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The United States on down-low and doing little!

Parents, watch children who are considered innocent to drugs, it would be wise to do so!

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey
President of Probation Challenge

While some parents are busy screening youth for the use of marijuana, cocaine, and crack, unsuspectingly, other deadly drugs have now entered into the world of innocent youth. Deadly drugs called Lean and Kush have now joined the ranks of Heroin in killing thousands of youth per day with little acknowledgement from the media, nor the United States government.

Without much fanfare, in the last few years there has been an alarming increase in heroin use and related drug deaths in Chicago. There has been a large portion of new Lean, Kush and heroin users who have fatally overdosed, many from the western suburbs. Most of those to overdose have been young adults. Heroin has decreased in cost, which has broaden its availability to accommodate youth who are most time unemployed.

It has been reported that in west suburban DuPage County 43 deaths were attributed to heroin overdoses in 2012 and 46 in 2013, both an increase from 26 in 2011 and double the average number of deaths since 2007. Of the 2013 deaths, 15 occurred in the month of July alone. In the DuPage suburb of Naperville, approximately 20 youth have died from heroin overdoses over the last six years.

It is said that in Kane County, there were 20 documented heroin-related deaths in 2013 and 27 in 2012, up from 11 in 2011, seven in 2010, and 10 in 2009. In Will County, heroin deaths hit 54 in 2012 and 35 in 2013, up from 30 in 2011.

A recent study states that the Chicago area has the highest number of heroin overdose-related emergency room visits for any major U.S. city. Heroin currently ranks second behind alcohol for admissions to substance abuse treatment in Illinois.

A 2012 survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that about 669,000 people over age 12 had used heroin at some point in the year. About 156,000 of those were first-time users, averaging 23 years of age, and roughly 467,000 were considered heroin-dependent — more than double the number in 2002.

The lack of decent jobs and poor prospects for young people is stated to play a primary role in young men and women using the forbidden drugs.

Report: Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy found that in 2011, 77 percent of admissions to Chicago public rehabilitation programs for heroin over the age of 30 were African American, while 95 percent of those entering public treatment for heroin under 29 were white. This amounts to a 33 percent decrease in admissions of African Americans to public treatment programs for heroin, a drop that ICDP director Kathie Kane-Willis attributed to state and federal funding cuts and closings of public treatment centers in predominantly African American communities.

In March 2011, Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn’s discontinuation of state funding for public drug treatment programs caused dozens of programs to close and over 55,000 people to lose access to treatment. The plundering of essential social services and slashing of budgets for public drug rehabilitation programs by the Democratic city and state governments have ratcheted up the social costs of the heroin epidemic, with tens of thousands suffering from addiction and substance abuse unable to access public rehabilitation services or afford private treatment.

Chicago also ranked first in the number of emergency room admittances for heroin among females, males, individuals 21 and older, and African Americans.

Cook County Jail is said to rank first in the percentage of arrestees testing positive for heroin (29 percent). Arrestees testing positive for heroin were also more likely to be white (41 percent), compared to African American (25.3 percent) or Latino (24.3 percent).

Deaths from heroin overdoses increased in Lake County by 130 percent from 2000 to 2009. McHenry County saw an increase of 150 percent in three years, and in Will County, heroin deaths doubled in just two years. And while heroin deaths in Cook County have decreased 16 percent over the period 1998 to 2008, heroin- related deaths increased 40 percent among one demographic: white women.

When you hear youth whisper the word ‘Kush’ don’t think its just an amusing password… there is nothing passing about Kush.

Kush: The origins of Kush Cannabis are from landrace plants mainly in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India with the name coming from the Hindu Kush mountain range. “Hindu Kush” strains of Cannabis were brought to the United States in the mid-to-late 1970s and continue to be available there to the present day.

Kush strains were among those cultivated by the British firm GW Pharmaceuticals for its legally licensed commercial trial of medicinal cannabis. It’s more than a drug; it’s a culture.

Lean: It’s what’s known on the street as “Lean,” a highly addictive cocktail of cough syrup, cold medicine, alcohol and candy — so potent it makes you “lean” over when high.

It is reported that the drug first began to get attention  some years ago when a Houston DJ overdosed on it. It was reported to be rather easy to make and easy to get. Being that Lean was  new and considered to be a common drug to youth, most were able to acquire it.

Demand has brought about a difference in the drug price. A year and a half to two years ago the price for a pint of codeine promethazene cough syrup was about $20 and was called a deuce, and for 16 oz, which was called a PT cruiser, would go for about $120 to $125. It is said that now, a pint of codeine promethazene would go for anything from about $250 all the way up to $350.”

As the public focus on crime, drugs and violence, let us not forget that youth first become addicted to drugs, which leads to wanting more drugs, which leads to crime… which is totally out of control. Put this all into proper prospective.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, president of Probation Challenge said, “Youth don’t fly the jets that travel beneath the radar detector, which brings in the illegal contraband… and youth don’t distribute the drugs into the various communities of the United States. But, who goes to jail and prison. Now, the evil forces in these Not-So-United-States, are allowing the new drugs of Lean and Kush from another country to infiltrate the bowels of this nation?

Facts and figures regarding death-traps for youth are available to the United States government,  the question is… why are they not utilizing those factual things that will spare the very lives of citizens? Congress and others fight for any and everything … why not fight for the lives of our youth – the future of this country!

Parents should become educated as to the evils that are leaching from the many dark corners of our planet-earth. They ought to know that with a vengeance and passion, the Evil-One is waiting for our children to give over their precious bodies and souls to everlasting torment.  When youth refuse to get that much needed education, we must ourselves spiritually educate them!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the President of Probation Challenge.

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