It was my pleasure to attend my first ever Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting. This particular meeting was held at 7:30pm in the lunch room at Richmond Community Hospital. Richmond Community Hospital is located within Richmond, Virginia in an area known as Church Hill. The group is called Church Hill and is open to the public for opportunities to join or observed. In addition, the meeting’s content consists of topic discussions and numerous formats. The opportunity is also available for various members to share their testimony which is known in the community as round robin.
The Methadone Maintenance Treatment (Camh) helps patients overcome an addiction of opioid dependence. The treatment uses methadone as a replacement for the opioid. Methadone is a narcotic drug that helps suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings for opioids, not induce intoxication (e.g., sedation or euphoria) and reduce the euphoric effects of other opioids, such as heroin (Camh). MMT is beneficial to the patient in many reasons. Methadone helps suppress opioid withdrawal symptoms because patients in this treatment program are given only one a day. According to the Camh, methadone lasts for about 24 to 36 hours, while heroin lasts for three to six hours, which are easier to overdose. Another benefit
As the number of meth users grew in Montana, Thomas and Stacey Siebel decided action need to be taken. As a result the, Montana Meth Project was birthed. The Montana Meth Project intended to show the public the horrors of meth use. This project used scare tactics, in the hope of steering young adults away from the substance. According to the Montana Meth Project’s official website, they were able to decrease meth use in Arizona by 65 percent, in Montana by 63 percent and Idaho by 56 percent (Montana Meth Project). But, do these scare campaigns actually work? Does exaggerating information have any consequences? Do these tactics undermine young adult’s trust? And was this campaign actually successful?
The study conformed to the ethical standards of the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and was approved by the Australian Catholic University ethics committee. Twenty-six adults aged 22 to 52 years were chosen for the opiate-user group and 30 adults aged 18 to 53 years with no history of drug use were chosen for the control group. There was no difference in gender, but the participants in the opiate-user group were long-term users and were all enrolled in an opiate substitution program. Participants were recruited to the opiate-user group with fliers in pharmacies and drug rehabilitation centers, and the control group using social networks. All participants gave informed consent and were given AU$20 (USD$20). Opiate group participants had to be stable on an opiate agonist for at least 2 weeks prior to testing. Potential participants were excluded from both groups if there was history of a neurological condition, a psychiatric disorder, heavy alcohol use, brain injury, used illicit drugs in the 24hrs prior to
n today’s modern culture, meth is quickly becoming part of the conditions of a broad audience. After being featured in the popular television show “Breaking Bad,” meth has regained a popularity not seen in twenty years. Currently, meth is a featured player in “Homefront,” a film starring Jason Statham and James Franco. Its popularity is growing and its audience is broad, ranging from the coastal hipster to the urban working man. Despite meth’s cultural awareness becoming ever popular, its oral health complications must not be taken lightly.
in Laramie, Wyoming 1998 the world’s most famous gay murder was committed. Everyone who was looking at the news, and at the time everyone knew that the victim (Matthew Shepard) was killed because of his sexuality. Now with the latest information that has surfaced over the years more people are asking questions. Was Matthew Shepard killed because he was a homosexual? Matthew Shepard at 21 years of age, was a student of the University of Wyoming. He was found tied to fence on the outside of Laramie. He was freezing and bleeding to death. He had been beaten to the point where his brain stem was completely crushed. In addition, the perpetrators took his shoes to make sure if he got free he couldn’t walk to safety. The reason of his death
Dolophinel, also known as methadone hydrochloride, or methadone for short, was synthesized by German scientists in the 1930’s during World War II. Methadone was originally used as a painkiller because of a shortage of morphine. In 1947, methadone was introduced to the United States.
