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We are pleased to share with you an opportunity to run the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon and support families impacted by a loved one’s substance use by running as a Partner for Hope with Center on Addiction | Partnership for Drug-Free Kids!
This is our third year as a charity partner, and we’re so proud of our past Partners for Hope teams. They have included passionate individuals running in celebration of recovery or in memory of a loved one lost to addiction, as well as those advocating for change. No matter your reason for running, every stride you take and every dollar raised benefits families we serve.
Whether you have a connection to our cause or not, I encourage you to consider racing the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon for Center on Addiction | Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Our runners will be asked to meet a fundraising minimum of $3,500 to receive guaranteed entry and fundraising support. If you did not receive an entry in the official drawing, we would love to be your ticket into this iconic race.
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What Parents Need to Know About College Binge Drinking
by Amelia Arria, Ph.D.
The feeling of sending a grown child off to college can be described as a strange mixture of pride, relief and severe anxiety. What do parents need to know as their adult child prepares to take this big step? As a public health researcher, I have some good news to share, and some reminders about what to be aware of during this critical transition for both you and them.
The first piece of good news is that your voice matters. Your child might not tell you, but when researchers have asked them about your influence, they find that parent attitudes and the rules you put in place during their development are major influences on their risk-taking behavior. Preparing and protecting your child from engaging in excessive drinking during college starts way before “drop-off” day. Even in middle school, and throughout high school, sending a clear message of your disapproval for underage drinking is critical and equally important in college.
To some parents, it might be tempting to think that you can “teach” your child how to drink responsibly by allowing them to drink before going to college. Many parents also think that not allowing their children to drink turns alcohol into “forbidden fruit,” increasing the child’s interest in drinking. Instead, research has shown that having parents who communicate clear expectations against using alcohol during high school is associated with a lower chance of drinking excessively during college.
AA Shares New Video: “Young & Sober in A.A.: From Drinking to Recovery” WATCH
Feb. 21, 2020 - A.A. estimates that 10% of its members are under the age of 30. The video helps dispel the myth that some drinkers may be “too young”... No matter what your age, no matter what your gender or background, if you are drinking too much, A.A. offers a solution. @BizWire
Major Study That Fueled National Vape Panic Has Been Debunked - Feb. 19 2020 - After months of pressure from the scientific community, the American Heart Association’s academic journal on Tuesday evening retracted a widely circulated vaping study, which claimed that using e-cigarettes increased the likelihood of having a heart attack. @Vice
Teaching Kids How to Reverse an Overdose in a Dystopian Present - Feb. 23, 2020 - “It’s just like a little squirt gun,” she told the group of children, before passing around the small plastic device for them to hold and squeeze. At the end of the session, each child received a blue zippered bag containing two doses of Narcan to take home.
Doctors Received $1.5 Million in Free Lunches From Pharma Companies - WATCH
Feb. 21, 2020 - PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Farley says free meals by doctors offered by big pharma are, at least, partly to blame for the city’s opioid epidemic and now, pharma companies are still providing free meals to doctors like these with other drugs. @CBSLocal
Public Radio’s “Back from Broken” highlights stories of addiction, struggle and recovery LISTEN - Feb 21, 2020 - “Back from Broken” is hosted by award-winning longtime journalist and CPR News host Vic Vela, who is himself in recovery from cocaine addiction, and over 10 episodes, aims to give hope to people who are themselves or who know someone experiencing addiction or going through recovery.
Addicts & Alcoholics to Spend $31.17 Billion on quitting by 2027 - Feb. 20, 2020 The Drug Addiction Treatment market is forecasted to grow at a rate of 7.0%. For instance, Pfizer, one of the mentionable market players, has been working in collaboration with Eli Lilly and Co. to develop a non-opioid chronic pain medication called tanezumab. @Yahoo
Has social media become a socially acceptable addiction? WATCH - Feb. 18, 2020 - “It’s an addiction,” said Dr. Gillian Galen, a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital who focuses on mood disorders and self-destructive behavior. “And it’s an addiction that is now socially acceptable.” @NBCNews
One man’s journey out of crime and addiction through the power of his poetry
Feb. 19, 2020 - Words matter to Roy Kearse. The author of “Poems from Recovery” chronicles his nearly 40-year journey from hardened criminal and drug addict to, as he puts it, “recovery and discovery. A lost youth since he first dabbled in drugs at the age of 13, Kearse became a full-blown addict to heroin by the time he was 15. @QNS
Ben Affleck on depression, addiction and how sobriety has made him happier WATCH
February 22, 2020 - The actor spoke openly about his family’s history with addiction and said that five years from now, he hopes people will say that he’s “sober and happy” and seeing his kids regularly. @YahooNews
Smartphone Addiction Has Same Effect On Brain As Drug Use - February 18, 2020 - A new study has found that smartphone addiction has the same effect on the brain as drug addiction — specifically lowering grey matter volume in certain areas of the brain ... the shocking results were discovered after MRI images were taken of brains with smartphone addiction... @Inquisitr
Amanda Bynes and fiancé announce 1-year sobriety in apology video WATCH
February 21, 2020 - Amanda Bynes is making amends. In a new video posted to Instagram, the 33-year-old, joined by fiancé Paul Michael, apologizes for her past online behavior while also announcing that she and Michael are 1-year sober. @PageSix
Many pitfalls of universal drug screening for new mothers
February 19, 2020 - In Alabama, a mother of a newborn temporarily lost custody of her children when she was drug-tested after giving birth. A false positive on the test, caused by eating poppy seeds, led to the removal of her infant and toddler. @WashingtonExaminer
Demi Lovato Says Struggles with Eating Disorder Led to Overdose WATCHFebruary 18, 2020 - “I’m tired of running myself into the ground,” Lovato tells Graham, “I thought the past few years was recovery from an eating disorder when it actually was just completely falling into it.” @CLick2Houston
‘Living Proof:’ Portraits Share Stories of Addiction and Recovery WATCH
February 20, 2020 - “We hope people will look at the photos and think, ‘this could be my cousin, my child, my parent,’” said Milstein. “Everyone is impacted by this disease.” The portraits are also designed to raise awareness of resources that are available to the community.
