Addiction/Recovery eBulletin Vol. 5, No. 18

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More middle school girls are inflicting self-pain. Experts say it might be smartphones

smartphonepainNovember 21, 2017 – Self-harming behaviors like ingesting poisons, cutting and overdosing on drugs are strong indicators of suicide — the second-leading cause of death among people between 10 and 24 years old in 2015 …Twenge points to smartphones, which crossed the 50 percent threshold of ownership in late 2012, around the same time when teen depression and suicide began to rise… CONTINUED @ WashingtonPost.co

How opioid epidemic is impacting the African American community VIDEO

opioidblacksNovember 21, 2017 – n the first six months of this year, the number of black overdoses upticked to 23 percent. But the vast majority of overdoses remained white. Why? Among the reasons, according to the National Institute of Health, is that doctors are less likely to prescribe opioid painkillers to blacks than whites, for the same ailments.  CONTINUED @ 10TV.com

Saving Lives in the ‘Overdose Capital of America’ VIDEO

heroinenetflixNov. 22, 2017 – Heroin(e) is a powerful film that follows the stories of three women in Huntington, West Virginia, who are battling the opioid crisis on its front lines. Drug addiction is so common in Huntington, the “overdose capital of America,” that it’s weaved into the fabric of everyday life. CONTINUED @ BillMoyers.com

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Seven Things to be Grateful For

tiandaytonNov. 16, 2017 – by Tian Dayton. A one time grateful thought and act of gratitude or appreciation produces a 10% bump up in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms. I know it sounds odd but I even feel grateful to the pain that led me to see so much about myself, other people and this thing we call life, that I have learned to live and love a day at a time.”

Is the $35 Billion Rehab Industry Ready For Disruption?

rehabpillNovember 19, 2017 – “The rehab industry needs to be disrupted the same way Uber disrupted the taxi cab industry,” says treatment reform advocate and Hollywood producer, Scott Steindorff, who is working with other leaders in the industry to modernize a field currently engulfed in crisis yet still entrenched in often-irrelevant-to-opioid-addict principles … While 29 states have rehab reform legislation in place (including licensure and prohibition of patient brokering where facilities pay a referral fee to “junkie hunters”)…

You’re Fired! Morgan Stanley Broker, Addiction Memoir Author, Claims Discrimination

Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 2.29.22 PMNov. 14, 2017 – A Morgan Stanley broker terminated two weeks ago for publishing a book about his early life as a fast-talking impostor has filed a lawsuit alleging that the firm’s true motive was not reputational damage but discrimination over his status as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. Craig Schmell, 55, who spent almost one-third of his 26-year brokerage career at Morgan Stanley, filed a civil suit in Superior Court of New Jersey … Schmell, whose co-written autobiography, “The Uninvited: How I Crashed My Way into Finding Myself,” was published on Tuesday by a Simon and Schuster imprint as an inspirational self-help book, said his branch manager in Red Bank, NJ, and a compliance official twice warned him he would be fired if it went to print.

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Sovereign rehab sues federal agents claiming abuses in June raids

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October 2, 2017 – Workers and clients of Sovereign Health of California rehab centers filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday, Oct. 2 accusing federal agents of overstepping their authority in a series of raids in June looking for evidence of insurance fraud. The suit said six properties were raided by an “aggressive and disorganized mob” of more than 150 agents wearing flak jackets, carrying guns and using “SWAT-like tactics.” … The U.S. Department of Justice declined comment on the suit. The searches focused on Sovereign operations in San Clemente, Culver City and Palm Desert. CONTINUED @ OCRegister.com

How Safe Is America’s Hottest Heroin Addiction Treatment?

vivitrolFrom summer: July 26, 2017 – Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s health secretary, hyped Vivitrol at the expense of more established treatments after visiting the drug manufacturer’s factory … Claire”I didn’t even eat—there was no enjoyment in it,” she added. “I didn’t talk to people; I didn’t enjoy company … I was a zombie: I got up, went to class, came home, and went to sleep.” … More disturbingly, at least one friend who signed a similar contract with their parents fatally overdosed not long after the medication wore off, Claire said.  CONTINUED @ Vice.com

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants

chickenplantOctober 4, 2017 – By Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter — The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison … But in the rush to spare people from prison, some judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry. At CAAIR, about 200 men live on a sprawling, grassy compound in northeastern Oklahoma, and most work full time at Simmons Foods Inc.  CONTINUED @ RevealNews.com

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Addiction/Recovery Vol. 5 headerMargaret Cho Opens Up About Her Addiction, Relapse, Childhood Sexual Abuse & “King of Offensive” Donald Trump

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September 23, 2017 – When her friends finally staged an intervention for her, Cho, thinking she was going to a party, brought along a bottle of wine. She then did what any addict would do — she drank the entire bottle over the course of the intervention … “I went away for a year and a half. It was good but that is not necessarily the path anyone would want to take.

