With 134 thousand people, Warren is the third largest city in Michigan and the largest city in Macomb County. It was originally founded in 1830 as "Beebe's Corners", a carriage stop between Detroit and Utica. It had a distillery, mill, tavern and a trading post.
In 1837 a township was organized around the settlement, under the name Hickory, then Aba in 1838 and finally Warren shortly after. The name Warren originally was due to Rev. Warren, a Methodist Episcopal preacher. Later this was changed to a veteran of the War of 1812, a frontier cleric Rev. Abel Warren. Another version of the source of the city's name states that it was named after General Joseph Warren, who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
In 1893, the settlement was incorporated as a village and went from the name "Warren Township" to the "Village of Warren". The village grew slowly with a population of 582 at the time it was a village. But later on its population soared; from 1950 to 1960 it went from 42 thousand people to 89 thousand people. The population doubled once more in the next decade, but as the city matured, its growth subsided and began to decline.
Today it is home to several major companies and its economy is primarily based on automotive, educational and health provider industries. General Motors in the top employer in the city, employing 17 thousand people. This is almost as much as the next top 9 employers combined.
Critics Concerned About Children's Safety in Welfare Drug Testing Program:
A new law in Michigan implements a suspicion-based drug testing program for welfare recipients. Some state groups and lawmakers are opposed to it though as they believe it will be harmful to children. The law requires the state Department of Human Services to hold a one year pilot program where people in the Family Independence Program who are suspected of drug use will be required to submit to drug testing.
If they test positive for substance abuse they have two choices, enter a treatment program or have their benefits cut off. If they test positive a second time he is no longer eligible for assistance until at a later time he can pass a drug test. A refusal to take a test makes you ineligible for any benefits for six months.
It is a well-intentioned program, it aims to help people who may be abusing drugs get off of them and remove some of the barriers that are keeping them from getting a job and supporting their families. Those in support of the program also feel that it protects children from parents who may be abusing drugs.
Others though, like the American Civil Liberties Union, feel that it will do the exact opposite. The feel that the law may instead take away benefits from families that are already in poverty and place them in even worse shape, potentially harming children by taking away what means they had to provide them with food, clothing and shelter.
Warren Doctor Plead Guilty to Drug Charges:
Two physicians who practiced in Warren pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. They were both involved in an illegal drug ring involving prescription drugs, dispensing tens of thousands of pills to dealers who resold them on the streets. They both admitted to writing prescriptions for oxycodone.
Oxycodone is one of the most dangerous prescription painkillers and also the most likely to be abused, this painkiller is as powerful as heroin and has almost the same effects on the nervous system as it as well. It is sold under many brand names such as OxyContin, Endocet, Percodan and Roxiprin.
Despite most opioid prescription medications being as bad or worse than street heroin, the normalization and popularization of prescription drugs has lead most people to feel that they are safer. A study done in schools in the United States showed that a large percent of children believed street drugs to be harmful whereas prescription medications were believed to be safe.
One of the physicians prescribed more than 80,000 oxycodone and roxicodone tablets from 2010 to 2012, while the other wrote 50,000 doses of hydrocodone. Both men will lose their license to write prescriptions and are banned from federal healthcare programs. One of them faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.2 million fine while the other faces 20 years and a $1 million fine.
Treatment Options in Warren:
Unfortunately Warren has only three treatment centers for drug and alcohol addicts to go to when they are seeking help. Two of these treatment centers work on an outpatient care basis only, so it may be a good idea to look at going outside of the city to find treatment if the one inpatient center is booked.
Inpatient care has a major advantage over outpatient care in that the addict is able to leave his daily environment and routine that may have been a contributing factor in him turning to drugs to begin with.
If you do wish to stay within Warren though, the centers that are there do provide specialty programs for a variety of special circumstances including:
- DUI/DWI Programs: These programs help to make sure you handle any requirements from the courts in addition to the regular addiction treatment.
- Pregnant/Postpartum Programs: These programs offer special care for women who are pregnant or who had just recently had children. They commonly offer residential stay for the women as well as her children if needed.
- Teenage/Adolescent Programs: These programs specialize in the extra care needed by children and young adults when they are dealing with addiction.