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What Is Vivitrol (Naltrexone)?

July 2014---What Is Vivitrol (Naltrexone)?

When you read the pharmaceutical manual on this drug, and watch the accompanying DVD, you almost need a bio-chemistry degree to understand the true mechanism in which this drug works. Therefore; I am going to explain it much simpler.

So let's so you are an opiate addict of any type (heroin, dilaudid, morphine, vicodin etc) and you want to break this addicition. There are options such as methadone and suboxone, which work to varying degrees depending upon who you talk to. The "new kid" on the block is Vivitrol. It has actually been around for quite some time, but is really starting to gain in popularity. NOTE-Vivitrol is also used for alcohol dependence, but I'll save that for another day.

I recently had a discussion with a substance abuse professional who stated that Vivitrol has been much more successful in treating opiate dependence than methadone or suboxone. This individual stated that with the right support system in place, Vivitrol was definitely the best option for treating opiate dependence.

Vivitrol is an injection that you receive once a month. Before receiving this injection, you must be 100% opiate free for 7-10 days. Once the injection is administered it creates an "opiate blockade". Meaning, if you are on Vivitrol and then try to get high using an opiate, it (the opiate) will have no effect. You will not get high. Vivitrol binds to the opioid receptors in the brain and "blocks out" the illicit opiates such as heroin etc.  Basically, while you are on Vivitrol, using any opiate in an attempt to get high is a waste of time and money.

So there it is, the simplest explanation. Vivitrol is a drug that causes opiates to have no effect on you and basically just "blocks them out".

If you are opiate (or alcohol) dependent it may be a good idea to discuss the possibility of Vivitrol with your health care provider.

Some words of caution----If you are on Vivitrol and try to overcome this opiate blockade, you can die. Meaning, if you think....hmmmmm I'm on Vivitrol but I really want to get high. So, what I will do is use a whole bunch of heroin, way more than I would normally use, to overcome this opiate blockade....don't. This is a good way to overdose and die.

Also, let's say you are on Vivitrol and all is going well, when you are seriously injured. You have been in a car accident, suffered a compound fracture of your femur and need morphine (or some other opiate based painkiller) to deal with the pain. The opiate based painkillers won't work. The Vivitrol will block them. There are other ways to deal with the pain reduction and there are ways to reverse the Vivitrol blockade of opiates, but you need to tell medical personnel that you are on Vivitrol.

Just my personal opinion, but if I were on Vivitrol, I would wear a medic alert bracelet saying so. Just in case I ended up in a situation where I couldn't speak for myself. You can go online and order medical alert bracelets and have them custom engraved with whatever you need them to say.

Want to know how to stop death from an opiate overdose? Click here.

Want to know why heroin is so popular now? Click here. 

Do you know the leading cause of death for young people in Ohio? To find out click here. 

Can you break opiate addicition in a few hours? Find out here. 

Can legal heroin clinics help solve an opiate epidemic? To learn more click here.

Chief Kyle J. Fittro

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What Happens When You Mix Stimulants And Alcohol?

March 2014---What Happens When You Mix Stimulants And Alcohol?

Right now Heroin, and the rest of the opiate gang, are getting all the attention. However; people do still ask questions about the non-opiates. 

So, what happens when you mix alcohol with stimulants? Things like Adderall, Ritalin, Cocaine, Crystal Meth, Crack Cocaine etc. Is it dangerous to mix these?

The biggest issues here are three fold.

The first part is the potential for alcohol poisoning or overdose. When you mix alcohol with stimulants, the stimulants tend to mask how drunk you truly are. You believe yourself to be ok, or not very drunk, when in reality your blood alcohol content can be extraordinarily high. Usually when you drink too much, you know it. When using stimulants at the same time as alcohol, you may not realize how drunk you truly are. This can lead to cases of "unintentional" alcohol poisoning, overdose and death.

The second part of this equation is when the stimulant wears off. When the stimulant wears off, you will feel the full impact of how drunk you truly are. This feeling may be much more than you bargained for and can lead to all the bad things that happen to people when they are completely intoxicated.

The third part of this thing is the confusion doing this will cause within the body. When you combine a central nervous system stimulant (Adderall, Ritalin, Cocaine, Crystal Meth, Crack Cocaine etc) with a central nervous system depressant (Alcohol), the body may not know what to do. This goes back to the fact that every person will react differently to different substances and mixes of substances. The thing here is you don't want to be the person who mixes badly and has a fatal reaction.

So there you have a brief crash course on why not to mix alcohol with stimulants.

If you would like to read other blog entries about stimulants click here

Chief Kyle J. Fittro

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On A Short Break

August 2013---On A Short Break

The blog has not been discontinued, simply on a break. Numerous, simultaneous demands on my time have forced me to take a brief break from creating monthly blog entries.

Chief Kyle J. Fittro

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Is The Full Length Chief Teach Video A Repeat Of What's On The Blog?

July 2013---Is The Full Length Chief Teach Video A Repeat Of What's On The Blog?

I know this does not officially qualify as a true blog entry, but I have been asked this question enough times that I figured I would cover the answer in this forum. 

The answer is no. The blog complements the video, but the video is the foundation of the entire site. The video is "sacred" in the regards that I do not re-hash what's in the video....in the blog.

