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September 30, 2004
I commend Gov. Rendell's declaration making Sept. 27 "Family Day," and his encouragement that parents talk to their children about drug and alcohol abuse. I'd like to offer a suggestion. Given the direction he is taking Pennsylvania, he might want to encourage parents to speak to their children about gambling addiction, too. As the fastest growing addiction among teens, and one not as easily detected as substance abuse (no slurred speech or dilated pupils), parent will need to speak clearly and firmly about the dangers posed from slot machines and other gambling.
NEWS
May 26, 2006
RE THE MAY 18 letter from Karen (Majewski) Waldsmit: I am a certified addiction counselor and about to complete a graduate-studies program. I have worked on inpatient psychiatric, detox and residential units and am currently working in an outpatient methadone program. I take issue with the statement in the letter that "there is an addictive gene"! Several studies since Blum and Noble's identification of the "common thread" have failed to replicate their findings. This misconception of an identified gene to explain this behavior fosters a perspective that exaggerates the significance of genetic research in addiction and ignores caveats and qualifications.
NEWS
April 30, 1997 | By Gerald K. McOscar
I had my first cigarette when I was about 10. My mother smoked Kents and my father smoked Camels, so it had to have been one of those. My parents knew, of course. They didn't approve, but they knew. But smoking was no big deal in the '50s. Besides, they had other things on their minds, such as feeding four hungry boys, making sure our homework was done and dragging us kicking and screaming out of bed and off to school each morning (always with a breakfast of hot oatmeal whether we wanted the stuff or not)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2003 | By Amy Phillips FOR THE INQUIRER
On the surface, Lisa Germano's Lullaby for Liquid Pig (Ineffable/Artist Direct), appears to be a concept album about alcoholism. Lyrics about wine, buzzes and "liquid pigs" float in and out of a woozy melodic haze, and songs such as "Dream Glasses Off" and "From a Shell" feel like the sonic equivalent of a lonely, drunken saunter home in the early-morning fog. But the 45-year-old Germano, who gained fame as a violinist in John Mellencamp's band in...
NEWS
April 19, 1990 | BY MATTHEW WEISS
I am an addict. Though I have heard or read thousands of confessions, sordid histories and tales of redemption over the years, I never expected to hear myself say those four words: I am an addict. One thing I can say for my addiction - it's not a lonely one. It is among the most pervasive, insidious, destructive habits in the world, and chances are that if you're reading this article, you are close to someone with this problem. I became a user at 16. This is when most Americans pick up the habit, although it can strike a person at anytime in his or her adult life.
NEWS
October 29, 2006 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In Rick Pine's third-story office are inspirational messages painted by his mother on slate fragments. The familiar Serenity Prayer, which asks God for "courage to change the things I can," is propped near his desk in the Bensalem manor that for 40 years has served as headquarters of the Livengrin Foundation, a substance-abuse treatment center. For Pine, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit center, inspiration comes from reaching out each day to those whose lives are controlled by alcohol or drugs.
NEWS
July 1, 1990 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Newcombe, former star pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, hasn't pitched a game in 28 years. The only reason he picks up baseballs anymore is to sign them. The 8-by-10 glossy black-and-white photograph of him, looking as if he had just thrown a strike, was taken in 1958. He carries copies in his briefcase to autograph for his fans. Newcombe was in Norristown last week, signing baseballs, autographing photos and talking about alcoholism, which he said forced him to give up the career that earned him Rookie of the Year honors in 1949 and the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards in 1956.
NEWS
October 22, 1997
If addicts weren't weak or bad, they wouldn't use drugs, right? And some drugs are addictive psychologically, but not physically, right? Both wrong. But these are true: Addiction is a brain disease. Almost all drugs that get abused - heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, PCP, LSD - have much the same effect on the same pathway in the brain. Scientists see this as the common factor in why addicts keep seeking and using drugs regardless of the consequences - including prison or death.
NEWS
August 10, 1988 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
One of the most predictable wrongs of spring - apart from the unfounded aura of optimism emanating from the Phillies camp - is the way great comic acting is slighted in the Oscar voting. True, Robin Williams was nominated this year for Good Morning, Vietnam, but he had no real shot at winning an Academy Award. More typically, Steve Martin's brilliant work in Roxanne was overlooked entirely. It's no wonder then that our leading comic actors feel compelled to take serious roles in order to be taken seriously by their peers.
NEWS
March 26, 2007 | By JUDY SHEPPS BATTLE
WHEN MY sons were young, they would take baseball cards to school to "flip" - heads you win, tails you lose, winner take all. Some days they came home in tears because they'd lost their favorite cards. Their father and I would wipe their noses and lecture them on the perils of betting. When they got to middle school, the tears stopped, but I did notice that many days they returned home extremely hungry. I heard stories about poker games in the boys' restroom but didn't give it much thought.
