Wednesday, August 9, 2017


August 8, 2017  • Vol. 5., No. 2
Treatment Industry & Recovery Community News
 The trouble with the rat race is, even when you win, you're still a rat." Lily Tomlin
Corrupt as Shit? or Just plain bribery?
To Grow Market Share, a Drugmaker Pitches Vivitrol to Judges NPR AUDIO
August 3, 2017 - One reason for this preference is that Alkermes, the drug’s manufacturer, is doing something nearly unheard of for a pharmaceutical company: It is marketing directly to drug court judges and other officials.. — He says he also got a rash — another possible reaction to Vivitrol, according to the product’s warnings. Months after he had the shot, he still had white splotches on his arms, which he attributed to the drug. But even with those symptoms, Kirby says the court urged him to stick with the medication for a couple of more months. “They were way too pushy about it,” he says.
Reporters Rat Out Rehab Rats  VIDEO
Rehab Arrests Follow NBC News Report with Megyn Kelly VIDEO
Aug. 1, 2017 - State and Federal charges were filed against rehab industry insiders following a Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly investigation of fraud and overdoses in the drug treatment industry.
No More Human Trafficking
NAATP To Produce Addiction Treatment Provider Guidebook
DENVER, August 2, 2017 – The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) announced a new initiative today to address problematic business practices in the addiction treatment field. Illegal, unethical, and unprofessional practices have reached an all-time high, fueled in part by the opioid addiction crisis, creating a need for industry practice standards. While bad practices are committed by a minority of treatment providers, they cause serious public harm and damage the reputation of ethical high quality treatment operators.  
Long Term Sobriety on TV  VIDEO
Three Dog Night’s legacy a ‘Joy to the World’ VIDEO
Aug. 2, 2017 - Chuck Negron, musician & former Three Dog Night band member talks about his 50-year career, new solo album, “Negron Generations,” drug addiction and his 25 years of sobriety.
You Can't Look Away  PHOTOS
A Caring Lens on Opioid Crisis
AUG. 2017 -In 2012, when LightBox spoke to Philadelphia-based photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge about his work documenting people in the city’s Kensington neighborhood, many of whose lives, he says, revolved around heroin, he had hoped to conclude his work there in the space of a few months ... “I think [the project] is extremely relevant right now,” he tells TIME. “It’s crazy, because it’s a subject that’s so widely misunderstood.” At the heart of that misunderstanding, he believes, is a widespread failure to see addicts as human beings. 
Now and Then AUDIO
As The Opium Trade Boomed In The 1800s, Boston Doctors Raised Addiction ConcernsAUDIO
August 1, 2017 - In the early 1800s, many Boston merchants became millionaires in part by selling opium illegally in China. The profits funded Boston-area schools, libraries, hospitals…
No Pain for You
More Than A Third of U.S. Adults Prescribed Opioids In 2015
July 31, 2017 - People who were between ages 18 and 49 years, men or college graduates were less likely to have been prescribed opioids than those who were older, female or not college graduates.
Because He Cares So Much VIDEO
Opioid commission tells Trump to declare state of emergency VIDEO
Aug. 1, 2017 - Since 1999, the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died of drug overdoses, and opioids account for the majority of those. “The average American would likely be shocked to know that drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined,” the commission said.
New York State of Misery
Closing of crooked drug rehab chain’s  clinics leaves many addicts in limbo
July 31, 2017 - The last clinic of a corrupt chain of drug rehab centers closes Tuesday, but the Narco Freedom nightmare continues. More than 700 addicts and other down-and-out people who lived in 17 facilities operated by Narco Freedom have “relocated on their own,” the city’s Human Resources Administration told the Daily News. But many of the addicts simply returned to the street...
They Hold The Sample Cup for You
...conversion to high-end drug rehab from posh spa starts next month
August 3, 2017 - A $136 million plan to convert the upscale Lodge and Spa at Cordillera into a high-end drug treatment facility is moving forward ... the $20 million first-phase of renovation is slated to begin in September as the new owners, led by Concerted Care Group, convert the 56-room lodge, restaurant and spa into a private drug rehabilitation center ... “I just pray to God they lose because they are lying sacks of … that’s the truth,” said Lenny Culicchia, who has lived in Cordillera for three years and joined neighbors to fight the plan. “This guy comes in and says he’s going to hire 100 people with an average salary of $100,000? They are going to charge $60,000 a month? They say they are going to rehabilitate people? 
Queen Elizabeth II sinks four cocktails a day, new facts reveal
August 2, 2017 - According to The Independent, Her Majesty drinks a gin and Dubonnet with lemon and ice before lunch, a wine with lunch, and a dry martini and glass of champagne at night.
