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October 27, 2020 • Vol. 8., No. 10
Walmart: Opioid Villain? The Curious Case of a Deep-Pocketed Defendant
Oct. 23, 2020 - The “DOJ is threatening to sue Walmart for not going even further in second-guessing doctors,” Walmart said in a press release, while “state health regulators are threatening Walmart and our pharmacists for going too far and interfering in the doctor-patient relationship.” more@ThePress
Government urged to sell cocaine and ecstasy in pharmacies - Oct. 19, 2020 - In a book – with a foreword written by the former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark – the drugs liberalisation campaign group Transform has sought to set out practical ways to sell the drugs in state-run special pharmacies as an alternative to what it calls the “unwinnable war against drugs”.
Downey, Jr. Opens up About Heavy Drug Use WATCH
Oct. 24, 2020 - Before Downey, 55, turned his life and career around in the mid-2000s, he went through decades of drug use. Things came to ahead in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, with Downey being arrested on drug charges several times. more@PopCulture
Mitch Winehouse: Drug addiction is as indiscriminate as cancer
Oct. 22, 2020 - We partnered with Better Noise films to support Sno Babies, which aims to reduce the stigma around substance abuse ... The film tells the story of a pair of grade-A school students, who spiral down a path of destruction when they begin using heroin. more@IrishNews
From a Simple Idea, to the Longest Recovery Event
October 21, 2020 - “Sobriety doesn’t mean losing touch with the creative, intellectual and avant-garde side of your personality. You don’t have to be bored … or boring.” —Leonard Buschel founder and director of the 12-year old Reel Recovery Film Festival. 
They lost their brothers to addiction. Now they tackle deadly stigmas with humor LISTEN
Oct. 22, 2020 - When Stephanie Wittels Wachs introduces herself — to her daughter’s new first-grade teacher, for instance — it can be a little awkward. “What do you do?” they’ll ask her. “I make podcasts,” Wachs replies. “Oh, yeah? What’s your podcast about?” Um, death ...” Uneasy silence. “No, no, but it’s funny!” more@LATimes
Q&A with Executive Joey Carson
October 23, 2020 - Joey Carson is a 25-year veteran of the television industry and considered a pioneer in reality programming known for hit shows “The Real World,” “The Simple Life,” and “The Bad Girls Club”... @AddictionRecoveryeBulletin
Backstreet Boys ‘Broke Into’ AJ McLean’s House To Stage Intervention 
2020 - “When I showed up on set and I got in the makeup chair, I told everybody. I was like, ‘I’m freaking out. I’m on this. I’m on that.’ They were like, ‘You need to stop. Don’t tell the world that you’re on drugs right now.’ more@PerezHilton
How Sobriety Helped Me Wake the F*ck Up Politically - Oct. 20, 2020 - I grew up in Waco, Texas, where the food is deep-fried and the politics are deep red. Politics often makes for a confusing topic, regardless of where someone is raised. As a bisexual woman with gay family members, I’ve always been passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and women’s rights... more@TheTemper
Doctor/lawmaker who fought drug abuse, tried to swap opioids for sex
Oct. 22, 2020 - “Tonight, we trade,” he texted the woman allegedly taking condoms, lubricant and two oxycodone pills with him. As it turns out, the person texting him was an undercover police officer who had set up a sting to arrest Spencer, 53, for attempting to exchange the pills for sex. more@WashingtonPost
Paige (no last name) Celebrates 2-Years Of Sobriety
Oct. 20, 2020 - She posted a photo of her from 2 years ago and placed it side-by-side with a current one. It definitely appears the 28-year-old is in a much better place these days. “I’ve posted something like that before. But so proud of my progress! 2 years of soberness. Mumma feeling goooooddd,” Paige said in the post. more@SEScoops
How to Deal with Illness During Addiction Recovery
Oct. 19, 2020 - Feeling ill, with the odd urgent rush to the bathroom (tinged with a little uncertainty at which end of your body is going to rapidly get your attention), a blinding, day-long headache that won’t shift, and a complete loss of your normally healthy appetite are the occasional down-points of just living. We’re human – we’re not, and were never meant to be, indestructible. more@FeedsPortal
The Fix Is In
Is Michigan the New Portugal? 
