NYS Police Want Uber & Lyft to Reduce Drunk Driving

Written by liam on December 7th, 2016

The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police has recently written a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for “Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing applications to be approved for upstate New York to reduce drunken driving,” reports the Times Union. The letter was written by David Zack, the police chief of Cheektowaga, NY. Zack…
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Four Bills Propose to Shut Down California’s Sober Houses

Written by liam on November 30th, 2016

February of this year might have been the beginning of the end for addiction treatment facilities in the state of California. Four bills have been proposed that if passed, will effectively shut down the majority of Californian sober houses. Their wording makes it seem as if the bills are meant to provide a safer environment,…
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First Time in History Surgeon General Reports on Drug Crisis

Written by liam on November 23rd, 2016

For the first time in American history, the Surgeon General’s Report focuses on our nation’s substance abuse epidemic, and how we can help fight it. Dr. Vivek Murthy has been the American Surgeon General since 2014, the year that set the record for most drug overdoses in the US. His understanding of addiction as a…
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Major Hospital Pleads Guilty to Defrauding U.S. – Nobody Goes to Jail

Written by liam on October 26th, 2016

Major US hospital chain Tenet Healthcare Corporation, along with two of its off-shoot hospitals near Atlanta, pled guilty earlier this month to conspiracy to defraud the United States. Tenet obstructed the function of the US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as violating the Anti-Kickback Statute. Here’s what they did: Tenet paid bribes…
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Nurse Arrested for Stealing Opiates to Support an Addiction

Written by liam on August 15th, 2016

Love is strong, perhaps the strongest emotion we can possibly feel. People live and people die for love. Addiction is also strong – and another thing people both live and die for. Love is good, addiction is bad. When you combine the two, disaster can occur. The recent arrest of Bonnie Duffy, a 53-year-old licensed…
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Good Samaritan Law Update – 2 Bills in Michigan House of Representatives

Written by liam on August 4th, 2016

A good samaritan, as defined in legal terms by US Legal, is “someone who renders aid in an emergency to an injured person on a voluntary basis.” The Good Samaritan Law, which exists nationally but under different terms by state, grants these good Samaritans immunity. (Click here to check the good samaritan laws of your…
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Oceanside Recovery – Illegal Recovery Center with Outraged Patients

Written by liam on August 2nd, 2016

Meet Clayton White, a 44 year old man from Conway, SC. Before his surrender to police, he owned and operated as many as four treatment centers, over the course of three years, in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, all under the name Oceanside Recovery Center. The purported substance abuse treatment facilities offered group therapy…
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Chris Bathum, Owner of 20+ Sober Living Houses, Arrested for Drugs

Written by liam on July 18th, 2016

Never judge books by their covers. Chris Bathum started his professional career as an Emergency Coordinator for Synergy, an advertising firm, in 1979. Four years later, Bathum became a manager for the SYDA Foundation, which promotes yoga culture. After being the CEO of both Seasons Recovery Centers and Walking Miracles, Chris Bathum founded Community Recovery Inc….
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Robin Williams and Addiction’s Deadly Grip

Written by Sean on August 15th, 2014

It does not matter if you are one of the biggest names in Hollywood or out of work and down on your luck, the chance of becoming addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is very real. Robin Williams, one of the top comedians of all time, was known to have struggled with alcohol and other addictions…
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What is the Federal Parity Law?

Written by Sean on January 15th, 2014

Do you have a mental health or substance use disorder? Are you interested in seeking professional care, but unsure if your insurance policy will allow you to get the help you need? If you find yourself in this position, you are in the same group as millions of others. Fortunately, recent changes will go a…
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