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Hepatitis C Cases Triple In Less Than a Decade

Hepatitis C Cases Triple In Less Than a Decade

In Nashville, the Tennessee Department of Health announced a national public health announcement after Hepatitis C diagnoses more than doubled since 2008, according to ABC News 2. The Department of Health strongly encourages citizens to become aware of the dangerous disease that can be contracted by immediate bodily contact with blood from an infected person. Commissioner John Dreyzehner commented, the outbreak may be just the beginning of the epidemic. “In addition to reported cases of acute Hepatitis C, it is estimated that more than 100,000 Tennesseans may be living with chronic Hepatitis C and not know it. Many people have Hepatitis C for years, not realizing it, while the viral infection slowly destroys their livers,” says Dreyzehner, as reported by ABC News 2. There is currently no vaccine prevention for Hepatitis C, though some people can successfully recover from the disease. Although up to 80 percent of the people who are infected will acquire an enduring infection. Even if an infected person receives treatment, they can become infected again. Some early indications are abdominal distress, exhaustion, itching and dark urine. Officials say the contraction of Hepatitis C stems from drug users sharing contaminated needles. Clayton Barnes became infected when he used a syringe that was not sanitized. He received treatment and has not shown any Hepatitis related symptoms for half a year. Barnes has been sober for more than two months and wants to help addicts and people who suffer the consequences from unsafe drug use. Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and causes inflammation. When infected the symptoms affects the skin...
Eminem Reveals How He Beat Drug Addiction

Eminem Reveals How He Beat Drug Addiction

In 2007, rapper Eminem was at the lowest point in his addiction when he weighed almost 229 pounds. At that time he had overdosed on pills and taken to the hospital to later enter rehab, according to News. Eminem tried to hide his illness of indulging in Vicodin and Valium, which caused him to constantly overeat and left a hole in his stomach. Having to face the reality of his predicament, he needed to find a different way to address his issues. The rapper also known as Slim Shady began running about 16.7 miles daily on a treadmill. It was like he became addicted to exercise as a replacement for the drugs. Running on the treadmill was beneficial to Eminem’s successful recovery and helped him sleep.   He was dedicated to running and lost 87.5 pounds putting him at a much healthier weight of 147 pounds. Shady says that he has the brain of an addict in terms of running and he may have gotten carried away, like he was a hamster. “ I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 everyday. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds. I ran to the point where I started to get injured. All the constant pounding from the running began to tear up my hip flexors,” Eminem said, as reported by News.com.au.   Since running the treadmill was...
The Dangers of Suboxone: Looking Inside Suboxone Clinics

The Dangers of Suboxone: Looking Inside Suboxone Clinics

Suboxone is a drug used to discourage opioid reliance. Suboxone use is supposed to promote hope for a better life after addiction treatment, says News Channel 11. The supposed beneficial drug has been heavily abused lately, that’s why Suboxone is being called the double edged drug. It has become one of the most popularly dissipated drug that is professionally prescribed Carter County, according to Sergeant Harmon Duncan. Two patients from the Suboxone clinic were interviewed, the first was a man named Sam Campbell who previously constructed drywall as his profession. While at work he was injured and as a result he was prescribed painkillers in which he became addicted. He found himself selling all of his belongings so support his habit. The second is a woman named Amy  who was prescribed pain relievers after she gave birth to her son. Now Campbell is four years clean and Amy is five months sober. Both are trying to regain their lives with recovery. Amy regrets taking the first painkiller, she said every time she used them she would crave everything in her vicinity. She claims to have withdrawn from Suboxone multiple times and the effects were severe. Suboxone is the trademark name for mixture of buprenorphine, an opiate, and naloxone, an opiate antidote.  The naloxone is added to prevent users from taking Suboxone tablets or films and self injecting them, says an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Sara Melton. Melton also says that Naloxone causes the withdrawal symptoms.   “That is primary drug abuse. It is injected, and...
Prescription Painkillers Contribute to Rising Heroin Addiction

