L.A. City Council Bans Alcohol Ads at City Bus Stops
Members of the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property In Los Angeles say they have spent the past three years trying to get this ordinance passed. Los Angeles now joins other cities like San Francisco and Seattle in banning alcohol-related advertising on city property. “This is the last city, county or transit district in California that will get rid of alcohol ads on its public property,” said Bruce Livingston, Alcohol Justice‘s Executive Director and CEO.
“I learned it from an extraordinary mixture of people I met on my travels. From the surviving friends of Billie Holiday, who helped me to learn how the founder of the war on drugs stalked and helped to kill her. From a Jewish doctor who was smuggled out of the Budapest ghetto as a baby, only to unlock the secrets of addiction as a grown man.” CONTINUED @ HuffingtonPost.com
Just What The Doctor Ordered
Future Moms Using Painkillers
More than 25% of women who might become pregnant are getting prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, that can cause birth defects and other serious problems early in pregnancy. Taking them early in pregnancy is dangerous. “They’re deadly, addictive and they cause birth defects,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said.
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Researchers Test Anti-Cocaine Vaccine
In a decades-long search for a vaccine that could fight drug abuse, scientists came upon one that can potentially annul the addictive buzz of cocaine. The vaccine, which was reported in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics on Dec. 22, was developed by researchers from The Scripps Research Institute in California. It works by tapping on the natural immune system of the body to reduce the high produced by cocaine.
Cafe Therapy To Treat Alcoholics and Addicts in Bucharest
Cafe Therapy is the first cafe in Romania that will help alcoholics and drug addicts treat their addictions.It will open soon in Bucharest. Cafe Therapy, financed by European contributions, will be launched by the ALIATAssociation through a bigger project to prevent and treat people who abuse alcohol and drugs. Alcohol consumption and smoking will be forbidden in the cafe. There will also be the presence of social workers and psychologists.
Members of the Major Crimes Task Force said Tuesday that they have arrested an addiction counselor for selling drugs to an undercover officer. Roberta Payne, 52, was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs. The Ohio Attorney General said Payne was arrested Friday evening after she allegedly sold more than 2,000 morphine pills and 30 milligrams of liquid morphine to the undercover officer. “What is particularly disappointing is that a person who has been placed in a position of trust apparently abused that trust by using her job for illegal activities which are counterproductive to her position,” said Police Chief Patterson.
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The Odds are Pretty Good
NEW Article byMichael Burke
More Gambling Does Lead to More Gambling Addiction
I just finished the article entitled “More Gambling Does Not Lead to More Gambling Addiction.” The premise for the article is, “Despite an increase in gambling opportunities, rates of problem gambling remained stable.” This survey showed the rate of problem gamblers remained in the 3.5 to 5.5 percent range and pathological rate in the 1.0 to 2.4 range. Although this number is a small percentage of the adult population of the United States, it is a large number of people, representing between 12.5 million and 20 million adults.
Dallas Taylor, Drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dies at 66
Dallas Taylor, a rock ‘n’ roll drummer who played behind David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, among other big names, and who overcame desperate addictions to drugs and alcohol to become a counselor for other addicts, died on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 66. But his real feat was overcoming addiction, and counseling others in recovery. David Crosby wrote: “I use Dallas as an example when I’m speaking about surviving the drug experience. I think he wound up being a hell of a good example.” Memorial, Jan. 30, 3:00 PM, Brentwood Presbyterian, 12000 San Vicente, L.A., CA 90049
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Police Find 2-Year-Old After Mom Dies From Overdose
Police detectives are credited with tracking down a 2-year-old girl who was found alone in an apartment after her mother died of a presumed heroin overdose. A Cleveland police spokesman said on Thursday that three detectives from the heroin-involved death investigation team responded to a call about a woman dead inside a car this week.
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Deaths From Heroin Galvanizing Leaders In Maryland And Virginia
Political leaders in Annapolis and Richmond are searching for ways to combat a wave of heroin overdoses that is killing dozens of their constituents each month – in inner-city neighborhoods, suburbs and rural enclaves. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared reducing heroin use a priority, putting lieutenant gov. in charge of finding solutions. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) introduced a package of heroin-related bills in the past week…
Faced with years of soaring overdoses, Orange County leaders are directing more money to drug treatment centers – but a new law is emptying the very beds the county hopes to fill, and experts fear an increase in deaths. After November’s voter-approved proposition that classifies drug-related and other nonviolent crimes as misdemeanors rather than felonies, officials report dramatic drops in the number of people seeking government-funded treatment.
Pediatricians Say Don’t Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana
On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised its policy on medical marijuana, saying pediatricians should avoid prescribing it to children until more research is done, except in cases where patients are suffering from chronic, debilitating conditions. The pediatrics group is also recommending the decriminalization of weed.
