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Mothers Against Drug Deaths

Mothers of children killed by fentanyl and mothers of homeless addicts living on the streets of San Francisco launched the first in a series of blistering advertisements yesterday intended to warn tourists against visiting the city, citing deadly open-air drug markets.

Virtually every media outlet in San Francisco showed up to cover the ad rollout yesterday with some fantastic local coverage, see HERE.

The mothers held a press conference this past Monday in Union Square, San Francisco, to answer questions from members of the press.

By juxtaposing images of iconic San Francisco tourism landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars alongside statements that highlight the city’s out-of-control fentanyl pandemic, the ads portray a striking “myth vs. reality.”  While Mayor London Breed has been pitching the city as a tourist destination to Europe, Mothers Against Drug Deaths, the organization responsible for the ads, encourages people to stay away. 

Parents worldwide should know that San Francisco is unsafe for children and families,” said Jacqui Berlinn, co-founder of Mothers Against Drug Deaths. “My son is at risk of dying because the San Francisco city government, with the support of Governor Gavin Newsom, refuses to arrest him for breaking the law and mandate treatment.

The ad campaign arrives on the heels of Breed’s attempts to rebrand San Francisco as a tourist destination.  In truth, according to the US Census, from July 2020 – July 2021, nearly 55,000 people left San Francisco, second only to Manhattan in a county population decrease.  Many of them left citing the city’s open-air drug markets. 

Berlinn organized the first protest against open-air drug dealing in San Francisco in 2021.  She and other mothers, including Gina McDonald, and Michelle Leopold raised money to purchase a large billboard in Union Square, one of the city’s main tourist destinations and shopping districts, and on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

I feel Mayor Breed is putting their (tourists) children’s lives in danger just as she has done with ours.” Gina McDonald, whose daughter has frequented SF to buy and use drugs. “While many kids in this city have to be walked to school by SF hired patrol, this Mayor has the audacity to invite other families to visit. Breed’s status quo has failed both those suffering on the street and those who witness their demise.

The ad was created by the local advertising firm Underground Advertising. Charlie Cardillo, who created the ads for the women, said the goal was to brand the deadly drug fentanyl, which caused the vast majority of the 1,362 drug deaths in SF in 2020 and 2021, as a stereotypical and globally recognized part of San Francisco as much as its Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Dungeness crabs, and sourdough bread.

Former San Francisco homeless addict and recovery advocate Tom Wolf said he supported the mothers and what they were doing. “San Francisco refuses to do what it must and shut down the open-air drug dealing and drug market. The city, especially the Tenderloin and downtown neighborhoods, has become unsafe for families and children.

The open drug market and normalization of public drug use drew my daughter to San Francisco. Not the Golden Gate Bridge or The Embarcadero, and I never want another parent to feel this anguish. The mayor should really consider solving her own humanitarian crises at home before asking others to join in.” 

My son died from Fentanyl poisoning, and when I learned how he died, I vowed to do all I could to keep other parents from suffering the same endless pain,” said Leopold.  “Yet San Francisco’s fentanyl poisoning numbers are exploding, as are the overdoses of those addicted to fentanyl.  All that’s happened is a fence installed to shield drug dealing and drug use from being seen. I still have seen no positive results from the (declared State of Emergency and the) Linkage center, including no results that we anticipated for those asking for help with mental illness or addiction treatment… and inside the linkage, the center remains a safe place. For drug dealing.

The reality is that San Francisco is becoming as famous for cheap fentanyl and open-air drug markets as for the Golden Gate Bridge and beautiful redwood forests, ” said Jacqui Berlinn.  “The epidemic and the open-air drug markets aren’t only killing San Francisco’s economy; they’re killing our children.”

Ellen Grantz, a mother of young teens in San Francisco who joined MADD to support their cause, said, “I worry every day about the complacency toward lethal drugs in our city; it’s not right for the people suffering from addiction, and it’s terrifying for kids to witness it as an accepted way of life. 

