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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

WARNING: Antidepressants Cause Suicide

On Sept 14, 2004, an FDA panel voted 18 to 5 to require manufacturers of all antidepressants to add black box warnings to their product labeling. A month later, the FDA adopted the panel's recommendations. The warning reads in part:

Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality).

A "black box" warning is the most serious warning placed on the labeling of a prescription medication.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Drug Addiction Deaths

Americans consider driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs thenation's greatest highway safety problem, according to a 2005 Galluppoll. According to the poll, 37% of the people surveyed consider driving while alcohol impaired to be the worst problem, yet 60% of those same people admitted they had driven a vehicle while drunk or near-drunk, a number up from 57% in 2000.

"This poll clearly shows impairment and driving to be a major concern, especially during the holidays which is a time of increased drinking and increased driving", said Joanna Young, national president of Drug Addiction Help Line.

In another alarming report, more people age 40 and older are dying of drug overdoses. This is double the rate recorded in 1990 in a little-noticed trend that dispels the notion of hard-core drug use being primarily a young person's problem. Overdoses among baby boomers are driving an overall increase so dramatic that soon drug deaths may surpass automobile accidents as a leading cause of non-natural deaths.

Based on state health data, according to calculations on males, the age by which someone was most likely to die from a drug overdose in 1970 was 22; by 1985, it was 32 and today it is 43.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Do You Know What Candy Flipping Is?

Getting dressed up for Halloween and going trick or treating down the street has always been a great way for us to satisfy our sweet tooth and have a little fun in the process. But candy has taken on a whole new meaning. More importantly, there is a new trend called "Candy Flipping". No, it's not flipping the candy in the air. It is actually a new trend where drug users mix Ecstasy (MDMA) with LSD. That's right, as if Ecstasy was not bad enough! (The drug Ecstasy, of "E" is a hallucinogenic stimulant.)

So if you thought Ecstasy might be a passing phase, think again. Remember hearing about LSD in the 1960's? That was 4 decades ago and LSD is still popular and in fact part of the mainstream drug culture. What is interesting to note is that a majority of Ecstasy is imported. Atlanta Georgia, for instance, serves as a distribution point for Ecstasy and, according to NDIC (National Drug Intelligence Center); most of the Ecstasy is produced in Northern Europe and flown in to the USA.

Just to add a little more sweetness into the mix, Ecstasy has gone Hollywood. That's right, now you can get pills with names like Batman and Spiderman, among others. Can you imagine a kid being offered a "Spiderman" pill?

You see, it's not only the drugs; it is all about their marketing and promotion. That is one thing that kids need more information about. Ecstasy and other drugs are advertised and marketed is a subject not taught in today's schools. Therefore we need to be educated on this immediately and as adults need to ensure that our kids are safe. The last thing we need, are kids asking their friends to take a "Spiderman" pill!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005


There is a website which should be on the “Favorites” sidebar of every Internet user out there. All parents, and their children, as well as anyone living on Planet Earth with its current drug epidemic should know about it. It is the Drug Addiction Help Line (

It contains information on all current illicit drugs, including LSD, crack cocaine, ecstasy and heroin, as well as marijuana and meth. It is written in easy to understand language while still managing to communicate specific information – what the drug looks like, its effects and its long term physiological effects, and more.

One of the things which makes this website different from most others on this topic is its condemnation of the use of drugs to help drug users kick their habit. This is an often-used technique that is seldom explained or even discussed, but it common in many drug rehabilitation programs. Methadone is an example of a drug that will be familiar to many people, having been used for years in the “treatment” of heroin addiction. That it only replaces one harmful drug with another, while enriching the methadone manufacturers, is seldom understood fully. Those who have attempted to stop their methadone use will tell you it is more difficult to quit than the heroin was.

A similar situation exists with the use of various psychiatric drugs in the treatment of drug withdrawal. The body does not differentiate between illegal and legal drugs; they are all toxins to the body. The goal of a good drug rehab program needs to include helping the individual quit the use of the drug along with addressing the underlying conditions that created the need for the drug. This has been found to be the key to success for non-drug-based rehab programs. Simply replacing one form of poison for another only helps the pharmaceutical companies, who already make billions of dollars from this form of re-directed drug addiction. In addition, many of the psychiatric drugs used in drug-based rehab programs have recently been relabeled by the FDA to include strong warnings about emergent suicidal behavior as a side effect. This is NOT something a person undergoing drug withdrawals wants to risk!

