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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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BannerWorst Epidemic in U.S. History? Opioid Crisis Now Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50 VIDEO

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JUNE 07, 2017 – AMY GOODMAN: And so, what about the role of Big Pharma, of the drug companies?
DR. ANDREW KOLODNY: Well, the reason we have this epidemic, as I mentioned, is because doctors have been writing too many prescriptions. And that change in the way we treated pain began in the late ’90s. And as the prescribing took off, it led to parallel increases in addiction and overdose death.

Prozac Nation is now the United States of Xanax

ProzacJune 10, 2017 – According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health, some 38 percent of girls ages 13 through 17, and 26 percent of boys, suffer from an anxiety disorder. Marshall McLuhan famously wrote, a cool medium. Our devices are literally hot, warming our laps and our palms.”In our always-on culture, checking your phone is the last thing you do before you go to sleep, and the first thing you do if you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom,” Mr. Harris said. “Just today, I got an alert on my phone about the collapsing Arctic ice shelf. That’s scary as hell.” Push notifications. Apocalyptic headlines. Rancorous tweets. Countless studies have found links between online culture and anxiety. But if social media can lead to anxiety, it also might help relieve it.

A Drugmaker Tries to Cash in on the Opioid Epidemic, One State Law at a Time NPR AUDIO 

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June 12, 2017 – State lobbying records show that McCaffrey lobbies for Alkermes, the company that makes Vivitrol.
Asked earlier this year whether Indiana lawmakers knew about his lobbying for Alkermes, McCaffrey said, “I imagine some do and some don’t.” But several lawmakers who have worked closely with McCaffrey, including Davisson, say they were not aware.

Addiction/Recovery eBulletin Vol. 4, No. 42

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How some Southern California drug rehab centers exploit addiction

BehindMay 21, 2017 – For five patients treated at one center, Grajeda paid a total of $1,193 in upfront insurance costs. Those patients went on to generate claims of more than $4 million to Blue Shield, state records show…Though many legitimate centers remain, critics and long-time insiders say a darker version of the industry is emerging, built around an illicit world of patient recruiters, fraud-driven clinics and drug-testing mills … Everything from the opioid epidemic and Obamacare to prison realignment and legal loopholes has created conditions in which unethical operators can flourish, using addicts to bilk insurance companies and the public out of hundreds of millions of dollars … State records show that Rueben “Benji” Grajeda, a one-time methamphetamine dealer with a half-dozen felony convictions in Orange and Los Angeles counties, took on a side job in 2014 – connecting addicts to rehab centers…

Sobriety for Sale: Clinic inspectors say state agency foiled their investigations VIDEO 

SobMay 17, 2017 – Two state workers charged with reviewing the operations of state-licensed drug and alcohol treatment centers say KING 5’s ongoing investigation into corrupt clinics correctly revealed failures in oversight by the agency charged with policing the treatment industry. One of those workers, Tammy Wright, cited as an example an investigation she worked on that turned up forged documents at a licensed drug and alcohol treatment center in Spanaway called “Abracadabra.”

Travis Barker, Blink-182 drummer, opens up about drug addiction… VIDEO  

BarkMay 17, 2017 – Travis Barker opened up about how he turned to drugs after surviving a plane crash and overcoming his addiction. The Blink-182 drummer’s plane from South Carolina to California crashed during takeoff in 2008 and two of his friends died. Barker survived and was left with second- and third-degree burns; he spent 11 weeks in the hospital and underwent 27 surgeries, as well as blood transfusions and skin grafts.

Addiction/Recovery eBulletin Vol. 4, No. 37

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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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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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AddictedAddicted to a Treatment for Addiction

April Hileman of Lebanon, Va., tried to overcome an addiction to opioids with Suboxone, which is supposed to help people wean themselves off drugs. Instead, she found herself addicted to Suboxone. But Suboxone can get you high if you inject it or snort it or take it in combination with benzodiazepines, a sometimes fatal blend. And Ms. Hileman, then 24, did all those things.

AntidepressantsAntidepressants aren’t just for depression anymore

In a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. on Tuesday, researchers reported that close to three in 10 antidepressant prescriptions written between 2006 and 2015 by general practitioners in Quebec, Canada, were for conditions for which the medications have not been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

HarrisHarris Stratyner PhD interviewed by FOX 5 TV on subject of drug Shatter VIDEO

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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