Monday, August 29, 2016

Carfentanil-Laced Heroin Abuse And Addiction

August 26, 2016 reports were made public through CNN and Headline news regarding the drug, “Carfentanil” a deadly combination of elephant tranquilizers and heroin that has caused 25 overdoses, in which 4 were fatal in Akron Ohio alone. In a recent 3 day period while Columbus had 10 overdoses in just a 9 hour period and 2 were fatal due to the drug.

Elephant tranquilizers found in the OHIO heroin 
There was a significant discovery over the past few weeks in Ohio. Heroin, that has been the cause of more than 23 deaths a week, as of late is being cut with elephant tranquilizers and other cutting agents.
The problem with elephant tranquilizers is huge and to put it into perspective a 10 milligram dose of Carfentanil, is so powerful it has the strength to sedate and even kill a 13,500 pound elephant. A diluted a dose of the same weight could kill up to 500 people.

Carfentanil is the most potent commercially available opioid in the world and is 10,000 time stronger than morphine. Law enforcement agencies from Canada and the United States, both have been reporting tainted batches of heroin containing elephant tranquilizers and even starting to see that the street heroin is not even heroin at all, but completely made up from elephant tranquilizers and cutting agents being sold as china white. 
When a dealer cuts his heroin with Carfentanil, it can offer a harder hitting and longer-lasting high that will bring back steady customers as well as increasing their profitability. But the users do not always get the same purity and consistency in their heroin, leading to the up rise in heroin related deaths in Ohio.

This is the biggest heroin epidemic that Ohio has seen and Ohio has taken the best approach to the problem treatment and education as apposed to incarceration. This approach will be the only answer to the problem as in the past, police officers and judges took the approach of locking up and arresting addicts only fueling the problem. Ohio has decided to make treatment and drug testing part of the solution through their offence forgiveness programs.
In Akron, Ohio alone, paramedics responded to 236 overdoses in a three week period  this July 2016. Police and paramedics also reported similar trends reaching into the suburbs.
If you are a first time offender, you may be eligible for a consideration in the pre trial diversion programs that the state of Ohio has set up for those suffering with heroin addiction. 
2935.36 Pre-trial diversion programs.
(A) The prosecuting attorney may establish pre-trial diversion programs for adults who are accused of committing criminal offenses and whom the prosecuting attorney believes probably will not offend again. The prosecuting attorney may require, as a condition of an accused’s participation in the program, the accused to pay a reasonable fee for supervision services that include, but are not limited to, monitoring and drug testing. The programs shall be operated pursuant to written standards approved by journal entry by the presiding judge or, in courts with only one judge.
Some factors a person must meet in order to qualify for a drug court program in Ohio include, but are not limited to:
Must be a felony offense of the 4th or 5th degree;
Domestic violence charges are considered on a case-by-case basis;
The alleged offender has sufficient motivation for treatment or to change;
The alleged offender is diagnosed as primarily having a chemical dependency; and/or
The alleged offender meets Ohio’s sentencing guidelines for a presumption for probation.
Ohio has expanded their drug court in 1996 by adopting a bill to grant probation to 4th and 5th decree felony drug offenders instead of prison or jail time. Recently they have added drug courts to bring to total for the state to 90 courts for diversion programs and monitoring of felony drug offenders. This is a significant step in the right direction for the state amidst the ongoing heroin epidemic that Ohio is fond itself in the middle of.

court ordered drug rehab centers
The counselors at Addiction No More, have been monitoring the heroin problem throughout the country and have been seeing a significant increase in people seeking treatment for their heroin addiction in Ohio.  This has been going on for the last 4 years at an increasingly alarming rate. Some of this is due in part, to the crack down on prescription medications and over prescribing this has  removed a good majority of the opioid medications that end up on the streets. This prescription crack down has driven the need for an alternative to prescription medications to help those that are in a painful withdrawal, and can’t afford their drugs. The new white powder form of heroin can be alluring to those seeking a reprieve from opioid withdrawal. The cost of a single dose of Ohio street heroin can be significantly lees and offer a longer-lasting high. 
With the recent discovery of elephant tranquilizers in some of the heroin and Fentanyl in most of the heroin through the state, the chances of overdosing is greater that it has ever been. If you or a loved one has a problem with heroin, please do not hesitate to seek treatment. This call may save your life or the life of someone you love. 1 in 5 people in Ohio know someone using heroin according to CNN news and chances are, you know someone that does need help. There has never been a better reason to enter into treatment for your addiction. Act now and save your life, or the life of someone you love. People are dying from fatal overdoses at an alarming rate so do not let your name be added to the list of casualties.

