Mar. 17, 2015                                  Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News                              Vol. 2., No. 30
         Save A Life         VIDEO
Pharmacy Gives Customers Overdose Antidote Without Prescription  VIDEO    

A drug designed to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose will soon be made available without a prescription at a New Brighton pharmacy. Pennsylvania’s Act 139, which was passed in September 2014, provided first responders, friends and families access to an opioid overdose antidote known as naloxone or Narcan, which essentially reverses the effects of the drugs, potentially saving a life.


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Being Of Service   VIDEO
Robert Downey Jr. Gives Bionic ‘Iron Man’ Arm To 7-year-old Boy  VIDEO    

Robert Downey Jr. is a real-life superhero to a very special fan. In a video posted Thursday, the movie star is shown delivering a bionic “Iron Man” arm to a 7-year-old boy named Alex. Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm, receives the out-of-this-world gift from Downey and Albert Manero, a college student who “builds and donates low-cost, 3D-printed bionic limbs to kids around the world.”

Seeking a Delicate Balance   
Zoe Kravitz Opens Up About Battle With Eating Disorders   

Actress Zoe Kravitz recently opened up about her four-year battle with anorexia and bulimia in her teens. “I was bulimic and anorexic in high school,” said the 26-year-old daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. “I felt as though food had this power over me … it becomes an enemy in some strange way, which is a really sad thing, and it’s a lot about anger.”

Rumble in the Rockies    VIDEO
‘Sober Living Homes’ Under Attack              VIDEO

After 7NEWS first reported about neighbors fighting two sober living houses in the Parker area, Los Angeles entrepreneur Cliff      Brodsky said it looked all to familiar. “The first thing I thought was, ‘There he goes again,'” said Brodsky, who is suing the founder of the company that operates the sober living homes on allegations of fraud. “I’m going to shut him down soon. So, he’s moving into Colorado, where he thinks he can pull a fast one.” Brodsky said he invested $650,000 in the owner’s treatment centers in 2011, and that his money was essentially stolen. Bathum refused our requests for an interview.


Jumpin’ Jack Flash. It’s a Gas Gas Gas    
Rehab Owner and “Habitual Drunkard” Sues Club After Boozy Episode 

According to court documents, Chris Walsh consumed “excessive amounts of alcohol” in a short period of time, becoming “visibly intoxicated” with “impaired judgment and loss of self-control.” You can probably see where this is going: Walsh became “aggressive” and “verbally abusive,” using “profane language toward the staff and guests.” The officer noted in her report that Walsh told her he was going to “f*ck me in the ass.” “Walsh would not get out of bed,” the officer wrote, and “flatulated” at the cops.


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Consume This!  VIDEO
Does Capitalism Drive Drug Addiction?    

British journalist Johann Hari recently sat down with Naomi Klein to discuss his new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.” They spoke at Ben McNally Books in Toronto on February 11. Watch our extended interview with Johann Hari on Democracy Now!: Part 1 & Part 2

From Alkie To Advocate   AUDIO 
Detroit Councilman Vows to Fight Alcoholism On His Way To Jail  AUDIO   

City Councilman Scott Benson said Wednesday he hasn’t had a drink since his June 29, 2014 drunk driving arrest. “And I don’t plan to have one in the near future, or ever. But we take it one day at a time,” he told WJR’s Frank Beckmann. “I’ve taken a lifestyle of sobriety.” Benson spoke about his struggle with alcoholism as he prepares to serve a seven-day sentence starting Friday at the Oakland County Jail.

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Press Fumbles
Sadie Frost Addresses Alcoholics Anonymous Pain In Court    

The British actress, who divorced Jude Law in 2003, is battling the bosses of the U.K.’s Mirror Group Newspapers for compensation over claims the organisation’s publications printed a number of stories about her which had been obtained by phone hacking. On the stand at London’s High Court,  Frost claimed illegal snooping on voicemail messages had exposed her AA membership and ruined her life.

From Convict To Counselor   
Gangster Found Redemption, and Role on Sons of Anarchy, Because of a Doughnut   

DeJuan “DJ” Verrett  was smoking a cigarette against a wall at a halfway house when he spotted an “old white lady” walking nearby. The gang leader and ex-con from Harbor City, a sometimes tough slice of the South Bay, was 36 and recently released from 17 years behind bars. People come to Los Angeles from all over to remake themselves. For some, it’s a pretty long, strange trip. The guy at the video store is an assistant director. The waitress at Norm’s optioned a screenplay. Verrett is a TV actor with street cred as a former gangster.


Death Takes No Holidays
Overdose Epidemic Surges in Suburbia    

What experts know is that today’s heroin addicts tend to be younger, more affluent, and often naive about using – about how to get the best possible high without triggering an overdose that slows breathing until it stops. Typically, they got hooked on drugs not on the street, but in the medicine cabinet. “Prescription pain pills often came first,” said Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez.

