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Rehabs Behaving Badly: Bay Recovery in San Diego

Rehabs Behaving Badly: Bay Recovery in San Diego

San Diego, CA – A doctor at a substance abuse treatment center is in the news – again – for some questionable practices.

Dr. Jerry N. Rand, a treating physician at Bay Recovery Center, who has been under investigation in the past, is currently being investigated for allegedly overprescribing drugs to himself and his patients. The doctor has surrendered his medical license, according to a disciplinary order released by the Medical Board of California.

The order can be seen posted on the agency’s website, which calls for Dr. Jerry N. Rand to surrender his license. Both Rand and his attorney signed the document. There has been no comment from Rand or his attorney.

Bay Recovery Center operates three residential treatment homes in San Diego’s Bay Park neighborhood, as well as an outpatient program.

Carol Sloan, a spokeswoman for Bay Recovery, said, depending on the outcome of the three-day hearing, it will be determined whether Rand’s license will remain suspended.

In the meantime, Bay Recovery can’t treat patients at its residential facilities, however its outpatient services are still in effect.

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After receiving a complaint concerning the death of a patient at one of the homes, state and federal officials raided the facilities at Bay Recovery Center as well as Rand’s home.

Following the raid, California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs temporarily suspended Bay Recovery Center’s license.

Bay Recovery isn’t the only agency feeling the heat; the state department has also come under fire due to its lack of oversight in the matter: Bay Recovery is among a handful of cases involved in a report that was previously published by the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes.

The report found that the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs “consistently failed to catch life-threatening problems” at the named facilities.

In it, other cases involving Dr. Rand and his questionable practices were outlined. Rand was accused with “extreme polypharmacy,” prescribing multiple medications with inadequate care for potential drug interactions, in the case of a 29-year-old woman who drowned in a bathtub in 2008 at the facility. The state medical board alleged that the patient was too sick to be properly treated at Bay Recovery, meaning that her care should have been handled by a facility that was equipped for such care. When it comes to substance abuse treatment, there are times when the professionals at a facility must make a qualified “call” as to whether the care of a patient can be appropriately handled by that facility. Dr. Jerry Rand was the treating physician in this case and denied responsibility for the patient’s death. And then another patient of Bay Recovery died before the state suspended their license.

They say that bad things come in three’s: a 28-year-old man, who had been disoriented and hallucinating for several days, also died while in one of Bay Recovery’s residential treatment centers. The department concluded that Bay Recovery failed to refer the patient to a higher level of care.

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It’s not clear what prescriptions were being abused however some are speculating that the doctor was writing himself as well as the center’s patients painkillers – which is wrong on so many levels. First, physicians cannot prescribe painkillers for themselves or even for their family members. Secondly, and perhaps more obviously, patients seeking help and recovery from substance abuse and addiction in a supposedly credible treatment facility definitely should not be prescribed narcotic painkillers.

Even if the painkiller story is pure conjecture, obviously there was some shady goings-on with the “good doctor,” if his license has been suspended. This sort of thing should not be happening in a treatment facility.

The weird thing is that it was difficult to find information on this breaking story. There was only one article online that this blogger could find. Anything else that came up with “Dr. Jerry N. Rand” was related to the doctor’s profile, such as on sites that assist the public with locating physicians and other professionals.

Interestingly, when visiting the profile site, there’s an option to find out if there were/are any sanctions against a particular provider. And even more interesting, is that there are indeed sanctions against Dr. Rand – a laundry list of sanctions that stretch back to 1973.

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Source:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/Nov/05/bay-recovery-center-doctor-surrenders-medical/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/05/drug-rehab-deaths-ban-medical-care_n_1858563.html

The Link Between Mexican Drug Cartels and the US Heroin Epidemic

The Link Between Mexican Drug Cartels and the US Heroin Epidemic

Along the U.S. – Mexico border, authorities seized a record amount of heroin: 2,162 kilos last year, up from 367 kilos in 2007.

This is an indication of an alarming and fast-growing trend: Mexican farmers and Mexican drug cartels are diversifying their business, turning to the manufacture and trafficking of heroin in place of marijuana.

