Addiction Taints Even Americas Best of the Best

 

 

opiatesnomomre.wordpress.com- We all know that the United States militarily has Elite Units in which honor and valor are their top priorities. The Army has the Rangers, The Air force has the Special Operations unit, and the Navy has the Elite Navy Seals. These top units are the best of the best in our line of defense against the world’s evils. Surprising as it may be to hear, the respected Navy SEALS are currently speaking out publicly about a previously unknown Drug Abuse problem within their units.

 

Three Navy NEAL’s, all in different points within their careers, spoke to David Martin of CBS NEWS on camera April 11, 2017, under the condition of anonymity, with both disguised faces and voices. The SEALS were concerned about backlash.

 

One of the SEALs speaks out saying, “I’m sitting in this chair because I’m not proud anymore to be in the community because of the direction that it’s going.”

 

Another SEAL shares that, “People that we know of, that we hear about have tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy.” “That’s a problem.”

 

When asked by reporters how prevalent drug use is in SEAL teams the answer in that, “It’s growing.” , “The Drug Use, it’s growing,” a SEAL reports.

 

An undisclosed email from the end of last year shows that the Navy SEALs stopped all training and an ordered safety stand-down was issued due to the problem of Drug Abuse within the SEAL units.

 

Capt Jamie Sands, of the 900 SEALs on the East Coast commanding officer states,

“I feel like I’m watching our foundation, our culture erode in front of our eyes.”

 

In only 90 days as the Commanding officer, Capt. Sands, has seen five Navy SEALs booted off of teams due to Drug Use.

 

“I feel betrayed.” “How do you do that to us? How do you decide that it’s okay for you to do Drugs?” Sands shared.

 

All SEALs that are under his command were required to attend a meeting held on the Drug Problem. Those that could not attend were instructed to watch online. A “Clipped” version of the video was sent to CBS after a request was made.

 

Introducing Sands was his chief of staff who spoke to what he called a “staggering” amount of Drug Use cases pointing to the Navy Special Operations unit of having the highest amount of drug use incidences than any other section of the fleet.

 

One SEAL told CBS News that “It’s a population that is supposed to be elite performers, all with classifications, to where they have national security information and responsibilities.” “That’s dangerous to my teammates.”

Another SEAL stated his concern about possibly working with a team member who is under the influence of Drugs, saying, “if we need your ability, I don’t need to be in the back of my mind thinking that, OK, can I really trust this guy? Is he 100% going to cover my back?”

 

The Naval Special Warfare Commander Admiral Timothy Szymanski concurred in a correspondence with CBS NEWS, stating,

‘Anything above zero [tolerence] represents a disturbing trend for this elite force, [or unit.]”

 

So are Navy SEALs taking Drugs because of the stress involved in high-risk operations? Not according to Capt. Sands.

 

“They think it was OK, [using drugs,] because they’ve seen other people do it.”

“They think [that] their teammates won’t turn them in. They [also] think it’s kind of the cool thing to do, but they think it’s OK,” Sands reports.

 

Any SEAL who turns in his own “brothers,” does so at high risk to himself.

 

“You stand up for what’s right, and you get blackballed, or driven out,” One of the SEALS pointed out.

 

A separate SEAL acknowledged the comment, stating that “It’s a career killer,” to turn in another SEAL.

 

All active duty military personnel, including Special Operations members, are held to a random urine screening policy. Unfortunately, though history has shown that most personal are not held to this policy when away from their bases, or deployed. Their individual skill sets make them very important assets. Because of this, they spend most of their time away from their base. Several SEAL’s currently on active duty status mentioned that they had not been asked to provide a urine sample in years.

 

The Commander called a mandatory meeting to confront the drug problem. It seems like he is doing something about this problem. One of the SEALs interviewed stated that “it has gotten to the point where he had to deal with it.”

“We’re going to [urine] test on the road.” “We’re going to test on deployment. If you do drugs, if you decide to be that selfish individual, [who uses drugs,] which I don’t think anyone’s going to do after today. I believe that. Then you will be caught,” Capt. Sands said in the video.

