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  • The Most Dangerous Addiction of Them All: Entitlements

    03/21/2017 3:54:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2017 | Dennis Prager
    All addictions -- whether to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex or cigarettes -- are very hard to escape. There is one addiction, however, that may be more difficult than any other to escape, in part because it is not even regarded as an addiction. It is entitlements addiction, the addiction to getting something for nothing. One indication as to the power of entitlements addiction is the fact that while great numbers of people have voluntarily given up drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. -- almost always at great pain -- few give up an addiction to entitlements. For the majority of able-bodied people...
  • Why Did These People Drive 1,000 Miles With A Body Stuffed In A Suitcase?

    03/17/2017 8:38:24 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 58 replies
    Investigation Discovery ^ | March 10, 2017 | Catherine Townsend
    PRAIRIE COUNTY, AK — Police in two states are trying to determine why two caregivers of an elderly man allegedly stuffed his body in a suitcase and then loaded him into a car and drove more than 1,000 miles from Syracuse, in upstate New York, to dump the corpse in an Arkansas rice field.
  • YOU TUBE VIDEO: Best Opiate & Heroin Addiction Treatment in Oklahoma: TestimoniesWhat makes the bes

    02/26/2017 7:08:21 PM PST · by DBCJR · 67 replies
    https://youtu.be/DCZ7PMt5mGI ^ | Published by dbcjr on Personal You Tube Account on February 26, 2017 | Able Recovery, Oklahoma dbcjr's Personal You Tube Account
    #Buprenorphine drugs, like #Suboxone and #Subutex, have been heavily marketed as the wonder drug for #opiate & #heroin #AddictionTreatment. While buprenorphine is one of 3 drug classes used in the SAMHSA evidence-based best practice, Medication Assisted Treatment, buprenorphine plateaus in effectiveness at an intermediate level of dependency, failing to manage withdrawals and cravings for intermediate to heavy dependencies. Additionally, the vast majority of buprenorphine treatment has been "in the privacy of a doctor's office without the need for daily visits," as it was heavily marketed. This often means a doctor writes a 30 day prescription warning the patient: 1) Don't...
  • For babies born addicted to opioids, hospitals recruit volunteer cuddler

    01/15/2017 9:41:45 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 35 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/13/2017 | Marie McCullough
    ---SNIP--- "They" are the most helpless, hapless victims of the opioid epidemic:babies born addicted to the prescription or illicit drugs their mothers took. Many of them spend weeks or months in the hospital, gradually being weaned from opioid dependence by getting decreasing doses of oral morphine or methadone. Even mothers who are in recovery may not be able to visit their babies every day over such a long period, so many hospitals have enlisted helpers — volunteer cuddlers like Schultz. "These babies going through withdrawal need to be held for extended periods," said Jane Cavanaugh, the nurse who created Jefferson's...
  • Advanced Recovery: Opioid and Heroin Addiction in Oklahoma City

    12/31/2016 7:24:13 PM PST · by DBCJR · 55 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | 12/30/16
    For years, Oklahoma lead the nation in prescription painkiller abuse according to SAMHSA. Oklahoma and the nation set out to do something but it was almost totally "supply-side", regulatory and law enforcement oriented to reduce the supply of opioid tablets on the street. These measures were much needed but they did nothing to help the estimated 245,000 prescription painkiller abusers in Oklahoma, nor prevent new entries into the problem, "demand-side". Demand-side interventions are treatment and prevention initiatives. Why are demand-side interventions important? Addiction to opiates is the most powerful addiction. If you shut off supply dramatically, without demand interventions, you...
  • OcyContin's global drive: 'We're only just getting started

    12/27/2016 7:44:49 AM PST · by Mariner · 118 replies
    The Los Angeles Times via Sacramento Bee ^ | December 26th, 2016 | By HARRIET RYAN, LISA GIRION AND SCOTT GLOVER
    OxyContin is a dying business in America. With the nation in the grip of an opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, the U.S. medical establishment is turning away from painkillers. Top health officials are discouraging primary-care doctors from prescribing them for chronic pain, saying there is no proof that they work long-term and substantial evidence that they put patients at risk. Prescriptions for OxyContin have fallen nearly 40 percent since 2010, meaning billions of dollars in lost revenue for its Connecticut manufacturer, Purdue Pharma. So the company's owners, the Sackler family, adopted a new strategy: Put the...
  • LSD caused four violent episodes, Santa Cruz sheriff says

