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How to Help somone with Prescription Pill Drug Addiction in San Francisco – 1st Step Interventions

Have someone you love addicted to Prescription pills and they are no longer taking them for the Medical reason they were prescribed,  but are now taking them for Emotional or Psychological needs?

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Prescription pill addiction and overdoses have now overtaken Heroin, Cocaine and Methamphetamine’s combined. Let me first say there is nothing wrong with Prescription Pills and that for instance a body will not heal if it is in pain. The problem is when someone with an addiction problem already or  is suspected of possibly having issues with substances gets their hands on “feel good” drugs like Pain killers, Opiates or Opioid’s like (Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Oxymorphone, Hydromorphone – these are generic names for Percodan, Vicoden, Tylenol #3, Dilaudid and Opana) or benzodiazepines (Alprazolam, Diazapam, lorazapam, Clonozopam – generic names for Xanax, Valium, Ativan or Klonopin) the latter are used for anxiety, muscle relaxant, sleep disorders to name a few. The addict becomes either physically addicted or psychologically addicted to the emotional pain they relieve.

The biggest issues related to Prescription Pill abuse and suggestions for avoiding Prescription Pill abuse are below:

  • The person taking them is already an addict and they have full control of the medication. In this case another family member or friend should and in most cases getting a small safe or lock box and only giving a days worth at a time can relieve the addict from even thinking about taking more than they should.
  • A family member not attending all Dr’s visits and allowing the addict to describe symptoms that maybe are not being seen by you or over playing the amount of pain they are actually in.
  • Stepping in when it seems as though the “Patient” has been taking the medication for a long time and asking the Dr during these visits is the medication really necessary or is there a non narcotic replacement medication that could now be prescribed.
  • Pill Counting – every once and a while it is good to count the amount of pills still in the bottle. The bottle will have the amount and frequency of how the medication should be taken. This will tell you how many pills should have been taken and should be left. When you get a prescription these days you also get a piece of paper with your insurance info, personal info and precautions on it. It will also have how many days the prescription is supposed to last for on it.
  • Making sure your loved one or friend isn’t seeing multiple Dr’s for the same ailment and getting more prescriptions than they need.
  • Make sure the medication is being taken as prescribed – this does not usually include, snorting pills, crushing or chewing long acting medication or in severe instances using a needle. No matter what your loved one says these are not OK routes for taking these medications. Your Dr has prescribed an amount to deal with your issue – doing the above cause much more of the medication to get into your system potentially causing overdose or increasing tolerance and now you need more to get the same pain relief for instance and your normal amount doesn’t work when swallowed.
  • If your loved on is Physically addicted to their medication and it is time to get off them, instead of trying to tapper the medication over time – look into your insurance and see if you have coverage for a medical Detox in a Center or Hospital. It is safer, quicker, ensures it gets done and a Dr can provide a letter stating you are taking a week off work for “Medical Reason” only and your work has to accept it and cannot legally ask what your “medical’ issue is.

I’ve done these things and I am still finding problems and it is not getting better even though my husband, wife or child swears they will stop or change. I am even finding they are buying pills from other people, off the internet or the streets or have switched to illegal drugs.