Currently, thousands of people around the world, in Ireland, England, Turkey, India, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the U.S. and many other countries have been aided through the Help Line, which will also direct you to drug-free drug rehabilitation programs, if you or someone you know is already involved in drug use and needs to quit.

Additionally, the website has a large number of news releases available for use. They cover different drug-related topics, including the proposal to provide ecstasy to our troops in Iraq, part of an experiment to treat soldiers suffering in different ways from their experiences in the war. This is information which needs widespread reporting in order to turn the tide of drug-dependency which is encroaching our entire culture.

Interested parties can also arrange for drug education through the site, so if you are part of a group, or know of any sort of group that could use more understanding of this problem, arrangements can be made to set up drug ed classes.

For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction, go to;

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Drug Addiction - Red Ribbon Week Approaches

October 22nd to 30th is Red Ribbon Week

What is Red Ribbon Week?It began as a grassroots tribute to DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) hero, Special Agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered by drug traffickers. Within weeks of his death in March of 1985, Camarena's Congressman and a high school friend launched a Camarena Club in his hometown of Imperial Valley, California. Other clubs continued to spring up. Club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. From these clubs emerged the Red Ribbon Week Campaign.

Red Ribbon Week is now nationally recognized and celebrated to further the cause for which Camarena gave his life. It is also a symbol of support for the DEA's efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, Americans demonstrate their ardent opposition to drugs.

The U.S. centers celebrate Red Ribbon Week by redoubling their efforts. Through school presentations, distribution of drug education materials, and participation in many community based activities and events, they broadly distribute the message of "a drug-free life."

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that drug use in the workplace costs employers approximately $81 billion annually in lost time, accidents, health care and workers' compensation costs.

· Substance abusers are six times more likely than their coworkers to file a worker's compensation claim.
· 60% of employed drug users work for smaller companies.
· 30% of drug abuse in the workplace involves prescription drugs.

More and more companies are addressing this problem by implementing a drug-free workplace program, consisting of drug education and training for workers and supervisors as well as employee assistance for those already involved with substance abuse.

For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, contact:

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

What Is the Real Natural Disaster?

The body count for Hurricane Katrina just surpassed the 1000 mark. It has been said that the Katrina disaster will cost billions of dollars to sort out. In the end it is the American public that will have to foot this bill for a disaster brought upon us by Mother Nature. Events like this seem to overshadow the largest natural disaster in our society. What do you think that is?

Each year an estimated $107 billion in overall productivity losses is attributable to alcohol abuse and $69.4 billion is attributable to drug abuse. More than 132,000 deaths annually are attributable to alcohol and drug abuse. The estimated loss of productivity resulting from these deaths is about $45.9 billion, including $31.3 billion for the 107,000 premature deaths attributable to alcohol abuse and $14.6 billion for the 25,000 deaths attributable to drug abuse. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

These are annual statistics. As you can see this is a much larger social disaster than what Mother Nature is dolling out to us right now. Yet the media is reporting that the costs to handle the Katrina disaster could be well above the 50 Billion dollar mark. It is costing Americans over 170 billion dollars a year because of the drug and alcohol problem, yet this year's Federal Budget for handling of the drug problem is only 12 Billion, (Per Office of National Drug Control Policy). And when you break this budget down only 3.5 billion dollars is going to prevention and education services and only 233 million is allocated to the Department of Education. Yet the drug problem is clearly the largest disaster going on in our society today. Ok, so what can we do about it?

Believe it or not, there was one right thing I heard from the media. The fastest and most effective help in the Katrina disaster came from the private sector. That's right; in times of real need it is the American people, the individuals themselves, that rally to the cause to help their fellow man. To me that is the most inspiring glimmer of hope we have for our society. Knowing that people really do care and want to help.

The site is addressing this social disaster directly at the root -- our public schools. By getting the truth about drugs to our youth across the nation, we are able to significantly cut down the future demand of drugs. And if you ask me, that is a very powerful way of avoiding an even larger disaster in the future. Think about it: Who is going to be running this country in the future? It is what we do today, right now, that will keep millions of kids from turning to drugs. Now is the time to help, not when it is too late!

