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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

OxyContin Prescription Drug Abuse

On the surface, Oxycontin appears to be relatively harmless when you put it up against heroin. Small color coded pills with numbers indicating the dosage in milligrams look a lot cleaner and safer. Oxycontin's appearance is deceiving, beneath the pastel colored seal surface of the pills, there exists a killer. There is a growing concern as more young people are experimenting with pharmaceutical narcotics like Oxycontin and Xanax. Teenagers and young adults are playing with a fire that will inevitably burn them. Pharmaceutical pain medications like Oxycontin and Fentanyl have the same effect on the human body as heroin does, heroin is cut with other undesirables, but, essentially all strong opiates have the potential for overdose.

Joey Rovero's life was cut short because of drugs like Oxycontin and Xanax. Just a week before his death, Joey, drove to Southern California and paid a doctor $75 dollars. Rovero took home 90 OxyContin tablets, 30 Xanax and 90 muscle relaxants, his father said. How is that possible? What kind of medical problems would necessitate a college student being prescribed three drugs that can easily cause an overdose when mixed? It happens all the time and doctors know it, yet, they continue to prescribe these drugs to ostensibly healthy young adults.

Prescription narcotics have become an epidemic in America and doctors continue to throw fuel on the fire. Every bottle of Xanax and Oxycontin that gets prescribed to a college student is going to find its way into countless hands. Rovero sold half of his drugs to his addicted roommates before he overdosed and died. Who knows how far Rovero's drugs traveled before they were all used up, how many people used his drugs in conjunction with other drugs potentially overdosing themselves.

Prescription medication in America needs to be addressed, we need to educate more young adults about the dangers that exist. Opiates and sedatives in any form have the power to kill and will continue to do so as long as people think that they are clean and safe.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Social Media Teaching Kids About Drugs

Social Media has become the provider of information and news for the world, between Twitter and Facebook one can discern a lot. Just about every teenager in the United States actively uses social networks to communicate with the world; this makes social media a perfect platform for teaching kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America has teamed up with WeeWorld, to help educate teens about substance abuse prevention and the realities of drug and alcohol use or abuse. According to the PR Newswire, "this effort delivered more than 47 million viral impressions, dramatically increased traffic and tripled brand awareness for the Partnership's teen-targeted site CheckYourself.com".

With 36 million registered WeeMee's visiting and expressing themselves through WeeWorld it seems like the perfect environment to educate teens. "WeeWorld.com has proven to be an incredibly effective platform for us to share messages with teens about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse", said Partnership Digital Media and Marketing Director Hilary Baris. "These unprecedented results clearly demonstrate that teens are thirsting for this kind of information. We've been blown away by the quality and overall level of engagement WeeWorld has so clearly quantified and we're thrilled to be able to embrace this technology to connect with teens". The drive behind the campaign was a young adult recovering addict named JT. Using his WeeMee, JT visually interacted with a growing base of over 20,000 teen friends, posted messages and shared weekly scenarios drawn from CheckYourself.com.

"What an incredible inspiration this collaborative effort has been for me", said JT. "Not only have we meaningfully interacted with tens of thousands of teens and helped educate them about the dangers of substance abuse, but we are helping these young people make smart choices about drug and alcohol use. So many people have been instrumental in personally helping me to recover from my addiction and that's why I am so excited to have encouraged so many 'WeeWorlders' to achieve a positive attitude about not using drugs and alcohol".

Through the Internet and the powers of social media, millions of people can gain knowledge about things they would have never have known without it. The Internet has proven its effectiveness in reaching kids probably more than any other one thing. Harnessing the power of social media to help guide people towards abstinence or recovery will save countless lives.

