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There Is Hope: An Alcohol Intervention Success Story

While in the midst of dealing with family addiction to drugs or alcohol, the idea of a happy ending may seem impossible. The pain, lies, deceit, trauma, demoralization, illness and financial ruin caused by an addicted family member can be more devastating to a family than any other affliction in our society. Even compared to other deadly diseases, addiction also comes with feelings of anger and resentment that the loved one cannot or does not change. Continue reading There Is Hope: An Alcohol Intervention Success Story

One Simple Step Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Drug Use

Ok parents, are you overwhelmed with the stories circulating through social media and the news about today’s drug epidemic in the United States? Do the daunting statistics about drug and alcohol use in your city make you want to hide your head in the sand? Continue reading One Simple Step Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Drug Use

5 Parent Tips for Keeping Kids Away from Drugs and Alcohol

I am asked daily, by concerned parents, relatives and friends of teenagers, what can be done to keep teens away from the drugs and alcohol that seem to permeate our schools. The statistics surrounding teen drug and alcohol use are daunting and justify action by those concerned  for a loved one. The average age today for a teen to first use alcohol is 13. The statistics on drug use are equally terrifying. Continue reading 5 Parent Tips for Keeping Kids Away from Drugs and Alcohol

Let Us Help You Educate Your Students About the Dangers of Addiction

As students have been taught sex ed over the years, the curriculum has evolved to properly include a discussion on drugs and alcohol (at most schools).  However, according to our research, this topic is still secondary in the curriculum to sex, pregnancy and STDs. Continue reading Let Us Help You Educate Your Students About the Dangers of Addiction

Mr. President-elect: Make Pain Pills Great Again

As our country prepares for a change in political power, the airwaves are full of promises of change. No matter what side you are on, we are all aware of the changes promised in health care, taxes, and immigration. Continue reading Mr. President-elect: Make Pain Pills Great Again

Why Locking the Medicine Cabinet is as Critical as the Gun Safe

Almost every gun owner with children knows that guns should be kept in a locked safe. Right? Unlocked, these devices become all too enticing as toys, and are bound to end up in the hands of children. And, often, these scenarios end in avoidable tragedies.

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Why Can’t We Invent Non-Addictive Painkillers?

A walk through any major city in the U.S. shows ample evidence of our country’s daily technological breakthroughs. On a recent stroll through Chicago, I observed a boy on a hover board, travelers in hybrids and fully electric vehicles. People reading electronic messages on their watch and asking walking directions to their phones are commonplace.

Buildings along the Chicago River are powered by solar and wind and the offices are lit by state of the art LED bulbs that are 500% longer lasting than light bulbs made five years ago. Cell phones held in the hands of adults and children alike are 50 times more powerful than the largest super computers of the 1980s.

Yet a turn down the wrong street led me to scores of heroin addicts, some begging for money, some awake and others somewhere in between. And where did most of these addicts start their downward spiral? With prescription painkillers known to be addictive. These opioid painkillers have been used for 200 years to treat pain. The same pain killing treatment that led to a war between China and Britain in 1839 (known as the First Opium War) is now used by every doctor in the United States.

These massively addictive pills have led to deaths of pandemic propositions. In 2015, for example, the United States experienced more deaths from heroin overdoses than gun violence.

So in the last 200 years, our society has transformed every aspect of society and introduced cars, telephones, TV, radio, X-rays and a million other technologies used daily. But, painkilling technology has not changed, despite the massive death and destruction it causes? Can the same country that produced Tesla, the iPhone and eliminated HIV not develop painkillers that do not render people slaves to addiction?

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates — where are the brilliant minds formulating non-addictive pain treatment? Hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake. Where is our hero?

Marc Treitler and his family are the founders and creators of the family addiction education website www.potatoallergy.com and the authors and illustrators of My Dad Is an Alcoholic, What About Me?: A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes.

Learn more about how to talk to your kids about substance abuse at www.potatoallergy.com. You can also find and connect with the authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

Children of Alcoholics and Addicts: The Forgotten Ones

50,000 deaths in 2014…. This was just reported by the U.S. government. That translates to 136 people dying each day — 5 per hour.

Was our government reporting casualties of the Syrian civil war? Cancer deaths? Deaths on highways? Murders? No. This breathtaking number is the number of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in our country in one year. Continue reading Children of Alcoholics and Addicts: The Forgotten Ones

Educate Kids on Addiction Before It’s Too Late

For those of you familiar with the PotatoAllergy.com movement and its focus on educating children about addiction, the call for action in this week’s landmark report on addiction from the U.S. Surgeon General will come as no surprise.

Among the important findings in the 400+ page report, the U.S. Surgeon General recognizes that educating children about the dangers of addiction before they are exposed to drugs and alcohol is crucial in preventing future battles with addiction. The Surgeon General properly points out that children who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become addicts later on than those that start at age 20 or later. It’s up to entire communities — teachers and principals, parents, doctors — to keep children from falling through the cracks, he told NBC News.

He issues a call to all Americans to help prevent addiction by educating our youth instead of having to focus on treatment decades later. “I’m calling the country to action,” he said. “We are going to need everybody to address addiction in America.”

Children with addiction in their genes are at an even higher risk and need even more attention. Children on alcoholics, for example, are five times more likely to become alcoholics than their peers.
The statistics above result in a horrifying reality for children of alcoholics — those who begin drinking before the age of 15 may be 20 times more likely to become an alcoholic than a peer.  If this does not grab our society’s attention as a call to action then what will.

Yet today there are only a handful of resources that focus on educating and preparing children with addiction in their genes. Shatterproof.com and PotatoAllergy.com are two such movements that have already heeded the Surgeon General’s plea. We can only hope that this is just the beginning.

Marc Treitler and his family are the founders and creators of the family addiction education website www.potatoallergy.com and the authors and illustrators of My Dad Is an Alcoholic, What About Me?: A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes.

Learn more about how to talk to your kids about substance abuse at www.potatoallergy.com. You can also find and connect with the authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

Care About What’s in Your Food? How About Your Heroin?

As our society has jumped deep into the world of healthy food over the last decade, it is common for consumers to demand to know all of the nutritional information and ingredients in every bite they consume. At McDonald’s, you can now view the exact calorie count of your various choices. And Starbucks proudly displays loads of “nutritional” information in its stores and on its websites. Continue reading Care About What’s in Your Food? How About Your Heroin?