For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, contact:

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Changing The Way Kids Think

Where do kids get most of their education these days? Who is the one teaching them? Most importantly, who are the one's teaching the teachers? Can you recall when you were young what kinds of things you were taught? How about the 4 food groups? Everyone knows that to be healthy you must eat using the 4 food groups right?

The fact of the matter is that General Mills launched a very detailed PR campaign to the school principals and educators around the nation about how grains are a critical part of your diet. They even had medical experts endorse this. So what was the result of this effort? A complete educational program implemented at a national level, in all public schools, about the importance of the 4 food groups in our diet.

Did you know this PR campaign was done in the 60's? Now think about that for a minute. Then think about your thoughts on grains. What do you believe about them? Now where do you think that INITIAL information came from? For most of us it was from our education in school, starting with elementary school.

The same thing has happened on the subject of drugs. Our educational system has been infiltrated by schools of thought such as "There's good drugs and bad drugs" or "Addiction is a disease." When a young child learns things like this from their teachers in school, who are taught this by someone else, it becomes part of their thinking pattern. They grow up thinking in this way. So the first time they see their friend Joe smoking marijuana, and Joe is laughing and having a good time, they think it must be a good drug right? Or they think their parent is diseased because of their drinking problem and there is no hope for any cure.

Ok, so what is the solution to this type of "Thought Control" going on in our schools? Plain and simple, get them the Truth About Drugs. If we are going to change the way our society thinks about drugs 10 years from now, we better start now!

For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, contact:

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Drugging Our Soldiers with Ecstasy

American soldiers traumatized by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be offered the drug ecstasy to help free them of flashbacks and recurring nightmares? The US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead for the soldiers to be included in an experiment to see if MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, can treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The last thing our troops need is ecstasy.

Our soldiers, our sons, dughters, mothers and fathers, put their lives on the line and come back to drug pushers. While their phobias are no doubt real and of concern to them, there are better ways to handle this sort of thing. Drugging is not one of them.

Scientists behind the study in South Carolina think the feelings of emotional closeness reported by those taking the drug could help the soldiers talk about their experiences to therapists. Several victims of rape and sexual abuse with post-traumatic stress disorder, for whom existing treatments are ineffective, have been given MDMA since the research began last year.

Michael Mithoefer, the psychiatrist leading the trial, neglects to mention how ecstasy turns them into vegetables or how people have died from just one dose.

The psychiatric industry is working real hard to get ecstasy approved for medical use. It seems that the psychiatrist and his pseudo science have found yet another area of society where he can create drug addiction.

In the early 1970's ecstasy (MDMA) was actually used by therapists to assist in marriage counseling. That was until the government classified it as an illegal substance in the 80's.The South Carolina study marks a resurgence of interest in the use of controlled psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs.

Several studies in the US are planned or are under way to investigate whether MDMA, LSD and psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, can treat conditions ranging from obsessive compulsive disorder to anxiety in terminal cancer patients.

While we are all going about our daily lives, with our own individual worries and battles, an entire war is being waged against our society, right before our noses, and it’s being played out in the psychiatric arena.

We need to reach the children of today before they fall prey to vested interests who do nothing but profit from their legal drug pushing. If we act now, those future soldiers will be better equipped to handle the real battlefield--their home territory.

Help educate the minds of our future leaders and goal makers. We need to work together to create a drug-free society.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

September is The National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month -- Re-Educating Society About Drugs

In order to prevent other "Vested Interests" from re-educating our youth to use drugs safely, we need to speed up our progress. To do that we have set a new target to get materials sent to 20,000 more schools this next year. For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, go to;

There is a new form of education sweeping our public school system in America. In earlier days we saw the implementation of the "Good Drugs, Bad Drugs" theory. This approach, by the way, is still prevalent in today's teachings about drugs within the public school systems. But there is a new kid in town! (Or the old kids with a new face maybe?)

They are called the "Drug Policy Alliance." Here is a quote from theirwebsite: "Drug education efforts should promote safety first." So, ask yourself, what is wrong with that statement? You should know that this organization is spreading its brochures and materials to schools all across the USA. Recently, while doing some live presentations, we found some of their brochures in the school. When we approached the supervisor in the school and asked why they had this stuff displayed there. The supervisor was dumb founded and did not realize they were even in the school. This organization's philosophy has come to be known as "HARM MINIMIZATION.