We often hear there are not enough resources, but the truth is there are hundreds of treatment beds vacant while the city doubles down on distributing Narcan and flyers on how to use fentanyl.  It must be demoralizing for frontline staff to work tirelessly to help people when the system is clearly failing.  We are asking the city to shift from addiction maintenance, which is killing people, to addiction recovery.”

Leaders of the grassroots organization want Governor Newsom to lead the effort for local governments to break up the open-air drug scenes, for drug dealers to stop selling dangerous drugs, and for (people who suffer from addiction) who break the law, to restore mandatory drug treatment as an alternative to jail.

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Cold Collective – Weathervane

Cold Collective Announce New Album, Weathervane, out December 3

To Honor Tim Landers, Pre-Orders Include Donation To Massachusetts Sober Living Home, Dean’s House

Boston-based band Cold Collective announce their upcoming album, Weathervane, out December 3 via Rise Records.

Vocalist Tim Landers (Cold Collective, Transit, Misser) began working on songs for this new album before his untimely passing in 2019. To honor Tim, the band finished the songs together, leaving some in their original acoustic state. Together with the Landers family, all pre-orders include a $5 donation to Dean’s House a sober living home in Massachusetts where Tim stayed during his recovery.

Words can’t express how excited we are to finally show you all this album that we started many years ago with our brother Tim,” Cold Collective share in a statement. “While the process was both technically and emotionally harder than any of us bargained for, we couldn’t be prouder of the results. Tim took a staggering number of songs with him when he left us. We present to you these 16, as selected by Tim’s nearest and dearest.”

“Tim’s music is a gift,” Tim’s father Terry Landers shares. “We love that more of his heart and work are being shared through this release.”

Listen to the album’s first two singles, “Forever, For Nico” and “If You Could Be There” HERE.

Preorder Weathervane here.

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Why kicking an addiction is more than just quitting

Why kicking an addiction is more than just quitting; the importance of self-improvement to recovery

Regardless of what someone becomes addicted to, be it drugs, food, or a computer game, there are usually underlying causes that have led to the addiction developing. So, it makes sense that when the addict chooses to try and break their addiction, it is not just the addiction that needs to be addressed but also the underlying causes. Without doing this, the person is far more likely to fall back into their habit. Thankfully there are many routes to self-improvement that can be used in the fight to overcome addiction.

Talking therapy can be a valuable tool for uncovering deep-seated issues that have eroded a person’s confidence and mental health and pushed them into escapism that became a dangerous addiction. Whether you choose to use a psychologist or a trained counselor, they will work to improve your mental health, giving you much-needed strength to break that addiction. Therapists are also there for you once you’ve broken the addiction but are perhaps still struggling with old triggers or when other stresses arise that could become triggering so that you can develop coping mechanisms to overcome them.

Rehab centers can be a scary thought, but they aren’t just there for those at the lowest ebb of their addiction issues. Rehabs are also designed to help you learn how to deal with day-to-day life after addiction so that you don’t need their services again. An Arizona Rehab Center will also provide outpatient services to provide that ongoing support while you reintegrate into the community. Being in a rehab facility also lets you see others who are at different stages of recovery than yourself, letting you look back at how far you’ve come and forwards to where you will soon be.

A general improvement to mental health is beneficial for anyone, especially when dealing with deeper issues. As well as therapy and addiction-specific help, look at other approaches to balancing the mind, such a meditation and mindfulness, which can be practiced in a group setting or alone in a quiet moment. Many people’s addictions stem from trying to escape the noise in their heads. The practices of meditation and mindfulness work to help you calm that internal noise and reset your mind, thus allowing you to step away from chaotic thoughts that have become overwhelming and, therefore, harmful to your mental health.

