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Civil Forfeiture: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

By R Carter The use of civil asset forfeiture has become a legal means for some law enforcement agencies to literally rob you blind. Most States and Federal law enforcement agencies don’t require a conviction or even an arrest to seize the private assets of citizens. And in many cases,…

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs CDC MMWR

Trends in Total Binge Drinks per Adult Who Reported Binge Drinking – United States, 2011-2017

Each year, excessive drinking accounts for one in 10 deaths among U.S. adults aged 20–64 years, and approximately 90% of adults who report excessive drinking* binge drink (i.e., consume five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women on a single occasion). In 2015, 17.1% of U.S. adults aged ≥18 years reported binge drinking approximately once a week and consumed an average of seven drinks per binge drinking episode, resulting in 17.5 billion total binge drinks, or 467 total binge drinks per adult who reported binge drinking.

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Recovery Vox

The Rehab Racket: Investigating the high cost of addiction care

America is facing a harrowing opioid epidemic, one that kills thousands of people each year. But the rehab system that could help combat the crisis is failing. It is far too expensive for typical families and often provides addiction treatments that aren’t proven or actually have evidence against their use.

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs CNN Recovery

Arizona congresswoman to seek treatment for 'alcohol dependence'

Kirkpatrick said in a statement.
“I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of my fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence,”.

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Drug War Chronicle Law Enforcement

Congress Wants Answers on Meth, Cocaine ODs

The bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are raising alarm over an increase in overdose deaths from cocaine and methamphetamine. 

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Posted in Chronic Pain News CNN Who are the bad actors? Government, Healthcare or Patients?

Fact check: Trump falsely claims to have 'saved' pre-existing conditions protections

Tami Luhby, CNN – Monday, he claimed credit for being “the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare” in a tweet blasting an ad by former New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg that attacks the President’s record on health care.

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Posted in CDC News

Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments

Emergency department (ED) visits for opioid* overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the US from July 2016 through September 2017. People who have had an overdose are more likely to have another, so being seen in the ED is an opportunity for action.

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Posted in The Guardian

A look at what may come from a National Healthcare System

As our nation debates the benefits of a National Healthcare System, unofficially called Medicare for All, a look at Great Britain’s national healthcare system should give all of us a moment of pause to consider alternatives. But then again, the current trajectory our healthcare system, a corporate conglomerate for profit system, is neither ideal nor beneficial for all American’s either.

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Posted in Josh Bloom

Gee, Pain Pills Are the Real Not Killers. And the Sun Rises in the East. Who Knew?

In 2016 I testified at an FDA hearing about the “opioid crisis,” which was starting to make its way into the news in a big way. I was the last of 15 speakers, which included, among others, addiction specialists, physicians, patient advocates and parents whose children had died from drug overdoses.

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Posted in Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Vox

The rise in meth and cocaine overdoses, explained

America’s drug overdose crisis is still largely dominated by opioid overdose deaths. But stimulants like cocaine and especially methamphetamine seem poised for a comeback.

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