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Have you had people talk to you about way that they got rid of the drug? 

 

well you have to understand the people that I deal with, these people will will not attempt to recycle the drug.  These people will either finish it up theirselves or sell the rest of it.  Ther are pill brokers out there who work with the patients who will take them to the pharmacy with a small copayment the broker will buy back the unused pills and sell them back to pharmacys that way.  Other ways are companies that people can send thinto unused medication into, either drop off at that the facility or can send them through the mail, to either be resold or recycled properly.  Flushing them down the toilet and throwing them in the garbage is not always safe. 

 

What other their crimes that you have seen with your patients?

 

Well all I can say is that people will do whatever they can to get their hands on  the drug.  Even when they are dealing with withdrawal from the drug, they will do things such a rob places to get money, or when rotho their dealers and users and take their drugs.  People on these drugs dealing with withdrawal are some nasty people and you do not want to be around

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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 7, 2013 7:57 AM
I will use a lot of info from this interview dealing with the most popular drugs as the opiates and some of the actions people can point out while ONI the
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drug. The education of teaching young ones about the drugs to keep them off of them in the future and figure out ways that patients can properly recycle their unused drugs. The last point I will get from this is the interview is some the the more indepth crimes they people occur to get their hands of the drugs even when they are dealing with withdrawal.
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Prescription Drug Abuse Tougher to Fight - WOI

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"But they are prescribed for a specific reason, for specific people." The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy says more teens than ever in Iowa are abusing prescription drugs.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 7, 2013 8:10 AM
There are teens today who misunderstand the actual reason for the drug and they think that it is prescribed for anyone to take but they are wrong. There is also one lady who is a doctor who says that she sees many patients come in from overdose or even them not feeling right and then finds out they are on a prescription drug or even on insense like K2 which has similar effects of weed. She says that the cheap price and readily avaibliity keeps driving them in for more. All they are asking is for parents to take action and dispose of the any left over drug so that their kids can not get their hands on them. Also asking pharmacies to open up and take in left over drugs for free so it's an easier way to help people get rid of them when needed.
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This video shows real life people and how they are addicted to painkillers and other opiate pills.  It shows how they'll into severe withdrawal from the drug if they do not take the rig amounts of it per day.  The one lady was taking 60mg 6 times per day just to get her fix.  The one person was stuck in bed with extreme stomach pains from not getting this drug and it is the most difficult thing to get off of them.  

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Walt Bechtell's comment, February 24, 2013 12:03 PM
Great articles Jim. Please provide comments on Monday.
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Prescription Drug Addiction Is Now An Epidemic

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The abuse of prescription drugs is currently an epidemic because doctors are treating pain differently now than in past years.Drug abuse was recently referred to as an epidemic i
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, February 28, 2013 1:32 PM
The info that I will use from this source is the information telling about the side effects of the certian drugs. The article says in 2011 that hydrocodone was the most prescribed drug. It says the reason why opiates are so adictive is that they absorb very quickly and go though your system fast. This makes the user tke more and more doses and spend large amounts of the money on these drugs to obtain them. The five vital signs of the drug are pain, pulse rate, body temp, blood pressure and respetory rate.
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Long-Term Effects of Opiate Abuse

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In proper, prescribed doses, opiates can play a very important role in helping people cope with pain. However, when opiates are abused over a long-term period, serious consequences can arise.
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Pain Killer Addiction Treatment

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Pain killer addiction explained. Taking narcotics to avoid withdrawal symptoms, rather than to treat pain from the initial injury or condition, is considered addiction.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 8:20 PM
The only information that i am using from this article is the part of about that taking pain killers will increase the patients senseibility to pain which is called hyperalgesia. There a times when patients are surprised to discover that, once off their opiate medications, their pain is much less than they thought. This is because the chronic, long term use of opiate painkillers has caused a decrease in the ability to tolerate pain, and an increased sensitivity to pain. Even when the patient feels the inceaser in pain it triggers to them that they should take more at higher doses of the drug and this is abuse.
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Statistics of Prescription Drug Abuse, Overdosing, Emergency Room Visits: Foundation for a Drug Free World