This is an unintended result of the decriminalization of marijuana in the U.S. With the wholesale price of marijuana falling, Mexican drug farmers are growing opium poppies in their fields instead of cannabis crops.

‘Good Business’

“When you have a product losing value, you diversify, and that’s true of any farmer,” said David Shirk, a Mexico researcher at the University of California at San Diego. “The wave of opium poppies we’re seeing is at least partially driven by changes we’re making in marijuana drug policy.”

With the legalization and/or the allowing for medical marijuana in 20 American states as well as the District of Columbia, more and more of the American market is supplied with highly potent marijuana grown right here on American soil, contributing to the fall in marijuana prices. Mexican farmers are increasingly unable to compete with marijuana growers here in the U.S.

Strategy

Carl Pike, a senior official in the Special Operations Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration and other DEA officials say the spread of heroin is the result of a clever marketing strategy on the part of Mexican traffickers. They are targeting areas with the most severe prescription pill abuse by sending heroin pushers to “set up right outside the methadone clinics,” one DEA agent said.

Prescription painkillers continue to be more widely abused, accounting for far more fatal overdoses in the U.S. but, heroin has been “moving all over the country and popping up in areas you didn’t see before,” said Pike.

As U.S. authorities try to contain the prescription painkiller epidemic with crackdowns on so-called ‘pill mills,’ tightening control over synthetic opiates such as hydrocodone and oxycodone (OxyContin), Mexican heroin is flooding into the country. The efforts to control abuse of prescription pills have resulted in making them more difficult to come by as well as much more expensive. American pill-poppers are increasingly turning to the cheaper and more potent heroin. And Mexican trafficking organizations are jumping on this trend – finding new markets for heroin in places where, until recently, needle use for narcotics was rare or unknown.

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There’s a place in the Mexican state of Sinaloa known as the “Golden Triangle,” which is notorious for the country’s most infamous gangsters and biggest marijuana harvests. And yet, the farmers here say they are no longer planting marijuana crops. The plant’s wholesale price has drastically decreased in the past five years, going from $100 per kilogram to less than $25.

“It’s not worth it anymore,” said Rodrigo Silla, 50, a lifelong cannabis farmer. “I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.”

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Source:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/tracing-the-us-heroin-surge-back-south-of-the-border-as-mexican-cannabis-output-falls/2014/04/06/58dfc590-2123-4cc6-b664-1e5948960576_story.html

 

 

What We Can Learn from the AIDS Epidemic of the 80s

What We Can Learn from the AIDS Epidemic of the 80s

Via http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/
circa 1987

The commonalities between the early years of the AIDS epidemic and the current epidemic of drug addiction are impossible to ignore any further; we simply can’t afford to anymore – both literally and figuratively. Addiction affects roughly 40 million Americans – about 16% of the population and many continue to die from this disease. The fiscal cost of addiction is equally astonishing. Last year, healthcare related to drug addiction and substance abuse cost taxpayers $350 billion, with only 2% of that going to actual preventive care such as rehabilitation and treatment programs. The rest of those monies – 98%, went to “cleaning up” the damage that addiction leaves in its wake.

What We Can Learn from the AIDS Epidemic of the 80s

via http://www.focusfeatures.com

At one time, HIV and AIDS was considered “the gay man’s disease” and therefore was ignored by society and therefore policymakers. But the gay community came together and engaged in effective activism that changes the AIDS epidemic conversation from taboo to a public health issue – one that was centered on human rights, which led to biomedical breakthroughs and life-saving treatment.

Today, the response to HIV/AIDS has attracted an unprecedented commitment of resources as well as aid on an international scale. Researchers believe that the same response is needed when it comes to the epidemic of addiction.

What History Can Teach Us

We can learn from this movement by speaking out and advocating for ourselves and our fellow addicts and alcoholics. Addiction is a disease, not a symptom of being a bad person. It requires prevention programs, diagnosis, and treatment, like any other chronic disease.

What We Can Learn from the AIDS Epidemic of the 80s

via http://www.onetoughpirate.com/Bob_Bowers.htm

There are accounts as far back as the 1700s in which physicians had classified alcoholism as a disease for which treatment is required. And yet today, more than three centuries later, we are still treating alcoholism and drug addiction as a moral failing – something to be ashamed of.