    12/25/2016 8:13:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 25, 2016 | Michael Todd
    Four instances of violent behavior in Santa Cruz County over one month have been attributed to ingested LSD, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. The string of incidents began with the Nov. 19 case of Luke Smith, 15, who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy after he stabbed his father and uncle in Corralitos. A fifth report documented a 17-year-old girl who ingested LSD on an ice pop in Felton on Dec. 14. That girl had a seizure and nearly died because of the drug, said Sgt. Chris Clark, the sheriff’s office spokesman. The office is investigating...
  • San Francisco Ranked No. 1 Most Hungover City in Nation

    12/22/2016 5:53:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    San Francisco, this probably isn’t a ranking to be proud of. The city apparently is the most hungover city in the country, according to a recent ranking by Trulia. The Trulia ranking took into account the cities’ number of bars, the number of young people and amount of party suppliers. It also surveyed how many of a city’s residents reported having at least one binge drinking incident in the past month. “The city with the most party suppliers, young people and binge drinkers scored higher as a place to party,” a Trulia news release said. Behind San Francisco came San...
  • SCHUMER: VOLATILE E-CIGS CONTINUE TO EXPLODE & INJURE PEOPLE;

    12/19/2016 6:31:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer ^ | 12.18.16 | U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
    Past Month Alone, Serious NYC E-Cig Explosions Have Dealt Serious Injuries To People—3rd Degree Burns & Permanent Disfigurement; People From Brooklyn,Queens, LI Have Also Been Victims Of Ticking-Time-Bomb E-Cigs; Critical Focus By Feds & Possible Recalls Must Be Weighed With E-Cig Sites Pushing Holiday Gift Buys, Schumer Concerned Explosions Will Continue To Rise; FDA Recorded Dozens Of Serious Explosions In 2015 & 2016; 2017 Could See Even More   Schumer: Feds Must Consider Recalls For Exploding E-Cigs; Enough Is Enough   U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a hard look...
  • Illegal drug usage soars in North Korea: 30% nationwide

    12/08/2016 5:01:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2016-12-06 | Kim Seong Hwan
    Illegal drug usage soars in North Korea: 30% nationwide Kim Seong Hwan | 2016-12-06 The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB; an NGO) hosted a seminar at the Korea Press Center to discuss illicit drug usage in North Korea. Image: Daily NK. Illicit drug distribution and consumption is pervasive across all regions of North Korea, according to new research presented by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB). Of particular note, it was found that a high proportion of Pyongyang residents use illicit drugs on a regular basis. Lee Gwan Hyeong, a researcher at NKDB, headed...
  • Dutch euthanasia law is used to kill alcoholic, 41, who decided death was the only way to escape[]

    11/30/2016 5:55:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 November 2016 | Steve Doughty
    A 41-year-old man has ended his life by fatal injection rather than carry on living as an alcoholic, in a radical new extension of Holland’s euthanasia regime. Mark Langedijk decided that death was the only way to escape from his addiction to drink, according to an account published by his brother. Mr Langedijk set the date for his own death and was joking, drinking beer and eating ham and cheese sandwiches in the hours before his GP arrived at his parents’ home to administer fatal injections, it said.
  • Report: Nearly all, 99.8%, of illegal drugs shipped to U.S. from Mexico

    11/25/2016 11:48:36 PM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/22/16 | Paul Bedard
    Over 99 percent of all marijuana and methamphetamine seized at U.S. borders has come from Mexico, a colossal cache of 8.2 million pounds since 2012 and a demonstration of the efforts by drug cartels to feed America's habit, one that is leading to increasing deaths, according to a new report.
  • Drug more powerful than heroin being sold legally in Colorado

    11/25/2016 7:09:40 PM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 99 replies
    Fox ^ | Nov 9 2016 | Keagan Harsha,
    It was never tested on humans but is now being manufactured and sold by clandestine labs in Asia. "These synthetic opioids are so potent you essentially have to dilute it by mixing it in with heroin or something else because it's too powerful," he said. Thirty-one states have reported overdose deaths from U-47700. That includes Colorado, where two people were killed in Boulder County in January. But it was a case in Utah that thrust the drug into the national spotlight. Two 13-year-olds overdosed and died after buying the drug from a classmate who purchased it online. Hospitals are also...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Weiner has checked into a SEX ADDICTION treatment center after his sexting rela

