Ohio is Helping Drug Offenders Receive Proper Treatment

Ohio is Helping Drug Offenders Receive Proper Treatment

When someone is addicted to drugs and happenes to get caught with the drugs on their person they usually get arrested. The first offense they might get a warning and community service hours, the second offense they would receive probation, and the last offense they are going to do jail time. Even after they serve their sentence they still might get the urge to use drugs when they are released. Officials think that it’s better if they just throw everyone in jail who has a problem with narcotics. If they want the rate for addiction to go down they must help them instead of locking them up all the time. If addicts get the help that they need we won’t have to worry about anyone buying the drugs. Columbus, Ohio knows that throwing every addict behind bars is not solving the drug addiction problem. If you are a non-violent offender they are looking for treatment for you. State officials have said that addiction leads to crime and crime leads to death or prison. In order to break the chain of addiction addicts officials must start cleaning their prisons. Jail is not getting rid of the addiction it’s just stalling it for a minute not solving the problem for good. Its easier to find help for offenders who time is less than 18 months even though they are not giving up on offenders with extra time, according to wdtn. Ohio is treating offenders not only when they are released but also when they are in custody. The 12.5 million dollars that they have received will help pay for the cost of...
A New App May Help Drug Addicts Stay Sober

A New App May Help Drug Addicts Stay Sober

Drug addiction is a terrible disease that can take over one’s body. Some people get tired of not being able to control themselves physically and mentally. Many try just leaving the drug alone, and typically suffer from a relapse as short as a week, or a day later. Those who are incarcerated because of their possession of illegal drugs go back to their old habits as soon as they finish their sentence. Some who enrolled into drug and alcohol addiction programs relapse without the proper care and preventative means to address the underlying problems of addiction. For many the frustrating disease of addiction is often viewed as inescapable. Maybe a new discovery can fix that whole problem. An intern at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has created an app to help drug addicts get clean and stay clean. The app is available 24/7 anytime you need it it’s right there on your cellphone screen. The way the app works is if a person is tempted to do a drug they can send text messages to family, and friends. Also is they feel like they can’t do it and want to quit they have other addicts’ stories who have also been in that same situation. The last thing the app offers is that it can track a recovering user’s mood and stress level, according to nbc4i. The new generation is based on technology and now that addicts can get the help they need anytime they want my pressing a key is really savvy. This app provides a way for addicts to stay connected with loved ones and people who have been down this pathway before....
Celebrity Drug Addiction: Columbus Short’s Addiction To Cocaine and Alcohol

Celebrity Drug Addiction: Columbus Short’s Addiction To Cocaine and Alcohol

Columbus Short is a well-known actor and singer. Most people know him as “DJ” in Stomp the Yard. In this movie Columbus Short and his brother, who is played by Chris Brown, hustle money by street dancing. One night Chris gets killed, and DJ’s parents send him away to live with his aunt and uncle who enroll him into college. While in college DJ joins a fraternity, and shows off his dancing skills. Columbus Short also had a major role in the movie This Christmas. In this movie he is one of six children in the Whitfield family. This year everyone comes home for Christmas. Short is an army man and sometimes that will create obstacles in this movie. When you look at Mr.Short you see a talented young man on the way to the top of the charts. Unfortunately, the recognized actor struggles with addiction, and stars in the lead role of his own real-life nightmare. Columbus Short finally revealed that he has been addicted to cocaine and alcohol. Recently the star was released from the hit show Scandal because of domestic abuse, and assault. Short says the reason why he decided to immerse himself into cocaine and alcohol is because he sought to balance his unstable feelings. Short worked a 16-hour work schedule, and tends to an energetic family. He said the cocaine and the alcohol numbed him. He states that the numbness took all the pain away and allowed him to get away from the stressful moments in his life. Short confies that when his friend committed suicide he felt like his world was coming to an end, according to...
Overcoming Overdose Is Easier Said than Done

Overcoming Overdose Is Easier Said than Done

Just knowing that a family member or friend is on drugs is heartbreaking. You try to find them the finest care, no matter the cost. Even though you want to see them get better, you have to painfully accept the disease of addiction can only be won when the person suffering from the affliction is ready to make the commitment of change. Months and months can go by without change. Someone with a drug and alcohol addiction can take years to understand the severity of their condition. Sometimes, it’s too late. It only takes one time to fatally overdose, and many people do before they’re able to reach out and get the help they need. You might start putting the blame on yourself saying, “I should’ve tried harder,” and “This is all my fault,” but really you have done all that you could- sometimes addiction wins, and that’s largely in part because of the stigma surrounding the disease, and the limited resources available for treatment. That’s what happened to Tracey Hermann. Her husband died from a drug overdose, brought on upon a mixture of more than four drugs. Tracey confided that her husband has been battling this addiction since he was 17 years old. One day they would have the perfect life other days everything would go wrong, according to The Gazette. Her husband was using drugs for over 24 years. Most say that drug addiction is a choice, and if drug and alcohol addicts want they can quit at any time they want. Drug addiction is a brain disease that causes a person to want the drug more and more, even though...
Massachusetts Encourages Heroin Addicts to Turn in Their Drugs without Penalty for Heroin Rehab

Massachusetts Encourages Heroin Addicts to Turn in Their Drugs without Penalty for Heroin Rehab