Starts with Harm Reduction
How to stop the deadliest drug overdose crisis in American history
Aug. 1, 2017 - Perhaps the solution here is to educate people on the basic realities of addiction and why it needs our attention. 3) If we can’t stop people from doing drugs, we can make it less dangerous...
Couch potato children spend four MONTHS of the year sitting down
August 1, 2017  - Couch potato lifestyles have been linked to Type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer and coronary heart disease. Youngsters are sedentary for 7.5 hours a day, sparking renewed fears electronic devices and junk food diets are fueling an obesity time bomb. 
Full Court Press
Adventures in recovery: Jenny’s journey from addiction to law school
Aug. 1, 2017 - “My drinking was probably unmanageable to everyone except me,” she recalls. “On the outside, I was okay. I was in college, I had good grades; but on the inside I was miserable.” At age 23, Jenny was working toward her goal of becoming a lawyer, but her addiction had other ideas.
Something to Toast to?
College Students More Disciplined with Alcohol Lately
Published Online: July 26, 2017 - Young adults are showing greater judgment when it comes to alcohol, leading them to be involved in fewer fatal accidents caused by excessive drinking than before — but there’s a catch, a new study finds. This development is only true for those, aged 18 to 24, who are in college ... Researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) looked at data gathered from 1999 to 2014 on binge drinking, finding opposing trends during two period subsets for the college demographic.
Moving Forward VIDEO
Billie Lourd opens up about life without Carrie Fisher, being raised amid drug addiction… VIDEO
Billie Lourd is getting candid about what it was like growing up with her mother, the late Carrie Fisher. “It’s good to be authentic, to help other people, but if it’s not helping other people, then don’t do it,” she muses. “There were a couple incidents I wish she could have kept to herself. But, that was the beauty of her.”
The opioid epidemic, explained
August 3, 2017 - If nothing is done, we can expect a lot of people to die: A forecast by STAT concluded that as many as 650,000 people will die over the next 10 years from opioid overdoses — more than the entire city of Baltimore. The U.S. risks losing the equivalent of a whole American city in just one decade. That would be on top of all the death America has already seen in the course of the ongoing opioid epidemic. 
Is a Rose is Still a Rose... AUDIO
How Changing the Language of Addiction Affects Policy & TreatmentNPR AUDIO
August 2, 2017 - “Often when we call people things like ‘addict’ or ‘junkies,’ not only are they incredibly judgmental words, but they also kind of pigeonhole someone’s entire being to that one single characteristic.
Use Other Drugs AUDIO
Should the Opioid Crisis Be Declared a National Emergency? NPR AUDIO
August 2, 2017 - But Grant Smith with the Drug Policy Alliance is uneasy about the tough language used by public officials in talking about drug abuse. He worries a “national emergency” could be a new  “war on drugs” of years past.
Eating Our Young VIDEO
Suicides in Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High VIDEO
Aug. 3, 2017 - “Exposure to violence (e.g., child abuse and neglect, bullying, peer violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence) is associated with increased risk of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, suicide, and suicide attempts,”...
It’s time to reverse decades of failed drug policy!
Senator Cory Booker - “...War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders, especially for marijuana-related offenses. This has wasted human potential, torn apart families and communities, and squandered massive sums of taxpayer dollars.”
Justice for the
Little Guys
URGENT: Health Net Settlement
Dear ATAC Member and Substance Use Treatment Providers: We are happy to report that the Department of Insurance has determined that for all facilities who were taken off the audit list, Health Net must pay 75% of billed for 2015-2016 inpatient and outpatient treatment claims, adjusted for patient responsibility and any payments already received, as well as statutory interest of 10% per year. 
NOT One of the
'Good Guys'
Closed Addiction Treatment Center Investigated for Fraud
Aug. 1, 2017  - A now closed residential addiction treatment center in Vermont is being investigated for possible Medicaid fraud. Court documents in U.S. Bankruptcy court show the Medicaid fraud unit of the attorney general’s office is investigating Maple Leaf treatment Center for its filing of Medicaid claims.
New Mexico Saves Lives
Funding Goes to Treatment, Overdose-Reversal Drugs
Aug. 7, 2017 - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Most of the $9.5 million in federal funding being funneled to New Mexico to help with the fight against opioid and heroin abuse will be used to curb overdose deaths and on training aimed at getting more people into treatment.
Starting this month, the funding will be used to buy more than 13,300 doses of overdose-reversal drugs and to launch training for community workers and medical provider...