"We're thrilled that, together, we helped build a unique 'celebrity role model' in JT and provided compelling content that teens eagerly integrated and shared with friends," said Pauline Malcolm-John, VP of National Sales for WeeWorld. "And just like we do with any client, whether they are major brands, product launches or causes, we were able to quantify the massive viral effect we achieved and are proud to see the huge success of this educational social media campaign."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Energy Drinks With Alcohol Under Fire


There has been a lot of talk lately about how caffeinated alcoholic beverages are made as well as how they are being marketed. Your standard energy drinks these days are geared specifically towards younger consumers, especially those who are underage. Now with a mixture of alcohol and caffeine in one can people don't have to mix alcohol with drinks like Redbull or Rockstar; the problem is that the cans that have alcohol look not too dissimilar from those that do not. "Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer is asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate how flavored, caffeinated alcoholic beverages are marketed, specifically those that appear to be geared to underage consumers", said The Associated Press (AP).

In a letter to the FTC chairman, Jon Leibowitz, Schumer wrote that energy drinks containers are meant to confuse parents and police with labeling that looks like labeling on similar nonalcoholic drinks, wrote the AP. Not only that, but these energy drinks typically have more alcohol content than your average beer. Now we have an alcoholic beverage that has more alcohol in it than a beer and it looks like the person drinking it is drinking a Rockstar. The Senator highlighted drinks such as Joose and Four Loko which contain 12 percent alcohol, nearly twice than what is found in a beer.

A Wake Forest University study showed that students who mix alcohol with caffeine "tend to be more likely to experience alcohol-related injuries versus students who drink alcoholic beverages without caffeine", reported the AP. It works like this, too much alcohol makes you tired, caffeine keeps you awake despite the alcohol; this allows people to think that they are able to drive despite the amount of alcohol they have consumed. Last year, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs said, "The increasing popularity of consumption of caffeinated alcoholic beverages by college students and reports of potential health and safety issues necessitates that we look seriously at the scientific evidence as soon as possible".

Energy drinks with alcohol need to be addressed! They are packaged in colorful cans, come in juice flavors, and typically cost about $2.50-$4.00 per can and are stronger than beer. Drinks like these are easy to conceal from authorities and parents which makes them popular among teens. The conversation has started and now action is needed...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Amy Locane Fatal DUI Crash

Courtesy of WKRG

It is always sad when alcoholism rears its head inside a motor vehicle. There are many alcoholics in the grips of their disease that do not hesitate to get behind the wheel. Risk assessment goes out the window whenever there is addiction; sadly, the poor choices that some alcoholics make end up taking the life of an innocent bystander. We all witnessed the horror that occurred on the Taconic Parkway with Diane Schuler; the accident sent a shock through every household in America. Theories of what went wrong on that day were talked about in most households, asking who and why and when and how this could have happened. The answer to that question is Alcoholism.

Just recently a woman lost her life while riding as a passenger in her friend's car when a vehicle driven by a drunk driver slammed into their car. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office says that Amy Locane drove into the passenger side of another car in Montgomery, New Jersey, killing a woman who was sitting in the front seat and seriously injured the driver. You may remember Locane from the 1990's TV show "Melrose Place" as well as the movies "Airhead" and "Crybaby". Locane confessed to police that she had drank several glasses of wine before getting behind the wheel. Before the fatal accident occurred, the actress rear-ended another car down the road; when the other driver tried to call the police Locane fled the scene "swerving and knocking down several mailboxes" along the way, witnesses told police. A few miles down the road Locane's life changed forever.

According to police Locane has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree assault by auto. Locane smelled of alcohol and her eyes were bloodshot and glassy and she was slurring her words, according to officers. Bail has not been set yet and it looks like she will face up to 10 years in Prison. Locane will have a long time to think about her life and her actions in prison, hopefully she will address some of the issues that helped get her there. Whenever "alcohol" finds itself behind the wheel, accidents are inevitable - sooner or later.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Are People in Your Church Hurting?

Life's Healing Choices offers freedom from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits through eight healing choices that promise true happiness and life transformation. Using the Beatitudes of Jesus as a foundation, Senior Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and John Baker, who is also a pastor at Saddleback, developed the eight choices shared in this book.

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