My friend’s son just got out of prison after serving several years. She is supporting him and arranged to live where he can go to college and hopefully get a good education and then a job. It wasn’t that he was a bad kid, he just got caught up in the drug scene and couldn’t get out. (Just like so many others around us.)
He is lucky to have her support. So many ex-felons do not have any support services or family when they get out. No money, no job, no transportation, no skills, and no where to live. What does the public think will happen to them? I can tell you. Over 60% will go right back in.
Unfortunately, a lot of young people get caught up with the crowd and begin with a few pills, then progress on to pot, meth, cocaine, alcohol or heroin. This is not an unusual story, but one that is happening everyday in our country. Parents: Be watchful of what your young men and women are doing. Know where they are and who they are with.
Some physicians give out pain medication like it is candy, and a lot of young and old people get addicted to the pain meds. It isn’t that hard to become addicted, but once you are addicted, getting off is difficult. Hopefully the DEA has implemented some better processes to allow them to track and crack down on physicians who are giving out pain meds for every little ache someone comes into their office with. I have known some of these physicians and saw they just prescribe out of lack of time to investigate, wanting to do what the patient asks for, and even sometimes to build up their practice.
Be careful what you ask for!
Narcan is a medication which can reverse the effects of narcotics and drug overdose in emergency situations. If more people knew about it, and had it available, it could save a lot of lives. Paramedics and emergency rooms have been using it for years .
It is effective for: Heroin, morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, and other prescription pain medications.
If you have a loved one who you suspect is using, you might want to look into this and get a prescription from your doctor. This is NOT a free pass to use. It is a life saver when all else has failed.
This medication is not for everyone and you should speak with your physician before you think you might need it.
One good site which has a lot of good information on this medication is.stopOverdose.org. You will find lots of information including side effects there.
Keep them alive and maybe out of prison too.
If you have a loved one using opiates, please look into this!
I met a friend yesterday and her son is in prison for DUI’s. Luckily he did not kill himself or anyone else. So, he is spending eighteen months in prison. He has been a heroin addict for several years now. She has been beside herself and has tried everything, but nothing works.
On those long, lonely nights when she can’t sleep, she goes to the internet and finds similar souls who also have children hooked on heroin or addicts who are posting how difficult it is to get off. This page is a place where you can communicate with others who know what you are going through. You will see here that you are not alone in your desperation and sorrow.
Take a look!