Drug prevention specialist appears on local program to cover crime and healthcare concerns related to drug addiction.
Midwest –According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) drug abuse costs the United States economy over $600 billion dollars annually in increased health care costs, crime, and lost productivity. In addition, data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) show that 12.2 percent of more than 14 million arrests in 2008 were for drug violations, the most common arrest crime category.
It is clear that drugs produce many negative consequences on society as a whole. Recently the Midwest has been the effect of this devastating problem with both Missouri and Kansas experiencing an increase in drug abuse throughout both states. Right now Oxy Contin is the number one drug of choice in Kansas and in Missouri. Investigations are currently ongoing with the oxycodone and hydrocodone problems in the area.
One local television station in Missouri saw the devastation that drugs were causing to the local area and needed help. The station reached out to a successful treatment program located in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead, who sent a drug prevention specialist to the station for a taped series to educate the community on the negative consequences of addiction.
The first series that Narconon participated in was on how drugs compound the crime factor in the United States. The second segment was on health and safety in the workplace. In both segments the Narconon representative was able to offer solutions to those affected by or currently struggling with addiction.
“There was so much information on drugs and the workplace that was unknown,” says John Bitinas, Narconon Drug Prevention Specialist. “Many people in the Midwest need help and through arming ourselves with education we are raising our responsibility to better our workplace and our community.”
This is the first of many live and pre-produced media interviews that Narconon will be doing as part of an education campaign across the Midwest.
For more information on Narconon drug education or the Narconon program call 800-468-6933 or log onto www.narcononcenter.com.