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December 18, 2017 • Vol. 5., No. 21
For Treatment Industry & Recovery Community
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. — William James
Too BIG to Prosecute for MURDER Video
DEA agents say ‘We feel like our system was hijacked’ VIDEO
DEC. 17, 2017 - Pharmacist Jeffrey Clawson was selling as many as 2,000 pain pills per day … “This is the best case we’ve ever had against a major distributor in the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration,” said Schiller, who recently retired as assistant special agent in charge of DEA’s Denver field division after a 30-year career with the agency. “I said, ‘How do we not go after the number one organization?” But it didn’t work out that way … Instead, top attorneys at the DEA and the Justice Department struck a deal earlier this year with the corporation and its powerful lawyers...
Below it All
Detox can end in death at some ‘non-medical’ SoCal rehabs
Dec. 17, 2017 - “This is the beginning of your beautiful new life!”
The Final Eulogy
Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction
Dec. 13, 2017 - His mantra was: We have it to give. And he did. Phil was endlessly generous with his time and energy and money, whether it involved something as serious as paying for a friend to go to rehab or just having coffee with an intern, meeting a writer struggling with a play at midnight, or showing up for a babysitter’s non-Equity showcase.
Ben's Struggle is Epic, like so many of us
Affleck Is Continuing to Receive Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Dec. 15, 2017 - The 45-year-old actor who was photographed outside an L.A. area treatment center on Thursday has been open in the past about his long struggle with alcohol abuse. The actor first checked himself into rehab shortly before his 29th birthday in August of 2001. He received treatment at the popular Malibu alcohol rehabilitation center…
What 13th Amendment?
Inside a judge’s rehab: Unpaid work at a local Coca-Cola plant
Dec. 4, 2017 - But Landrith also is involved in a more sinister byproduct of criminal justice reform ... It’s the latest discovery in an ongoing investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting into rehab programs across the country that promise defendants freedom from addiction but instead turn them into indentured servants for private industry.
Genocide 2.0
In Opioid Battle, Cherokee
Want Their Day in Tribal Court
Dec. 17, 2017 - The Cherokee suit argues that the pharmacy chains Walmart, Walgreensand CVS Health, as well as the giant drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, flouted federal drug-monitoring laws and allowed prescription opioids to pour into the Cherokee territory...
They're Not ALL Bad
Are drug rehab centers fueling homelessness in Southern California?
December 17, 2017 - Thirteen-hundred miles from his rural Arkansas home, Tyler McCollough paces across a motel parking lot, veins bulging at his temple, anxiously gripping himself as the pangs of heroin withdrawal intensify…
Real Live Testimony VIDEO
Examining Concerns Of Patient Brokering And Addiction Treatment Fraud VIDEO
December 12, 2017 - The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 10:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled “Examining Concerns of Patient Brokering and Addiction Treatment Fraud.”
The Normal Heart
Rehab is a lonely place for a gay man like me
Dec. 11, 2017 - After an excruciating eight-year battle with alcohol, I went to rehab. My rehab was a small place, and to my knowledge I was the only out gay man there. My sexuality and its relationship to my alcoholism were overlooked by my counselors. One exception was when weekly men’s and women’s groups were established. CONTINUED @
High During Surgery
Beverly Hills Dr. Arrested After Plastic Surgery Patient Dies VIDEO
Dec. 15, 2017 - Beverly Hills police on Wednesday arrested a doctor who is accused of being under the influence of narcotics while handling a patient. The 71-year-old victim died as a result ... During their investigation, detectives concluded Kim allegedly administered a lethal dose of Demerol to the patient during recovery.
Heads Up
California Warns About Cell Phone Exposure
Dec. 16, 2017 - “If you keep the device by your body you will exceed the safety limits provided by the FCC.” ...Reduce the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files...Children and teens seem to be at a particular risk, she added, since their brains are still developing and more vulnerable to the radiation emitted by cell phones.
Video Interview
Q: What are your thoughts on the heroin epidemic?
BUSCHEL: I don’t know if it’s an epidemic. According to the dictionary, it’s not. The definition of “epidemic” is not something that people do to themselves. It’s a disease that spreads from one person to another through contact. So I wouldn’t call it an epidemic. That’s a misnomer. It is a crisis. It is a national disgrace. It is a profound sickness in America that so many people are in so much pain that they’d rather die than face reality on a daily basis. That’s a tragedy. I mean I think it goes hand-in-hand with the downfall of … the American Dream is now finally over.
Gabor Has 20 Answers
Gabor Maté
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your Drug of Choice and when did you discontinue its use?
A. I have never had a substance addiction, but have engaged in behaviors that have been addictive in nature and in their consequences. These have chiefly been in the areas of compulsive shopping and workaholism.