 

Another SEAL admitted, “I hope he’s somebody that we can rally behind and hold people accountable, but I’m not sure at this point.”

 

When the safety stand down was called, every SEAL had to provide a urine sample for drug screening. One which had been found with cocaine in his system a few months ago had failed this drug screen for prescription pills. This individual is being booted from the SEALs.

 

It seems as though a first failed urinalysis results in a warning, whereas the second resuexpulsionpultion, however, this is just specullation on my part. I believe that each case is addressed differently. When one of the SEALs who was present at the meeting was asked if CBS NEWS could speak with him again, he stated that “[Yes,] We need help.”

 

I wonder if there is any assistance for any active duty personal who are fighting a drug abuse problem?

I know that simply giving a warning, then expelling them is not the answer. These people have invested to much time, and the government has invested to much money into these individuals. Consertive invested amounts say around $200,000 dollars. Others say it takes upwards of several million dollars to create or train a navy SEAL. We simply cannot waste these taxpayer dollars. Financial reasons aside, these are people. We need to help these SEALs, not expell them.

 

Source- http://www.cbsnews.com/news/navy-seal-drug-use-staggering-investigation-finds/

Picture credit to: popularmilitary.com

Opioid addictions “Highs” and “Lows”

Opioids, whether a legal prescription or street heroin are very highly addictive. Heroin an illegal opioid is very becoming The United States most abused opioid. Created from morphine which is found in opium it is a substance which is removed from the seedpod of the poppy.

 

Heroin is often purchased as a white or brown colored powder. “Black Tar” is also a form of heroin, which is the dirtiest, a sticky black substance. A stronger purity of heroin is quickly becoming more widespread, however, most street heroin is cut with things like starch, quinine, sugar, or powdered milk. Black tar is the most dangerous;s type of heroin, especially when injected.

 

Strychnine and other poisons have been found to be present in street heroin. Addicts addicted to heroin have no idea of either the heroin’s potency or the real contents of the drug in which they are most times injecting. This puts a higher risk of overdose or death on heroin addicts compared to other opioid addicted addicts. Heroin addicts also are at a higher risk of blood-borne illness or diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B due to injecting and sharing dirty needles.

 

An Opioid “High”

Compared to other illegal drugs like cocaine or meth, heroin is less recreationally and more often is used to self-medicate a pain and or emotionally related issue. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) extreme daily ache and pains, or a socially and financially deprived background are usually indicators or reasons to become addicted.

Taking heroin on a regular basis can make changes in thought processes, changes in feelings and changes in emotions.  Most addicts experience extreme relief from suffering emotional, physical, and psychological issues when taking heroin or opioids. Probably why the terrible possible consequences of heroin and or opioid abuse, are not considered. Euphoria and satisfaction are feelings addicts will receive after taking the drug. This is especially enticing for people who have nervous tendencies or social and other anxiety. Some addicts claim a feeling of warmth and security is provided by heroin or opioid use, the truth is security is never provided to an individual by any drug use. Heroin is very effective in combating physical pain. People with lower pain tolerances or have a chronic illness may have a higher tendency to become addicted.

 

Withdrawal from opioids

Most anybody who becomes addicted to heroin can expect to experience severe withdrawal symptoms when the drug isn’t available. Symptoms of opioid withdrawal can increase in severity depending on the amount of use and frequency of use for an individual addict. “Dope Sickness,” or withdrawal symptoms can begin from 6-12 hours from last dose and peak between 1 and 3 days subtly subsiding over the course of the following 5-7 days. Addicts in some cases have experienced opioid withdrawal symptoms for up to weeks or months after use has subsided. Long lasting withdrawal is called “Acute Withdrawl syndrome.”

Heroin doesn’t tend to hang around very long once acquired by an addict. An addict may have already taken enough of the drug to not be dope sick, but will still have cravings leading to more use of the drug.

