Thursday, September 5, 2019

STARTING OUR 7th year!

September 3, 2019 • Vol. 7., No. 1
Portrait of loss: 15 women, 16 overdose deaths, one national drug crisis
Aug. 31, 2019 - One of the women, Pam Turgeon, says she hopes it reminds Canadians that those who are dying are not just “addicts,” but “they are somebody’s someone. My son was somebody to me, he was somebody to his nieces, he was somebody to his father, to his sisters. He deserved to live.
Sanders and Warren Back Legalization of Injection Sites for Drug Users
August 29, 2019 - Ryan Hampton has a message for politicians and the rest of us: He would have entered recovery much earlier if there were a safe consumption site in Los Angeles, where he struggled with heroin addiction for years.
A Sativa State of Mind VIDEO
New York State’s Marijuana Decriminalization Starts Wednesday VIDEO
August 28, 2019 - This means that criminal penalties have been eliminated... Instead, unlawful possession of the drug is a violation, which comes with a fine similar to a parking ticket. $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot or $200 for one to two ounces.
Chemical Warfare VIDEO
Law enforcement seize enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people if ingested VIDEO
August 30, 2019 - Authorities arrested 35 people and seized enough fentanyl to kill roughly 14 million people in a three-state drug bust announced on Thursday by the US Justice Department. The alleged drug trafficking ring is an example of fentanyl coming to the US from China...
‘Smoking Kills’ on Cigarettes Could Help People Quit
Aug. 31, 2019 - The university found that participants viewed warnings on individual cigarettes to be ‘depressing, worrying and frightening’, and that the message regarding the dangers of smoking stayed with them for longer.
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” —C.S. Lewis
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Sacklers could hold on to personal fortune in settlement 
August 31, 2019 - But they would still retain much of their wealth. In fact, they might be able to keep billions of dollars that state attorneys general allege they pulled out of the company.
The Wisdom of Insecurity
Sept. 2019 - Alan Watts argues our insecurity is the consequence of trying to be secure and that, ironically, salvation and sanity lie in the recognition that we have no way of saving ourselves.
Artist's Corner - Coach Jake
Sept. 3, 2019 – In the Fall of 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. High School’s boys soccer program won its 18th New York City public school championship to culminate a 19–0 season in which it was ranked no. 3 in the country. Martin Jacobson, whose first championship team was in 1996, three years after he became head coach, had put together yet another winning squad, continuing to make history in the process. @AREB
Becoming Coach Jake: A Story of Overcoming the Odds, on the Soccer Field and Beyond
September 3, 2019 - A memoir about battling adversity and drug addiction, by the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City public school history!
Family’s Web Makes it Hard to Track Cash From Opioid Sales
August 29, 2019 - “The Sacklers allegedly moved significant money offshore, which potentially would make it harder for any judgment creditor to reach,” said Mark Chalos, a lawyer representing counties and cities including Nashville, Tennessee, in suits against opioids
Learning to Love Life VIDEO
Drug Addicted Woman Given a Year to Live Celebrates Sobriety: ‘We can recover’ VIDEO
Aug. 29, 2019 - With the help of a police chief from West Midlands, England, Best went to rehab, and is now celebrating a year sober and improved health. She no longer needs heart surgery, and is nearly unrecognizable in her mug shot from last year.
2019 - Causes, Concerns & Use Cycle. We ask for your help in learning more on how vape products are used in everyday life, how vaping lives in the consumer’s social circles, and why vaping came to a consumer’s often daily, experience cycle...
How America’s opioid epidemic could get even worse
Aug 29, 2019 - The report documents the rise of the synthetic opioid fentanyl and its analogs, which have increasingly been mixed with — or outright replaced — heroin and opioid painkillers...
Fentanyl, perfect for traffickers 
September 1, 2019 - Melissa and Daryl McKinsey first heard about “Mexican Oxy” last year when their 19-year-old son Parker called in tears. “I need to go to rehab,” he said. Several months earlier, a friend had given Parker a baby-blue pill ... It resembled a well-known brand of oxycodone...
Give those suffering from drug addiction love
September 1, 2019 - To mark International Overdose Awareness Day, people spent the afternoon using chalk to write remembrances in the middle of Pickering Square for those who died from drug-related causes. They also argued for pushing past the shame of drug addiction to love and help those affected by it.
