Monday, March 28, 2011

Marchman Act Blog: No Cuts in House to Corrections Substance Abuse Treatment

March 23, 2011 - More good news – this afternoon the House Justice Appropriations Committee released the Chairman’s recommended budget. The budget includes the following:

• No cuts to DOC community drug treatment programs
• No cuts to DOC contracted institutional drug treatment programs; however, the House did not replace the expiring $1.4 million federal grant
• No cuts to transition, work release or re-entry programs
• Expansion of secure contract residential beds at $5.694 million (probably 400 beds as requested by the Governor) 

The Legislative Update on Friday will have more information on all Senate and House budget actions this week.

Marchman Act Blog: Video games glorify Mexican cartel violence

Marchman Act Blog: 16th DUI lands man in prison for 99 years.

Marchman Act Blog: Proposed Federal Bill Supports Pill Mill Databases

A Florida congressman has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives intended to curb prescription drug abuse and eliminate pain clinics that illegally dispense narcotic pain medications, even as legislators in his home state fight over a similar initiative, the Orlando Sentinel reported March 14.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Sarasota) introduced "The Pill Mill Crackdown Act of 2011." Among other things, it triples the fines for pill mill operators from $1 million to $3 million, and possible federal prison sentences from 10 years to 20. It would also make drugs like Vicodin and Lortab more difficult to prescribe or obtain by reclassifying them as Schedule II drugs.
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Marchman Act Blog: Dr. Barry Schultz: Delray Beach doctor charged with illegally prescribing pain pills

A Delray Beach-based doctor is accused of over-prescribing addictive painkillers to nearly three dozen patients, including a pregnant woman and a 78-year-old stroke victim.

Dr. Barry Michael Schultz, 54, was arrested and charged on Thursday with trafficking in oxycodone and writing illegal prescriptions, according to Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011


Marchman Act Blog: Royal Caribbean rolls out 'all-you-can-drink' packages

Worried about keeping track of your spending on drinks on your next cruise? Royal Caribbean hopes to allay your fears with a trio of new one-price, all-you-can-drink packages.
A caveat: The offers, which are rolling out this week on three ships, aren't inexpensive. The line's new Beer and Wine Package costs $29 per person per day for all beers, house wine by the glass and a 25% discount on all other wines and liquors.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Raymond G Ferrero III - BBC repost Are we stigmatising Charlie Sheen?

The recent behaviour of actor Charlie Sheen has led to some - including US TV doctor Dr Drew Pinsky and a number of bloggers - to suggest he has bipolar disorder. In this week's Scrubbing Up column, mood disorders expert Dr Paul Keedwell suggests why many commentators tend to condemn or stigmatise celebrities who behave in this way. Read Full Story...

Raymond G Ferrero III Posts - CNN's Ninette Sosa - the signs of mental illness and what loved ones can do to help

Friday, March 11, 2011

Raymond G Ferrero III Posts - CNN Smoking Report from Obama Administration in Washington DC

Marchman Act Blog Oddity of the Day: Peanut butter pot: Jars shipped to Martin County packed with pot

This 33-pound shipment of name-brand creamy peanut butter had some odd crunch in it: marijuana, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

On Feb. 23, drug sniffing dogs at U.S. post office in West Palm Beach alerted inspectors that there was possibly more than brown goo inside eight sealed jars of Skippy and Fed Meyer brand peanut butter destined for an address in Jensen Beach.

So the package, from Oregon, was diverted to Martin County deputies who went to the delivery address and asked if the person wanted to accept delivery.Read Full Story...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Marchman Act Blog: Florida pain clinics: Drugmaker offers Florida $1 million for pill mill database

The manufacturer of the pain drug OxyContin on Wednesday offered Florida $1 million to set up a controversial computer system that would help crack down on pill mills.

Purdue Pharma's offer did not appear to sway Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislators who are moving to kill the database. Scott and allies said they still oppose the system because there's no long-term funding source and they fear it would intrude on medical privacy.Read Full Story

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Marchman Act Blog: Drug Czar: Florida needs prescription drug monitoring program

When White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske recently toured Appalachia, he met with 14 imprisoned women who were in drug treatment, 13 of whom were being treated for prescription-drug use.

