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There is a bigger Drug Problem In Marin than anyone wants to believe -1st Step Interventions

Marin Drug Dealer Robbed at Gunpoint

The following article describes the worsenning drug problem in Marin and the answer is not more punishment – it is treating the addicts with the disease of addiction approriately so not just treatment but at least a yeat continuin care plan with Addition Care Management buitl in. If you kill the need then the supply goes away.

 By Bay City News Service

Suspects armed with handguns robbed a drug dealer from the East Bay of 3 pounds of marijuana on Friday evening in Marin County, deputies said.

At 7:23 p.m. on Friday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call from a resident in the unincorporated community of Marin City reporting that someone was at the door of his residence claiming to have just been robbed at gunpoint and was asking for help.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the residence on Terners Drive near Donahue Street in less than a minute and spoke with a male victim. Sheriff’s deputies said the victim admitted to traveling to Marin County from the East Bay for the sole purpose of selling at least 3 pounds of marijuana to a pre-arranged buyer.

The victim told deputies that four people approached him and three of them were armed with semi-automatic handguns. The suspects robbed the victim of the marijuana, a cellphone, car keys, and a wallet.

Deputies said the victim was not physically injured during the robbery. All four suspects were last seen running from the scene on Terners Drive towards Drake Avenue, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies searched the area, but did not find any suspects. The victim told sheriff’s deputies that he normally only sells marijuana to cannabis clubs and people in possession of a medical marijuana card.

He said this was the first time he had ever been robbed at gunpoint while conducting his business. According to deputies, the victim said that it seemed obvious to him in retrospect that this pre-arranged marijuana sale was a pre-planned armed robbery conducted by people he believed to be customers.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Marin County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at (415) 473-7265 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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Marin County Ranks Poorly Amongst Teen Drug use, Alcohol Binge Drinking and Smoking – 1st Step Interventions

In the 2012 county health rankings just published by the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation comparing state by state and county by county, Marin County did poorly amongst factors that look at Drug Use, Alcohol Binge Drinking and Smoking – these are statistics for underage users.

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One of the factors that came out of this report, which included education, teen birth rates and proxi­mity to fast-food restaurants, was how poorly Marin County did on three basic issues: alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, including the problem of high school teens’ binge drinking.

To examine the three major issues mentioned above we need to look no further than the study done by the American Lung Association printed in our newspapers about how poorly Marin County has done in smo­king issues in four cities: Belvedere, Corte Madera, Mill Valley and Sausalito got an F from the American Lung Association in overall tobacco issues, including smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products. San Anselmo got a D in these. In fact, six CVS pharmacies have been reported in stings for selling tobacco pro­ducts to un­der­age kids. It has been shown in prior studies that there is a linkage between Teen Smoking and Drug and Alcohol abuse issues. Not that the smoking cause the issues, just that it is an indicator of potential problems in the future. Alcoholism is s Disease and one that is not brought on by underage smoking – just wanted to make that point clear.

In the field of alcohol and binge drink­ing our teen­agers were also caught in Marin County sheriff’s stings, purchasing and stealing alcohol by having those over 21 buy and sell it to the underage. Binge drinking by teens is on the increase, according to the Marin County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition.

Prescription drug abuse is also on the increase, with legitimate prescription drug use being abused and teens stealing these medi­ca­tions from parents or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. Who has not read or heard about the recent rave parties causing teen deaths?

What can be done – If you just focus on the above facts things seem bleak. But there is an answer and it does require Parents to step up and be Parents and not be so afraid to confront your Child – even if you smoked a little Marijuana growing up. The Drugs are changing – they are stronger and more addictive. Take a risk and call an Addiction Services Company like 1st Step Interventions and Addiction Care Management. We are set up to help in these exact situations. We have decades of experience and have helped over 1000+ Addicts and their Families navigate their way out of these issues, without guild, shame or blaming. Call Today the assessment is free 707-559-5146

 

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Kids selling prescription pillls on Craigs List in Walnut Creek, Danville, Mill Valley, San Rafel, San Francisco and othe Bay Area Cities – 1st Step Interventions.

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                               CASH FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTION?

This might sound like an article against Craigs List, but that would be missing the point – If your High School or College aged Child is prescribed Pain, Anxiety or ADHD Prescription Drugs – you might just want to make sure they are not ending up on Craigs List so you Child can buy harder Street Drugs.

This blog post is meant to provide those Parent’s out there whose Child fits into the 10% of our Population who suffer from the Disease of Addiction and are prescribed a Mood Altering drug by their Dr another tool to make sure they are safe. Many times if the Child is an adult they are smart enough to not sign Consents Between their Dr and their Parents – making it impossible for their parent to get from the Dr any information. All across The Bay Area in every area from Sacramento to Monterrey and over to Stockton, Orinda, Lafayette and across the Richmond Bridge into Napa, Marin and Sonoma Counties one can find these prescriptions showing up on Craigs list.

