8 09, 2016

From Drugs and Prisons to Fame and Fortune, Danny Trejo Finds Redemption Helping Other

September 8th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

(Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction.  This is not to infer that these people are connected to Novus Medical Detox Center but simply to provide hope and encouragement to those fighting addiction.) Danny Trejo is one heck of a busy Hollywood actor. While most others his age are retired and long forgotten, the dynamic, muscular and tattooed 72-year-old is in greater demand than ever. And if you don't recognize the name, you sure will recognize the face. In most roles, if Trejo isn't smiling, everyone squirms a little and looks for an exit. Danny Trejo has made a [...]

25 08, 2016

More Synthetic Weed is Hitting the Streets and It’s Getting More Lethal Every Day

August 25th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In city after city, town after town, there's a relatively new player in the illicit and dangerous drug game. Called K2 or Spice, it's a man-made version of marijuana - shredded plant material sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids and rolled into joints or made into candies. Part of the problem is that these synthetic versions are not just chemically equivalent, but far more powerful - as much as 100 times more, than the natural cannabinoids found in marijuana plants. Cannabinoids are the chemical family comprising the primary psychoactive ingredients in marijuana - tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. Making the problem worse are the ever-changing formulas, constantly [...]

18 08, 2016

Disagreements Continue Over California’s Controversial Recreational Marijuana Initiative

August 18th, 2016|Categories: Legal, Marijuana|0 Comments

This November, California voters will go to the polls to decide if their state will join Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon in allowing the recreational use of marijuana. Back in 1996, Californians voted "Yes" to Proposition 215 making it the first state in the Union to legalize doctor approved medical marijuana. Since then, 25 states and Washington D.C. have legalized various medical uses of marijuana, and three more have pending legislation. In November, if approved by voters - and all indications are that it will be approved - California's Adult Use of Marijuana Act will allow adults 21 years and older to possess up to [...]

16 08, 2016

Purdue knew about illicit OxyContin sales and did not report it to authorities, says special LA Times report

August 16th, 2016|Categories: Heroin, OxyContin/Oxycodone|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

A blockbuster investigative report in the Los Angeles Times recently says Purdue Pharma knew about illegal sales of its opioid painkiller OxyContin to Los Angeles drug dealers, and failed to report it to authorities. The highly addictive and potentially lethal painkiller OxyContin, essentially legal heroin, was sold to a distributor who supplied crooked L.A. pharmacies, who in turn funneled thousands of bogus prescriptions through crooked clinics to the underworld drug trade, the Los Angeles Times report says. Internal memos and documents obtained by the Times reveal that Purdue officials were informed of the situation by staff members who track shipments. But memos were ignored and [...]

9 08, 2016

Florida’s mayor says closing pill mills sparked the state’s heroin epidemic

August 9th, 2016|Categories: Heroin, Opiates|Tags: , , |0 Comments

One of Florida’s mayor of Orange County told a Senate subcommittee that she believes the state’s successful campaign to close over a thousand “pill mills” a few years ago helped create the current wave of heroin addiction plaguing Florida. Mayor Teresa Jacobs said she believes that the loss of easy access to prescription opioids from Florida’s notorious pill mills left a drug vacuum, and that the heroin cartels have been only too eager fill this vacuum. “I don’t have empirical evidence,” she told subcommittee chairman and former GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R,FL), “but what I do have is the evidence of the increase in [...]

4 08, 2016

Warning: K2 (Synthetic Cannabinoids) Sends 130 People to New York Hospitals Over a 3-Day Period

August 4th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Get Help, Marijuana, Novus Medical Detox|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It was like a scene out of a zombie movie, one witness told a local news reporter recently in New York City. Another just called it "a horror movie." In one afternoon, a single neighborhood in Brooklyn was suddenly overrun with nearly three dozen young people stumbling and staggering up and down the sidewalks, blank-eyed and waving their arms, twitching violently and moaning, too far gone to even cry for help as they tumbled helplessly to the pavement. Most simply collapsed unconscious, but a few suffered dangerous seizures. Local citizens quickly alerted police to the frightening scene. In minutes a fleet of emergency vehicles and [...]

2 08, 2016

Colorado’s legal marijuana putting kids in hospital

August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Legal, Marijuana|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Since Colorado made recreational legal marijuana in 2012, the number of kids requiring hospital admission from accidental exposure to the drug has doubled. Admissions at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora because of unintentional exposure to marijuana rose from 1.2 visits per 100,000 kids two years before legalization to 2.3 visits per 100,000 two years after legalization (2009 to 2015). But according to the study just published in JAMA Pediatrics, it isn’t side-stream smoke from adult users that’s sending kids to hospital. It’s kids getting into the marijuana-infused baked goods and candy, a burgeoning cottage industry in recently legalized states like Washington and Colorado. The study [...]

21 07, 2016

Senate Approves Historic Drug Addiction Legislation

July 21st, 2016|Categories: Legal, Opiates|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Passed in a sweeping bipartisan 92-to-2 vote, the "Opioids Bill" is the first ever drug addiction legislation to support long-term treatment and recovery. But there's no funding in the bill to pay for any of the forward-looking measures. The U.S. Senate has approved a new "opioids bill" which addresses the nation's rampant prescription painkiller and heroin addiction crisis with some history-making provisions. The bill intends to transform the way America's health care and law enforcement systems approach drug use disorder by framing it as a health problem, not as a primarily legal situation or as a personal failure. Thanks to the special efforts of many [...]

15 07, 2016

Young Man Gets His Life Back With Help From…Soccer?

July 15th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Inspiration, Marijuana|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

(Novus writes inspirational stories of people in the news who have overcome addiction.  This is not to infer that these people are connected to Novus Medical Detox Center but simply to provide hope and encouragement to those fighting addiction.) Philip Jones was addicted to drugs and living on the streets of San Francisco for days at a time, and then seeking brief refuge at home with his mom. Philip had been abusing drugs since his teens - in fact he was selling pot in middle school - and it just kept getting worse. When he was 21, his mom finally kicked him out of the [...]

5 07, 2016

Patients are too often prescribed extra painkillers and many share them with others

July 5th, 2016|Categories: OxyContin/Oxycodone, Painkillers, Vicodin|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

It’s okay to share your Tylenol or Advil with a friend or family member, but it’s definitely not okay to share your Vicodin, Percocet or OxyContin or other extra painkillers. Tylenols are OTC – over-the-counter drugs – and they’re approved for everyone. But opioids like OxyContin are doctor-prescribed-only drugs. People can get hooked on opioids, and even die from an overdose. Passing them around can be dangerous. Yes, this is an “everybody knows” kind of message. But apparently everyone hasn’t gotten the message. A new study from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, says that on average, more than half of [...]