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very serious

Canonsburg, PA

#25 Nov 21, 2013
thank you for your helpful comments and not making this harmful to individuals and their families. May God bless and help all those who need help with all of their problems.
Constant reminder

Uniontown, PA

#26 Nov 21, 2013
very serious wrote:
thank you for your helpful comments and not making this harmful to individuals and their families. May God bless and help all those who need help with all of their problems.
We must continuously remind ourselves that drugs do not discriminate. All of us have to fight this evil together. The helpful information provided is based on principles and not personalities.
Resveratrol

Uniontown, PA

#28 Nov 21, 2013
Resveratrol, a compound in grapes, can help methamphetamine (speed) addicts recover from their addiction, according to Univ. of Missouri researchers. The compound blocks methamphetamine's ability to trigger dopamine, which sends positive signals to the brain. Resveratrol has also been touted as a way to prevent Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease.
Dinner Time

Uniontown, PA

#29 Nov 24, 2013
At the Reality Tour Q & A session, the narcotics detective stressed the importance of the family being together during dinner time on a regular basis whenever possible. The communication factor is being kept openly in a positive manner and is vital to preventing drug abuse in the family.
kirk

Monessen, PA

#30 Nov 26, 2013
I agree Dinner Time.
Sports Injuries

Uniontown, PA

#31 Nov 27, 2013
Unlike other drug abuse cases, even a young innocent athlete can fall victim to harmful prescription drugs. A narcotics detective made note of a statistical example of this problem. If there are 15 athletes suffering from sports related injuries, there are probably 7 or 8 who may be given prescription drugs for pain. Out of the 7 or 8 being on these prescription drugs, there may be 2 or 3 who could potentially be addicted. It may be prudent to keep a watchful eye on those taking prescription drugs for chronic pain or even thereafter once the injury has healed.
Vicodin is a medication prescribed to relieve pain. When taken as prescribed it can be very effective, helping people from surgery, for example. But it is from the same class of drugs as heroin and can be dangerous if used to get high.
Fact: In 2008, prescription pain medications like Vicadin and Oxycontin were involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
Sad Reality

Uniontown, PA

#32 Nov 29, 2013
It is quite disturbing to listen to a couple of brave recovering drug addicts tell about their experiences using drugs. One can sense that something is missing or not natural when observing their clear way of thinking. These former drug addicts need all the support they can get not to fall into the dysfunctional mode as common citizens.
Hardly a day or a week goes by that there are arrests made by the police capturing those involved in the selling and distribution of illegal drugs. Just look at the local daily newspaper on a regular basis.
Ground has been broken in South Strabane Township to build a new detox center. This in addition to our overcrowded prison system raises the question as to whether there will ever be a reversal trend in our lifetime. If not, then our children will be facing a bleak future in their lifetime.
Let It Begin With Me

Uniontown, PA

#33 Nov 29, 2013
"Let It Begin With Me" Nar Anon family group meeting (for persons affected by drug abuse in a family member or friend) Monessen Public Library, 326 Donner Ave., noon to 1 PM, Saturday, November 30, 2013.
Dr Cyril Wecht

Uniontown, PA

#34 Dec 1, 2013
Wecht: Drug use "out of control".
Latest drug "epidemic" concerns Wecht.
Database called key tool in combatting abuse of prescriptions.
Lily Brindle, a psychotherapist and outreach specialist at Gateway Rehabilitation Clinic, said, "Just because something is a prescription drug, there's this pretense that it is prescribed by a physician, so it's safe. But these are some potent medications".
For more information, go to article by Adam Brandolph, Section C in the Sunday Tribune-Review, December 1, 2013. It covers a variety of issues concerning an increase in overdose deaths, prescription drug users as young as age 13, legislation introduced by state Rep. Matt Baker, alerting teachers to the signs of abuse, local judges being too lenient involving prescription drug cases etc...
You forgot to mention

Monessen, PA

#36 Dec 1, 2013
Dr Cyril Wecht wrote:
Wecht: Drug use "out of control".
Latest drug "epidemic" concerns Wecht.
Database called key tool in combatting abuse of prescriptions.
Lily Brindle, a psychotherapist and outreach specialist at Gateway Rehabilitation Clinic, said, "Just because something is a prescription drug, there's this pretense that it is prescribed by a physician, so it's safe. But these are some potent medications".
For more information, go to article by Adam Brandolph, Section C in the Sunday Tribune-Review, December 1, 2013. It covers a variety of issues concerning an increase in overdose deaths, prescription drug users as young as age 13, legislation introduced by state Rep. Matt Baker, alerting teachers to the signs of abuse, local judges being too lenient involving prescription drug cases etc...
Dr. Wecht believes the solution must be done by a QUARTET of government agencies, physicians, pharmacists, and law enforcement agencies. He does NOT believe any amount of prevention will stop problem but we can diminish it.
Thanks for Wecht comment

