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on Opioid Addiction

Please act on this critical  issue.


England has seen a 10% fall in the number of opiate and crack [the top 2 illicit drugs abused] users since 2005 with the largest reductions being seen in the last few years. This also includes a significant fall in the number of people injecting these drugs: from 93,401 in 2010 to 2011, to 87,302 in 2011 to 2012.

THE DIFFERENCE: England approaches the issue as a "public health" issue. In the USA we approach substance abuse as a "legal" issue. Until we fund treatment adequately, attacking demand, law enforcement attempts to shrink supply will just make profit margins greater for criminals.  We applaud shrinking the supply of illicit drugs but call for the full funding of treatment.


Employees Needed

CREOKS has a need for several employees at our various locations.  Here are a few examples:

TULSA - Substance Abuse/Mental Health Therapists - School-based or office/home-based.  Send resume'.

TULSA - ADSAC Certified Facilitator/Assessor - Full or part time or contract. Send resume'.

Claremore - Therapist - Send resume'.

Pryor - Therapists, Case Managers - Send resume'.

Stiwell - RSS. Case Manager, and Therapist - Send resume'.

Senate continues Focus on Supply-Side of Heroin


Senator Charles Schumer is asking for an additional $100 million in federal funds to help shut off a heroin pipeline from Mexico that has sparked a surge in the drug's popularity. Schumer said the money would be part of a pending Senate Appropriations bill. If approved, the funds will assist a task force, known as the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which includes the FBI, DEA, U.S. attorney's office and other agencies. The additional funds will assist their efforts to share intelligence and prosecute defendants, Schumer said.  Newsday, May 26, 2014

No money for Prevention or Treatment, Demand-Side, was mentioned.  SAMHSA was not invited to the table.  The Federal government is pursuing only a supply-side answer - once again.

Christie says medical marijuana programs are 'a front for legalization'

Hillary Clinton Leaves Door Open On Marijuana Legalization

Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects.

For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.

The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development.


A Heroin User's Story: Naloxone Gives a Mother Back Her Son, But Can't Cure Addiction

Peter Ruhry got a second chance, something many drug abusers who overdose do not get. He grew up in a home without drugs and started using drugs in April 2007.Two years later, in May 2009, he overdosed on heroin. He was 21 years old, taking summer classes at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. At some point between his home and the hospital, first responders gave Mr. Ruhry a shot of naloxone, a medication that is an antidote to opioids found in heroin and some prescription drugs. Ruhry went to rehab, started a new job, and became more involved with family members...Then, on Dec. 11, 2010, Ruhry didn't report for work, due to a second overdose. This time, he died. 'Those 18 months were priceless,' His mother remarked.

Overdoses by opioids have been rising steadily since 1992, and the Centers for Disease Control considers it to be an epidemic in the U.S. In the past two decades, the effectiveness of naloxone has caught on with law-enforcement authorities nationwide.

"Not everybody who is reversed will get clean and sober, but nobody gets clean and sober if they die from that overdose," said Dr. Thomas Jan, a pain management physician who works with the council. "It's giving them one more day to get their life together."

A naloxone kit is a zip bag that contains two prefilled syringes of naloxone, two atomizers for nasal administration, gloves and an instruction booklet. Each costs about $60 and has a shelf life of two years.

Naloxone is an important part of the State of Oklahoma's fight to reduce deaths from opiate overdoses.  Download SAMHSA's Opioid Overdose Toolkit now.





Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic

According to a report by Trust for America's Health, prescription drug abuse has quickly become a top public health concern, as the number of drug overdose deaths - a majority of which are from prescription drugs - doubled in 29 states since 1999. The rates quadrupled in four of these states and tripled in 10 more of these states. See map at link.

Prescription drug related deaths outpace those from heroin and cocaine combined. Drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle-related deaths in 29 states and Washington, D.C. Prescription drug abuse costs the country an estimated $53.4 billion a year in lost productivity, medical costs and criminal justice costs. Only one in 10 Americans with a substance abuse disorder receives treatment.

The report recommends:

1) Support for Substance Abuse Treatment. Again, focusing on the demand-side of the market for illicit drugs.

2) Mandatory Prescription Monitoring Programs to prevent "Doctor Shopping", a bill the Public Safety Committee would not allow out of committee this legislative session, amid strong lobbying by pharmaceutical and physician special interest groups.

The Zohydro Painkiller Debate

Watch the debate and decide for yourself. Then write you Congress Person and Senators. 

FDA Provides Facts About Zohydro

Zohydro: Why this new painkiller could spark another addiction epidemic

Zohydro, a New Pill 10 Times Stronger Than Vicodin, Raises Questions About Pain and Addiction


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