Sep 292014
 

In Slovakia, Miroslav Strnadova was charged with giving his baby crystal meth. The man admitted he did so and it was to stop the child from crying.

According to the Mirror, “The youngster was so severely brain damaged that doctors said he was left ‘clinically dead’ …

“…Miroslav was known locally as the Crocodile on the drug scene, with a reputation for being the best crystal meth cooker, and because of his bad temper and the fact that he was dangerous.”

 Posted by at 9:54 am
Aug 252014
 

The announcement that Robin Williams had passed away spread shock waves around the world. He was one of America’s favorite comedians and rightly regarded as a national treasure. His manic energy combined with his lighting fast wit and comedic timing made him unlike any comedian before or since. The world became a different and much funnier place when Williams burst onto the scene in the late 1970s and his passing left us with a big hole to fill in terms of his comedic genius.

However, as shocking as his death was, it could not be considered complete unexpected given his past, well-publicized struggles with depression, alcohol and drugs. Williams had developed a reputation early on in his “Mork & Mindy” days of being a hard partier which developed into addictions that would plague him off and on over the remainder of his lifetime.

The Beginning of Williams’ Career

In the late 1970s, Robin Williams burst onto the national scene thanks to his appearances on a short-lived revival of “Laugh-In”. While the show itself was cancelled fairly early, Williams’ manic energy and full throttle comedy caught the attention of ABC who quickly cast a guest appearance on “Happy Days” and then created “Mork & Mindy” around his talents.

Williams partied hard and quickly developed an addiction to cocaine and alcohol. It was in 1982 when Williams was greatly affected by the death of John Belushi who died from a combination of heroin and cocaine. Williams quit cocaine cold turkey along with alcohol and he remained sober for the next two decades. A big part of Williams’ stand-up routine was dedicated to his addictions and he shared his struggles with the world.

The Turn of the 21st Century

After over 20 years of being sober, Williams was riding high on his highly successful career which included four Oscar nominations and winning Best Supporting Actor for “Good Will Hunting”. However, in 2006 Williams admitted on an interview with “Good Morning America” that he had fallen off the wagon and he admitted himself to rehab for alcohol addiction. He stated that his returning to his old ways was very gradual and that it would be something to be mindful of for the rest of his life.

In 2009, Williams had heart surgery to replace his aortic valve, something that is common with those who abuse alcohol and drugs. In addition, Williams had a family history of heart disease and his doctor believed that his past abuse was not a contributing factor. Robin Williams admitted during his following live engagements that he was drawing his comedy from his “drinking, divorce and open heart surgery”.

By 2014, the illnesses that Williams had seemingly kept at bay came back into his life again when he checked into rehab in early July. Although he said it was precautionary, Williams had suffered a number of career setbacks with his TV series “The Crazy Ones” being cancelled, his movie, “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” going nowhere and the financial pressures of his two divorces putting him in deep trouble. Finally, it was revealed after his suicide that he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

For now, it appears that his death was attributable to a combination of factors, but his addictions certainly played a role in ending what was an absolutely extraordinary life.

 

External Related Link

http://www.ibtimes.com/robin-williams-drug-problems-alcohol-cocaine-addiction-punctuated-brilliant-actors-early-1655640

 

 Posted by at 8:32 am
Jul 152014
 

This may sound counterintuitive, but most addicts do actually grieve the loss of their addictions. What once comforted them and took up great parts of their lives is now gone. Of course not only do addicts grieve the loss of their addictions but what they have been losing out on because of their addictions.

According to Psyche Central, “Filled with doubts but motivated by hope, the recovering addict may be disappointed to find that they may feel even worse for a while. Having to face emotions that have long been repressed and take stock of the losses brought on by their addiction, the recovering addict may be filled with grief, anger and bitter regrets.

“Grief is a universal emotion that can arise any time a person loses someone or something they value. For many addicts, unresolved grief, loss or trauma contributed to the addiction, and those feelings get compounded in early recovery when the addict gives up drugs or alcohol and begins to see all that they’ve lost to their addiction.”

 

 Posted by at 3:34 pm
Jun 242014
 

It’s called “Businessman’s LSD” or “LSD on steroids” but Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is the drug of choice for many young users especially near college campuses. Made from mimosa root bark and solvents this hallucinogenic drug is replacing many other illicit substances in the Los Angeles, California area.

According to NBC News Los Angeles, “Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), extracted from the mimosa root bark, is a psychedelic compound that can produce brief, but vivid and powerful, hallucinations.

“DMT – known as the ‘Businessman’s LSD’ because of the short duration of the drug’s mind-altering effects – is smoked, ingested orally or injected, causing users to lose awareness of their surroundings, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Its active chemical is found in South American plants and the drug was featured in the 2010 movie, ‘DMT: The Spirit Molecule.’”

 

References

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/Busted-Drug-Lab-Produced-Businessmans-LSD/264332381

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Sherman-Way-Drug-Lab-Bust-Arrest-LAPD–264222391.html

 

 Posted by at 9:59 am
May 152014
 

Two prescription medications, naltrexone and acamprosate, which have been shown to be effective in treating alcoholism has been vastly under prescribed according to a recent study. One of the biggest hurdles has been to get the word out and educating doctors about their effectiveness.

According to the New York Times, “The medications, naltrexone and acamprosate, reduce cravings for alcohol by fine-tuning the brain’s chemical reward system. They have been approved for treating alcoholism for over a decade. But questions about their efficacy and a lack of awareness among doctors have resulted in the drugs’ being underused, the researchers said.

“Less than a third of all people with alcohol problems receive treatment of any kind, and less than 10 percent are prescribed medications. The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers provide coverage for substance abuse treatments and services, and addiction specialists expect to see increases this year in the number of people seeking help for alcoholism.