Feb. 18, 2020 - He says that needs to change. He estimates employers could save as much as $1,600 by letting an employee take a leave of absence for treatment rather than filling their position with a new employee. @ABC27
Homeless left waiting weeks for drug treatment, mental health care WATCHFebruary 17, 2020 - Doctors are eager to help treat individuals experiencing homelessness, but under MediCal, they won’t get paid for the treatment, just the medicine. @BakersfieldNow
February 19, 2020 - Studies are mixed, but some link diet soda with serious, life-threatening diseases ... an increase in artificially sweetened soda consumption was associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and ischemic stroke. @Insider
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Bassist CHRIS KAEL Celebrates 2 Years of Sobriety
February 19, 2020 - Chris Kael celebrated the second anniversary of his getting sober on February 3. Kael posted a photo of his AA sobriety medallion, which has the words “To thine own self be true” and “unity, service and recovery” engraved around the roman numeral for 2.
A Raw and Honest Look at the Lies of Addiction (Book Excerpt)
FEBRUARY 19, 2020- We were on the steps outside of a building that resembled a log cabin in West Hollywood... I couldn’t believe I’d never noticed it before. I was there for my first twelve-step meeting outside of rehab, and I was nervous, and thankfully not alone. @LAWeekly
February 19, 2020 - Specifically, he blames his doctor for “negligent overmedication” and for failing to “evaluate or recognize” his addiction and substance abuse disorder, among other oversights. Walgreens, alternatively, failed to stop filling his prescriptions despite knowing of his addiction ... @TwinCities
Feb. 11, 2020 - Dan Peres, in his office at Details in 2002. Soon after he got the job, he was downing 60 Vicodins a day ... Predictably, he crashes to the floor and seriously injures his back, though he gamely hobbles off to a party. @NYTimes
This Is What Happens When You Take 550 Doses of LSD At Once - Feb. 21, 2020 - Around 10pm at a summer solstice party somewhere in Canada on June 20, about 20 people swallowed glasses of water mixed with the powerful psychedelic LSD. A decimal place error caused them to take about 10 times more of the drug than they thought they were getting. @Vice
Food Addiction is Real – And Overcoming it Isn’t Easy LISTEN
Feb. 22, 2020 - Do you feel guilty or ashamed after you eat some foods? Do you hide what you eat or how much you eat from people? Do you ever stuff yourself till you’re full and still keep eating? If you said yes to any of these questions, you, or someone you know, might be suffering from food addiction. @TheQuint
Three women with addiction-prone pasts open recovery center WATCH
Feb. 20, 2020 - Sunlight floods the front room of quaint wooden building on Central Street in Millinocket Wednesday morning. Inside, a group of three middle-aged women pay no attention to the icy winds outside – instead, sitting on donated couches and chatting, while mixing together freshly-brewed coffee... @NewsCenterMaine
Ben Affleck Tried to Drink Away the Pain. Now He’s Trying Honesty. - Feb. 18, 2020 - Warning: This is not one of those celebrity profiles that uses a teaspoon of new information to flavor a barrel of ancient history. This is Ben Affleck, raw and vulnerable, talking extensively for the first time about getting sober (again) and trying to recalibrate his career (again). @NYTimes
It’s time to get real about heroin addiction. It’s time to decriminalize this drug!
February 19, 2020 - As commercial heroin would be cheaper than illicit versions, addicts would not have to turn to crime. As it would be socially acceptable, one could maintain contact with the family, hold down a job and avoid homelessness and street begging or injecting. Lastly, drug-associated crime would disappear. @TheJournal
They Fell in Love Helping Drug Users. But Fear Kept Him... LISTEN - February 24, 2020 - In early 2018, he was released from prison. He was on parole and looking for ways to help drug users in his hometown. He found his way to advocacy work as well, and through that work, found Ziegenhorn. Soon they were dating. @NPR