Drug Dealer Charged in Mac Miller Overdose Death

Drug Dealer Charged in Mac Miller Overdose Death

Prosecutors in the Los Angeles area have charged a man who supplied Mac Miller with drugs in connection to his death in 2018. Cameron James Pettit was Mac Miller’s main drug dealer leading up to his overdose, and text messages between the two detail all of the transactions that played a role in his death.

The main cause of Mac Miller’s death was ruled to be accidental overdose from fentanyl exposure. He purchased what he thought were “percs”, referring to 30mg oxycodone painkillers, but in reality, they were counterfeit fentanyl pills supplied by Pettit. Fentanyl is much stronger than oxycodone and even heroin, leading many unsuspecting addicts to overdose when using the drug.

Drug Dealer Charged in Mac Miller Overdose

Authorities charge man who sold Mac Miller drugs

According to an official DEA statement, authorities believe that the fake Percocet pills supplied by Pettit played a direct role in Mac Miller’s untimely death:

Fentanyl disguised as a genuine pharmaceutical is a killer, which is being proven every day in America. Drugs laced with cheap and potent fentanyl are increasingly common, and we owe it to the victims and their families to aggressively target the drug dealers that cause these overdose deaths. (DEA)

Instagram messages between Pettit and others also show his guilt and culpability in the crime. He shows remorse for what he has done and is worried about the consequences of what is to come.

For his actions, Pettit faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Investigators are now aggressively targeting drug dealers peddling fentanyl as it has lead to the current explosion in the opioid epidemic and overdose deaths throughout the country.

Mac Miller, whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick, and his music were loved by many and he continues to be dearly missed. He often spoke publicly about his struggles with substance abuse but was not able to get the help he needed until it was too late. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, it’s crucial to reach out for professional addiction help as soon as possible.

Artist Leaves Heroin Spoon Sculpture at Purdue Headquarters

Artist Leaves Large Heroin Spoon Sculpture at Purdue Headquarters

Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, is dealing with a public relations crisis. An artist and gallery owner left a 10-foot long heroin spoon sculpture at their headquarters for their role in spreading the opioid addiction epidemic. The Connecticut gallery owner says he plans to “gift” more spoons to other prescription drug makers that have fueled the addiction crisis, along with giving the spoons to certain politicians and doctors that he says are complicit.

The almost 800-pound sculpture was originally created by Boston-based artist Domenic Esposito,  and the whole piece was hand-made to look extremely real. The bent spoon signifies darkness and addiction, as many addicts bend spoons to be able to “cook” heroin and other drugs in them, in preparation for injection.

Massive Heroin Spoon Left at OxyContin Maker Headquarters

The artist’s and gallery owner’s name behind the whole ordeal is Fernando Luis Alvarez, and as a result of the publicity stunt, he was charged by police with both a misdemeanor and felony because he refused to remove the heroin spoon from Purdue Pharma property. Alvarez told TIME Magazine that his goal is to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic, and the role prescription drug companies like Purdue played in marketing strong opioids like OxyContin with little oversight.

Alvarez explains his goal for leaving the 10-foot heroin spoon sculpture at the OxyContin makers’ headquarters as:

The justice department and the country has to start putting some of these people behind bars, because they go on and make a lot of money and then they pay a fine and so be it. That is just not the way it should be.

For many years Purdue Pharma has drawn scrutiny and public anger because of their intense push to market OxyContin to doctors and patients. This opioid-based drug got countless Americans hooked on opiates in the mid to late 2000s. Many of them moved on to using heroin because it was cheaper and even more powerful, creating a cycle of addiction that often ends in an overdose.

Many heroin addicts first get their state of drug abuse by getting hooked on prescription painkillers, and those come from doctors that prescribe them for a variety of reasons. Reflecting on his stunt, Alvarez says he is not concerned with the potential criminal repercussions of his actions:

I’ll take the hit. I’ll take the charges. When I represent an artist, I’m all in. I was just laser-sharp focused in seeing that sculpture there and making sure society and the media would actually get our movement going, with that spoon being a symbol of the true accountability and the true conversations we need to be having about this.