Big Pharma Perdue Fights OxyContin Addiction With IPhone App

March 31, 2017, C. Spinney opiatesnomore.wordpress.com- Big Pharma has taken a lot of hits in being suspected of major moves contributing to the massive Opioid Epidemic now facing America. The Pharma giant’s 1990’s era marketing push for the then branded low addictive possibility drug, is being blamed for the over 165,000 prescription painkiller overdoses in 1999 America. Recent findings are showing huge increases in heroin use and opioid addiction, especially in young white American males.

Can a huge Pharma entity curb the problem that it has had such a huge part in creating an app?

Pharma giant Perdue is partnering up with Geisinger Health System of Pennsylvania to try and find out just that. The OxyContin producer has sponsored a study using the digital information;n from an Apple and iPhone app. In the app chronic pain suffers will log in symptoms.

With this information, Doctors can monitor and better understand patients and their diseases so they may better prescribe dangerously addictive pain meds only when necessary.

Some believe this is just a push for Perdue to gain some positive press.

“I’m sure [Purdue is] looking for some positive press out of this, [so they can] say, ‘We’re trying to make things better,'” Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School professor Robert Jamison told BuzzFeed News.

Claiming nothing but the purest of intentions, Purdue affirms the halo around their head is none other than an honest attempt at helping to curb this health crisis. Perdue in the past has paid for drug monitoring programs aimed at helping doctors better see the risks of addiction in certain patients.

Perdue isn’t alone. Other big Pharma and insurance companies have made a recent push into helping with the current opioid addiction epidemic. New narcotic painkiller-dispensing ideas, as well as opioid alternative treatments, exist to help curb the battle.

 

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Source: http://fortune.com/2017/03/30/purdue-apple-iphone-opioid-app/

Addiction Grips America Tighter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (opiatesnomore.wordpress.com) — White America is targeted hard by the current opioid epidemic. A Study shows young white males are hit hardest by latest addiction trend.

 

Some blame doctors for the over prescribing of extremely addictive narcotics, legal with just a prescription. Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin are among the most common. More than likely contributing to the escalating drug epidemic facing not only our country but more importantly our youth.

President Trump has even decided to get on board with fighting this issue. Forming a commission charged with investigating the nationwide epidemic. Trump placed Gov Chris Christie as the chairman of said committee. Richard Baum was also appointed to be the acting director of the National Drug Control Policy center.

It has been estimated that 78 people die every day in the United States due to opioid-related overdoses. The CDC claimed a record 33,000 Americans died of an opioid-related cause in 2015.

The surge in addiction-related death has been recorded by a study run by Columbia University. The increase in addiction is seen mostly in the disadvantaged according to the study.

“While heroin use is now more widespread among individuals of all social classes and among those with stronger bonds to social institutions, relative increases in heroin use and use disorder across time were greater among less educated and poorer individuals,” Dr. Silvia Martins professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia, NYC.

The increase in the prevalence of heroin is related to the prescription opioid epidemic, as people transition from painkillers to heroin, Martins explained. It is also related to availability, lower cost and the dangerous characteristics of heroin sold today.

“There is more heroin laced with fentanyl [a powerful synthetic narcotic] than in the past,” Martins noted.

Use among whites has doubled in ten years whereas use among non-whites has increased roughly half that.

It’s estimated that about 80 percent of heroin users transitioned from prescription opioids, Martins added.

 

Research findings have been published online March 29 in the JAMA Psychiatry journal.

 

To curb the heroin epidemic — particularly among younger adults — prevention and intervention efforts may be most effective, including access to medication-assisted programs and overdose prevention programs, Martins suggested.

 

This historical analysis of the heroin crisis was offered: “The root causes of this sea change were triggered by two reports that opioids are safe for long-term management of non-cancer pain.”

 

After these two papers were published, in 1980 and 1986, pressure from pain patients, financial interests, and pain societies led to the designation of pain as the fifth vital sign, she explained.

 

“We now have a vast increase in lamentable, preventable opioid addiction and overdose deaths not seen in our history,” Madras said.

