Archive for August, 2015

Above the Water Line: Katrina Remembered

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
It started like any other Sunday morning. But unlike all the Sunday mornings before, within 24 hours, Katrina, a category 5 hurricane with winds of 175 miles per hour, took aim at the Crescent City.

Hurricane Katrina, a category 5 storm with winds of 175 miles per hour, took aim at the Crescent City in August 2005.

For those of us who grew up in the Greater New Orleans area, we can count on the facts that the Mississippi River will rise again and powerful hurricanes will once again strike our shores. But we can also count on the fact that when faced with adversity, the people from this area will always rise to the occasion.

To us, life is all about faith, family, football, and food.

We know how to laugh.
We know how to love.
We know how to cry.

To sum it up, we know how to live. And more importantly, we know when something threatens who we are, we will show them who we are. No matter what we face. No matter how bad it gets. Be it from nature or manmade. We won’t give up. We won’t surrender. We will always rebuild bigger, better, and stronger.

Together, we will rise above the waterline. Together, we will make a difference.

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Marijuana: A Rising Concern in Today’s Classrooms

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

SPECIAL BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE

National Survey:  More Students Using POT

In the 50s and 60s, student problems were chewing gum, talking in the classroom and smoking in the bathroom. Now, just a few decades later, teachers are barely concerned about a hidden cigarette or stick of gum. Instead, they are now frightened about the concealed gun, joint or illegal drugs.

In fact, marijuana use among middle school students has slowly increased in the past decade while their perception of the dangers associated with smoking pot has decreased, according to a survey conducted by NIDA. The decline in perceived risks is attributed to the overall relaxation to the social opposition of marijuana use and the legalization of the drug in some states.

In addition, the 2013 survey indicated the number of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students who reported using an illegal drug during their lifetime increase by 1.7 percent from 2012. The numbers went from 34.1 to 35.8 in 2013.

As usual, the most frequently useYouth Drug and Alchold illegal drug was marijuana. Almost one-third (32 percent) of the over 42,000 surveyed reported having used the drug during their lifetime. Use of marijuana among the students has risen by 16.7 percent, from 21.5 percent to 25.8 percent, over the past 5 years.

Despite the disturbing data regarding marijuana usage, the survey offered encouraging news regarding adolescent drug abuse. According to the survey, the decade long trend of decreasing usage of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin again fell slightly.

 

More Children Exposed to POT

More children under the age of 5 suffered the adverse effects from being exposed to marijuana in states where it is legal for medical or recreational use, according to a recent study conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This increased exposure was attributed to marijuana infused edible products such as brownies and cookies, which contain high levels of THC – the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The study found that after legalization, the annual rate for increased marijuana exposure is 16 percent among children age 5 and under. This is much higher than the national average annual increased rate of about 10 percent as reported by the National Poison Database System.

More than 18 percent of the young children who were exposed to marijuana (obtain mostly from state-licensed stores) were hospitalized. Their conditions ranged from being in a coma to decreased breathing or seizures, according to the study.

In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Since then, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia have also adopted recreational use marijuana laws. There are currently twenty-tree states plus Washington DC that have medical marijuana programs.

Edible Marijuana Product Linked to Death

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, ND: An autopsy has linked the 2014 death of a Colorado man to THC intoxication, after he consumed just one marijuana infused cookie. According to police, although the man died from trauma after jumping from a fourth floor balcony, the autopsy found marijuana intoxication as the chief contributing factor.

Due to the potency (65 mg of THC per cookie) the buyer was instructed by the Colorado state-licensed Marijuana Store to divide each cookie into six pieces and to eat one serving over a long period of time. However, the dead man’s friend, who bought the cookie, told police the decedent ate the entire cookie within one hour causing him to exhibit erratic speech and hostile behavior which lead to him jumping off the fourth floor balcony.

Since the body absorbs digested THC slower than smoked, users may not experience the full effects for some time, generally one to two hours following ingestion. This delayed reaction often results in the users consuming multiple servings over a short time. This leads to a higher THC concentration, greater intoxication and increased risk for adverse behavior due to the psychological impact.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports an estimated 45% of Colorado’s marijuana sales involve edible marijuana, including THC-infuse food, drink and pills. Police reported that the decedent had no known history of alcohol abuse, marijuana use,illicit drug use or mental illness.

CONCLUSION:
This tragic event proves the psychological dangers caused by the use of recreational edible marijuana from products sold in Colorado’s state-licensed stores, which opened in January 2014. Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational use of THC in 2012.

Painkillers – Fueling Heroin Epidemic

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

GRAND FORKS, ND – During the period from 2002 to 2013, deaths in the United States from heroin overdose has quadrupled while its addiction rate increased by 286 percent, according to a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The survey revealed that usage was not confined to a specific segment of the population. The data indicated that heroin use was up among men and women, young and old, and poor and rich. However, the greatest increase occurred for people who abused an opioid painkiller such as oxycodone, OxyContin, Vicodin or codeine.

According to Jenifer J. Brown, PhD, heroin use is part of a larger substance abuse problem. In fact, nearly all people who use heroin, which is a highly addictive opioid drug with a high risk of overdose and death, also used at least one other drug.

Brown states that people who are addicted to alcohol are two times more likely to be addicted to heroin at some time in their lives. Marijuana addiction has a three time chance while cocaine addicts are fifteen times more likely to have a heroin problem. However, those with the greatest chance to become a heroin addict are people who are addicted to Rx opioid painkillers. In fact, the risk is 40 times greater.

For a heroin addict, recovery is a life-long process. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had been clean for 23 years before he relapsed in 2013, and died from an apparent overdose.

The CDC’s Three Action Steps to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones from Heroin Addiction and Death

PREVENTION – Cut back on prescription opioid painkiller abuse by identifying people with the highest potential for becoming dependent.

GET TREATMENT – The CDC recommends accessing medication-assisted treatment or MAT – a combination of counseling, behavioral therapy and drugs like methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone.

OVERDOSE RESPONSE – According to the CDC, naloxone, if delivered in time, can counter an opioid overdose and can save a life.

Source: CDC Vitalsigns, July 2015