    11/02/2016 10:38:12 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 83 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/2/16 | By Ben Ashford and Martin Gould
    full title....EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Weiner has checked into a SEX ADDICTION treatment center after his sexting relationship with a 15-year-old girl triggered FBI investigation of him, wife Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton...................................Anthony Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton's closest aide Huma Abedin, has checked into a rehab facility for treatment of sex addition. Out-of-control Weiner, who has been sending sexually-charged messages and obscene pictures to women and at least one teenage girl for years, is now in a treatment facility, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively. Friday's dramatic disclosure by the FBI that it had discovered new emails relevant to their investigation into...
  • (Vanity) Hillary and Alcohol Problems?

    10/27/2016 9:45:40 AM PDT · by DadOfFive · 64 replies
    What is Drudge hinting with this pic?
  • Atheists Fight to Remove ‘God’ From AA Program

    10/25/2016 1:20:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 25, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    A Canadian man is suing Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to have “God” removed from its famous Twelve Step program, alleging discrimination against atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers. First published in 1939, the “Twelve Steps” of Alcoholics Anonymous have a significant spiritual component, and six of the twelve make direct reference to God or a “higher power.” Those following the program must acknowledge their powerlessness over alcohol and their dependence upon God to restore them to health.
  • DATES TO Slick WH: DRUG Scandal About to Rock Hillary's Campaign! Bill's Coke addiction

    Reportedly, Former President Bill Clinton has a serious addition to cocaine, and he once suffered an almost-fatal overdose. He also once secretly stayed a a drug rehabilitation center in Minnesota! Shocking! The report, written by former White House Aide Roger Stone, who served in the Nixon administration, insists Bill’s drug problems started in the 1970s as Governor of Arkansas, and continued throughout the early 1990s. In fact, it’s likely drugs played a major role in why he dropped out of the Presidential race in 1987, as his handlers wanted to “clean him up” for future campaigns. They knew he would...
  • Man says Dallas megachurch removed him as a member

    10/17/2016 7:16:46 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 70 replies
    fox4news.com ^ | 10/16/2016 | fox4news.com staff
    A north Dallas church is sticking to its convictions after it revoked a gay man's membership, saying he no longer desired to resist sin. In a candid facebook post last Sunday, Jason Thomas wrote about a painful anniversary one year ago about the day Watermark Community Church sent him a letter revoking his membership. Thomas said he spent years of his life in church programs that promised to help him over come his attraction to men. Many of those years was at Watermark Community Church. One program he participated in is described as a "12 step discipleship through recovery", also...
  • Dodging the Jobs Problem (or how the NY Times explains the loss in jobs)

    10/17/2016 6:32:27 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 13 replies
    The NY Sun ^ | October 17, 2016 | Editor
    Imagine you are an editorial writer of the New York Times (a stretch to be sure, but stay with us). Your biggest problem in the Age of Obama has to be that despite all the Democrats’ claims to have steered us into a recovery, jobs are lacking. Supposedly the unemployment rate has been brought down to 5%. But that’s because the job participation rate is at its lowest point in decades as millions of Americans are still too discouraged to look for work. How do you work around this pesky problem? Dang, if the Times hasn’t come up with its...
  • 7-year-old tells bus driver her parents won’t wake up, police find them dead of drug overdose

    10/05/2016 5:45:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 5, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    A 7-year-old girl in McKeesport, Pennsylvania got on the bus and went to school as normal Monday morning, but on the way home she told her bus driver she hadn’t been able to wake her parents. The bus driver alerted police who responded to the home. From the Washington Post: Inside the home, authorities found the bodies of Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, dead of suspected drug overdoses, according to police.Also inside the home were three other children — 5, 3 and nine months old. Courney Lally, the deceased woman’s sister, had tried to alert authorities to the...
  • Big pharma is spending millions to fight limits on opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl

