WHY Prescription Drug Misuse Is Becoming A Problem For People Over 50 VIDEO
September 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
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
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
Hooked and hustling heroin: A couple’s life in Kensington, Philadelphia
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
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.
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!
July 18, 2017 – The study found that not only were artificial sweeteners dodgy when it came to weight management, but people who drank them routinely had an increased body mass index and risk of developing cardiovascular disease … Once heralded as sweet substitutes for sugar without as many belt-busting calories, people once couldn’t get enough sucralose and aspartame. But recently, people have started looking at the molecules with increasing suspicion, amid studies that linked them to increased belly fat…
RAGS to riches to rags: How a booming addiction treatment biz goes bankrupt
July 21, 2017 – By 2015, Solid Landings employed 1,200 and the number of addicts seeking its help quadrupled to 3,000 a year … Fennelly was named one of O.C.’s most influential people, Solid Landings was voted one of O.C.’s top workplaces, and his pay exceeded $82,000 a month. He bought a luxury condo in the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Las Vegas – complete with white-gloved doormen, valet parking, 24-hour concierge service and spectacular views – for $1.77 million in 2015 … In October, Solid Landings was hit with an investigative subpoena from the California Department of Insurance. It was exhaustive, demanding that the company hand over an enormous trove of documents on everything from the nonprofit, Solid Landings Foundation, to records of money used to buy insurance for clients, to protocols used for urine testing, according to the subpoena.
Delray will sue Big Pharma for ‘scourge of opioid addiction’
July 19, 2017 – The opioid epidemic has caused financial and emotional strain on the people of Delray Beach, and its leaders want accountability and restitution. That’s why the Delray Beach commission Tuesday decided to sue drug makers for the part they played in the heroin crisis. It is the first city in Florida to take such action. “With virtually no help from our federal government and little from our state … cities like ours are now frantically searching for answers for our own population,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said.
Nelsan Ellis’ Family Shares Circumstances of ‘True Blood’ Actor’s Death
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
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
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.
Tiger Woods, arrested on suspicion of DUI, blames prescriptions
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..
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
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..
Sheriff’s Warning to Heroin Dealers is Tone Deaf say Experts Video
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.
New White House drug czar has ideas for where to put nonviolent drug users: “hospital-slash-prison.” VIDEO
April 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.
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.
‘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.
Porn 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.
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.”
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.
Britain’s leading rehab clinic The Priory has been branded ‘unsafe’ in a devastating report by an official watchdog, following a series of suicides and self-harming incidents by patients.
In the most recent case, millionaire company chairman Stephen Bantoft, 49, is understood to have hanged himself less than three hours after checking into an acute psychiatric wing at the hospital.
The father of three had not been seen by a doctor.
His death was one of two suicides in the hospital last year, and one of ten ‘serious incidents of self-harm’ involving ligatures in the three months prior to March. Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and Robbie Williams have been there.
Florida and California have well-earned reputations as states where addiction treatment programs play fast and loose with ethical guidelines, regulatory requirements, and the law. Now, national publications are naming Arizona as one of the next worst states for these violations. I am disheartened to learn that some addiction programs in Arizona are paying marketers for referred addicted patients, a practice that is not only unethical but likely illegal.
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray about the NFL’s handling of player injuries, criticizing the league’s reliance on painkillers instead of alternative substances like marijuana. McMahon hypothesized that the NFL is “in cahoots with big pharma.”
VIDEO 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…
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.”
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.”