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New Opioid Tool Kit introduced to address U.S. Drug Epidemic
Unveiled on International Overdose Awareness Day
For Immediate Release
St. Petersburg, FL – Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Drug Free America Foundation today introduced a first-of-its-kind Opioid Tool Kit in an effort to help address the opioid epidemic gripping the United States. The Opioid Tool Kit was unveiled in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise the awareness of the problem of drug overdose-related deaths.
“With more than 142 people dying each day, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50,” according to Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation. “Moreover, deaths from drug overdose are an equal opportunity killer, with no regard to race, religion or economic class,” she said.
“While alcohol and marijuana still remain the most common drugs of abuse, the nonmedical use of prescription painkillers and other opioids has resulted in a crisis-level spike in drug overdose deaths,” said Fay.
The Opioid Tool Kit has been designed to educate people about the opioid epidemic and offer strategies that can be used to address this crisis. “The Tool Kit is also intended to encourage collaboration with different community sectors and stakeholders to make successful and lasting change,” Fay continued.
The Opioid Tool Kit is a comprehensive guide that defines what an opioid is, examines the scope of the problem, and addresses why opioids are a continuing health problem. The Tool Kit also provides strategies for the prevention of prescription drug misuse and overdose deaths and includes a community advocacy and action plan, as well as additional resources.
Fay emphasized that the best way to prevent opioid and other drug addiction is not to abuse drugs in the first place. “The chilling reality is that the long-term use and abuse of opioids and other addictive drugs rewire the brain, making recovery a difficult and often a life-long struggle,” she concluded.
The Opioid Tool Kit can be found on Drug Free America Foundation’s website at https://dfaf.org/Opioid%20Toolkit.pdf.
Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.**
|Health Care||Overall||Year Estimate Based On|
|Tobacco1,2||$168 billion||$300 billion||2010|
|Alcohol3||$27 billion||$249 billion||2010|
|Illicit Drugs4,5||$11 billion||$193 billion||2007|
|$26 billion||$78.5 billion||2013|
For full report https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics
Let’s do the ‘MATH’! So, based on this current data, the LEGAL drugs combined cost to the American economy is, $627.5 Billion!
The cost to the nation for illicit drug use is $193 Billion.
Clearly legalising and regulating drugs escalates use and misuse, so why would you add another ‘substance’ to that framework and unleash another ‘right to use’ model for the already ‘over drugged’ community?
The ‘Permission’ model and not prohibition drives demand faster and further! Check out https://dalgarnoinstitute.org.au/images/resources/pdf/aod/aod-ploicy-documents/TheMostEffectiveDrugPusherUpdated2014.pdf
“Accessibility, Availability and Acceptability – All increase consumption!” Dalgarno Institute
When Professor David Nutt was sacked by the Home Secretary for arguing against government policy on drug classification, he stated that his proposals were based on scientific evidence. Professor Andy Parrott goes mythbusting.
Nutt was sacked by the Home Secretary last November as chair of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, or ACMD, for arguing against government policy on drug classification. He defended himself by saying that his proposal to downgrade cannabis and ecstasy reflected scientific evidence. In this article, I list published statements made by Nutt about cannabis and Ecstasy/MDMA; after each statement are comments and quotations from scientific papers written by academic researchers in this field. For more
(An advisor to Parents Opposed to Pot, Dr. Libby Stuyt an addictions psychiatrist in Colorado, spoke at the Oregon Mental Health and the Law Conference in Portland. The Mental Health Association of Portland published a blog about it on August 13.) Here it is:
Libby Stuyt, MD spoke at the Oregon Health Forum with Drs. Esther Choo of OHSU and Katrina Hedberg who is the State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer at the Oregon Public Health Division, and at the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference in June 2017 on the unintended consequences of marijuana legalization.
Stuyt is an addictions psychiatrist and medical director at the Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo. She is also the president of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.