Hard-drinking Young Adults Suffer Surge in Deadly Liver Disease August 27, 2019 - A priest once was called to Dunham’s hospital bedside to give him last rites as his family wept. Over nearly three years, dialysis multiple times a week and blood transfusions every couple of days kept him alive long enough to get a donor match.
Ex-CEO of Rehab Pleads Guilty to Milking Patients for Profits
August 28, 2019 - Urine was prized above all else at Liberation Way, which operated treatment centers... Jason Gerner — who helped launch the company in 2015 illegally bought insurance for dozens of addicted
Tyler Skaggs’ autopsy: Fentanyl, Oxycodone and Alcohol 
AUG. 30, 2019 - “We are grateful for the work of the detectives in the Southlake Police Department and their ongoing investigation... We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels...
Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous that don’t involve god or going cold turkey
Aug. 22, 2019 -Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life and I don’t care if that makes me a clichΓ©. When I stopped using opioids cold turkey after an addiction in 2017, my life was a mess, I needed a plan, and AA delivered.
3 Reasons to Get Up Early That Are More About Happiness...
Aug. 26, 2019 - Before my first appointment today, I had already had coffee, watched the sun rise over the Mississippi River where I took my puppy for a play date, taken a run, swept my house, completed the NYT crossword puzzle, eaten breakfast, and
Amazing Hidden Super Powers Behind Anxiety Disorders
Sept. 1, 2019 - It’s no surprise, since anxiety, especially in its severe forms, can make one’s life difficult ... However, what if I told you that your anxiety may actually be hiding some remarkable powers? Here are some of those, based on recent scientific studies and not only.
What Should “Overdose Awareness” Really Mean? 
Aug. 29, 2019 - This focus contributes to the demonization of opioids, which sees bad policies enacted and pain patients deprived of relief. It also denies key information to people about the risks they may be taking.
The allure of pricey, unproven treatments August 31, 2019 - Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. Cheryl (his mother) had taken Jason to the clinic out of desperation. Now in his late 30s, he had struggled with addiction since he was a teenager.
Opinion: Treat the fentanyl crisis like a poisoning outbreak
SEP. 1, 2019 - Of the estimated 47,000 deaths from opioids last year, roughly two-thirds involved potent synthetic opioids, most of them
Finding The Bright Side Might Help You Live Longer
September 1, 2019 - Good news for the cheery: A Boston study published this month suggests people who tend to be optimistic are likelier than others to live to be 85 years old or more.
A Worthy Question VIDEO
Does ‘13 Reasons Why’ Do More Harm Than Good VIDEO
September 1, 2019 - 13 Reasons Why poignantly illustrates how difficult it can be to get through high school, the struggles teens face, and the bonds they come to bear and break across time. The show depicts grief, romance, mistrust, friendship, and more ...
A Million Little Pieces — the misery memoir exposed as a fake comes to the big screen
AUGUST 28, 2019 - Who knew meth-heads kept their gym membership? The tone is set from our first glimpse of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as “James”, gone berserk in sheeny slo-mo ahead of the meltdown that puts him in rehab — stark naked and strikingly buff.
Salvation Army culinary school: A recipe for success
August 31, 2019 - “The talent is huge in this class,” said Executive Chef Paul Fields, speaking to the graduate’s friends and families, gathered for the graduation. The Salvation Army’s Culinary Training Academy graduated seven students, who were formerly homeless or struggling with substance abuse.
Neurons That Fire Together Wire Together
August 31, 2019 - Trending globally these days is the philosophical concept and the ancient practice known as mindfulness. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad.
I Thought Running Was a Release. It Was Really an Addiction Aug. 28, 2019 - and before I knew it, I was on the other side of this little island I call home because I have a problem. A huge problem. I’m addicted to running...
‘The Mysterious Vaping Illness That’s ‘Becoming an Epidemic’
Aug. 31, 2019 - An 18-year-old showed up in a Long Island emergency room, gasping for breath, vomiting and dizzy The patient’s older brother, a police officer, was suspicious. He rummaged through the youth’s room and found hidden vials of marijuana for
Let Them Die Like Dogs VIDEO
13 People Arrested ‘Cuomo Lies, People Die’ VIDEO  
Aug. 28, 2019 - ‘Cuomo Lied, People Died’: Advocates Block Governor’s Office Over Delay In Safe Injection Sites, Artist Nan Goldin, a Doctor and P.A.I.N. Activists were Arrested...
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