Blasted In Belfast, Looped In Limerick   
Ireland Accidentally Legalizes Ecstasy, Magic Mushrooms   

Ireland’s Department of Health issued a statement Tuesday explaining that under the new ruling, possessing the drugs in question “ceases to be an offense.” Ireland’s legislature is now creating an emergency measure to close the loophole, The Independent reports, but the bill can’t take effect until a day after it is signed, meaning Irish citizens can enjoy the drugs without legal consequences until midnight Thursday.

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In Good Company
Joe Manganiello Opens Up About Sobriety – Plus 6 Other Stars Who You Didn’t Realize… 

Magic Mike’ actor has been sober for nearly twelve-and-a-half years! He recently opened up about how sobriety is “very close to [his] heart,” at a screening for ‘The Resurrection of Jake the Snake,’ a documentary about pro wrestler dubbed “Jake the Snake” and his own battle with addiction. Joe isn’t the only star to struggle with substance abuse. Check out six more stars you may be surprised to learn are alcoholics or addicts.

Nudge From the Judge   
‘Drug addiction that landed me in jail was a blessing in disguise’   

Donna, who had never previously been in trouble with the law, is one of up to 25 women who attend the Bury Probation Women’s Project on a weekly basis. The Attic also runs a separate weekly session open to any woman in the borough. Vicky Noble said: “I am delighted by the progress Donna has made. She is now offering positive support to other women in the group and sharing the value of her experiences.”

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Speedy Discounts?
Meth Lab Turns Up in Wal-Mart Toilet     

A restroom at a Wal-Mart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee found a working methamphetamine lab inside. State police said a Wal-Mart employee alerted police after seeing a man he described as suspicious enter the restroom about 11:30 p.m. Thursday with a backpack and leave without it. The Star Press reported that members of a state police methamphetamine suppression team removed the dangerous chemicals.

8,640 A Day   
Every 10 Seconds, One Person in the World Dies as a Result of Alcohol Consumption   

The problem of alcoholism continues to wreak havoc in society and is a family crisis which currently affects millions of homes, causing more than 3 million deaths per year in the world according to the most recent data recorded in a WHO report. The WHO is forecasting a worrying upward trend in alcoholism, and according to this data, every 10 seconds one person in the world dies as a result of harmful consumption of this substance. The original source-language text of this announcement is the official, authoritative version.

Got Water? Get Drunk!
Regulators OK Powdered Alcohol    

A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator. The product, called Palcohol, had received the green light from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau briefly last year before the bureau backtracked and said the label approvals had been given in error. On Wednesday, bureau spokesman Tom Hogue told The AP the issues were resolved and that four varieties of Palcohol were approved.

No ‘E’ Needed, Rave On   VIDEO   
Sober Clubbing Movement Growing in
San Francisco VIDEO

Coffee and eggs, maybe a quick run or stop at the gym? Which one do you do before you head into work? Well hundreds of people are trying something completely different? NBC Bay Area’s Stephanie Chuang has the story on a new phenomenon catching on in the Bay Area.

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Celebrity Sobriety
Lynda Carter: After Wonder Woman “I became an alcoholic”    

THEN – Lynda moved to Hollywood but struggled to find work as an actress and was down to her last $25 when she won the role of Wonder Woman. “I never considered quitting acting but I was trying to figure out how I was going to pay the rent, and would have to get a regular job,” she says. Wonder Woman transformed her life, paying her $1,500 an episode, and $1million for the second season. NOW – “I know I will never drink again. I’ve been sober 18 years. Now I’m focused on health, not perfection.”

College Supports Sobriety 
Boulder Creating Sober Residences For Students In Recovery   

University of Colorado, long known for its  reputation as a party school , has created the Community for Students in Recovery, or CORE, a housing option that aims to support students in recovery from substance-use disorders and students who are choosing to lead substance-free lives. Shortly after launching the center, director Danny Conroy said he started to get phone calls and questions from students about a sober housing option.

Foxes Guarding the Hen House
FDA to Let Drug Companies Undermine Official Safety Warnings    

While an FDA warning about a drug’s dangers can scare off buyers, the new proposal would allow companies to provide doctors, hospitals and other customers with information that conflicts with official advice, which is typically developed after a rigorous scientific process. The proposal is supported by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

The Real War Is At Home  AUDIO   
The Death of Baby Ada and The Tragic Effects of Addicted Vets   AUDIO   

At first glance, the 2009 accident that killed Ada Mae would seem to have nothing to do with problems at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Tomah 60 miles away, which earned the nickname “Candy Land” for its skyrocketing rate of opiate prescriptions.

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50 States of Green
Cory Booker and Rand Paul Propose National Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana   

The legislation would remove the specter of federal prosecution in the 23 states that have medical marijuana programs – including New Jersey – and any others that may be considering one. Washington, D.C., also has a program, and a dozen other states have laws permitting patients to buy Cannabidiol, an ingredient in cannabis that does not produce a high, but reportedly has been effective in treating seizures and epilepsy.

Taking It To The Streets   VIDEO   
‘Angels of Addiction’ Reach Out to Baltimore’s Neighborhoods VIDEO   

The group, “Angels of Addiction,” hits some of Baltimore’s most neglected neighborhoods, often after dark. They aim to bring a little light and hope to the otherwise dark and abandoned streets. The volunteers are known to those who live there simply by their first names: Patty, Alice, and Lisa. The bond between these volunteers and recipients is one of old friends.