As well as working on your mental health, paying attention to your physical health is very important, too, especially if you’re fighting an addiction that has a particularly detrimental effect on it. Start small and gentle; if you’re coming off drugs or alcohol, a heavy gym session will not go well. Instead, opt for gentle exercise such as a yoga class or join a walking group (classes and groups have an added social benefit that will lift your mood). As you see improvement in your fitness and overall health, look at finding other activities in which to get involved.

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Mom’s Spaghetti Opening in Detroit

Mom’s Spaghetti–the concept restaurant featuring menu items centered around the legendary lyric from Eminem’s iconic “Lose Yourself”–will be opening a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Detroit. The restaurant, located within the newly-opened Union Assembly restaurant at 2131 Woodward Avenue “in the alley between Union Assembly and The Fillmore,” opens for business at 5:00 pm on September 29.
Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg partnered with Union Joints restaurant group–with whom they worked on the original project–to create the permanent location. Stans are likely already familiar with Mom’s Spaghetti; the concept was launched in 2017 as a pop-up at The Shelter, the iconic music venue at legendary St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, in conjunction with the release of Eminem’s “Revival” album. The pasta pop-up then made intermittent appearances at various Eminem live festival performances and events over the course of the following year including Coachella, Firefly and Governor’s Ball. During the pandemic, Shady Records contracted Union Joints to deliver Mom’s Spaghetti to frontline caregivers at eight hospitals and to those administering Covid-19 vaccinations at the TCF Center (formerly Cobo Hall) garage in Detroit. Now, Detroiters and those visiting downtown can get their fix of the spaghetti-based menu whenever they are in the area.
“We’ve had a lot of fun putting this project together with the folks at Union Joints, and the response from fans has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Paul Rosenberg, manager for Eminem. “The previous pop-ups were really a test for us to determine whether there was enthusiasm for a regularly-occurring Mom’s Spaghetti spot that would be open all year long. We are really pleased to announce the arrival of the walk-up restaurant and adjacent upstairs store, called The Trailer, where fans can experience a uniquely-curated environment and obtain merch and other items from Eminem and his new pasta operation.”
Curt Catallo, co-owner of Union Joints, added, “When we were first tapped to create the pop-ups it was an honor for all of us involved. The opportunity to build a permanent location based on an incredibly meta reference was one that everyone at Union Joints, as a Metro Detroit restaurant group, took very seriously. We’re proud of the fact that we created a scratch sauce that tastes like it’s straight from the jar, and wok-firing the noodles gives it that leftover pasta snap. The walk-up window and small diner-like spot for people to eat add to the feeling that this is a homegrown, DIY experience. And The Trailer retail space that Ann (Stevenson) designed is a nod to Eminem’s character in 8 Mile…it’s something that belongs in Detroit, and it feels right at home in this space.”
Keen-eyed Detroiters may have noticed that Mom’s Spaghetti was initially teased with a commercial that ran throughout this past weekend on local television; you can view the spot HERE. Mom’s Spaghetti occupies a small bodega space within Union Assembly. Designed by Ann Stevenson, the space feels as though the rest of the restaurant was built around it… like a longstanding neighborhood holdout that wouldn’t budge. Mom’s is ordered and served via a walk-up window in the alley with limited customer seating inside next to the bodega space.
September 29 also sees the opening of The Trailer, a dedicated Eminem retail space that’s located above the Mom’s Spaghetti kitchen. A nod to B. Rabbit’s trailer from 8 Mile, the space features Mom’s Spaghetti merch, items from the Eminem retail collection (including limited editions and coveted dead stock) and memorabilia from the Eminem archives. Expect drops and rotating stock in this retail space, which is limited to eight Stans at a time.
For more information on Mom’s Spaghetti, click HERE.

