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DEA takes Temporary Control over K2 and other chemicals!

DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic Marijuana
Agency Will Study Whether To Permanently Control Five Substances 

NOV 24 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals(JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make “fake pot” products.  Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals and products should be permanently controlled. 

Source: http://www.justice.gov      K2

 

A Notice of Intent to Temporarily Control was published in the Federal Register today to alert the public to this action. After no fewer than 30 days, DEA will publish in the Federal Register a Final Rule to Temporarily Control these chemicals for at least 12 months with the possibility of a six-month extension. They will be designated as Schedule I substances, the most restrictive category, which is reserved for unsafe, highly abused substances with no medical usage.

Over the past year, smokable herbal blends marketed as being “legal” and providing a marijuana-like high, have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults.  These products consist of plant material that has been coated with research chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet.  These chemicals, however, have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process.  Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as incense to mask their intended purpose. 

Since 2009, DEA has received an increasing number of reports from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement regarding these products.  Fifteen states have already taken action to control one or more of these chemicals.  The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow the DEA Administrator to emergency schedule an abused, harmful, non-medical substance in order to avoid an imminent public health crisis while the formal rule-making procedures described in the CSAare being conducted. 

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How to pick a good addiction facility for a loved one?

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Addiction treatment programs are vast across the internet. When searching for a good addiction treatment program sometimes consumers can get overwhelmed. Sober Sky has great pointers to help you in picking out the best addiction treatment programs.

 

  • Pick a program that has an experienced staff treating your loved one. It is important to find out how long the staff has been treating addictions. The longer a program has been in business treating addictions is always a good start.
  • Will the program that you send your loved one be exposed to 12- step approaches? Pick a program that introduces and individual to the 12- step programs. More people get sober and stay sober because of the 12-steps. All other promises or modalities are simply not proven and you should be cautious of any other claims.
  • The staff is the most important aspect of any good treatment program. In other words the people that treat your loved one need to know what they are doing. Once again experience is the best indicator of a great addiction treatment program.
  • Medical detox and counselors on staff are very important. A program that does not have licensed staff needs to be scrutinized. Some programs do exist that do not have licensed staff, but they are usually recovery centers and will not be using counseling. I recommend facilities of this nature under the section recovery centers. They are a totally different type of program. They are not treatment programs. Please go to section on recovery centers for more information on this type of program.

 

This is a short pointer list but can help you in picking a great treatment program. If you need assistance in finding a great program feel free to e-mail me at texasscottkelley@aol.com I am always available to help you in finding a good program.

 

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Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Legislative Conference

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Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Legislative Conference
February 16, 2011
Austin, Texas

 

The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) and the Association of Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), along with the Texas Summit Committee for Prevention will be sponsoring the 2011 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Legislative Conference.  Please join us for this substance abuse focused legislative conference in Austin on February 16th, 2011.

 

The conference offers 4.5 CEUs and more importantly an opportunity for your voice to be heard.  Registration is required and you must register by 2/7/2011. Please visit www.taap.org for more information and convenient on-line registration.  We sincerely hope that you will join us in bringing this vital message of hope to the Texas Legislature.

 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
St. David's Episcopal Church, Austin

Featuring:

4.5 CEUs
 
Exciting Workshops including sessions on:
Substance Abuse Funding
Substance Abuse Bills - 82nd Legislative Session
Strategies for Prevention
Legislative Advocacy

Lunch with an Elected Official

The opportunity to experience legislative advocacy firsthand

Visit www.taap.org for pricing and more information.

Join us for the TAAP General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 5:30 PM
TAAP State Offices
1005 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701 Basement Level, Room B-10
Including nominations for open board member positions
Open to all TAAP members
Visit www.taap.org for more information



Sober Sky Recommends Summer Sky Treatment Center

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Sober Sky is about people finding addiction treatment. Since starting Sober Sky I have toured and meet up with some great addiction treatment programs. I look forward to updating consumers on some of the best addiction facilities in the nation. Right, now I want to highlight one great addiction treatment program that is making so much progress, that I want to share what they are doing. In the great State of Texas is an addiction rehab that is changing the face of addiction treatment. They are using innovative treatment modalities and bringing great success to the field of addiction treatment. Recently they opened an intensive outpatient program in Stephenville, Texas that is serving the local community needs. This great facility is called Summer Sky Treatment Center. If you are looking for a great program start by visiting this site. You can reach them at 1-888-857-8857.