“George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said the new study should reassure doctors that naltrexone and acamprosate, while not silver bullets, can help many patients …

“… Historically, treatment for alcoholism and other addictions has been relegated to support groups, rehabilitation centers and similar programs, said Dr. Katharine A. Bradley, a senior investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. But that is beginning to change as more doctors view addiction as a chronic illness that should be treated in a health care setting …”

The mindset needs to change and doctors need to be aware so that thousands of people may be helped by this treatment.

 

 Posted by at 9:50 am
Apr 212014
 

In Costa Mesa, California a confessed Ecstasy dealer is going to prison. The dealer was nabbed after selling over 1,000 pills for $3 each.

According to the OC Weekly, “A 2009 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into massive sales of the party drug Ecstasy (or MDMA) in Costa Mesa near Orange Coast College resulted this month in a prison term of 46 months for one of the drug dealers.

“It’s not known what arguments Andrew Quoc Tran’s defense lawyer and Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Keenan made about punishment because U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney sealed the debate from public view.

“Tran, who has been free from custody on $30,000 bail, pleaded guilty in March 2010 to four criminal counts filed in a federal indictment.”

 Posted by at 4:15 pm
Mar 192014
 

It may be no secret that drug addiction knows no socio-economical boundaries. And this is once again validated with the arrest of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay recently.

According to the Indy Star, “Irsay was arrested for driving while under the influence and possession of a controlled substance, after being stopped late Sunday by police.

“In November 2002, Irsay admitted he had checked himself into an out-of-state rehabilitation facility after becoming dependent on prescription pain medications. That revelation came after his name was linked to a federal and local investigation involving possible prescription drug fraud by a local plastic surgeon.”

Irsay has talked about his painkiller addiction over the years in 2003, 2005 and as recently as 2012.
References

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2014/03/17/irsays-arrest-is-the-latest-glimpse-at-his-battle-with-addiction/6535507/

http://espn.go.com/blog/indianapolis-colts/post/_/id/4664/irsay-2012-interview-on-painkiller-addiction

 

 Posted by at 3:14 pm
Feb 102014
 

Critically-acclaimed actor dies from drug overdose.  That seems to be the common headline that has been circulating through the press and the media for decades – it seems as if the only thing that really changes about those particular types of headlines is the actual name of the actor involved. Sadly, the first major actor of 2014 was Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Hoffman had definitely played his share of dramatic and also comedic roles throughout his lengthy career on the big screen. However, the real-life role that he played when the cameras were off and the interviews were over was that of a major heroin addict and struggling alcoholic – addictions that eventually led to his untimely demise and unexpected death.

When Did It All Start?

According to an interview that was conducted on CBS for “60 Minutes” back in 2006, Hoffman admitted that his drug use originated during his college days of heavy partying back at New York University’s school for drama. That was the period of time in which he became very familiar within the ups and downs of both drugs and alcohol. However, he stated that he panicked for his life and checked into rehab shortly after graduation in order to break the habit and clean himself up permanently. Sadly, “permanently” did not last as long as he would’ve hoped.

A Continuous Struggle

Hoffman continuously struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout his adult life and Hollywood career, with him checking himself into rehab and detox centers numerous times. His most recent trip to rehab was in 2013 when he checked himself into a 10-day detox program for a prescription drug addiction that became the gateway to heroin. According to several reports and interviews conducted around that time, he had only started using heroin for about one week before he came to the realization that he needed to seek help immediately, which is what led him to rehab.

The Final Relapse

Even though it may have seemed as if Hoffman was doing great and improving his physical and mental health after he completed his detox program, he was clearly on the brink of breaking down and returning to his old habits for quite some time. Shortly before his death, footage of the actor appearing at local bars in Atlanta started to circulate. His body was even found with a needle in his arm, surrounding by close to 50 bags of heroin.

Philip Seymour Hoffman will be dearly missed, but hopefully his death will save the lives of other addicts that are still living and need help with this problem.

 

 Posted by at 9:31 am
Jan 132014
 

Wet counties have fewer meth labs and less methamphetamine use than dry counties according to Kentucky researchers at the University of Louisville. The researchers found that Kentucky could reduce the number of methamphetamine seizures by increasing the wet (alcohol is Okay) counties.

According to DecaturDaily.com, “So, to summarize, wet counties have fewer meth lab seizures than dry counties because they have fewer meth labs. They have fewer meth labs not because of pressure on supply but because of a lower demand for meth. And they have a lower demand for meth because alcohol, a substitute good, is easier and less expensive to obtain.”

 Posted by at 10:36 am
Dec 162013
 

Krokodil is an opiate with the scientific name desomorphine and is spreading across the United States at an alarming rate. Like all opiates, Krokodil stimulates the reward center of the brain and one big side effect of the drug is that it will cause users skin to rot away. It is estimated that 1 million people in Russia are addicted to Krokodil and now this drug has made it’s ways to U. S. shores.

According to CBS News, “More cases of Krokodil use are reportedly popping up around the United States, prompting some medical professionals to warn that the addictive, poisonous drug has reached American shores …

“It doesn’t help that the drug is easy to produce at home with codeine, gasoline, paint thinner and a few other ingredients. Codeine is sold over-the-counter in Russia, and addicts can easily purchase these items necessary to cook the drug.

“The finished product isn’t purified and may contain toxic substances left over from the cooking process, which cause tissue damage to the veins and flesh and can result in gangrene, or body tissue that rots and dies. The drug got its nickname — which means crocodile in Russian — for the green, scale-like spots abusers develop after shooting up. The average user dies within two to three years after starting to use the drug.”

 

 Posted by at 4:46 pm