Family Loses Third Son To The Heroin Epidemic

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Posted on November 6, 2016 by Inside Out in addiction, Facebook, overdose, Son, Who will fight for them?

Three beautiful young men, all from the same family are just gone. It’s not the leading story on the news and the comments below this story will include horrible judgment and hate. All because these wonderful young men have a disease that people have decided make them less than.

Losing one child to an overdose is devastating, imagine losing your third.  Jeanmarie McCauley is having to bury her third son, Jesse.  In the go fund me summary they wrote:

I can’t believe that I am having to do this again.  Jeanmarie McCauley is having to bury her third child, Jesse.  He was a big-hearted kid who was so lost after both of his brothers died. He went to Florida to try and get his life back.  Sadly, he did not make it.  I can’t imagine the pain she and the rest of the family are in.  She has to come up with the burial expenses as well as the added cost of bringing him back from Florida.   She wants to have the three brothers together in their final resting place.  We would be so grateful for any help. No mother should have to go through this.  She and her family appreciate all the love and support they have received.

If this story is not proof that our Country is in the midst of an epidemic, what more will it take?  It was only a few months ago that a mother that runs the page I HATE HEROIN, on Facebook lost two of her sons in the same night.  Both of these mothers are fighters that actively fight to spread the word about this epidemic in hopes that no other mother will have to endure the pain of  having a child who suffers from Substance Use Disorder, much less losing a one.

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When this happens to families that are knowledgeable about this illness and actively fighting it, it just goes to show how powerful it truly is.  So what does that mean?  It means that we as Mothers and Fathers cannot do this alone.  We need the full support of our police forces, judges, politicians, and communities.

When one of our loved ones gets picked up for possession or petty theft and it’s evident to the arresting officer that they are using opiates that person needs to be taken into custody. Not just for a few hours until they are let back out to wait for court.  The presiding judge needs to look over his podium and imagine it’s their  child standing in front of them. They need to recognize that this is their chance to possibly save a life.

Why can’t they be held until a bed somewhere can be found?  We know if they are released that the first thing they will do is whatever it takes to get high.  They can’t help it, it’s a disease.  So that means if they have to steal something out of your garage or sell their bodies they will make the money it takes to feed the disease that is doing everything in its power to kill them.  If the judge knew they were going to leave and commit suicide they wouldn’t let them go.  What is the difference?

The politicians need to pass laws that make it possible for judges and police officers to take advantage of these opportunities to save our loved one’s lives.  I know this is America and typically we allow adults to make mistakes and then learn on their own from them. This isn’t the same.  Many of these people won’t get the chance to learn from their mistakes, they don’t live long enough to.  Don’t you see, this isn’t like smoking pot, doing a line or having a drink?  You don’t have two, three or five years to screw up and decide that you want to get clean.  With the Fentanyl and now Carfentanil every single time they use might be their last.

15000006_10210938704172944_4691463102048334425_oThree beautiful young men, all from the same family are just gone.  It’s not the leading story on the news and the comments below this story will include horrible judgment and hate.  All because these beautiful young men have a disease that people have decided makes them less than.  I can promise you this. Those boys were loved, their lives mattered and their families feelings matter.  Please, take a stand.  If you love someone who suffers from Substance Use Disorder don’t be scared to speak out. You hold the keys, all of you.  If we all stand together and tell our stories we can stomp out this stigma and force the public to take notice.  Those of us who fight every day need you.  Together we can make a change.

Please give to the go fund me for this family and if you can’t afford to give you can surely share.

https://www.gofundme.com/jesse-mccauley-memorial-fund

Update: Thank you for your generous donations, please keep them coming for this family.  Because of all of you this mother might get to bring her son back home from Florida and allow him to rest beside the brothers he loved so much in life.   Every little bit helps.