About Eminem
Over the course of his career, Eminem has sold over 130 million albums and 389 million singles worldwide. He was Nielsen SoundScan’s top-selling artist of the 2000s with 32.2 million albums sold in that decade in the U.S. alone. In addition, Eminem was also named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the same period, 2000 through 2009. Eminem has won 15 GRAMMY® Awards and an Academy Award®. His 2010 album, “Recovery,” was the first album in the U.S. to be certified platinum digitally. In March of 2021 his greatest hits album, “Curtain Call: The Hits,” became the first hip-hop album to spend a full decade on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. His most recent album, “Music To Be Murdered By” was released January 17th, 2020 and was his ninth straight studio album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 279,000 units. “Music To Be Murdered By – Side B” is an expanded version of the album which was released in December 2020. Its release brought the album back to No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, breaking a 50-year record for biggest chart leap.

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Sara Elaziz’s Sculptery

Sara Elaziz and her company SCULPTERY, is an undisputed must visit to all celebrities

Sara Elaziz and her company SCULPTERY, which launched back in 2017 is now an undisputed must visit to all celebrities; and for good reason!

Elaziz launched her brand after a self-journey, immersing herself into wellness research. During that journey she was re-introduced to lymphatic drainage, revisiting the importance of it as part of anyone’s journey. After much research, she signed up for private training obtaining 15+ certifications from the best in the world. That’s when she knew that she needed to convince the market that lymphatic massages were not only a necessity but could also help transform the body into that hourglass figure we all lust for.

Renting a room in a clinic in Beverly hills, Elaziz went into business on her own. It started slow, but before long, influencers, and celebrities such as Jordyn Sparks, Blac Chyna, Saweetie, Alycia Bella, Raja Kumari, Stassie, Lucy Hale to name a few, soon found her, and the SCULPTERY Business was born. As business continued to boom, and thanks to her long-time celebrity clients singing her praises on all social platforms, the brand began to expand, releasing take home kits for quick at home touch ups and has now even added masterclasses throughout the US. 

Therefore, if you are looking to drain your lymphatic post-surgery, or just want to get snatched – Trust us, SCULPTERY is a must for any wellness regime

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Q×A with Intelligent Threads

By: Matthew Anthenelli

Intelligent Threads is a new brand based from Kerrville, Texas that makes athletic oriented clothing with groundbreaking technology. Their athletic gear is designed to maximize recovery and help with body alignment while still being very modern and fashionable. We got the chance to talk with Intelligent Threads about their mission and what sets them apart in the athleisure fashion world. 

Intelligent Threads is an innovative company that provides clothing that stabilizes bone structure and improves body alignment while also being comfortable. Where did the idea for this product come from?

Synergy release method is a method that I developed to help stabilize the anatomical structure. But peoples muscles when under stress or repetitive motion or pressure will pull the bone structure out of place. I thought to myself if we can get the muscles to stay relaxed that’s going to help keep The anatomical structure in the right position. Which would prevent a multitude of structural problems in the body. So I guess the idea came out of necessity to help people stabilize their body to be able to feel better and perform to their full potential. 

Intelligent threads allow people like professional athletes to train and perform more comfortably. How does the apparel achieve this?

By a technology called Myo Equilibration.  We infuse at a quantum mechanics level Myo E into the fiber of our clothing. When Myo E is in close proximity to the body it will interact with the muscles that hold the structure out of place or pulls the structure out of place, causing the muscle to release. The reason we want this to happen is so now the body can self adjust and correct back into its anatomical neutral position. Helping all kinds of structural problems with the body.

In addition to athletes, Intelligent Threads offers support and comfort to those experiencing the difficulties of pregnancies. What specific issues can Intelligent Threads help prevent? 

The structure starts to shift and change farther into the pregnancies which can cause lots of structural issues. By Keeping the muscles relaxed IT helps the structural  changes before and after pregnancy To help prevent pain and everything else that goes along with it. 

What kind of research went into the design and manufacturing of the clothes made for both athletes and pregnant women?

I spent 15 years studying the body and how it works to come up with Intelligent Threads. The nice part is an athlete’s body and a pregnant lady’s body works the same so the technology crosses over to both. 

What differentiates Intelligent Threads from other athletic apparel brands?

Myo E is the difference. Athletic clothing doesn’t help the structure like Intelligent Threads does. Really the question is why would you want to wear clothes that didn’t have Myo E in it.

