October 31, 2017
The Scientist Speaks VIDEO
Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians VIDEO
October 27, 2017 – OK, so we say, “How do we fix this?” This is really simple. What we can do, we can simply set up free drug purity testing sites. They do this in Spain. They do this in the Netherlands. They do this in Switzerland. It’s really simple … Only about a quarter of the people who use something like heroin will become addicted. CONTINUED @ DemocracyNow.org
New War on Drug Addicts?
Trump Foolishly Thinks He Can Solve the Opioid Crisis with Zero Cash and a Dumb Ad Campaign
Who’s the Criminal?
Rikers inmate who died of overdose ‘needed’ and ‘wanted’ rehab program — but was never treated
October 29, 2017 – During his 218 days behind bars, he was never seen by a medical clinician after his intake screening, according to a clinician who reviewed his case file after his death … Selmin Feratovic, 28, was found dead inside his cell in the Otis Bantum Correctional Center at 3 a.m. on Oct. 19. A Rikers Island inmate … was never put in a drug rehab program or given any counseling, jail insiders say. CONTINUED @ NYDailyNews.com
A Penny for Your Thoughts
Trump’s Emergency Declaration uncorks exactly 2¢ for each opioid addict
Oct. 27, 2017 – Trump did announce one costly initiative alongside the declaration – an ad campaign, similar to Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” public service announcements in the 1980s. Those did introduce America to how a brain on drugs is similar to a fried egg, but did next to nothing to combat drug use. CONTINUED @ TheIntercept.com
Even with a Very Good Brain?
Ana Marie Cox: Trump thinks he understands addiction. NOT.
Oct. 27, 2017 – As a recovering addict and alcoholic, I find nothing quite so galling as a lecture about sobriety from a lifelong teetotaler: “Drugs are terrible! Take it from me, a person who has never tried a single one.” CONTINUED @ SaltLakeTribune.com
NOT THE RIGHT BEDTIME STORY!!!!!
Father and Son die of apparent toxic drug overdose after party
October 30, 2017 – For some reason, the younger man, who was not known to use drugs, joined his father, a reputed addict, in taking some powerful opiates — apparently snorting a mix of heroin and fentanyl… CONTINUED @ NewYorkPost
“Chasing something that ain’t real” VIDEO
‘This is skid row’: What two heroin addicts want you to know VIDEO
October 27, 2017 – Johnny, also 46, started using heroin at 15 because his heroes in the music world did. He played guitar and went on to rehearse and sing with a band right down the street from where he now sits on a tombstone. CONTINUED @ CNN.com
Brave New World
U.S. to promote methadone and buprenorphine to treat addiction
OCTOBER 25, 2017 – Methadone, a decades-old drug originally introduced by Eli Lilly & Co; buprenorphine, a 15-year-old drug sold in combination with naloxone by Invidior Plc under the brand name Suboxone; and naltrexone, a drug sold by Alkermes Plc under the brand name Vivitrol… CONTINUED @ Reuters.com
Gratuitous Prurient Media – BOO!
Rest Room VIDEO
Opioid addiction and the most controversial bathroom in New York VIDEO
Alcohol-free tailgate at UT unites Austin’s sober community
Oct. 23, 2017 – Parties like tailgates can make recovery hard for college students, said Bob Ferguson, executive director of Alpha 180. Through sober-specific events and West Campus housing, the fraternity, which was established in September 2016, hopes to help make college accessible for Austin area college students… CONTINUED @ DailyTexan.com
Arsenic found in baby food VIDEO
Please Stay Open All Night
Narcan Opioid Overdose Spray Is Now Stocked By All Walgreens
Oct. 26, 2017 – While Narcan has been a steady $125, a naloxone auto-injector called Evzio now costs thousands of dollars… CONTINUED @ KUOW.org
Our Every Man
A Newcomer Song
John Mayer Celebrates One Year of Sobriety
Oct. 24, 2017 – “One year ago today, I decided to give drinking a break. A very personal thing for everyone. For me, a constant return on investment,” the 40-year-old singer wrote. “I post this because I want people to know that ‘that’s enough for now’ is on the menu, so to speak.” CONTINUED @ MSN.com
Wrong Kind of Treats
Even this puppy wasn’t safe from America’s opioid crisis VIDEO
Doesn’t Add Up
In Ohio, overdose deaths soared even with ad campaign
Oct. 27, 2017 – Experts say the key to successful campaigns are approaches that produce changes in behavior, not just an emotional reaction. Above all, avoid scare tactics. “Substance abuse is much more complicated than a simple choice of yes or no,”…. CONTINUED @ ABCNews.com
MEDIA: Book Suggestion
Raided urgent care clinics have been in legal crosshairs
OCTOBER 24, 2017 – The line of customers stretched outside the Willow Grove urgent care center and into the parking lot almost every day. Ten people, 20 people — an hour before the place even opened in the morning … Investigators gathered at the Advanced Urgent Care facility in Willow Grove, PA, after authorities closed two offices as part of an ongoing investigation into opioid prescription abuse. CONTINUED @ Philly.com
Stigma Works VIDEO
Mom’s one year sober after infamous OD pic went viral VIDEO
Back on Top
Young alcoholic stole her mum’s jewelry to buy booze at her lowest point
October 29, 2017 – Leanne Stillings, 32, was convinced her drinking habit was normal, but she lost her driving licence, her job, and almost lost her life … Leanne wasn’t ready to admit she was an alcoholic – despite the fact she was in hospital because of alcohol abuse…CONTINUED @ Mirror.co.uk
A Better Picture
TV star to talk addiction and recovery
Oct. 28, 2017 – You’ve seen her on “Dancing with the Stars” and the sitcoms “Full House” and “Fuller House,” best known as “Stephanie Tanner.” And on Monday at an area university, actress Jodie Sweetin will speaking not only on that career, but also something which hits home for many in the region – addiction to drugs and alcohol, and the recovery process from that addiction. CONTINUED @ NewsExaminer.com
Little Pharma Guilty Too!
Greedy Murderous F**k
Billionaire pharma exec. tied to local ‘pill mill’ indicted
The Addicted Better Quit or Else!
Ask Ryan Hampton
Where Are the Opioid Recovery Activists?
Footprints in the Sand
Hazelden Betty Ford 35th Anniversary
Celebrate 35th Nov. 3-5, 2017 – REGISTER NOW!
Recovery isn’t a solo venture. It’s meant to be shared and celebrated. Nobody understood this better than the First Lady Betty Ford, who found recovery at age 60, then made it her life’s work to help more people experience this new life in recovery. CONTINUED @ HazeldenBettyFord
Naloxone reverses 93% of overdoses: many don’t survive a year
Oct. 30, 2017 – The research looked at more than 12,000 dosages administered between July 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015. A year after their overdose, 84.3% of those who had been given the reversal drug were still alive. MORE@CNN
MEDIA: LIVE Theater NPR AUDIO
‘People, Places & Things’ Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction NPR AUDIO
Actober 28, 2107 – Playwright Macmillan shows the ugly side of addiction and recovery, and he wants the audience to constantly be asking questions. “Who are you? What are we watching? What’s true and what’s not? Addicts lie, they have to lie. CONTINUED @ NPR.org