Oct 22, 2020 - Despite the United States’ government spending an estimated $47 billion and arresting 1,654,282 in 2019 for drug-related crimes, the war on drugs represents a colossal failure and a poor investment for American society. more@MichiganDaily
Heroin addict shares incredible before and after photos - Oct. 23, 2020 - Hunter Shepard now glows with health after overcoming a vicious 10-year addiction to heroin and crystal meth that ravaged the 26-year-old’s appearance and left him convulsing after being admitted to hospital while high on drugs. . more@Metro
Astros legend Jeff Bagwell opens up about alcoholism
Oct. 21, 2020 - “Well, I am Jeff, and I am an alcoholic,” Bagwell said in the video. The 52-year-old Bagwell, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2017, says he’s been sober since Oct. 17, 2017. “At times you lose hope,” Bagwell told the students. “I think you don’t value your life anymore. more@Chron
New Book ‘TRAP MUSIC’ Explores Drug Addiction and Mass Incarceration WATCH
Oct. 21, 2020 - It goes deeper than just the glorification of just drug dealing, the glorification of getting money. There are real-life people who were affected by Trap. Real-life people who were affected by things that happened in the community. So I really wanted to highlight all this in the book and podcast form.” more@TheSource
How (Not) to Date in Sobriety: My Dinner with Steve, the Movie - Oct. 20, 2020 - Candle light. Barry White. And my Fifth Step. I thought, “I’m building intimacy!” He called it stalking. I said I was sharing. He said oversharing. Through ten years of sober dating in New York City on the heels of a devastating divorce... 
Lena Dunham on “Magical Things” Experienced Since Getting Sober
Oct. 23, 2020 - I actually like myself, which is a pretty surprising discovery for a chubby Jewish writer with OCD and chronic illness. The pandemic has brought a whole new layer of anxiety, and also a whole new mode of needing to sit with myself.
Medical worker who reduced viewers to tears... relapsed and seeks money for rehab ‘before I die’ WATCH
Oct. 20, 2020 - He wrote: ‘Unfortunately I’ve relapsed and have no means of being detoxed. My hope, shamefully, is that you might contribute to me being detoxed before I die. ‘The plan is for me to do 28 days in a short term rehab before spending 6-8 months in a free long term one but they won’t take me until I’ve done the former.@DailyMail
Movie on addiction now streaming on Amazon Prime WATCH - Oct. 18, 2020 - The movie is here to inspire. That’s the biggest thing, to give hope and to inspire, especially for the guys here at the mission, and anyone else who goes through this or is going through it, to show them, that no matter how bad it gets, there’s always hope and I’m living proof of that,”... more@ABC27
Wearing masks could save more than 100,000 US lives through February
Oct. 23, 2020 - In the last week, the increase in daily cases has become much clearer, and for the first time since early August, daily deaths have begun to rise. We believe that the fall/winter surge has begun, albeit several weeks behind the massive surge in Europe,”...
How to Talk About Mental Illness in a New Relationship - Oct. 22, 2020 - Let’s start with {when} the ideal point in a relationship to bring up the fact that you live with a mental illness. Turns out, there really isn’t one, nor is there a set timeline for disclosing other personal information while you start dating. more@LifeHacker
More complaints file in from former residents of troubled ‘sober homes’
Oct. 23, 2020- Jerrad Holley fell for what he now calls Marvin Shelton’s con ... He went into Shelton’s program right around the time I started writing of Shelton’s propensity to not pay heating and air conditioning bills, and to charge ridiculous fees to poor people living off of disability checks and Medicaid. more@StLToday
The ‘Sober Mom Squad’ Is An Online Community For Moms Who Don’t Drink
Oct. 23, 2020 - I spoke with founder Emily Paulson, and hosts Jessica Landon, Michelle Smith, Celeste Yvonne, and Jen Elizabeth: women with very different stories of recovery, who are connected not only because of their sobriety, but their desire to stay clean ... Sober Mom Squad has a $12 membership program... more@ScaryMommy
Tour the Betty Ford Center with Susan Ford Bales LISTEN  - OCT. 12, 2020 - Sharing poignant memories and historical context at every turn, Susan Ford Bales guides you on this singular walking tour of the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. The daughter of first lady Betty Ford offers a behind-the-scenes... more@HazeldenBettyFord
Dr. Bob and Bill W. Speak: AA’s Cofounders Tell Their Stories  - Available now: Learn about the luminaries behind one of the greatest social movements of our time through the never–before–published recordings, letters, and stories found in this intimate multimedia retrospective. This unique book and audio CD draw on letters, journal entries, and speeches from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) conferences... more@Hazelden
Outlaw Jerry Jeff Walker Dead at 78 LISTEN
Oct. 24, 2020 - The “Mr. Bojangles” songwriter and a pioneer of the “cosmic cowboy” sound that would evolve into outlaw country, died Friday after a long battle with throat cancer. “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” about a ne’er-do-well “kickin hippies’ asses and raising hell,” is the album’s cult-favorite. read@RollingStone & LISTEN
WATCH Chasing the News...Sobriety Slam! Episode 3 'REBELS'
Sackler Family Makes $8B Opioid Deal for 100,000’s of Deaths. No Jail Time. WATCH
Oct. 21, 2020 - The deal unveiled Wednesday morning, which includes three felony guilty pleas, won’t result in company officials or members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue Pharma, serving prison time. more@APNews
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