Where can we purchase Intelligent Threads and find out about upcoming releases?

Our website also the other social sites.

Make sure to check out Intelligent Threads via Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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DEMI LOVATO – “DANCING WITH THE DEVIL” MUSIC VIDEO EASTER EGGS

DEMI LOVATO GOES BEHIND THE SCENES OF “DANCING WITH THE DEVIL” MUSIC VIDEO EXCLUSIVELY FOR VEVO FOOTNOTES

“Its a really important reminder of everything that Ive overcome, and that Im stronger and more in control of my life than ever.”

– Demi Lovato

23 HIDDEN EASTER EGGS WITHIN THE MUSIC VIDEO REVEALED

Global superstar Demi Lovato and her team of collaborators behind the new “Dancing With The Devil” music video have partnered with Vevo to reveal hidden messages and everything you didn’t know about the video’s creation process exclusively for Vevo Footnotes.

WATCH THE MAKING OF “DANCING WITH THE DEVIL” VEVO FOOTNOTES

“Dancing With The Devil” appears on Lovato’s newest album, Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over.

The music video’s co-director, Michael D. Ratner, details their commitment to ensuring each frame has meaning and matches Lovato’s reality, and that production runs smoothly so she wouldn’t have to relive each scene multiple times.

A digital XR stage was used to take viewers through Lovato’s experience, which also created a sense of photographic memory to convey her re-telling of the moments before her overdose. Everything from the cast members t-shirts to hairstyles and color are accurate in this artistic reenactment of Lovato’s most trying times.

Below is a complete outline of “The Making of “Dancing With The Devil’ | Vevo Footnotes, including key insight from the music video’s executive director and more from Lovato herself.

FOOTNOTES OUTLINE:

0:16 Narration: ”Dancing With The Devil” is the second video from Demi Lovato’s seventh studio album, Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over. Both the video and doc directly address Demi’s near-fatal overdose in July 2018 as well as her road to recovery.

0:31 Demi co-directed the video with Michael D. Ratner, who also helmed the documentary. Miranda Sherman was the video’s Executive Producer.

0:39 Miranda Sherman: ”The documentary was really important preparation for this project. We had time to really understand and unpack the story – get the full scope of it. In the actual creation of the music video, we’re telling the literal story but also communicating visually the feeling of that night.”

0:59 Demi Lovato: ”There’s something really cathartic and healing about being able to address trauma through art for me.”

1:09 Narration: The video took two days to film but the preparation took six months.

1:13 Michael D. Ratner: ”Our commitment to telling this story with care really started with the process. At every stage of pre-production–from overall concept to shot-listing to storyboarding to blocking camera movements–we checked in with Demi and her team stayed honest and created a space of autonomy and empowerment.”

1:36 Narration: Demi wore this “Legalize Marijuana’ t-shirt because it’s similar to the one she actually wore on the night of her overdose. The bedroom scene was the last shot of the day, and the toughest scene for Demi to film. The camera movement required a techno-crane. The team rehearsed endlessly so that Demi didn’t have to go through the scene multiple times.

2:00 Michael D. Ratner: ”There are no accidents in this video. From where people are facing to what they bring into frame, or where they are in frame, everything is thought through and has meaning. Demi has 23 tattoos and there are 23 easter eggs in the video.”

2:20 Michael D. Ratner: ”The video is in no way glorifying drinking or drug use. Quite the opposite, and that’s why there’s that constant chilling reminder of the hospital bed, which is symbolic of the scary possibility that the danger of addiction is very real and very present.”

2:38 Narration: In order to cover so many locations and emotions, they used a digital XR stage to take the viewer through Demi’s experience, which also created a sense of photographic memory to convey Demi’s re-telling of the night before and morning of her overdose.

2:53 Many of Demi’s friends and family appear in the documentary, but for this video, actors were used to represent them. Their faces are deliberately hidden.