Now that the opioid addiction crisis is no longer being ignored by health and government officials, more addicts are getting the help they need. The more awareness we raise about the issue, the better the outcome for recovery becomes. Recreate Life Counseling offers a solution-focused and evidence-based approach to treating addiction. Our comprehensive drug and alcohol rehab centers are located in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Pilot of Delta Flight Arrested On Suspicion of Drinking

Pilot of Delta Flight Arrested On Suspicion of Drinking2

A Delta Airlines pilot has been arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated while his fully boarded plane was waiting for takeoff. This happened at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019. The 37-year-old Minnesota native was ready to fly the plane to San Diego and was being screened by enhanced airport security when a bottle of alcohol was found on his person.

The flight, Delta Flight 1728, was deboarded after the situation was discovered. This caused a delay in takeoff but the plane eventually arrived safely at its final destination later that day. Every single time an airline pilot is found to have been drinking is a serious breach of security and safety protocols. Airlines and authorities deal with this with zero tolerance and that also extends to any type of drug abuse or misuse.

Pilot of Delta Flight Arrested On Suspicion of Drinking

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) along with an airline spokesman report that the suspicion began when the pilot suddenly left the airport staff security line, then returned later.

“Delta’s alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation. Delta is cooperating with local authorities in their investigation,” the airline’s statement said.

Being under the influence of alcohol and operating heavy machinery, especially a jumbo jet airliner, endangers the lives of hundreds of people. Airlines are always committed to removing any staff members under the influence, or even the slightest suspicion of being drunk, and these various security checks were added to prevent incidents exactly like this one.

Intoxicated Delta Pilot Removed From Plane

There have been no formal charges placed on the pilot because authorities are waiting for pending toxicology reports. The pilot, whose name is Gabriel Schroeder, was booked and released pending results of the investigation.

There is always a risk that some pilots and airport staff may slip through the cracks and board or operate a plane under the influence. If you know a friend or loved one that is a problem drinker,  it may be time to look into therapy and counseling for that individual. Recreate Life Counseling offers alcoholism treatment in an evidence-based approach that is safe, comfortable, and effective.

Passenger claims that man overdosed and died on Delta flight

With the drug addiction epidemic ravaging all areas of the country, even our skies are not a safe place. A Delta Air Lines flight passenger has claimed that a man overdosed on one of their flights when she was a passenger and there was no Narcan on the flight to save him.  Naran is the brand name of naloxone, which is used to reverse opioid-related overdoses. The passenger claims that the man overdosed on the Delta flight and passed away as a result of the incident:

As a result of the unconfirmed incident, Delta announced that they will have Narcan kits on all of their aircraft flights by the end of the year. The graphic nature of the reporting passenger’s description, detailing how the man was found with a “needle in his arm”, paints a dire picture of what is happening in communities all around us. Opioid overdoses are increasing every year, and the man that overdosed on a Delta flight is a prime example of the dangerous nature of addiction.

Passenger claims that man overdosed on Delta flight

Man overdosed and died on Delta Air Lines flight without Narcan available

When an overdose happens, the quick administration of Narcan can mean the difference between life and death. In this situation, having naloxone handy could have saved the man’s life. Privacy rules restrict Delta Air Lines from directly commenting on the situation, but they did confirm there was an onbroad medical emergency during the flight:

In response, reps for Delta confirmed to Yahoo that a medical emergency happened during the trip and that their flights are not currently supplied with Naloxone, popularly identified by the brand name Narcan, a nasal spray used to counter opioid overdoses. (Fox News)

Drug overdose deaths have now surpassed vehicle crashes for the first time in the number of deaths. This terrible milestone is a cause for action in the war against addiction and drugs.

