CDC Vital Signs - Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US
Deaths from prescription painkillers* have reached epidemic levels in the past decade. The number of overdose deaths is now greater than those of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.
Security practitioners need to be aware of both the signs of these problems, as well as emergency medicine for keeping clients alive. There is more and more accreditation and licensing requirements added to the Security profession every year, body guards are one of the most controlled. As such, they are supposed to be trained to handle their clients problems, which more and more include addiction issues. I think the court battle of the M. Jackson doctor, may well involve a security person next time. The initial designation of the security personal around Jackson as Security Guards gave them an out, that perhaps a body guard is not going to get.
I have been brought into addiction issues in the past, and luckily for me, they addiction was a known problem in each case, even the client knew they had a problem. Most where just getting out of a formal recovery program. In many cases, even if the world may believe the person you are protecting is having an addiction issue, and may I mention, I have only worked with business executives to date not entertainment types, at least not the entertainers themselves, they may not know or want to know they may have a problem. Still, knowing warning signs and how to use basic medical devices like air ventilators and defibrillators is becoming as needed as your Red Cross first aid certificates.
There are on line classes for CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) that may help you deal with the issues more effectively, not as a therapist, but as an observer and aid to the situation. AA & NA have open sessions where you can attended and see how that process works as well, all can lead to a more effective support of the client or their family.
In the past it seemed all we had to do was insure our clients knew illegal drugs where being used at some event to keep the security in the clear, now days with prescription drugs being so much a part of the problem, added to alcohol issues, Security needs to step up its game a bit. As I have dealt with on other blog entries, Contracts in these situations can be tricky.