If you are going to spend $4.99 to watch the full length video, I want you to get your moneys worth. I don't want you to finish the video and think...well that's a rip-off. I could have just read the free blog to obtain the same information I just paid $4.99 for.

When I write blog entries, I write them with that in mind. The blog is awesome (I'm a little biased); however nearly all who have seen the full length video and read the blog will tell you the full length video is "where it's at". Go check it out here.


Chief Kyle J. Fittro

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Why Is Heroin So Popular Now?

June 2013---Why Is Heroin So Popular Now?

Here in Ohio, heroin has made a raging comeback after laying "dormant" for decades. It appears as if this is the case nationwide as well. But why? Why has a drug that "died" decades ago come back with such fury?

I have a theory as to why.The story is a tad detailed, but bear with me. 

Some of us cops predicted this happening in our area, years before it actually came to pass. There were drug officers who saw the writing on the wall, and tried to sound the alarm, but the nationwide momentum was too intense. Here is the story from my perspective in Northwest/West Central Ohio.

In 2002 I was assigned to a regional narcotics task force. We spent most of our time buying crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana. There were some occasional purchases of acid, ecstacy, meth or other drugs, but our primary business was cocaine based products.

Around this time we worked a few sporadic "script cases". These are cases in which the suspect was illegally involved in prescription medication in some way. They were stealing prescription blanks while at the doctor's office. They were "doctor shopping" to get multiple prescription for the same pills. They were straight up stealing other people pills etc. Almost every case revolved around oxycontin, vicodin or other opiate based pain pills. Vicodin had been around a while, but for us, seeing oxycontin (in the Northeast Ohio drug agent world) was a relatively new thing. Oxycontin went on to become a game changer.

The problem was the world didn't know what they were dealing with. Meaning, doctors prescribed it freely, patients took it freely, a segment of cops didn't work/want to work script cases, prosecutors were reluctant to prosecute any of the script cases etc.

The world didn't realize what it was creating. I mean, if a doctor prescribes it how bad can it be? It's a highly regulated pharmaceutical, created by a highly regulated company, that is dispensed in highly regulated drugstores. This was not some street level drug like cocaine. This was not the arena of cops, judges and prosecutors. This was something for the medical community to handle on it's own......or so it was believed.

In addition to this, oxycontin/vicodin addicts who couldn't get these pills for some reason, started to "explore" and "re-discover" other opiate based pharmaceutical products such as fentanyl, morphine, percocet, dilaudid, opana etc. This over prescribing/not realizing the power of oxycontin, was problematic and created a "generation" of opiate based pain pill addicts.

Early in this game, cops working drug cases saw that many of these people addicted to oxycontin behaved just like other "real" drug addicts. Many cops gauge how bad a drug is by the spin off crime it produces. Will people steal to get more of this drug? Will people commit armed robberies to get more of this drug? Will people kill for more of the drug/money to buy the drug? In regards to oxycontin, and some other opiate based pain pills, the answer was yes.

The world started to realize what was going on. Many prescription pill addicts were on the same level of "street drug" addicts. The country realized that the way in which we thought about prescription medication had to change. Meaning, just because a doctor prescribed it, does not mean it's safe and non-addictive. 

Side Note: Let me take one moment to defend oxycontin, doctors, "accidental addicts" and unwitting overdose victims. Oxycontin is a revolutionary drug in the treatment of pain management. One of the greater advancements in pharmaceuticals, relating to pain management, in a long time. And, it continues to play a crucial role in pain management. Doctors prescribed this drug in an attempt to help their patients who were in pain. Also, there were a lot of regular, good, solid people who unwittingly became addicted to opiate based pain killers after being in a car accident, getting hurt at work, suffering a sports injury or having any legit condition which caused them pain. Unfortunately, there were also a number of first time receational users that didn't know what they were getting into and suffered fatal overdoses. Again, the thought was..it's a prescription medication. How dangerous can it be.

Well, eventually the world did catch up to all of this. Doctors became very strict on when they prescribed oxycontin, and other opiate based pain pills. Cops started working script cases. Prosecutors prosecuted those cases. Judges heard those cases. The world "pulled back" and the all of this created a "vacuum". These pharmaceuticals became harder to get, and when you could get them, the prices were high. In short, the world made it much harder for people to obtain opiate based pain pills.

From an opiate addicts point of view heroin and opiate based pain pills are very similar. Drug dealers know this. Drug dealers saw the opportunity. Drug dealers saw a large group of customers, that needed a product, but couldn't get what they needed. In true form,  the "salesmen" always try to give the customers what they want. In walks heroin.

Heroin is usually a water soluble powder that can be snorted, smoked, injected, eaten etc. Heroin is a powerful opiate that mimics the effects of many opiate based pain pills. Heroin was also cheaper an quickly became more readily available. So, heroin became the "go to" drug.

Understand that heroin and opiate based pain pills are very similar. Heroin and pain pills are nearly interchangeable from an addicts perspective. Think of it this way----A guy is a Jack Daniels alcoholic. That's his drink and nothing else. One day, he is out of Jack. All that's available is Vodka. It may not be his drink of choice, but it will certainly get the job done. Heroin and pain pills are very similar in their relationship. It's a little more complicated than that, but that pretty much sums it up.

That is why heroin is so popular. The world restricted the Jack Daniels, so the world switched to vodka.

Is it possible to break an opiate addiction in mere hours...click here for more info.

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Chief Kyle J. Fittro

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