Addiction/Recovery eBulletin Vol. 5, No. 4

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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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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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BannerNelsan Ellis’ Family Shares Circumstances of  ‘True Blood’ Actor’s Death

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July 10, 2017 – Nelsan’s father has bravely agreed for me to share the circumstances of Nelsan’s heart failure. Nelsan has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years. After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control.

NAATP to Launch Enhanced Ethics Compliance and Consumer Protection Initiative 

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July 6, 2017 –  The practice of high quality values-based addiction treatment is threatened by unprofessional, unethical, and illegal activity within the field. Abuses range from marketing deception to outright illegal activity. The impact of this conduct is profound. It harms both the consumer and the field of addiction treatment at large. While abusive profiteering is experienced in many fields, and while it is true that our field has experienced periods of inappropriate marketing in the past, never in NAATP’s 40-year history have we seen abuses of this magnitude.

Sober Home Task Force score: One-fourth already pleaded guilty  

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July 1, 2017 – The strategy appears to be working. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who created the task force, has promised more arrests. “We’re closer to the beginning than the end,” Aronberg said of the investigation by the task force, which includes police, inspectors and agents from a dozen state and federal agencies.

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BannerSouth Florida Cities to America: ‘Don’t Send Your Drug Users Here’

 

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June 1, 2017 – Delray Beach is at the epicenter of a South Florida overdose epidemic that claimed more than 1,000  lives last year. And many of those victims were from out of state. They come by the thousands to get well. South Florida has long been a destination for world-class addiction treatment … “As soon as they extract all this insurance money from them and they test positive, they kick them out on the street with their wheelie luggage,” said Sidney Goodman, founder of Caron Renaissance, one of the oldest, most respected drug treatment providers in the region.

How a 5-sentence letter helped fuel the opioid addiction crisis

 

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MAY 31, 2017 – Close to 200,000 Americans have died by overdosing on prescription painkillers, and a new report traces some of the blame to five simple sentences written nearly 40 years ago. The sentences, containing just 101 words, appeared in a 1980 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Tiger Woods – Asleep At Wheel – Failed Field Sobriety Test

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May 31, 2017 – According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Tiger Woods was in his 2015 Mercedes Benz asleep at the wheel with the motor running and right blinker flashing. The report says Woods, “had extremely slow and slurred speech.”

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Tiger Woods, arrested on suspicion of DUI, blames prescriptions

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Monday, May, 29, 2017 – Last week on his web site, he updated everyone on his latest back surgery, in April, a fusion that he said would keep him away from competition for the rest of this year at least, but said made him pain free..

“I haven’t felt this good in years,” Woods said.

It is not yet announced by the police in Jupiter whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Woods says that alcohol was not involved, that this is all about prescription drugs..

Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin

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May 17, 2016 –  Health professionals are sounding the alarm over the heightened risk of death linked to the use of psychiatric drugs, which was highlighted in a pair of Vancouver-based studies published this month.  Benzodiazepine (BZD) is a class of psychiatric medications known as “tranquillizers” which can reduce the body’s drive to breathe and are used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, seizures, and other conditions.

University of California San Francisco doctor accused of fraudulently prescribing Ritalin VIDEO

UCSF Mathy allegedly issued 86 fraudulent prescriptions for Ritalin, a stimulant commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, over a period of three years under three different aliases..

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BannerHow the FDA Manipulates the Media

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The deal was this: NPR, along with a select group of media outlets, would get a briefing about an upcoming announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a day before anyone else. But in exchange for the scoop, NPR would have to abandon its reportorial independence. The FDA would dictate whom NPR’s reporter could and couldn’t interview. Is the Food and Drug Administration manipulating what stories we get on its decisions? Ten reporters-from the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Associated Press, Reuters, ABC, NBC, CNN and NPR-were invited to have their stories shaped. The day after the briefing, on February 4, everybody-except for the New York Times-ran with stories about the ad campaign. Independent comment was notably missing. Only NPR, which went live hours after the others, and CNN, in an update to its story midday, managed to get any reaction from anyone outside of the FDA.

The True Story of a Fictional Drunk’s Recovery – LIVE EVENT

 

TrueNew York, NY – Award-Winning author Lawrence Block discusses one of his most beloved characters, Matthew Scudder,  on Wednesday Sept. 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm at Cinema Village 22 E. 12th Street, New York City, NY.  10003. This is the symposium bit of the 5th Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium. Author of over 150 novels, Mr. Block will discuss the devo/evolution of sober private eye, Matthew Scudder. The ex-cop first appeared in print in 1976 in The Sins of the Fathers, as a hard-drinking, defrocked New York cop, now working as an unlicensed private investigator. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear a master storyteller tell his most important story of all. Mr. Block has generously agreed to sign books after the meeting. Hell sign up to three books that you bring with you, and will bring a limited quantity of books for sale. Tickets $20.00 purchase through Brown Paper Tickets.

Alcoholics who quit completely do better than those who dabble

QuitIn my last week of using drugs in the summer of 2005, I had a moment of clarity during a binge that combined codeine cough syrup, Ativan pills and ground-up Oxycontin that I was snorting. I was stumbling around the room – I was always a mess of bruises from head to foot in those days – trying to decide whether or not to take all the rest of the Ativan in the bottle when it occurred to me to ask myself, “Why is it that I can never get high enough? What exactly is it I’m trying not to feel?”… An ex-boyfriend whom I’ll call Alex, wasn’t so lucky. He quit drinking and joined AA for a couple of years, then relapsed. On a crack, alcohol and crystal meth binge, he contracted HIV during a blackout.