  • Never just take their medication away – severe withdrawals could happen and in some cases potential death.
  • If you are allowed to still talk to their Dr, make sure their Dr knows. One thing to know is if they are suffering from Chronic Pain you may want to consult with an Addiction Services Expert or an Interventionist, like 1st Step Interventions & Addiction Recovery Services, INC. for advice.  This can potentially lead to unwanted consequences and a Professional can help you come up with solutions that don’t negatively impact the addict, but get them off the medication and back living normally without needing the medication.
  • If you have found that no matter how many promises you loved one has made, it doesn’t matter they are always broken. Intervention is a potential solution as a good Professional, Compassionate and Confidential Interventionist, who knows your local area well and is local to your Region, such as The Bay Area – will have a high success rate at getting your loved one into Treatment or an Addiction Care Management Service Company that can monitor their progress and accountability. This removes the stress and anxiety from you and allows a Professional in to help and in appropriate cases assess the situation and decide that Rehab ( a Drug Treatment Program) is really needed.
  • You may find that you have developed Co-dependency during this time and have enabled the situation just to relieve your own feelings or to get the Addict out of your hair or to stop acting our, yelling, screaming, being mean etc.. In these cases talking to an Interventionist or Addiction Care Management Service Company helps, but you may need more like Al Anon or CoDA (Co-dependents Anonymous) first let me say as an active AA member myself, the support found in these groups can be found no where else and is really important if you are dealing with a loved one who has an active addiction or who is going through early Recovery (by this I mean the first 2-3 years).
  • If you are trying to help your loved one accept that they need help and your conversation is going in circles – STOP – and then call a Professional like me. You probably have had essentially no impact on their Addiction to this point and you don’t want to further drive them underground and isolated.
  • Lastly this is nothing to be embarrassed about, it doesn’t mean you have done anything wrong. Addiction is a Brain Disease and if you have it you were born with it. The introduction of the substances has activated it and now Professional help is needed.

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How to find help for drug addiction in Marin County, Sonoma County and San Francisco – 1st Step Interventions

Do you have someone in your life suffering from The Disease of Addiction and Talking to them hasn’t helped – Anxious and Scared?

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Finding help for someone you love with and addiction can be harder than you think. Friends will tell you stories of people who have gone to Rehab and relapsed or you will go online and be faced with so many choices and each will tell you they are the best and treat everything under the sun in 28 days.

This can be confusing and add to your anxiety. 1st Step Interventions has been in business here locally for over 10 years working in places like Marin County, Sonoma County and San Francisco. We have an excellent reputation and have performed over 350+ successful Interventions and in our 15 years in the industry (other positions as well, see “About Us” on site) we have helped over 1000+ Addicts and their Families.

We are an Ethical company and I am a certified Interventionist and Addictions Services Counseling Expert. I will spend the time with you to hear what you and your loved one’s needs are and then receommend a reputable local Rehab that can help and will focus on Sobriety and what we know works, not fancy chefs, expensive views and high thread count bed sheets. None of these things have ever gotten anyone sober and just cost you more and feed the addicts entitlement.

Our first assessment is free so giving us a call today costs you nothing and we will help you begin the process of getting your loved one help that will stick and help you free yourself and your family from this crisis you have found yourself in. Our Interventions are compassionate, Professional and Confidential.

For longer term help, as addiction is a Chronic Disease, we have founded a Service for Continuing Care called Addiction Care Management. Essentially we remove you from having to police whether your loved one is staying Sober and doing what they need to early on to build a strong foundation for long term Recovery. When you call us please ask about our Service or you may go to www.addictioncaremanagment.com for more information.

Call today and move out from being help hostage by an addiction and help your loved one reclaim their life and move on healthy and positive.

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Marin County Intervention and Addiction Counseling Services – 1st Step Interventions

Do you need help with a loved one in Marin County who is suffering from Addiction?

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1st Step Interventions has become the leading choice for families being held hostage by a family members addiction In Marin County. Most of the time the Addict will deny using and drugs or alcohol and you find yourself in a conversation going around and around getting no where and you are living with anxiety and worry. 1st Step Interventions over the last 10 years has performed over 350+ successful Interventions and worked with 1000+ Addicts and their Families.

Some times you only have one chance at an intervention and you want to make sure you do it right. We are a local company who only works in Marin County and the Greater Bay Area. WE have a 95% success rate at getting Patient into Treatment, cost less than our competitors and unlike out of area Interventionists will not charge you to fly us in and then leave the next day if your loved one says no. In our Contract we agree at no extra cost to stay helping you for 3 months if your loved one says no the first time. We will have a plan in place that works and will be here locally to help you all the way through the process.

call us today our assessment process is free and you have nothing to lose 707-559-5146, if emailing is easier you may email me at bryanbowen@1ststepinterventions.com. Once hired we will take over all of the planning, we will take all of the worry out of your hands and with care and compassion put a plan into place that will work. We will help choose the right Rehab (Treatment Program) at the right cost for your loved one’s needs based on our assessment. Our relationships with local Rehabs are built on trust and confidentiality. We are the Interventionist of choice for most if not all local Bay Area Rehabs.