What is needed is more long term Heroin treatment programs in Ohio, specifically designed for the treatment of heroin addiction. Studies have shown that longer term treatment has a better result when treating a heroin addiction. Private treatment programs often times, offer the best solution when their program lasts for 45 days or longer. The main problem we have seen is trying to get the insurance companies to want to pay for treatment longer than 28 days and contacting them without representation can lead to denial of services, which is their main goal. Insurance companies do not want to spend money and they have specific loop holes designed in their policies to minimize their expenditures when it comes to substance abuse services. 
Do not contact your insurance company. Let the rehab that you have chosen, work on your behalf so you will get the maximum benefits available and be able to receive quality treatment with minimal to no out of pocket expense.

To help with the heroin epidemic, Addiction No More has set up a heroin addiction hotline and treatment locator service open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We see the need for more help in locating state funded treatment and private rehab center for heroin addiction. We can help with drug court cases  for those with pending felony drug charges. Start the journey today and give us a call. All of our counselors have had an addiction in their past and really know what it takes to get over a heroin addiction. With the state of the heroin supply in Ohio we recommend stopping the ride and jumping on the sobriety train. Call us and lets start the journey together. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

State Funded Rehab Programs for Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol

State funded drug rehab centers help addicts overcome addiction utilizing state and federal funding to cover the cost of treatment. State run treatment centers allocate funds for treatment and pass the funding for rehab down to county funded treatment centers. This allows for those that need  help finding free drug rehab centers the ability to enter into a program for their addiction with no monetary exchange. 
Government sponsored rehab centers for addiction are not that much different than the top rated rehab centers.  The main difference between a state or county funded drug rehab is the amenities that are offered. Most state run treatment facilities will have 2-4 people per room depending on the size of the rooms in their inpatient rehab center. Location of a state run treatment programs for addiction are usually in more heavily populated cities throughout the state, whereas private drug and alcohol treatment centers are usually in more secluded locations, with private rooms, on the water, or in the mountains.  Private Drug rehab centers have a bit better staff to client ratio but that does not always dictate a better program.

Give us a call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we can discuss which type of drug rehab center will best suit your needs.

Inpatient treatment vs Outpatient Drug Rehab Centers
This question will cross the minds of most people that have decided that they need to seek some sort of treatment for their addiction. Although outpatient treatment at a state run treatment program can work for some people; we more often times, will recommend going into a treatment center that is inpatient for at least 21 days followed up by outpatient services. 
To be successful in a government funded outpatient treatment program you will need to be very self motivated and have a great support system at home for it to be successful. Pressures from home and our old friends can make the journey more difficult, for some people there can still be access to drugs or alcohol making recovery even harder. 

How do you get into a state funded rehab?
State run treatment programs can at times, be over crowded. We have a few tips, we would like to share to help expedite the process and hopefully avoid long waiting lists for free treatment services at one of the state sponsored treatment programs in your area. 
 Call our free help line  1-800-819-9973 and let us help you locate the best state run drug rehab in your area. We have been helping people locate and enter state funded treatment centers since 2002. Take advantage of our free knowledge. Our counselors will direct you to the best state funded drug rehab center in your area.

Once we have connected you with a government funded rehab program, follow through with the steps that the program lays out for you to enter their treatment center. Make sure you call the number when they say to call, be punctual, they are busy. The more willingness and responsibility you show, the more the person at the other end  will want to help you. This can have a direct influence on when you can receive treatment and what type of services you will receive.

You will catch more flies with honey. When you talk to the treatment center that we have helped you find, be nice, courteous, and above all, honest about your addiction. This is a job for some people, and working at a drug rehab center can be difficult and at times trying. Try and keep from adding to a possible bad day and I can almost guarantee you will receive better services.

  • Over 25% of Americans die prematurely as a result of their addiction. 
  • More than 23 million patients currently need alcohol treatment or drug treatment and only 3% get it. 
  • Approximately half of state prison inmates report they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of their offence. 
  •  95% percent of untreated addicts die of their addiction.
  • The average person dies 26 years earlier than they would normally have. 
  • 40% of traffic deaths are alcohol related. 
  • Children of addicts and alcoholics are four times more likely to become addicts and alcoholics themselves than children of non-addicts 
  • Violent behavior attributed to alcohol use accounts for roughly 49% of murders, 52% of rapes, 21% of suicides and 60% of child abuse 
  • Rates of alcohol and drug addiction are highest among adults aged 18-29

We know that entering into a state run treatment program is a huge step to take and the commitment to treatment can seem overwhelming. Our counselors are here to help guide you to the right treatment center for your addiction. Entering into a treatment program will be the best decision you can ever make to handle your addiction problem. Our drug rehabilitation programs will change your outlook on life and even make you more successful. Do not wait until something adverse happens to commit to treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Give one of our counselors a call  1-800-819-9973 and let us help you or someone you love, enter into one of our many state funded drug rehab centers in your area. Help is just a phone call away. Our trained and certified counselors are here to assist you in finding the best solution to handle anyone’s Addiction to drugs or alcohol.