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June 6, 2017          Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News          Vol. 4., No. 44
The End of the Road?
South Florida Cities to America: 'Don't Send Your Drug Users Here'
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.
No Conspiracy Here?
How a 5-sentence letter helped fuel the opioid addiction crisis  
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.
In The Rough
Tiger Woods - Asleep At Wheel - Failed Field Sobriety Test  
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."
Come for Treatment - Stay for Probation
Sober Home Task Force raids West Palm Beach treatment center  
June 2, 2017 - Wellness Center of Palm Beach is the latest drug treatment center to be raided by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force. Delray Beach Police Det. Nicole Lucas, a member of the task force, reported the May 30 raid on her Facebook page and asked patients who want to give a statement to send her a private message on Facebook. No arrests have been made as a result of the raid.
William Penn would be heartbroken
'Pimping out' drug addicts for cash 
June 1, 2017 - In Philadelphia, addicts have become a cash crop, used by some treatment centers and recovery houses to create a perpetual money churn. On the street, it's called "pimping out." PHOTO: The main office of Women Walking in Victory & Empowered Men at 2441 N. 29th Street, an agency run by Renee Payton with 12 recovery houses with around 100 residents. Though some have accused her of sending residents to treatment centers for kickbacks, she denies it.
He's Got That Bernie Maddoff Look
Manhattan doctor busted for 14,000 unnecesary painkiller scripts  
June 5, 2017 - A Manhattan physician who describes himself on his website as a "good old-fashioned family doctor" who even makes house calls was busted Monday for dishing out thousands of unneeded painkiller prescriptions ... According to court papers, Tesher supplied three confidential informants with the powerful pills at his Upper East Side office, just off Central Park on E. 68th St.
Speed Kills, Unless...
Methamphetamine abusers regain heart function after quitting  
May 30, 2017 - CV damage due to methamphetamine use can be reversed by quitting combined with medical treatment, according to results published in the JACC: Heart Failure.
If They LIVE, LOCK Them Up
DA proposes addicts refusing treatment after OD reversal be involuntarily committed  
May 15, 2017,  - Asked where involuntary commitments would be housed, David said that one solution has been made possible through "justice reinvestment," which identifies drug offenders and puts them in a community-based alternative to treat them rather than to incarcerate them.
Make a Call, Save a Life  VIDEO
Opioid Addiction: The Safe Reporting Law VIDEO  
May 29, 2017  - Pamela Person had it happen to her son Devon. He was with cousins out of state when he overdosed. She said they didn't know what to do and panicked. "They essentially dropped him off (at a hospital) like a bag of trash, and called somebody in the emergency room and drove off."

Ohio sues five drug companies over opioid crisis  
May 31, 2017 - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Wednesday his office sued five major drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risks of prescription opioid painkillers and so helping fuel a sky-rocketing drug addiction epidemic.

From Pucks to Chips
Former NHL star Kevin Stevens putting his life back together  
May 29, 2017 - It is where Kevin Stevens, former Boston College and NHL star, spends his days now, alcohol- and drug-free for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, attending at least one Alcoholics Anonymous meeting a day. He sometimes goes three times a day. Those meetings helped keep him out of jail. So he keeps going, "learning how to live," he says, a day at a time.

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Are Pharmaceutical Companies to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic?  
Now, as a new public-health crisis ravages states, Ohio's Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a handful of pharmaceutical companies, including Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals ... The lawsuit follows similar recent lawsuits in Illinois, Mississippi, four counties in New York, and Santa Clara and Orange Counties in California. Last month, the Cherokee Nation filed a lawsuit against distributors and pharmacies in tribal court over the opioid epidemic. In January, the city of Everett, Washington, filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin...

