Category Archives: Addiction & Co-Occuring

Hospitals Step In To Help House The Homeless. Will It Make A Difference?

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During the five years Tony Price roamed the streets and dozed in doorways, the emergency rooms of Sacramento’s hospitals were a regular place for him to sleep off a hard day’s drinking.

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Prisoners With Serious Mental Illnesses Held In Isolation For Up To Six Years. Where? In Federal Prisons. – Pete Earley

(10-16-17) Public outrage about how Americans with mental illnesses were treated inside state mental hospitals helped spark de-institutionalization. So where is that anger and fury now when it comes to abuses of Americans with mental illnesses currently being warehoused in our jails and prisons? This week, the Chicago Sun Times newspaper reported: “Thousands of  (IllinoisClick to continue…

Source: Prisoners With Serious Mental Illnesses Held In Isolation For Up To Six Years. Where? In Federal Prisons. – Pete Earley

NAMI CA HERITAGE MONTH NEWSLETTER-9.30.17

Each year we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. It is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin American Countries.
The day of September 15 is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries that include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Furthermore, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
“The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.” (Source)
NAMI California recognizes the importance of embracing our diverse communities and striving for inclusiveness within the mental health system. Therefore during the following months we will highlight specific heritage, history and affiliate community engaging activities.

Source: NAMI CA HERITAGE MONTH NEWSLETTER-9.30.17

 

Pharmacy Benefit Management Of Opioid Prescribing: The Role Of Employers And Insurers

Pharmacy Benefit Management Of Opioid Prescribing: The Role Of Employers And Insurers | At the intersection of health, health care, and policy.

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Opioid Crisis

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Good day, readers. I am back from writer’s block. I have decided to speak about an issue that has affected my family in a big way:  

There is an urban legend which states that bars give you a free alcoholic drink if you trade in your 30-day sobriety chip. While not proven to be true, I doubt you will find a bar that will admit to this. It is a pervasive idea that moral failings are the cause of addictive behavior. While choosing to try the first time is a choice, choice diminishes in subsequent drinking. The same is true for our nation’s current opioid crisis.  

Kentucky is among states who are suing pharmaceutical companies for causing the current opioid crisis. What is the opioid crisis, you ask? Simple. Millions of people are overdosing on opioids. They are addicted. They are overtaxing the criminal justice system. They are…

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For Low-Income Drug Users, Medi-Cal Offers A Fresh Start

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Things Not To Say To Someone Who Doesn’t Drink Alcohol – YouTube

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Some treatment centers accused of keeping addicts hooked for insurance dollars – CBS News

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The Reflections treatment center looked like just the place for Michelle Holley’s youngest daughter to kick heroin. Instead, as with dozens of other Florida substance abuse treatment facilities, the owner was more interested in defrauding insurance companies by keeping addicts hooked, her family says.

“It looked fine. They were saying all the right things to me. I could not help my child so I trusted them to help my child,” Holley said.

Instead, the center refused to give 19-year-old Jaime Holley her prescription medicine when she left, forcing her to use illegal drugs to avoid acute withdrawal symptoms, her mother said. She died of a heroin overdose last November. “Right to my face they lied to me, and I believed them.”

Rather than working to get people well, a growing number of unscrupulous industry players are focusing on getting addicts to relapse so that insurance dollars keep rolling in, according to law enforcement officials, treatment experts and addicts in recovery.

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Dying At Home In An Opioid Crisis: Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds

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Nothing seemed to help the patient — and hospice staff didn’t know why.

They sent home more painkillers for weeks. But the elderly woman, who had severe dementia and incurable breast cancer, kept calling out in pain.

The answer came when the woman’s daughter, who was taking care of her at home, showed up in the emergency room with a life-threatening overdose of morphine and oxycodone. It turned out she was high on her mother’s medications, stolen from the hospice-issued stash. Continue reading Dying At Home In An Opioid Crisis: Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds

Home Visits Help New Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children


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EL CENTRO, Calif. — Seated at a kitchen table in a cramped apartment, Rosendo Gil asked the young parents sitting across from him what they should do if their daughter caught a cold.

Blas Lopez, 29, and his fiancée, Lluvia Padilla, 28, quickly answered: Check her temperature and call the doctor if she has a fever they can’t control. Continue reading Home Visits Help New Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children