Women and Opioids: Inside the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in American History

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 – Thirty-one women will lose their lives to opioids today. This special report details how the crisis is impacting all of us—and what it will take to end it … “I’m sober and alive and loving life!” she tells me on the phone. “It feels like a dream. I don’t wanna ever not feel like I feel right now.” She talks about getting a job and becoming a drug counselor. Her enthusiasm is so promising and yet, after months of reporting on the drug epidemic…

Addiction and recovery: 30-plus years of meetings and sobriety

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Sept. 19, 2017 – Yes, “rehab” is now part of our vocabulary. Also, “in-patient,” “out-patient,” “day at a time,” “clean and sober.” But they usually refer to the early – difficult, often dramatic – days of recovery. Also today, there is a growing movement within the recovery community for people with long-term sobriety to go public with their stories in an effort to remove the stigma associated with addiction.

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WHY Prescription Drug Misuse Is Becoming A Problem For People Over 50 VIDEO

drphilSeptember 8, 2017 – Karen says she spent 13 years addicted to eight different prescription medications and says no one knew her secret. The former school teacher says it took an overdose, four days in a coma and a family intervention before she finally got help “17 percent of people over 50 will eventually show the signs of addiction,” Dr. Harry Haroutunian of Hazelden/Betty Ford says. “It’s highly unrecognized. By the year 2020 we expect 10 million people in that age group to be addicted. CONTINUED @ DrPhil.com

‘Matter of Fact: State of Addiction’ Special FULL LENGTH PRESENTATION

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Sept. 15, 2017 – Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien” and WMTW News 8 are shining a light on the nation’s opioid crisis. If you missed it, watch our special “Matter of Fact: State of Addiction” in the video above … Below you can watch our Facebook Live discussion on the opioid crisis here in Maine and the treatment and recovery options available.

EXCLUSIVE: Google is cracking down on sketchy rehab ads

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Sept. 16, 2017 – Around the country today, marketers in the $35 billion addiction treatment industry woke up to an unpleasant surprise: Many of their Google search ads were gone. Overnight, the search giant has stopped selling ads against a huge number of rehab-related search terms, including “rehab near me,” “alcohol treatment,” and thousands of others. Search ads on some of those keywords would previously have netted Google hundreds of dollars per click

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‘Body Brokers’ Get Kickbacks to Lure People with Addictions to Bad Rehab NPR AUDIO

bodysnatchersAug. 15, 2017 – The first step for unscrupulous rehab centers: Recruiting clients who have good health insurance. That’s created a whole new industry — something called patient brokering or “body brokering.” … There are charges for all kinds of things — nutrition counseling, acupuncture and chiropractic care among them. But the big expenses were for testing — urine testing. “When they had charged $9,500 for five urinalyses,”…CONTINUED @ NPR.or

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Aug. 15, 2017 – An empty chair sits near train tracks in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, where opioid abusers have littered the ground with needles and other trash. Fentanyl was responsible for more than 400 overdose deaths in Philadelphia last year … “It’s a new epidemic,” said Gutierrez, 42, who shoots up on the sidewalks here in Kensington by day and ducks into abandoned buildings at night as he copes with crippling addiction. He has watched his friends die and says, “If you catch a pure bag of fentanyl, that Narcan ain’t bringing you back.” CONTINUED @ WashingtonPost.com

‘Dearborn ‘pill mill’ raided VIDEO

pillmill2August 18, 2017 – Dr. Mohammad Derani of West Bloomfield, allegedly prescribed more than 500,000 opioid pills since January. Investigators said roughly half of the pills ended up on the street. The pills were prescribed at the clinic and picked up elsewhere. Alwajed worked as an office assistant at the clinic … authorities found signed prescription pads that weren’t filled out and about $50,000 during the search warrant executed Thursday. CONTINUED @ ClickOnDetroit.co

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1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 5.36.06 PMAugust 9, 2017 – Experts at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism say that the rise could constitute a public health crisis that is being overshadowed by the opioid epidemic and marijuana legalization.  During an 11 year gap, the number of people who received a diagnosis of alcoholism shot up by 49 percent, meaning 12.7 percent of the population – or roughly one in eight Americans – are alcoholics … ‘Most important, the findings herein highlight the urgency of educating the public, policymakers and health care professionals about high-risk drinking and AUD, destigmatizing these conditions and encouraging those who cannot reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment.’  CONTINUED @ DailyMail.co.uk

Gabor Maté on Trump’s Answer to Opioid Crisis VIDEO

gabormateAug. 11, 2017 – President Trump says he’ll declare opioid overdoses a national emergency, physician and author Dr. Gabor Maté says an effective response would address the emotional pain and adverse conditions at the root of addiction. CONTINUED @ YouTube.com

A ‘Vaccine For Addiction’ Is No Simple Fix NPR AUDIO

AuScreen Shot 2017-08-14 at 4.35.34 PMgust 10, 2017 – Researchers have been working on vaccines against addictive drugs, including nicotine, cocaine and heroin, for almost two decades … These vaccines aren’t like the measles vaccine that you receive once or twice for a lifetime of immunity. Multiple shots per year would likely be required. So the strategy would only work in people who were actively trying to recover from a drug addiction. 