2:59 Demi Lovato: ”When recreating the night before my overdose some of the actors are wearing clothing to match some of my friends who were there, including Dani Vitale’s white tank top, which is seen in the documentary’s archival footage. In the scene where I’m surrounded by family in the hospital, one of the actresses has hair the same color as my sister Dallas in 2018.”

3:20 Narration: Ratner and his team made specific technical choices with the goal of helping viewers understand the feeling of falling into addiction, drug abuse, overdose, and recovery. Demi’s case manager was on set during the filming of the video. Before filming began, Ratner worked with him to ensure the shoot was a safe space for her and she was as comfortable as possible.

3:50 Demi Lovato: ”At the beginning of the video, the diffused effect of the kaleidoscopic light on the glass mirrors mimic the blurry feeling of using drugs and indicated the start of this dangerous journey. The last shot of the video reveals the disco ball spinning over the hospital bed and serves as an eerie reminder that the challenge of addiction is persistent and recovery is an ongoing process.”

4:09 Narration: Demi got this “survivor’ tattoo in 2019. It covers the scar from where her dialysis port was.

4:15 Demi Lovato: ”It’s a really important reminder of everything that I’ve overcome, and that I’m stronger and more in control of my life than ever.”

ABOUT VEVO:

Vevo is the world’s leading music video network, connecting an ever-growing global audience to high quality music video content for more than a decade. Founded by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in 2009, Vevo offers fans worldwide a vast array of premium content to choose from, showcasing official music videos alongside a constantly developing lineup of live performances and innovative original programming. From top superstars to rising new talents, Vevo brings incomparable cross-promotional support to artists across the musical spectrum, at every stage of their careers.

Vevo has consistently evolved over the past decade to lead within today’s ever-changing media landscape, embracing partnerships with a number of leading distribution platforms to deliver extraordinary content within ad-supported environments. With more than 26B views across television, desktop and mobile devices each month, Vevo brings music videos to the world when, where, and how fans want them.

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Mental Illness × Addiction Crisis

With Pandemic Worsening the Mental Illness and Addiction Crisis, Biden Administration to Provide Nearly $2.5 Billion to States, Territories for Treatment, Prevention Aid

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Funding to Support Comprehensive Community Prevention, Treatment, Recovery and Health Services

The Biden Administration will provide nearly $2.5 billion in funding to states and territories to address the nation’s mental illness and addiction crisis, which has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will direct $1.65 billion in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant funding and $825 million in Community Mental Health Services Block Grant funding to states and territories. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant program allows states and territories to provide comprehensive community mental health services and address needs and gaps in existing treatment services for those with severe mental health conditions. The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program allows states and territories to plan, implement and evaluate activities to prevent and treat substance use disorder. This funding will also allow recipients to maximize efficiency in existing treatment and recovery infrastructure, promote support for providers and address unique local needs to deliver substance use disorder prevention.

“We know multiple stressors during the pandemic – isolation, sickness, grief, job loss, food instability, and loss of routines – have devastated many Americans and presented unprecedented challenges for behavioral health providers across the nation,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Tom Coderre. “During this time of increased urgency, we want to assure them that funding is in place to help states and territories provide pathways to prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services, especially for underserved populations.”

Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data confirming a rise in fatal overdoses during the pandemic. This year’s increases in calls to helplines across the country indicate growing anxiety, depression, and trauma in Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic crisis have been especially devastating for Black and Latino communities, which are experiencing a disproportionate number of COVID-19 infections and deaths as well as higher-than-average unemployment rates.

“SAMHSA resources connect Americans to evidence-based treatment and services every day,” said Coderre. “Focusing on both mental and substance use disorders – challenges that pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic but that have worsened over the past year – will be a crucial part of SAMHSA’s approach to helping the nation move forward.”

In addition to the $2.5 billion awarded today, SAMHSA has awarded $686 million in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Expansion Grants; Emergency Grants to Address Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19 (Emergency Response COVID-19), and supplements to the fiscal year 2020 Emergency Response COVID-19 grant recipients.

