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Flakka: A Dangerous Synthetic Drug

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Doctors and police are warning the public about a dangerous synthetic drug called Flakka, which is gaining popularity on the streets of South Florida.

Flakka is a synthetic street drug mixed with bath salts that causes hallucinations, anxiety, psychosis, and paranoia.

A 50-year-old man named James West, high on Flakka, was caught on surveillance camera kicking the glass doors of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in. Police said West was hallucinating and thought 25 cars were chasing him down Broward Boulevard.

Dr. Nabil El Sanadi said, “we are actually seeing a lot more patients coming in hallucinating. Very fast heart rate, high body temperature, with almost super human strength.”

Dr. Sanadi said the drug can be snorted, smoked, or ingested for a cheap high that results in a “bad reaction.”

“The brain tells them that there’s something going on when there may be nothing going on,” explains Dr. Sanadi.

Other side effects from Flakka are permanent effects on the brain or heart leading to a heart attack or stroke. It can also lead to kidney failure, and a potential lifetime need for dialysis.

Emergency room doctors say many victims do not even know what’s actually in the drug they’re taking.

Flakka, also knows as “gravel” can be mixed with methamphetamine, other drugs, and is a bath salt synthetic stimulant that can be purchased online, and resold by drug dealers.

According to the United Way of Broward County’s Commission of Substance Abuse, around 126 people died from using Flakka in Florida in 2013.

There are many dangers involved in taking synthetic drugs. You can lose your freedom, family, and life. If you are suffering from addiction, our Florida based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center offers help.

Our team of qualified medical professionals and staff will walk you through the journey of recovery. We offer customized treatment plans to each of our clients because we understand that every individual is different.

Drugs can rob us of everything we hold dear. It’s never too late to get help, and contacting us is a courageous first step. Everyone deserves a chance at a happy, healthy, sober life.

Drunk Man Slaps NYPD Horse

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An intoxicated man named Victor Flores, allegedly slapped an NYPD horse on the rear in Times Square at West 47th and Seventh Avenue around 9:30 pm. The horse was spooked, and almosted tossed the officer riding on him.

Authorities say the horse could have tossed Officer Jabez Kong off his back and into oncoming traffic or into the crowded street.

Flores was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and drug possession after police found a bag of cocaine on him.

Flores told cops, “I don’t get it, tourists pet the horses all the time. I don’t get why I am in trouble for this. I was just saying hello.”

He also said, “I’m really sorry officer. I was drunk. I didn’t hurt the horse. I was petting him.”

Alcohol lowers inhibitions and causes us to make rash decisions. Common sense eludes us when we are under the influence.

Drinking alcohol and making poor choices can have many consequences. We can encounter legal problems, as well as relationship consequences. One poor decision can cost us our freedom, and even our lives.

If you have a problem with alcohol, we can help you at our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center. We offer specialized programs designed to help you overcome addiction.

It’s never too late to get the help you deserve, and our caring staff will walk you through the entire rehabilitation process. Everyone deserves a chance to start living a life free from pain and addiction.

Living a sober life is a wonderful way to wake up each morning. You will wake up knowing exactly what you did the previous night, and not wonder about if you made a decision you will regret.

You will feel a sense of freedom from the panic and fear addiction causes. You will wake up with a clear head instead of a massive hangover. You will be able to look yourself in the mirror with pride, knowing you’re living a clean and sober life.

You can take charge of your life and free yourself from the bonds of addiction. Maintaining long-term sobriety is achievable through a rehab like ours.

Utah’s Prescription Pill Problem

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Utah’s department of health reported a “400% increase in deaths associated with misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.” Prescription drug overdose is one of the main causes of injury deaths in the Mormon state. It’s reported that an average of 21 residents in Utah die due to prescription pills every month.

Utah created a “Use Only as Directed prescription safety campaign” because it’s reported that 97% of adults in Utah have ingested prescription medication from a family member or friend without getting a prescription from a doctor.

