A recent survey conducted on approximately 50,000 High School seniors came up with some alarming results. Fifty (50) percent of these 12 graders acknowledged to having used drugs at least once in the past 12 months. And not surprisingly, Marijuana topped the list of substances used. The same survey also revealed that most young adults try alcohol at age 12 and Marijuana at the age of 14. Studies have revealed several reasons behind drug abuse among young adults and this includes everything from the curiosity to experiment, peer pressure and dealing with first major challenges in life. Parents, or other loved ones, being drug abusers themselves, increase the chances of teens taking to this habit. Parents and other legal guardians have to do their best to prevent all forms of addiction that can doom the future of these kids even before they realize their dreams. Knowledge Is First Step to [...]
Barry and Candace Crupi’s son Johnathan died of a heroin overdose at their home on Staten Island. He was 21. The obituaries have a certain sameness to them: full of praise and regret for lives cut short, marked by telltale details and omissions. The deaths occurred at home, or at a friend’s house elsewhere on Staten Island. The mourned were often young and white, and although how they died was never mentioned, nearly everyone knew or suspected the cause.
TYLER: Staten Island is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. The borough has the most opiate deaths per capita in the city – twice Manhattan’s rate. GREGOIRE: Most of these fatalities are happening on the island’s more prosperous South Shore. Joe Sykes reports on how Staten Islanders are searching for ways to come to terms with the problem. _______________________________________________________________________ SYKES: It’s on the Staten Island Ferry Up Staten Island Ferry you first notice all might not be well in New York’s least populated borough. Among advertisements for Italian restaurants and golf resorts there are public service posters which portray empty beer bottles and boxes of pills. The tagline: “Heroin starts here.” Clare Porcello says that’s how her son Joey got addicted. Clare: This is his graduation picture. That’s when he started, when he first took that pill that’s when he [...]
Watch This Video Here. Some 30 people recently gathered on a rainy evening at a local high school auditorium, and while most were strangers, they were united by the burden of a loved one addicted to heroin -- and by their hope for help from an unlikely angel. Alicia Palermo-Reddy, a full-time nurse on Staten Island, started her own support group, called Addiction Angel, after a member of her extended family had a drug problem five years ago. Since then, she has seen a disturbing increase in heroin addiction in this borough of New York City and not enough resources to fight it. So she took on the fight. "I realized I have knowledge, drive and the energy to help people with addiction, and the biggest part of the problem which I found on Staten Island was that there were no resources," she said. "I started holding support groups in [...]
View This Video Here. As Staten Island battles a heroin epidemic, one native is leading the charge. NY1's Stephanie Officer filed the following report. Sharing their own experiences of overcoming addiction, students who have already been exposed to drugs are hoping to deter others from trying them. "I was a homeless heroin addict. I was rescued by being arrested. Getting arrested gave me time of being by myself and sit with myself and get to think about my family," said Jacquelin Tavares. "I was doing Perc 30s. Percocets. I was using straight for three to four years,” Jamie Longo stated. "We're at Bloomingdale park all the time. We're around the area, we smell it. I don't wanna be like that when I get older,” said I.S. 34 student Michael Federico. Alicia Reddy wants this message to resonate with every audience member who attended her Scared Straight event at Tottenville High [...]
From prescription pills to heroin, substance abuse experts say the borough's drug problem is only growing worse. NY1's Anthony Pascale discusses the problem with Candice Crupi who lost her son to a drug overdose and Alicia Reddy, the founder of "Addiction Angel," a drug support group. View this video here. by Anthony Pascale, Friday, October 16, 2015
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For family and friends of drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals, addressing the addiction is one of the most difficult aspects of helping the addicted person seek treatment. Often, over time, daily family involvement has only managed to enable the addict. Family members frequently do not know how to bring up the issue of addiction therapy, and opt to ignore the problem for fear of pushing their loved one away during a confrontation or intervention. These are legitimate concerns, and while families should understand that approaching their loved one should be a gentle and supportive process, they also need to understand that most patients seek substance abuse treatment because of positive family involvement and intervention. Prior to Substance Abuse Treatment and Intervention Each family is different, and the best way to approach family involvement with addiction therapy will differ with every person. There are counselors in your area who are trained to [...]
Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D. Before a child is born, most parents are already carrying a heavy burden. They recognize that a great deal of responsibility comes with bringing a child into this world and typically believe that every choice they make from the moment of conception onwards is going to play a role in how their child turns out. For the most part, they may be right. Some choices made during pregnancy can definitely influence a child’s physiology and future health. Consuming alcohol, using drugs and some medications, eating nutritiously, among others, can all influence the health of an unborn child. However, as of the moment of conception, some unique personalitycharacteristics and physiological potentials are already pretty much fixed, regardless of pre- and post-birth parenting choices that are made. If you are the mother or father of an adult child who is not making the choices that are necessary for [...]