Drug Abuse

In Rockville Center, Long Island for Town Hall

Sunrise Detox in Rockville Center, Long Island

A great message from kids for kids

Rockville Center Against Youth Substance Abuse

The Rockville Center, Long Island Town Hall meeting tonight is dedicated to “Underage Drinking and Drug Use”, and Sunrise Detox is there represented by myself (Joe Horrocks) and my associate Joe Chelales.

The topics of discussion range widely from prevention through treatment issues, with concerned parents, loved ones, police and policy makers looking to discuss all sort of related issues. With the rise in heroin use, a record numbers of overdose deaths in NY & on Long Island, people want information and answers.

Community Support for Keeping Kids Safe

Tonight's meeting is co-sponsored by the Rockville center Coalition for Youth, the RVC School District, the RVC Youth Council, the RVC Police Dept., as well as Dynamic Youth COmmunity, “Don't Press Send”, St. Agnes, and Senator Todd Kaminsky's office.

Joe Chelales Sunrise Detox on Long Island

Joe Chelales of Sunrise Detox on Long Island at the Rockville Center Town Hall

The kids have done a great job with Live your Life Drug Free” T-shirts, and a community Scrabble board made up of tiles contributed by students.

Some of the messages the kids placed into their “Tile Your Own Way” Scrabble board? Everything from the classics like “Crack is Wack” and “Don't Be A Fool, Stay In School” to a few I have never seen before, including “Don't Do Drugs, The Thrill Can Kill“, “Destroy What Destroys You” and “A Friend Indeed won't make you Smoke that Weed“.

Rockville Center residents address the Town Hall panel to discuss the need for Narcan response in the community (an emergency response to heroin overdose)

Sunrise Detox on Long Island

We will be busy tonight offering information and insider knowledge to everyone with questions, as much as we can. There is never enough information when you are faced with an addiction in your family, or your own life, or when addressing an epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse in the community.

Fentanyl Danger on Long Island

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Fentanyl is a very powerful drug, normally only used in terminal cases of severe pain, where the patient is expected to die and needs pain relief. These days fentanyl is a regular news topic. It's killing people.

Long Island has set a new record of 220 overdose deaths involving fentanyl in 2016 alone.

Back in 2014 we highlighted the emerging danger of fentanyl-laced street drugs, as “mass overdoses” started to appear in Pennsylvania and in Nassau County, on Long Island. Someone was mixing fentanyl into street heroin, and people were dying.

By summer of 2015 it was clear this was not a new twist, but a trend. Fake oxycontin pills were showing up containing significant doses of fentanyl. Someone was purposefully manufacturing fentanyl for distribution into the street heroin trade, and users were unaware of the dangers brought with fentanyl.

Soon synthetic carfentanyl, far more powerful than even fentanyl, was found on the market. Where fentanyl is reported to be 100 times more powerful than morphine, carfentanyl was rated at 100x as powerful as fentanyl. Of course, still more people are dying, as these drugs are so overpowering.

When Drug Use leads to Overdose

In large doses, opiates, opioids, and synthetics like carfentanyl suppress the respiratory system. Someone overdosing on these drugs will literally suffocate to death. They shoot up to get high, fall unconscious or asleep, and then suffocate to death. The drug literally shuts down their breathing.

Overdose and Unexpecting Overdose results in Death

Why do so many drug users die from these powerful drugs? One reason is uncontrolled dosage. Your drug dealer may not even know herself what is in the heroin being sold. Dose is altered for profit, over and over, and may even be increased if certain drugs are added by any of the many middlemen, along the way to a sale.

A second reason I see too often these days is the unexpected overdose. Someone coming back to using heroin after a pause may not tolerate the same dose they used to tolerate without any problems. I will write more about this later.

When You're Ready to Stop, Get Help

Not everyone wants to stop taking drugs. Not everyone addicted to heroin wants to stop. We know that. But after helping over 45,000 people detox from their addictions, we know almost everyone regrets letting it get as far as it did before they sought help.

The first step is a medical detox from the active drugs influencing your decision-making. Call us, schedule a time to come in, and we will help with everything else. In a few days to a week or so, our experienced medical team eliminates the drugs from your system, managing the withdrawal and discomfort as needed, and then weaning you off the meds. It's the first step to regaining control, so you can stay safe.

If you call Sunrise Detox you tap into a network of professionals who understand where you are, where you've been, and where you are headed. Each detox center is designed specifically for detox off drugs and alcohol, preparing you for whatever rehab or outpatient aftercare is appropriate.

When you're ready, call us 888-443-3869 and we will immediately start helping you.

If you want, tell them Joe sent you. I'll get the word, and I'm part of the team that will be pulling for you.

 

Fooled you once, Now You’re Dead

My collegue John Moriarty in New Jersey has published a blog post warning of the dangers of fentanyl, a powerful drug that drug dealers in NJ are mixing into their products. It is a very important issue. Small doses of fentanyl can kill quickly.

But fentanyl isn't the only deadly substance being distributed by drug dealers. In one day, 15 people died of overdoses in one day Camden, NJ. Police say it wasn't fentanyl.

Fool me once, now I'm dead.

Drug dealers are in the business of profiting by exploiting the trust their customers place in them. Whether it comes sooner or later, the drug dealer will take everything he can, leaving the customer at great risk, or even dead.

