Friday, November 14, 2014
A Single Drink Doubles the Odds of Ending Up in the Emergency Room: Study
November 13th, 2014/
Having even one drink doubles a person’s risk of ending up in the emergency room, according to an international study. A person who consumes three drinks in six hours is about 4.6 times as likely to end up in the ER compared with someone who hasn’t had any drinks.
A person who had 10 drinks in six hours was 10 times as likely to go to the ER, compared with someone who didn’t drink. The study included 13,000 people from 18 countries who were inebriated and went to the emergency room for an injury, according to The Washington Post.
Drinking increased the risk of injury in women more than in men, the study found. Increased drinking was more likely to lead to violence than to either traffic accidents or falls. The researchers found just one drink almost quadruples a person’s odds of getting into a fight and ending up in the hospital. The risk of injury from violence increases more quickly as the volume of alcohol consumed rises.
The findings appear in the journal Addiction.
Texas Sees Rise in Liquid Meth: DEA Agent
November 13th, 2014/
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are seeing a dramatic increase in liquid meth in Texas, according to an official with the agency.
“It can be put in drinking bottles. It can be placed in 55 gallon drums or even gas tanks,” said DEA Special Agent Wendell Campbell. “No longer is meth being moved only in crystal or powder form. Liquid meth is on the rise. It’s very concealable, it’s easy to get across that way and we’re seeing a dramatic increase in Texas and the Houston area.”
Liquid meth is dissolved in a solution, and is later converted to crystal or powder, ABC30reports. Last month liquid meth was found in candles in a bust near the Texas/Louisiana border, the article notes. The increased supply of liquid meth has led to lower prices for the drug.
The DEA is trying to track down the liquid before it can be converted to crystal or powder. “Our investigations have led us to discover them in shops and warehouses and neighborhoods,” Campbell said.
“Meth is now in the Houston region considered the number one drug threat in our region,” said Houston Police Captain Dale Brown.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Some Pain Specialists Ordering Costly, Unneeded Drug Tests for Elderly
November 11th, 2014/
Some pain specialists are ordering costly, unneeded drug tests for their elderly patients, in order to receive payment from Medicare, The Wall Street Journal reports. These doctors are testing for drugs rarely used by elderly patients, such as heroin, cocaine and PCP.
Doctors who treat pain are encouraged to test their patients to make sure they are not abusing their painkillers. Drug tests can also indicate if a patient is not taking their medication, and selling it instead. After Medicare cracked down on abuse billing for simple urine tests, some doctors switched to high-tech testing methods such as mass spectrometry. The billing for these tests are not limited, the article notes. The doctors bill Medicare separately for each substance tested.
Many experts say high-tech drug tests should only be used to confirm results from less expensive, low-tech drug tests.
Medicare spent $445 million for 22 high-tech drug tests in 2012, up 1,423 percent in five years, according to the newspaper. Spending included $14 million for PCP tests. Dozens of pain doctors receive more Medicare payments for drug testing than for treating patients.
Government data suggests use of illegal drugs among the elderly is rare. Even when marijuana is counted, only about one in 1,000 seniors abuse or are addicted to illicit drugs. In contrast, prescription drug abuse among the elderly is a real and growing concern, experts note.
PRO-ACT Family Addiction Education Program helps families address drug and alcohol addiction
Next free sessions start week of Dec. 2 at various locations in five counties
When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a free Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and families recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Led by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, these information and support programs begin the first week of each month and run one evening a week for three consecutive weeks. Each session lasts two hours.
Programs are offered at several locations throughout the five-county southeast Pennsylvania region:
· Tuesdays—From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Media and Northeast Philadelphia.
· Wednesdays—From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pottstown; from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in North Philadelphia; and from 7p.m.to 9 p.m. in West Chester.
· Thursdays—From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Northern Liberties; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Bristol and Colmar.
Sessions are free and confidential—first names only. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-221-6333, weekdays 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., or visit http://councilsepa.org/programs/pro-act/family-education-program/.
On Thursday November 13th at 7pm EST the Addict's Mom Live Video Meeting on In the Rooms www.intherooms.com Denise Krochta will be discussing how to have joyful holiday while loving an addict.
When the holidays and families ...events approach do you react with joy and anticipation or does fear, anxiety, and panic invade your whole being?
Many of us who have chaos and drama in our lives, due to mental illness, addiction, alcoholism, disease, can’t help but feel negatively about the holidays.
What is going to happen this time to disrupt our plans and peace? What will other people think when chaos occurs that they didn’t expect? Is it worth even participating in holiday and family events or should we just make excuses and stay at home?
Everyone should be able to enjoy their families and friends during special events and holidays no matter what chaos and drama surrounds them and no matter the choice of others. There are simple tools and strategies we can use to plan ahead.
Here are some questions to ask me.
Questions: What do the holidays with an addict mean to you? What has been your experience?
Can we plan ahead for the holidays so when (or if) chaos and drama takes over, we already have a plan and are not "jolted" with fear?
What things can we do, if we want to, for our addicts for the holidays so they feel loved but our other loved ones can feel loved and not neglected?
What do we do if we want to give gifts to everyone during the holidays and still be prudent and diplomatic?
Do we include our addicts in family gatherings? What are the possibilities and/or probabilities?
These are all questions we need to be able to answer ahead of time so we can enjoy our holidays. If we have a plan, decide who needs to be part of the plan, get everyone on the same page, and be 100% willing to implement the plan if necessary, joy and calm can be a possibility during holidays and family gatherings.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
November 12 Chp 103 v 3 TWELVE STEPPING WITH STRENGTH FROM THE PSALMS
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
STEP 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Get Clean ! Commit step one and two ! It must be sincere or you will remain messed up . God has given you the steps and promises all you have to do is do it His way .This is how 99.9 percent of us have gotten sober . Once you realize you do not know it all and you cannot do this with out help then you will be well on your way to getting sober.
John 8:3 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014