Uniontown, PA

#37 Dec 2, 2013
You forgot to mention wrote:
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Dr. Wecht believes the solution must be done by a QUARTET of government agencies, physicians, pharmacists, and law enforcement agencies. He does NOT believe any amount of prevention will stop problem but we can diminish it.
Thanks for including this important comment mentioned in the Brandolph article about Wecht. An attempt was made to print most of the article for this thread, but it got deleted. It would be most helpful if the article could be published in its entirety to inform those who do not have access to the Sunday Tribune Review.
The comments made by both Wecht and Brindle must be taken seriously since it does expose some of the loopholes present in the battle against the prescription drug epidemic.
Kudos to Adam Brandolph of the Tribune-Review for the thoughtful report.
Nar-Anon Meeting

Uniontown, PA

#38 Dec 2, 2013
Nar-Anon meeting, for families of loved ones in addiction, First United Methodist Church, 601 Lincoln Ave., Charleroi, 7 to 8 PM, Tuesday, 12/3/13.
Poison Alert

Uniontown, PA

#39 Dec 3, 2013
WPXI news has reported that the Poison Center is issuing an alert warning concerning a drug called "KROKODIL" (Desomorphine".
KROKODIL is codeine mixed with gasoline and other chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid, red phosphorous etc.
Drug users live 2 to 3 years after injection.
Cheaper alternative to heroin.
Produces severe tissue damage, hence the term "crocodile skin". It also causes injury to veins (phlebitis) and gangrene.
In Russia, it is a home brewed heroin substitute for heroin.
Poison center says "krokodil" is unlikely used extensively here, but there is a chance that it is out there.
Bridge of Hope

Uniontown, PA

#40 Dec 4, 2013
Bridge of Hope Nar-Anon family group meeting Fayette County Health Center, 100 New Salem Road, Uniontown, 7 PM, Thursday (12/5/13).
Statistical Trend

Uniontown, PA

#41 Dec 6, 2013
More than 6% of teens in the U.S. take prescription medications for a mental health condition like depression or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), according to a survey by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Males were more likely to be on ADHD medication while females were likely to be taking medication for depression. White teens were much more likely to take a psychiatric drug vs. African-American or Mexican American teens.
Closing the loopholes

Uniontown, PA

#42 Dec 10, 2013
KDKA news just did a recent report involving the crackdown on the growing prescription drug abuse problem. It outlined several areas in which to close the troublesome loopholes. One is to have the doctors and pharmacists encourage the use of non-prescription drugs first before prescribing medication for pain. Another area is to only prescribe the minimal amount of medication needed for treatment to prevent excess usage. Also, some attention is being focused on preventing those from acquiring multiple prescription drugs across state lines.
Some information will be provided on a future thread to help those looking for alternatives in treating pain.
Unwanted Presription Drug

Uniontown, PA

#43 Dec 18, 2013
According to a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article (12/1713), secure boxes to be available for unwanted prescription drugs. In an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, Pennsylvanians will soon be able to leave old medications in secure return boxes.
Gov. Tom Corbett and two district attorneys said the initiative will help stem an increasing flow of prescription drugs into the hands of unauthorized users.
"Over the years, everybody would say what is the big drug, the drug of choice?" Mr. Corbett said, listing marijuana, cocaine, crack and heroin. "Clearly today it's the abuse of prescription drugs".
New MedReturn boxes are being installed in police stations and other secure sites in 29 counties.
David Freed, district attorney for Cumberland County, said prosecutors have seen that prescription drugs are the leading pathway to heroin use.
Disposing of old medications could prevent teens or burglars from obtaining them, the district attorneys said.
People can deposit prescription and over-the-counter solid medications, liquid medications, inhalers, creams, nasal sprays and pet medications in the MedReturn boxes, but not intravenous solutions or needles. A list of locations can be found at www.ddap.pa.gov .
Unwanted Presription Drug

Uniontown, PA

#44 Dec 18, 2013
Correction: Post Gazette article is dated 12/17/13.
A doggone fact

Uniontown, PA

#45 Dec 22, 2013
Getting a dog is good for the kids, according to Univ. of Michigan scientists. They found that children who were exposed to dogs in early childhood were less likely to develop allergies and asthma. The exposure to the dust and microbes from dogs as a child lowered the immune system's sensitivity to common allergens.
County Drug Forums

Uniontown, PA

#46 Feb 18, 2014
A forum to discuss the increasing number of drug deaths in Westmoreland County will be held 3 PM Wednesday at St. Vincent College.
The town hall meeting set at the Fred Rogers Center, is sponsored by US Rep Tim Murphy.
Also attending will be Westmoreland Coroner Ken Bacha, state Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis, treatment professionals from Excela Health, UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Gateway Rehabilitation and Greenbriar Treatment Center.
Also Wednesday, US Sen. Pat Toomey and Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone will be joined by Tennis and David Hickton, US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and others, for a roundtable discussion on prescription drug and opiates. The event will be held 10:30 a.m. in Courthouse Square Rooms 103 and 104 W. Beau St., Washington, PA.

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