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New Law: A new section of the law to be codified in the Oklahoma Statutes as section 1-1971A of Title
63, reads as follows: Each Medicare home care agency, as defined in section 1-1961 of Title 63 of the
Oklahoma Statutes, shall be required to adopt a written random drug-testing policy as set forth in
section 555 of Title 40 of Oklahoma Statutes. This act became effective as of November 1, 2015.

Alcohol facts for Men & Women

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Our bodies eliminate alcohol at an average rate of .015% per hour. Nothing can speed up this process of
eliminating alcohol - NOT exercise , coffee, or cold showers. They may wake a person up, but they do not
reduce alcohol level. The body removes approximately one drink per hour. A person who drinks
slowly -- about one drink an hour -- will not become significantly intoxicated. Generally, if a woman
drinks the same amount of alcohol as a man dose, of the same weight, a woman will have a higher BAC
than the man. Alcohol saturates all water bearing tissue (primarily muscle tissue) in our bodies.
Because men tend to have more muscle tissue than women, a dose of alcohol is more diluted in a man .
And more concentrated in a woman. The legal limit for drunk driving varies from .08% to .10 % BAC for
adults. Federal regulations prohibit safety sensitive employees from working with an alcohol level of
0.02% BAC or greater. This resource information comes from Alcopro Drug and Alcohol Testing Products.

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Opioid Addicts Turning To Diarrhea Meds

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Loperamide Abuse is Associated With Cardiac Dysrhythmia and Death ... Imodium is a popular brand of the drug loperamide.
Some people addicted to oxycodone and other opioids are now turning to widely available diarrhea medications to manage their withdrawal symptoms or get high.
The results can be dangerous to the heart — and sometimes fatal — warn toxicologists in a study recently published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine .
The researchers describe two case studies where people who were addicted to opioids tried to ease their withdrawal symptoms b y taking many times the recommended dose of
loperamide , a drug commonly used to treat diarrhea. Both patients died.

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Fentanyl, which looks like heroin, is a powerful synthetic painkiller that has been laced into heroin but is
increasingly being sold by itself — often without the user ’ s knowledge. It is up to 50 times more
powerful than heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine. A tiny bit can be fatal. Fentanyl represents the latest wave of a rolling drug epidemic that has been fueled by
prescription painkillers, as addicts continue to seek higher highs and cheaper fixes.
“It started out as an opioid epidemic, then heroin, but now it’s a fentanyl epidemic,”
Maura Healey, the attorney general of Massachusetts, said in an interview.
Fentanyl on a patch or in a lozenge has been used since the 1960s in medical settings to
treat extreme pain. In recent decades, illicit fentanyl has seeped into the United States
from Mexico.
From < http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/us/heroin-fentanyl.html?_r=0 >

Legal Drug Industry Continues to Fool Teens

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A recent survey from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America shows 40 percent of teens think that prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs. 

The rise and fall of teenage drug use has been tracked by several organizations over the last couple of decades, and the most recent study from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America shows that prescription drug abuse continues to pervade society. 

The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, now in its 18th year, showed that four and a half million teenagers (19 percent) report abusing prescription medications to get high. This includes narcotics such as Vicodin and Oxycontin as well as amphetamines like Ritalin and Adderall. The steady rise of prescription drug abuse over the years has come to a point where teenagers are now more likely to abuse legal drugs than illegal ones like cocaine, crack, ecstasy and methamphetamine. 

In a Partnership release announcing the results of the study, CEO Steve Pasierb said, "We have a situation where a widespread and dangerous teen behavior has become normalized and has found its way into our homes." 

Released on May 16th in Washington, D.C., the Partnership study surveyed more than 7,300 teenagers in grades 7-12, and found that 9.4 million of them (40 percent) felt that prescription drugs are "much safer" than illegal drugs. Additional findings showed that 29 percent of teenagers think that painkillers are not addictive. 

Dr. Michael Maves of the American Medical Association acknowledged that prescription drugs, "…can be every bit as dangerous as illegal street drugs.“

Source:  http://www.drug-freealliance.org/teens-prescription-drugs.html