Wednesday, December 19, 2018

December 18, 2018 • Vol. 6., No. 22
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“I died and came back. And I still wanted to get high.” VIDEO
Dec. 7, 2018 - Sarah Kordenbrock’s addiction started when she was just 18 years old. She was prescribed pain killers for an injury, but those quickly turned into a need for heroin...

Little Brains on Fire VIDEO
New Study Confirms Screen Time Affects Brains of Children VIDEO
Dec 10, 2018 - Susie Steimle reports on National Institute of Health study on impact of screen time to brain development in children...

The lawsuits that could bankrupt the biggest opioid pushers VIDEO
DEC. 16, 2018 - The attorney behind a multibillion-dollar tobacco settlement in 1998 has turned his attention to the opioid epidemic. And he wants drug companies to pay...

Despair, Love and Loss: A Journey Inside West Virginia’s Opioid Crisis
Dec. 13, 2018 - People suffering from drug addiction are commonly depicted at their most vulnerable — nameless refugees from a world of misery, washed up on city sidewalks or huddling beneath an overpass.

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”
Clinician's Corner with Adam Mindel
Adam Mindel is co-founder of Recover Integrity an Extended Care Program for men in Santa Monica and Brentwood. Adam has been a pillar in the Los Angeles recovery community for 15 years. For over a decade, Adam triaged the day to day clinical program of one of the nation’s largest non-profits specializing in addiction. 
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your DOC and when did you discontinue its use? 
A. Alcohol and Cocaine, my sobriety date is 8/27/2003
Q. Do you believe leaders are made or born?
A. Both, there a few of us that are fortunate enough to come into the world with incredible gifts of charisma, intelligence, etc....

Babies born in opioid withdrawal have unusually small heads
December 13, 2018 - A smaller head is a possible sign of a smaller brain. (Which may be) a contributing factor for those (NAS) babies who later have learning and behavioral problems….

Boys need better access to mental health care
December 15, 2018 - Throughout high school, Alexander Sanchez was severely depressed. He thought about suicide and he didn’t know how to explain what as wrong or to ask for help … he would lie in bed, “not eating, not being happy, being almost not there.” More@NBCNews

She's taking the right steps VIDEO
Elizabeth Vargas opens up about her recovery from alcohol addiction VIDEO
December 12, 2018 - The first step to recovery, said Vargas, is raising your hand and asking for help. “It’s the bottling it up and stuffing it down that is most destructive, “ she told Ginny Brzezinski at (the) Know Your Value conference in San Francisco.

Russell Brand Celebrates 16 Years of Sobriety
Dec. 14, 2018 - Russell Brand is thankful to have been sober for 16 years and recalled how eggshell-fragile his drug addiction left him. The 43-year-old comic has recalled how he reached a low point in his life that saw him sneaking off to use heroin and crack cocaine in friends’ bathrooms.

Fentanyl now America’s deadliest drug! VIDEO
Dec. 12, 2018 - It’s the first time the synthetic opioid has been the nation’s deadliest drug. From 2012 to 2015, heroin topped the list.

The Forgotten Addiction
December 10, 2018 - ...alcohol arguably presents a greater threat to public health than opioid misuse, it has in many ways been overlooked in the recent national conversation about substance use disorders. 

Life Savers VIDEO
Recovering addicts thank first responders VIDEO
Dec. 14, 2018 - They’ve seen it all — death, pain, trauma — and they’re on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, which claims lives every day. On Thursday, first responders were celebrated by an unexpected group: recovering addicts who at one point saw them as the enemy.

Is vaping better than smoking? 
Dec 14, 2018 - Scientists studied pee to find out...

Charlie Sheen: 1 year of sobriety
Dec. 11, 2018 - The actor took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal a photo of his Alcoholics Anonymous sobriety coin." so, THIS happened yesterday! a fabulous moment, in my renewed journey."... Sheen was famously fired in 2011 from the TV series "Two and a Half Men"

San Quentin Deaths Come Amid Increase in Overdoses at Prison 
Dec. 9, 2018 - In 2016, 29 inmates died of drug overdoses, prison officials have said. Last year, 40 died in such cases, according to analysis of prisoner deaths by the California Correctional Health Care Services.

Methamphetamine: Iowa’s most resilient crop
December 11, 2018 - Since 2004, legislators and law-enforcement officials have attempted to regulate methamphetamine production and consumption. Despite the efforts, the drug remains rampant throughout the

Real Mexican Drug Traffickers Find ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Nostalgic and Relatable
December 11, 2018 - (As) Season four of Netflix’s Narcos transports viewers to 1980s Mexico ... I wondered how actual Mexican drug traffickers were reacting to the screen adaption (if at all).

Russia Is Punishing People for Helping Drug Users
December 11, 2018 - Moscow’s only harm reduction NGO (non-governmental organization) has been given a potentially devastating fine for doing the work it’s meant to do ... the city’s only drug harm reduction NGO, the Andrey Rylkov Foundation (ARF), to pay 800,000 roubles ($12,000) for publishing what it called “drug propaganda.”

‘ReSET-O’ opioid addiction recovery app cleared by the FDA
December 11, 2018 - ReSET-O is specifically designed for opioid recovery, while it’s sister app Reset. The app helps to treat addiction or abuse of substances like cocaine, alcohol, or stimulant...

4,500 kits containing overdose reversal drug distributed in PA
Dec. 13, 2018 - For anyone who was unable to get naloxone, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said the state health centers would be staying open until 7 p.m. to take people’s information so they can get a supply of the drug...

How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You OD?
Dec. 12, 2018 - The first time Kelmae Hemphill watched herself overdose, she sobbed. There she was in a shaky video filmed by her own heroin dealer, sprawled out on a New Jersey road while a stranger pounded on her chest. “Come on girl,” someone pleaded.

Recovery cafe closes as founder slams lack of addiction support
Dec. 2018 - Grub’s Up recovery cafe was established in 2017 to help people recover from addiction – and to serve delicious food to the

Two arrested in patient-brokering scheme involving fraudulent prescriptions
Dec. 14, 2018 - The Palm Beach County Sober Homes Task Force said it’s the first arrests of these kind it has seen.

How the way we talk about addiction can make it harder for people to recover
Dec. 13, 2018 - Amanda Dick says she would have sought help for substance use sooner but worried about being labelled an ‘addict.’ Many medical professionals agree that the stigmatized language around addiction creates a barrier for those who need treatment.

Tennessee Physician Charged with “Massive” Opioid Distribution Scheme
December 14, 2018 - A 45-count federal indictment was unsealed yesterday, charging Dr. Samson Orusa, 56, of Clarksville, Tennessee with maintaining a drug-involved premises; 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical practice;
Telling truth to Powerlessness VIDEO
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody praised by fans after emotional interview on alcoholism VIDEO
Dec. 15, 2018 - I was spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, because I was writing a lot of music for films and TV, and my friends out there that I made would maybe go out once a week.

A Haircut Can Change Everything VIDEO
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