For My Traveling Home Group Family
Sobriety is freedom  
June 2, 2017 - Hello, my name is freedom and I have been clean and sober for 10 years. The book of Alcoholics Anonymous tells me that I'm bodily and mentally different from others. The first time I recognized this was early in Grade 8. I had a mickey of whisky in my closet and I was planning on having some whisky in my tea before school...
No Family is Immune
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor's story shines spotlight on cost of drug treatment
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor ... went ... public with the story that both her sons have struggled from addiction to opioids and that one remains in treatment ... recounted some of the harrowing moments her family has endured over the past five years, including failed drug rehab programs, two overdoses at home, and urgent calls for ambulances.
There is Music in Living a Sober Life
Morris Day Shows Support at Recovery Unplugged(R) Treatment Center: Richie Supa and Kendra Erika Perform
May 31, 2017 -  Morris Day attended in support of Richie Supa, songwriter/guitarist of Aerosmith's GRAMMY-winning "Pink" and Recovery Unplugged® Treatment Center Director of Creative Recovery and Kendra Erika, Billboard top 10 visionary deep-house pop singer with music co-written and produced by Grammy-winning producer, Damon Sharpe, performed three inspirational songs at Recovery Unplugged during Music Therapy for 30 clients and provided an inspirational talk ...
Anything For a Fix  VIDEO
A Psychedelic Treatment for Drug Users PBS VIDEO 
Psychedelic use and treatment has changed with times and cultures. They are now illegal in the U.S
Advice Column
My alcoholic daughter, 26, must leave home - or I will
June 4, 2017 - The dilemma I'm a 69-year-old retired engineer with two children; one who lives abroad and seems to be doing well, and the other, my 26-year-old alcoholic daughter ... I want her out of my house. I am depressed by the constant arguments between her and her boyfriend (a decent sort of guy), her and her mother, her and me. She behaves like a devious psychopath, manipulating others...
What's Up Doc?
Pill mill doc sentenced for manslaughter
June 5, 2017 - A 74-year-old Mountain View woman who ran a pain management clinic in the South Bay was sentenced last month to four years in prison after an investigation found she gave one of her patients prescriptions for "hundreds" of pills including Oxycodone, Flexeril and Clonazepam. The patient was found dead in his home after ingesting the narcotics.
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She's a WInner's Winner  VIDEO
Person of the Week: Woman battles decades-long drug addiction to become recovery coach VIDEO  
May 26, 2017 - The Certified Peer Support Specialist does everything from holding "Safe Sleep" workshops for low-income moms to finding housing for the homeless. But much of her time is spent behind bars as a recovery coach for inmates in the jail.
Who's In Charge?
Authorities investigate possible opioid and other drug thefts by VA hospital employees  
May 29, 2017 - "Veterans may be denied necessary medications or their proper dosage and medical records may contain false information to hide the diversion, further putting veterans' health at risk ... Criminal investigators said it was hard to say whether new safeguards are helping.
Advocate This
Reducing alcohol taxes is just wrong. Tell Congress now  
Tell Congress to VOTE NO on Deceptive SB 236 / Hello beautiful person, 747 - Stop Subsidizing Alcohol Producers - Lowering Alcohol Taxes Is Wrong---Tell Congress to VOTE NO on SB 236 / HB 747 - lowering alcohol taxes will do nothing but increase the costly harms of alcohol consumption.

Where's The Connection?  VIDEO
The Opposite of Addiction Is Not Sobriety VIDEO  
MAY 30, 2017- Addiction, drug use, and overdose rates are on the increase in many countries. The UK and US share the troubling statistic that more people die from drug overdose than road traffic accidents. Johann's work has seen him question why we support a dusty model of drug prohibition when we know it doesn't work in saving lives.

Chris Cornell Toxicology Report Reveals Several Prescription Drugs in the Singer's System  
JUNE 2, 2017 - According to a report obtained by TMZ, Cornell had Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (a sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) and barbiturates in his system at the time of death ... Longtime manager Ron Laffitte told CNN ahead of the funeral, "Very often times people who are in recovery have a relapse or a slip. I think unfortunately what so often happens when a recovering addict has a slip is they return to a level where they left off as opposed to easing their way back in."

Riding The Steps
'Bike therapy' is latest tool to fight addiction
May 27, 2017 - A bicycle has helped keep Chris Collins sober. For the last three or four years, he and two friends in recovery have chosen miles-long rides over alcohol or drugs, pumping pedals to get pumped by the fresh air and the natural endorphins the brain releases during exercise.

A Taste of Recovery  VIDEO
Struggling Addicts Taste Sobriety With Help From Las Olas Chef VIDEO  
June 2, 2017 - Not long ago, he was working his way through recovery after a 25-year crack cocaine addiction. He says Chef Louie Bossi gave him a chance at a new life. "He opened doors for me and, thanks to him, I'm here," says Amaya. You can call it an act of gratitude from chef and restaurateur Louie Bossi, who is, himself, a former addict. He tells CBS4 he once found himself...
Teach Her Math
Gambling addiction: How a Canberra university professor lost $230,000 
June 4, 2017 - Professor Brown, a successful University of Canberra academic, lost hundreds of thousands of dollars on the pokies ... "I could be glued to the machine for six hours at a time. You want a bigger hit, so I gambled at the maximum bets of $5 or $8 or $10 - I put lots of money through," she said.
Finding The Right Note
New album grows out of experience of musician in recovery
June 3, 2017 - The entire album was recorded in a closet at Light House Sober Living in Port Clinton, where the artist, known in real life as Ashlee Ryan Nunley, 21, lives as an addict in recovery. And the album itself, featuring titles such as "A For Effort, F for Posture" and "Nosebleed at the Indians Game," is an autobiographical chronicle of Nunley's life and the hard times he often went through. The approach of the album, carefully composed and tuneful, reflects the emo style music that Nunley is interested in...
Texas man dies after swimming with new tattoo VIDEO
Monday, June 05, 2017  - An unidentified Texas man died after he went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after he got a crucifix tattoo with the words "Jesus is my life" below it ... That's where he was infected by the bacteria, vibrio vulnificus, which led to his hospitalization.
Maybe You Have 2 Lungs for a Reason
Pictorial warning labels on tobacco products help improve communication of risks!
May 5, 2017 - In recent years, smoking rates among adults in America have steadily declined; yet tobacco use remains the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette packages in most countries include a health warning label that describes the risks of using the product, but the position, size and design of the warnings may vary.
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Sobriety Through Anonymity: How AA Groups Help Alcoholics Battle Addiction 
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 58 year old Rakesh was in his early twenties when he first took to the bottle. His drinking slowly spiraled out of control and he became a full-blown addict. Alcoholism began affecting his mental health and strained his relationship with his family ... Despite being a graduate of Shree Ram College of Commerce; he ended up in a job that paid him close to nothing. After struggling for nearly two decades, he finally decided to seek help. He joined Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in 1996 and has been sober for 18 years now.