Addiction/Recovery eBulletin Vol. 4, No. 51


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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

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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’ 

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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.

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Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than guns

OverdoseMore than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year – the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday … “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this. Certainly not in modern times,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees death statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Psychiatric Chain Locks People Up For Insurance Money

Chain“Your job is to get patients. And you get them however you get them.” A yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation – based on interviews with 175 current and former UHS staff, including 18 executives who ran UHS hospitals; more than 120 additional interviews with patients, government investigators, and other experts; and a cache of internal documents – raises grave questions about the extent to which those profits were achieved at the expense of patients. Current and former employees from at least 10 UHS hospitals in nine states said they were under pressure to fill beds by almost any method – which sometimes meant exaggerating people’s symptoms or twisting their words to make them seem suicidal – and to hold them until their insurance payments ran out.

‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’

SlaughterInside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, our photojournalist documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days … I witnessed bloody scenes just about everywhere imaginable – on the sidewalk, on train tracks, in front of a girls’ school, outside 7-Eleven stores and a McDonald’s restaurant, across bedroom mattresses and living-room sofas. I watched as a woman in red peeked at one of those grisly sites through fingers held over her eyes, at once trying to protect herself and permit herself one last glance at a man killed in the middle of a busy road. Not far from where Tigas was killed, I found Michael Araja, shown in the first photo below, dead in front of a “sari sari,” what locals call the kiosks that sell basics in the slums.

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vapeTeens who vape are Six times as likely to go on to smoke cigarettes

By Elizabeth Simpson
The Virginian-Pilot.  That’s what a study released today by the journal Pediatrics suggests, finding that adolescents who “vape” are six times as likely to graduate to regular cigarettes when they become young adults. The study by University of Southern California researchers gathered information from about 300 juniors and seniors in California high schools and then followed up with them 16 months later when they had passed the legal age of smoking…

ArizonaArizona city stews over regulating sober living homes

Prescott residents are dealing with an influx of recovering drug addicts drawn to the mountain community for many of the same reasons as retirees – cool air, pine trees and a small town atmosphere. Neighbors complain about loud music, foul language and cigarette butts emanating from sober living homes. While residents say they believe addicts deserve help, many take a “not in my backyard” stance on the homes.

Smoking AgeCalifornia’s Smoking Age is Raised from 18 to 21

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expand no-smoking areas at public schools … Tobacco 21 is a signal that California presents a united front against Big Tobacco,” Hernandez said, “Together, we stand to disrupt the chain of adolescent addiction.”

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OverdoseAMA Blasts Price Increase for Life-saving Anti-overdose Drug

According to a recent report released by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, in 2009, naloxone in the form used most commonly by police departments and first responders cost $13-$15 per dose. That price has increased to $37-$54 for the same dose. The price of naloxone – which comes in several different forms, including a nasal spray and an injection – has also become an issue of concern for Connecticut lawmakers. Last September, Attorney General George Jepsen sent a letter to California drug-manufacturer Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, questioning why its price for naloxone had increased.

1616-year-old boy shares story of surviving his parents’ drug addiction  VIDEO

When he was just 10 years old, Zaine noticed something was different. He said his parents spent a lot of time in their room with the door locked. The curious young boy climbed up on top of the water heater to peek in their bedroom window. He said he will never forget that image.


5 Reasons to Re-examine the use of the Label ‘ALCOHOLIC’

1. It creates fear by classifying alcohol addiction as incurable.
Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, our most popular alcoholism treatment method, asserts there is no cure for this lifelong disease – only continued remission achieved through complete abstinence. Yet according to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than one-third of individuals with alcohol addiction fully recover.

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Michael Phelps Opens Up About His Alcoholism    

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As Michael Phelps prepares to race six events during the season’s first stop of the USA Swimming Pro Series, the 22-time Olympic medalist graces the cover of Sports Illustrated. With the support of his friends and family behind him, Phelps journeyed to The Meadows, a professional rehab facility in the desert, and got serious about fixing his issues. ” CONTINUED @


Target Accused of Making Light of Mental Illness with ‘Obsessive Christmas Disorder’ Sweater VIDEO  

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Some consumers argued that that the sweater made light of mental illness. Over 2 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. For more on OCD and other mental health issues, head over to NIMH. While Target may not have intended to offend anyone, there is real harm in using terms for mental illness metaphorically.




Jury convicts West Delray doctor of overprescribing pain pills     

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Former West Delray doctor Barry Schultz faces a mandatory minimum of 1,343 years in prison when he is sentenced in January on charges of over prescribing pain medication. But one juror said his decision to convict Schultz on Friday mostly came down to the high numbers of oxycodone he approved – including 20,000 pills over 10 months to one patient…