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SafeLaunch Flight Above Addiction #4 Destination: Lompoc, California

Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara Alliance

Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara Alliance

Navy Flight Commander calls for end to the “War on Drugs”

Event Date: March 27, 2014
Lompoc Airport
3-5pm

Creative teens from the United Boys & Girls Club of Lompoc will support an attack on addiction by painting retired Commander Ron Cuff’s Cessna 182 in preparation for battle. “SafeLaunch is proceeding with an air strike on addiction….not drugs,” says CDR Cuff. This event, the fourth SafeLaunch Flight Above Addiction, will take place at the Lompoc Airport on March 27 beginning at 1500 hours.

“Addiction isn’t a choice made by adults”, continues Cuff. “Addiction is a disease that almost always takes root during the early teen years. It starts with alcohol, prescription drugs, or other intoxicants. Young teens are up to 600% more susceptible to this deadly disease for which there is no known cure.”

Cuff clarifies, “Addicts aren’t bad people. Addicts are people who contracted a chronic brain disease at a very young age, and are merely exhibiting the symptoms of that disease. The symptoms of addiction are bad behavior. These aren’t my words. These are the words of former Navy Flight Surgeon Dr. Kevin McCauley, who specializes in the study and treatment of addiction.”

Janet Rowse, SafeLaunch’s “wing woman” says, “We have all heard about the brutal and sadistic killings by Mexican drug cartels. These violent cartels exist solely because of our nation’s voracious appetite and demand for drugs. Drug supply isn’t the cause of the problem, demand is the problem. Supply will never be reduced until the nation’s demand for intoxicants is reduced. Every parent, teacher, and politician has a responsibility to stand with us against early teen exposure to drugs and alcohol”.

“Law enforcement is doing all that it can to reduce the supply of drugs, and addiction treatment providers are doing all they can to satisfy the need for services. We must band together to prevent the real source of the problem because crime, gangs, child abuse, homelessness, domestic violence and child trafficking are all symptoms and by-products of addiction”, says Rowse.

SafeLaunch has flown three successful missions to Santa Barbara, Camarillo, and Santa Maria. Following Lompoc, the next destination will be Carlsbad, CA. If you are a local parent with a child who suffered, or is suffering from addiction, SafeLaunch invites you to bring your story and your child’s photo. They will proudly carry it with us on board this and all future FLIGHTS ABOVE ADDICTION.

The community is invited to attend from 3-5pm on March 27 the the Lompoc Airport. To find out more or to schedule a flight in your area, contact Janet Rowse at jrowse@safelaunch.org or 805-283-7233.

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Recognize the most commonly misused drugs

Rx Bottle

Watch this slideshow and learn what these drugs of misuse look like.

(Credit: Medicine.net)

In 2010, around 7 million people in the U.S. were “nonmedical” users of prescription drugs. This amounts to about 2.7% of the total population. Estimates of the number of people who have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical use are even higher and range to up to 20% of the population. In 2009, 16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Although any type of medication has the potential to be abused, certain groups of prescription drugs are most commonly abused.

Painkillers: Opioids such as codeine and morphine are narcotics prescribed to treat pain. Other drugs in this class include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, etc.), meperidine (Demerol), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), diphenoxylate (Lomotil), and propoxyphene (Darvon).

CNS depressants/tranquilizers: Drugs in the Benzodiazepine class are central nervous system (CNS) depressants used to treat anxiety disorders and sometimes for the short-term treatment of insomnia. Examples include alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and triazolam (Halcion).

Barbiturates: Barbiturates are also central nervous system depressants. They include phenobarbital (Luminal), pentobarbital (Nembutal), and mephobarbital (Mebaral). Barbiturates are prescribed to treat insomnia, tension, and anxiety.

Stimulants: Stimulants are sometimes prescribed to treat obesity and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Examples include methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall). Some of these preparations can be found in over-the-counter diet pills.

Dextromethorphan (DMX): DMX is the active cough suppressant found in cough and cold medications.

The elderly are particularly vulnerable to prescription-drug misuse and are known to have the lowest rate of compliance with instructions for medication use.

Teens and young adults are prone to prescription drug abuse, particularly of painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. A survey of teens who abused prescription drugs showed that the majority reported receiving them from friends or relatives.

Many experts believe that health-care workers (including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and veterinarians) may be at increased risk for prescription-drug abuse because of their easy access to medications.

The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs can lead to drug addiction. Addiction to prescription drugs is treated in much the same way as addiction to illegal drugs and may result in withdrawal symptoms just like addiction to illegal drugs. Behavioral therapy can teach people how to properly use medications and how to manage the cravings and relapses that accompany addiction. Medications can also be used to treat withdrawal symptoms and drug overdoses.

In many cases, the misuse of prescription drugs can be prevented by education about the medications and by strict adherence to the directions for the use of prescription drugs.

Changing the dosage of a drug without consulting a doctor and the sharing of prescription medications with others are two practices that dramatically increase the risk of prescription-drug abuse and dependency. You should check with your doctor before changing the dose of a medication. And never share prescription drugs with anyone.

REFERENCES:
http://www.medicinenet.com/teen_drug_abuse/article.htm
United States. NIDA. Prescription drugs.
United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.