‘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
A ‘Vaccine For Addiction’ Is No Simple Fix NPR AUDIO
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.
Superior Court Judge Rita J. Miller Dismissed Murder Lawsuit Filed Against Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
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.
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.
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.
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…”