This book was an amazing book and educational read. It takes you through the ins and outs of drug abuse here in America. It makes you look at the world from a different view, a more sympathetic view, a caring view, a down right straight forward type view. It has twisted and vicious first-hand account about a life of addiction. As David Rothenburg stated “People tend to accept survival of the fittest simplification of evolution and leave it at that. It makes most of us proud and uncomfortable at the same time. (302) Survival of the fittest is a big part of what drug addicts go through on a day to day basis just to survive or get the next fix which leaves them vulnerable and in a dangerous position. This book is not for those with a weak stomach because it is not just a glimpse into an addict's life, it is an addict's life coming to light on every page.
It is a universally held beleif that addiction ruins lives. Affecting the young and old, male and female, and people from different ethnicities, cultures, and social brackets, addiction is widely regarded as a societal illness with no easy solution. A particularily damaging assumption is that a drug or sex addict, for instance, is the root cause of their own suffering. This can potentially lead to a chain reaction where the guilt placed upon a human being strengthens the desire to escape from said guilt. This is particularily damaging to a teenager, to whom an external stimuli is no longer required after a few years of guilt inflicted by their parents. Causes for and solutions to harmful and addictive behaivour have been explored thoroughly,
This has to be one of the strangest and most surprising facts I read in this book so far. Earlier in the book (before this passage), Schlosser explains that some slaughterhouse employees take methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is by definition, “a central nervous system stimulant, C 1 0 H 1 5 N, used clinically in the treatment of narcolepsy, hyperkinesia, and for blood pressure maintenance in hypotensive states: also widely used as an illicit drug,” (Dictionary.com). Schlosser warns it’s dangerous to take drugs, especially in a work environment. But it happens, and these employees take these drugs to make themselves feel good and to improve their performances throughout the day. Another part that stuck out to me was the sexual relationships
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell is a complex movie that delves into the world of small town methamphetamine use and gives the viewer a view from inside the situation. Through the story of Ree Dolly, Woodrell paints a picture of the situation through the eyes of someone who is fighting to survive in that world, and who is deeply affected by methamphetamine, but who is not a user. This tale of survival may be a fictional one, but the themes included in the movie relate deeply to Woodrell's experience, and to the very real epidemic of small town meth use.
Methamphetamine and cocaine are both in the same category of drugs known as stimulants. Meth is completely man-made and is manufactured using common household and industrial ingredients such as over-the-counter cold/allergy medicines, drain cleaner, battery acid, gun cleaner, gasoline additives, muriatic acid, ammonia, lye, acetone and litter. Cocaine on the other hand is naturally occurring and is harvested from the leaves of the cocoa plant. While they are two entirely different drugs, both meth and cocaine have risks associated with their use, and have very high rates of dependence, abuse, and addiction. However, there are very distinct differences between cocaine and meth, in terms of how these drugs affect the individual both physically and psychologically. Both drugs are stimulants so they stimulate the individual and create an euphoric high, as a result of the way both drugs elevate the dopamine levels in the brain. Stimulants such as cocaine and meth cause the user to be more active, talkative, alert, less tired, exhilarated, etc. This essay will talk about each drug signs and symptoms treatment nursing management for drug abuse.
According to Timothy Wilens MD, there is “data indicating that 1 in 10 adolescents has a SUD [substance use disorder] . . . Roughly 80% experienced onset before age 25 years” (Wilens). With this large number of teens abusing drugs, the question of what the effects and consequences of drug abuse as a teen are becomes relevant. Specifically, identifying what the effects and consequences of teen drug abuse are through a scientific lense is important because drugs affect the body, brain, and its chemical balances.
Substance abuse is a form of substance-related disorder. It refers to the harmful or hazardous use of substances that affects almost every community, including alcohol, tobacco and legal or illegal drugs. Drug abuse is one of the most commonly substance abuse in teenagers. It is a disease that is defined as a destructive pattern of using drugs that can cause significant problems or distress. The most commonly abused drugs among them are marijuana, cocaine, heroin and hallucinogens. Drug abuse is caused by psychological, genetic as well as environmental factors and can have significant damaging effects on health.