    09/27/2016 4:28:52 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 93 replies
    Vice News ^ | Sept. 18, 2016
    Big pharma is spending millions to fight limits on opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl The pharmaceutical industry has spent more than $880 million over the past decade to fight laws that would limit the availability of powerful opiods such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl in the United States, according to an investigation by the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity published Sunday. Often, these lobbying expenditures are funneled through groups like the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and other advocacy groups that represent the interests of patients with terminal cancer or chronic pain, whose conditions can...
  • The latest heartbreaking image of America's battle against heroin

    09/22/2016 10:05:59 AM PDT · by jennychase · 66 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 9/22/2016 | ZOE SZATHMARY
    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT A woman was unconscious at a Family Dollar in Lawrence, Massachusetts She needed two Narcan doses so she could be revived and her bag was revealed to contain straws and baggies with drug residue The woman was identified as 36-year-old Mandy McGowen She's going to be charged with child endangerment and her daughter 's in custody with the Department of Children and Families Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3801372/Shocking-footage-shows-woman-lying-ground-overdose-toddler-daughter-tries-wake-up.html#ixzz4L0OqcCXK
  • Chinese teen starves mother to death in fury at brutal Internet addiction boot camp

    09/22/2016 8:38:27 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 22, 2016 | Simon Denyer
    "The girl's parents had become increasingly concerned about her behavior after she dropped out of school. On the suggestion of an aunt, they decided to send their daughter to the camp, which claims to have cured 7,000 children of Internet addiction in the past two decades."
  • Why Canada just approved prescription heroin

    09/14/2016 12:55:42 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 22 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | September 14, 2016 | Akanksha Jayanthi
    The opioid epidemic in America has captured the attention and efforts of policymakers. The Obama administration seeks to allocate $1.1 billion to fight opioid abuse. States are requiring prescribers check databases as part of prescription drug monitoring programs to identify patients who may have dependency or abuse problems. Canada has taken a slightly different approach to help treat addicts: prescribing pharmaceutical-grade heroin.
  • Police: Good Samaritan Breaks Into Car To Rescue Kids Left In Motor City Casino Garage

    08/29/2016 12:04:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | August 29, 2016
    A 25-year-old man is expected to face charges after he left two young children in a car while he gambled at Detroit’s Motor City Casino. Detroit police were called to the parking garage at 11:25 a.m. Monday on a report of kids left unattended in a vehicle. According to police, a concerned citizen broke into the car and rescued the two boys, who are 5 months and 2 years old. Police said the children seemed to be physically OK and were turned over to casino security before police arrived. It’s not known at this time how long they were in...
  • Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

    08/24/2016 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Al Gore Vidal · 17 replies
    The Heroin Task Force formed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine has endorsed opening safe-consumption sites for addicts, which would be a first in the U.S. But some say getting homeless addicts off the streets requires an even bolder move.
  • Woman arrested for trafficking drugs to inmate son

    08/22/2016 12:50:21 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies
    WNDU.com ^ | 8/22/2016 | Staff
    A woman is behind bars after authorities say she attempted to traffic narcotics into the Indiana State Prison. Barbara Powell, a 60-year-old from Valparaiso, was allegedly caught trafficking during a visit with her son. A correctional officer found a package with one small bag of tobacco and three small bags filled with a white powdery substance.The powdery substance tested positive for a narcotic substance.Trafficking is a level 5 felony. If found guilty, Powell could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Her son, Jason Powell, is serving life without parole for murder. “I commend...
  • UPDATE: 26 Heroin Overdoses in Huntington (West Virginia) on Monday

    08/15/2016 7:20:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 83 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | August 15, 2016 | wowk
    CABELL COUNTY, WV - UPDATE: 8:46 p.m. 8/15/16 Cabell County EMS tells 13 News there were 26 overdoses in a four hour period on Monday. Original The Director of Drug Control Policy Jim Johnson tells 13 news there were 10 heroin overdoses in Huntington on Monday. The 10 overdoses reported happened over a 90 minute period. Nobody died yet from the overdoses. Dispatchers report the overdoses happened at several locations in the city.
  • Parents arrested after 7-year-old, who hadn’t eaten for days, tried selling teddy bear for food

