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A community affair: Drug wars

9/12/2016

These are not false truths: Lives matter. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Drugs kill.

Here are some recent headlines:

“Cincinnati had 78 overdoses in two days.” (Salem News, 8-28-2016)

“Accidental overdoses killed 8 people a day in Ohio last year.” (Salem News, 8-27-2016)

“Ohio County Seeks Federal Help to Deal with Fentanyl Crisis,” (Wall Street Journal)

“China’s role in U.S. Opioid Crisis,” (Wall Street Journal, 6-23-2016)

“Counterfeit Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl: A Global Crisis” (DEA Intelligence Brief, July 2016)

The actual number of fentanyl-related deaths in Ohio in 2015 was 3,050. You may think it doesn’t affect you, but compare that number to just three years earlier, 2012, when fentanyl-related deaths in the state numbered 75. Now what do you think. Could it happen in your family?

At the end of every Family Recovery Center article you read, “FRC promotes the well-being of individuals, families and communities. FRC has an education department that goes into the schools to educate children about the risks of substance abuse. The other part of this concept is that this epidemic calls every community, family, individual and school to work together to prevent, intervene early, make the best treatments available to more people and assure to life-saving procedures to prevent overdose and death.

The article that appeared in the 8-27 issue of Salem News states, “Ohio has been among the states hardest hit by the overdose epidemic. Fentanyl overdose deaths spiked so quickly last year that scientists with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention visited the state to study the problem.”

And, “Ohio emergency medical personnel last year administered nearly 19,800 doses of naloxone…” Naloxone is the antidote for heroin overdose that is saving some lives.

Recently, a recovering addict explained that addiction becomes your life to the exclusion of everyone and everything around you. You will do anything for your addiction. To put this into perspective, look at the crisis in Cincinnati, “78 overdoses in two days.” And consider this, “A sprinkle of 2 milligrams – the weight of about six grains of salt – can be lethal and kill so quickly that first responders frequently find users with the needles still stuck in their arms.” (One Family’s Ordeal With Fentanyl, Wall Street Journal, May 14-15, 2016).

Where is it coming from? The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) published an intelligence brief in July to explain this epidemic:

“Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills, some containing deadly amounts of fentanyls a have been introduced into U.S. drug markets, exacerbating the fentanyl and opioid crisis. The sudden arrival of wholesale amounts of counterfeit prescription drugs containing fentanyls will result in an increase in overdoses, deaths, and opiate-dependent individuals. Motivated by enormous profit potential, traffickers exploit high consumer demand for prescription medications by producing inexpensive, fraudulent prescription pills containing fentanyls. The equipment and materials necessary to produce these counterfeit drugs are widely available online for a small initial investment, greatly reducing the barrier of entry into production for small-scale drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) and individual players.
In addition, small-scale fentanyl production laboratories have been identified in the United States and Canada, and fentanyl production and milling laboratories are believed to be operating in Mexico, indicating a vast expansion of the traditional illicit fentanyl market.” You can read the full report here: https://www.dea.gov/docs/Counterfeit%20Prescription%20Pills.pdf.

Family Recovery Center promotes the well being of individuals, families and communities with education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related behavioral issues. For more information contact FRC at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or e-mail, info@familyrecovery.org.


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