Ohio Is Working to Reduce Pain In Addiction Riddled Families

Ohio Is Working to Reduce Pain In Addiction Riddled Families

Drug addiction is a terrible disease that controls your mind. When an addict wants drugs they will do anything in their power to get it. They might not want to lose things or people in their life but that is the price they are willing to pay for these drugs. This behavior is not voluntary, but a response to physical dependency. Those who become addicted to substances, which have dominion over the brain’s neurotransmitters, are subjected to the physical and psychological tolls addictive substances wreak. One thing that an addict might lose while having this addiction is their child or children. Battling a drug addiction often disqualifies parents from raising their children safely in the eyes of the law. Once a child is taken away, parents will have to take some difficult steps in order to get them back. Ohio county officials are trying to change the whole game plan and find a better action plan when it comes to families and addiction. According to the Newark Advocate, between 2009 and 2013, children services cases that are related to drugs has almost doubled. Ohio is trying to find a better way to address these instances of familial unrest. They have received a $309,000 federal grant to change the influence drugs have on families. Also state officials are trying to get care for the families riddled by addiction. They understand addiction is a problem, and if they can get them the help they need they won’t have to go through the heart wrenching process of tearing families apart. Basically, Ohio is giving families a second chance. They are trying to dig into the deeper problem...
Newark home offers alternative for pregnant offenders

Newark home offers alternative for pregnant offenders

When a mom finds out she is pregnant it’s supposed to be the happiest moment in her life. But for some moms giving birth is a prison sentence; some are arrested a month before they give birth to their bundle of joy. There can be anywhere from 15-30 pregnant women in a correctional facility at one time, and most of them are there because of their drug addiction. Most judges in the Delaware area will sentence a mom to prison so they can make sure the child, and the mom is healthy. Usually the crimes they are sentenced to are low-level offenses, so it’s not like most moms are there for a while- but it’s the degradation of getting arrested for a disease which is the problem.  When a mom gives birth to her baby in jail they only have 24-hours in the hospital until the mom is sent back to her cell, and the baby is given to the next of kin, according to Newark Post. Putting mothers behind bars is not the best option when it comes to helping them get rid of their addictions. First when the baby is born moms only have one day to spend time with their babies, ensuring new mothers and their newborns don’t have adequate bonding time Additionally, the baby is given to a relative or foster care. Basically someone else will raise their child so they don’t have to be responsible for their children. The children that are in foster care can be with a stranger for the rest of their life, it is so hard for a drug addict to get their child back. Moreover, if a mom is struggling with...
How Painkillers Are Turning Young Athletes into Addicts

How Painkillers Are Turning Young Athletes into Addicts

When moms are pregnant and they find out that they’re having a little boy they instantly bring out the basketballs, footballs, and baseballs. They decorate the nursery with their favorite sports team, and make sure everything is blue. Nothing prepares a mother to discover that her child has a drug addiction because they became a victim of addiction by playing their favorite sport. Too many times when players are injured on the field, doctors are the first to write addictive opiate medications. Without the proper guidance those very same medications can lead to lifelong addiction.  A week later after taking the medication players can become addicted. How can that be? Roman Montano was very versatile when it came to sports. He could play basketball and football, but he was outstanding when it came to baseball. While playing Roman injured his foot and needed surgery to alleviate his pain. Roman decided to not have the surgery; instead he took Oxycontin that relieved his pain. Roman became addicted to the medication and before graduation he found something else that was cheaper but could still give him the perfect high: heroin. In the month of May, Roman was found in his car with a syringe in his arm, he was dead from a heroin overdose,  according to Sports Illustrated. Roman could still be alive today if we wasn’t given this prescription drug. Doctor’s know the destruction that this drug can do but it seems like they don’t care. When will lives start to matter, especially the lives of children? When you look into the sports world many stupendous players have problems with drug addictions. One name that everyone knows...