Don’t be fooled by fancy Intervention Models that get thrown around. The most important piece’s are; is your loved one going to be in front of you to hear how bad their life has gotten, how scared and anxious you are and that there is help available. 1st Step Interventions will make sure this happens and during the pre-Interventon the day before the Intervention without your loved one, we will educate you on the Disease Process of Addiction, Codependency and enabling, discuss what has been going on, help you with what you are going to say and in what order and finally go over several times the process of the Intervention until everyone is sure they fully understand what is going to happen and what their role is going to be.

During Rehab we will stay involved with you during weekly conference calls and getting feedback from the Treatment Program. This is called our Addiction Care Management™ Program. The first month of Rehab’s service is free. Over the last 3 years since founding this Model to better serve this Chronic Disease and the rate of relapse we see, every family has hired us. We take the worry out of whether or not your loved one is doing what they need to for their recovery, are they following their Continuing Care Plan from Rehab. We provide the accountability, keep our conference calls going and meet weekly face-to-face with your loved one. For more information go to www.addictioncaremanagement.com

Don’t wait – Call us today we answer our phones 7 days a week. If we are on another call, leave your information and we will call back immediately. It is time to act and move your loved one and family out of the Crisis of Addiction.

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Marin County Intervention and Addiction Counseling Services – 1st Step Interventions

Do you need help with a loved one in Marin County who is suffering from Addiction?

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1st Step Interventions has become the leading choice for families being held hostage by a family members addiction In Marin County. Most of the time the Addict will deny using and drugs or alcohol and you find yourself in a conversation going around and around getting no where and you are living with anxiety and worry. 1st Step Interventions over the last 10 years has performed over 350+ successful Interventions and worked with 1000+ Addicts and their Families.

Some times you only have one chance at an intervention and you want to make sure you do it right. We are a local company who only works in Marin County and the Greater Bay Area. WE have a 95% success rate at getting Patient into Treatment, cost less than our competitors and unlike out of area Interventionists will not charge you to fly us in and then leave the next day if your loved one says no. In our Contract we agree at no extra cost to stay helping you for 3 months if your loved one says no the first time. We will have a plan in place that works and will be here locally to help you all the way through the process.

call us today our assessment process is free and you have nothing to lose 707-559-5146, if emailing is easier you may email me at bryanbowen@1ststepinterventions.com. Once hired we will take over all of the planning, we will take all of the worry out of your hands and with care and compassion put a plan into place that will work. We will help choose the right Rehab (Treatment Program) at the right cost for your loved one’s needs based on our assessment. Our relationships with local Rehabs are built on trust and confidentiality. We are the Interventionist of choice for most if not all local Bay Area Rehabs.

Don’t be fooled by fancy Intervention Models that get thrown around. The most important piece’s are; is your loved one going to be in front of you to hear how bad their life has gotten, how scared and anxious you are and that there is help available. 1st Step Interventions will make sure this happens and during the pre-Interventon the day before the Intervention without your loved one, we will educate you on the Disease Process of Addiction, Codependency and enabling, discuss what has been going on, help you with what you are going to say and in what order and finally go over several times the process of the Intervention until everyone is sure they fully understand what is going to happen and what their role is going to be.

During Rehab we will stay involved with you during weekly conference calls and getting feedback from the Treatment Program. This is called our Addiction Care Management™ Program. The first month of Rehab’s service is free. Over the last 3 years since founding this Model to better serve this Chronic Disease and the rate of relapse we see, every family has hired us. We take the worry out of whether or not your loved one is doing what they need to for their recovery, are they following their Continuing Care Plan from Rehab. We provide the accountability, keep our conference calls going and meet weekly face-to-face with your loved one. For more information go to www.addictioncaremanagement.com

Don’t wait – Call us today we answer our phones 7 days a week. If we are on another call, leave your information and we will call back immediately. It is time to act and move your loved one and family out of the Crisis of Addiction.

