With the burgeoning availability of the opioid-antidote naloxone, first-responders have a better chance of preventing fatal overdoses. While the Delray Beach Drug Task Force is pleased access to naloxone has increased, task force members are urging the public not to forgo medical treatment after its use.
We are pleased to announce that the Delray Beach Drug Task Force corporate partner, The Home Depot – Delray Beach, and the Home Depot Foundation has awarded a supply and labor grant to help update fixtures, repaint walls, redo gutters, repaint exterior, replace part of the vinyl floor, and add mulch for the landscape at The Crossroads Club. This grant includes supplies and labor.
In February, the task force will take its efforts of bringing groups together and sharing information to the next level by hosting SUD Talks. The SUD or Substance Use Disorder – talks are an idea-sharing series of 5- to 45-minute presentations focused on building integrated community models and addressing issues facing communities and professionals dealing with the substance-abuse issues.
There’s no question that a puff on an e-cigarette is less toxic than a puff on a regular cigarette. Studies have shown, however, that electronic cigarettes marketed as safer than regular cigarettes, deliver a mixture of toxic chemicals, including carcinogens, into the lungs. Scientists have begun to worry that teens might face harm from the nicotine and other substances in these products.
Through a grant from the Posner Foundation, Wayside House in Delray Beach will open the first Tina Posner Center for Career Excellence (Posner Career Center) that will help women recovering from substance abuse prepare for interviews, find and retain jobs, as well as assist them with future career goals, thus aiding in their returning to become productive, contributing members of the community.
The Delray Beach Drug Task force facilitates inter-agency and inter-county efforts to collaborate, share resources, and educate the community about the needs and successes of the recovery community. We work with different organizations in the county to implement guidelines that ensure the ethical treatment of this vulnerable population. We hope you will join us in our efforts to continue supporting ethical providers in the area.
Molly is not what it seems: it is no more pure or safe than Ecstasy. The DEA notes that it can cause confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems, and drug craving. To make matters worse, many powders are being sold as Molly but they do not contain any MDMA. Some of these powders being marketed as the popular drug are synthetic versions designed to imitate the drug’s effects.
Prescription drug addiction, like cocaine or heroin is a very expensive habit. Even though drugs like OxyContin and Xanax are prescribed by doctors they are every bit as capable of destroying an individual like any illegal street drug. The social, economic, physical and emotional effects of prescription drug abuse are the same as any illegal drug.
If you are a fan of celebrity news nearly every day you will hear about one of the rich and famous checking themselves into rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. For some celebrities like Amy Winehouse, Aerosmith Steven Tyler and guitar player Richie Sambora these visits to addiction treatment can be frequent and cost ungodly amounts of money. Some drug rehabs can cost up $100,000 a month. While their efforts to get sober should be commended one can’t help but think what an individual who does not have their financial means to go to treatment more than once.
Because some prescription medication is very similar to heroin it is not uncommon for someone’s addiction to start with prescription drugs and then progress to heroin. Both are psychologically and physiologically addicting and can result in severe withdrawals if the addicted does not have the drug in their system.
The U.S. government has recognized that drug addiction has changed drastically over the past few years. Now individuals who suffer from addiction are more apt to get their fix from going to their medicine cabinet as opposed to hitting the streets for illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin. In 2009, during the duration of one month more than 5 million Americans reported that they abused prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Xanax or Valium. The director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy states, “We believe there are two unique reasons for the growth in prescription drug abuse – easy accessibility to the drugs and the diminished perception of risk.”