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Russell Brand & Demi Lovato, Shia LaBeouf too!

January 29, 2019 • Vol. 6., No. 28
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Killers at the Top VIDEO
FDA Inaction On Deadly Opioids ‘Borders On Criminal’ VIDEO
Jan. 26, 2019 - The head of a Food & Drug Administration advisory panel on opioids has accused the federal agency of looking out for pharmaceutical company income at the tragic cost of public lives, saying the behavior “borders on the criminal.”
"Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." —Mary Oliver
‘Honey Boy’ Shia LaBeouf’s Life Story Is Now Addiction Drama
Jan. 25, 2019 - Alma Ha’rel directs LaBeouf’s screenplay based on his personal experiences, and the results aren’t as bizarre as one might think. LaBeouf’s arrests for public intoxication and his mixed bag of performance art may have hindered his public profile, but they never downgraded the quality of a risky and substantial filmography.
How to Help and Be Helped
Jan. 27, 2019 - In this compact book with a huge heart, Russell Brand suggests that the “wanting” wants to find meaning, love and connection, and that a “chain of mentorship” can help towards a solution. He introduces us to eight of his own
Rehab South African Style FILM
How addict Jesus survived drug epidemic VIDEO
Jan. 27, 2019 - A drug cocktail called nyaope is destroying young lives in South Africa’s townships. It is a heroin-based drug, often mixed with antiretroviral medication or rat poison, and can be injected or smoked with cannabis.
FDA’s opioids adviser says FDA complicit in deaths
Jan. 24, 2019 - Dr. Raeford Brown accused the agency of putting the interests of narcotics manufacturers ahead of public health, most recently by approving a “terrible drug”, Dsuvia...
As Problem Drinking Rises In Older Americans, doctor offers advice to seniors. 
January 25, 2019 - While adults over 65 remained far less likely to drink than younger people, Researchers reported that the number of older adults engaging in “high-risk drinking” increased by 65% ... defining high-risk drinkers as a man consuming five or more standard drinks in a day (each containing 14 grams of alcohol) at least weekly during the past year; or a woman, downing four such drinks in a day.
Just One Night of Sleep Loss Can Affect Body and Mind
Jan. 26, 2019 - “Deep sleep provides a nocturnal soothing balm, taking the sharp edges off our lives and lowering our anxiety,” said study author Matthew Walker in a statement. “It’s a form of nocturnal therapy that many of us shortchange in this modern era of insufficient sleep.”
Marine vet with PTSD held by ICE for 3 days
January 19, 2019 - Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, of Grand Rapids, was deemed “a foreign national illegally present in the U.S.” by ICE and was detained on Dec. 14. He was released on Dec. 17 after records demonstrated he was an American citizen. Robert Kessler, an immigration lawyer added, “the situation was a clear example of racial bias. “I think it’s racial stereotyping. And it should have been evident that he had pretty significant mental health issues.”

Vicious Cycle Emerges with Opioid and Suicide Epidemics AUDIO
JAN. 17, 2019 -When Maria Luisa Tucker’s father died after swallowing a sizeable amount of a prescribed opioid, hydrocodone, she saw it as a personal tragedy. But recently, after investigating the opioid crisis and the connection to mental health issues, the journalist said she took a broader view of her dad’s 2006 suicide.

