Faces of Meth Mug Shots   Leave Comment
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1393136293.jpgKrokodil, scientific name desomorphine, is an opiate in the same family as heroin, oxycodone and codeine. Krokodil has a faster onset, shorter duration of high and is more potent than morphine.

Krokodil has grown in popularity, especially in Russia, where heroin addiction is rampant. About 1 million users are estimated to be abusing the drug in Russia, according to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Vice chronicled the ongoing battle against the addictive drug in their documentary Krokodil Tears.

Read more at http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Flesh-Eating-Opiate-Krokodil-Reportedly-Spreading-Across-US-232345121.html#.Ut7oWTljqSk.facebook
The Meth Project   Leave Comment
1392538762.jpgThe Meth Project was established in 2005 in response to the growing Meth epidemic in the U.S. Today. The Project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.

1390631103.jpgOpana a powerful painkiller that went on the market just a few years ago is twice as strong as OxyContin, with a potential for addiction that rivals the prescription drug that has ravaged the lives of thousands of abusers.

The effects of Opana are closer to those of morphine than of OxyContin, doctors say. Whereas OxyContin has a more stimulating effect, Opana can cause a user to fall asleep. Like morphine, Opana’s greatest danger to abusers is the possibility of respiratory depression, or reduced lung functioning.
1390629391.jpgThis is the effects of a new drug called "gravel". This picture is of a young girl who shot up three days prior. This is what drugs eating from the inside out looks like.

Local law enforcement are in the early stages of their battle against a new, potent street drug, saying it’s highly addictive and leaves many users with extreme paranoia.

Early lab results reveal the rock-like substance contains alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, a synthetic stimulant acting on the cardiovascular and central nervous system.

Though ingested similarly to the synthetic drug bath salts, through smoking or injection, the alpha PVP contained in gravel is previously unseen in our region. We don’t know if they’ll have cancer in five years, or fall over dead.

Gravel can potentially be even more dangerous than the synthetic drugs mainly because you do not know for sure what other drugs have been mixed with the PVP. Gravel runs between $80 and $200 a gram.

A couple months using Gravel is compared to smoking Meth for five years.
1390633081.jpgTennessee is 8th highest for drug overdose deaths in the nation. Drug deaths, mostly from prescription pills have doubled since 1999.

Separately, the Tennessee Department of Health released Monday that as of the first week of October, 643 babies were born dependent on drugs. That's more than in all of 2011.

The numbers are high and they are increasing instead of going down.

1390630426.jpgThe multimillion-dollar superlab of "Breaking Bad" may be gone, but thousands of meth labs around the country remain. The midwestern states tend to see the most incidents involving meth labs, and Missouri outranks all others with 1,825 busts and seizures in 2012, according to a Government Accountability Office analysis of Drug Enforcement Administration data.

Moreover, an increasingly popular crude cooking method known as "shake and bake" has put meth production in addicts' hands, eliminating the need for an RV or even chemistry know-how.

It takes about 15 minutes to "shake and bake" a batch of meth in a plastic bottle using ingredients you may already have lying around the house. Sometimes the bottle explodes, badly burning the often uninsured meth cook and anyone else in the line of fire.

Meth use cost the U.S. economy around $23.4 billion in 2005, according to a RAND Corporation study. While incidents involving meth labs have tapered somewhat in recent years, thanks to the rise of "shake and bake" hospitals have noticed an uptick in meth burn cases. It costs around $230,000 to treat a meth lab burn victim, Mother Jones reported. The most common age of these victims: under 4 years old.

Oregon and Mississippi have figured out how to curb these accidents by making the key meth ingredient pseudoephedrine prescription-only. Other states keep the common cold medicine behind the counter under a 2006 federal law, but when Oregon and Mississippi implemented prescription legislation, meth lab incidents immediately plummeted. Dozens of other states have tried to follow their lead, but the pharmaceutical industry isn't having it.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wanted to make Oregon's success story a national reality, announcing legislation in 2010 for federal prescription regulation of pseudoephedrine. But according to Mother Jones, he never introduced the bill in Congress, in part because of "heavy industry spending."
1390630528.jpg From the National Institute on Drug Abuse: A recent study of marijuana users who began using in adolescence revealed a profound deficit in connections between brain areas responsible for learning and memory. And a large prospective study (following individuals across time) showed that people who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost as much as 8 points in IQ between age 13 and 38; importantly, the lost cognitive abilities were not restored in those who quit smoking marijuana as adults.

For more information http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana