Did You Know....
Addicts are attracted to a Dealer's Potent Deadly Heroin when that Heroin has caused overdoses or death to other users. Their popularity surges during the immediate aftermath of the users death.
Your faith has to be stronger than your fear in order to begin the journey of recovery otherwise you will never be stronger than the Heroin addiction.
Only 1 % of drug addicts can put down the drug in spontaneous remission. That is why as soon as you discover someone is dependent on Heroin or other opiates get immediate help from a professional. The sooner you start the process the better chance of recovery.
The drug crisis has been with us for decades, and the "war on drugs" doesn't seem to get anywhere. What can parents do besides hope for the best?
The drug crisis is not static. Pushers and facilitators find ways to stay ahead of parents and law enforcement, and now opiates and opioids are the new gateway drug to cheap heroin. They are the new face of the epidemic of drug abuse. At Tigger House, we know that it is impossible to fight this problem if otherwise responsible parents let it fade into the background. We fight to raise awareness and understanding. But raising awareness is sometimes not enough.
My children go to great schools in a drug-free zone. Doesn't that mean they are relatively safe from drugs?
Drugs are highly accessible everywhere. Even in places where we think our kids are protected, they are actually at risk. Pushers are virtually invisible — except to their victims. And risky behavior doesn't seem that way to teenagers. It's what they do and they know how to conceal it. Tigger House is offering financial rewards and a pathway to rehabilitation.
My young teen has always been a top student and well-behaved. Doesn't that mean he or she is not at risk?
No. Drugs actually attack the curious, the popular, the socially active, the creative, the intelligent. Adolescents and young adults are especially vulnerable to risky behaviors; they are "programmed" to try new experiences, and can suddenly find themselves with an uncontrollable need for drugs that seemed safe or innocuous just a day or two earlier, when they experimented with an opioid found in the family medicine cabinet. Tigger House offers them a way back from the edge — or, if addiction has set in, a pathway to rehabilitation.
Are you telling me I shouldn't be medicating my pain with legal painkillers? Isn't that why they call them "controlled substances?"
At home, taking a pill to self-medicate is an ordinary behavior, when prescribed appropriately by a physician, not seen as risky. But use-as-needed prescription painkillers can be dangerous. Addictive in their own right, opioids are actually a gateway to heroin, which is cheaper and more dangerous than a legitimate analgesic that may be forgotten on the bathroom shelf. Years later, a swiped unused dose may be worth hundreds of dollars on the street. The teenager who swipes a couple of doses from the medicine cabinet is not a drug dealer, but may fall prey to a drug dealer, or may be unable to afford to extend the high on the street at $80 per pill. The cheaper alternative, heroin, can be just a few dollars a bag. Tigger House works with kids, law enforcement and rehabilitation organizations to find the real dealers and stop them.
It sounds to me like the Foundation is interfering with law enforcement. Is that legal?
The Foundation is not taking the place of law enforcement or ethical medical professionals, but working with them to fight illicit drug use. We are fighting to raise awareness, control supply, and interdict the flow of illicit drugs. When students find themselves in danger or over their heads, the Foundation finds a pathway back for them. And we are working with medical and legal authorities to find ways of making valid prescriptions safer.