Wednesday, April 18, 2012
People need to know the dangers of overdosing. When someone overdoses on an opiate it shuts down their respiratory system but this happens gradually. There is usually time to get help. One of the problems is that people do the wrong things. They leave their friend alone to "sleep it off", or they try to throw cold water on them, or yell at them. I have read about teens who have left a friend on the side of the road to die alone rather than risk getting into trouble themselves. Even adults have neglected to get medical services involved because of the fear that they themselves or their child will be prosecuted. It is crucial that the person gets immediate medical attention. In half of the cases of drug overdoses no one called 911 and a life could have been saved. Teenagers as well as parents need to be taught how to recognize an overdose and what they should do if they are in the presence of someone who overdoses.
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/07/29/new-york-state-passes-good-samaritan-law-to-fight-overdose/#ixzz1sQqT7uft
My friend Jodi Barber, who woke up to find her son Jarrod barely breathing at 3 am on the living room couch had these wallet sized cards made. It was too late for Jarrod. It is sad that we have come to this but we have to do everything we can to warn teenagers about the dangers of overdosing.
Monday, April 16, 2012
If you know someone whose family has been affected by this epidemic please don't judge them. We all love our children. We all want the best for them. This battle is deadly. This battle robs families of all their hopes and dreams. It is painful. We need love and support from our friends. Help us fight to save lives.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Drug trends are in constant motion. Easy access to cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs is well documented. In addition, the internet provides another avenue to many different kinds of drugs or chemical concoctions that provide a high, a low, hallucinogenic or other experience. Some of these internet acquired concoctions can be more dangerous than heroin or methamphetamine. Even legitimate, commercially manufactured prescription drugs are available from international markets that do not have the same restrictions or laws as the U.S. The availability of drugs and the ability of Law Enforcement Authorities to stop this threat is daunting. Our 2011 Drug ID Guide on the left shows some of the internet connections as well as some of the latest drugs available.
The best time to offer support to young people is before the day arrives. Talk to them about their understanding of the day, experience of the day in the past, and anticipated pressures with it coming soon. There are so many myths about this day that it creates a great discussion. Offer ways to help them negotiate their way through it.
In addition, having drug testing supplies around the house helps the young person have a refusal skill when peer pressure occurs. It will occur. When they say, "my parents have a drug test and they will use it," then the peer pressure stops. The negative friends back away.
It's time to start talking to our teens about what's really going on in their lives.
Here is a link to Recovery Happens Newsletter about Marijuana http://gallery.mailchimp.com/7cd449941a71b253658f8defb/files/marijuana_2.0_pdf.1.pdf
CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINETS, GO TO GRANDMA'S HOUSE AND CLEAN OUT HER MEDICINE CABINET. TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO SPREAD THE WORD!!
PRESCRIPTION PILL (click on TAKE BACK DAY for link to the DEA website) IS APRIL 28th!! GET RID OF YOUR EXPIRED PILLS!!! GO TO YOUR SHERIFFS STATION AND TOSS THEM!!!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Not MY KID, not at my HIGH SCHOOL, and certainly not IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!
We have to wake up people, this is going on in YOUR HIGH SCHOOL, YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND THESE ARE YOUR KIDS!!!!!
Today teens attend parties where bowls full of random prescription pills are available for the taking. Party attendees bring whatever prescription pills they have and toss them into a bowl and randomly reach in and take a handful. The introduction of Oxycontin and Opana (both prescription pain medications that are highly addictive) has caused a widespread epidemic that is robbing families of their loved ones.
Anyone who has lived with addiction knows that it devastates the entire family. Once a young person becomes addicted to drugs they no longer have a choice. The craving for the drug rules their every waking moment. The need for the drug takes them to places they never could have imagined.
There is a very poignant moment in the documentary, Overtaken, when Cole says, "I like to say Addiction robbed me of my my morals and my ethics, I stole thousands and thousands of dollars from my parents, I wrecked cars, I wrecked relationships, I traumatized my family, which today, I am not comfortable with but back then I didn't care."
These young people didn't set out to be drug addicts or to have their lives ruined by the craving for a drug. There is another line in the documentary that speaks to this,
"When you can stop, you don't want to,
and, when you want to stop you can't."
As I mentioned before, teenagers have brains that are still developing, They are very impulsive as a result of this immature brain development. They don't have the ability to make rationale decisions. One choice to take a pill can alter a person's life forever.
The lives of the Rubin family will be forever altered as a result of Aaron's overdose from Oxycontin in 2005. Aaron was in a coma for 3 weeks. Sherrie stated, "we were planning his funeral". Aaron is now quadriplegic, he communicates by using his hands and fingers. Today instead of attending college as a student, Aaron and his mother give presentations at colleges about the dangers of prescription drugs.
|Aaron Rubin and some of my classmates at Saddleback College|
|Sherrie and Aaron Rubin|
Some teens don't survive the overdose. Jarrod Barber was one of those teenagers whose life was cut short. On January 8, 2010 Jodi Barber and her husband, Bill woke up to find Jarrod barely breathing on the sofa. A few days later they were attending his funeral. Today rather than attending her sons college graduation, or helping to plan his wedding she is advocating to shut down pill mills and educating students in junior high and high school about the dangers of prescription pills. She and Christine Brandt produced the documentary OVERTAKEN. Jodi and Christine work tirelessly to educate our community about the dangers of these drugs.
|Jodi Barber and Christine Brandt|
|The Barber family|