Addiction/Recovery eBulletin Vol. 5, No.10

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Massachusetts Attorney General launches probe of addiction treatment…

massattgen2SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 – Peter SanAngelo, of Malden, Mass., died of a carfentanil overdose last fall in Delray Beach, Fla., where he was allegedly brokered for treatment using a Capital Blue Cross insurance plan purchased with a phony Pennsylvania address … He was 33. Text messages on his phone, obtained by the Globe and STAT through Herring, laid out the scheme that brought him south. A broker signed him up for insurance using the address of a Pennsylvania sober house where he had never been, and then someone else bought him a plane ticket … In a statement, Healey urged anyone victimized in a drug treatment scam to call her office’s Health Care Helpline at 888-830-6277. CONTINUED @ StatNews.com

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

clapton2Sept. 24, 2017 – Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, recalls the career highs but also the shadows in the life of 72-year-old rock god, Eric Clapton … Patti Boyd. Fellow blues legends John Mayall and the late BB King evaluate the genius of their friend and collaborator. “I’ve never met a better man than my friend Eric Clapton, “ says King. CONTINUED @ RTE.ie

Gabor Maté-Opening statement VIDEO

gaborOctSept. 24, 2017 – “Alcohol and Tobacco, more dangerous than any illegal drug.” CONTINUED @ YouTube

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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

Fentanyl linked to thousands of overdose deathsODdeaths

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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Sheriff’s Warning to Heroin Dealers is Tone Deaf say Experts Video

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April 10, 2017 – “Enjoy trying to sleep tonight, wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges,” he says to the underlay of battle-ready music.” A viral video from a Florida sheriff flanked by four masked officers in tactical gear while warning that he will “come after” heroin dealers is a misguided way to address the opioid epidemic, say drug policy experts. Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell put out the ominous clip on Friday, warning drug dealers who happened to be viewing his agency’s Facebook page that he’s “coming for” them.

DR. GABOR MATE FULL 4 min. ONE-ON-ONE EXPLOSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TUCKER CARLSON VIDEODr.

“Drugged”: Capitalism, Opioids and the history of heroin.

New White House drug czar has ideas for where to put nonviolent drug users: “hospital-slash-prison.” VIDEO

CzarApril 12, 2017 – Forced inpatient treatment in a hospital-slash-prison would presumably include drug users who are not necessarily drug abusers. Only about 21 percent of current marijuana users meet diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence, for instance. The other 79 percent do not need treatment for their drug use. Marino acknowledged that implementing such a policy nationwide would “take a lot of money.” Whether he’ll push for such a strategy as drug czar remains an open question. Beyond that, the office’s track record on meeting its drug policy goals is not the greatest. In 2010, they set a series of ambitious goals to reduce drug use, overdoses and drugged-driving incidents.

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Alec Baldwin opens up about past battle with alcoholism, drug addiction VIDEO

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Actor Alec Baldwin opened up about his past battle with alcoholism and drug addiction in an interview with “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos, admitting that it was a “tough time” full of “a lot of pain.” … “I got sober when I was just about to turn 27,” Baldwin said. “And those two years that I lived in that white, hot period, as a daily drug abuser, as a daily drinker … to my misery, boy, that was a tough time.” He added, “there was really, really a lot of pain in there, a lot of pain.”

Yara Ghazal becomes New Director of Operations for Addiction/Recovery eBulletin & REEL Recovery Film Festivals

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MARCH 30, 2017 – “We are indeed fortunate to have Ms. Ghazal,” said Leonard Buschel, CEO of Writers In Treatment, publisher of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin. “We are in a period of extensive growth and increased national and international recognition. “We anticipate great things from Ms. Ghazal and celebrate the talents and expertise she brings to our diverse projects.” Ms. Ghazal earned her BA from San José State University. Her previous experience related to addiction/recovery includes work as a Substance Abuse Counselor and Caseload Manager at an outpatient facility in Modesto, California. Ms. Ghazal is fluent in English, Arabic, and Spanish.