 

It doesn’t matter if an addictive drug is a legal medicine or an illicit drug, she pointed out. “This crisis has reinforced the view that reducing supply and demand are essential to national drug control policies,” she said.

“There is a dire need for a national, effective campaign specific for different populations — such as the public, patients, and physicians — on the life-threatening hazards of opioid-induced addiction and overdose and street heroin/fentanyl,” Madras said.

“We must not lose any more people, many in the prime of their lives, to drug overdoses,” she stated.

 

 

SOURCES:https://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/heroin-news-755/heroin-epidemic-expands-its-grip-on-america-721109.html

Silvia Martins, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City; Bertha K. Madras, Ph.D., professor, psychobiology, department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass.; March 29, 2017, JAMA Psychiatry, online

Mexican Cartels are taking over the US Heroin Drug Market

According to a story by Christopher Woody of the web site Business Insider Mexican Heroin is taking over the drug market.
Heroin is produced in four major areas of the world. Mexico, South America, Southwest Asia, and Southeast Asia. All sources product can be found somewhere in the United States.
The DEA writes in it’s 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment that “Mexico is the predominant source of heroin in the United States.”
Columbia is the main producer of heroin in South America which ranks second only to Mexico in regards to the heroin found in the United States.
“Mexico and, to a lesser extent, Columbia dominate the U.S. heroin market because of their proximity, established transportation and distribution infrastructure, and ability to satisfy heroin demand in the United States,” DEA reports.
Everywhere in the United States reports more heroin available in 2016 than previously. In 2012 The DEA says that Mexican Cartels dominated 50% of the heroin drug market. The Mexican Cartels expanded that market share to 80% in 2014.
Guerrero state located on Mexico’s southwest coast is a major opium producer tucked far away from any government control.

House passes $1 Billion to fight opioid epidemic in DC

Congress has passed an initiative to finally fund the opioid crisis.
The 21st century cures act has been passed by the house 392 to 26.
In this budget of over $6 billion dedicated to healthcare $1 billion is designated to fight this opioid abuse epidemic. Now how this will translate to helping addict’s and soon is yet to be seen. At the very least the monies have been approved. I hope some of it is appropriated to prevention. Focusing on our youth is key to ending this epidemic for good. Kids are being hooked on very hard drugs at a younger and younger age due to the fact that their parents are hooked on drugs as well.
The bright side is we have funding. It is up to us as taxpayers to make sure the funds are not squandered on useless initiatives.

Heroin addict’s must “Recover from life”

Heroin or opioid Addiction Recovery is more than just quitting drugs. Recovery from drug abuse is a lot like recovery from life. From a life of Ill willed behavior and self gratification.
Most opioid addict’s became addicted for universal reasons.
The most basic of those is to escape. Drugs and alcohol enable the user to escape from their lives at that moment. Not just mentally, but physically and spiritually as well. The need to escape begs the question,”Escaping from what?”

The answer to that is the million dollar question. For most it is pain.

Physical pain.
Emotional pain.
Spiritual pain.
Drugs enable a temporary escape from all the pain that we here as human beings now endure.
Usually the drug use ends up causing more pain, intern begging more escape.
It’s a vicious hamster wheel that once spinning is very hard to even realize your on, never mind stopping the spinning and getting off of the ride.
This is why recovery is so important to do right. Just quitting the drug isn’t enough. If that is all that someone does, relapse is certain to be imminent.
Recovery from drug abuse is a process of learning how to live correctly. This is why 12 step meetings are so important to an addict in early recovery. The addict Learns how to live right here.
How to act, how to talk, and even how to be responsible. Heroin and opioid addiction is a lot like alcoholism in that during addiction most suffering don’t even realize what they are doing not only to themselves, but the people close to them. Family. Friends. If they do realize what they are doing to their loved ones they either can’t or won’t stop.
Sometimes the correct behavior of a responsible adult has never been taught to the person as a child.
This is why long term recovery is crucially a life learning process.
If we don’t learn new behaviors and new coping techniques then we are simply doomed to slide back to old habits.

 

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