Author: Shernide Delva
According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Meth lab injuries are on the rise.
Unlike drugs that come from plants like Marijuana and Cocaine, Meth is made from other chemicals often in makeshift home laboratories. Fires, explosions, injuries and environmental contamination can occur in these labs putting the public at risk.
Data collected from five states — Louisiana, Oregon, Utah, New York, and Wisconsin have shown that meth related chemical incidents have increased from 2001 to 2004 when the drug reemerged in popularity.
There was a decline from 2005 to 2007 as lawmaker’s limited access to the drugs needed to make meth. From 2001 to 2012, there were a total of 1325 meth-related chemical incidents. The most common reported injuries were respiratory irritation, burns, eye irritation, and skin irritation.
Recent Meth Lab Injuries:
- In Eastern Wisconsin, a 35 year old man was treated for burn injuries after investigators say was a meth lab explosion.
- In Louisiana, a woman was seriously injured in what investigators determined was a “rolling meth lab fire. “
- In Daytona Beach, Florida, an 8 month old and four adults were injured when a meth lab exploded early this year.
- Last month, an explosion in Maryland was blamed on a meth lab established in a government building. A federal security officer who was injured was blamed and charged in the case. The officer resigned his position a day after the explosion.
The CDC stated the new method of making meth called the “shake-and-bake” method is the reason for the increasing injuries being reported. The “shake-and-bake” method involved shaking chemicals in a 2-liter plastic bottle. The bottle can frequently burst causing burns and injuries.
Law enforcement officials make up a large percentage of meth-related injuries. Forty-two law enforcement officials were injured in meth lab injuries. The most common injury is respiratory irritation.
To reduce injury, researchers suggest law enforcement officials increase training in order to recognize risk as well as using personal protective equipment. Researchers cautioned that a state-by-state approach to meth production may not be effective.
For example, in 2010, Mississippi introduced “prescription-only” laws for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. While the law resulted in fewer meth labs seized in Mississippi, meth related incidents increased in neighboring state Louisiana.
Dangers lurk even after the meth lab is closed down because people can still come in contact with the leftover hazardous materials.
“Employees working as cleanup contractors, or in housekeeping, patient intake and other high-risk occupations should be alerted to the dangers,” the study authors said.
The implementing laws limiting access to the meth chemicals tracking people buying the chemicals with electronic monitoring, and maintaining a database of the offenders.
The study concludes by noting that public health is urgently needed to protect those who are most injured in meth incidents children and law enforcement officials.
Meth labs are seriously dangerous to the general public. Because of the increasing popularity of meth use, meth lab injuries are on the rise. The hope is that new policies are implemented that prevent these incidents. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
Author: Justin Mckibben
Mindfulness meditation has been practiced by Buddhists for thousands of years, and cultivating mindfulness is often considered the key to overcoming suffering and recognizing the natural wisdom of both ourselves and others. It is typically sought through the practice of meditation, and mindfulness meditation is unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are, but it helps us become aware of what is already true moment by beautiful moment.
In this modern age of electronic stimulation and digital distractions many would believe these ancient practices would be lost in the clutter of social media and constant connection to the online world. But it seems that meditation is having an unlikely moment of trendiness.
In fact it has become so popular that it’s the focus of a new app designed to help establish what it describes as ‘meditation made simple.’
Healing with Headspace
The new meditation app has been cleverly called Headspace and it claims by emphasizing attention on the present moment a regular mindfulness practice achieved through meditation is an effective treatment for various everyday concerns including:
As much as most would look at this kind of claim and label it some half-baked pseudoscientific sales pitch, there is actually quite a bit of scientific evidence that some of these claims are very authentic.
The site claims that 163 different scientific studies have shown mindfulness meditation practices have a positive effect on people struggling with anxiety disorders, with 90% of people with stress levels reaching clinical anxiety issues experiencing a significant decrease in their anxiety while meditating.
The sites main page also makes the boast that according to neuroscientists, meditation actually allows the brain to reshape itself without you even knowing.
Specifically they say neuroscientists have found practitioners had structural changes in the anterior cingulate cortex, which is a part of the brain involved in monitoring our focus and self-control, and they saw this after just 11 hours of meditation (not all at once, but all together).
The Headspace Program
The first step the app developers explain in their tutorial video is a 10 day trial program where you are taught the basics of meditation with daily sessions set for 10 minutes.