If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid addiction, there is help available. Recreate Life Counseling offers an evidence-based approach to treating addiction. We get to the root causes of substance abuse and assist addicts in achieving long-term recovery.

“Calvin Klein” Drug Craze

Calvin Klein Drug Craze

The New York Post reported recently how there is a new cocktail drug killing our youth, and that it tragically took the life of a young violinist who was a musical prodigy. The drug has come to be known as the ‘Calvin Klein’ drug because it goes by the initials ‘CK,’ that reference the brand. CK is a cocktail drug that is a mixture of cocaine and ketamine. The young violinist died from an accidental overdose of the drug in London on Thursday, July 11th, 2019. It’s often used in the club scene by young adults that want to party longer and harder. Unfortunately, the consequences of mixing these two dangerous narcotics can be fatal.

Calvin Klein Drug Craze

Dangerous Calvin Klein Drug Craze

Per the New York Post, “Katya Tsukanova, 17, a leading musician in the UK, died of an apparent overdose from a cocaine and ketamine drug cocktail — just days after performing at the Royal Opera House in the city”. This news has prompted further investigation of how dangerous this drug is. Although more evidence is needed in how cocaine and ketamine combined affects a person’s brain, there is research on the two drugs separately.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, classifies ketamine as a dissociative drug similar to hallucinogens. NIDA states that the reason people take dissociative drugs is to “enable them to enter into what they perceive as a more enlightened sense of thinking or being” (NIDA). Additionally, from NIDA, “Ketamine—also known as K, Special K, or cat Valium—is a dissociative currently used as an anesthetic for humans as well as animals. Much of the ketamine sold on the street has been diverted from veterinary offices. Although it is manufactured as an injectable liquid, ketamine is generally evaporated to form a powder that is snorted or compressed into pills for illicit use…” (NIDA).

Cocaine is considered a stimulant drug, and when added to ketamine, likely increases the effect of the Ketamine. Historically, cocaine has been mixed with many other drugs to enhance their effects. It is commonly mixed with heroin, methamphetamine, and alcohol. Tsukanova was a victim of the lethal effects of both drugs. The New York Post reported that her father, Igor Tsukanova, said his daughter was a “smart girl, and she made one bad choice.” (NY Post).

Raising Awareness About the Calvin Klein Drug

The CK drug is a popular club drug, and like other club drugs, may continue to take lives as it continues to be sold. The DEA currently does not acknowledge the drug cocktail CK as a specific drug type but does reference cocaine and ketamine in their drug schedules. The DEA schedules drugs according to how dangerous they are “Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential… the abuse rate is a determinate factor in the scheduling of the drug; for example, Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and physical dependence.” (DEA). Currently, Cocaine is listed with the DEA as a schedule II drug and Ketamine a schedule III.

The fact that a young violinist died accidentally from the mixture of cocaine and ketamine is tragic. Although most experiences with dangerous drugs do not end well, cases like this are very saddening and force us to examine what our younger generations are doing when they get together. Becoming involved and educated about the types of drugs that are available in clubs and on the street is a starting point. Additionally, adults must look for warning signs and behaviors that indicate drug use and abuse, as well as supporting laws that will limit the accessibility of these drugs to be bought over the web and by illegal prescription as in the case of Ketamine.

Recreate Life Counseling and Drug Sweeper Are Working Together

Drug detection dogs are very effective in protecting clients in addiction treatment facilities and recovery residences from these harmful and addictive substances. Drug use within rehabs and sober homes is a constant danger and many facilities struggle to address the problem. In every treatment center, there are some patients are not serious about getting sober and devise clever means of sneaking drugs into their treatment program.

The risk of having drugs in treatment facilities and rehab centers can be minimized through the use of Drug Sweeper. This innovative service was created by Paul Tessein, who recently celebrated 31 years of long-term sobriety. As an addict in recovery, Mr. Tessein understands the importance of keeping our rehab facilities drug and alcohol-free. Recreate Life Counseling has teamed up with Drug Sweeper for random sweeps and comprehensive drug detection checks across all of our residences and treatment facilities.