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Unregulated Addiction Drug tests purchased near Walnut Creek and Danville – 1st Step Interventions

Buyer Beware

At 1st Step Interventions, the leading choice by parents and the most successful Drug Addiction Intervention Company in Walnut Creek and Danville has noticed an unsavory trend recently – Home drug test kits that are unregulated by the FDA. These Tests  can be purchased at Dollar Stores.

Parents often worry about drug and alcohol use with their young children and teens. This time of year can be especially daunting with graduation, parties and summer celebrations. Sober graduation campaigns only go so far.

shoppers can buy home drug test kits, that are unregulated by the FDA, for only one dollar at the local dollar store in town.

We set out to track down one of these tests. It didn’t take long to find the blue and green box, complete with a picture of hemp leaves, stocked on the shelves.

Are these tests accurate?

The box says the test is “97 percent accurate” with results in five minutes of dipping the single-use strip into a urine sample. It shows a simple plus or minus to tell if the tester is positive or negative for having Marijuana, pot, hash, hash oil, or any other form of the drug  in the body.

The test says it is for “over-the-counter and prescription use” with a cutoff of “50ng/mL of Cannabis.” (Ng is the abbreviation for a nanogram.) Cannabis is just another term for Pot.

The package insert reads “Easy Screen test to Federal Guidelines for detection. Other drug test and methods may in fact test to standards and levels higher than Federal Guidelines.”

Dollar Tree corporate officials where contacted for comment about the Easy Screen drug tests but did not respond. The store manager was unable to provide comment.

Other drug store chains do offer home drug tests for marijuana, methamphetamine, opiates, Ecstasy and cocaine, but those tests run upward of $30 and the sample must be sent out in order to obtain results.

Jeff Soto of Teen Savers, a manufacturer of home drug test kits, says tests like Easy Screen are not generally reliable.

“Tests like Easy Screen are usually Chinese made. Many aren’t consistent and can vary in the levels they test from box to box in each lot produced,” he said. “A lot of the people buying these products are users themselves who are checking because they have a drug screen coming up at work or something like that.”

Soto says that accurate home drug test kits must go through a rigorous screening and process with the Food and Drug Administration in order to qualify for FDA approval.

Although  attempts to reach the FDA went unanswered, a search of their website shows that in August 2011, Greenbrier International, INC’s Easy SCREEN Marijuana Test Strip, for Cannabis or THC was waived from regulatory over-site.

According to the FDA website:

“Tests can be categorized as “waived” from regulatory over-site if they meet certain requirements established by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) law. By selecting a Test System Name, you can view the CLIA data for that Test System, including the corresponding 510(K) record, if applicable.”

In order to be considered for Waivers per the FDA:
1) Any test listed in the regulation must be included.
2) Any test system for which the manufacturer or producer applies for waiver if that test meets the statutory criteria and the manufacturer provides scientifically valid data verifying that the waiver criteria have been met
3) Test systems cleared by the FDA for home use.

A call to the manufacturer’s customer service department went unanswered.

“The cheap tests can give a parent a false sense of security,” said Soto.

We at 1st Step Interventions use Drug Smart tests. These tests have been tested and a white paper published. We present our clients with the white paper before we start a Drug Screening process on any of our Patient’s under our Addiction Care Management™ Service. We have found that the Patient’s we work with whose Parents or Spouse or Family sign them up for this Service do much better in their Recovery. In fact every Patient who had at least 9 months if not longer of drug testing along with our services are all still Sober and in Recovery today. How do we know this, because the relationship we form with them becomes so strong that they themselves stay in touch with us.