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Read the Truth about Prescription Drugs booklet, watch the video and learn about the international statistics of prescription medication abuse, including first-time use, emergency room visits and deaths from overdoing.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 8:24 PM
The staticts of the deaths are the only thing that i am focusing with this aticle. Depressants, opioids, and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths (45%) than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines (39%) combined. The us has recored that most deaths have taken place in inner city african american neighborhoods when drugs are very common for them. This has now almost been taken or or matched by the white rural communities. Of the 1.4 million drug-related emergency room admissions in 2005, 598,542 were associated with abuse of pharmaceuticals alone or with other drugs.
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Treating addiction to prescription opioids | National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Several options are available for effectively treating prescription opioid addiction.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 8:44 PM
The newest form of treatment is a process called Buprenorphine. This is prescribed only from the doctor. It has similar effects of methadone by reducing cravings and is well tolerated by patients. This is currently being studied so this could this be the new popular drug to help ones who abuse get off the drug.
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Prescription Drug Abuse | National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Prescription drug abuse is the intentional use of a medication without a prescription; in a way other than as prescribed; or for the experience or feeling it causes. It is not a new problem, but one that deserves renewed attention.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 9:20 PM
Even though canabis is still the most abused drug by far, preascriptino drugs are right behind it. Currently around 7 mil people are avive users of the drugs but abusing it. Pain relievers - 5.1 million Tranquilizers - 2.2 million Stimulants - 1.1 million Sedatives - 0.4 million. Nearly 1 in 12 high school seniors reported nonmedical use of Vicodin; 1 in 20 reported abuse of OxyContin. They were asked how they got these drugs and 70 ercent of them said thay got them from a friend or relative.
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Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction | Support Systems Homes

Treatment for Prescription Drug Addiction | Support Systems Homes | Prescription drug abuse in the world today | Scoop.it
Are you or someone you know abusing prescription medication? Support Systems has drug treatment programs specially designed to help those with prescription drug addictions.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 4, 2013 2:01 PM
More intensive treatment regimens may be followed by outpatient treatment – regular structured therapeutic group/individual counseling several days a week. Outpatient treatment usually lasts several months. Outpatient participants are those who are stabilized in terms of their drug use, and who are appropriate for a level of care that isn't monitored or structured 24/7. Residential treatment Clients participating in residential treatment leave their home environment to live in a safe, supervised setting for 30 days or more. In this structured setting, you can focus completely on recovering from prescription drug addiction.
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Prescription Drug Abuse | HealthyHeels

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If you've ever used prescription medication to get high or in a way otherwise not prescribed and want to talk to someone about it, walk in to Counseling and Psychological Services 9-12, 1-4 M-F or call Campus Health Services ...

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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 9:25 PM
Between 1991 and 2010, stimulant use increased from 5 million to over 45 million in the world today. In 2010 there were 6600 emergency room visits from the act on nonmedical use of these drugs. National reports state that 13.5% of drug overdoses are from non-hispanic white men with native american at 11.7% adn blacks at 10.9%. This is a huge problem with todays society.
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Interview witch Coral Jacobs from behavioral health services in greensburgh pa. 

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1. What is the most popular drug abused from the people that you see in class? 

The most popular is Mariana by far but the next in line ifs for sure opiates and other street drugs.  There have been some people who that've been very awry in class because on being on withdrawal from the drug as well.

 

2. Have there been people on drugs while in class? 

- of course they have and it's a hard thing to stop but I try my best cause I am just the beginning of these classes. Many people who do not pass this class or that I can tell do not get anything from this class, I have to send to more intense classes like rehab and outpatient.  The signs of them on the drug are real noticeable because most are all drowsy and start to daze real bad. Others get real itchy and red sometimes and when asked if they are on drugs athe you can tell by the look in the face that they are.  We drug test them to actually tell. 

 

3. What ways do you think that we can get teens to not get hands off theses drugs? 

- well most teens these days can easily obtain the drug from a friend, relative or parents.  We need people who are prescribed to these drugs keep them locked away when themselves when they need them.  I just would like them to know if someone figures out that they are selling or giving their prescribed drug away, they they could be in some very serious trouble with the law.  Other ways to help them out is to educate them when they are young. In my opinion, this would be the best way to show them the worst case so they do not start experimenting with them.  

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U.S. drug abuse survey finds pot still a problem

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Annual survey of 70,000 Americans over 12 found declines in cocaine, hallucinogen and meth use; rises in marijuana
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The only thing that I am pulling front this article is that a survey found a 14 percent decline in prescription drug use for non-medical purposes among people aged 18 to 25.  There is also a decrease in the drug use today. The percent of people using drugs is 22.5 million people in the US which smokes to around 8.7 percent compared to last years reports of 8.9 percent.