Drug Sweeper

Why Should Drugs Be Removed From Treatment Facilities?

The most important objective of a drug and alcohol treatment facility is to provide a safe environment for addicts to recover. As a JCAHO accredited facility, Recreate Life Counseling takes the task of keeping our treatment environment drug and alcohol-free very seriously.

In addition to that, Drug Sweeper helps us in keeping other dangerous objects and prohibited items away from our clients. The K-9’s under the direction of the Drug Sweeper Service do not just search for drugs, but also other contraband such as bombs and explosives among many other dangerous items that should not be in a drug treatment facility.

How Drug Sweeper Keeps Our Facility Safe

Patients that have relapsed recently are more likely to sneak in drugs to their recovery residence or treatment center. This not only poses a danger to the individual, but it is also a threat to the entire addiction treatment and recovery community, including all of the staff. Addicts in treatment are vulnerable, and if given the opportunity will often drugs while in rehab. Some individuals may still be going through lingering withdrawal symptoms, not to mention the intense cravings that can occupy the mind in early sobriety. That’s where drug detection dogs come in, and they are great at finding different kinds of substances, including:

  • Heroin
  • Prescription Opiates
  • Crystal Meth
  • Crack
  • Marijuana/K2/Spice
  • LSD
  • PCP
  • Cocaine
  • Hashish
  • Cannabis Resin
  • Ephedrine
  • MDMA/Ecstasy

Here at Recreate Life Counseling, we are fully aware of the dangers posed by drug use to patients, residents, and the whole treatment team. That’s why we make great use of the Drug Sweeper Dog Service to reduce all of the risks that could otherwise be encountered during the treatment process.

Recreate Your Life in a Drug-Free Environment

Human searches are not as effective as a trained Drug Sweeper K-9. This unique company has all of their K-9’s and handlers go through extensive training to make sure they are always ready to detect even small traces of narcotics. This includes full-time training for six months alongside taskforce police dogs and the passing of a comprehensive certification exam. Our partnership with Drug Sweeper has allowed Recreate Life Counseling to be at the forefront of safety and security standards for drug treatment facilities throughout the country.

If you want your loved one to receive addiction treatment in a safe and protected treatment facility, then Recreate Life Counseling has a solution. We take the wellbeing our patients as the number one priority at all times and are committed to guiding your loved one to recovery. Contact our addiction specialists around the clock to learn more about our day/night addiction treatment and intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Recreate Life Counseling offers partial care and intensive outpatient treatment programs in Boynton Beach, Florida, designed to meet the individual needs of each client. We believe that by helping our clients recreate themselves, they are more likely to achieve and stay in recovery.

Mindfulness Meditation in Recovery

Mindfulness Meditation in Recovery

Meditation and mindfulness in sobriety, especially early recovery is crucial. It is suggested that anyone in recovery meditate and practice mindfulness. It makes the recovery journey much more enjoyable and will improve the quality of one’s everyday life. There is a plethora of scientific evidence out there that backs up the benefits of practicing meditation in sobriety. Studies have shown that these techniques, especially when combined with conventional therapies are extremely effective. Not only will these practices help improve quality of life, it will help prevent a relapse from ever happening.

Mindfulness in Sobriety

Practicing mindfulness can help alleviate various mental stressors. Mindfulness is a state of mind that can be found when one focuses on living in the current moment. When in this frame of mind they will be more accepting and acknowledging the thoughts and feelings they have on a much deeper level. When done correctly, one will not have a side on whether these feelings are right or wrong, the thoughts will simply exist. This therapeutic technique takes time to master, but even a few minutes a day of practice can make a huge difference.

