NARCONON KNOWS THE STORY

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs

Narconon knows the story all too well – people from all walks of life addicted to Oxycontin.  This story is about one person from Kentucky who went from addict to dealer to mentor.  While it is about Shawn Clusky, it could have been written about thousands more.

And if we don’t do something before 2013 the story will turn into the scariest nightmare that we can imagine.  2013 is the year when the patent runs out on Oxycontin and the generic brands hit the street.  People like Shawn need to get very busy and get the word out now, while there perhaps is a bit of time.  Here is his story.


“SHCAMP — Shawn Clusky has seen every side of Kentucky’s battle with pain pill addiction.

Clusky, who was raised in Pike County, first tried OxyContin at age 17 with his school buddies, shortly after the high-powered opioid painkiller went on the market.

In the late 1990s, it was easier to find OxyContin — pure oxycodone with a time release — in Kentucky. The pill’s maker, Purdue Pharma, was selling it “hand over fist” to doctors in Eastern Kentucky, Clusky said.

It was a drug that didn’t discriminate.

“A lot of times people believe a drug addict comes from poverty,” he said. Not true. “Nine out of 10 of the guys I partied with came from millionaire families; their parents didn’t use, they had good families.”

Clusky has been an abuser, a dealer, a patient and now a mentor helping others fight addiction. He knows all too well how the drug can destroy a life — and he knows that the war in Eastern Kentucky is still an enormous struggle 10 years after the issue exploded into public view following a series of high-profile drug busts.

No matter what steps authorities have taken in the last decade to clamp down on prescription drugs, criminals and addicts still find ways to get pills, and the drugs exact a toll in overdoses, deaths and ruined lives.

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Narconon is working on getting the word out through drug education lectures and public service announcements.  Enough effective education now, can mean saved lives in the future.

Narconon drug rehab is the best answer for those who are already addicted.  We have gained quite a lot of experience in recent years in successfully treating what can sometimes be a complex problem.

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Money to fight

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs

In Ohio this week several counties have received funding to help with the rising prescription drug abuse problem plaguing them and other areas.  Under the fund millions will be dispursed throughout Ohio and will help treat people for their addiction to prescription drugs.

Of the $5 million allocated, $4.5 million will be divided up among boards, and then $500,000 would be split as additional funds for the counties with the highest rate of deaths from opiate use.

This is a positive step in the fighting of this growing addiction.  The cost to house a drug addict in jail is several thousands more than getting them the drug treatment that they need.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug addiction in the country.  Doctors and pharmaceutical companies are not helping the problem but filling and prescribing these very addictive and sometimes even deadly “legal” drugs.

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Get Back to Work

Rand Paul

Rand Paul

Rand Paul has a point.  Creating jobs could help reduce the drug abuse potential for some people.  The unemployed certainly for the most part have lost some self-respect.  Drug abuse is a continuation down the same ladder towards loss of self.

Everyone needs dreams and the hope that they can achieve them.  In America, dreams are usually attained through work.  Even drug treatment is more effective if there is a reason to get clean and something to look forward to.

No one really wants to be addicted to prescription medications or methamphetamines.  In fact, surveys show that many started on drugs because they were bored.  One of the most boring state of affairs is to be unemployed.

Creating wealth and jobs is really not a bad idea at all.

We really aren’t “powerless” but have all the God given power to achieve our goals if given the chance.

The Rand Paul campaign sends over a statement responding to my post below, essentially sticking by his claim that a good solution to the drug problem may be to reduce government interference in investment by the rich.

But the campaign is elaborating a bit, adding that investment by the middle class and working class is also crucial.

As I noted below, Paul had previously gotten in a bit of trouble for saying the drug problem in eastern Kentucky is “not a pressing issue.” In an interview with a local TV station, Paul clarified his claim, saying drugs were a serious problem but suggesting that the best solution was to remove the shackles on private investment by the rich, creating jobs, reducing unemployment, and ultimately, bringing down drug use.

The question then became: Does Paul really believe the best solution to unemployment and drugs is to get out of the way of the rich? Paul spokesman Jesse Benton sends over a statement clarifying again:

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K2 is banned

K-2

K-2

The DEA has finally banned the popular K2 incense that people are using to get high.  On 11/30/10 you will no longer be able to legally purchase K2 anywhere in the United States.  This is a big step in the fight against drug abuse.  Since K2 hit the market there have been numerous reports of bad reactions that is leading to more emergency room visits.

K2 has been used to give someone a marijuana like high with synthetic ingredients that have not been studied on long term effects.  No one knows what the future holds for those who have started using K2 to get high.

Narconon offers help to anyone that has been smoking K2 or any other drug.  Get help immediately, don’t let it be too late.

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Driving Prescriptions

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs

Prescription and illegal drugs are becoming more common in factors of vehicular accidents.  With people getting behind the wheel because they feel safe when they are prescribed a medication it is all too often tragic.

In a report released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over a five-year period from 2005 to 2009, an increasing number of U.S. drivers involved in fatal car accidents have tested positive for drug use, which can include legally prescribed medications, over-the-counter drugs and illicit substances.

Just because a prescription is prescribed to someone doesn’t make it safe for driving.  Many times the driver will be addicted to the medication and taking more than they are actually prescribed.

Narconon is here to help anyone who is affected by prescription drug abuse.  If you or someone you love is addicted get them help immediately.  You could be saving more than their lives, you could be saving someone else’s.

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Right Idea

Boise State

Boise State

Boise State has the right idea with helping small businesses run a drug free workplace.  Many accidents happen on the job as a result of drug abuse.  Prescription drug abuse is the highest abused drug in the workplace since many companies do not test for prescription drugs since they are easily obtained through legal prescription.

The program has resulted in a reduction of accidents, sick time, theft, vandalism and other problems related to drug and alcohol abuse among employees of participating small businesses. Employers involved also say they have seen an increased use of employee assistance programs, as well as an uptick in employee retention and productivity.

Narconon offers drug education, drug intervention and drug treatment.  We have a 76% success rate among graduates from the program.  Don’t wait call today.

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Narconon’s view of Impaired Drivers

Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs

Whether an individual is on prescribed pain killers, or drugs gotten on the street, anyone driving under the influence should be detected and prosecuted as quickly as we detect and stop drunken drivers.

We live in the age where a pill is supposed to fix everything.    Prescription drug addiction is accompanied with the excuse, “My doctor prescribed it.”   Therefore we have a lot of motorists behind the wheel who shouldn’t be there.

However there are no pills or prescriptions that can bring back the dead and impaired drivers can create deadly accidents.

Society needs to get tough on these drivers by rescinding licenses until drug treatment is completed and in some cases applying full power of the state.   These people may have the right to be high – they should not have the right to ruin the lives of others.

If an individual is so bad off they need an opiate pain killer to make it through the day, they should probably stay home anyway.

“More drivers are hitting the roads in Alabama under the influence of prescription drugs, but it takes police officers a lot of time to perform a sobriety test that the courts will accept, the TimesDaily reported Nov. 17.

“We’re getting pounded by painkillers,” said Cpl. Chad Blankinchip, who teaches at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center. “Marijuana is still the most common because people think it’s undetectable, but painkillers are right up there with it.”

Police have taken samples of drivers’ saliva to determine drug use, but although such tests are accurate, they are costly and state courts tend not to accept them. Instead, many law enforcement agencies have employed officers who are trained to field-test suspects and testify in court when called as expert witnesses in drugged-driving cases.”

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