More middle school girls are inflicting self-pain. Experts say it might be smartphones
November 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
November 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
Nov. 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
Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians VIDEO
October 27, 2017 – OK, so we say, “How do we fix this?” This is really simple. What we can do, we can simply set up free drug purity testing sites. They do this in Spain. They do this in the Netherlands. They do this in Switzerland. It’s really simple … Only about a quarter of the people who use something like heroin will become addicted. CONTINUED @ DemocracyNow.org
Trump Foolishly Thinks He Can Solve the Opioid Crisis with Zero Cash and a Dumb Ad Campaign
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Rikers inmate who died of overdose ‘needed’ and ‘wanted’ rehab program — but was never treated
October 29, 2017 – During his 218 days behind bars, he was never seen by a medical clinician after his intake screening, according to a clinician who reviewed his case file after his death … Selmin Feratovic, 28, was found dead inside his cell in the Otis Bantum Correctional Center at 3 a.m. on Oct. 19. A Rikers Island inmate … was never put in a drug rehab program or given any counseling, jail insiders say. CONTINUED @ NYDailyNews.com
Sovereign rehab sues federal agents claiming abuses in June raids
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?
From 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
October 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
Margaret Cho Opens Up About Her Addiction, Relapse, Childhood Sexual Abuse & “King of Offensive” Donald Trump
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
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
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.
‘Body Brokers’ Get Kickbacks to Lure People with Addictions to Bad Rehab NPR AUDIO
Aug. 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
Fentanyl linked to thousands of overdose deaths
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
August 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
1 in 8 Americans are alcoholics
August 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
Aug. 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
gust 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.
To Grow Market Share, a Drugmaker Pitches Vivitrol to Judges NPR AUDIO
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
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
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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Mendez hoped that the lawsuit brought against AA would force them to change their policy with regards to anonymity for criminals who attend their meetings. “We filed this lawsuit because my daughter’s death could have been prevented by AA,” Mendez said. “We don’t want any money. I want to clarify this. We just want people to know what’s going on at AA.” Weeks before the murder, a friend of Brada called the police because Earl had allegedly beat her.
New York City now has its first so-called ‘sober high school’ where teenagers going through rehab can do so without the usual peer pressure. As CBS2’s Dana Tyler reported there is a push for more sober high schools. “The price of Newport Academy as a private school is right on par to almost all other private schools in Manhattan,” founder Jamison Monroe said. In addition to academics there is a focus on giving students the tools to stay off drugs and alcohol. There’s therapy, meditation, and yoga. Across the country there are about 35 public sober high schools but none in New York City.
Jodie Sweetin may be better known as Stephanie Tanner from the beloved series Full House. In the show, she played a sweet, but feisty young girl and the middle sister in the Tanner clan. But Sweetin’s real, adult life has been anything but perfect … The startling admission not only shines light on Sweetin’s own personal addictions with alcohol and crystal meth, but it also shines light on the fact that alcohol was served in excess to a minor at Bure’s wedding.
Why Christie’s drug speech went viral: Our addiction to authenticity VIDEO
Politicians are all adept at faking sincerity, but this is deeply personal. Christie began by talking about his mother being addicted to cigarettes, trying to kick the habit, and being diagnosed with lung cancer at 71. “No one came to me and said, ‘Hey listen, your mother was dumb … She’s getting what she deserves,'” Christie said.
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DR. OZ SHOW to Hold First National Night of Conversation on Drug Addiction, 11/19
In an effort to address the national problem of addiction, the three time Daytime Emmy Award Winning “The Dr. Oz Show” is organizing a National Night Of Conversation November 19 to encourage every family in the country to sit down to dinner and talk to their children about drugs and to have an open and honest discourse about addiction.
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CC Sabathia Says He Realized in 2012 He Was an Alcoholic
“In 2012, I kind of came to the realization I was an alcoholic, and I was kind of battling it without any help,” he told ABC in an interview broadcast Friday, his first remarks to media since treatment. “I would go a couple, you know, two, three months at a time sober, and then I would just relapse…”
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