Last night I went to a memorial service for the son of a good friend of mine. He was a college graduate, in medical school….one month away from graduating and getting his PHD. He was studying Neurology, specifically the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain! He overdosed on fentanyl. My friend was blindsided with this news as he was this amazing, smart, motivated loving individual studying this field and knew the dangers. Addiction happens behind the most beautiful doors. It can and does happen to anyone who uses drugs. I was blown away by this and so sad.
Current Drug Trend, W-18, a synthetic opioid that may be too strong for naloxone to reverse. 10,000 x the strength of morphine.
A synthetic opioid called W-18 that law enforcement officials say may be circulating in Philadelphia.and will no doubt be here in Jersey over the next few months.
It's so powerful that it can cause death in microscopic doses, according to a recent Drug Enforcement Administration bulletin warning that the substance is said to increase the strength of heroin and cocaine.
W-18 is one of several so-called novel opioids, typically manufactured in China, that dealers purchase online. They're so novel that they are not yet restricted by the DEA and remain legal to possess in the United States.
Bottom line… These drugs are mixed with heroin sometimes without the users knowledge. The risk of overdose increases tremendously. Be informed, stay safe, stay aware.
100 Deadly Days of Summer
I was watching T V this morning and I saw something on the news that startled me. From Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2012, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers, and more than 550 of those killed were teens, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data analyzed by the nonprofit National Safety Council.
With school being let out for summer, teens have more time on there hands. They are driving a lot more and also they most likely have friends in the car laughing, talking and distracting them. This increases the risk of a car crash to 44%! Talk to your kids about the importance of concentrating on the road……including not texting while driving.
Here is a link for texting facts- http://stoptextsstopwrecks.org/tagged/facts?gclid=CPTfrZfYi80CFdhahgodDA4C2w _