Q. Who is your favorite: Activist?
A. Noam Chomsky, a living encyclopedia and embodiment of truth in action.
Q. How do you measure success?
A. Success is finding peace of mind while being engaged with the world as fully as one is called to.
Not Sober Living Approved?
Energy drinks ‘have more than an ENTIRE day’s sugar allotment’
Dec. 15, 2017 - Energy drinks should be banned from sale to under-16s, urged campaign group Action on Sugar.
Psychologist's Explanation
What Lies Beneath Anger
Dec. 11, 2017 - I remember watching “Goodfellas” ... particularly the scene where Joe Pesci says to Ray Liotta, “Do I amuse you? Do you think I’m a clown?” My stomach was in knots as I watched.
Doesn't Seem Right
Colorado’s largest treatment provider is closing
Dec. 15, 2017 - Arapahoe House announced Friday that its last day at all of its locations will be Jan. 2. As of Friday, it will no longer accept new patients. It currently serves 5,000 people a year, all of whom will have to find a new treatment provider. “It’s horrible,” Arapahoe House CEO Mike Butler said in an interview. “We’ve been struggling with being underfunded for many, many years. We’ve been losing a fair amount of money for many years.”
Super Bowl Pills
Tampa Bay Bucs player Grimes talks about 25-year painkiller addiction
Dec. 15, 2017 - Taking first step to recovery was most difficult task of his life ... Grimes said he started using opioids midway through his career as a center with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1980s and early 1990s. He needed it to ease the pain to play ... He said he suffered 20 concussions during his career.
Feeling Groovy? Audio
More Philly overdose patients turning down ambulance ride after naloxoneAUDIO
“They jabbed him with the Narcan,” Geer said. “He took a great big, deep breath and looked stunned.”
And Then What?
Ketamine Relieved Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours in Hospital Study
Dec. 14, 2017 - A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that ketamine could also be effective as a fast-acting treatment to prevent suicide ..
More Sober Beds Needed
Recovery program frustrated over inspection
Dec. 14, 2017 - “I know the county does not want us here because of their action of serving a ... warrant to come in our house and count beds,” John Shinholser, a Hanover resident, said. “Reflect on what you’re doing when you send the police down there and bureaucrats and want to infringe on our right to exercise our constitutional freedoms in this county. I’m irritated, frustrated but it don’t mean we can’t overcome this.”
Health Net- favored insurer of drug abuse patients... Then it stopped paying their bills.
DEC. 06, 2017 - In early 2016, Health Net suddenly cut off payments to hundreds of for-profit substance abuse centers that had treated its enrollees ... It’s not like being balance-billed for a broken leg,” says Joan Borsten, a former treatment center owner and vice president of the addiction center coalition. “Think of the impact when you’re just getting out of recovery and you’re handed a bill for $30,000.”
NY-funded addiction recovery center opens in the Bronx
December 16, 2017 - Cuomo says such facilities are vital to breaking the cycle of addiction and an example of steps the state is taking to expand treatment and services for those struggling with addiction…
Tears for Xmas VIDEO
Mom recovering from drug addiction gets early Christmas surprises VIDEO
Dec. 15, 2017 - Jessica McCutcheon recently regained custody from the Department of Social Services of her three children, the News & Observer reported. She had struggled with drug addiction and had been a victim of domestic violence but has turned her life around.
Good Luck This Time
Artie Lange Jetting to Rehab
DEC. 15, 2017 - Artie Lange’s life is at stake ... And that’s why friends are getting him on a private jet to rehab after appearing in court Friday. Artie’s attorney, Frank Arleo, tells TMZ ... Artie pled guilty to possession of a controlled dangerous substance at a hearing in Essex County court in Newark, NJ.
Service with a SOBER Smile VIDEO
Woman helping homeless with “blessing bags”VIDEO
Dec. 15, 2017 - Brenda is the founder of “The Addict’s Parents United,” a group that supports parents dealing with children battling addiction. “I also do this to honor the lives that are lost through addiction.”@
Final Exit AUDIO
Suicide Rates Projected To Rise In New Hampshire, Linked To Substance MisuseAUDIO
DEC. 11, 2017 - A new, national study has alarming predictions for New Hampshire. The report draws a strong connection between substance abuse and suicide, and says the Granite State will have among the country’s highest suicide risks in the upcoming decade. 
Woman with a Mission
Stripped Clean, “Television with a Higher Purpose” provides hope and healing in community
Dec. 17, 2017 - To spread awareness on life’s modern moral issues, Elyria resident Amanda Joan Quimper created her own series and non-profit called, “Stripped Clean, Television with a Higher Purpose,” and hopes to reach the public on larger television networks.
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for Christmas... Rave on John Dunne

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