Cheese Drug Rehab

Cheese Drug Rehab in Texas

What is CHEESE?

Cheese is a drug that is based mostly on heroin and considered a recreational drug that came to the attention of the American public and especially those around Dallas, Texas after a series of deaths among adolescents in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, between 2005 and 2007.

In attempt to find a new high, Cheese was created from heroin being combined with crushed over-the-counter medicaiton like Tylenol PM. These cold medications contain acetaminophen, which is an antihistamine and causes the consumer to feel much like the "speedball" effects of heroin and meth or cocaine.

Cheese samples obtained in north Dallas contained between 2% and 8% heroin, in contrast to the 30% commonly found in black tar heroin.[3][4] Users commonly take the powder by insufflation ("snorting") rather than by intravenous injection. This mixture is also known as "Tylenol With Smack", as an anology from the Tylenol with codine.

Cheese made the news headlines when it appeared in several public middle schools and high schools in the Dallas area. The DEA and some local police agencies dubbed cheese as "starter heroin". There were 24 felonies in the Dallas Independent Schools between 2005 and 2006 for cheese related arrest. According to Dallas school district authorities, Hispanic teenagers are the demographic group most frequently charged with possession of Cheese, however, Hispanics constitute a majority or 60% of the Dallas Independent School District's pupils.

The idea that it is started heroin is born out by the fact that we are now seeing younger Dallas youth on heroin who report that they started by using Cheese. In 2007 the DAllas Police Narcotics Division noted 71 Cheese related arrest in children aged 10 to 16.

Newsweek posted an article about Cheese entitled "Stopping the Kid Killer" in 2007 which has been critized and rightly so since the article article does not adequately explain theprocess of creating Cheese and did not use scientists as sources. These types of publicity could increase the manufacture and use of Cheese doe to media reporting aspects such as the effects of Cheese with sensationalistic effects regarding "new highs". This has been proven to cause "copycat" outbreaks.

In 2007, many area stores opted to either remove Tylenol PM and similar products from their shelves or to move them to places within the pharmacist's view or control. Fiesta Mart supermarket in Northwest Dallas said that local youths were stealing these types of pharmaceuticals from their shelves. Because of this, arrest for Cheese has decreased in the Dallas area.

Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Street names for heroin include "smack," "H," "skag," and "junk." Other names may refer to types of heroin produced in a specific geographical area, such as "Mexican black tar." Heroin abuse and addiction has been an addiction problem for hundreds of years, but with the mixing of fentanyl (a substance that is reported to be 1,000 times the strength of morphine), heroin is now more dangerous than it has been before. Overdoses as related to the number of heroin users, is at an all time high. Heroin has also become more affordable to college students and others that aren't forced to steal to keep up with their heroin addiction. Purer heroin can be smoked or snorted while less pure heroin must be injected intravenously. Many high school and college age youth are feeling safe snorting heroin, but are claiming that they would never use needles. Facts have been distorted to help them think that they won't acquire an addiction to heroin without injecting the drug, but they soon find that to be far from the truth.

Very few, percentage-wise, die from overdoses of heroin, but taking whatever you can off the street, you have no information on how the drug is made or tampered with. And many people decide to enhance heroin's effects, they are taking a big risk by adding other drugs and multiplying the effects and the dangers of going over that edge where a person will pass out and vomit while they are unconscious, leading to their drowning and death. Not knowing the strength of heroin and trusting someone on the streets to give you the right information is certainly risky, at best.

About eight years ago a new drug, buprenorphine, was introduced to those who are trying to "kick" a heroin or opiate habit and find the withdrawals too painful to endure or they find the cravings after withdrawal too compelling to stay off of opiates. Buprenorphine has been used for pain in most European for many years, but the methadone industry successfully kept it from being sold in American. After much evidence showed that it was a much better substitute for heroin and other opiates and that the withdrawal from buprenorphine was relatively easy for some to step-down their dosage, it was allowed to be given by physicians in the U.S. However, due to pressure from the methadone industry, a physician must take a small educational course before he is given the certification to write buprenorphine prescriptions and, the real limiting factor being that any physician so certified can only have up to 30 patients at any given time.

Heroin addiction falls under the heading of opiate addiction, which is the second leading addiction in our society; following alcohol addiction. Heroin is noted for having the highest euphoria potential of all opiates and is, therefore, prone to cause psychological addiction even if the user were to not become physically addicted. Addiction is defined as a state of physiological or psychological dependence on a drug liable to have a damaging effect.

The withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin addiction are usually experienced shortly before the time of the next scheduled dose, meaning at the time that the last dose has been metabolized and is no longer binding to the pleasure receptor sites in the brain. Early symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, yawning, and sweating. Restlessness, irritability, loss of appetite, nausea, tremors, and the craving for heroin appear as the syndrome progresses and soon occupies the entire attention of the withdrawing person. Severe depression and vomiting are common. The heart rate and blood pressure are elevated. Chills alternating with flushing and excessive sweating are also characteristic symptoms. Pains in the bones and muscles of the back and extremities occur, as do muscle spasms. At any point during this process, a suitable narcotic can be administered that will dramatically reverse the withdrawal symptoms. Without some type of intervention, the syndrome will run its course, and most of the overt physical symptoms will disappear within 7 to 10 days. If you picture being very sick at your stomach and experience the symptoms of the most severe flu you could imagine, and knowing that if you have one dose of heroin, all of these symptoms will disappear and you will feel absolutely normal again, then you can understand how people that suffer from heroin addiction can do many things that would violate their values in order to secure that next fix.

The psychological dependence associated with narcotic addiction is complex and protracted. Long after the physical need for the drug has passed, the addict may continue to think and talk about the use of drugs and feel strange or overwhelmed coping with daily activities without being under the influence of drugs. This does not necessary have to be the case if someone that has been suffering from heroin addiction were to find a reliable treatment setting where the entire addiction is confronted and handled. These heroin drug rehabilitation programs employ the bio-physical model of treatment which takes into account the drugs that are stored in the fat tissues of the body and cause the user to crave the drug for months and years after use has been stopped. Without using this approach there is a high probability that relapse will occur after narcotic withdrawal when neither the physical environment nor the behavioral motivators that contributed to the abuse have been altered. Seek programs that have documented success and utilize a bio-physical approach and you will have a life free of craving heroin and free of the depressing mental effects of having this drug in your body.

The Merck Manual, which is a medical dictionary, states that withdrawals from heroin and other opiates have a predictable syndrome which includes symptoms and signs of Central Nervous System hyperactivity. It goes on to say that the length of withdrawals is related to the half-life of the drug. That means that if the drug stays active in your system for 4 hours, its withdrawals will begin sooner than, say methadone, that has a half-life of 24 hours.

With heroin, withdrawals begin in about 4 to 6 hours and last for about 72 hours and totally subside in a week. This Manual goes on to say that anxiety and a craving for the drug are followed by increased resting respiratory rate , usually with diaphoresis, (which means sweating), yawning, lacrimation, (which means tearing), rhinorrhea, (which means your nose runs), mydriasis, (which means an excessive dilation of your pupils) and stomach cramps.

Later, piloerection (gooseflesh), tremors, muscle twitching, tachycardia, (increased heart rate) hypertension, (increased blood pressure) fever and chills, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may develop. Opioid (the family of drugs with heroin, OxiContin, Vicodin and other painkillers) withdrawal does not cause fever, seizures, or altered mental status. Although it may be distressingly symptomatic, opioid withdrawal is not fatal."

Medicine is exacting in describing what happens in withdrawals from heroin, but its doesn't give you many ideas as to how to help feel better during heroin withdrawals, except for taking other drugs like methadone or buprenorphing as well as taking Valium and other families of drugs to relieve the symptoms.

There are better methods to help someone through heroin withdrawals and those will be covered by our counselors if you call and ask from their help.

Over time, the purity of Mexican heroin in Texas has increased and the price has decreased. Statewide price ranges for black tar heroin are $10-$20/capsule, $100-$300/gram, $1,000-$4,500/ounce and $25,000-$40,000/kilogram. Mexican brown heroin sells for $10/cap and $80-$150/gram.

Heroin abuse is a concern to law enforcement agencies throughout Texas. In response to the NDTS 2002, 13 percent of the 150 law enforcement respondents in Texas who rated the level of heroin abuse in their jurisdictions reported high levels of abuse, 31 percent reported medium levels, and 55 percent reported low levels of abuse.

A growing number of younger heroin users admitted to treatment report that they snort or smoke black tar heroin. Law enforcement officials report that individuals who snort black tar heroin typically freeze the drug, then crush it into a powder prior to administration. Smoking the drug involves heating it on a piece of aluminum foil over an open flame and inhaling rising wisps of smoke through a straw or similar device--a process called chasing the dragon.

The quantity of heroin seized by federal law enforcement officers in Texas has fluctuated but remains high in comparison with other states. According to FDSS data, federal law enforcement officers in Texas seized 138 kilograms of heroin in 1998, 118 kilograms in 1999, 189 kilograms in 2000, 142 kilograms in 2001, and 291 kilograms in 2002. Although the quantity of heroin seized by federal officers fluctuated, heroin availability remains high--Texas ranked third nationwide in the amount of heroin seized by federal officers in 2002. (NDIC)