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DA: Heroin addiction often starts with pill abuse

February 19, 2014

Curbing prescription drug abuse may be one antidote to the county’s heroin epidemic, District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt said at Wednesday’s Lycoming-Sullivan Counties Borough Association meeting....

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Feb-22-14 8:31 AM

This is more common because many kids 'experiment' but never go further or get caught. It's those few who keep doing it that get addicted. In Broward County Florida there were 225 Pain Clinics each with it's own Pharmacy attached. All they needed was a licensed Dr and he could be a Dermatologist as long as he could write Rx's. People would come from NY, Ohio, PA, etc once a month, go from clinic to clinic and get an 'exam' and 180 Oxys at each stop, go home and sell them for $1/mg. I was on the Broward Commission for Sub Abuse and it was perfectly 'legal' but we were able to shut down almost all of them on technicalities. The down side is Oxy is similar to H##ROIN thus they rate of "H" users skyrocketed. We sponsored 'Drug Takebacke' that encouraged people to clean out their old/unused meds, bring them to a drop off and got a $10 WalMart card. An enormous amount of Rx bottles were collected.Unfortunately decrease availability Oxy/Opiates = increase in "H" use and c

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Feb-20-14 8:30 PM

It's true some people do abuse prescription drugs,but it's also becoming hard for some people to get them when you really need them. It don't matter they will never be able to stop it.They throw people in jail like that's the answer it's not. I know opening a place where people can go and get their dose won't ever happen here but they do have other places and it seems to have cut down on people doing whatever it takes to get their fix.Sometimes you have to give to get. It's not the answer there is no real answer and there's always going to be something someone had to complain about that they don't like,but if your not going to try different solutions until that person is ready then don't say anything.Putting people down only makes things worse.And it's not just the lower class people doing it there are a lot of high class people doing it as well.

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Feb-20-14 8:28 AM

This is sad, and I can tell you it hurts many involved not just the addict. I talk because I have this with a past daughter in law. She has been doing pills and it has only gotten worse. She has stolen from family, friends and jobs that she lost. It is sad but something has to be done she has gotten pills from many Doctors for nothing really or people that has the same problem. I could not believe the people that is involved with this stuff and how much they depend on it. It scares me as to where she will be in a year from now. Since just last July she was at rehab and it did nothing one week later she was right back at it. Lets make these pills harder to access, and help all of us who is losing our kids, friends and family.

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Feb-20-14 7:54 AM

Get help for opiate addiction in a doctor’s office with the prescription medication buprenorphine. Go to TreatmentMatch dot org - a nonprofit organization providing a free and confidential way to find certified doctors who can help. Learn more about bupe at naabt dot org

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