Here’s what’s happening in recovery news for the week ending October 19, 2017.
Substance use alters your brain function, and those with altered brain function cannot control their use. If you’re under the influence, you’re not the same person you were before you began experimenting. Addiction doesn’t go away on its own; and promises, yelling, or behavior contracts won’t lead to recovery. Instead, addiction has to be assessed, diagnosed, and treated like any chronic life-threatening disease.
Furthermore, these problems impede a nation-wide solution:
- Inmates don’t receive any treatment in prison.
- Many of the drugs prescribed by doctors are actually designed to be addictive but marketed as safe.
- Pills sold on the street and Internet are laced with poison so lethal even first responders are at risk.
- Alcohol is made stronger and stronger, and marketed like juice.
Recovery does work, but not the way we are funding it now. People who have Substance Use Disorder need two or three year programs to fully restore brain function (where possible), and they need a lifetime of follow up.
A One Cup Read:
This is a hard hitting piece that’s easy to process, and you can enjoy it with little or no coffee.
First of all, Drug Czar is an informal title. Back in 1982, then Sentator Joe Bidden coined this flippant term. Each Presidential Administration appoints someone to direct the nation’s drug control policies, and we are still awaiting President Trump’s.
President Trump nominated Republican Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino for the position. On Sunday, October 15, CBS’s 60 Minutes revealed Marino’s role in pushing through the drug industry-backed Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act. As a result, Marino declined the appointment.
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Additionally, Trump told reporters he will sign his Aug. 10 National Emergency Declaration, and he will send it to Congress this week. Most noteworthy, the Declaration will fund new drug treatment facilities and Naloxone for cops.
A Three Cup Read:
This recovery news article includes past policy actions and two tweets, it’s best tackled after three or more cups of java.
Joe Rannazzisi is a tough, blunt former DEA deputy assistant administrator. This week, he told CBS’s Sixty Minutes how Congress, lobbyists, and the industry fueled the epidemic. Rannazzisi says,
“This is an industry that’s out of control. This is an industry that allowed millions and millions of drugs to go into bad pharmacies and doctors’ offices. That distributed them out to people who had no legitimate need for those drugs. That’s just it, and people die.”
In 2001, a Purdue Executive told congress, “Addiction is not common, addiction is rare in the pain patient who is properly managed.” Therefore, doctors believed the drugs posed few risks; so prescriptions skyrocketed, and so did addiction.
Unfortunately, these “non-addictive” painkillers are addictive. Once addicted, people turned to shady pill mills. Rogue doctors in these pain clinics wrote bad prescriptions, and complicit pharmacists filled them. Therefore, these shady pill mills became one-stop shopping for controlled narcotics.
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In 2013, members of Congress and the drug industry quietly paved the way for a crippling legislation. Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee introduced the bill. It was supposed to give patients access to the pain meds they needed.
While the drug distributors celebrated, then DEA chief administrative law judge, John J. Mulrooney spoke out. In a soon-to-be-published Marquette Law Review article, he said the new law “would make it all but…impossible” to prosecute unethical distributors.
A One Pot Read:
This article is a cornerstone news piece for our industry, but it is long. Hence, it’s a tough read and best understood with a pot of coffee.
Julie Oziah-Gideon wants insurers to change the way they cover in-patient therapy and addiction treatment. Julie’s 20-year-old daughter, Samantha Huntley, battled a heroin addiction for two years. This summer, Samantha went to Florida for inpatient rehab. After only 30 days, the insurance quit paying for treatment, and the center sent Samantha home on August 31. Consequently, she died on September 3 from an overdose.
Most importantly, Oziah-Gideon says, “This generation needs more than a 30-day treatment. They need a least 90 to 100 days, inpatient. I did everything in my power and beyond to help her, to try to get her treatment.”
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Never underestimate a Mom’s power, and look for more to stories like this to come. Similarly, Megan Kelly did a piece exposing this same phenomenon over the summer. More will be revealed.
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Pam is the author of Co-dependent In The Kitchen, and she's a contributing editor for Recovery Guidance. She's a recovery advocate who likes long walks on the beach and chocolate.