"This organization, which no doubt has many vested interest supporters, is actually promoting that we must teach kids to use drugs safely. Their attitude is "Kids are going to use anyway," so let’s make sure they do it safely. Read those sentences again. Make no mistake, their brochures and website look very official and it all sounds good at a glance. However, in the end they are treading dangerous waters. How can a society possibly condone teaching kids how to safely use drugs? Well, most people will not agree that this is good. In fact, in the example above, the teacher did not believe in that theory.However, just like anything, with enough money behind your movement a lot of progress can be made.

Just look at the broad abuse of Ritalin in our public school system! Teaching kids the truth about drugs is the only way to ensure they make the right decision. As you can see time is not on our side. If we are going to succeed at reaching every kid in our schools, we need to step up the volume and fast.In the last year alone our video products have reached over 1.3 million students in public schools across all 50 States in America. Yet there are more than 50 million school-aged kids in the USA alone.

The way we reached these students was through gracious sponsorship of schools from our donors. You can sponsor schools in your state and Friends of Narconon will get an entire Educator's Kit right to those schools. Currently we are in just over 5,000 public schools and about 100 private schools. That is, teachers from these schools registered with Friends of Narconon and were sent materials that had been donated.

In order to prevent other "Vested Interests" from re-educating our youth to use drugs safely, we need to speed up our progress. To do that we have set a new target to get materials sent to 20,000 more schools this next year.For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, go to;

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Drug Addiction -- Adolescent Alcohol Abuse, 10.4 Million Drinkers

Year after year, more money is spent promoting the use of alcohol than that of any other product. Perhaps through its elaborate and creative marketing, the most basic, yet important fact about alcohol is often overlooked — alcohol is a drug — the most commonly used and widely abused drug in the world.

According to the most recent national Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), there were 10.4 million drinkers ages 12 to 20 in 1998. Of these, 5.1 million were binge drinkers, meaning that they drank five or more drinks on at least one occasion in the month before the survey. Two million were heavy drinkers, binge drinking at least five times that month.

The average age when youth first try alcohol is 11 years for boys and 13 years for girls. According to research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, adolescents who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21.

“Generally, an adolescent’s risk for alcohol dependence at some point in life decreases by 14 percent with each additional year that drinking is delayed”, states Joanna Young of from National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicates that while 915,000 youth ages 12 to 20 reported alcohol dependence in the past year, only 16 percent of them (148,000) received treatment.

Several large-scale school surveys suggest that 4 to 20 percent of teenagers have either a current or past history of alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. For help with overcoming addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group go to;

September is Drug Addiction Recovery Month - Why Kids Take Drugs

As our kids grow up and spend less time with us because of academic or sports activities, concerts and parties, they are introduced to newsituations that not only seem promising but are in fact dangerous.”A recent survey of parents revealed that their biggest concern with regards to kids taking drugs was their ‘health’ (not dying or addiction)”, said Joanna Young of

"Why are kids turning to drugs at an alarming rate?"When asked what parents felt they could do to help keep their kids from taking drugs; they said "better parenting," "close relationships," "spending more time with their kids." Some of us may think it is the "parents' fault." Others can blame the schools for not doing their job.

Where did all this drug use come from? How did this attitude towards taking drugs change over the last 200 years? Think about it. Did we have Prozac 200 years ago? How did we, as a society, deal with "depression" back then? More importantly, how has an entire population mind-set changed from hardly any knowledge of or need of drugs, to one that tends to rely on drugs for a quick fix?

As we all know drugs are an international epidemic. While there are many reasons for this the one thing that we can all do is get more educated and ensure that our kids are informed. For help with overcoming drug or alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, go to

Monday, August 22, 2005

September is The National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Addiction destroys countless lives, shatters families, and threatens the safety of our neighborhoods. “Drug and alcohol abuse destroys the hopes of men, women, and young people and takes a terrible toll on society”, said Joanna Young of

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month provides an important opportunity to promote the values that have given people the strength to beat drug and alcohol abuse and remain drug-free. This year's theme is, Join the Voices of Recovery: A Call to Action; emphasizes the critical role of communities in encouraging individuals with substance abuse problems to seek help. While those who suffer from addiction must help themselves, it is also crucial for family, and friends, to support those fighting to overcome substance abuse as well as becoming more educated on preventive measures.