Jump Shot Up…
March Madness ‘gambling holiday’ Risky for Compulsive Gamblers    

It’s riskier than a lot of people think,” said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, sponsoring Problem Gambling Awareness Month, now underway. “The guy sitting down the hall could have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars gambling. For him, this could be devastating.”


Island Paradise Revisited   
How Luis Muñoz Marín (and His Opium Addiction) Enslaved Puerto Rico   

During the last six years (1934-1940) he “abandoned his home and is living with his mistress, Inez Maria Mendoza.” He is “utterly unprincipled” with “no ideals whatsoever,” and has been “a member of four different political parties during his political career.” As President of the Puerto Rican Senate, he is a known “heavy drinker” who “goes on protracted drunks which last from two or three days to two or three weeks,” and whose “bill for whiskey alone runs around $2,000 a year.”

The Un-Lived Moment
   Social Media Addiction    

“When preserving a moment gets in the way of having the moment” The resulting report, “Society’s New Addiction: Getting a ‘Like’ over Having a Life,” was co-authored with Joseph Grenny and is out today from training and consulting firm VitalSmarts. The pair have co-authored several New York Times bestsellers on behavior and communication, and Grenny’s previous work includes a study on “electronic displays of insensitivity. We should be masters” of the technology, he said, and not let the devices get in the way of living.

Nightmare On Elm Street   
New Highly Addictive Drug Targets Teens

There is a new drug on the streets and teens are the target. It’s called Flakka and it’s highly addictive. Emergency room doctors and first responders in South Florida say they’re seeing an alarming rise in the number of young people getting hooked. Flakka comes from the Khat plant grown in East Africa and Arabia and gives patients an immediate high. The drug is available over the internet and comes in from China chemists are constantly changing it’s ingredients making it harder for doctors to treat its users. Psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Dober says Flakka is so dangerous because it’s unpredictable.

Pusher Gets Probation
Doctor on Probation After Patient
Overdose Death    

A Biddeford doctor has been disciplined by the Maine physician licensing board after a second patient in his care died of an accidental drug overdose. Dr. Stephen H. Doane’s medical license was put on probation Friday. The Portland Press Herald reports that the board found Doane had “demonstrated incompetence in his treatment and record keeping by not being aware of the hazards” of the drugs he prescribed, including oxycodone and Percocet, to the woman who died May 19, 2012.


Do No pHarm   
Victims of Dr. Cho Urged to
Get Treatment

Charges were filed recently against Midstate doctor, Dr. Jay J. Cho for over prescribing opioid painkillers to his patients. The agencies which manage public-funded substance abuse treatment services for Cumberland and Franklin Counties are urging any of Dr. Cho’s former patients who have developed a dependency on opioid painkillers to seek substance abuse treatment in order to break the addiction and regain control of their lives.

Celebrity Sobriety   VIDEO
Joe Manganiello Celebrates 12 Years of Sobriety  VIDEO    

 Joe Manganiello is proud to have been sober for 12 years. The Magic Mike XXL star – who is engaged to Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara – has experienced problems with alcohol in the past and says staying away from drinking is still “near and dear” to him. The 38-year-old actor has previously admitted he made the decision to get sober because his alcohol dependency was ruining his life and career.

Diseased Though Not Disabled   
Alcoholic Employee’s Suit Dismissed Because He Could Not Prove He Was Disabled   

After completing an alcohol treatment program, Alexander reapplied for several positions at WMATA in April or May 2010, August 2011 and October 2011. He was not hired. Alexander filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that he was not hired because of his alcohol dependency, in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Just Like Tang
Powdered Alcohol Product Could Soon Be On Shelves    

It’s raising eyebrows nationwide. After being in the works for months, Palcohol could soon be on Maryland shelves-and in your kids’ hands.”Nothing even close to this has been on the market in the recent past in the U.S. or ever,” said attorney Robert Lehrman. The founder says he came up with the idea for Palcohol because he wanted a way to enjoy alcoholic drinks without having to lug around heavy bottles.

From Dope to Diploma  VIDEO

From Dope to Diploma


Woman Overcoming Heroin Addiction Now Ph.D. Candidate  VIDEO   

From Heroin to Heroine. Elle says no drug will ever feel as good as controlling where she goes next. Ketterer and Dr. Kalfas both say it’s terribly easy for young people to try heroin. Parents should closely guard medications, keep talking with their children about drugs and alcohol, and monitor their friends and activities. The Narcotics Anonymous website has support and resources for fighting drug use, CLICK HERE for website.



Saturday, May 16, 2015  

The 2nd Annual Comedy Benefit, “Laugh for Recovery” which is YPR-NJ’s major fundraiser is slated for 6:30PM May 16, at the Old Bridge Knights of Columbus (61 Pine Street, Old Bridge, NJ). Last year’s event was a great success, and this year’s Comedy Benefit will be even better.

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