January 20, 2015                                                                                                            Volume 2., No. 22 
A Fighting Chance
Jon Jones Has Real Drug Addiction, Once Hid Under A Cage To Avoid Drug Test  

The Jon Jones saga continues to get more and more bizarre, as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion went from testing positive for cocaine, to claiming he was going to enter a drug treatment program and “take it very seriously,” to checking himself out of said-rehabilitation center 24-hours later.

Progress  Not Perfection   
Dr. Henry R. Kranzler Earns Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Dan Anderson Research Award   

…Dr. Kranzler’s most influential papers, bringing together a treatment trial of an important medication in the treatment of hazardous drinking with a genetic predictor that may be expected to bring alcohol dependence treatment into the new and expanding realm of personalized medicine.”

Making A Killing
Zohydro: FDA and Greedy Drug Companies Ignore Public Health    

The U.S. consumes more than 80 percent of the global supply of opioids, and overdoses from prescription opioid drugs kill nearly 17,000 Americans every year. In the midst of this painkiller epidemic I find myself questioning why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, over the objections of its medical advisory board, recently approved Zohydro, a new drug that has 5 to 10 times more of the heroin-like opioid hydrocodone than Vicodin?

Too Many Hoagies  VIDEO   
Former Philly Sportscaster Defends Himself in Bizarre Trial VIDEO   

Drug addiction, alcoholism and high blood sugar. These are just some of the things fallen sportscaster Don Tollefson has been claiming to escape the fraud charges he’s on trial for this week at the Bucks County Courthouse. He was accused of stealing over $300,000 from his own charity, Winning Ways, which sold sports packages to support underprivileged children.

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Anyone Can Get Lucky
Atlantic City to Get ‘one-stop’ Drug Treatment Program    

Atlantic City will be among six locations across New Jersey offering a “one-stop approach” to help ex-offenders receive drug treatment and reenter society, Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday in his State of the State address. In addition to providing addiction treatment, the program will also help ex-offenders to find housing and new jobs during their transition from prison to the workforce.

CONTINUED @ PressofAtlanticCity.com 

Walking the Walk   
William Moyers Talks Hope for Drug/Alcohol Addiction   

When William Moyers leads a discussion Thursday night at Hosanna! Church in Lakeville, on the need for hope for recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, he’ll speak from personal experience. Sober now for over twenty years, the VP of Public Affairs and Community Relations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation knows the toll addiction to alcohol and other drugs can take on an individual and his or her family.


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Diplomas Not Death     
We didn’t
‘Take Care’
of Michael Hartnett

Our community failed to take care of Hartnett while he was intoxicated, and he is not alone. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that  1,825 college students aged 18 to 24 die each year due to “alcohol-related unintentional injuries.” Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully announced on Monday that no charges will be filed in the case of Michael Hartnett, 18-year-old Dearborn Heights man who drowned in the Fabiano Botanical Garden pond during Homecoming Weekend.

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Tribal Tragedy AUDIO
Newborn Opiate Addiction Is ‘single greatest threat’ AUDIO    

Native Americans make up less than 2 percent of Minnesota’s population, but they account for 28 percent of the cases we see in this state of babies born addicted to opiates, including prescription painkillers and heroin. It’s enough of a crisis that the leader of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe gave the issue prominence this week in her State of the Band address.

Start Making Sense   
Rx Drug Restrictions Could Lead To Heroin Abuse  

Dr. Turner said prescribing habits have changed over the last 25 years and the number of drug overdoses reflects that. Unfortunately, doctors are judged on how well they control their patients’ pain and it’s not helping addicts. “Hospitals and doctors have been judged on that, and as a result of that, we are more heavy on prescribing opioid pain medications rather than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or Tylenol to start with.


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Wall Street’s Newest Wonder Drug
How Much Could AbbVie Inc. Make Selling Its
Hepatitis C
Drug This Year?   

The agreement likely represents a patient pool for AbbVie of about 175,000 people. That means that even if AbbVie gave Express Scripts a 50% discount to its $83,320 wholesale price, this deal is still a $7.3 billion dollar revenue opportunity for the company.

Seek and Ye Shall Find   VIDEO
Substance Abuse Treatment Often Impossible To

When she was a young girl, Joan Ayala says she was sexually and physically abused by a family member her grandfather, usually in his basement while her grandmother slept upstairs. Her family was no help, ripped apart as they were by alcoholism and mental illness.

American Nightmare
Worcester MA.
1 in 7200 Die of Drug Overdose,
1 in 252 Overdose and Live    

During a spike in drug overdoses last summer, officials were projecting the city would see more than 500 for the year. Instead, emergency personnel reported responding to more than 700 overdose calls during 2014. Of the 712 overdose calls the city received, 25 resulted in fatalities. It was both the most overdose calls and overdose deaths ever recorded in the city.

No Seeds  No Sticks   No Stems  
Inside Marijuana Anonymous   

“My name is Lee and I’m a weed addict…”, “My name is John and I’m an addict…” and so it goes on. Some people have done this hundreds of times before. Some seem to find it very difficult – especially for those talking about the start of their battle with addiction. The leader of the group speaks briefly about the 12-step programme and shares his story of addiction. Then a topic for discussion is pulled out of a hat. Tonight it’s “fear”.

Keep It Simple
So What Really Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?    

I’ve been attending AA meetings for almost 18 years now, and in that entire time, I’ve managed to stay clean and sober one day at a time. After the thousands of hours I’ve spent in recovery meetings, I can say I’m certain of only a few things. First, despite what many people believe, AA is not a cult. It’s just a group of alcoholics trying to figure out how to stay sober by helping the next guy or gal stay sober.