This negative stigma is detrimental is two major ways: first, it deters the alcoholic and addict who still suffer from getting help which often tragically leads to death for these individuals.

Second, the negative cultural stigma surrounding addiction has successfully kept us “in the shadows” so to speak and therefore allows society to continue to look the other way while more and more people fall victim to this disease. That is, it seems perfectly alright that addiction is not considered to be a public health concern.

Addiction to drugs, alcohol and tobacco has a greater public impact than heart conditions, diabetes or cancer combined. Currently, addiction affects 1 in 3 American families.

Specifically, opiate addiction is the fastest-growing type of drug problem, which is largely due to explosion of widely available, potent prescription painkillers. Prescription drugs like oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and morphine now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. And right now, every 19 minutes another American dies from an unintentional overdose.

And although addiction is so prevalent, it has been – and continues to be – marginalized as a social problem thereby distinguishing it as somehow different from other diseases. This has effectively created barriers to treatment, such as requiring narrow and stringent criteria for eligibility for treatment to overall limited availability of treatment.

What We Can Learn from the AIDS Epidemic of the 80s

Copyright Keith Haring
artist, AIDS activist; he died from the disease in 1990

How the AIDS Movement Serves as a Model

Just as HIV/AIDS affected young and previously healthy individuals who were then stigmatized once diagnosed with the disease, so too are many victims of addiction. And just like with AIDS, there is a public perception that only certain groups become addicts. Furthermore, the death toll of each epidemic is comparable to one another yet the response to addiction remains ineffective.

There remains great need for a comprehensive prevention, diagnosis and treatment campaign to counteract the rate of overdose as well as a need to use existing evidence to establish a standard-of-care for treatment models. Researchers assert that there is a need for more education for the medical community and that educational resources for addiction in medical training should be as extensive and up-to-date as those for other chronic diseases. Lastly, researchers see the importance that, just as with HIV/AIDS patients, those suffering from addiction should be involved in the design and implementation of treatment programs and products developed to treat them.

What We Can Learn from the AIDS Epidemic of the 80s

Copyright Ben Thornberry; ACT UP Members block the entrance to the FDA, Oct 1988

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140401162205.htm

http://manyfaces1voice.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism

 

Are The 10 States with The Worst Prescription Drug Abuse Just a Crackdown Away from Heroin Epidemic?

Are The 10 States with The Worst Prescription Drug Abuse Just a Crackdown Away from Heroin Epidemic?

Heroin is a hot topic in the news as of late. That’s because it’s experiencing a boom in use, adulteration (and therefore altering its potency), and overdose fatalities – all mainly due to states’ crackdown on the prescription painkiller epidemic. Basically, by making painkillers harder to obtain, legislators and law enforcement are forcing the hand of opiate addicts and inadvertently increasing the demand for heroin – a cheaper and more easily accessible version of painkillers.

Heroin and painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, Lortab, and Opana are pretty much kissing cousins on the drug spectrum. Many people think that, because painkillers can be prescribed legally, they are somehow more legitimate, more socially acceptable, and safer than street heroin. This is unfortunately misleading, with dire consequences for the curious and for full-blown opiate addicts.

Painkiller Crackdown and the Heroin ‘Epidemic’

It’s true that, when it comes to potency, pills are a lot more predictable but, this too can lead to consequences such as overdose because, again, as mentioned above, pain pills are deceptively dangerous.

That said, states are targeting the drug problem in their communities and painkillers are in their crosshairs. But, as we’ve seen in places like South Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, and Vermont, cracking down on the prescription painkiller industry is likely to lead to more blooms of heroin epidemics throughout the country.

Survey and Research on Recreational Painkiller Use

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) surveyed people aged 12 or older, asking questions related to their nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers during the past year. Nonmedical use of prescription painkillers is defined as the use of these drugs without a prescription or with a prescription but the use is not confined to the directions as set forth by the prescribing physician. That is to say, that the user is abusing the prescription painkiller recreationally in order to achieve a ‘high,’ or euphoric feeling from the drug and not merely to manage legitimate pain.