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BUSINESS
April 25, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
For many, the path from opioid use to heroin addiction begins at work when an injury sustained on the job is treated, or rather, over-treated, with painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin. "So, the original injury might have been a back, a knee, a shoulder that obviously you would hope could be treated, and [the worker] healed and returned to employment," explained Peter C. Madeja, 57, chief executive and president of Genex Services L.L.C. in Wayne. Genex handles workers' compensation claims for businesses as they try to keep medical costs down and return employees to work.
NEWS
April 6, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Rafael Morales, who says he wants to get clean again, relishes a sandwich in the cold sunshine outside an East Camden 7-Eleven. The 45-year-old former cabdriver has come to the right place: Volunteers from the Faces of Change ministry are here, serving ham and cheese on white, hot soup, and hope. The weekly outreach, led by Wil and Lucy DuBose, of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Pennsauken, offers alcoholics and other addicts a way off the street and into long-term inpatient treatment.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
American Girls Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers By Nancy Jo Sales Knopf. 416 pp. $26.95. Reviewed by Hillary Rea Selfie. Thot. Yik Yak. Savage. Aesthetic. Slut pages. Emoji. Kik. Tinder. Tumblr. Snapchat. Such jargon pops up on page after page in Nancy Jo Sales' engrossing exposé, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers . Sales, 51, is the author of The Bling Ring , which inspired the movie of the same name.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and Egalet Corp. thinks it can help. The Wayne company has developed technology that makes it harder for prescription painkillers to be altered for a quick high. The company's "abuse-deterrent" technology arrives at an auspicious time; the federal government is calling for stricter guidelines governing the distribution of opioids, and many companies are trying to find the right niche as new rules are developed. Egalet is one of more than a dozen companies working on abuse-deterrent formulations of oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, and its stock has been on a wild ride.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, STAFF WRITER
By keeping cravings at bay, medication-assisted substance-abuse treatment allows addicts to focus on the critical behavioral changes they must make to avoid relapse. Most insurance covers the meds. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) has been in the news recently as an overdose-reversal "rescue" medication. It is not used for treatment by itself. There are three main treatment medications: Methadone Method of action: An agonist, it activates the same opioid receptors as pain pills and heroin but dispensing is tightly controlled.
NEWS
March 11, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Touting the program as a first in the state, Upper Darby Township announced Wednesday that its police headquarters would become a "safe haven" and a treatment-referral source for people battling drug addiction. Drug users who come to the police station voluntarily will be received with "no questions, no concerns," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood, and will be linked with a drug-treatment provider for help. The uninsured won't be turned away, officials said. With state money, Delaware County will provide funds.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
Five years ago, Valerie Furlong's life was in turmoil. Both of her teenage sons, raised in South Jersey about 20 minutes from Camden, had become addicted to opiates. Yet when she tried to get them into rehabilitation centers, one of them was denied outright and the other was deemed ready for outpatient care after just two weeks, which would have put him right back into the environment where he became addicted - before it was safe to do so, Furlong said. That experience led Furlong to dedicate herself to ensuring that a 2008 federal law that requires insurance plans that cover mental illness and addition to treat those conditions the same as physical ailments.
NEWS
February 24, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Gov. Wolf plans to urge Pennsylvania medical and dental schools to bolster their teaching on pain management and opioid addiction to help fight prescription drug abuse, he said Monday. Speaking at a White House briefing, Wolf said he hoped Pennsylvania would follow Massachusetts, where medical and dental schools last year agreed to start requiring students to demonstrate skills aimed at preventing painkiller abuse. "That is a really good idea that Pennsylvania can learn from," he said.
NEWS
February 10, 2016
I KNOW drug addiction. I know addiction because even now, after 19 years clean from a drug habit that nearly destroyed me, I remember the hopelessness. I remember the lies it whispered in the quiet of my mind. I remember the havoc it wreaked between family and friends. I remember the seductive smile it wears when it returned to visit like a long-lost lover, swearing things will be different this time. During the 1990s, when crack swept through poor black communities like a biblical plague, the response to addiction was mass incarceration.
NEWS
February 9, 2016
ISSUE | DRUG ABUSE Everyone is needed to fight epidemic I am deeply moved by the openness of John Decker's family and their attempt to illuminate a dark and disturbing issue ("Life of promise lost to addiction," Jan. 31). The heroin epidemic in this country is the fault of many. As former Gov. Ed Rendell pointed out, pharmaceutical companies profit from the sale of opioids, physicians freely dispense overly strong painkillers, and the federal Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don't protect us ("To end painkiller epidemic, make it personal," Thursday)
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