Funding allocation tables can be viewed here:

FY 2021 Community Mental Health Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards

FY 2021 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Awards

People searching for treatment for mental or substance use disorders can find treatment by visiting SAMHSA’s website or by calling SAMHSA’s National Helpline,
1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Opioid Crisis Takes a Turn with Death of Founder

By: Elle Grant

The opioid epidemic is one of the great public health crises facing the United States today. Over the past two decades, the crisis has ebbed and flowed in different moments, but overall deaths, especially amongst younger people, have increased at an alarming rate. One of the most distinct drugs at the root of the problem is OxyContin from the company Purdue Pharma, a substance now known to be distinctly addictive and dangerous.

OxyContin, also known on the street as killers, OC, Oxy, poor man’s heroin or Oxycotton, is dangerous particularly due to its most active ingredient; “a 12-hour, time-released form of oxycodone, a synthetic form of morphine that is found in common painkillers like Percodan and Percocet.” Alarmingly, OxyContin can have as much as ten times the amount of oxycodone as an average Percodan or Percocet. Approved by the FDA in 1995, the National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts the “chronic use of drugs such as OxyContin can lead to physical dependence and severe withdrawal symptoms if use is stopped, including insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps, and involuntary leg movements. Large doses can cause severe, potentially fatal, respiratory depression.” Intended to be taken orally, many patients and addicts chose to inject or snort the pills (after being modified) to quicken and heighten the effects. Oxycodone is intensely addictive, requiring more frequent and stronger doses as the body becomes dependent.

Efforts were being made to hold OxyContin owners and Purdue Pharma executives accountable for their actions. Thousands of lawsuits had been filed against the Sackler family, one of America’s wealthiest with an estimated combined net worth of about $13 billion. One of the main pillars of the family was Jonathan Sackler, son of one of the three Sackler brothers that transformed the small drug company Purdue Frederick into a hugely profitable pharmaceutical firm. Sackler passed away on the June 30 due to cancer, complicating many of the lawsuits as he was often named a defendant. Other members of his family have been named other defendants, depending on the case.

The famed OxyContin pill launched in the mid-1990s and was continually and thoroughly promoted by the Connecticut based family. The members of the family are charged with the accusation that “eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the US opioid epidemic” due to an unethical, irresponsible, and often illegal scheme. Furthermore, “the actions of the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma included sharing studies that they knew were misleading, claiming that this was an effective, long-term treatment that didn’t give rise to risks of addiction,” Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser told reporters at a news conference last year. “Those claims were verifiably false and ignored expert warnings. And they even undermined studies suggesting that there were addictive effects.”

Purdue as a company as well as the Sackler family deny any wrongdoing. Currently, Purdue seeks bankruptcy protection in order to counteract nearly 3,000 lawsuits that attribute blame to Purdue for beginning the opioid crisis. A Department of Justice criminal investigation is ongoing, relating to this process.

The opioid crisis, an epidemic that has spanned from 1999 to the present, has killed almost 500,000 individuals, potentially more. This count includes those that have died from an overdose involving an opioid, including both prescription and illicit opioids. Said epidemic can be characterized in three waves. The first beginning with the rise of prescribed opioids in the 1990s, including “natural and semi-synthetic opioids and methadone.” The second wave is marked by an increase of overdose deaths specifically related to heroin. The third commenced in 2013, with alarmingly stark increases in overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids, especially those “involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl” Unfortunately, “the market for illicitly manufactured fentanyl continues to change and it can be found in combination with heroin, counterfeit pills, and cocaine.”