 

 

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1st Step Interventions wins 2013 Best of Petaluma Award in the Alcoholism Treatment Program category

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1st Step Interventions Receives 2013 Best of Petaluma Award

Petaluma Award Program Honors the Achievement

PETALUMA December 5, 2013 — 1st Step Interventions has been selected for the 2013 Best of Petaluma Award in the Alcoholism Treatment Program category by the Petaluma Award Program.

Each year, the Petaluma Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Petaluma area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Petaluma Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Petaluma Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Petaluma Award Program

The Petaluma Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Petaluma area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Petaluma Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Petaluma Award Program

How do you know who to choose when you need help with an Intervention, Addiction Counseling or Rehab in San Francisco – 1st Step Interventions

THE COUPLE BELOW ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS AND QUESTIONS YOU ARE ASKING YOURSELF – LOOK FAMILIAR?

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This is the most important question you can ask yourself when you are trying to help a loved one get help for their Addiction. Usually this means getting them to accept going to Rehab (Treatment Program) and being ok with going to Rehab. Here are some tips that you SHOULD follow to make sure you are getting the best service and that your loved one and family are in good hands.

  • Is it a local Bay Area Intervention and Addiction Services Company
  • Are they an out of Bay Area company with no idea of local services and want you to send your loved one out of town to an expensive Rehab and have you pay them to fly in, pay for hotel and a rental car.
  • If your loved one says no – are they going to leave you and get on a plane and leave the next day.
  • Are they over charging you and offering you less than 90 days of Intervention Service.  You may get a no first and have to use Bottom Lines to help your loved one accept Rehab. No intervention should be more than $3500.
  • Have they been in business more than 10 years. Have they performed hundreds of Interventions and have the experience to know what to do in every situation
  • Does their Founder have Rehab experience, besides just being sober and do they have more than 10 years in the Treatment Industry and their own Sobriety
  • Does the Interventionist have Direct Patient Care in a Rehab setting and Addiction Group Settings.
  • Are they familiar enough with each drug and the appropriate detox protocol so your loved one is safe.
  • Are they knowledgeable about The Disease of Addiction and able to explain it. Can they recognize other Mental Health Issues.
  • DO they have a special relationship with a particular Treatment Program and only offer that.
  • Are they a California Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and a Nationally Board Registered Interventionist.
  • Do they carry Professional Liability Insurance.
  • Don’t be fooled by and Intervention Company that says they do detox – usually they are extremely dangerous and done in hotel rooms
  • Don’t be fooled by a Intervention Company that says they are in your area, but are in another State and use an 800 number with no local address

You need to ask all of these questions and trust your gut when you get your answers. You may have only one chance and you want to be successful. Unfortunately people die from addiction and you want to know you have put the best plan with the best company forward – this is usually a family member or dear friend that you are trying to help

 

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19 People arrested in Sacramento in 20-home drug bust – 1st Step Interventions

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Search warrants served at 20 homes across Elk Grove and Sacramento County led to the arrests of 19 people after law enforcement found thousands of marijuana plants at the residences Wednesday.

Elk Grove Police Officer Chris Trim said the department’s street crimes unit has been investigating suspects for the past several months. He said they are responsible for a large scale indoor pot grow and cultivation operation.

During the search of the homes, law enforcement found about 6,000 marijuana plants, more than 180 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $70,000 in cash.

“It ranks up there with some of the larger ones we had several years ago that ended up going federal, as far as the DEA involvement,” Trim said.

Trim said nine children, between the ages of one and 15, were living at some of the homes that were converted into marijuana grows; they were taken into custody by Child Protective Services because they were being raised in a hazardous environment.

Elk Grove police worked with Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, YubaSutter Narcotic Enforcement Team and Department of Justice during the investigation, home searches and arrests.

“Seems part for the course for Elk Grove,” Hutchison said. “We watch it on the news every six months.”