    08/15/2016 9:01:51 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/15/2016 | Travis M. Andrews
    When Officer Steve Dunham met the 7-year-old, the boy was offering to sell his teddy bear.The little guy must have seemed industrious, standing in front of the CVS at the busy intersection of Second and Main in Franklin, Ohio, trying to hawk his toy on July 7. Most children don’t want to part with their stuffed animals. In this boy’s case, it was a lone source of comfort, but he was desperate.He hadn’t eaten in days.Perhaps if he sold the small bear for enough money, he could walk across the street and get a kid’s meal at Subway. At the...
  • El Chapo and the Secret History of the Heroin Crisis

    08/15/2016 7:13:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Esquire ^ | August 9, 2016 | Don Winslow
    If you wonder why America is in the grips of a heroin epidemic that kills two hundred people a week, take a hard look at the legalization of pot, which destroyed the profits of the Mexican cartels. How did they respond to a major loss in revenue? Like any company, they created an irresistible new product and flooded the market. The scariest part: this might not have happened with El Chapo in charge.
  • Anthony Weiner saw no party lines when sexting

    08/14/2016 12:56:48 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/14/2016 | Aaron Short, Khristina Narizhnaya and Mara Siegler
    Sext fiend Anthony Weiner is a registered Democrat — but his inner “mongoose” is apparently unaffiliated. The disgraced former congressman and husband to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin fired off suggestive messages last year to at least two women — one of whom is a prominent Republican and another who volunteered for a GOP political campaign, a source told The Post. “Now that I don’t have the New York Post following me around maybe we can get together,” he allegedly wrote to the prominent GOPer, according to the source....“It has nothing to do with The Post, it has everything...
  • Online shopping has created a whole new breed of addicts

    08/11/2016 11:14:19 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 69 replies
    Melissa will do anything to feed her online-shopping addiction — even if that means subsisting off a diet of microwaveable soup. “I’ll eat only ramen in order to shop,” she says. The 34-year-old — who works in sales at Red Wing Heritage, a leather goods brand, and asked that her last name not be used for professional reasons — receives two to three packages a week at her East Village apartment thanks to her daily binges. “I love coming home and there’s a package,” she says. “It’s like there’s a prize at my door.” Americans spent a record $341.7 billion...
  • What would you do if you won $3 million? This man spent it on meth

    07/27/2016 11:38:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    The State ^ | 7/27/2016 | TOM UHLER
    “When I win the lottery ...” How many of us have chanted that refrain, daydreaming about how we’d quit our jobs, grab our winnings and head to a secluded beach with the family to live in blissful paradise? Or whatever your imagination conjures life-after-hitting-the-jackpot to be. Of course it hardly ever turns out that way. We’re always hearing about lottery winners who blew it all. But Ronnie Music Jr., 45, a former maintenance supervisor in Georgia, has taken the storyline to a new depth. Music, who won $3 million in a scratch-off lottery game in Georgia last year, invested his...
  • Navy chiefs face Trident crew shortages – because recruits don’t want to log off Facebook

    07/25/2016 4:07:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Mirror, U.K. ^ | 25 JUL 2016 | KIRSTIE MCCRUM
    The Royal Navy is suffering a recruitment crisis when it comes to staffing Trident submarines - as young people are too addicted to Facebook to go off-tech for weeks at a time. Following a vote to renew the nuclear submarines which passed through Parliament last week, those serving say that a scheme designed to attract new blood has faltered. And a senior source says this is down to the fact that "you cannot Facebook your friends". Last month, the annual report from the Ministry of Defences’s internal watchdog, the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator, warned of a shortfall of qualified engineers,...
  • Report: Johnny Manziel plans to go “completely sober” — Friday

    06/29/2016 10:31:48 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 53 replies
    profootballtalk.nbcsports.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Darin Gantt
    Maybe Johnny Manziel is taking seriously all the good advice people keep giving him to clean up his act. At least he says he plans to, after this one sweet kegger he’s throwing in Mexico. Manziel told TMZ that he’s “going completely sober starting July 1st.”
  • Official says Prince died of opioid overdose

    06/02/2016 9:29:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 74 replies
    Courant.com ^ | June 2, 2016 | Tribune News Services
    law-enforcement official tells The Associated Press that tests show Prince died of an opioid overdose.
  • Combating the Opioid Epidemic

