About 29 years ago, a public school teacher told Barbie Rivera that her 6 year old son had a mental disorder and she needed to put him on a mind altering drug – Ritalin. Barbie thought that was nutty as her son was very bright, normal and already bilingual. She started home schooling him now has her own school – called HELP Miami. Her story of how the drug companies offered to pay her $5K every year for every student she will recommend for medication is horrific.
Advocates & Activists
Pastor Michael Carter began his journey into addiction at the tender age of 6 where he saw that those who used drugs had money, power and influence. He snorted heroin at age 9 and his drug use continued from there. Finally reaching his “Point of No Return” in his 20s, he got clean and sober and now helps others through Victor Newman Ministries – a non-profit group founded by himself and his wife, Yvette. Together, they nourish not only the bodies of individuals but also the souls through their faith.
An interview with Susan Korabek, mother of Landon Korabek.
Landon Korabek was a talented athlete, a bright student, and an extraordinary guitarist. He was full of life and love. His future was bright with possibilities.
Landon died unexpectedly in 2010 at the age of 17 from a prescription drug overdose. Sadly, there is no future now for Landon. Like so many others, he did not understand just how lethal prescription drugs can be. That message needs to be spread.
Landon was not an addict. It took only one lethal mixture of Xanax and Vicodin.
Family and friends established the Landon Korabek Foundation to celebrate Landon’s life and shine a light on the prescription drug abuse epidemic. His mother Susan has spoken to thousands of school kids and community events to raise awareness of the abuse of prescription drugs. Here is her story.
Jay’s story is one that we haven’t heard before. Prescribed psychiatric medications at a very young age, he ended up addicted to several of those as well as some street drugs. Finally, he realized he didn’t have a mental disorder, he was addicted. When he spotted this, he told his psychiatrist that he wanted to get off all of the medications. He was told that he could but only to take different medications. With the help of his grandmother, he stepped down off all drugs and has been clean and sober – completely drug and alcohol free – for 9 years.
Jay has been telling his story to help others avoid what he had to go through.
Diane Stein is the President of Citizens Commission on Human Rights in Florida. She adds a unique perspective on the role that psychiatric mind-altering drugs play in the addiction epidemic we face today. It’s not a small role and if psychiatry has it’s way, addiction will be labeled as a brain disease and treatable only with further medication. Substituting one drug for another will not result in a sober individual.