Prescription Painkillers Contribute to Rising Heroin Addiction

Tennessee’s Center for Disease Control and and Prevention composed an address stating that high numbers of prescription drugs are the leading cause of the states inflation in new heroin addictions and overdoses, according to The Tennessean. Tennessee news broadcasts have reported incidences like heroin needles being left at close quarters to a baby’s crib and bags of the substance found crammed into a flashlight. The worst of it is that the pounds of the opiate that are sneaked across the border contain a more potent painkiller called fentanyl. The report says that over 60% of heroin users addiction began with prescription drugs. Data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says throughout the state law enforcement has retrieved almost 700% more heroin than it has in seven years. In Davidson County where heroin is is a growing epidemic, there are surprisingly many people interested in receiving treatment. Examining the years from 2012 to 2014 the number of residents attempting to get help for untreated substance use disorders has increased by three fold. Drug related deaths are up by 6% since 2012. The report also states that people who are uninsured and on medicaid are more inclined to become addicted to heroin because it is cheaper than constantly filling exorbitant prescriptions. Other highly susceptible groups are people between the ages of 18 to 25, caucasians, and people whose household income exceeds $20,000 Tennessee’s efforts to alleviate the statewide heroin epidemic are working slowly but surely. More people are seeking treatment and even more people have stopped requesting pain medication. If you know anyone suffering from an opioid addiction please contact Drug Rehab...
More Babies Born With Drug Dependency in Southern States

More Babies Born With Drug Dependency in Southern States

Just seconds after baby Leopoldo Bautista was born he was overcome with tremors, suffering from the pain that accompanies drug withdrawal. Bautista’s mother, Samantha Adams, knows this feeling all too well, she is being treated for her heroin addiction along with her newborn son, as reported by USA Today. Adams is undergoing methadone treatment, a drug that treats mild to severe pain that is caused by drug addiction and treatment for drug addiction. Adams, as well as her son, are being treated with methadone. She reminisces the memory of the pain she experienced while craving for heroin as she witnessed her new baby go through the same unfortunate events that she had. More and more babies are being born suffering from drug deficiency because of prenatal use of prescription painkillers and heroin. Babies who faced these cases throughout the nation increased fourfold from 2004 to 2013. Anywhere from 27 out of 1,000 babies enter the NICU, according to a study found in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nationally this epidemic has increased twice as much in four years with one drug dependent baby born every 25 recorded in 2012, according to research done by Vanderbilt University.  The university accounts that these dependency cases result in over a million dollars in health care charges yearly. Allegedly, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is most prevalent in the cluster of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky. “The seemingly never-ending increase every year is so frustrating to see. It’s a horrible thing to spend the first days of your life in agony,” says executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, as...
Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled in Tennessee

Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled in Tennessee

In a report, the CDC says that heroin overdose deaths have increased by almost 300% from the year 2002 all the way to 2013. Over 8,000 people died during this time period from heroin overdose alone. Research in the past has stated that people who have used prescription opioids were 40% more inclined to dabble in heroin and become addicted, according to ABC News. Despite the numerous attempts to nip heroin use in the bud the drug always finds its way to multiply the lives it consumes. “An increasing number of people are primed for heroin use because they were addicted to an opioid painkiller,” says the CDC director Dr.Tom Frieden who also mentioned that heroin is about five times more affordable than the prescription pills,” says ABC News. Heroin is not only a problem in urban communities, it has spread to areas with smaller populations also. Expecting mothers have continued their heroin use throughout their pregnancies, according to Dr. Stephen Patrick, the associate professor of pediatrics and health policy and Neonatologist at Vanderbilt University’s medical center, who works with infants who have heroin in their system from the womb from pregnant women still using. The repeat problem is that there are not enough treatment centers available to help women or anyone willing to break free from their addiction. Dr. Patrick says that families need more treatment, particularly young families. He says there are an excessive amount of young women out there that need help and are addicted compared to the amount in 2002. People need to stop reaching for drugs as an answer so they can finally start to realize...
Texting and Driving Turns Into a Drug Bust in Memphis