Many Americans are unaware of the impact of the opioid crisis, or the fact that it is becoming increasingly, not decreasingly relevant to society. Yet, there are signs of positive change. Overall opioid-involved death rates decreased by 2% from 2017 to 2018, with sharper drops in prescription and heroin-involved deaths. Yet the increase in synthetic opioid-involved death rates increased by 10%, proving more work must be done to protect Americans. Currently, the Center for Disease Control combats this epidemic by monitoring trends, advancing research, equipping states with resources, supporting providers, partnering with public safety officials, and increasing public awareness.

Apart from crooked doctors, big pharmaceuticals, especially Jonathan Sackler, the Sackler family, and Purdue Pharma have received a majority of the blame for the epidemic. Jonathan Sackler’s death marks the death of who many see as a villain, but before justice was served in the American court system.

The opioid crisis, two decades in, has captivated the American imagination through film and media, as many crises often due. Netflix in particular has made efforts to document the crisis, including with the true crime series The Pharmacist and the limited series The Business of Drugs. Coming to Netflix next month is the long-awaited Hillbilly Elegy, starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams, both nominated for six Academy Awards each. The film lends a careful eye towards Appalachia, an area ravaged by the opioid epidemic, and features Adams in the role of a struggling addict. The film has already generated major Oscar buzz and will certainly bring further attention to a crucial issue.

Addiction is an incredibly difficult disease to combat. If you or a love one is struggling, please consider contacting the national hotline.

Kelly Fuhlman in 360 MAGAZINE.

BE THE HERO AND RESCUE YOURSELF

Have you ever wished a superhero would come down and rescue you in those chaotic life moments of life? The easiest thing to do is wait for someone more qualified to come along and fix what has been broken for so long. What if I told you that hero was you?

Each one of us has an evolution that occurs over time. Are we who we were a decade ago? From dyslexia, drug addiction, and trauma, there were many times when Kelly Fuhlman, author of the new book Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself: Creating the Inner Courage to Wear Your Own Cape (Clovercroft Publishing) didn’t think she would make it. Even in times when it felt better if she didn’t. The truth is the only person who can save each of us is ourselves. Through her journey, Kelly shares how to seize back your life from waiting for the hero to becoming your own. No matter what the condition of your life, or your heart, she invites readers to journey together with her to see proof that no matter how far you fall, you can get back up. Life is not built on ten easy steps. Learn to invest in yourself and surround yourself with great people who can support you and give you that swift kick when need it. You can be courageous and Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself. It’s time to dust off your cape, and step into your purpose and healing as your own hero. In the end, it takes grit, perseverance, purpose, and hard work. We are all just working our way through this life hoping to make an impact.


To learn more, visit: https://kellyfuhlman.com/

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About the Author

Author, Speaker and strategic planning expert, Kelly Fuhlman has been helping Fortune 500 companies, working for universities and Disney Institute, sharing best practices in leadership, marketing and business development. Equipped with an MBA and Bachelor in Communication, she helps create strategy and relationship building within companies and teams. She has increased revenue through branding and marketing, giving companies an edge over their competition. As a speaker, Kelly helps youth and adults recognize the hero within and how to change their own story to empowering them to become their own hero. She lives in Texas with her husband and son as she continues to build a legacy around family, faith and a commitment to excellence.

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PRAISE FOR BE YOUR OWN HERO

“I found Kelly’s book to be completely honest, forthright, and soul bearing. Being a male it is always fascinating to see what it is like growing up as the opposite sex. Kelly’s journey has been difficult and I commend her for her perseverance and guts. Her life has not been easy and she decided to bare it all, warts and everything. I am proud to call her a friend. Well done.
– Clint David, Fox Rothschild LLP

“Kelly Fuhlman is the mentor and leader everyone needs. Her new book, Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself, not only tells an amazing and honest story about Kelly but gives women and men the courage to find strength and growth in difficult change, no matter how hard it can be.” –Tiarra Tompkins – Writer/Editor

“Great book and great message! Thank you for sharing such a deep and personal stories. Even as a guy I can relate to many situations you present and valuable lifelong lessons to be learned.” –Jan Klodner, Board Member at Fidelity AG, Inc., JMAR Technology Services, LLC