Once someone chooses to subscribe to the rest of the program, they are given access to “hundreds of hours of original Headspace content” which is said to include:
- Guided meditation exercises lasting from 2 minutes to 1 hour
- Special meditation series collection for specific areas of focus
- S.O.S. feature for quick moments of meditations in case of emergencies
The app also comes loaded with other helpful features to try and provide incentive for continued meditation and mindfulness such as:
- Tracking progress and stats
- Connecting with friends on their profiles
- Bonus points for meditating several days in a row
One other awesome thing that the Headspace site has committed to is that for every subscription purchased, they will donate one to someone in need. For me that seems like a pretty cool selling point. The fact a tool that develops mindfulness and promotes better mental health would add in some charitable action and help those who could benefit but can’t afford it seems like a pretty self-aware attribute in my opinion.
So far it seems Andy Puddicombe, the man behind this exciting new app, has now become a global phenomenon with his invention being valued at a worth of £25 million. Andy himself narrates the app, and so far it has been downloaded by people in 150 different countries and even has an army of celebrity devotees including Emma Watson and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Any Puddicombe is a man who says he did everything from teach English in Russia to work as a videographer on a cruise ship to sustain himself financially for 10 years while training to become a Buddhist monk, and now he has turned one of his greatest passions into a million dollar idea that is helping people all over the world.
Meditation can reshape and reform the mind in the most incredible and cathartic ways, and it is often one of the best medicines for people in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. While we can a get long lasting benefits from meditation and mindfulness, but sometimes the recovering addict or alcoholic overlooks the usefulness of this practice.
Now you have the option of combining your love for all things smartphone with a spiritual practice that changes lives.
Being mindful is just a piece of the intricate puzzle that puts us back together once we have survived our addiction, and the whole process starts with the willingness to change. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
Author: Justin Mckibben
There is no doubt most people have already heard or read something about how the FDA recently approved the powerful opiate painkiller OxyContin to be prescribed and administered to children as young as 11 years old. This decision of course has been met with seething caldrons of concern and uproar as people are still living in the turmoil created by prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic it has helped create.
Well in efforts to curb the shock-wave of distress from citizens about what this will do to the ever-progressing opiate addiction problem New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced an agreement with Stamford-based Purdue Pharma to restrict its opioid marketing efforts.
Purdue Pharma Pill Problems
OxyContin is the brand name for a potent oxycodone pill distributed by Purdue Pharma that initially caused quite a bit of problems for the company back in 2007 when a huge trial aired out the reality that despite their claims the drug did not have a high risk of abuse or addiction there were scores of addicts and drug abusers created by this medication.
Purdue then had to pay out $635 million in criminal fines after pleading guilty to false marketing charges after scores of reports had been pouring in of patients becoming addicted to this potent pain medication.
Purdue also had to pony-up and put some money down. Part of the settlement required Purdue Pharma pay $75,000 in penalties and costs.
Changing a Bad Business
Schneiderman, in a prepared statement, said Purdue Pharma agreed to “important business practice changes” to help avoid issues with over-prescription and to help in fighting against the opiate epidemic. Schneiderman said:
“Over the past two decades, New York has experienced a sharp increase in opioid addiction and that has coincided with the substantially increased sale of oxycodone. The public health crisis created by opioid overprescribing in New York remains pervasive and extremely dangerous. My office will work to ensure that prescription drugs are marketed and prescribed responsibly — and that consumers get the information they need about the risks of addiction to painkillers.”
Between the 1990s and 2011
- Prescriptions of oxycodone more than doubled in the U.S.
- Sales of the OxyContin were multiplied more than 10 times the rate in the 1990s
Between 2008 and 2011
- OxyContin accounted for approximately 10% of the total oxycodone prescriptions in the state of New York
- According to theNew York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions filled by New York City residents increased by 31%
- 2008 there were approximately 1.6 million
- 2011 there were approximately 2.2 million
- Oxycodone accounting for 53% of those prescriptions
Between 1997 and 2011, there was also a sharp increase in the prevalence of opioid addiction, which in turn has been associated with a rise in overdose deaths and heroin use, with deaths connected to opiate painkillers increasing 5-fold between 2003 and 2012.