You don't get a second chance at recovery if you're dead.

As we see more and more individuals become addicted to prescription pain killers, we see more driven to buy illegally, in order to obtain enough to sustain an active addiction and avoid withdrawal sickness. But buying illegally means doing business with a drug dealer. And drug dealers seek profits first, even if it means fooling the customer with a cheap, custom mix of chemicals that can kill.

We are here for those who need help 1-888-443-3869.

 

Home made Heroin : New recipe from Yeast?

Scientists are learning to make opiates (for morphene) using genetically-modified yeast, instead of more expensive poppy flowers.

Scientists are learning to make opiates (for morphine) using genetically-modified yeast, instead of more expensive poppy flowers.

Can heroin now be made at home, from yeast? And how big of a problem is this?

Scienists have been working to genetically alter yeast in order to find a cheaper way to develop opiate pain killers. Heroin is made from poppy, as are opiate analgesics such as morphine. If scientists can genetically modify yeast to replace poppy, they reduce the cost of producing these drugs.

Will they also create a new recipe for heroin that can be made at home, from something as simple as yeast? It's not likely, say those who know the science.

There are approximately 18 steps to chemically produce opiates. The process is complex and not fully understood. This new research accomplishes just one of those steps, and therefore scientists are not raising alarms about home-brewed heroin any time soon. The research causing a stir appears in DeLoache, W. C. et al. Nature Chem. Biol. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nchembio.1816 (2015), and was reported in Nature (http://www.nature.com/news/engineered-yeast-paves-way-for-home-brew-heroin-1.17566#/b1).

Some law enforcement and some caring addiction professionals are asking society to “get out in front” of this development, to prevent such a nightmare scenario as cheap home-made heroin.

Drug testing with Fingerprints : Cocaine in Fingerprints

Cocaine use can now be reliably detected via fingerprint testing, according to scientists.

Cocaine use can now be reliably detected via fingerprint testing, according to scientists.

If there weren't enough good reasons to stop using drugs, we now have another. Scientists have successful demonstrated that cocaine use can be detected in fingerprints.

Scientists developed a method of examining the residual material left behind in fingerprints, and discovered adequate amounts of cocaine, benzoylecgonine (BZE) and methylecgonine (EME). The levels detected were adequate for testing. Once tested, the mass spectrometry results correalted well with oral samples, meaning fingerprint testing may be a suitable method for detecting cocaine use.

Anyone needing help breaking free of substance abuse and addiction should come in for detox and treatment as soon as possible. There is everything to gain from acting immediately when a problem is acknowledged. There is a lot to lose… and now even more, such as your job, security clearance, or other important aspects of your life, if you cannot stop abusing drugs and get scrutinized.

This new research on detecting cocaine in fingerprints is soon to appear in the journal “Analyst”, as reported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

107 Hours of Radio: Raising Awareness of New Jersey’s Heroin Epidemic

Monmouth Radio show "PorkRoll & Eggs" will begin broadcasting for 107 hours on 5/19 at 6am, to help raise awareness of the heroin addiction problem in New Jersey.

Monmouth Radio show “PorkRoll & Eggs” will begin broadcasting for 107 hours on 5/19 at 6am, to help raise awareness of the heroin addiction problem in New Jersey.

Nina, Tom and A.J. from 107.1 FM's popular Porkroll & Eggs morning show, are dedicating a week of attention to New Jersey's heroin epidemic, and we want to show our support.

Starting May 19th at 6am, the Porkroll & Eggs Morning Show from 107.1 FM will begin broadcasting live for 107 hours at various locations throughout Monmouth & Ocean counties in New Jersey. Sunrise wants to support this effort, and will have representatives on-hand to provide information and answer questions, and helping those who need assistance find it.

Nina, Tom and A.J. will be stationed in the parking lots of the Monmouth Mall, Freehold Raceway Mall, and Ocean County Mall to help raise awareness about the heroin epidemic taking place right now in our communities.

“Heroin and opiate abuse has become a staggering problem in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. New Jersey is now home to over 10% of the nations heroin addicts, most of whom are between the ages of 17 & 26 years old.” –Porkroll & Eggs

The organizers continue “It is a problem that affects us all, regardless of social status. These are our neighbors and friends, our kids and their peers, dealing with this in schools and at parties and even in our own homes. One of the hardest issues to address is denial. If you think it won’t touch you in some way because of who you are or where you live, you are wrong. Heroin is in your town, it’s a problem and it’s spreading.”

As part of this event, stationary bikes will be setup at each location for anyone to ride. The Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Family Foundation will be donating $1 for every mile ridden on each bike at all locations, up to $25,000, to local charities that fully fund recovery programs.

For more information, visit 107 Radio

NJ Today: 15 Heroin Overdoses in One Day

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that a “bad batch” of heroin distributed in Camden, New Jersey sent 15 people to area hospitals, 12 of them within one hour of the day. The reporter remarks that 14 of the 15 were “suburbanites”, as if that were surprising. We know otherwise — New Jersey's suburban youth are becoming addicted to prescription pain killers, and finding their way to cheaper, more accessible heroin.

Ira Levy highlighted this trend in June of 2013, and recent government data shows that 80% of heroin abusers started with prescription drugs.  It is very important to get treatment for prescription drug addictions as soon as the need is recognized, before more damage is done by heroin for example.