    05/14/2016 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Congressman Fred Upton
    Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of a drug overdose. People in communities across America are abusing both prescription pain killers and heroin. It is an epidemic. No one is immune; it is a sad reality that is playing out across the country, including in my own district in Southwest Michigan. There were 13 suspected overdoses in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the first quarter of 2013, up from 9 in the first quarter of 2012. Behind these numbers are real folks, and their families, suffering. In 2008, we lost Amy Bousfield, an 18 year-old graduate of Portage Central...
  • Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne reportedly calling it quits after more than 33 years

    05/08/2016 7:07:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/08/2016
    Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are going their separate ways. A source close to the Osbournes tells ET that the 67-year-old rock legend and the 63-year-old "The Talk" co-host are ending their marriage after more than 33 years. The estranged couple, who wed on July 4, 1982, share three children together: Aimee, 32, Kelly, 31, and Jack, 30. Sharon first met Ozzy in the 1970s when his band, Black Sabbath, was rising to fame and later became his manager. In 2013, Sharon emphatically denied divorce rumors during a taping of "The Talk," but confirmed Ozzy's sobriety struggles at the time. "He's...
  • Woman arrested with fetus in purse speaks from behind bars

    05/06/2016 7:00:56 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 4 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 06 MAY 2016 | WFAA.COM
    SAN ANTONIO -- A woman, desperate to be a mother, sits in jail after being caught in the park with heroin, meth, and the remains of her unborn child in her purse. Now Bernadette Rivera is speaking out from behind bars, saying she isn’t a monster, but simply wanted to give her child a proper burial. Police arrested Bernadette in Cassiano Park for drug possession shortly before midnight on April 28th. Officers found the remains of an 8-week-old fetus when they searched her purse. Bernadette says she had a miscarriage outside of the hospital on April 3 and went to...
  • Addiction specialist rushed to see Prince before death

    05/04/2016 3:02:56 PM PDT · by dennisw · 25 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4 May 2016
    A specialist in painkiller addiction hurriedly made plans to see Prince hours before the music legend was found unconscious, a lawyer said Wednesday, offering possible new clues on the singer's sudden death. Prince's representatives had contacted California-based Howard Kornfeld, who treats people with addictions to opioids, on April 20 and the doctor planned to fly two days later to the pop star's compound in Minnesota, said Kornfeld's attorney William Mauzy. "Dr Kornfeld felt that his mission was a life-saving mission. He certainly felt it to be urgent," Mauzy told reporters in Minneapolis. But Prince died on April 21 just as...
  • To Quit Smoking — Let’s All Vape

    05/04/2016 7:22:06 AM PDT · by 5150 FREEPER · 50 replies
    LifeZette ^ | 5/4/16 | Kristen Fisher
    There is plenty of evidence to suggest that smoking e-cigarettes can be harmful — but now the Britain-based Royal College of Physicians thinks smokers should use them as a way to quit. Their report says the devices are helping people more than harming them — at least so far. “This is the first genuinely new way of helping people stop smoking that has come along in decades,” John Britton, director of the U.K. Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, said in a statement. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine without the tar — and without some chemicals linked...
  • Smoking dead scorpions is the latest addiction in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    04/29/2016 4:25:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    Dawn, Pakistan ^ | Apr 08, 20162 | Izhar Ullah
    “I started scorpion smoking in the mid-'60s,” recalls 74-year-old Sohbat Khan. It was during General Ayub Khan’s era, and Khan was only 20 years old. He would frequent the famous Jalil Kabab house in Peshawar, which is how he met the vendor who sold scorpions worth Re 1 or Rs 2 right next to the eatery. The men got their supply from the Matani area, which is rich in scorpions because of its insufferably hot weather. Khan says he has quit smoking scorpions. His eyes are sunken from years of addiction, and his pale face and hollow cheeks betray a...
  • How Obamacare Is Fueling America’s Opioid Epidemic

    04/14/2016 4:05:29 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    Time ^ | 13 Apr, 2016 | Sean Gregory
    Some doctors say a quirk in the program is a dangerous incentive to prescribe potentially dangerous painkillers Not long ago Dr. Bill Sullivan, an emergency-room physician in rural Spring Valley, Ill., refused to prescribe a potentially habit-­forming painkiller to a patient that had requested it by name. That might seem like a good thing since opioid addiction has become a national epidemic. But in fact, as a result of reforms put in place under the Affordable Care Act, he may have put his hospital at financial risk. As part of an Obama­care initiative meant to reward quality care, the Centers...
  • THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NON-VIOLENT DRUG CRIME

