September 28, 2015 |
ON THE DAY Pope Francis told the world to care for the most vulnerable, former drug addict Anna Batten was on her knees washing the feet of addicts in Kensington's Harrowgate Park. One of the people was Tiffany, a woman who could have easily been 20 as she could 40 but whose true age is masked by her heroin use. While Batten prepared to wipe her feet with peroxide, a young man came up to ask if she could do his feet next but then walked away to have an older man shoot heroin into his neck.
September 21, 2015 |
Leaning on a cane as he walked near the front of a march for sobriety Saturday, the anguished father from Quakertown said he hopes his 21-year-old, heroin-addicted daughter will turn her life around - and fast. "I am hoping she will reach rock bottom soon," he said. "Otherwise, she will die. " The record 25,000 people who came out for the PRO-ACT Philadelphia Recovery Walk at Penn's Landing, the largest turnout in the event's 14-year history, had organizers convinced that the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction is lifting, but there is still a long way to go. As street cred goes, the Recovery Walk has aimed to achieve the same level as any march to raise awareness about a debilitating disease - be it AIDS or breast cancer, said Beverly Haberle, project director of PRO-ACT, which stands for Pennsylvania Recovery Organization - Achieving Community Together.
September 20, 2015 |
King of Prussia's Universal Health Services Inc. said Friday it had reached a $350 million deal to buy Foundations Recovery Network L.L.C, a Nashville company that will give UHS a bigger footprint in fast-growing addiction services. UHS, which is under a federal criminal investigation for billing practices at its mental hospitals, is already the nation's largest operator of inpatient behavioral health facilities. UHS finished 2014 with 20,037 psychiatric beds at 182 facilities in the United States, including 1,171 at seven facilities in the Philadelphia region.
September 17, 2015 |
David Montgomery was among those in attendance at the news conference Thursday when incoming Phillies president Andy MacPhail and part-owner John Middleton addressed the dismissal of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. For the Phillies' former longtime president and current chairman, the news came attached with "all of the emotions you can imagine. " Montgomery, 69, has known Amaro since the former player was a teenager and worked closely with him for 17 years, the first 10 when Amaro was an assistant GM and the last seven after Montgomery appointed him GM. "On a personal note, I want to see him do well.
August 7, 2015 |
Ayden Laneader is less than 3 weeks old, but like any opiate-dependent person, he'll have to get clean one day at a time. The otherwise healthy Haddon Township boy was admitted Tuesday to Weisman Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Marlton, where infants can be safely weaned off heroin, methadone, or prescription opiates to which they have been exposed in utero. "I want to be [involved in] his recovery," says Ayden's mother, Laura Laneader, 34, a methadone client for the last five years.
July 20, 2015 |
As he runs for president, Gov. Christie is trumpeting rehabilitation for addicts and condemning the war on drugs as a "decades-long disaster. " It's not an approach typically associated with the Republican Party, but Christie balances it by maintaining that dangerous offenders must be locked up. His call last week to replicate New Jersey policy nationally and make treatment programs mandatory for drug-addicted, nonviolent offenders offered voters...
July 17, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm a 24-year-old teacher and graduate student. I have started dating a new man, "Winston," who makes me feel incredible. We have crazy chemistry like I've never had before, and our personalities work perfectly together. Here's the problem. Winston is a recovering heroin addict with horrible credit and two felony charges related to having stolen money from his parents when he was desperate for drugs. I know what you're thinking - I'd be an idiot for dating someone like this, right?
July 13, 2015 |
Near the end, after his breathtaking appearance on The Voice - and later, his aching withdrawal from the show - even as he fell deeper into despair and addiction, even as he posed for photographs for fans on the street by day and searched for unlocked cars to sleep in at night, Anthony Riley was singing more beautifully than ever. Originals. Not covers. Songs he could call his own. And not on street corners or in train stations, but in grand rehearsal spaces, where his towering voice echoed through the empty halls, belonging.
July 10, 2015 |
ON A TORONTO radio station a few days after Mike Richards was stopped at the Canadian border with what several reports indicated was illegally obtained OxyContin, Los Angeles Kings vice president of hockey operations and director of player personnel Michael Futa said this: "You know what? He's the one who has to look in the mirror with regard to his decisions. " And he does. But, as some of you have pointed out since I wrote about the former Flyers captain last week, there should be a line right behind him. Or maybe in front of him. Because - again, as some pointed out - we all need to look in the mirror when it comes to the downward spiral so many professional sports careers have taken after an abundance of painkillers prescribed and/or distributed by team doctors and personnel developed into addiction.
July 9, 2015 |
Primed by widespread use of prescription pain pills, heroin addiction and overdose deaths have increased rapidly over the last decade, touching parts of society that previously were relatively unscathed, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Between 2002-04 and 2011-13, heroin use doubled among women (vs. a 50 percent rise among men) and more than doubled among whites (vs. a decline in other races and ethnicities combined). It also went up faster in households with incomes between $20,000 and $50,000 than in those with more or less, and among the privately insured.