California Addresses Patient Brokering Scams

Patient Brokering

Unscrupulous rehab operators take advantage of the homeless As insurance providers step up to pay for rehab, unscrupulous rehab providers in California have started to take advantage of the system, luring homeless people into rehabs and collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance fees. As reported in the Daily Bulletin, broke and homeless heroin addicts are worth… Read More

Florida Highway Patrol Will Carry Narcan

Florida Highway Patrol

Troopers will now carry Narcan to help overdosed drivers As the opioid crisis continues to flood across Florida, and there are increasing numbers of traffic incidents involving drugged drivers, Florida’s High Patrol Troopers will start carrying Narcan. As reported in Health News Florida, the move comes as law-enforcement agencies and other first responders struggle to deal with the… Read More

Dennis Rodman in Rehab

Dennis Rodman

Former NBA star pulled over for DUI, enters rehab Dennis Rodman, the colorful and well-known NBA star, was pulled over for DUI charges this weekend and now is in rehab. As reported in US Magazine, Rodman checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center on Wednesday, January 17, days after getting a DUI. Rodman’s agent, Darren Prince, said that the… Read More

The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Buprenorphine

Author challenges current opioid treatment paradigm As the opioid crisis continues to plague every demographic across all 50 states, unfortunately the current treatment paradigms remain stubbornly stuck in outdated preconceptions and approaches. Writing in the NY Times, author Maia Szalavitz challenges current addiction treatments, and urges using medication rather than just talk and withdrawal. “Because methadone and buprenorphine… Read More

Teenage Addiction Crisis Growing

Teenage Addiction

Widespread availability to painkillers drives teenage addiction One of the most damaging aspects of the current opioid crisis is the impact it is having on the very youngest population. While teenagers have always been exposed to drugs, the current wave of opioids is literally impacting hundreds of thousands of teenagers. Data from the American Society of Addiction Medicine… Read More

Deadly Batch of Heroin Hits Framingham

Framingham, MA

Framingham hit by wave of overdoses The footprints that fentanyl-laced heroin leaves behind are easy to see on the map, marking a grim cluster of overdose and death. Authorities in Framingham, Mass. are looking at such a map this week as a bad batch of heroin makes it way through the area. As reported by MetroWest Daily News,… Read More

Santa Ana Driver Gets High, Makes Car Fly

Santa Ana Car Flies

Driver high on drugs sends car flying into buidling The image of a white car hanging from a 2nd floor building in Santa Ana this week was very unsettling, to say the least. Incredibly, both the driver and the passenger in the car were able to escape the car with minor injuries. As surveillance video surfaced from various… Read More

Addiction Strikes Mother and Son in Lafayette, Louisiana

Pamela Knight

Pamela Knight shares her struggles with addiction She was a model high school student, but behind the scenes Pamela Knight was drinking heavily. Then later, in her 20s, she began using cocaine on the weekends. As reported in The Advertiser, after her second son, Connor, was born in 1993 things began to spin out of control. “He’s the… Read More

Atlanta Hit By “Gray Death” – Authorities Issue Warning

Gray Death

Potent New Opioids Raise Alarm Investigators in Georgia have confirmed the first death brought on by a dangerous cocktail of drugs known as “Gray Death.” Gray Death is a combination of several opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil — sometimes used to tranquilize large animals like elephants — and a synthetic opioid called U-47700. As reported by WYFF 4,… Read More

Queen of Hip Hop Shares Addiction Struggles

Mary Jo Blige

Queen of Hip Hop Shares Abuse and Addiction Struggles Mary Jo Blige has won 9 Grammys and sold more than 75 million albums. She has also struggled with addiction throughout her career. Recently, she shared her struggles with The Hollywood Reporter. Blige said: “People just let you do what you want to do, because they want to keep… Read More