Stuyt has a unique and expert view on the effect of increased marijuana availability and use, and as Colorado is about two years ahead of Oregon in the process of legalization and regulation of marijuana.
Stuyt’s data is from information collected by the state of Colorado and from her experience as a clinician and researcher.
You can hear the entire talk in a recording on the original blog. (We have published articles and videos of our other professional advisors, such as Ken Finn, MD of Colorado Springs and Christine Miller, PhD)
Taken from Parents Opposed to Pot, which is totally funded by private donations, rather than industry or government. If you have an article to submit, or want to support us, please go to Contact or Donate page. (Used with Permission)
Youth Drug Prevention Efforts Save Society $315 Million Per Year According to a New Study by McGill University and Drug Free Kids Canada Aug. 1, 2017,
The study found that the cost per youth can be quantified at $450,000, resulting in a $315 million social return on investment based on the approximately 700 youth that benefit from the prevention efforts of Drug Free Kids Canada each year. The study developed by the McGill School of Business Not-for-Profit Consulting Group was commissioned earlier this year. It evaluated the measurable cost to society of youth addiction which includes health care, law enforcement and the loss of productivity. The study further analyzed the impact of drug education prevention messages created and disseminated by DFK Canada over the past six years. It concluded that each year by targeting parents and encouraging them to talk to their kids about drugs, the total reduction in drug abuse by teens attributable to DFK was ~700 kids…says Drug Free Kids’ Executive Director Marc Paris. “That’s why this study is so important as it clearly shows that it is better to invest in prevention strategies up-front rather than deal with the heavy cost of addiction later.”…”I was very impressed by the organization which has such an impressive national impact with very limited resources – $700 in the hands of DFK can save a teenager from a life of addiction.“ For complete article http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Youth-Drug-Prevention-Efforts-Save-Society-$315-Million-Per-Year-According-to-a-New-Study-by-McGill-University-and-Drug-Free-Kids-Canada-480014
America’s opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another
Sunday 13 August 2017 20.00 AESTLast modified on Sunday 13 August 2017 20.01 AEST
Of all the people Donald Trump could blame for the opioid epidemic, he chose the victims. After his own commission on the opioid crisis issued an interim report this week, Trump said young people should be told drugs are “No good, really bad for you in every way.”
The president’s exhortation to follow Nancy Reagan’s miserably inadequate advice and Just Say No to drugs is far from useful. The then first lady made not a jot of difference to the crack epidemic in the 1980s. But Trump’s characterisation of the source of the opioid crisis was more disturbing. “The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place,” he said.
That is straight out of the opioid manufacturers’ playbook. Facing a raft of lawsuits and a threat to their profits, pharmaceutical companies are pushing the line that the epidemic stems not from the wholesale prescribing of powerful painkillers – essentially heroin in pill form – but their misuse by some of those who then become addicted. For complete article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/13/dont-blame-addicts-for-americas-opioid-crisis-real-culprits
LONDON (Reuters) – People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
The findings, from a study of some 1,200 people, could have implications in the United States among other countries. Several states have legalized marijuana and others are moving toward it. It is decriminalized in a number of other countries.
“Support for liberal marijuana use is partly due to claims that it is beneficial and possibly not harmful to health,” said Barbara Yankey, who co-led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State University in the United States.
The results showed marijuana users had a 3.42-times higher risk of death from hypertension than non-users, and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of use.
By Ross Clark
Next time Jonathan Dimbleby feels like mooting the idea of decriminalising hard drugs, perhaps he should take a walk beneath the stairwells of some of our inner-city housing estates.
There, he won’t find the junkies gently sneezing — as he tells us he did when he snorted a line of cocaine in the U.S. in the late Sixties.
He is more likely to find that they set on him with a knife in a state of psychotic rage.
The connection between cocaine, mental illness and violence is indisputable.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2040265/Legalise-drugs-Jonathan-Dimbleby-Tell-children-neglected-junkie-parents.html#ixzz4plsTLgQd
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