Branding the Unbranded
According to Schneiderman, the agreement between Purdue Pharma and the State Attorney General reinforces and permanently enforces an internal program in Purdue Pharma that has been designed to prevent the company’s sales staff from promoting OxyContin to health care providers who may be involved in abuse and illegal diversion of opioids.
This agreement also requires Purdue to divulge any financial relationships with any individuals who appear on the company’s “unbranded” websites that endorse the benefits of pain treatment, including doctors and other health care professionals.
In other words, anyone with a paper-trail of money leading to the pharmaceutical company has to be identified for the state to keep an eye on, in case one of these healthcare providers starts to get a little generous with their prescriptions.
Abuse and Diversion Detection
Next the aim is to strengthen Purdue’s “Abuse and Diversion Detection” program, which requires sales representatives to report any facts that suggest a health care provider it markets OxyContin and other opiates to who may be involved in the abuse or illegal diversion of opiate medications.
When a provider is reported under the program, Purdue conducts an internal inquiry and may place the provider on a “no-call” list. Once placed on this list, Purdue sales representatives may no longer contact the provider to promote these products.
The agreement also requires Purdue’s sales representatives to ask healthcare providers if they have completed an FDA-approved training program regarding the appropriate prescribing of opioids and to provide information about their training.
- Addiction Treatment Information
Probably one of the more progressive parts of this deal is that Purdue will also provide information regarding treatment for drug addiction to healthcare providers upon request when they market opiate products. So essentially they are trying to help instill a safety-net in case patients slip through the cracks of the foundation they are trying to build for medication safety.
While some would say this is too little too late, at least the state of New York has taken some action to try and keep Purdue Pharma in check and make sure to hold them accountable for practices that might support questionable prescriptions and abuse of OxyContin and other products.
The opiate epidemic is real and it has been knocking down our doors for quite some time, but now we finally have more initiatives being put in place to protect people. Prescription drugs like OxyContin have strong ties to the issue, so it is only right that someone make sure these drug companies are held responsible for their contribution.
As for recovery from drug addiction, we all have to keep ourselves accountable and make a contribution to change. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
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Author: Justin Mckibben
Ever have a feeling and not know if there was a name for it, but maybe some described a similar experience and you’re like, ‘yea, I know that feel’ but neither of you can call it anything in particular?
Sometimes we have this kind of sensory invasion which catapults us into a dilemma of misunderstood interpretation. Getting stuck in this moment of emotional gray-area we try to rack our brain for the vocabulary necessary to label what we are feeling, to try and figure out if it’s good or bad to feel it.
Rest assured, that feel is OK to feel. Then some tells you the name for it, and you’re all like ‘that’s a thing?’
Yes… yes that is indeed a thing… so feel it to the fullest. Us addicts and alcoholics especially have a hard time knowing how to successfully feel our feelings, even in recovery. But sometimes we just need to know what the feeling really is. Here are 7 feelings you didn’t know there were names for.
You ever feel an extreme sense of invasive excitement when you make direct eye contact with someone, even for just an instant? There has been study after study dedicated to understanding the experiences we have when gazing into the eyes of another person, and it has been established time and time again eye contact is stimulating, although exactly how it strikes us is often lost in translation due to circumstances.
If someone is perceived as a threat, the feeling is typically an unpleasant one. If people are attracted to each other, it is a more welcomed experience.
Ever get a little sad or even depressed over the realization that you won’t live to see the distant future? Not necessarily getting all upset because you won’t see flying cars or hover-boards (thanks a lot Back to the Future) but like when an elderly individual realizes they will never see a baby grandchild mature into a full-grown adult.
This feeling is called Ellipsism, and it surely exists with the idea of coming to terms with our own mortality.
I love a good rainstorm. I’m all about going outside and doing my rain-dance through a downpour. It’s just an awesome feeling. I could also be watching from my window, and that is where this comes in.
Chrysalism is the sense of peace, warmth and serenity people experience when inside a warm and dry house during an intense storm. It is a feeling of easy and protection that has even been compared to the feeling of being back in the womb.
Personally I say a storm just feels good no matter where you’re sitting.
This is that feeling when you meet someone new and interesting, but you get frustrated at estimating how long it will take to develop the relationship fully.
