Thursday, June 29, 2017

Betty Ford Foundation San Diego Reports Increase in Teen Admissions During Summer

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Summer brings an increase in teenage admissions to drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics, according to addiction specialist Jessica Wong of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation San Diego.
Teenagers have less supervision and more time to experiment when they're out of school and parents are at work, said Wong.
Wong is spreading the word about the dangers of summer through "The Top Secret Project".  Parents can tour a staged teen bedroom to learn how their children may be consuming drugs and alcohol, and the devices they're using.
Click on the link above to see how teens are using innocent items like jewelry, gummy bears and tampons.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Fight Opioid Addiction Through Education, Progressive Treatment

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Opioid addiction is a problem that many Americans don’t have an answer for.

This month, federal authorities claimed one of the largest fentanyl seizures in U.S. history-- 97 pounds representing millions of lethal doses --from a house in San Diego.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed three adults found dead in a Vista home a few weeks prior to the bust were killed by fentanyl overdoses.
Dr. Brian Couey, Clinical Director for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, joined News 8’s Heather Myers Wednesday to talk about the opioid epidemic and how the foundation is working tirelessly to fight it.
A recent collaborative study between the foundation and the University of Maryland suggests that people have varying levels of susceptibility to opioid addiction and misuse. The research claims that mental health, substance abuse history and family history are all considerable factors.
“We can always look at a drug and vilify it… but the problem is really addiction,” Dr. Couey said. “How do we treat addiction? How do we identify people that are most vulnerable and tailor treatment approaches to mitigate potential problem these people can experience?”
As the epidemic grows, the chances of someone you know experience opioid addiction or misuse grows. But the signs of addiction can be less obvious compared to other illicit substances.
Signs of potential misuse, according to Dr. Couey, include slowed motor movements and suspicious behavior like dishonesty.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is giving addiction patients hope with progressive, evidence-based  approaches.
“We also really want to train physicians on how to monitor and identify substance use issues in their patients and to be more judicious when prescribing people with vulnerabilities,” Dr, Couey said.
He added that physicians only get an average of 7 to 14 hours of training in addiction over the course of their entire medical training curriculum, so the foundation has launched a summer institute for medical students to help them get ahead of the curve.