Risk of Painkiller Abuse Now Required Subject in Ohio Schools
A new law requires Ohio schools to teach children about the dangers of prescription painkillers, a leading gateway drug to heroin abuse. Nationally, 1 in 5 high-school students uses painkillers without a prescription, while about half of young people who get hooked on heroin became addicted to prescription painkillers first, the Dayton Daily News reported. “Most people don’t realize that prescription opioids and heroin are close cousins, and heroin use is simply a later phase of the same addiction,” the lawmakers testified in support of the bill. CONTINUED @ Dispatch.com
Breaking Bad in Brisbane
Australia Facing Meth Crisis
Australian seizures of methampheta- mine have increased almost 10 times in the last few years. In 2011 there were 44 amphetamine-like substances seized. In 2014, there were 415. Police raided almost 750 meth labs last year and expect to raid many more in 2015. Most labs were discovered in rural areas, but police have conducted busts in motel rooms, shipping containers and truck beds.
Approximately 170,000 people die from alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver in Europe every year. Although alcohol is the most important risk factor, less is known about the significance of different patterns of drinking. Investigators have now established that alcohol drinking pattern has a significant influence on the risk of cirrhosis and that daily drinking increases that risk compared with drinking less frequently.
Kim Richards: I’m “Strong in My Sobriety Today” After Pills From Doctor VIDEO
Kim Richards thinks that poker night episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills should be renamed “Awkward” – and we have to agree. “From the limo to the spa to the wine tasting, there was literally alcohol everywhere in this episode,” Kim writes. “But I am so strong in my sobriety today and know how to handle situations like this. I removed myself from the situation and was fine the whole trip.”
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Treatment Can Work!
More in NYC Sent To Treatment After ‘Rockefeller’ Drug Law Reforms
More New York City residents arrested on felony drug charges are being sent to treatment instead of jail and prison since harsh state drug laws were reformed in 2009, but still only 1 in 5 eligible defendants is actually enrolled in a program. While black and Hispanic defendants in the 2008 group were three times more likely than white defendants to go to prison for drug charges. However, after the drug laws were appealed, that racial disparity shrunk.
Jimmy Napes’ Video for Debut Track ‘Give It Up’ VIDEO
The video for ‘Give It Up’ has been shared this week. The video sees Napes build on the track’s title, depicting flashbacks of wilder party days. At odds with a joyful soul track, the video creates a story that is loaded with associations to addiction and sobriety as Jimmy Napes attends an AA meeting. CONTINUED @ DIYmag.com
Fall From Grace
A Drive with Sportscaster Tollefson: Confessions of an Addict Alcoholic
I do not fear the watchful young men who coolly assess us outside Tollefson’s digs on Monday. He lives on a rundown North Philly block where the drug trade operates, 24/7. I am more nervous about Tollefson’s 1997 Honda Civic. It groans painfully on turns. I can’t tell if it’s the shocks, struts or brakes that need attention.
Jury Finds Former Philly Sportscaster Don Tollefson Guilty on all Charges
Don Tollefson’s “fall from grace” came to a hard landing Wednesday afternoon when a jury found him guilty of stealing money by offering fraudulent sports packages to away games for the Philadelphia Eagles and other sporting events. After deliberating for almost 11 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday, the jury comprised of seven men and five women found the 62-year-old former Philadelphia sportscaster guilty of felony charges of dealing in unlawful proceeds.
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Going To Any Lengths
Ex-bookkeeper Blames $72K Theft on Cocaine Addiction
During her sentencing Friday to five years probation, Wendy Wainstein, 54, of Dover said a bad relationship led to her cocaine addiction, which led to the thefts. Wainstein pleaded guilty in December to one count of theft by unlawful taking for stealing 130 checks over a period of 22 months from a law firm.
“48 Hours” consultant and Daily Beast reporter Michael Daly covered the case of Alix Tichelman, the alleged call girl charged in a Google executive’s heroin overdose death. Forrest Hayes was 51 when he was found dead of on his yacht in Santa Cruz, Calif. in November of 2013 after a meeting with Tichelman arranged through an upscale dating website.
James Taylor Shares Personal Story of Drug Addiction VIDEO
Five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor shared his story of drug addiction with 100 graduates of the Pinellas County Drug Court program on Wednesday.
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Love In Any Language
Mercy & Compassion When It Hurts Most
My papa didn’t know what led him to Makati Medical Center where Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) met regularly. He listened to their stories. And for the very first time, he arrived at the place of surrender. That night was particularly frightening. He was desperate for help and hope. He didn’t know where he’d been, and where he was going. “Umay na umay na ako sa buhay ko bilang isang mag-iinom (I am tired from the life of an alcoholic).” CONTINUED @ Rappler.com
Another Good List
Ten Best Movies Dealing with Addiction
Addiction isn’t pretty, and neither are movies about addiction. Whatever the addiction – alcohol, drugs, even sex – they often are soul-wrenching journeys, very few of which end happily. Movies that deal with the horrific price of addiction aren’t pretty, but these 10 fantastic films are worth braving.
Top 10 Best Books for Building Your Therapy Practice
I asked members of my Private Practice Toolbox Facebook Group what books have helped them succeed in Private Practice and added them to the list of my favorites. Some of the following are specific to the mental health profession, while others offer insight that applies to the business world in general, but all of them can teach you valuable tips and strategies to use for your practice. CONTINUED @ PsychCentral.com
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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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