Mindfulness in sobriety will help one connect with themselves and their surroundings. It is an easy and natural way that allows a person, in addition, to be fully present in the moment, without becoming overwhelmed by what is going on around them and in their lives. Practicing on a regular basis can help lower stress and anxiety and even help with physical pain. Wandering thoughts and a racing mind will become something of the past. Neural connections will become stronger which can lead to increased creativity.

Meditating in Recovery

When someone meditates, they are taking a break from everything to simply “be”. The hecticness of the outside world and the stressors from everyday life will take a backseat to inner peace and tranquility. Learning how to handle life and everything that comes with it is very important. While in active addiction, people with addiction issues would turn to their substance of choice for relief. They used mood and mind altering substances to find an escape from life, to use as a vice and to cope with various life stressors and issues. Meditating on a regular basis will help prevent relapse and improve one’s overall quality of life.

Meditating in sobriety will help one understand more about themselves and can change how they handle everyday situations. Regularly practicing meditation in early recovery can help one focus and maintain a positive outlook on life. Finding happiness in difficult times can be the difference between another day clean and sober and a relapse. Finding a balance instead of swinging between emotional extremes is imperative.

One doesn’t have to meditate for an hour every day to find this peace, mediation can be done for just a couple minutes. YouTube is loaded with tons of free mediation for beginner videos and audio files. These videos range from a few minutes to a few hours. If you are brand new to meditating, try guided meditation at first. It’s a great place to start off. Don’t get discouraged at first, it can take a few minutes for one to get in the moment. For some, it can take multiple attempts to really reap the benefits. The longer one practices mediating in sobriety, the better they will get and the better their lives will become.

Proof that Meditation and Mindfulness Helps One Recover

Yale University conducted a study that proved that meditation decreases activity in the DMN (default mode network) in the brain. This area is responsible for the mind wandering about, commonly referred to as daydreaming or zoning out. When someone is zoned out it is common for them to think about things in life that bring them stress and worry. Focusing on past, present and future issues will only make people less happy and more stressful. People who practiced meditation and mindfulness for just a few weeks saw a variety of benefits.

A study performed by John Hopkins found links between medication and lessening depression, anxiety and physical/mental pain. The benefits of meditation and mindfulness and endless. Someone in early recovery will see a huge improvement in their day to day life. They will be able to build a much stronger foundation to build the rest of their life upon. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and meditation practices will help people with addiction and abuse issues find a happier and more fulfilling life. They will be less reactive and less spontaneous, thus helping prevent a relapse from ever occurring.

International Overdose Awareness Day 2016

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. IOAD also recognizes the grief felt by friends and families remembering those who have lost their lives by drug overdose. IOAD wishes to spread the message that the terrible tragedy of a drug overdose death can be prevented. IOAD originated in 2001 and has been spreading awareness of drug overdoses ever since.

The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, it is estimated that in 2014, there were 207,400 drug-related deaths across the world, with overdose accounting for up to a half of all deaths and with opioids involved in most cases. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any other year on record. Drug overdose deaths are up among both sexes, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. More than three out of five overdose deaths involve an opioid, such as prescription painkillers, heroin, morphine, and fentanyl. In 2014, overdose deaths involving an opioid killed more than 28,000 people in the United States, and more than half of those deaths resulted from prescription opioids.

What is a drug overdose?

An overdose means having too much of a drug or combination of drugs for your body to be able to cope with. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. There are a number of signs and symptoms that signal a drug overdose, and these differ depending on the type of drug used.

Signs of a Depressant Overdose

(e.g. heroin, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone)

  • Shallow breathing; not breathing at all
  • Snoring; gurgling sounds
  • Blue lips or fingertips
  • No response to stimulus
  • Floppy arms and legs
  • Disorientation
  • Won’t wake up; unconsciousness

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning/Overdose

  • Disorientation
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular or slow breathing
  • Blue-tinged or pale face
  • Hypothermia
  • Stupor
  • Unconsciousness

Stimulant Overdose

It is possible to overdose on amphetamines, such as speed and ice. Amphetamine overdose increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, or drug-induced psychotic episodes. Amphetamine overdoses differ from an opioid overdose.