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Addiction Can Be Conquered

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Danger of heroin on display, couple found high with child in back seat

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SOURCE: East Liverpool Police Department
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio —Authorities in East Liverpool, Ohio shared photos of an arrest on Wednesday of two people accused of being high on heroin with a 4-year-old in the back seat of their car.

Officer Kevin Thompson said he was behind a Ford Explorer that was driving recklessly on Wednesday afternoon. He said the vehicle was near a school bus dropping off children when it braked hard and skidded to stop.

Officer Thompson approached the vehicle and found the driver, James Accord, 47, with “pinpoint pupils,” bobbing his head back and forth. According to the police report, Accord muttered to the officer that he was taking his passenger, Rhonda Pasek, 50, to the hospital.

Pasek was unconscious and turning blue, Thompson said, while right behind her was her 4-year-old son in a car seat.

Thompson reached in to turn off the vehicle and attempted to open Pasek’s airway until emergency help arrived on the scene, authorities said.

A folded piece of paper containing a powdery pink substance later identified as heroin, was found on Peak’s lap, according to authorities.

Columbia County Children’s Services was called to care for the 4-year-old boy.

The City of East Liverpool shared the police report and photos  from the scene on Facebook Thursday afternoon with this caption:

“We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug. We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. This child can’t speak for himself but we are hopeful his story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, deaths caused by heroin overdose in Ohio rose from 697 in 2012 to 983 in 2013. The 18.3% increase contributed to Ohio having the second highest number of overdose deaths in the country.

“We are well aware that some may be offended by these images and for that we are truly sorry, but it is time that the non-drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis.”

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Opioid overdoses in Palm Beach County up 75 percent in 2016

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Palm Beach County firefighters have been responding to an average of five opioid-related overdoses every day this year.

The Palm Beach Post reports that county firefighters are handling 75 percent more opioid-related overdoses than they did during the last eight months of 2015. There have been 1,246 opioid-related overdoses since Jan. 1, up from 711 during the last eight months last year.

So far this year, 14 overdoses have been fatal.

The figures include overdoses from heroin and prescription pills.

Similar jumps have been recorded in other parts of South Florida. Delray Beach experienced a record 66 heroin overdoses in July.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Delray Beach police both carry naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug they have credited with saving lives.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post.

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WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES RETURNS TO MCSO TO THANK ARRESTING DEPUTY FOR SAVING HER LIFE

 

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32-year old Brianna Byrnes says it was her addiction to heroin that nearly killed her. Today, she told the deputy who put her in jail last August, that it was him who saved her, and she wanted to thank him in person for making that life changing arrest.

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MCSO K-9 Deputy Justin Albauer says he remembers the stop well. It was after 11pm when he noticed Brianna’s SUV swerving all over the road. After pulling her over, he noticed that Brianna was unusually nervous and may have been hiding something. He was right. She admitted to Deputy Albauer, that she just purchased heroin from a dealer in Riviera Beach, and she had it in the car. She told the deputy that she was an addict, and truly wanted help before her addiction killed her. Deputy Albauer listened to her story, encouraged her to begin that change tonight, then took her to jail. She was charged with possession.

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Last week Brianna called the Martin County Sheriff’s Office looking for the deputy she said saved her life. Today, they saw each other for the first time since that arrest. Brianna gave Deputy Albauer a personal letter, then agreed to share her story about the arrest and the fateful night her life changed for the better. After an 18-year addiction, and a night in jail, Brianna immediately went into treatment, is now drug free, and living the life she has always dreamed of.

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On behalf of Sheriff William Snyder, Deputy Justin Albauer, and all of us at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, we congratulate Brianna for her strength and determination, and wish her a lifetime of beautiful memories as she follows her new path.

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The Strongest!!!!!

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What the Death of Prince Says About Our Escalating Opioid Crisis

 

June 14, 2016

By Dr. Scott Alpert

how-prince-died-fentanylThe world continues to mourn the untimely death of Prince, who died of an accidental overdose of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, according the medical examiner’s report. How did this happen? What may have led to this? What does this say about our escalating opioid crisis?