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Teen prescription drug abuse: how it begins

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During October and November, the Healthy Kids blog examines the epidemic of teen prescription drug abuse through stories of teens and young adults in recovery, their parents and treatment experts.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, February 28, 2013 1:36 PM
This article talks about a story of Tom Radar who was perscribed pain killers for his cancer. He would have to take these drugs on a daily basis and says they are so easy to obtain from the doctor that he became additive very quickly. He would always take more then he would just to get the high of the drug and take care of his pain, but this is at an addictive state. (not taking his normal dose) The main point of this article is that many people can be addicted to these drugs though juse being perscribed the drug for an actual medical reason. But this can escalate very quickly as in Tom situtaion.
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Walt Bechtell's comment, February 24, 2013 12:03 PM
Great articles Jim. Please provide comments on Monday.
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This video shows real life people and how they are addicted to painkillers and other opiate pills.  It shows how they'll into severe withdrawal from the drug if they do not take the rig amounts of it per day.  The one lady was taking 60mg 6 times per day just to get her fix.  The one person was stuck in bed with extreme stomach pains from not getting this drug and it is the most difficult thing to get off of them.  

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Permanent Effects of Opiate Abuse

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Opiates--notably, heroin, morphine and Oxycontin--represent a growing population within the overall culture of substance abuse.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 7:57 PM
Treatment ffor this drug that has been most popular for the past 30 years is the drug methadone which is used to help the user body to not desire the drug anymore. Naltrexone is also another treatement that casues the user to not feel the effets of the opiates that they use. The users are still taking the drugs on a regular basis but the pill does not allow them to feel the effects. This way of treartment has not been used that often because of poor feedback.
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U.S. drug abuse survey finds pot still a problem

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Annual survey of 70,000 Americans over 12 found declines in cocaine, hallucinogen and meth use; rises in marijuana
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Jimmy Balawajder's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:17 PM

The only thing that I am pulling front this article is that a survey found a 14 percent decline in prescription drug use for non-medical purposes among people aged 18 to 25.  There is also a decrease in the drug use today. The percent of people using drugs is 22.5 million people in the US which smokes to around 8.7 percent compared to last years reports of 8.9 percent.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Results in One Death Every 19 Minutes in U.S. | The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Prescription Drug Abuse Results in One Death Every 19 Minutes in U.S. | The Partnership at Drugfree.org | Prescription drug abuse in the world today | Scoop.it
A nonprofit organization working toward a vision where all teens and young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 8:29 PM
I liek the interesting statement of the one person dies from prescribtion drug abuse every 19 minutes in the US. Alot of this occurs from overdose which around 27000 deaths in the year 2007. For every unintentional overdose death linked to opioids, nine people are admitted for substance abuse treatment, 35 people go to the emergency room, 161 report drug abuse or dependence, and 461 report non-medical uses of opioids. The rate of opioid misuse and overdose deaths are highest among non-Hispanic whites, men ages 20-64, and poor and rural populations.
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Health Effects | National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Cannabis (Marijuana) Greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and/or flowers of Cannabis sativa or cannabis indica—the hemp plant Health Effects Acute ...
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 8:55 PM
Long-term use of opioids or central nervous system depressants can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Opioids can produce drowsiness, constipation and, depending on amount taken, can depress breathing. Central nervous system depressants slow down brain function; if combined with other medications that cause drowsiness or with alcohol, heart rate and respiration can slow down dangerously. Taken repeatedly or in high doses, stimulants can cause anxiety, paranoia, dangerously high body temperatures, irregular heartbeat, or seizures.
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Prescription Drugs | National Institute on Drug Abuse

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What is Prescription Drug Abuse:
Prescription drug abuse means taking a prescription drug that is not prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons or in dosages other than as prescribed.
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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 3, 2013 9:26 PM
Prescription drug abuse means taking a prescription drug that is not prescribed for you, or taking it for reasons or in dosages other than as prescribed. Abuse of prescription drugs can produce serious health effects, including addiction. Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).
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Prescription Drug Abuse | The White House

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Jimmy Balawajder's comment, March 4, 2013 2:07 PM
Education. A crucial first step in tackling the problem of prescription drug abuse is to educate parents, youth, and patients about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, while requiring prescribers to receive education on the appropriate and safe use, and proper storage and disposal of prescription drugs.
Monitoring. Implement prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in every state to reduce “doctor shopping” and diversion, and enhance PDMPs to make sure they can share data across states and are used by healthcare providers.
Proper Medication Disposal. Develop convenient and environmentally responsible prescription drug disposal programs to help decrease the supply of unused prescription drugs in the home.
Enforcement. Provide law enforcement with the tools necessary to eliminate improper prescribing practices and stop pill mills.