Texting and Driving Turns Into a Drug Bust in Memphis

On Germantown Parkway in Memphis, Tennessee police pulled a man over for texting and driving but somehow, he escaped custody. When the man escaped he gave police an avid advantage to search his car. They found drugs in his car which sparked an investigation that brought them to a quiet neighborhood called Aspen Meadows Cove. The police suspected the man, they now gave a name, Adrian Bean, was selling drugs from his car. News Channel 3 WREG attained a police document stating that they identified the SUV and a woman driving it. The woman driving the car ran a stop sign leading them back to the same SUV Bean had gotten away from. Cops pulled her over for questioning and lo’ and behold, they found Bean inside with her and a smorgasbord of drugs. What a coincidence for officials to find the perpetrator with evidence on him in the car he had been pulled over in initially; police arrested him that day. The woman driving the car agreed to let police search her home. Inside her house they came across cannabis on a table in the kitchen in multitude jars. They also found cocaine, Xanax and counterfeit drugs. Apparently the woman was unaware of all of the drugs Bean had accumulated inside her house, or maybe she wanted him to get caught. Brilliant leaving the illicit substances on the table in full view of law enforcement Bean. You’re really living up to your namesake, mister. “It has caught me off guard I would not have expected it, we usually walk the dogs in this area over here,” says one neighbor, as quoted...
Beating Addiction in Tennesee

Beating Addiction in Tennesee

In the past Tennessee, the home of world’s most famous whiskey Jack Daniel’s, was the home to many alcoholics. However the epidemic of drug abuse and addiction is now rapidly spreading in Tennessee. Despite the stereotypes of what a drug abuser or an addict looks like, anyone can become an addict no matter their age, race, or income. Prescription drugs like oxycodone, Percocets, and Vicodin are becoming widely used recreationally. Prescription drugs have started to become a gateway to addiction. Unfortunately, the state of Tennessee has some of the highest rates for substance abuse. But this is to no surprise with tennesee being amongst the highest for most prescribed pain killer medication. In the year 2012 there were over 1000 deaths associated with drug overdose in Tennessee, which is a huge increase from previous years. Drug related crimes and babies born with addictions have increased exponentially as well. Much of the drug abuse in Tennessee is a result of the easy accessibility to prescription drugs. It has been found that many doctors are blindly prescribing prescription drugs to individuals throughout the state. In today’s society it is becoming more challenging to determine which individuals legitimately need prescription drugs and which individuals do not. As a result, addictive medication prescriptions getting in the wrong hands can be linked to the increase in drug abuse in Tennessee. Individuals with an addictive disease should not continue to be prescribed addictive medications, they need effective treatment. Tennessee is now taking the initiative to combat against prescription medication abuse. Doctors are now able to track patients who doctor shop in order to get multiple...
Myths About Addiction

Myths About Addiction

There are many myths circulating about addiction , many of these myths are causing addicts to lose hope and employers to turn their noses up at former addicts. Despite what you may believe, addiction is a diseases that can be treated and overcome with the correct treatment. there is a truth in the fact that addiction is very challenging to overcome, however it is possible especially if you have a supportive foundation. If myths about addiction weren’t continuously resonating, more people would seek help. One myth people believe is that addicts are bad people and they all deserve to be punished for their addiction. However, all addicts are not “bad people” they are just individuals that made a poor choice to start using drugs. Granted some addicts do exhibit destructive and illegal behaviors which affects those around them, however addiction causes people to lose control of themselves. The changes that occur in the brain overtime with continued drug use causes people to do things they normally wouldn’t had it not been for addiction. In many cases addicts can’t even see that their behaviors are unacceptable because they’re so controlled by their addiction. Addiction has no face, whether you’re young or old, poor or wealthy, you have the susceptibility to be an addict. Individuals with an addiction should not be looked down on or punished, they need support and treatment. So before you begin to judge someone with an addiction, think of ways you could help and encourage them to get treatment for their addiction. Another common myth about addiction is that individuals with an addiction choose to be addicted....