Department of Justice Prepares Anti-Heroin Initiative With Grants, Media Campaign

July 24, 2013

Passages Malibu urges awareness of the growing trend of heroin abuse among illicit drug culture.

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

Over the past weeks and months, analysis and careful monitoring of emerging developments in the subculture of illegal substances has revealed a troubling, but difficult to ignore trend. Long a fading ember in the drug world, heroin has found new energy as the substance of choice among far too many people, across multiple states in the US, and in steadily growing numbers.

USA Today, in an article entitled OxyContin a Gateway to Heroin…, published June 2013, suggested that the proliferation of opiod painkillers is responsible for the return of heroin. Whatever the cause, recent news stories in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania have demonstrated that the narcotic opiate is experiencing an unfortunate surge in popularity.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) in the state of Wisconsin has taken note of this trend and is prepared a series of grants that began funding as of July 1st, 2013 as well as an anti-heroin media campaign to confront and curtail it. The grants will be awarded to local governments with large scale ideas on how to best utilize police, social services, and healthcare providers to deal with the mounting problem. Grants will be awarded up to $125,000. The DOJ is currently reviewing proposals with selections expected by late summer or early fall.

"These developments are troubling. Heroin is a serious drug that can lead to a number of other related health issues, including the potential for overdose," said Pax Prentiss, CEO of Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. "I can tell you firsthand that the underlying issues that lead to drug dependency need to be treated directly, if the substance user wants to overcome their dependence. At Passages, we offer the most one-on-one therapy in the industry, along with a progressive line-up of advance therapeutic modalities. In our experience, this is what it takes to break the cycle of addiction for good."

At Passages Malibu – Addiction Ends Here™

About Passages Malibu & Passages Ventura:

Father and son team Chris and Pax Prentiss founded Passages Malibu in 2001. Its second location, Passages Ventura, first opened its doors in 2009. The two alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers offer an alternative to the 12 step/AA model of addiction treatment by utilizing a holistic program that focuses on the underlying issues of substance dependency, rather than attributing addiction to an incurable disease.

Both Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura accept insurance and each have earned the coveted Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation, which has only been given to 6% of the nation’s behavioral health treatment programs.

Passages Malibu was named the #1 treatment center in the world by Healthcare Global, one of the "Most Luxurious Places to Dry Out" by Forbes magazine, and the Huffington Post recently acknowledged Passages as a center that “caters to a high-end crowd, with many CEOs, entrepreneurs and high-powered professionals among its clients.”

The co-founders are also authors of an acclaimed series of addiction treatment books, including their groundbreaking, flagship title, The Alcoholism & Addiction Cure.

For general inquiries about treatment, contact: 866-233-1753.

For media inquiries, contact:


For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Passages-Rehab-Centers/DOJ-anti-heroin-campaign/prweb10921279.htm

Source: prweb

comments powered by Disqus