Kerlikowske asked the women how many had been to Florida to get their drugs. "Thirteen of the 14 raised their hand," Kerlikowske said.
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Marchman Act Blog: Mothers lost children to pain pills

Clean for just over a week, Bree Saghy is open about the destruction her 20-pill-a-day habit has caused.

"It ruined me. I put my family through pure hell. I have forged checks, I have pawned everything in my mother's house including her engagement ring. I have stolen her bank cards, all to get high,'' she says. "And yet, they have loved me unconditionally and tried over and over to save me.''

By the spring of 2010, Doyle, Colbert and Saghy were sitting over sandwiches at Lester's Diner in Fort Lauderdale plotting their next move. Each brought a particular experience, a particular pain to the lunch.
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Marchman Act Blog: Pill supply tight at drugstores but some clinics flush

So, pain patients report driving to as many as 20 pharmacies in a day to find medication. That's because few pharmacists will fill pain prescriptions for customers they don't know. Patients could go to a pain clinic, but office visit fees plus inflated drug prices may push the bill to $500 or $600 for pills that cost $100 at a pharmacy.

Disabled Fort Lauderdale carpenter Charles R. Sherman said he has gone through narcotic withdrawal for four days or more several times when his neighborhood pharmacy ran out of pills, as recently as 10 days ago. He can't drive so he can't easily shop around, and with no health insurance, he can't afford a pain clinic.Read Full Story...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Marchman Act Blog: Late Port St. Lucie woman to be face of anti-pain pill campaign


Whether it's through face-to-face contact or a billboard, the parents of a young woman who died because of her prescription drug addiction said they'll do what it takes to get their message out.

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara announced Thursday a family awareness program for prescription drug abuse that will erect billboards throughout the county to profile the problem. The face of Jaclyn Kinkade, the 23-year-old Port St. Lucie woman who died of an overdose last year, will be on the billboards.

Her parents, Port St. Lucie residents Bruce and Ann Kinkade, said they want their daughter to be the face of the devastation prescription drug addiction has dealt to many families.
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Marchman Act Blog: Synthetic marijuana is placed under an emergency ban by the DEA

Marchman Act Blog: What is Bi-Polar Disorder?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Marchman Act Blog: Heads of U.S., Mexico to Meet as Tensions Rise Mexican soldiers stand by as marijuana is incinerated at a military base in Ciudad Juárez on Wednesday. Drug-related violence has killed thousands.

MEXICO CITY—President Felipe Calderón will meet in Washington on Thursday with President Barack Obama in an attempt to repair relations at a time when spiraling violence in Mexico's drug war has frayed ties between the two allies.
The meeting comes just three weeks after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent was killed and another wounded by alleged drug gunmen. Jaime Zapata, the slain ICE agent, was the first U.S. law-enforcement official to be killed in the line of duty in Mexico in a quarter century.

Marchman Act Blog: Prescription drug battle: Politicians ask Gov. Rick Scott to reverse stand on prescription drug monitoring program

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson — along with colleagues from New York, Rhode Island and West Virginia — wrote Gov. Rick Scott to express "grave concerns" about the proposed elimination of the prescription drug monitoring program. (Bloomberg / May 4, 2010)
Minutes after announcing the biggest raids so far against pill mills, South Florida's top law enforcement leaders last week sent a message to Gov. Rick Scott.

Standing together at a podium in Weston, several of them urged the new governor to drop his opposition to the state's much-anticipated prescription tracking system. They said the computer database would become their main weapon against the illegal narcotics trade at Florida's pain clinics.
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Marchman Act Blog: DEA sets up pill mill hotline


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Marchman Act Blog:Charlie Sheen might have bipolar disorder, experts suggest

Last month, when actor Charlie Sheen was hospitalized with severe abdominal pain, his camp reported that he had a hiatal hernia. This week, Sheen launched into a media blitz-slash-meltdown after CBS canceled his show, "Two and a Half Men," for the remainder of the season.  In interviews on ABC, CNN and other outlets, he spoke of "tiger blood" running through his veins, insulted his bosses and questioned the value of Alcoholics Anonymous in fighting addiction.

No explanations for his behavior have been forthcoming this time around, leding experts to engage in remote diagnosis instead. Discussion continues, of course, about the actor's alleged substance abuse.  On a recent radio show, Sheen -- who began an in-home rehab program for drug use soon after the hernia incident -- denied that he had a problem.
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