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Smokin' Hot and Sober

April 30, 2019 • Vol. 6., No. 41
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Drug Execs Face First Criminal Charges In Opioid Bonanza 
April 23, 2019 - Between May 2012 and November 2016, the company received and filled more than 1.5 million orders for controlled substances from its pharmacy customers. However, it reported only four suspicious orders to the DEA.
Thanatos Delivers on Promises VIDEO
Deadly fentanyl bought online from China shipped via US mail VIDEO
April 28, 2019 - James Rauh: They told me that the drug was so powerful that he was unable to finish his injection, and then he died immediately. 
Scott Pelley: He didn’t even finish the injection?
James Rauh: He’d only, only just started the injection He didn’t even have a chance.
How drug decriminalization would help stem an epidemic of drug overdoses
April 24, 2019 - The commission’s honorary chair, George Shultz – Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state – has spoken of “the failed war on drugs” and he advocates decriminalization of small-scale drug possession for personal use.
"Only a new seed will yield a new crop."
Money Grows on Bushes VIDEO
Marijuana legalization push is ‘about a small number of people who want to get rich’ - VIDEO
April 26, 2019 - A former three-time White House drug policy adviser is warning against the rush to the legalize marijuana. Kevin Sabet said in an interview, “Let’s be honest about the push to legalize — it’s not about social justice, it’s not about is about a small number of people who want to get very rich,” he
Heal Thyself First AUDIO
Physicians Get Addicted TooAUDIO
May 2019 - “It was a feeling like I’d never felt before,” he told me recently. “I’m tense and nervous, and that anxiety is crippling.” The pill took the anxiety away. The sense of well-being lasted for four hours, carrying him through the rest of the night’s work. Back then, Dr. Lou Ortenzio was one of Clarksburg’s most beloved physicians...
Article written by Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic - available HERE and or listen @ AUDIBLE
Recovered alcoholic encourages others to look beyond addiction
April 26, 2019 - Cruz Baca, a former alcoholic and drug user, got sober after drunkenly hitting two pedestrians on College Drive in 2016 and has since made it his mission to help others struggling with addiction...
Kate Moss enjoys lunch with pals ... after marking 18 months of sobriety
April 29, 2019 - Earlier this month, the mother-of-one marked 18 months away from alcohol. The lack of booze has reportedly made Kate a ‘much more sociable and friendly person’. The supermodel, 45, put on an uncharacteristically animated display as she indulged in a cigarette for the alfresco meal. 
AP Poll: Many blame drug firms for opioid crisis
April 25, 2019 - “All of the above,” said Anna Marie Davis, a casino security supervisor from Norwood, Pennsylvania. She said she has had to deal with overdoses at work and that her 27-year-old nephew, who used heroin and fentanyl, died of a drug overdose last year.
Lala Kent celebrates six months of sobriety–“I’m feeling blessed”
April 25, 2019 - “I know I talk about this often, but y’all ... I still cant believe it. I feel the need to share my story because I know I’m not the only one out there suffering from this,” Kent wrote. She joined Alcoholics Anonymous and credited the program with helping her cope.
Alice in Chains bassist credits sobriety for helping him deal with losing grandmother
April 27 , 2019 - Mike Inez, who has played with the group since 1993, was on tour in Australia when his 95-year-old grandmother suffered a stroke and heart attack ... has said being 10 years sober helped him cope...
The Lighter Side of Tragedy VIDEO
John Oliver Revisits the Opioid Crisis, With Celebrity Help VIDEO
April 15, 2019 - Back in 2016, John Oliver dedicated an episode of Last Week Tonight to America’s growing opioid crisis. The painkiller epidemic has not improved, so Oliver has decided to revisit the topic in light of new information coming out of the numerous court cases that have been filed against the Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family. This time, with a little help from his friends—including Walter White and Batman.
Shuttered Sovereign Health resurrected under new name, wrongful death suit alleges
April 12, 2019 - The new company, Invictus Health LLC, was incorporated in Wyoming in September and offers addiction and mental health treatment in Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego...
NYC’s sober bar scene is a ‘hip’ oasis for booze-free fun
April 23, 2019 - Liquor is “a toxin,” not a social lubricant, Ashok “Shoky” Pai, a sober Williamsburg resident, tells The Post. On a recent Saturday night, the 40-something real estate agent settled in at Getaway, Greenpoint’s new mocktail bar. Pai, who used to be a club promoter...