Many conservative Mormons are not allowed to drink tea, coffee, alcohol, smoke tobacco, or take illegal drugs. However, prescription medications are legal, so many see them as being separate from illegal drugs.

In 2013, Utah ranked 8th highest in the U.S. among states for deaths from drug overdoses.

A report conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that prescription painkillers were being used by many kids in junior high and high school. Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agent Randy Lythgoe said, “it’s becoming an accepted thing to do in high school, because they (students) don’t associate danger with it.”

During a 2014 visit to Salt Lake City, Deputy White House Drug Policy Director Michael Botticelli said, “from the perspective of the White House, I think we know clearly that we can’t continue to arrest our way out of the problem, that we have to deal with addiction from a public health standpoint.”

It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, not a failure of morality. People do not choose to become addicted, but sometimes there is a stigma attached to addicts. Some people do not understand why an addict cannot simply stop because he wants to.

Prescription pill addiction can ruin peoples lives, and the lives of the people they love. It can cause relationship losses, social consequences, legal consequences, and death.

An addict needs medical help, and checking into our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center is the best place to start. We offer a specialized prescription drug addiction treatment program which involves private counseling, group therapy, as well as a holistic approach to healing.

Control

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The concept of giving up control to a higher power can prove difficult for many of us who are in recovery. When I first got sober, I felt like I had to control everything. If one thing was out of place in my house, I was upset. I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect and in control, that I actually started spiraling out of control.

In my AA meetings, people talked about giving up control, letting life happen on life’s terms, etc., but I didn’t understand what that meant. I couldn’t relate to people who were easy-going, and I didn’t see how I could become one of them. People assured me that if I just kept coming back and was willing to listen, my life would improve.

I wanted to get better, so I kept going back, and things slowly started getting better. I heard stories that mirrored my own. I listened to other people who had more sobriety than me.

The thing that made the biggest difference was my willingness to become self-aware. Since I’m sober, I’m aware of my actions and their consequences. I see how my behavior affects others, positively or negatively.

I’m still a work in progress, but everyday I make a goal for myself to be a better person. I try to have more patience, I try not to judge others, I try not to put down others whose opinions are different than mine. If I make a mistake, I acknowledge it.

I’m starting to see changes in my marriage and my children that I never thought was possible. My spouse and I are listening to each other, not talking over each other. I’m trying to be more understanding with my children, and they appreciate when I stop and listen to them.

There are some days when I feel like a complete failure, I yell, lose my patience, and become irritated. But when I calm down, I have the ability to see what I need to work on. My eyes are open, so I look at my mistakes, try to correct them, and do better next time.

Here at our Florida based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, we offer many programs for those struggling with substance abuse. We offer specialized treatment plans tailored to fit your individual needs. When addiction is part of our lives, it breeds chaos, so our lives can spiral out of control very quickly. If you are ready to live a life free from the bonds of chemical dependency, our treatment center is a great place to start.

Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

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In Gainesville Florida, two synthetic marijuana products called “Purple Flake” and “Scooby Snax” have sent more than 24 people to the hospital. The contaminated synthetic drugs, also known as “spice” are hard to track since they’re difficult to regulate.

According to the Alachua County Health Department’s Director Paul Myers, the drugs are “highly toxic” and tainted. Many people who were sent to the hospital suffered from seizures, and multiple health issues. Some were released, but many had to stay for further medical
treatment.

Gainesville’s smoke shop called Land B4 Time was raided by Drug Task Force officers because a person being treated at the ER said they purchased “spice” there. During the raid, police found a few pounds of the synthetic drug. Although no arrests have been made, charges are pending.

Synthetic as well as hard drugs can cause immense damage to our bodies. If you are suffering from addiction, checking into our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center is a great choice. We offer specialized treatment plans for every individual who checks in. Our goal is to give you the tools to live a healthy, happy, sober life.

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