With a population of 129 thousand, Sterling Heights is the fourth largest city in Michigan and the second largest suburb in Metro Detroit. It is well known for its Memorial Day Parade, Sterlingfest and the American Polish Festival.
Sterlingfest is a large event held each summer where food stands and carnival rides are made available fin Dodge Park as well as performances by local and nationally well-known artists and groups. The American Polish Festival often has a large turnout due to the large Polish population in Sterling Heights and its surrounding cities.
Until the 1950's it was an agricultural area devoted to the growth of rhubarb and other crops that would be sold in Detroit. It was known as Sterling Township until it was incorporated as a city in 1968.
Sterling Heights was listed as the 19th best small city to live in on a list of 90 from the 2006 Money magazine. It was also ranked as the 6th safest city in the US for cities with a 100 to 500 thousand people population.
Several notable and famous people have lived in or come from Sterling Heights including:
- Rapper Eminem, who lived there 2000.
- Joe Cada, winner of the 2009 World Series of Poker.
- Derian Hatcher, retired NHL defenseman.
- Shawn Chambers, retired NHL defenseman.
- Tom Jankiewicz, screenwriter of Grosse Pointe Blank.
- Bob Seger, rock singer.
- Craig Krenzel, NFL football player for the Chicago bears and Cincinnati Bengals.
- Porcelain Black, industrial pop singer.
Sterling Heights Doctor Charged with 13 Felonies in Prescription Drug Scheme:
Charged with 13 felonies, including criminal sexual conduct and conspiracy to deliver drugs, Dr. Verbovsky is being charged by Attorney General Bill Schuette's office.
He operated two separate clinics, one on Detroit's west side and the other in Sterling Heights. The criminal complaint against him states that he prescribed large amounts of two separate pain medications to two female patients in order to get them addicted to them and then forced them to perform sexual acts in order to get more of the drugs.
Photos of the degrading sexual acts he made them perform were found on his computer. He is also being charged with having written multiple prescriptions to another female patient who would sell them and give him a cut of the profit. Schuette's office requested a $1 million bond. The investigation is still continuing as the Attorney General’s office looks for more victims.
Opioid abuse is one of the largest growing problems in the united states right now and immoral physicians take advantage of this knowing just how powerful the addiction to these drugs can be. Opioids are drugs manufactured from the poppy plant or through a synthetic process that creates a drug that the body reacts to in the same way. Types of opioids are Codeine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Morphine, Heroin, Meperidine, Hydromorphone, Fentanyl and Methadone. Further, prescribed medications, not pharmaceutical theft, account for nearly all overdose incidents from opioids.
Macomb County Youth Shown Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse:
Teens in the Juvenile Drug Court, along with their parents, were given a talk about the dangers of drugs and alcohol in a 45 min presentation by a doctor. The talk also contained slideshow photographs to show them what their future could look like if they continued with drugs and alcohol.
As drugs and alcohol addiction rises in the United States, so does the intensity of the types of drugs abused. This is no different for teenagers. There was a time when marijuana and alcohol were the worries of parents, but today kids 14 years and older are already getting high on dangerous opioid painkillers at "Pharm Parties".
Pharm parties, also known as skittles parties, due to the variety of brightly colored pills available, are parties where kids as young as 14 years old bring bags of prescription medication obtained from their parents’ house or elsewhere and get high. They have everything from Xanax, Valium, Oxycontin, Vicodin and even street drugs in pill form such as ecstasy. They are out on a table in bags and anyone who wants just walks up and takes what they feel like, even taking extra home with them.
Other drugs like cocaine are also rising in abuse from younger crowds. A study was done on the cases of 437 people who died due to cardiovascular death and whose death was not the result of disease or acute intoxication. All examinations were done post-mortem and were conducted by the Forensic Pathology Service of Bizkaia of Basque Institute of Forensic Medicine. Of the cases researched, the ones who were found to have had a sudden death were isolated, after this it was found that four times as many of them had consumed cocaine. The overall results were:
- Sudden Death, Cocaine Use Verified: 10%
- Sudden Death, Other Causes: 2%
- Non-Sudden Death: 88% (Drug use among these was not looked into due to the nature of this study)
Treatment Options in Sterling Heights:
Although Sterling Heights is lacking in centers that provide inpatient care, that does not mean that they do not exist. No centers provide partial inpatient care such as day treatment to get someone through withdrawal or full long term residential inpatient care.
Sterling Heights has only three treatment centers, so there is also the risk of centers being booked to capacity. If this is the case, the wrong thing to do is go onto a waiting list to get treatment, instead seriously consider finding a center located elsewhere in Louisiana so that you or your loved one can get the treatment they need as soon as possible.
The three centers that are in Sterling Heights are:
- Metro Family Support Counseling PC, who has special programs available for adolescents and teens, seniors, pregnant women and DUI / DWI offenders.
- Perspectives Counseling Center, which has no special programs available.
- Pioneer Counseling Center, which has no special programs available.