Example of seriosness of Drug Problem and Drug Abuse in Sacramento

This story taken from News10/KXTV Sacramento, illiterates the need for more Rehabs and Drug Intervention and Counseling Services in Sacramento. Even though the amounts seems high, they are not even enough to supply the Marijuana needs of Sacramento. At 1st Step Interventions we recognize that if 20% of the United States population have Addiction then 50,000 people alone suffer from Addiction. There are not enough services to support this need. We at 1st Step Intervention try to do our part by speaking for free to Parents at High Schools and Community colleges, but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. The amount of homes converted for Pot growing in Sacramento just couldn’t put the problem out there any louder.

Also, all of these homes have probably been destroyed by mold created inside the walls from the constant high humidity needed to grow Marijuana indoors. These homes also have to be tagged as having been used to manufacture drugs which hurts their resale and leaves hundreds of homes abandoned in our neighborhoods left unattended.

Be aware of what is going on in your neighborhoods and should you need help for anyone you know with an Addiction Proglem we at 1st Step Interventions offer a free assessment. Just call us at 7077-559-5146 or email bryanbowen@1ststepinterventions.com

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Northern California’s Illegal Marijuana Trade Takes Deadly Toll

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Northern California’s Illegal Marijuana Trade Takes Deadly Toll

 

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A youthful adventurer raised in Sonoma County. A Colorado entrepreneur. A former stockbroker from New York.

The three men, who were killed in February during a suspected pot robbery in Forestville, are among at least 18 people who have died since 2006 in Sonoma and Mendocino counties under circumstances involving the sale and cultivation of marijuana.

Last week, three men accused of killing the trio were ordered to stand trial in Sonoma County Superior Court. The preliminary hearing cast a spotlight on the outsized role that marijuana plays in violence on the North Coast.

“Homicides are very uncommon, but homicides involving marijuana are common,” Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas said.

Nine of the 18 people were killed during apparent robberies, including the three Forestville victims: Sonoma County native Raleigh Butler, 24; Todd Klarkowski, 42, of Boulder, Colo.; and Richard Lewin, 46, of Huntington, N.Y.

On Oct. 6, 2011, four men planned to buy about 20 pounds of pot from Jose Manuel DeJesus, 33, of Santa Rosa outside a Todd Road market. Instead, the men shot DeJesus dead and took the drugs.

Police said Andre Grant, 31, was shot and killed April 10, 2006, over 25 marijuana plants he tended in his Santa Rosa garage, which at the time were valued at about $21,000. Grant was a medical marijuana patient and police have not publicly identified a suspect in the case.

Celso Madueno, 23, was shot and killed Oct. 19, 2012, when he interrupted intruders who broke into a Redwood Valley home north of Ukiah. Detectives suspect the still-unidentified intruders were drawn to the home by marijuana being grown on the property.

At least three suspected robbers were killed when they allegedly broke into homes to steal marijuana, according to law enforcement accounts.

In 2007, 300 pounds of processed marijuana were at stake when three armed men barged into a Santa Rosa apartment. Maximiliano Izquierdo Martinez, 20, of Windsor was among the robbers who confronted residents at the Beech Avenue apartment. He was shot and killed in the fracas.

Timothy Burger, 21, of Sacramento was after marijuana on Nov. 1, 2010, when he and two accomplices entered a Laytonville home, sheriff’s officials said. The resident shot Burger dead during the confrontation.

Detectives believe Pablo Solorio Nunez, 22, of Mexico sought marijuana on Nov. 17, 2011, when he was shot and killed while breaking into a Covelo home. Detectives seized about 100 pounds of marijuana from the house after the shooting.

Other homicides lay bare a more complex dynamic surrounding marijuana and its trade.

Nine of the 18 killings appear to involve various disputes among people involved in growing or selling marijuana. In many of the cases, precise motives in the killings are unclear.

This summer, for example, a Mexican national was gunned down at a pot garden in Mendocino County. The body of Hugo Olea-Lopez, 23, of Upper Lake was found June 17 outside Laytonville at a camp on private land where he had spent three growing seasons growing marijuana. But about 300 pounds of fully mature plants and recently cut-down plants were left behind.