Scott Walker to ask Trump to let him drug test poor people…

ScottApril 3, 2017 – First he sent a letter to  then President-elect Donald Trump asking to let him drug test state residents who apply for food assistance. Now Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is gearing up to persuade the Trump administration to let him drug test those who need help affording health insurance … He’s already pushed hard to drug test the hungry … Walker is proposing to allow Medicaid to cover residential drug abuse treatment for these applicants. His regime would deny coverage to anyone who couldn’t or didn’t want to take a test to get benefits.

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Duterte: On phone call Trump praised my drug war as ‘right way’

DuterePhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to “kill all” the country’s suspected drug users and dealers has many foreign critics, including the United States, the European Parliament and the International Criminal Court. It now has at least one high-profile supporter: President-elect Donald Trump, at least according to Duterte. In a statement Saturday, Duterte shared details of a seven-minute conversation that took place Friday. He said that during the call, Trump endorsed his campaign against drug users and dealers – a campaign that has left at least 4,500 Filipinos dead in about five months. Trump told Duterte that he was doing it the “right way,” according to Duterte’s account.

Porn addiction turns men into Hopeless lovers who can’t please…

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Young chaps’ solo screen time is eroding their virility and eating away at their ability to please a lady. Dr Andrew Smiler, a “masculinity expert”, claimed that up to one in ten young men are now suffering from erectile dysfunction caused by porn addiction. Smiler’s research is nothing to grin about, sketching a portrait of doomed young boys suffering the sort of penis problems normally associated with old men. “The guys I see, most of them are between 13 and 25,” … “The vast majority are, for the most part, the picture of physical health.” These boys spend so many hours in front of porn that they find it difficult to perform in real life. “In porn, sex always happens very easily, everybody has a great time and nobody ever refuses or says ‘i don’t want to do that’,” he added. “But in reality, people aren’t always in the mood.

Duran Duran Duo’s ‘No Rewind,’ Penned by At-Risk Youth AUDIO

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Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor have shared a new track titled “No Rewind,” which the duo created in collaboration with at-risk youth in the Road Recovery program … Over the course of nine months, the Duran Duran members and the young people involved in the New York-based program traded riffs, demos and ideas before finally recording “No Rewind” at New York City’s Threshold Recording Studio during a stop on Duran Duran’s Paper Gods tour. John Taylor said of the project in a statement, “Road Recovery offers a safe, drug and alcohol-free place for young people to learn and work, and with professional guidance, introduces them to all aspects of the music business – from songwriting and performance, to the delivery of their music to fans, either live or via recordings.

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Ex-USC coach wants $30 million for firing over alcoholism

sarkisianSteve Sarkisian has sued the University of Southern California, alleging the school breached the football coach’s contract and discriminated against him on the basis of a disability by firing him this fall. Sarkisian’s complaint was filed Monday in Los Angeles County Court. Sarkisian’s lawyer, Alan Loewinsohn, told TMZ Sports that Sarkisian is seeking more than $30 million and at least the $12.6 million that was remaining on his contract. CONTINUED @ NYPost.com 

Scott Weiland’s Family: ‘Don’t Glorify This Tragedy’ 
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A letter from late singer’s ex-wife, Mary Weiland, on behalf of his two children. December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died. It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others. CONTINUED @ RollingStone.com 
James Taylor’s Powerful Story about DNA and Addiction: Must Watch  VIDEO  
3295cfd2-5d54-4c57-b09e-02468df29b0eJames Taylor, American singer-songwriter, says what some of us know all too well: Addiction is a genetic disease. To people who have an inborn weakness for alcoholism and drug use lurking in their genetic code, the pull of addiction is often beyond an urge, it is a destiny. In an interview on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, Taylor speaks about his addiction to heroin… CONTINUED @ TROFire.com