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docNY DAILY NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Darryl Strawberry leading fight to help reeling  Doc Gooden save his life VIDEO

It was Saturday night when Darryl Strawberry heard about Dwight Gooden’s implied denial of a drug problem in his life, via a text to me that ran in a Daily News story, in which Doc dismissed Strawberry’s own public concern for him as “unreal.” And that’s when the former Met slugger decided enough was enough. “I have to try something before he’s dead,” was the way Strawberry put it … Darryl Strawberry says he has no doubt his old Met teammate, Gooden, has an out-of-control cocaine problem.

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‘Unthinkable’ spike in NJ heroin overdose death rate AUDIO

“Not to be a Chicken Little, but I really don’t see any calming down in the future. This is really, really getting bad,” Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronato said last week. “It certainly looks like we’re not only going to exceed the death toll of last year, but it looks like it’s going to be somewhere between at least 150 to 160 overdose deaths in Ocean County, which is unthinkable,” he said.

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 addictionPorn addiction is causing a rise in erectile dysfunction in young men

An increasing number of young men are seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction normally associated with the middle-aged – because of their addiction to online porn. Frequent exposure to graphic images and films is de-sensitising men in their late teens and early 20s, leaving them unable to get aroused in the bedroom, experts claim. The problem is being exacerbated by the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, which are making pornography immediately accessible.

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swimGreatest Swimmer of All Time: Piling Up Gold & Coming Back From the Brink

What’s left to achieve for the most-decorated Olympic athlete in history? Michael Phelps already has an astounding 22 medals – 18 of them gold – twice as many as the world’s second highest medal-winning Olympians. Redemption, for one thing. A little over a year and a half ago, Phelps was in rehab, recovering from his second DUI arrest and beginning a six-month suspension from competitive swimming … “Michael’s story of sobriety and having a child has been great, It’s the right time for him to show leadership.”

gold-medalGold Medalist Anthony Ervin Makes Comeback After Drug Problems and Attempted Suicide

Ervin was a standout swimmer growing up in Valencia, California, with a lean, uniquely American look – a genetic mix that includes Jewish, Native American and African-American roots. Ervin developed symptoms of Tourettes just before high school … He had already tried to commit suicide by swallowing a handful of tranquilizers, and he nearly killed himself more than once riding a motorcycle while high on LSD and cocaine.

lisaLisa Marie Presley Checks Into Rehab for Prescription Pill Addiction VIDEO

Elvis Presley’s daughter is seeking help in Los Angeles at the $400,000-a-month Hills Treatment Center.

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MartyVIDEO Mayor Marty Walsh Talks Alcoholism in Democratic National Convention Speech

Mayor Marty Walsh delivered his speech to the Democratic National Convention Monday night, and as promised, he shared his personal story of recovery from alcoholism, linking his sobriety to support from the American labor movement. Walsh has been sober since 1995, and his well-documented journey has helped define him as a politician and informed his takes on some of the hottest-button issues in Massachusetts right now…

WalkMessage of Hope Touted in Walk for Addiction Recovery

Each of the messages eloquently gave purpose to Qwinn’s Walk for HOPE – named for 24-year-old Qwinn Ballard, who died April 26 from opiate pill misuse. More than 300 people endured 90-plus-degree heat and humidity to walk briskly from the Brackenridge gazebo to Tarentum pavilion, where at least 150 people were waiting to learn how they can help. Most wore orange T-shirts with the word HOPE in white. HOPE stands for Help Overdose Prevention with Education.”What we fear or hide, we cannot defeat. And what we tolerate, we cannot change. We need to quit being embarrassed, Addiction won’t go away by simply wishing it away.”

RodeoRodeo star Tyrell Smith embracing Sobriety VIDEO

Tyrell Smith has a life that many Cowboys only dream of. He’s an NFR qualifier, a National circuit finalist and has the natural talent it takes to compete with the best in the world. So it might come as a surprise that two years ago he nearly lost it all. “I basically thought I was done rodeoing,” Smith said. “I couldn’t balance the cowboy party stereotype that for some reason in my younger days I wanted to be.” “In my opinion it shows that God is real and that he does care,” Tyrell said of his sobriety.”

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pillsInsurers Pushing For Changes In Substance Abuse Battle

Insurance companies are pushing reforms that include encouraging suboxone-assisted recovery rather than abstinence, limiting pain-pill prescriptions and evaluating treatment programs based on their own outcomes.While alcohol remains the biggest substance-abuse problem, the proportion of claims that include opioids is climbing steadily, particularly among young adults and teenagers.

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Soberlink Receives FDA Clearance for Medical Use

Soberlink, the leader in real-time mobile-breath sobriety technology, today announced that the Soberlink Breathalyzer has received 510(k) premarket clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical use by healthcare providers to remotely measure alcohol in human breath, for the purpose of aiding in the detection and monitoring of alcohol consumption in those who suffer from alcohol use disorders … Soberlink is committed to changing the perception of alcohol use disorders by developing technology for addiction and recovery management. Since 2011, Soberlink has become the fastest…

AnnaAnna David Gets Hot Celebs to Sweat

Anna David made a career out of exploring big issues. Several years ago, she created After Party Magazine, a website that takes a new approach to addiction and recovery, proving that the cool kids’ table, especially in Hollywood, isn’t the one with bottle service. An extension of the website, Anna’s original podcast, After Party Pod, has featured some of the biggest names in sobriety, including Moby and Marc Maron.