Heroin Addiction: How My Father Saved Me

I was a breech birth ― feet first, my head got stuck in the birth canal. My father brought me to Children’s Hospital in Boston. The doctors diagnosed me with Cerebral Palsy. They told him that the loss of oxygen to my brain had destroyed a portion of the frontal lobe. But my father was a tough Irish Catholic, old-school warrior. He refused to listen to them. No son of his was going to be a cripple. He found a doctor that told him how he could take the place of my injured brain. Every day, he laid me on the floor and exercised my legs. The muscles in my right leg were all shrunken and twisted. His job was to straighten them. Back and forth, up and down, he stretched them until the heels of my feet evenly matched. My mother told me the sound of me screaming was so unbearable that the neighbors called the police. She said he couldn’t look at me. She told me how his tears made wet stains on my little T-shirt. For my 13th birthday, he threw me a party and allowed me to open every present but a large box neatly trimmed in wrapping paper. When everybody left, he marched me into the basement to open the box. A pair of boxing gloves. We put them on, and he beat me unmercifully. Each time I tried to get up, he’d knock me down. I begged him to stop. Instead, he picked a target on my face, never once missing the bull’s eye. When I collapsed, he cradled me and said, “I’d cut off my right arm if that would make you whole.” My father believed that...
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Conclusion: the findings will inform policy decisions regarding drug use and the provision of intervention services. It is recommended that this research should be extended to other universities in Jamaica.RESUMO Objetivo: determinar a preval ência do uso de drogas e investigar a relação entre o conhecimento das consequências e o consumo de drogas, bem como a relação entre o desempenho acadêmico e o consumo de drogas entre estudantes universitários da Jamaica. Método: o estudo usa um design transversal. Um total de 250 estudan tes de graduação foram ...
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Conclusion: the high level of ambivalence towards alcohol use may be intertwined with the social acceptability and high usage of this drug reported from among those surveyed in the Electoral District of Woodbrook.RESUMO Objetivo: este estudo apresentar á insights sobre a situação na amostra pesquisada no que se refere a atitudes em relação às pessoas que abusam de álcool por idade e sexo e que constituiria uma plataforma sobre a qual mais pesquisas podem ser conduzidas por pesquisadores no campo das drogas. Método: transversal que examina o perfil de uma amostra de re...
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Conclusion: negative attitudes towards users of illegal drugs (cocaine and marijuana) were found, while for al cohol consumption it was more ambivalent, suggesting a high burden of stigma and the need to educate the community. Age, 18-29 years, the prevailing attitude was ambivalent for both alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. For the sex variable it was reported that the female one presented negative attitude t o alcohol and marijuana.RESUMO Objetivo: determinar atitudes de moradores urbanos de uma comunidade de Le ón, Nicarágua, sobre os usuários de drogas. Método: estudo transversal com 121 pesso...
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Conclusion: the same association between abuse of and dependence on marijuana was not identified in the sample studied.RESUMEN Objetivo: determinar la prevalencia del uso, exceso y dependencia de alcohol, marihuana y coca ína, e identificar la asociación entre el uso de estas sustancias y el desempeño académico de estudiantes de grado. Método: estudio transversal, con 275 estudiantes de grado de las carreras del área de la salud y las ciencias humanas de una universidad en Ribeirão Preto, Brasil. Se utilizó la Encuesta de Selección del Uso de Alcohol, Tabaco y ...
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Conclusion: the results shown indicate that there is no significant relationshi p between such variables. The findings are important at the level of drug policies to support the development of new preventive strategies for drug use.RESUMO Objetivo: determinar a rela ção entre o conhecimento das consequências e o uso de drogas em estudantes de graduação de uma universidade em San José, Costa Rica. Método: este estudo, de corte transversal, examina o perfil demográfico da amostra e a relação entre o conhecimento das consequências, o uso de drogas e o ...
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INTRODUCTION: Adverse drug events/reactions (ADE/ADR) cost more than $30 billion annually and are among the leading causes of death in the USA. Little is known about patients treated at the bedside for ADE/ADR by medical toxicologists. METHODS: We ...
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Background: One-third of women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) are identified as having alcohol use problems. Yet, little research has examined factors that may increase the risk of alcohol use among this high-risk population. Obje...
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IMPORTANCE: Using opioids for acute pain can lead to long-term use and associated morbidity and mortality. Injury has been documented as a gateway to long-term opioid use in some populations, but data are limited for injured workers. OBJECTIVE: To ...
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Few studies have assessed the extent of psychoactive drug consumption in the occupational setting. The trucking sector, in particular, is an important cause for concern, since psychoactive substance use has a relevant impact on the drivers' health and safe...
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