New York Times Says:
Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis
Aug. 3, 2017 - The President’s commission on combating the opioid crisis, recommended the president declare a national emergency. The problem has become worse recently, so you might feel that you could use a little catching up. Here are 11 things you need to know...
No Vacancy
Laguna Niguel extends temporary ban on sober-living homes
August 2, 2017 - The City Council on Aug. 1, voted 4-0 in favor of extending a moratorium on opening new congregate living facilities not licensed by the state through Aug. 3, 2018, giving the city time to amend its zoning code to regulate them.
Tracks of my Tears
For homeless in U.S. on heroin, treatment elusive with no ID
Aug. 5, 2017 - “It’s Russian roulette every time you inject. We let them die from a treatable disease because they don’t have an ID,” said Dr. Corey Waller, chairman of the legislative advocacy committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
The Wise Wisecracker VIDEO
Russell Brand on Larry King Now VIDEO
July 24, 2017 - At once brilliant and wild, Russell Brand regales Larry with stories of fatherhood, opens up about battling addiction, and offers his incisive take on politics in this fascinating interview, covering everything from Trump, Fatherhood and Addiction.
Addicts for Life, or Death?
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Aug. 3, 2017 - The allure of independence, so powerful to previous generations, holds less sway over today’s teens ... Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones ... There is strong evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives - making them very unhappy.
Tragic, Sick and Horrific
Las Vegas mother’s horrific end came after meth daze
August 4, 2017 - She had a name: Mary Louise Johnson. She was 35. She had three children, ages 17, 14 and 10.
“She was well-loved. She had a family. She went to church. She was a sweet person who trusted everybody,” her mother, Brenda Loue, 55, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday, just outside a courtroom where the man arrested stood briefly before a judge.
Thank You Readers
5 Year Anniversary Letter from Editor
OMG! We are celebrating the 5-year anniversary of the Addiction/Recovery eBulletin! 260 editions, over 7800 different articles, and more than 24,000 subscribers. When I was a Boy Scout growing up in Philadelphia, I learned the importance of always carrying a flashlight – it reveals that which is concealed, helps bring focus to the moment, and provides guidance when seeking a safe path. Every week your eBulletin shines a light on up to 32 of the most interesting articles and features concerning the world of addiction in all its manifestations, recovery in all its glory...
Stick with the Winners
EXECUTIVE CORNER - 20 Questions for Ron Tannenbaum
is a native Miamian, has 33 years of long-term recovery and has dedicated his life to helping make the recovery movement a positive, mainstream force in the world today. He's Co-Founder of

Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use?
A. Heroin

Q. Your current hobby? 
A. Cooking
Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
AStay Humble
It's Everywhere
New Hampshire Is Not Alone In Trump’s ‘Drug-Infested Den’
Aug. 4, 2017 - Trump isn’t the only person to implicate New Hampshire. Casey Leins handed us that honor last month in her June 28 U.S. News and World Report article, “New Hampshire: Ground Zero for Opioids.” According to Leins’ article, New Hampshire’s main problem is fentanyl…
The Company You Keep
Three Overdose on Fentanyl Inside Moving Vehicle
Aug. 4, 2017 - Three people inside a Honda Odyssey are accused of overdosing on drugs and passing out as they were driving on Williams Street in Chelsea Friday afternoon ... When first responders arrived, the three people in the van were unconscious.
Redefining the Recovery Journey
How the Recovery Café Model Works
The Recovery Café is an alternative, therapeutic, supportive community, founded on the truth that every human being is precious and worthy of love regardless of their earlier trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors, or past mistakes - Creating a milieu that is drug and alcohol free, embracing, healthy ... AND SO MUCH MORE
CONTINUED @ RecoveryCafeNetwork
A Change is Gonna Come...
The Addiction Industry: Scientist Says Opioid Treatment Needs To Change
August 4, 2017 8 - Treating addiction at home makes sense because it's the place where people learned all their bad habits, Stuart Gitlow, past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine recently told NPR.
REEL Recovery Film Festival 2015 Highlight Reel
No One We Know
Leader of addiction treatment service arrested in drug bust
August 8, 2017 - The company provides help to the families of addicts, including a free service that helps them find the right treatment program for their struggling loved one.The drug ring — busted in an operation titled “Last Hurrah” — has been described by investigators as major, smuggling large quantities of illegal drugs into the county from as far away as Puerto Rico and Los Angeles. Confiscated as part of the investigation were 4 kilograms of cocaine, 20 pounds of methamphetamine, 4 pounds of high-grade marijuana and 200 grams of fentynal
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