    03/31/2016 5:48:06 AM PDT · by shortstop · 20 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 03/30/16 | Bob Lonsberry
    There is no such thing as a non-violent drug crime. Drug dealers are killers, not victims, and it’s a shame the president of the United States doesn’t recognize that. Yesterday, in what he said was an example of redemption and leadership, Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 drug dealers. In the midst of a horrific heroin epidemic, as the death rate from opiate overdose has quadrupled, the response of the president is to turn loose the profiteers and purveyors of this plague. It is a slap in the face of every mother who has wept over the body of...
  • The 50 most violent cities in the world [Circa 2016]

    01/26/2016 11:49:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/26/2016 | Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender and Amanda Macias
    Latin America holds the undesirable distinction of having the most cities on the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities. Of the 50 cities on the list, 41 are in Latin America, including 21 in Brazil. The lion's share of the elevated violence in the region is due to drug trafficking supplemented with gang wars, political instability, and the deregulation of economies triggering widespread poverty. "Narcotics are the biggest black market earner of all. Estimated to be worth more than three hundred billion dollars a year, the global industry has pumped huge resources...
  • Bush to Focus on Daughter’s Struggles With Drugs

    01/05/2016 9:33:02 AM PST · by detective · 49 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 5, 2016 | ASHLEY PARKER
    Jeb Bush, who promised to run for president by showing voters his heart, is making an especially personal appeal in New Hampshire on Tuesday, where he plans to discuss his daughter's struggles with addiction. Speaking at a forum on addiction and the heroin epidemic at Southern New Hampshire University in the afternoon, Mr. Bush will not only unveil his drug control strategy but also talk about how his family has intimately experienced the ravages of addiction.
  • Ted Cruz Unfolds Harrowing Tale of Pulling His Sister Out of a Crack House

    11/06/2015 7:36:00 AM PST · by Isara · 36 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | November 5, 2015 | Maegan Vazquez
    Watch the video at the link. It’s not often that Ted Cruz struggles with his words. But during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the GOP presidential candidate spoke about his half-sister’s struggle with addiction, and their family’s inability to save her.Cruz told Tapper that following her parents’ divorce, his sister Miriam became angry and turned to drugs: “Her whole life she lived basically as an angry teenager. She was sort of frozen emotionally as a rebellious teenager … She struggled her whole life with drug and alcohol addiction.” In the Texas Senator’s book, A Time for Truth, Cruz recalled...
  • Cheese really is crack. Study reveals cheese is as addictive as drugs

    10/22/2015 1:42:51 PM PDT · by grundle · 124 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 22, 2015 | Jenn Harris
    For years you've been telling your friends, family, co-workers and anyone who will listen that you're addicted to cheese. It's a part of every meal or snack, and you think about it constantly. According to a new study from the University of Michigan, cheese crack is a real thing. And so is your addiction. The study, published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, examines why certain foods are more addictive than others. Researchers identified addictive foods from about 500 students who completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale, designed to measure if someone has a food addiction. Pizza, unsurprisingly, came...
  • Breaking the Kennedy code of silence: Patrick goes on national TV to expose his family's secrets ...

    10/04/2015 11:45:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 4, 2015 | Wills Robinson and Hannah Parry
    Complete Headline: Breaking the Kennedy code of silence: Patrick goes on national TV to expose his family's secrets as he launches book describing how 'disabling alcoholism' killed his father Ted, his mom and his sister Patrick Kennedy has broken the political dynasty's 'code of silence' by describing how he turned to drink at 13 to deal with the multitude of his family's problems. The former Congressman told CBS' 60 Minutes how his alcoholic mother Joan would walk around in a bathrobe 'inebriated' during the day while his father, Senator Ted Kennedy, would self-medicate by drinking. The 48-year-old politician said the...
  • Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer:

    09/27/2015 12:08:58 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (dot com) ^ | 14 September 2015 | Peter Gřtzsche
    Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? Updated: 04:22 EST, 15 September 2015 Soaring drug use, a growing number of addicts, far too few clinics to treat them and a rising death toll. This might sound like a scene from an impoverished country run by drug cartels - but it is, in fact, the day-to-day reality for NHS patients who are prescribed psychiatric drugs to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression. More than 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in the UK every year. Not only are these...