Those in recovery have always played a key role in helping others achieve healthy lives. They can convey important information about the toll of alcohol and drug addiction and the benefits of recovery, inspire others to succeed, and allow young people to learn valuable lessons about their experiences.

We encourage individuals to take an active role in advocating for making community treatment centers and recovery services an integral part of the public health.

Staying clean and sober is a lifelong responsibility, and those who succeed improve their health, can better enjoy their family and friends, and are more likely to find success in the workplace. We celebrate the success of those in recovery, but we must help those still suffering from dependence and battling addiction.

We must continue the fight against alcohol abuse and the toll it takes on our society. Together, we can achieve these goals, help save lives, and restore hope to individuals and families. For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group go to;

Thursday, August 18, 2005

September is Drug Addiction Recovery Month

Across the nation, plans are well under way for the 16th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (September), started and sponsored by the federal government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) organization. According to SAMHSA, this year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Healing Lives, Families, and Communities," which celebrates the positive impact of treating alcohol and drug use in communities.

In the year 2000, drug abuse cost American society an estimated $160 billion. More important were the concrete losses that are imperfectly symbolized by those billions of dollars—the destruction of lives, the damage of addiction, fatalities from car accidents, illness, and lost opportunities and dreams. Drug abuse drives some of America’s most costly social problems—including domestic violence, child abuse, chronic mental illness, the spread of AIDS, and homelessness.

Drug treatment costs, hospitalization for long-term drug-related disease, and treatment of the consequences of family violence burden our already strapped health care system. In 2000, there were more than 600,000 hospital emergency department drug episodes in the United States. Health care costs for drug abuse alone were about $15 billion. SAMHSA reports that there are over 22 million Americans in need of treatment for a drug or alcohol problem.

Recovery Month builds awareness among individuals, organizations, schools, and communities that alcohol and drug addiction can be overcome. For help with overcoming addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, go to

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Drug Addiction - Parents Are The Last to Know

As we all know drugs are an international epidemic. "While there are many reasons for this, one thing we discovered while researching the information -- why parents are the last to know -- was that parents are a big part of the problem", said Joanna Young, of

Here is a comment from an 18 year old senior about this issue: "The big problem with parents," says an 18-year-old senior at a High School, "is I think a lot of them have tried it, but they're too scared to talk about it with their kids."

A recently released report from the Partnership for Drug-Free America reveals that this situation is becoming increasingly common. Based on data from its 17th annual tracking study of parents' attitudes towards drugs and teen drug use, the organization announced earlier this year that the current generation of parents is the most drug-experienced group on record (58 percent have tried marijuana at least once) and that the percentage of parents who report never talking with their child about drugs has doubled in the past six years, from 6 percent in 1998 to 12 percent in 2004.

As you can see the problem with parents cannot be taken lightly. While the above research is interesting, we uncovered even something more deep-rooted that has apparently been overlooked by current research, or not stated the way we have found it to be. Our new feature reveals the underlying reasons why parents are the last ones to find out their kids have a drug problem. This new found information opens the door for us to start addressing the bigger issue of kids and drugs which begins early on in a child's life.

You can help us continue this quest to help families deal with these problems before they start. The more correct information families have the calmer they feel about the subject. The more families that have this information, the better they will be. For help with overcoming drug or alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel go to:

Friday, July 8, 2005

World on Drugs

Increasing areas of the Unites States are affected by the innocent looking white powder called, cocaine. "I recently moved my family into a nice house, in a nice neighborhood, the proverbial suburbia, so we were all very surprised to find that we had just moved into what used to be a 'crack house', said Joanna Young, Drug Rehabilitation Referral Specialist for;

Cocaine/crack is a strong central nervous system stimulant that interferes with the re absorption process of dopamine, a chemical messenger associated with pleasure and movement. The buildup of dopamine causes continuous stimulation of “receiving” neurons, which is associated with the euphoria commonly reported by cocaine abusers. Physical effects of cocaine use include constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. The duration of cocaine's immediate euphoric effects, which include hyper stimulation, reduced fatigue, and mental clarity, depends on the route of administration. The faster the absorption, the more intense the high. On the other hand, the faster the absorption, the shorter the duration of action. The high from snorting may last 15 to 30 minutes, while that from smoking may last 5 to 10 minutes. Increased use can reduce the period of time a user feels high and increases the risk of addiction.

