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The Hijacker – Addiction Series (Episode 1)
Substance use disorders (SUDs), what some refer to as addiction, affect tissue function in two main parts of the brain: the limbic system (responsible for basic survival instincts) and the prefrontal cortex (where decision-making and impulse control live).
Substance use activates the dopamine process in the survival center much more powerfully than natural rewards like food or sex. When repeated it can hijack the brain, making it think that the substance is the most important thing for survival.
The good news – SUDs are preventable and treatable, and brain scans show that once an individual is in recovery, brain tissue can get better.
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Today’s Drugs: Narcan, Opiates, and Opioids
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Kevin Hunter, Captain of the Vice & Narcotics Division at the Fort Wayne Police Department shares what we should know about Naloxone (Narcan). (9:52 minutes)
On Second Thought, “No Thanks”
In 30 seconds, a woman describes how a decision to take opioid pain pills could forever change her life. (0:30 seconds)
Today’s Drugs: Opioids
Part of the Today's Drugs series, Kevin Hunter, Captain of the Vice & Narcotics Division at the Fort Wayne Police Department shares what we should all know about opioids. (7:22 minutes)
How to Administer Naloxone (Narcan) for Opioid Overdose
This video simulates a situation in which a family member had to administer Narcan. (5:01 minutes)
Time to Change Our Thought Process about Addiction
Dr. Gregory Eigner and Dick Boggess, a licensed clinical addictions counselor, share their thoughts about addiction, including the changes needed in opioid prescribing habits for doctors. (4:58 Minutes)
Opioid Addiction and the Brain
Dr. Sayeh Beheshti, MD explains the biochemical mechanisms of opioid and heroin addiction. (17:35 minutes)
Today’s Drugs: Addiction 101
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Megan Fisher CADAC IV, and a Director of Addiction Recovery Services at a large mental health center, shares what we should all know about addiction. (5:53 minutes)
Attention Parents: Common Hiding Places for Drugs
Captain Kevin Hunter, Vice and Narcotics Division, Fort Wayne Police Department, guides parents on areas to look in their child’s bedroom (8:16 Minutes)
A Personal Story: Painkiller Addiction
Katie Couric reports on painkiller addiction, and shares one woman’s personal story. An addiction which began with surgery. (10:15 minutes)
Heroin Lives Here
A Northeast Indiana resident talks about his son's addiction, and the prescription drugs that contributed to it. (5:28 minutes)
Heroin in the Heartland – Part 1
WLWT in Cincinnati uncovers the heartbreak of heroin addiction and how it affects newborns and teens. (29:53 minutes)
Criminal Court Judge: “We can’t arrest our way out of this!”
Honorable Wendy W. Davis, Allen Superior Court Criminal Division Judge, weighs in on the opioid crisis facing the nation and Allen County, Indiana. (4:18 Minutes)
Heroin in the Heartland – Part 2
WLWT in Cincinnati discusses the epidemic of opiate addiction, and what law enforcement is doing to address the problem. (29:53 minutes)
Today’s Drugs: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Megan Fisher, CADAC IV, and a Director of Addiction Recovery Services at a large mental health center, shares what we should all know about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction. (13:43 minutes)
Mom Shares Story of Son’s Path from Young Athlete to Addict
This is a personal story about a golf professional who inadvertently became addicted to prescription opiate medication. (5:22 minutes)
A Nurse Addicted to Heroin
It can happen to anyone. "She refused to get help because she was full of shame. She was full of guilt. She didn't want anybody to know." (4:52 minutes)