June 20, 2016 |
Matthew Jonathon Bennett, 25, of Villanova, an aspiring entrepreneur who struggled with addiction for the last 11 years, died Sunday, June 12, of a drug overdose in Baltimore. Known as Matt, Mr. Bennett was found unresponsive in his car outside a Wawa after leaving a rehab program two days shy of completion. He could not be revived, his family said. The Maryland Medical Examiner's Office said the case was under investigation. Starting in his early teens, Mr. Bennett's life was a roller-coaster ride, with joyful, creative, and productive times interrupted by steep slides into depression and self-recrimination.
June 8, 2016 |
It was the summer of 2015, and Philadelphia Police Officer Thomas Vitanovitz was ashamed – and addicted. Two shoulder surgeries from on-the-job injuries had led to a prescription for pain pills, and when it was time to stop taking them, he couldn't. "By the time I needed help, I was scared, extremely scared," he said. "I was embarrassed and ashamed to be a cop that has a pill problem. " In a telephone interview Monday, just hours after the U.S. Attorney's Office charged him with attempted extortion - and a police spokesman confirmed he had been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss - Vitanovitz, 31, shared his story of addiction, recovery, and gratitude.
May 28, 2016 |
With effective therapy for opioid addiction in short supply, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new option that is both groundbreaking and familiar. Probuphine, a six-month implant the size of a matchstick, will be the longest-acting therapy on the market. The medication that it dispenses, buprenorphine, is one of the most common for addiction to pain pills and heroin, currently available only in daily doses. The new formulation, from Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, a small, Princeton-based company, is intended for people in stable, long-term recovery who have been on low amounts of the oral medication for at least six months.
May 27, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC HEALTH Let's call a cigarette a cigarette I applaud the Food and Drug Administration's recent ruling to ban e-cigarette sales to minors and require safety reviews for vaping products ("Thank you for not vaping?" May 17). Like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine, an extremely addictive substance. And e-cigarette products have been found to contain harmful chemicals than can cause respiratory disease. Should we be asking the public to "pick their poison," or should we be educating them that no matter what type of cigarette they smoke, they are putting their health at risk?
May 26, 2016 |
Matt sits on a crate outside Jefferson Station, panhandling for the $10 bag of heroin that will get him through the next few hours. Some nights, the 28-year-old Army veteran from Horsham sleeps in the doorways of Midtown Village boutiques, other nights in the underpass outside the Convention Center. He tries not to think of the life he had, not so long ago, in his suburban hometown: an apartment, a $25,000 truck, a landscaping business with his father, a king-size bed. Tries not to dwell on the question he cannot answer: "What are you doing with yourself?"
May 24, 2016 |
On a cold March morning in Columbus, N.C., Sean Harrington sat shackled in an antebellum courthouse and saw through the window a mountain stretched out like a vast wall. The wind rattled bare trees there on White Oak Mountain and whipped up the falls on Horse Creek as it flowed south toward town. The sky above the Polk County Courthouse had been swept clean of clouds and Harrington's family filed past an American flag that thrashed atop a pole. The tallest thing Harrington, 26, had ever seen on Hancock Street, 600 miles away in South Philadelphia, was a telephone pole, and depending how his day in court went, he knew he might be an old man before he saw that skinny block by I-95 again.
May 5, 2016 |
Prince sought help Prince 's death has been made all the more poignant by a report that the pop genius had sought to meet with a drug-addiction specialist a day before he died, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Minnesota lawyer William Mauzy says Prince's peeps reached out to his client, California doc Howard Kornfeld , on April 20. Kornfeld could not travel to Minnesota that day, so Mauzy arranged for the singer to meet with a local doctor the next morning - the day Prince was found dead.
April 25, 2016 |
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.
April 6, 2016 |
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.
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.