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Addiction/Recovery Vol. 5 headerTo Grow Market Share, a Drugmaker Pitches Vivitrol to Judges NPR AUDIOcashjudge

August 3, 2017 – One reason for this preference is that Alkermes, the drug’s manufacturer, is doing something nearly unheard of for a pharmaceutical company: It is marketing directly to drug court judges and other officials.. — He says he also got a rash — another possible reaction to Vivitrol, according to the product’s warnings. Months after he had the shot, he still had white splotches on his arms, which he attributed to the drug. But even with those symptoms, Kirby says the court urged him to stick with the medication for a couple of more months. “They were way too pushy about it,” he says.

NAATP To Produce Addiction Treatment Provider Guidebook 

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DENVER, August 2, 2017 – The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) announced a new initiative today to address problematic business practices in the addiction treatment field. Illegal, unethical, and unprofessional practices have reached an all-time high, fueled in part by the opioid addiction crisis, creating a need for industry practice standards. While bad practices are committed by a minority of treatment providers, they cause serious public harm and damage the reputation of ethical high quality treatment operators.   

Rehab Arrests Follow NBC News Report with Megyn Kelly VIDEO

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Aug. 1, 2017 – State and Federal charges were filed against rehab industry insiders following a Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly investigation of fraud and overdoses in the drug treatment industry.

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Hooked and hustling heroin: A couple’s life in Kensington, Philadelphia

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July 28, 2017 – “I’m king,” he says, in a pair of red-mirrored sunglasses. “I make the most money. I got the most clients. And I give the best runs.” That’s what Ray is — a runner. Every day, from early morning to late night, he sells “works” — clean syringes — at the foot of the El station in Kensington … It’s a good day. They have get-well money — enough to buy their first fix in the morning, the one that staves off the early symptoms of withdrawal, the nausea, and the aches and pain. Together, they inject up to 30 bags of heroin a day.

Kevin Michael Key, advocate who found hope and sobriety on skid row, dies at 67

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July 28, 2017 – A onetime criminal defense attorney who lost his career to a crack addiction, Kevin Michael Key found both ruin and redemption on skid row, a neighborhood he came to embody as one of its loudest and most persistent activists … in 2002, Key got sober and found new life in activism. He joined the United Coalition East Prevention Project, worked as a liaison for the diabetes program at the JWCH Community Clinic, marched with the prison reform group Critical Resistance and served two terms on the Downtown Neighborhood Council. He prodded civic leaders to give skid row the same attention and amenities that other neighborhoods received. He preached the gospel of sobriety.

Life or Death Matter of Ethics

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July 28, 2017 – The problem is multi-faceted and includes “body brokering,” a practice in which people are paid to bring in new clients. Kickbacks involve providers receiving money to send patients to a particular facility, or excessive and unnecessary drug testing in order for labs to gain insurance payouts. Some “sober houses” are really just unlicensed and unregulated drug dens because there’s often a payout when patients cycle through rehab and these flophouses. All of this means people suffering from addiction are treated like commodities and aren’t getting the help they need. – BUT THE RAY OF LIGHT HERE IS THAT WE CAN CHANGE THIS!

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An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean

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July 17, 2017 -During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them,..Puliafito, 66, and these much younger acquaintances captured their exploits in photos and videos…Three weeks earlier, a 21-year-old woman had overdosed in his presence in a Pasadena hotel room. The woman was rushed to a hospital, where she recovered. Police found methamphetamine…Puliafito resigned his $1.1-million-a-year post…she said the drug left her “completely incapacitated.”

After she awoke in the hospital six hours later, Puliafito picked her up, and “we went back to the hotel and got another room and continued the party,” she said.

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Lawyer, Addict, Body

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July 15, 2017 – …his voice  mail messages and texts had become meandering soliloquies that didn’t make sense, veering from his work travails, to car repairs, to his pet mouse, Snowball … In my shock, I didn’t see the half-filled syringes on the bathroom sink, or the spoon, lighter and crushed pills … One of the most comprehensive studies of lawyers and substance abuse was released just seven months after Peter died. That 2016 report, from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association, analyzed the responses of 12,825 licensed, practicing attorneys across 19 states … Brian Cuban, a lawyer in recovery for alcohol and drug addiction and the author of the memoir “The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow and Redemption,” would regularly show up for work drunk and do a few lines of cocaine to be able to perform.

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Eric Snyder was arrested on Tuesday and released on $250,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 1. Bond was set at $200,000 for Fuller. Snyder is one of the many drug treatment operators exposed in a two-year Palm Beach Post investigation.

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