The 10 highest ranking states, with percentage rates between 5.33 and 6.37 include:

#1. Oregon 6.37%
#2. Colorado 6.00%
#3. Washington 5.75%
#4. Idaho 5.73%
#5. Indiana 5.68%
#6. Arizona 5.66%
#7. Nevada 5.62%
#8. Delaware 5.61%
#9. Arkansas 5.55%
#10. New Mexico 5.45%

Are these the next states to experience a heroin epidemic?

Are they going to take a page out of the states that have ‘gone before’ and try a different tack?

This is certainly a precarious situation. Many places, such as Vermont, New Jersey, and Ohio, which are seeing an influx in heroin-related crime, overdose, and death are learning as-they-go and trying to quickly play ‘catch-up’ in order to stave off some of the dire consequences to the painkiller crackdown backlash that ushered in the heroin epidemic in their respective states. For instance, Ohio has created a ‘Heroin Unit’ to specifically focus on heroin-related problems that are occurring throughout the state. New Jersey is requiring its first responders to carry Narcan, a heroin antidote, in order to decrease loss-of-life from heroin overdoses. Vermont is planning to increase its treatment resources.

Let’s hope that states planning to tighten legislation on the prescription painkiller industry will simultaneously plan for addressing the foreseeable heroin boom that will inevitably result.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

Source:

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k12/NSDUH115/sr115-nonmedical-use-pain-relievers.htm

 

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Clinton, NJ

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Clinton, NJ

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Clinton, NJ: A Brief Description

Drug and alcohol treatment in Clinton, NJ is a medical and residential program that specializes in helping you get off drugs and alcohol. A medical staff monitors you and administers medicine to alleviate your withdrawal symptoms so that your detox and recovery are safe and comfortable.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Clinton: Alcohol Detox

If you are dependent on alcohol, you will require the help that drug and alcohol treatment in Clinton can offer. It’s not safe to suddenly stop drinking – going cold turkey – and without certain medication.

There is a medical condition – alcohol withdrawal syndrome that results when you stop drinking once you are physically dependent on alcohol. The withdrawal symptoms from alcohol can range in severity, from mild such as insomnia and anxiety to severe and life-threatening, such as convulsions, which can lead to death. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can cause seizures, delirium tremens, also known as “the shakes,” anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Clinton: Drug Detox

Many people in your situation say that one of the biggest obstacles to their recovery is the fear of withdrawal symptoms. And it’s no wonder – drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable, even painful, and can result in death. The staff at drug and alcohol treatment in Clinton can address your withdrawal symptoms from a number of different drugs, not just alcohol.

If you are using opiates, such as the prescription painkillers oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone or heroin, the withdrawals aren’t life-threatening however, in some cases, people have experienced seizures when they stopped on their own. Drug and alcohol treatment in Clinton program can help alleviate your withdrawal symptoms and you will be able to manage them much more comfortably.

If you are dependent on benzos, such as Xanax or Valium, or barbiturates, such as Fioricet, a medical drug detox is necessary. This is because the withdrawal syndrome is much like alcohol withdrawal and is potentially fatal. Severe symptoms are seizure, heart failure, stroke, coma, and death.

If you are an amphetamine user, such as cocaine and crack, and methamphetamine, such as crystal meth, the withdrawals include uncomfortable and frightening psychological symptoms such as hallucinations and extreme paranoia. Drug and alcohol treatment in Clinton are equipped for treating these symptoms as well.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Clinton: Rehab

After detox, which may last from 4 to 10 days depending on your progress, you will enter the next level of the program offered at drug and alcohol treatment in Clinton. Residential inpatient rehabilitation, or “rehab” for short, lasts up to 30 days and consists of staying in a safe and comfortable environment where all of your needs will be met. You will be kept comfortable, have case management support, and will have medical services provided. You will attend meetings, called groups, where you will learn about substance abuse and be given the tools to use once you complete the program so that you don’t get caught up in drugs and alcohol again. You will also have group and individual therapy sessions where you can address any dual diagnosis, or co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, as well as trauma-related issues. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction and are looking for drug and alcohol treatment in Clinton, NJ please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

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