The news is full of information regarding the opioid crisis. However, methamphetamine has made a comeback. In fact, many criminal justice agencies are currently seeing more individuals testing positive for methamphetamine than opioids.
Facts about Methamphetamine (Meth)
Is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system.
People use meth by smoking, swallowing, snorting, or injecting the drug. Crystal meth is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks.
Short-term health effects from using meth include increased wakefulness and physical activity, decreased appetite, increased blood pressure and body temperature.
Long-term health effects include
Withdrawal symptoms can include
The most effective treatments so far are behavioral therapies and motivational incentives. Community support and mental health services are vital to people maintaining sobriety. If we all work to reduce the stigmas surrounding addiction, it will lead to the removal of barriers in acknowledging the problem, seeking and accessing treatment and, ultimately, to recovery.
Reach out to the JCDPC Quick Response Team if you or a loved one struggles with an addiction. Call (260) 251-3259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 15th , State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, issued a standing order effective August 1, 2019, allowing Hoosiers to purchase tobacco cessation products at Indiana pharmacies without having to obtain an individual prescription from their physician. Indiana becomes only the 12th state with a standing order allowing pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation products, eliminating financial and time barriers
for individuals considering quitting smoking.
Dr. Jennifer Walthall, MD MPH, Secretary of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration also announced
Indiana Medicaid will follow Gov. Holcomb’s directive to reimburse health care providers offering tobacco
cessation counseling for expectant mothers. She also announced that Indiana Medicaid will remove copayments for tobacco cessation products for pregnant women or members up to one year postpartum.
Click here to watch the video of the press release.
Click here to read the full press release.
The Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and Rethink Tobacco Indiana have collaborated to conduct a reassessment of DMHA-funded agencies’ (health centers) efforts to implement the State Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 7, passed in 2010. Biennial assessments will occur to determine efforts and need for support to provide and maintain a tobacco-free workplace environment. Click here to view highlights of the assessment.
This post was a release from Rethink Tobacco Indiana.
Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition was recently awarded with a Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Grant. According to The Truth Initiative Indiana is among a small group of states that have seen an increase in Tobacco use in the past few years, despite a national decrease in use. And Jay County has some of the highest rates of Tobacco use in the state according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Twenty-two percent of adults in Jay County smoke compared to Indiana's rate of 21% and the nationwide rate of 17%. Percent of women who smoke is also higher in Jay County than the overall state rate, and cost of smoking related birth effects are more than $62,000 in the county.
It is commonly believed that quitting tobacco could interfere with with recovery from mental illness or addictions, however, according to Rethink Tobacco, "Tobacco treatment during addictions treatment is associated with a 25% increased likelihood of long-term abstinence from alcohol and illicit drugs."
If you smoke tobacco, you may be putting more loved ones at risk than you realize. Secondhand smoke can have a negative effect on pets as well as people. According to the FDA, "Dogs can develop changes in their airways and lungs that are similar to those found in people who smoke." And the effect on cats can be even worse:
"Studies show that cats living in smoking households have a two- to four-times increased risk of an aggressive type of mouth cancer called oral squamous cell carcinoma. The cancer is often found under the base of the tongue, where the thirdhand smoke particles tend to collect after grooming. Of the cats that develop oral squamous cell carcinoma, less than 10% will survive 1 year after diagnosis, even if they’ve had chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation treatment."
So, what should you do if you or a loved one smokes? Quitting can be hard - especially without support. If you would like to have help and support to quit smoking, reach out to us here at JCDPC for resources, or visit the Tobacco Quitline tab on our website. We would love to help you, your family, and your pets live a healthy and tobacco free life, and our dream is to see Jay County become a leader in Tobacco education and prevention.
Today, we are excited to announce our new logo! We had several great entries to our contest which closed in the middle of June, and we worked with our entire coalition to decide on the winner!
Thank you to everyone who sent in a submission!
Congratulations to Danielle Heinrichs of Portland, Indana who submitted our winning logo! Danielle is a Jay County High School graduate and she works at Sister Duo Design Market.
Freedom: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
I asked a few people to tell me about what "freedom from addiction" means to them. Their responses were simple yet poignant, seemingly small but powerful.
“I have freedom in relationships. [Before I was sober] I couldn’t be counted on for anything. I would say I was going to do something, but in the end I wouldn’t follow through because I would have to get dope. Now I have freedom to make my own schedule and be reliable.”
“I have freedom to enjoy a concert. I can go, listen to the music, enjoy it and remember it.”
“I have freedom from being scared when I see a cop behind me. If a police officer pulls me over, I can confidently allow them to search my car. They will see the basketball and shoes in my back seat.”
“I have freedom to carry money. In the past every time I had went to my bills and to dope. I never shopped because if I wanted that shirt it would just take away my dope money. Now I have freedom to spend my money on things like ice cream for my girls.”
“I have freedom to own and care for a pet.”
“I have freedom from probation. I’m not tied down to a curfew or to paying fines.”
“I have freedom from worry of what others will think of me. When I was using, if something would come up missing, I felt I had to prove that I didn’t take it. Now I don’t have to worry about people’s expectations and assumptions about me.”
“I have freedom with my time. I can do what I want because I’m not constantly thinking about getting my dope.”
“I have freedom with my parents. They trust me now. I can stay in their house without them there now and they know that nothing will come up missing besides food.”
What could freedom from addiction mean to you?