When police officer finds drugs on a person, or sees someone doing drugs, they make a lawful arrest and begin reading offenders their Miranda rights. The city of Gloucester has changed how their police officers will approach situations involving nonviolent drug offenders. In a radical new way of helping opiate abusers overcome their addictions, Gloucester will begin referring addicts to treatment as opposed to arresting them for possession and use in some cases. Those suffering from heroin use disorders may relinquish their drug related paraphernalia without penalty in exchange for a second chance at life. Officers will take addicts to emergency rooms while they search for treatment clinics to get them the help many go without. Only one out of ten people struggling with addiction will get the help they need. Since the renewal of the drug epidemic (specifically with heroin) has become a full scale national problem, law enforcement officials are starting to embrace the winds of change and try something new. This a good strategy that the police are using. A lot of users want to get help, but just don’t know where to start. When drug addicts think of police they think they want to put them away. But now they have changed the game plan and are actually trying to help them. Its time to stop judging these addicts, and actually get them the help that they need. By implementing similar polices cities and states begin to show addicts that we care- as opposed to throwing drug users in jail the first chance we get. Gloucester’s policy, which the Police Chief says “Is in effect indefinitely, also gives officers the discretion to refer addicts they...
Drug-Fueled Murderous Rampage in Columbus

Drug-Fueled Murderous Rampage in Columbus

A  man went into a drug-fueled rampage in 1995 who allegedly raped and stabbed his step daughter before beating in his wife’s skull with a baseball bat is facing death according to Ledger – Enquirer. The Supreme Court speculates Worsely’s marriage suffered from his inability to overcome his cocaine addiction. Because of it, his wife, Flora, left him after only four years of marriage. But they weren’t separated for long, and started talking again. In January 1995 he moved back in with her and her daughter. In February 1995, his wife stated she’d leave him if he kept using, and he said he’d kill her if she tried. A fight erupted over missing money from Flora’s purse =. Worsley claimed he had nothing to do with its dissapearance, but gave her some money anyway. At about 2 a.m. on March 7th, he got a butcher knife, went into (his stepdaughter’s) Bell’s bedroom, raped and stabbed her, according to Ledger-Enquier. She was 17. She had nine stab wounds and 11 slashes to her neck, and nine stab wounds to her chest and upper abdomen. Next, he left the house, bought cocaine, and smoked it. Once the sun came up Flora came home from work, Worsley hit her in the head with a baseball bat, and stabbed her once, according to Ledger. During his trial, defense attorneys called to the stand a psychologist who said that “Worsley suffered from a depression, came from an abusive and broken home, had an IQ of 78, read at a fourth-grade level, and had a seventh-grade grasp of math. The psychologist also said Johnnie Worsley likely suffered...

The Accessibility of Crack Cocaine & Kratom Pose Public Threat in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is known as a drug hub replete with the prevalence of crack cocaine and heroin. In 2013 Ohio was rated 12th among the nation in fatal overdose deaths. Relief does not appear to the forthcoming, as Ohio is experiencing a surge of a questionable substance called kratom. Kratom is currently legally sold as a herbal tea in local head shops. The sale of Kratom as a drug is prohibited, but unfortunately, that’s not preventing eager enthusiasts from doing so. In an undercover sting, police officers went to purchase kratom from a head shop, where the substance was pitched as a pain reliever and a sleep aid. The FDA has not sanctioned either of these claims. Kratom originates from Thailand, and has allegedly caused addictive penchants in Thai natives. When taken in small doses kratom acts as a stimulant, and in high doses, a depressant. There have been reports of kratom inducing symptoms similar to heroin withdrawal, including convulsions, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety. The DEA classifies the substance as “potentially harmful.” If things weren’t inauspicious enough, the prevalence of crack cocaine has not diminished over time. According to The Columbus Dispatch, a report has revealed that the availability of crack cocaine, black-tar heroin, opioid painkillers, and suboxone are the subjects of substance abuse and drug addiction. Black-tar heroin is selling consistently, as it is available inexpensively, as opposed to its prescription drug counterparts, Vicodin and Oxycontin. If not the most disheartening on the list is Suboxone, a drug synthetically synthesized to help heroin addicts recover in heroin rehab. Suboxone satisfies the biological urge for opiates, without inducing the...

New Research Brings Medicine One Step Closer to Furthering Cocaine Rehabilitation

The Daily Mail reports that Dutch researchers have isolated a protein, which happens to be a dopamine transporter, that could potentially revolutionize cocaine rehabilitation treatment. Presently, there are no synthetic medicines, like methadone (for opiate drugs) that are able to combat cocaine addiction directly. This new synthetic treatment would work similarly to methadone. Although, the same dangers of becoming addicted to the synthetic medicine may be a shared risk between methadone treatments and the new cocaine drug (not yet created). Associate professor Claus Juul Loland who works in the department of neuroscience and pharmacology warned that the new medicine would not be a “wonder drug” and would not prove effective without cocaine rehabilitation treatment. he says, “if we have a better understanding of the dopamine transporter function we will become more proficient in developing an antidote against cocaine addiction.” The medication in development would seek to inhibit the high drug users would experience upon taking the illegal substance, much like methadone. Working like a vortex, the medication would block any sense of fulfillment or reward that cocaine would typically induce. Conversely, the proposed drug would not address the psychological dependance of cocaine; cocaine rehabilitation treatment would need to be coupled with the administration with the new drug to avoid relapses after rehabilitation treatment. This medication is similar to the heroin and methamphetamine vaccine that is still awaiting funding- although both synthetic medicines attempt to resolve drug abuse, neither project has had the opportunity to fully manifest...