Aetna fined $190,000 over opioid addiction coverage
Jan. 8, 2019 - Aetna Inc., {was fined} for violating rules on coverage of drug and alcohol abuse treatment and coverage of autism spectrum disorder, the agency said Tuesday. The review also found that Aetna was not complying with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The department found “confusing policy language which could have led consumers to inaccurately believe they did not have coverage for certain substance use disorder services,”…
Therapist sees rise in marijuana addiction
January 25, 2019 - In the last year, he has seen a new kind of patient: people misusing a substance that some don’t even consider addictive – cannabis. The phenomenon has shocked him. “In all my years, I’ve never seen this,” he said.
Why Crystal Meth Has Made a Big Comeback in Philadelphia?
January 22, 2019 - Meth! Meth, crystal. Who wants Meth? shouted a middle-aged man in a parka ... He had situated himself ... next to “Emerald City”—a busy drug-user encampment in Philadelphia’s East Kensington section. After a few moments a young woman lifts her head quizzically, “Crystal meth? I’d like to try it”...
Southworth Associates Proudly Announces Acquisition
Jan. 22, 2019 - Southworth Associates International announced that the well-known international behavioral health services firm has been acquired by interventionist/executive Benjamin Seymour. 
What’s Taking So Long for Naloxone to Be Made Available Over the Counter?
January 18, 2019 - Naloxone can reverse an overdose within minutes. So why is it taking so long—and costing so many thousands of lives—to make naloxone accessible to everyone as an over-the-counter (rather than prescribed) medication? On January 17, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced what the FDA called “unprecedented new efforts to support development of over-the-counter naloxone to help reduce opioid overdose deaths...
Humanizing Portraits of Mentally Ill Inmates at Cook County Jail
January 17, 2019 - Cook County Jail is one of the largest pre-detention facilities in the nation. Most of the 8,000-or-so inmates housed there each day are awaiting trial. And according to the jail’s Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy, about a third of the prisoners are mentally ill. Instead of receiving specialized care, mentally ill Chicagoans charged with a crime are being treated behind bars...
‘These People Didn’t Have a Longing to Become Addicted’
January 25, 2019 - It’s 8:30 p.m. in November and Newark Assistant Fire Chief David Decker sits at his desk, doing paperwork. Suddenly, a red light flashes in the hallway; a voice comes over the intercom indicating an EMT emergency run. A possible drug overdose...
Trump demanded ‘horrifying’ anti-opioid ads
Jan. 24, 2018 - We need people dying in a ditch. I want bodies stacked on top of bodies,” Trump told White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. advertising campaign to combat the opioid epidemic that was notable for its gruesome imagery, including a woman intentionally crashing her car and a man shattering his spine beneath a jacked-up vehicle during desperate efforts to acquire prescription drugs.
Mentally Ill Inmates in NY held past their release dates
Jan. 24, 2019 - “It’s shameful that New York State keeps them (mentally ill prisoners) in prison simply because they have mental illnesses and need supportive housing,” Stefen Short, Staff Attorney with the Prisoners’ Rights Project at The Legal Aid Society, said in a statement. “This is an abhorrent practice, and New York must end it immediately...
Ruston Kelly Gives a Musical TED Talk on Art and Sobriety
JAN. 26, 2019 “I took too many pills again/Blacked out for a week/Didn’t eat, didn’t sleep.” ... Kelly is a fine songwriter who has penned work for artists like Tim McGraw and Josh Abbott. He’s also a recovering addict whose journey with sobriety is still in its early steps. That journey is at the heart of Dying Star...
Woman drunk on vanilla extract during DUI arrest
Jan. 25, 2019 - “Upon speaking with Warner-Grise, officers detected an odor of vanilla coming from her breath, her speech was slurred and she was unable to answer basic questions,” the police report states.
Demi L. celebrates 6 months of sobriety: ‘Best day ever’
January 26, 2019 - “Happy 6 mo. We are so f***ing proud of you! Love, Team DL,” reads the note in front of the dessert from SusieCakes in Studio City, Calif. ... Lovato has been open about her addiction struggles for years, and the six-month chip comes after a difficult time she faced last year...
Internet addiction spawns U.S. treatment programs
Jan. 27, 2019 - But he was not using drugs. He was hooked on YouTube and video games, to the point where he could do nothing else. As doctors would confirm, he was addicted to his electronics. “After I got my console, I kind of fell in love with it,” Danny, now 16 and a junior in a Cincinnati high school, said...
Alcoholic credits swimming for saving his life
JANUARY 26, 2019 - Just six years ago Luke Richards was a “hopeless alcoholic”. He was told he would be dead within a year if he continued drinking the way he was, but that was still not enough to stop him. Despite being told such terrifying news, Mr Richards began drinking a bottle of Jim Beam a night...
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