In another case, authorities still are searching for three men suspected in the Sept. 11, 2009, beating death of Raul De Lara Ruiz, 52. Ruiz and the men were growing marijuana together at a Hopland property and both Ruiz and his wife were assaulted during some kind of disagreement over the operation, sheriff’s officials said.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said the violence is often a result of complex relationships involved in the marijuana trade. But money plays an undeniable role too.

“The violence we see in most marijuana cases deals with the business portion of marijuana cultivation as well as sales. There’s a lot of money there,” Allman said.

The three execution-style killings that took place Feb. 5 in Forestville stand apart not only in the death toll but in what the case has revealed about the marijuana trade, Freitas said.

Butler, Klarkowski and Lewin were shot as they sat on the cabin floor, packing bundles of pot. Suspected shooter Mark Cappello, 46, of Central City, Colo., and his suspected accomplices, Odin Dwyer, 38, of Colorado and Dwyer’s father, Francis Dwyer, 66, of New Mexico left with 69 pounds of pot, although the amount promised could have been as much as 100 pounds, according to court testimony.

One hundred pounds of pot could be worth at least $200,000, according to some estimates that put the street value of black-market marijuana at about $2,000 per pound.

“The amount of marijuana, the amount of money, the fact that three people were killed,” Freitas said. “I had detectives traveling to many, many states over several weeks. The scope of the investigation stands out.”

The dynamics of the case echo what investigators have been tracking for years, said Mike Sena, director of the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

“We have people coming in from all over the country, from British Columbia and Mexico. You’ve got this huge influx of customers, or brokers, coming in to check quality of the product, folks negotiating prices and pounds, how much they’re going to sell,” Sena said.

Marijuana production continues to rise, and with such a glut on the market, pot’s value is fairly low in Northern California, Sena said. But its value rises the farther it’s taken out of state, he said.

Estimates about how much pot flows out and cash flows in to Northern California each year are hard to pin down. One 2010 state report estimated the state’s marijuana market at $14 billion.

Whatever the size, the cash economy has a broad effect, padding law enforcement budgets through asset seizures, boosting local business and, some say, raising land prices.

“It’s to the point right now where during the grow season, it’s difficult for federal agents to rent a hotel room. The prices they’re going for are like a big city,” Sena said.

 

Is Intervention necessary or can a family with a sober person do it on their own?

Intervention ExpertGood questions and one that should be asked. Intervention is a Professional Meeting vs a Meeting of Family Members and either one of them or a friend with some Recovery time. Below are bullet points of why Intervention is the only way to go:

1.  A Professional Interventionist will be licensed to work in the Alcohol and Drug Industry, have a Intervention Board Certification and will carry Professional Counseling Insurance.

2.  They will have completed a minimum of 350 hours of additional schooling plus at least 20 hours or CEU’s (Certified Earned units) yearly to keep updated on new Therapies, Models, Pharmacology and other related subjects. Plus Ethics and Confidentiality every 2 years.

3.  A professional Interventionist will have usually visited the Center they are recommending and know the Staff Personally. They are thus able to be objective about the quality and the condition of the Center and the quality of the staff

4.  The Interventionist, before the intervention, trains family members and during the Intervention a level of civility can be obtained by a good Interventionist, allowing for real communication between family members.

5.  An Interventionist knows when to stop and when to keep going. Interventions are fluid and organic. You need some one who can read the signs and allow for the Intervention to reach the right moment.

6.  After your loved one says yes an Interventionist will keep things moving, get your loved on the phone with the Center and help get to what your loved is/has been really taking and what their detox needs will be like and be able to call ahead to the Center to give them the information.

7.  A professional Interventionist will be able to get a good intervention done and the person packed and on their way to Treatment in an hour and a half at most.

8.  All of your plans will he made by and thought of by your Interventionist.

9.  Lastly an Interventionist will keep your Loved One from talking everyone around in circles and debating and trying to change your mind if they do a lesser program or something that is less of a requirement of them and “the easier softer way”