are several other police initiatives meant to bring heightened community awareness to the subject.
Perhaps most meaningfully, parents who have lost a child due to the illegal use of prescription drugs will speak in local high schools on the dangers of drug abuse.
Coral Springs is based in Broward County, Florida.
Friday, November 6, 2009
The physical symptoms of cocaine abuse include short-lived euphoria, changing to depression; nervousness or irritability; and tightening of muscles.
If you suspect cocaine abuse, look for glassine envelopes (they look like waxed paper), razor blades, small spoons, and odorless bitter white crystalline powder.
Physical dangers of cocaine abuse can be life-threatening, and include shallow breathing, fever, anxiety, tremors, and possible death from convulsions or respiratory arrest.
Seek immediate medical attention, based on the circumstances of your case.
Read more about alcohol and substance abuse symptoms here.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
1. change in school or work attendance or performance
2. alteration of personal appearance
3. sudden mood or attitude changes
4. withdrawal from family contacts
5. withdrawal from responsibility
6. unusual patterns of behavior
7. unresponsive to environmental stimuli
If you suspect drug or other substance abuse, it is best to address the situation quickly.
Click here to read more about the street names and physical symptoms for different kinds of drugs, including heroine, cocaine, hallucinogens, and amphetamines.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Offices of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) are in the process of developing a three-year Master Plan which will report on activities to the Florida Legislature. The Master Plan must be finalized by January 1, 2010, and will cover the time frame of Fiscal Years 2011 through 2013.
Further information about the survey is available form Sheila Barbee at (850) 487-2920 or Jimmers Micallef at (850) 413-6159. Visit the DCF Substance Abuse website for more details.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Statistics are taken from the 2008 Florida Substance Abuse survey, conducted by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Lee County tops the state in prescription drug abuse, according to the survey.
Parents who are concerned about whether their school-aged child is using or experimenting with drugs can read more here about substance abuse signs in teens and children. Early detection and treatment is recommended to avoid longer term substance abuse issues.