Pickens Co. clinic asking for people with methamphetamine addiction to participate in treatment stud

for people" A CLINIC IN PICKENS IS TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE

WHO ARE ADDICTED TO METH 3 RESEARCHERSARE TRYING TO FIND A TREATMENT, TO HELP ADDICTS GET CLEAN

THEY'RE ASKING FOR ADULTS, WHO STRUGGLE WITH A METH ADDICTION TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL STUDY THEY'RE DOING TESTING OUT TWO DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS THAT MAY HELP

7 NEWS REPORTER KIRSTEN GLAVIN JOINS US LIVE IN THE 7 ON MAIN STUDIO, IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLEWITH MORE ON THIS KIRSTEN? 3 WHEN IT COMES TO DRUG USE IN PICKENS COUNTY

METHAMPHETAMINE IS THE ááBIGGESTáá PROBLEM, ACCORDING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT'S WELL SURPASSING OPIOIDS, WHICH IS CURRENTLY AN EPIDEMIC, IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THIS A CLINIC IN PICKENS WAS CHOSEN AS ONE OF 7 LOCATIONS, ACROSS THE COUNTRYTO TEST OUT POSSIBLE TREATMENT 3 "DO YOU USE METHAMPHETAMI NES?" FLIERS AND SIGNS, LIKE THIS ONE

POSTED UP AND DOWN MAIN STREET IN PICKENS AND IT'S NOT A TRICK, OR A TRAP 3 "we aren't tied in with law enforcement, or the courthouse, or anything like that So we want them to feel safe when they call, and for them to know that we're not judging them or the choices that they make" RESEARCHERS AT "BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES OF PICKENS COUNTY" ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE HOOKED ON THE DRUG, TO PARTICIPATE IN A 19-WEEK STUDY, TESTING OUT TWO DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS THE GOAL TO GET ADDICTS, OFF OF METH, FOR GOOD "we want to see them before they're incarcerated, before their families are torn apart" THE TWO MEDICATIONS ARE VIVITROL, AND WELLBUTRIN BOTH ALREADY ON THE MARKET, FOR DIFFERENT PURPOSES VIVITROL IS INJECTED INTO THE HIP AND áMAYá HELP GET RID OF THE CRAVING, TO GET HIGH WELLBUTRIN, IS AN ANTI- DEPRESSANT, WITH AMPHETAMINE- LIKE SIDE EFFECTS LIKE INCREASED HEART-RATE

RESEARCHERS THINK IT MAY BE A SAFE WAY FOR ADDICTS TO GET THAT FEELING OF BEING HIGH, WITHOUT USING WEANING PEOPLE OFF OF THE DRUG "this is kind of like a little bit of a help, as they decrease their use of meth But not addictive, neither one of the medicines are addictive" AND THE NEED FOR TREATMENT, IS GREAT, ACCORDING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

SHERIFF RICK CLARK SAYS THEY CAN'T ARREST THEIR WAY OUT OF THE COUNTY'S METH PROBLEM AND THAT THIS MEDICATION, IF IT WORKS COULD BE A TREMENDOUS HELP "we see something related to meth every day that we're here" 3 THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE IS FUNDING ALL 7 CLINICS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TO DO THIS STUDY AND THEY'RE INVESTING ABOUT $10-MILLION- DOLLARS INTO THIS AMY? 3

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