  • Chest pain
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Severe headache
  • Seizures
  • High temperature
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Agitation; paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Unconsciousness

It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of an overdose, so that lives can be saved.

Recovery Is Possible

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible, and professional help is available to get you started on the right track. If you are struggling with an addiction, or have a loved one who is addicted, please seek support as soon as possible. You do not need to become part of the statistics — help is available.

Number of Opioid-Addicted Babies More than Tripled in 15 Years

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of babies born dependent on opioids increased by 300% between 1999 and 2013. These babies are born craving opioids and experiencing withdrawal symptoms, resulting in many physical and mental challenges. This data is derived from publicly available data from 28 states where information about opioid addiction has been archived. Terrifyingly enough, the CDC believes that the hospital data greatly underestimates the prevalence of drug-addicted infants. In the report, the CDC stated that neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) increased from 1.5 per 1,000 hospital births in 1999, to 6 per 1,000 hospital births in 2013.

What Can Be Done About This?

The CDC believes that state governments have an important role to play in addressing this issue because they delegate funds for substance abuse treatment and recovery that are passed down from the federal government. In 2012 alone, Medicaid programs in some select states covered 80% of the whopping $1.5 billion in costs for the treatment of drug-addicted babies at hospitals. It would be ideal if even just a percentage of these funds went to helping the mothers before their babies were born addicted to drugs. The CDC urged the need for funding of a public health initiative to help pregnant women who are battling addiction. There needs to be more proactive attempts at helping these women before their babies are born already addicted to drugs. One such effort is the Perinatal Recovery Effort through Maternal Intervention and Education (Project P.R.E.M.I.E) in Santa Maria, California. This program provides pregnant women with a sober living environment, substance abuse programs, parenting classes, and nutrition and health support, regardless of the woman’s financial status. More programs and efforts such as Project P.R.E.M.I.E. need to happen to help expectant women abstain from opioids during pregnancy, and help them maintain lifelong abstinence and sobriety.

Recovery from Drug Addiction

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, please contact Recreate Life Counseling Services today. Our outpatient program in Delray Beach, Florida is here to help you or your loved one recover from addiction and recreate your life. We believe that addiction recovery is possible for everyone. There is no shame in asking for professional help, so please reach out to us today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our treatment program or how we can help you.

Prescription Drug Deaths in the United States

The Trait That Can Identify Addiction

 

The Trait That Can Identify AddictionPrescription drug abuse has been declared an epidemic in the United States, and for very good reason. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, prescription painkillers kill more than two of the hardest illicit drugs, heroin and cocaine, combined. Prescription drug deaths make up a large majority of drug overdose deaths in the United States.

Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2010, there were over 16,000 deaths due to painkiller use in the country. And according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, of the 47,055 fatal drug overdoses in 2014, 18,893 overdose deaths were attributed to prescription drug deaths. Despite the crackdown on illegal pill mills in the United States over the last several years, prescription opioids continue to be a major health crisis in the nation. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 51.8% of the drug overdose deaths in the United States were attributed to prescription drugs. These shocking statistics demonstrate how dangerous these legal prescription drugs prove to be.

Individuals who abuse prescription painkillers like Percocet and Vicodin continue to take larger and larger doses to achieve a more euphoric high, but such larges doses can stop one’s breathing, resulting in death. The United States has made some progress in recent years on cracking down on prescription drug abuse, which has lead many addicts to turn to heroin — a cheaper, and more easily attainable alternative. The CDC proposes that the answer lies in preventing Americans from becoming addicted to opiates in general, by educating all segments of society, including the medical professional.

Are you or a loved one struggling with an addiction to opiates? If so, the time to seek addiction help is now. Recreate Life Counseling Services can help you or your loved one receive the help you need to overcome your addiction to drugs and alcohol. Call us today for help. Recovery is possible.