Man Caught With Drugs In Court


In Salem, Oregon, police say Michael Durban strolled into his arraignment on possession of heroin charges with heroin and needles in his pocket.

Durban is facing another count of unlawful possession of heroin because police found hypodermic needles and a cotton ball possibly containing heroin on him.

When asked about the paraphernalia, Durban replied, “I got mixed up. I thought I left it in my car.” He was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail.

Drugs can make us do irrational things. Coming to court with drugs is never a good idea, and a sober person would understand that.

Drugs cloud our judgement, and lead us into dangerous situations. We can’t think clearly, so we think bad ideas are actually good ones.

Many times people who get high think they look normal to the rest of the world. They feel good, so they think they look good. They can’t see how they stumble, slur their words, or say things that don’t make sense.

I knew a lady who had an issue with drugs, but wasn’t ready to get help. We went to her birthday party, and she couldn’t stop laughing at a picture on her refrigerator. I was helping her bring sodas out to the rest of the party when she stopped me in the kitchen.

She pointed to a picture of herself on the fridge, rambled about something, and broke into hysterical laughter. I had no idea what to do, I was very uncomfortable.

When it was time to cut the birthday cake, her eyes were bloodshot, and she couldn’t hold the knife to cut the cake. She asked my husband to help, so he finished cutting the cake. We decided to go home a little early.

The lady didn’t think she had a drug problem, so she refused to talk about receiving help. Her family talked to her about her behavior, but she wasn’t ready to stop using yet.

A couple years later, she finally decided to get help with substance abuse, and she’s doing great now.

Seeking help through a certified drug and alcohol treatment center like Synergy Group Services, Inc. can save your life. Here at our Florida based substance abuse rehabilitation facility, we teach our clients how to live a healthy life of sobriety.

Florida’s Heroin Epidemic


South Florida has reported an epidemic of heroin abuse recently. People are turning to heroin because the state passed various laws in response to prescription pill mills and deaths. Although prescription pill deaths and abuse has reportedly gone down, heroin use has risen due to lack of illegal prescription pills.

South Florida’s number of heroin deaths and hospitalizations have risen at an alarming rate. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, (NIDA), deaths from heroin rose 89% since 2011.

James N. Hall, an epidemiologist at Nova Southeastern University who wrote the NIDA report with 20 other researchers said, “we’re talking here about the mother of addictions. The crossover from the prescription products to illicit heroin complicates that and will fuel the continued epidemic.”

A lot of the heroin is coming from Mexico. Drug cartels who used to make a less pure brown powder or black tar heroin, are now producing a stronger white powder form.

Many young people between the ages of 18 to 29 are dying from heroin overdose. They’re using heroin to replace prescription pain pills, which is not uncommon.

I knew a young lady whose story was similar. She hurt her back in a car accident, and her doctor prescribed pain medication in high doses. She realized she was addicted to the prescription pills when she would run out of them in the middle of the month, but still needed them.

She was in an enormous amount of pain, so she turned to heroin because it was fast and cheap. She told me she never thought she would ever inject herself with drugs in a million years, but the cravings were so bad, she had to do something. Thank goodness she entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that helped her with heroin addiction.

Drugs can take us down roads we never dreamed we would ever go. It can make us lie, cheat, steal, and become people we don’t even recognize in the mirror. Luckily, help is out there. Our Florida based treatment center has a specialized program for heroin, and many other types of substance abuse. If you are ready to end the pain of addiction, we are here for you.

Florida Pill Mill Doctor Incarcerated

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Dr. Thomas Rodenberg, a South Florida doctor was sentenced to 18 years incarceration for his part in a pill mill scheme in 2012.

Rodenberg was convicted of racketeering, trafficking oxycodone, conspiracy to traffic oxycodone, delivery of oxycodone, alprazolam, methadone, and hydrocodone. Rodenberg was arrested along with 10 other individuals in the Pompano Beach Medical facility.

“I thank the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding collaboration in helping bring this dangerous drug dealer to justice” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. She also stated prescription pill deaths are in decline because of law enforcement collaboration.

Although this was a clear victory for law enforcement, some think making prescription drugs harder to obtain will cause addicts to switch to heroin on the streets.

Florida has successfully closed many pill mills in the state, but the unfortunate consequence is drug dealers selling more black tar or Colombian brown heroin. Senior vice president of the drug treatment nonprofit WestCare Foundation said, “the new drug of choice is heroin because the market changed.”

Here at our Florida based drug treatment center, we have successfully treated many patients suffering from prescription drug addiction. Our knowledgeable staff will guide and educate you into a new life, free from addiction.

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