September 18, 2013 |
Henry T. Wells, 83, of North Philadelphia, a onetime drug addict and dealer who after getting sober devoted his life to helping other addicts, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, of Parkinson's disease at his home. Mr. Wells, who also was known as "Rev. Wells" even though he was not a clergyman, started One Day at a Time Recovery Inc. in 1983 and dedicated himself to his work until Parkinson's forced him to retire seven years ago. The center is now run by one of his sons, Melchezdeck. "My father taught me everything.
September 1, 2013 |
The addicts are coming! The addicts are coming! More than 17,000. In fact, they're already here! Narcotics Anonymous celebrates its 60th anniversary this weekend in Philadelphia. As prescription drug abuse reaches epidemic levels, especially among young people, the recovering addicts began arriving Thursday to celebrate their sobriety and show the public that drug habits can be kicked and former users can go on to lead productive and happy lives. "I've talked to a lot of people in convention services over the years who are a little nervous about all the drug addicts coming to town," said Rebecca Meyer, assistant executive director of Narcotics Anonymous.
August 21, 2013 |
"I somewhere inside knew, and kind of wanted, to go to jail. " So declared Lindsay Lohan poetically in a hyper-hyped sitdown Sunday with Oprah , cynically scheduled to promote O's movie, The Butler , and LiLo's reality show on O's OWN. Jail gave LiLo, 27, a chance "to find some peace," she said. Having recently completed her sixth rehab stint, she made a most momentous admission: She's an addict. Alcohol is her primary passion, and a "gateway to other things. . . . I tried cocaine with alcohol.
July 25, 2013 |
NEAR THE end of her life, Diamond Woods searched desperately for help. She had spent 14 years on the streets battling drug addiction and making money the only way she believed she could as a transgender woman sidelined from mainstream society: by selling her body, and she was tired. Two weeks before authorities say Woods was slain and dismembered by a man who picked her up earlier this month on a desolate stretch of Old York Road in Hunting Park, she reached out to Rachel Rose, 30, and Cassie Hart, 35, who refer to Woods as their sister.
July 13, 2013 |
In the heart of Camden's Bergen Square section, a medical facility on Broadway was open for business Thursday morning as a steady stream of patients arrived. The tattered brick building with second-story boarded windows appeared unassuming. On Wednesday, however, a state report had ignited a controversy over whether an office at the medical facility had been used as a "drug emporium" to feed addicts, or was a legitimate practice unfairly singled out. "It illustrates a problem," said Lee Seglem, assistant director of the state's Commission of Investigation, which released a 74-page report, "Scenes From an Epidemic," detailing a growing number of addictions and overdoses from opiates and heroin across New Jersey.
July 12, 2013 |
An epidemic of drug addictions sweeping New Jersey in "leaps and bounds" has taken an unprecedented hold in the suburbs that is far more serious than the heroin crisis of the 1960s and '70s, according to Lee Seglem, assistant director of the state's Commission of Investigation. A blistering 74-page report issued by the commission Wednesday said a network of corrupt doctors - some feeding Russian organized crime by bilking Medicaid and Medicare - has created a proliferation of painkillers and heroin, with open-air drug markets in cities and at malls in affluent communities.
July 2, 2013 |
Joseph T. Jones Jr. won $20.8 million in 1992 in a Pennsylvania Wild Card Lotto - $993,000 yearly for 21 years. He just deposited the last check months ago. "I didn't spend it all. I didn't lose it all," said Joe. His nickname for the last 20 years has been "Lotto. " "If I'm at the urinal at an Eagles game," he explains, "and one of my friends sees me, he'll yell, 'Yo, Lotto!' " Joe, 61, is still selling office supplies, though work is a relative term. He visited two clients before he hit the golf course Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. Shot a 42 on the back nine.
June 21, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I was taken away from my parents at 13 and placed into foster care, where I stayed until I aged out at 21. My biological mother is a drug addict who abandoned me to my father when I was 11. She never tried to contact me while I was in care. I am now 24 and she won't leave me alone. She sends Facebook messages that alternate between begging me to let her get to know me, and condemning me for being vindictive and not having forgiveness in my heart. Abby, this woman exposed me to drugs and all manner of seedy people and situations.
June 12, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My husband died from a drug overdose, and I am a widow at 32. He wouldn't stop and I was helpless to intervene. I am now raising our two sons alone. My problem is, my brother is headed down the same road, and I don't know how to help him. I don't have the money to send him to rehab, and he doesn't think he has a problem. I don't want to turn my back on him or lose him the way I lost my husband. Furthermore, how do I explain this to my 9- and 10-year-old sons? The most influential man in their life is setting a terrible example.
June 10, 2013 |
At Camp Mariposa, Mackenzie and Maddy Murphy talk about their deceased father in the abstract. He's the "addicted person. " He was the fun parent who turned into an erratic recluse before dying of complications from his drug and alcohol addiction at 53. Lori Murphy didn't think her 12-year-old twin daughters understood the reason their father tried in his bizarre moments to put clothes on a pillow or play baseball with his children while they...