Top 3 Heroin Myth Busters that Might Surprise You

Posted by Anne Browning, With 0 Comments, Category: Heroin, Tags: , , ,

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Heroin use has been on the rise since 2007 but so many parents have not talked to their children about the dangers of this drug. Maybe you’re one of them. You may be thinking:

  • Where we live, heroin won’t cross my child’s path.
  • My child is terrified of needles. No way would he/she try heroin.
  • Heroin may attract some kids, but not mine.

If you share similar thoughts, you’re not alone. Heroin has changed along with those who use it and those who sell it. First, let’s get the facts straight. We’ll begin by debunking a few common myths.

Myth Buster #1– Heroin is predominantly found and used in urban areas only.
Fact: That’s no longer the case. It has made its way into suburban and rural communities throughout the nation.

Myth Buster #2 – Injections, or “shooting up,” is how heroin is used.
Fact: Injection is not the only method (as it once was). Heroin can also be smoked or snorted – no needles required!

Myth Buster #3 – The historical stereotype of a typical heroin user remains today’s user.
Fact: Erase that image! That student in your child’s advanced biology class is now just as typical of a user and old stereotypes.

So if heroin users and dealers are in our communities, what action should we take to educate and protect our children from drug abuse? Here are three tips to get started:

  1. Talk to your kids – openly and frequently. Don’t be afraid of the conversation. Talk so much that it’s no longer uncomfortable. An article by The National Crime Prevention Council offers sound advice on talking to kids, rules, friends and getting involved.
  2. Check your medicine cabinets – Statistics show that four out of five new heroin users first abused prescription painkillers before moving to the cheaper, more accessible version – heroin. Inventory your drugs, lock up highly addictive opiates and properly discard of drugs no longer needed.
  3. Educate yourself first – Be aware of the signs of substance abuse – normal household items can be used to administer drugs. The Robby’s Voice website has many valuable resources including the Search Your House – Search the Rooms document
  4. Say something – In all the airports today, TSA signs read “if you see something, say something.” Don’t be afraid. Speaking up early is so important to the health of your child and your family. It’s better to speak up and be wrong, then to not speak up and be right.

For more information on heroin abuse, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse or Drug Free Action Alliance Know Publication.

 


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Hope Where There Seems to be None

Posted by Anne Browning, With 0 Comments, Category: Announcements, Tags: , , ,

Last Friday, I met an incredible lady. She is a nurse by trade. We will  call her Linda. As we talked business, she asked me about my bracelet (green RV band). I shared our experience briefly and then she shared hers.

Many years ago, Linda’s high school son was involved in an auto-accident. He was thrown from the car while the person next to him was tragically killed. The following week, her daughter was kidnapped while running (also in high school). As she and the police frantically searched, she was led to a place in the woods very near to where her daughter was being kept, tied to a tree by her assailant. Shortly thereafter, she was seen by the police airplane that was searching the area. When they found her, she was still tied to the tree, stabbed and shot five times and clinging to life.

A couple years later, her son, an all-American kid that was anti-drugs his entire life, developed a drug addiction – a  battle that ensued for years.

During the course of these years, Linda was active in kidnapping legislation and worked with the state on issues surrounding these crimes. She and her fiance worked with young people impacted by addiction while they fought their own personal battle with the disease.

Then, in one year, Linda lost her fiance, her mother, and her sister, and the battle with addiction continued.

This was the second time I met Linda, and after our first meeting, I was struck by her energy and positive attitude. You could just feel it. As I listened to her life experiences, I wondered to myself; HOW? Then, the answer.

Today, Linda’s daughter has fully recovered (physically), and works for a Prosecutor. Her son called one day out of the blue and said he was checking into a rehab. When she asked why, his response was “I am an addict…”

And the HOW? She said it several times, after she described each incident – “I GAVE IT UP TO GOD.”


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Finding Courage and Strength Despite Difficulties

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Strength and courage; I am not sure who needs them more, the addict or the family?

This week is the annual ESPN V-foundation cancer fund raiser. The V-foundation was stated by basketball Coach Jim Valvano, a vivacious, charismatic college coach who passed away from cancer 21 years ago. Coach V gave a very stirring speech at an event just two months prior to his death, when he proclaimed “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”

ESPN commentator Stuart Scott received an award at the ESPY’S for his courage in his personal battle against cancer. Scott also spoke about the importance of never giving up, and his personal WHY. He spoke about the difference each of us can make through small gestures and human compassion. He spoke about understanding what is truly important in life.

As I listened to the words of these men this week, I drew great strength as well as inspiration from the resiliency they displayed. Their words touch the heart of those who heard them. These men offer me the faith to know that victory will be ours as long as we continue to fight together.

Their words may be focused on the disease we call cancer, but the message is one that both addicts and families should take to heart. Take a moment and listen to each of these men speak today. Their words may help you take the next step tomorrow. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up!

Stuart Scott

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl_0ieqSi7Q

Jimmy Valvano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuoVM9nm42E


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8 Simple Measures to Safeguard Prescription Drugs at Home

Posted by Anne Browning, With 0 Comments, Category: Opiates, Prescription Drug Abuse, Tags: , , , ,

Just about every household has prescription drugs, or even over the counter (OTC) medications, in the home. And although we’d like to believe they would only be used as prescribed, they are subject to being abused. So, here are eight simple measures you can take to protect yourself and your family.prescription drug abuse

  • Mark the lid of your pain medication with a red dot to remind yourself that they require special handling.
  • If you feel too many pills were prescribed, ask the pharmacist to fill a smaller amount and pick up more if/when necessary.
  • Ask your physician to write an order for a smaller amount with refills. For example, instead of 60 pills, maybe 20 with two refills.
  • Keep your prescription medications in a safe place. That may not always be the medicine cabinet. Be creative to prevent kids, and even their friends, from sneaking a few pills.
  • Make sure you assist older parents with protecting their medications.
    • Inside their home, drugs may be stolen by family members or visitors with addiction issues.
    • People target elderly folks that receive medication from mail order pharmacies.
    • Make medication accountability part of the estate management plan for elderly parents or parents in nursing homes.
  • Keep a count of pills and usage lines on liquids (kind of like height chart you’d measure your growing kids against the wall).
  • Dispose of unused medications appropriately. Check out our Drug Drop Off Page for information on disposal
  • Know the warning signs of abuse. For a quick review, read our WARNING SIGNS guide .

Try and make this a priority in the next few days. A few simple steps can make a world of difference.


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