When you meet someone and have an intense desire to develop a bond as fast as possible, but deep down you know it will take a lot more time, you are getting an adronitis feeling. Like when you meet a special someone and want to be in love right away, but you know a real connection means knowing more personal information and sharing yourself in far deeper ways, which usually doesn’t happen overnight… usually.
Most adults have desired at some point to be kids again. How awesome would it be to abandon responsibility and just be care-free?
Liberosis is the desire to care less, to be throw caution to the wind and be a child again with no concerns or responsibilities.
Yea… this one hits home. I just want nap time back.
I’m the type of person who experiences this one most of the day, and while I usually call it being neurotic, the feeling associated with is can be called Jouska.
It’s the hypothetical conversation we play over and over in our minds, trying to plan ahead every sentence of a conversation and predict every retort. This can become manipulation at its finest.
Yes… alcoholics, drug addicts, we know this feeling well.
If you have ever just given up on telling a story or having a conversation about an experience you felt was important for the simple fact you feel like others are unable to understand or relate, then this is that feel.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to explain my thesis on Batman’s life and legacy, but some people just don’t get it.
Sometimes we feel things we don’t understand. Other times we understand it just fine, we just don’t want it. What it comes down to is making peace with who we are and how we feel, and trying to establish healthy understandings and relationships with those feelings. Building healthy connections isn’t always easy, but knowing the vast range of our feelings can help us move in the right direction.
Drug abuse and addiction have a way of interfering with the way we feel, and they often lead us to react to those feelings in ways that hurt us and those around us, but there is a way to get out of those bad habits and build a better life. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135
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Author: Shernide Delva
My parents lucked out with me. I was never a picky eater. I ate everything they gave me and I rarely complained. Honestly, I just loved to eat (and still do!).
Looking back though, I don’t know whether my easy eating tendencies affected my emotional upbringing or not. My middle sister was a super picky eater and I definitely ended up with more emotional and anxiety issues than she did.
That’s why this new study is so surprising to me.
Most families treat picky eating as a phase but a recent study from Duke Medicine shows that moderate and severe picky eating is correlated to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
It has been estimated that 20 percent of children between the ages of 2 to 6 are selective eaters and of those, 18 percent are classified as moderately picky. Some children—about 3 percent, are so severely selective that it limits their ability to eat with others. The study explains that picky eating can result in poor nutrition, family conflict and frustrated parents.
Children with both moderate to severe picky eating habits were found to be nearly twice as likely to have increased symptoms of generalized anxiety at follow up intervals during the study, which screen 3,433 children. Nancy Zucker, lead author of the study and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science elaborates on the condition:
“These are children whose eating has become so limited or selective that it’s starting to cause problems. Impairment can take many different forms. It can affect the child’s health, growth, social functioning, and the parent-child relationship. The child can feel like no one believes them, and parents can feel blamed for the problem.”
The study found that both moderate and severe selective eating were associated with significantly elevated symptoms of depression, social anxiety and generalized anxiety. Children with severe selective eating were found to be twice as likely to have a diagnosis of depression.
A new diagnosis called Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID) is used to describe moderate to severe selective eating children. Children with this disorder suffer from
- Increase Tension in the Home
- Failure to Gain Weight
- Fear of Eating
- Failure to Digest Food Propery
- Avoidance of certain Textures/Colors of Food
- Dependency on nutritional supplements and vitamins
- Decline in Psychological Functioning
The study suggested parents who struggle with their children regularly over food find tools to address the problem. Children who refuse to eat may be dismayed by smells, textures, and tastes of certain foods.
Through this negative experience, they develop fear and anxiety to try new foods. If not addressed, this condition can sometimes worsen in adulthood. It is nowhere near guaranteed but it is a definitely possibility.
“There’s no question that not all children go on to have chronic selective eating in adulthood,” Zucker said. “But because these children are seeing impairment in their health and well-being now, we need to start developing ways to help these parents and doctors know when and how to intervene.”
Therapy can help to demystify foods that cause anxiety in children. However, this may not be helpful for children sensitive to certain smells, flavors and textures. The findings suggest researchers to find other ways to address children with these specific issues.
Parents who have very picky eaters in their family can feel some peace in knowing that they are not the only ones to blame. There obvious is more to picky eating than just disliking vegetables.
Picky eating can be a sign of mental health issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible. If you think you or your child is displaying signs of AFRID, find a profession who can help you come up with safe effective solutions. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.