What Could Have Been…   VIDEO   
A Bronx Tale Actor Lillo Brancato On Kicking Drug Addiction VIDEO   

Lillo Brancato was poised to be the next great actor after starring in just his first film, Robert Deniro’s A Bronx Tale. Unfortunately, a fairy tale career was not to be as he was part of a burglary that cost an NYPD officer his life in 2004, which sent him to prison. Brancato was released on December, 31, 2013, and ever since he has stayed out of trouble, spoken to kids on how to avoid the pitfalls he didn’t and has gotten his acting career back on track. “Calogero” recently sat down with Hip-Hop Wired…

Solution Or Shameless
ADHD Drug May Be Effective Treatment for Binge Eating    

A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also help treat binge-eating disorder, preliminary research suggests. At higher doses tested, the prescription drug Vyvanse curtailed the excessive food consumption that characterizes binge-eating disorder, researchers said. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) is solely approved in the United States to treat ADHD, and no drug has been approved to curb binge-eating disorder.

Our Common Welfare Should Come First    
What You Need To Know About Addiction Recovery For LGBTQ 

Drug addiction has no boundaries. It knows no limitations. It is not balked by age, gender, religious affiliation or geographic region. Culture, education, and socioeconomic status are not impediments to drug addiction. If it can be smoked, someone will find a way to roll it and smoke it. The same is true for things that can be swallowed, snorted and injected.

CONTINUED @ ToroMagazine.com 

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New Treatment For Cocaine Addiction Could Work Like Methadone    

It is an addiction that tears families apart, destroys lives and leads to financial ruin. Now, a team of scientists believe they are a step closer to developing an antidote to cocaine addiction. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have identified a protein – a dopamine transporter – that could help in the development of future treatments. It would work in a similar way to how methadone is used to treat heroin abuse.

Climb the Ladder? Need the Steps…VIDEO   
Too Much Hard Work Is Turning Americans Into Alcoholics VIDEO   

It’s probably not a coincidence that the U.S. has a severe binge-drinking problem compared to many other rich, developed countries. According to the Washingtonian, the Centers for Disease Control estimated the cost of binge-drinking at $223.5 billion (or $746 per person) in 2006. If your workload is driving you to drink, perhaps it’s time to think of a better way to handle that stress. Is working constantly worth the trade-off to your health?

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Marijuana’s Impact on Colorado Lighter Than Predicted   

The impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado has been less than critics and supporters predicted, according to The Wall Street Journal. The state has seen neither a tax windfall nor dramatic social consequences, the newspaper reports. Sales of marijuana have been slower than expected, partly due to a 25 percent tax rate for recreational marijuana. Experts say the high tax rate has steered users toward medical marijuana, which is less expensive.

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Carrying the Message
Sobriety Brings New Sense of Happiness    

Whitney Kirby entered the voluntary program after being arrested on methamphetamine charges on Nov. 21, 2013. As part of a plea bargain, she pleaded to one count of use of methamphetamine. Kirby said if she had to give one piece of advice to anyone in the program, it would be to never give up and keep moving forward. “Life is so much better sober,” she said.

Out Of Control   
Inside The Chinese Boot Camp Treating Internet Addiction   

There are 632 million internet users in China – and 24 million of its children are thought to be hooked. The Telegraph visits a controversial military-style boot camp where desperate parents send their offspring in the hope of weaning them off the web. ‘Internet addiction leads to problems in the brain similar to those derived from heroin consumption,’ Tao says in his office at the centre’s headquarter.

Parent Power
Police Chief
Suggests Home Cure for Drug Addiction    

Heroin’s death toll hit a record level in Lynn last year and Police Chief Kevin Coppinger said a key weapon in reducing drug deaths is at-home early prevention efforts by parents. “It’s got to start in the home. Parents have to step up, know what kids are doing and where they are.” “It’s got to begin with prevention: To put a fire out is much more difficult than preventing it,” he said.

CONTINUED @ ItemLive.com 

Sleep Well – Avoid Rehab   
Study Links Adolescent Sleep Problems with Adult Drinking Problems   

The study shows that young people who have sleep problems can be more susceptible to drinking (and/or drug) problems in the future. Maria Wong, of Idaho State University comments, “Adolescents may have insufficient sleep due to variety of reasons including academic and social obligations, poor sleep hygiene, and 24/7 Internet access through phones and computers.”

CONTINUED @ PiercePioneer.com 

Wake Up and Smell The Sobriety  VIDEO
Vicki Hogarth on Canada AM: Coming Clean about Addiction VIDEO    

Vicki Hogarth is a journalist and upcoming author of a memoir about her life as a high-functioning addict/alcoholic. Her work has appeared in Vice, Reader’s Digest, xoJane, enRoute, Jezebel, FlareMagazine, Huffington Post, More Magazine, The Fix, BlackBoo.

N.J. Addicts Do Time Before the Steps   
Want Heroin Treatment in Jersey? Get Arrested   

The fastest way for an adult to get a treatment bed for heroin addiction in New Jersey today – get arrested. It’s a growing reality in the Garden State, one that’s troubling for treatment providers and substance abusers alike. Heroin and opioid use is ubiquitous in the state’s 21 counties. And increasingly, the clearest path to long-term treatment for anyone in New Jersey is to acquire a criminal record.

Los Angeles Residents Celebrate Recovery
6th Annual Awards Honoring Joe Pantoliano

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 

This year’s honoree is actor and author Joe Pantoliano. With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joey joined the cast of The Sopranos, and won an Emmy Award. He’s also the author of Asylum, his deeply moving and inspiring memoir. This Award is given in recognition of an individual’s honest memoir, including their journey through addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying the ‘message’ to a society awash in addiction.



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