Medical Records of Rehab, Mental Health Centers Exposed 
April 22, 2019 - In yet another instance of an online database that was left unsecured, the records for tens of thousands of people were found to be potentially vulnerable to being exposed. These records involved patients who were seeking treatment at addiction rehabilitation centers...
Great Conferences STARTING SOON
Diet drinks for strokes: Warning for women who drink two diet sodas a day VIDEO
Apr 25, 2019 - Ladies who drink more than two diet sodas a day have a higher risk of having a stroke. The link between diet drinks and strokes is also higher in obese and African American Women who are past menopause. 
What Sobriety Can Do VIDEO
Formerly homeless addict, now GCU grad & giving back VIDEO
Apr. 25, 2019 - On the last day before the last class before finals, we found Jesse Dalla Riva tucked into a corner booth at the campus coffee shop, reflecting on his past.
Pete Doherty gets candid on drug addiction
Apr. 26, 2019 - Pete Doherty believes his drug addiction is a “mental deficiency”. The Libertines rocker wishes he was clean so he could “feel things” but he admitted that after entering rehab in Thailand, he managed to stay sober for just “10 minutes” when he returned home.
Many drivers who test positive for marijuana have a child in car
April 25, 2019 - Based on a roadside survey, the researchers determined that 14.1 percent of drivers with children on board had used cannabis, according to their report published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
John Havlicek, one of greatest Celtics ever, dies at 79 VIDEO
April 25, 2019 - “Havlicek stole the ball” !!! Every one of Mr. Havlicek’s 16 seasons was spent in a Celtics uniform, 13 of them as an all-star. Throughout, he set league records for games played (1,270) and consecutive 1,000-point seasons (all 16), as he played across Celtic dynasties.
A Barren Landscape for Meth Treatment
April 24, 2019 - “Treating a craving for an opiate with a low-grade opiate seems to be efficient enough to keep the addict from putting a needle in their arm or stealing your TV – and there doesn’t seem to be a pharmacological alternative for the same behavior from a meth addict,” says Kenny Fowles, 48 years old and 3 years clean.
Giving it a Shot VIDEO
Courthouse one-stop-shop aims to ease path to sobriety for opioid addicts - VIDEO
April 28, 2019 - In what could be the first-of-its-kind courthouse-based program in Ohio, jail inmates upon release receive their initial shot of Vivitrol, a medication that reduces cravings and blocks brain receptors from feeling opioids’ effects, in Franklin County Municipal Court. It is a voluntary program...
Morphine Spoons and Baby Face Masks
April 26, 2016 - A MORPHINE-RELEASING baby spoon. A rattle with a heart monitor attached. A bottle with a connected face mask to help a newborn breathe while drinking milk ... These products from a brand dubbed Opi’s...don’t exist on the market.
Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf gives commencement address
Apr. 27, 2019 - The former NFL quarterback and ex-convict looked into the eyes and shook the hand of every reporter in the room before he settled in to speak to the assembled media. After retiring from football at age 26, Leaf encountered numerous legal issues...
Britney Spears’ Meds Triggered Mental Health Crisis!
April 23, 2019 - Britney Spears is at the tail end of her 30-day stay at a mental health facility ... and we’ve learned more about how she landed there in the first place.
Starbucks installs needle disposal boxes in US bathrooms
April 25, 2019 - The move, which the chain publicly started considering in January,comes as more people have signed up to support an employee-led campaign to install “safe needle disposal boxes in the bathrooms of high-risk areas.”
Juul Vows to Curb Youth Vaping. Its Lobbying in States Runs Counter to That Pledge
April 28, 2019 - The company’s 80-plus lobbyists in 50 states are fighting proposals to ban flavored e-cigarette pods, which are big draws for teenagers; pushing legislation that includes provisions denying local governments the right to adopt strict vaping controls...
A Star is Gone VIDEO
John Singleton, ‘Boyz N the Hood’ Director, Dies at 51 VIDEO
April 29, 2019 - “Boyz N the Hood,” a bleakly realistic film about three teenagers growing up amid gang violence in South Central Los Angeles, established Mr. Singleton’s credentials and placed him in the conversation with more established African-American directors like Spike Lee, Bill Duke, Julie Dash, Robert Townsend and Reginald Hudlin. 
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