 

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Arizona voters approve medical marijuana measure - CNN.com

Medical Marijuana Approved in Arizona for medical purposes. Sober Sky is interested in following the research and the progress of how this change will effect the citizens of Arizona. If it is used with strict regulation, I personally see no problem with this change, if the benefits out weigh the other medical procedures. I will have to say "I have some doubts", but it is to early to tell if this is a positive thing or a negative event. I have always seen myself as a forward thinking individual. I hope that as a result of the law change that the doctors are actually required to follow the prescriptions that they prescribe for Marijuana and report into some type of research database. I hope that those that are prescribed the use of Marijuana are also held to strict guidelines not to allow others to have prescribed Marijuana. Lot's of questions, but I will have to wait for the data, as it becomes available. Please visit the CNN article for more details on this development.

 

Arizona voters approve medical marijuana measure

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Summer Sky Opens Intensive Outpatient Program in Stephenville, Texas!

Summer Sky Treatment Center in Stephenville, Texas has opened up a State of the Art Intensive Outpatient Program. This New innovative intensive outpatient program is unlike any other program in the State of Texas. Summer Sky has served over 10,000 patients since 1985 and now are positioning themselves to help more people, by providing this service to families and individuals in the Stephenville, Granbury, Glen Rose, Hico, Dublin, Mineral Wells, Weatherford, Eastland, Bluff Dale, Carlton, Lamkin, Morgan Mill, Comanche, Brownwood, Hamilton, Deleon, Lingleville, and Proctor. This is serving a need for the towns and counties surrounding the Summer Sky Treatment Center. No more long drives to the big cities to attend a intensive outpatient program. Many people are going to live as a result of having access to this type of treatment program. You can visit Summer Sky Intensive Outpatient program at http://www.summersky.us or call them at 1-888-857-8857.

 

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Here is a listing of some places to Detox in Texas

 

  1. Summer Sky Treatment Center 1-888-857-8857 http://www.summersky.us
  2. Basin Detox Systems 1-800-317-7818 http://www.basindetox.com
  3. Austin Recovery Inc. http://www.austinrecovery.org/

 

 

 


Addiction the Word

Some terms that are commonly used in discussing drugs and drug use are difficult to define with precision, partly because they are so widely used for many different purposes. I want to caution people when learning about different addiction related terms. Many different meanings from many different sources use the word addiction to imply explanations of their points of view.  The term Addiction is a controversial and complex term. Another complicating reality is that everyday usage of the word addiction seems to gravitate away from scientific meanings of the word. The history of the word has meant different things throughout the last 200 years.

Who uses the term addiction anyway? The scholars or academic historians have their own opinions and view points to what addiction means. Very interesting points of views have been discussed in the circles of education. The individual addict and the families of the addict all have their own experience with what addiction means to them. Counselors and physicians, nurses, outreach workers, and case managers have their point of views. Then you have judges,lawyers,police officers, probation officers,clergy,child welfare and child protection workers, public health workers, teachers,school counselors, and youth workers who sometimes have their own way of relating the term addiction to what they see in their professions. With so many different views of what the word means it can lead  you in so many different directions when seeking help for someone that has an addiction. No wonder confusion exist for the addiction treatment consumer looking for a great drug or alcohol addiction facility. You are not alone. I hope i can help you find the right facility. Please enjoy the site and feel free to call or e-mail me or better yet post a comment. 

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Sober Sky is for the Consumer of Addiction Treatment Programs!

Sober Sky is in the process of making huge changes in the drug treatment industry. Sober Sky is developing a consumer rating system to identify quality of service programs. Scott Kelley LCDC is the owner of Sober Sky and has been in the addiction recovery world for over 17 years and loves helping consumers match addiction treatment programs to the individual. Having worked for a Nationally Known Drug Recovery Center and for The Best Drug Rehab in Texas called Summer Sky Chemical Dependency Treatment Center he is more than qualified to help consumers find the best addiction treatment options for individuals and the families. Currently Sober Sky will be addressing categories for consumers to search and read about drug rehab programs. The development of Sober Sky has been a free time project, especially since Scott has recently been promoted to Executive Director of Business Development for Summer Sky Treatment Center. Please return often to the site and see the reviews and features of some of the best alcohol and drug treatment programs in the nation.

 

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Sober Sky The Consumer Addiction Treatment Resource Website!

Sober Sky is making changes to the over all look of the site in the next couple of weeks. We are looking to increase the amount of content and categories for our consumers seeking information regarding addiction treatment programs. The National Addiction Treatment Industry is filled with many different treatment programs that are of high quality. We hope to help make your search for a drug rehab as easy as possible. Sober Sky looks forward to helping as many people find addiction treatment. Please feel free to contact me or visit some of the great treatment programs listed on this site.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Kelley LCDC