Police departments in New England will take part in a nationwide drug take-back day initiated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. This is one way the police will help fight the war on drugs. Law enforcement officials are hoping that by collecting unused, unwanted or forgotten prescription drugs from the public, the potentially dangerous medications
President Barack Obama has a new plan to fight the war on drugs. He feels that the to win the battle we need to have a greater emphasis on using public health tools to battle addiction by sending non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of prisons. The new measures will be outlined by the National
Going to your first 12 step meeting can be a very scary thing for an addict or alcoholic seeking recovery. By nature, addicts and alcoholics are isolative and the very thought of being in a room full of people can be earth shattering, terrifying or even embarrassing to admit that we to have a problem.
Prescription drug abuse is a disease that can affect people of all walks of life, yet many people do not seek help because of the stigma that surrounds it. It seems that health care professionals are often even more averse to seeking treatment. They also are more at risk because of the exposure and access
In Westmoreland County, PA the 78 drug-overdose deaths reported last year do not have any connection with each other. This epidemic is happening in trailer parks and million dollar mansions. The number of deaths has sparked the need for a task force to deal with the growing problem. The task force will have members from
States are assessing the complexity and the cost of the federal health care law. Many legislatures have a dilemma of trying to decide on expanding Medicaid or the state’s own health plan to bring medical coverage to more low-income residents. It appears that the expansion of Medicaid in Indiana could have an estimated 38,264 addicts
Warren Area High School alumnus Brent Scarpo recently brought his anti-drug message to his alma mater on a less than typical way. His presentation, Last Call, is an interactive, theatrical program that is unlike any drug and alcohol program out there. Carrying a bottle of booze and asking the teens their alcoholic drinks of choice
At one of our first meetings, a predecessor may have said to us “try to identify and not compare”. That being said, the disease still tried to convince us we didn’t belong. We told ourselves all sorts of nonsense in attempts to disqualify ourselves. At the time we may have been angry, bitter, and unapproachable.
There is a growing drug problem in Northeast Wisconsin, but now there is another scary trend on the increasing number of mothers giving birth to babies addicted to drugs. This is a serious and concerning trend in many other states as well. No parent wants to see their newborn fighting for life in the neonatal
While Wisconsin’s economy, job growth efforts, education funding and issues with health care tend to take center stage in debates over the state’s key problems, one issue is costing the state both in health and expenses. Last year alone, the state paid 10 percent of the proposed two-year, $68 billion dollar budget, on excessive alcohol