Cocaine/crack was endemic in almost all 21 areas in 2002. Rates of emergency department (ED) mentions were higher for cocaine than for any other drug. ED rates increased significantly between 2001 and 2002 in Baltimore, and were highest in Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Miami, Newark, Detroit, and New York. In 2004, 3.7 percent of 10th-graders reported annual cocaine use, significantly below the peak in 1999, though year-to-year changes were not significant. Among 8th-graders, 1.1 percent reported annual cocaine use in 1991, a figure that increased to 3.0 percent in 1996, hovered around that point for several years, then dropped to 2.0 percent in 2004—significantly below the 1996 high point. Eighth-graders reported a significant decrease in perceived availability of both crack and powder cocaine in 2004. Twelfth-graders, however, reported a significant increase in perceived availability of both crack and cocaine in 2004.Some users of cocaine report feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety. A tolerance to the "high" may develop—many addicts report that they seek but fail to achieve as much pleasure as they did from their first exposure. Some users will increase their doses to intensify and prolong the euphoric effects. While tolerance to the high can occur, users can also become more sensitive to cocaine's anesthetic and convulsing effects without increasing the dose taken. This increased sensitivity may explain some deaths occurring after apparently low doses of cocaine.

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Friday, July 1, 2005


This is a wake up call to anyone with a child. Following are two reports of deaths of children, very sad stories that could have been prevented had the parents and their children been armed with the tools of knowledge. "Some of you may be thinking that situations like these only happen to other people and they will never happen to you," says Joanna Young of the Drug Addiction Help Line (

Coroner's report

Eighteen-year-old female who attended a rave party between the hours of 2230 and 0230 hours at a vacant lot. Mother of decedent picked her up at which time the decedent appeared to be under the influence. Mother drove straight to Good Samaritan Hospital where decedent told staff that she had taken 3 Ecstasy pills at the party. Decedent kept in ER and monitored until about 0800 when she was released with doctor telling the mother that she would probably sleep for 18 hours and wake up with a headache. Decedent unable to get to car on her own and seemed to sleep the entire trip home to Sylmar. Decedent put to bed and checked on every 30 minutes or so by family. When checked on at about 1600 hours she was found not breathing so family called 911. Decedent taken to Olive View Hospital where she was declared dead in the ER at 1701 hours.

Coroner's report

On 7/11/01 shortly after 2000 Hrs the decedent, a 12 year old, was given ½ an “Ecstasy” tablet by her 16 year old boyfriend during a kiss. Shortly after they had sex, then ate and watched TV. At approximately 2130 Hrs she began convulsing, vomited then passed out. 911 was called and paramedics responded to the scene. They found her in full arrest, began CPR and transported her to LAC/USC. When she didn’t respond to resuscitative measures, death was pronounced at 2312 Hrs. The boy friend is in custody APD."Note that this is a common method used by young kids to share their experience," adds Ms. Young."

As you can see these are sad stories, but we are all responsible for making sure that they happen less and less. Children need to be fully equipped with all the information they need to make an informed decision.""During the course of this research, children that were being interviewed actually broke out in tears, they were so sure that friends they knew were doing drugs, were going to die.""We have an opportunity to reach kids with information about this drug before they go down the dark side of using Ecstasy. I hope this story illustrates the importance of this for all of you."

For help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction or to request drug education personnel to your school or group, go to

-- Ms.Joanna Young has devoted 16 years to helping people, from all walks of life; free themselves of drugs and alcohol.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Drug Addiction Help Line

Addiction does not need to be permanent.

Complete rehabilitation is possible and has been achieved by many. Our job is to get the addicted person - whether yourself or someone you love - into an effective drug rehabilitation program.

Get help now!

Methadone clinics do not restore a person's life but just change the drug of choice to methadone. This makes it legal for an addict to get a fix as needed. This method makes billions of dollars for the clinics so is not intended to get someone drug free. Methadone is much harder to quit than any other drug that the person was taking before (including heroin). This method just adds to the problem.

Rapid detox rehabilitation facilities also give the addicted person anti-depressants. Once again another drug is added to the existing problem. Anti-depressants bring with them various side effects, one of which can be permanent damage to the nervous system. This causes many future health problems as well as adding to the feelings of depression and failure.

Drug free rehabilitation is the only way to help someone overcome their drug addiction and get back their life and happiness.


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