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Lock It Up is a Good Start

by James Heller 6. July 2012 15:16
Prescription drug use among teens has increased over the past few years.  Benzodiazepines and opiate painkillers can produce a type of euphoria and carry the illusion of being safe, so adolescents are more inclined to try them over other drugs.  Studies show youths saying that these drugs are easier to obtain than alcohol.  So a program in Fresno, CA, named Lock It Up, aims to cut the supply from its largest source.

Lock It Up is an awareness campaign that will educate the public about prevention efforts that can be implemented in the home.  Here is a little more information:

The article states that “More than 70 percent of teens who abuse prescription painkillers say they get them from family, relatives and friends.”  What they don’t mention is that most of the people they get the drugs from have no idea that they are gone.  This is why the Lock It Up project is such a good idea.  Most parents will quickly take action if they know that they are unwittingly supplying the teen prescription drug trade.

When non-addict adults are prescribed painkillers or anti-anxiety medications, like Xanax, they will often not use the entire amount of pills prescribed to them.  The need for them runs its course or they just don’t like them, and they leave remaining pills to be forgotten.  This leaves 5, 10, 20, or more powerful tablets unattended in the medicine cabinet.  Even if the empty bottle is found after the pills are long gone, a child may have already overdosed on them.

Fresno citizens will learn to lock away or dispose of medications properly.  This can put a very large dent in the prescription drug street market.  Both parents and teens need to know that prescription drugs are not safe for recreational use, and they can easily cause fatalities from an overdose.  Opiates and benzodiazepines are highly addictive, and can ruin a teen’s growing years and cause struggles in adulthood.  Let’s all follow Fresno’s lead.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us using our secure contact form.

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California Drug Use Survey

by James Heller 27. May 2009 07:35
California alcohol and drug treatment professionals know well that drug addiction continues to be a problem in this state.  Surveys are a good tool for providing facts to the general public, since most people are not aware of the extent drugs effect society.  So it is important to keep this information flowing in order to bring greater awareness to California citizens.

A recent opinion poll taken by an online resource for addiction and substance abuse information found that marijuana remains the most popular drug abused in California.  The poll focused on use rather than drug addiction, and provides a look at what the future may hold for today’s adolescents.

Of the parents polled who stated their children have used drugs almost 25% listed methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, hallucinogens, or recreational use of prescription drugs as the child’s drug of choice.  This is a very real future problem for California.  Children who use these drugs are at high risk of developing a drug addiction or even cross over to alcohol dependence by the time they are adults.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides adolescent alcohol and drug treatment.  For more information please call 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Here are some points of interest from the report on www.keepcomingback.com.  For poll result details, go to http://www.keepcomingback.com/files/KCBDrugPollTopline.pdf.

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The survey found that nearly half (44%) of Californians have tried marijuana at least once and 1 in 6 residents have used the drug within the last year. Clearly it is the most common drug used, in a category far different than cocaine (13% said they had previously used), methamphetamines (9%) or have used prescription drugs without a doctor’s order (9%).

KeepComingBack.com also explored how Californians view the impact of drug use. Consistent with its widespread use, respondents had a very different attitude about marijuana, with only 30% saying that the drug was very harmful. This contrasts with the harm that participants believe results from using cocaine (91% saying it was very harmful) or heroin (96% saying it was very harmful).

The survey also found that nearly one in four Californians with at least one child over the age of 10 reported that their offspring has tried illegal drugs. Another 11% were unsure about whether their children had tried illegal drugs. As with adults, by far the most prevalent drug used by children was marijuana (60.6%) though a disturbing number of parents (11.7% of the subsample) reported that the main drug their child used was methamphetamine.

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