Narconon Freedom Center Joins NIDA Offering Marijuana Info For National Drugs Facts Week

Narconon MichiganAlbion, MI – Narconon Freedom Center joins forces with the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) helping to bust the myths about drugs and drug abuse for National Drug Facts Week staring January 27th running through February 2nd,2014. The center is helping providing the truth about marijuana by giving away the “10 Things Parents May Not Know About Marijuana” booklet to teens and parents.

Some of the questions answered in the “10 Things Parents May Not Know about Marijuana” booklets are:

  •     Does it affect a Young Person’s ability to learn?
  •     Is it addictive?
  •     Are there any life-threatening risks?
  •     Does Marijuana lead to use of other drugs?

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Narconon Freedom Center reports on the January 2014 new drug trends as part of their continuing drug education campaign to parents and the loved ones of those struggling with addiction. New drugs and drug use trends often burst on the scene rapidly and January 2014 is seeing drug abuse of “Krokodil”, “N-Bomb”, Cough Syrup containing codeine called “Syrup”, “Purple Drank”, “Sizzurp”, or “Lean” and “Molly”.

Factors that can spur new drug trends are supply, cost or a tolerance to the drug one is taking. Developing a tolerance for a drug means that the person no longer experiences the same pain relief or euphoric high with the original dosage so they try a higher dosage or a more potent drug. It is common for drug addicts to constantly try new drugs or new drug administration methods searching for ways to boost themselves to higher highs. Additionally, many drug addicts are trying to figure out how to get more drugs for less money.

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Narconon Freedom Center Delivers Drug Education For Red Ribbon Week


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Notes from the kids to Brian after his talk.

Narconon Freedom Center delivered drug prevention education to 95 students at a local school October 28th and 29th for Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is the Nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year.

The week pays tribute to Special Agent Kiki Camarena, an 11 year DEA veteran, who lost his life when on the trail of the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers in 1985. Shortly after Kiki’s death, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Kiki’s high school friend Henry Lozano launched “Camarena Clubs” in Kiki’s hometown of Calexico, California. Red Ribbon Week grew out of these first efforts to honor Kiki and raise awareness of the dangers of drugs.

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Three New Drug Trends on the Rise

There are already countless incidents proving synthetic drugs have bizarre side effects on users. Despite this, synthetic drugs are still blatantly sold with the intention of attracting a vulnerable demographic- teens looking for easy access to a “high.”

Drug manufacturers have a way of skirting the law in order to sell these substances legally. With synthetic drugs causing problems throughout the region, Marshall University School of Pharmacy professor John Krstenansky explained that the drugs are coming at such a quick pace they can’t be studied.

As Lauren Waugh, a Marshall West Virginia toxicologist with the Department of Forensics, laid it out “Just within the last week there is another new synthetic cannabinoid out there that people are looking for standards for because the drug will come out on the illicit market. People will take the drug and then as analysts in forensic science we have to figure out where to get the standard and how to do the analysis and these drugs just come out faster and faster.”

“The bad guys are three to four steps ahead of law enforcement and five to six steps ahead of clinicians,” said Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, director of emergency medicine at the Broward Health System in Fort Lauderdale.

El Sanadi noted that some patients showed up in emergency rooms with signs of psychosis manifested as hearing voices, hallucinating and paranoid delusions of being chased or attacked.

Although a nationwide ban on synthetic drugs was enforced a year ago it may not have been specific enough.

The Three New Synthetic Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration warned parents and schools about three new synthetic drugs that are being sold in the market:

1. “Smiles” is a hallucinogen. The effects are not instantly felt and so users take more dosage, increasing the risk of overdose. Users take “smiles” as small tablets or in powder form that is often mixed with food–chocolate for instance. The side effects include heart palpitations, loss of control, panic and memory loss.

2. “Wet” refers to a marijuana cigarette dipped in liquid Phencyclidine (PCP), or the PCP itself. Side effects include feelings of detachment from reality, hostile behavior and distorted body perception.

3.  “Weed Candy” is just an ordinary candy laced with marijuana and/or some other dangerous ingredients.  Repeated use of this substance can be a getaway to stronger and even more dangerous drugs.

Narconon Rehab Facilities and Education Programs

Children are the future and it is important that plans for drug prevention are in place. Narconon Rehab Facilities not only treat addiction, but also work on drug prevention and education.

Narconon’s drug education curriculum brings information about the effects of drugs to students in a way that they can relate to. It is easy for them to receive and allows young people to arrive at their own conclusions.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or drugs call Narconon East US today at (877) 237-3307. All calls are confidential.




Narconon of Georgia Reveals New 2013 Drug Awareness Campaign

Gordan Weinand and Ji JohnsonNorcross, GA – Narconon of Georgia announces is new 2013 drug awareness campaign that is part of its expanded community reach out efforts. The organization will send staff members wherever help is requested.   The plan is to work with community groups, law enforcement and other agencies towards the goal of reducing drug abuse in Georgia.

“Thanks to the efforts of hard working men and women from various organizations across the state, last year showed a decrease in prescription drug overdoses in Georgia. This year, I think we can do better and reduce synthetic drug abuse as well.  It’s not something that any organization or agency can do alone.  It’s a big problem that takes shoulder to shoulder effort and collaboration across many agencies and groups,” said Narconon spokesperson Gordon Weinand.  Mr. Weinand is a graduate of the first Narconon program and has been clean for over 44 years.  Rear the rest of the story –