Just like the tragic, senseless addiction-related deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith, we’re left to wonder why another talent was taken so soon.

How Prince Died of Fentanyl

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office released a report that listed Prince’s cause of death as “fentanyl toxicity.” It said the death was an accident due to “self-administered fentanyl.” Basically, Prince over-medicated with a dangerous dosage of Fentanyl that likely led to respiratory distress.

Naloxone-opioid-rescue-drugMany of us now know that 6 days before he died, Prince made an emergency landing in Moline, IL to treat an overdose for the prescription painkiller Percocet. According to reports, he was treated with naloxone, which is known as a “rescue drug” that revives people going through respiratory distress due to opioid (painkiller) overdose.

One or more doses of naloxone, by injection or nasal spray, knock the opioids off their receptors in the brain, generally restoring breathing within minutes to prevent brain damage or save a life.

The window of time immediately following revival with naloxone is particularly difficult for opioid addicts. Naloxone can trigger almost immediate, excruciating physical withdrawal symptoms, including sweating and vomiting caused by the body’s craving for opioids.

So it’s likely Prince turned to Fentanyl to relieve the extreme physical and chemical withdrawal symptoms precipitated by his naloxone treatment in Moline.

With disastrous results, as we all now know.

“We don’t have protocols for post-overdose” in emergency departments, said Traci Green, deputy director of the Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Center said in a Wall Street Journal article.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a drug used to treat severe pain. Fentanyl is a prescription pain killer (opioid).

Opioids work by attaching to particular sites in the brain called opioid receptors, which carry messages to the brain – the message the brain receives is changed, so that pain is no longer perceived as painful.

Fentanyl is a fast-acting narcotic and sedative that is sometimes abused for its heroin-like effect.

Fentanyl is a prescription pain killer and sometimes known by its brand names: Duragesic, Abstral, Subsys, Ionsys, and Sublimaze. Patients are told to avoid mixing fentanyl with alcohol, which can cause very serious and dangerous interactions.

Fentanyl has long been used legally to treat people with severe pain, such as cancer patients. That form of the drug is sometimes diverted for illegal use.

Increasingly, drug dealers are selling illicitly made fentanyl manufactured mainly in Mexico and China, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Whether Prince knew he was taking fentanyl is unclear.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “Most of the people we’re seeing are dying unsuspecting that they used fentanyl,” said Traci Green, deputy director of the Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Center. Because the drug “is extremely fast-acting, [Prince] probably died quickly,” she said. “There’s not a lot of time to intervene to reverse that.”

The Escalating Opioid Crisis

Deaths from opioids – both prescription painkillers and heroin – have gone up 200% (3x) since 2000. Heroin and synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl) have seen big spikes of almost 5x during this period, driving the crisis.

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Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014, according to ASAM, the American Society of Addictive Medicine.

Could Anything Be Done to Help Prince?

We don’t know the details of Prince’s specific situation, but in general substance abuse is a treatable condition. When the underlying issues are properly addressed, success rates drastically increase. Unfortunately only a handful of residential treatment centers take this approach.

Over 80% of substance treatment is 12 steps-oriented, which has had limited success. 40-60% of people treated for alcohol or drug dependence relapse within a year after discharge, according to a study published in 2000 by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Alcoholics Anonymous started the 12 steps in 1935 as a self-help program. Since then, there have been countless improvements in mental health treatment, yet very little evolution in the 12 steps program itself.

The 12 steps focus on “coping skills,” but the underlying issues are avoided. In order to heal, a person needs to address their whole self: their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.

There are 12-steps alternatives for substance abuse treatment. The Clearing is a 12-steps alternative, where Spiritual Psychology is taught. Participants learn how to combine psychology with spirituality in order to address deep core wounds underlying addictive patterns. It is a mind, body, emotions, and spirit approach.

Perhaps this approach could have helped Prince and his opioid addiction.

 

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