Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween - Oct. 31, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 14
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"A humankind abandoned in its earliest formative stage becomes its own greatest threat to its survival." Maria Montessori M.D.
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.
New War On Drug Addicts
Trump Foolishly Thinks He Can Solve the Opioid Crisis with Zero Cash and a Dumb Ad
Who's the Criminal?
Rikers inmate who died of overdose ‘needed’ and ‘wanted’ rehab program...
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.
A Penny for Your Thoughts
New Emergency Declaration uncorks .02¢ for each 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.
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.”
Father and Son die of apparent toxic drug overdose after partyOctober 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,
"Chasing something that ain't real" VIDEO
‘This is skid row’: What heroin addicts want you to know ideo
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.
Gratuitous Prurient Media - BOO!
For Halloween: Photos Of Demi Lovato As Selena
Sober Halloween, October 2017 - Just take a peek at photos of Demi Lovato as Selena for Halloween.
A Man of Substance
with VIDEO
Ed Sheeran reveals secret battle with drugs
Oct. 20, 2017 After the 2016 Grammy Awards, Sheeran got rid of his cellphone and began his year off the grid.
Rest Room VIDEO
Opioid addiction and the most controversial bathroom in New York VIDEO
October 25, 2017 - On first glance, there is not much that is special about this bathroom except that there is someone checking in on an intercom every three minutes to make sure the user is still conscious. While to some people, this sounds like a “consumption room,” or a safe injection site, the staff here say it is simply a bathroom.
Pigskin Party
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…
Arsenic found in baby food VIDEO
Oct. 25, 2017 - A scary new study found that many popular baby foods test positive for arsenic, including a whopping 80% of infant formulas. That’s a pretty terrifying fact to wrap your mind around if you’re a new mom or dad...
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…
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
Our Every Man
How Michael Phelps Conquered His Demons: ‘I Didn’t Want to Live’
Oct. 22, 2017 - The greatest Olympic athlete of all time—with a record 23 gold medals—opens up about Russian doping, his mental-health struggles, and sexual-assault awareness.
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.”
Wrong Kind of Treats
Even this puppy wasn’t safe from America’s opioid crisis VIDEO
Oct. 28, 2017 - Less than a minute after he had wrested the cigarette box out of her mouth, Zoey fell over.
“It couldn’t have been in her mouth for longer than 30 seconds at the very most,” Thibault said. “She just collapsed on her side. She couldn’t stand up.”
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,”...
MEDIA: Book Suggestion
From the War on Poverty to War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America 
In the United States today, one in every 31 adults is under some form of penal control, including one in 11 African American men. How did the “land of the free” become the home of the world’s largest prison system? 
Crime Story
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.
in the Sand
Tropical Oasis
You don’t have to be an alcoholic or addict to have problems with drugs and alcohol. In fact, 97% of people who drink and use never develop alcoholism or addiction. 3% however—and that’s millions of people—have all kinds of problems. Some are easily solved, others are severe and life threatening.
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. 
Brave New World
U.S. to promote methadone and buprenorphine for 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…
Billionaire arrested - alleged opioid scheme
Oct. 26, 2017 - John Kapoor, 74, was taken into custody in Phoenix, AZ. The billionaire founder and former CEO of the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics. He faces charges including racketeering, conspiracy and fraud.
Funny? VIDEO
John OliverVIDEO 
Oct 23, 2016 - John Oliver discusses the extent and root of the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction.
Stigma Works VIDEO
Mom’s one year sober after infamous OD pic went viral VIDEO
October 27, 2017 - Erika Hurt had become the face of drug addiction. The young mother was captured in a photograph by police, passed out in the driver’s seat of her car outside a Dollar General store ... The snapshot captured yet another horrifying moment in the worsening U.S. opioid epidemic.
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...
Better Focus
Ten Years After The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx is Sober and Sane
Oct 17, 2017 - Initially scribbled into journals and onto paper scraps, it’s a retching reminder of the period when a “good day” for the then-Mötley Crüe bassist meant he didn’t wind up barricaded in the closet of his California mansion, delusional from a constant heroin-cocaine cocktail, and surrounded by guns.
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
Little Pharma Guilty Too!
Pharmacy owners must pay $5M for illegal sale of narcotics
10/27/17 - A husband and wife who owned an Atlanta pharmacy accused of supplying drugs to pill mill patients have been ordered to pay $5 million to state agencies that offer substance abuse treatment and victim assistance.
Greedy Murderous Fu*k
Billionaire pharma exec. tied to local ‘pill mill’ indicted
Oct 27, 2017 - The founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc. was arrested Thursday and charged with allegedly bribing doctors to improperly prescribe Insys drugs containing the powerful opiate Fentanyl - the biggest arrest in a nationwide crackdown that’s already netted two convictions...
Taped Live! VIDEO
WATCH: Full President Trump delivers speech on opioid crisis
The Addicted Better Quit or Else!
Federal Law Enforcement Coming to Fight West Virginia’s Heroin Epidemic
Oct. 29, 2017 - DEA teams are being sent to Charleston, West Virginia; Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio; Long Island, New York; and New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Ask Ryan Hampton
Where Are the Opioid Recovery Activists?
Oct. 29, 2017 - We need mental health care and better rehab, but we also need more education and understanding. Columbia University’s Carl Hart points out that most of the people dying are combining opiates with other sedatives, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines.
‘People, Places & Things’ Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction NPR AUDIO
October 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. 
Brother can you spare a Dime? by Al Jolson VIDEO
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