Parents you now have been warned!!

These Pills fetch a hefty sum from $6 for a 2mg Xanax up to $20 for a 30mg Oxycodone and higher.  You can imagine how much money a person could make on their prescription and then go out and buy stronger and even more dangerous street drugs like Heroin, which has been on the rise ever since Oxycontin’s formula changed, and Methamphetamine. You might thing why would my kid trade their ADHD pills for street Methamphetamine, well with 90% pure Methamphetamine showing up on the streets from Super Labs south of the Border, the street version is much more powerful as the Milligrams you can get are more than your pills. And there are plenty of speed addicted housewives out there willing to purchase your Child’s ADHD pills, fooling themselves that Adderall is ok because it is a prescription and man can they get their days work done, the kids where they need to be and stay thin for their Husbands with a few a day.

San FranciscoSo everyday people search Craigs list under Anxiety, Pain, ADHD help etc.. and text each other on their cell phones – somehow this makes each person feel the other isn’t a member of the local Police Force. They arrange meetings and drive across our Bridges from San Francisco to Novato or Palo Alto to Walnut Creek and meet in Target parking lots exchanging their cash for you Child’s Prescription Pills. Your Child then calls up their dealer and tomorrow the same thing happens – day in and day out.

So what are you to do – it is actually quite simple:

  • Count your Child’s prescriptions every once and a while to make sure the right amount is in the bottle.
  • Notice if you Kid says they are just running up to the store real quickly too many times.
  • Go on Craigs List and search terms like Pain, Anxiety, ADHD, Need help and search your City and Area and see if your Kid’s Cell Phone number is in any of the posts offering these pills for sale.
  • If you do then it is time to call a Professional and get some advice – because at this stage your Child is past a simple talk and in need of real help. They have crossed some serious boundaries and only an Addict would do this.
  • It might be time to talk about doing an Intervention to get them the help they need or looking into an Addiction Care Management Service if they have been to Rehab already once or more times. These Services can provide some Real help without the need for Rehab again – though Detox may be needed. The bad news is you are here again, the good news is a reputable local company like 1st Step Interventions will be Ethical and discuss only what is needed and give you an appropriate Assessment.
  • You can get a free Assessment from 1st Step Interventions by calling 707-559-5146 or emailing bryanbowen@1ststepinterventions.com

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Glee Star Dies of Heroin and Alcohol Overdose

“Glee” star Cory Monteith, 31, died as a result of “a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol,” the British Columbia Coroners Service said Tuesday.

It frustrates me that people are already taking his inventory, blaming him for his Disease, his death and out right being mean.

Its disgusting 80% of Patients relapse in the first 12 months, the majority in the first 6 and it cannot be their entire fault. If Treatment Centers sold tires with those figures they would be out of business in a heart beat. In fact here are the numbers

Fact: In 2002, 22 million Americans had substance dependence or abuse (SAMHSA, 2002).

Fact: Approximately 3,500,000 of them received some kind of treatment (SAMHSA, 2002).

Fact: At least 2,800 relapsed.Most will keep relapsing !! (SAMHSA,2002).

Fact: Of those admitted to addiction treatment, 60% already have one or more prior treatment admissions; 24% have three or more prior admissions. (SAMHSA, 2001).

Fact: The majority of people completing addiction treatment will relapse in the year following treatment (Wilbourne & Miller, 2003), 80% of whom relapse within 90 days of discharge (Hubbard, Flynn, Craddock, & Fletcher, 2001).

Fact: Between 25% and 30% of clients who complete addiction treatment will be re-admitted to treatment within one year, 50% within 2 – 5 years (Hubbard,Marsden, Rachal, Harwood, Flynn,Craddock, & Fletcher, 2001).

Yet More and more expensive Center promising views, Chefs, 1200 thread count sheets – like that ever got anyone sober, are opening everyday taking advantage of the sick. This has got to stop and the Industry needs to take a good hard honest look at itself. Unfortunately the only organization they have is NAATP and its lacks any power, not even one Lobbyist in Washington to help get better Insurance coverage for Patients – where do all the dues go – they throw a pretty expensive and fancy shindig every year. Huh !

I’m not saying the Industry as a whole is flawed, but a good chunk is and it is time someone stands up and speaks their mind and holds the Industry accountable. We say we are out to help people, but the all mighty dollar comes first most of the time.

It’s a shame because we really could be helping people without having to change much or many people. But it seems like no one cares – just look at the awful comments that have been said already about this poor (not in the sense of the actual word) you man that openly spoke about his Disease. Yes his Brain Disease – this is not a pull your socks up thing and I am sorry AA, and I am an active member, is so watered down that it is not enough on it’s own for Treatment Centers to rely on after they have taken all your money. There are good Treatment Programs out there and Places like 1st Step Interventions can help you find them. Be careful where you send your love one.