By Washington Post PUBLISHED: April 23, 2019 at 6:42 am | UPDATED: April 23, 2019 at 6:46 am By Antonia Noori Farzan | The Washington Post It’s been described as a “political pissing contest” – literally. Two feuding politicians in Bridgeport, Connecticut’s largest city, spent much of the past week accusing each other of being on mind-altering substances after getting into an ugly fight in the comments section of a local political blog. Naturally, they could settle their dispute only one way: by challenging each other to a public drug test. Calling it a “modern twist on the classic political duel,” the Connecticut Post reported on Monday that Bridgeport City Councilman Ernest Newton and Board of Education member Maria Pereira had both handed over plastic cups of urine and passed their respective tests. As it turns out, they’re not the first ones to go through the humiliating ritual. Both front-runners in Ukraine’s presidential … [Read more...] about Rival politicians accused each other of using drugs. The result was a showdown at a urinalysis lab.
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Seventh in an occasional series on breaking the grip of addiction. During the last six years of her short life, Emma Franchek spent at least half her days in one type of treatment or another, seeking care for addiction and mental illness. Psych wards, detoxes, rehabs, sober houses — none gave Emma lasting help. But she kept trying, until her 4-foot-11 frame, a dancer’s delicate body, was found in a squalid restaurant bathroom in Boston. She had fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and sedatives in her blood. Emma was 24. Related Links Where to seek help How treatment falls short, and what is being done about it More from the Road to Recovery series Her father, Jim Franchek, wrote in her 2016 obituary that Emma died “after a long struggle with addiction.” Emma did everything she could, he wrote, “but, in the end, the disease was too powerful.”Now, as he looks back at her experiences, Jim sometimes wonders whether the disease really was too … [Read more...] about Road to Recovery: Drugs took their children, but not their hope that others might be saved
A 41-YEAR-old woman has become the first in Britain to be "eaten alive" after taking Krokodil - dubbed the world's deadliest drug. Emma Davies has been named as the first drug user in the UK to have fallen ill after using the narcotic ten times stronger than heroin. She suffered "horrific" open sores after using the drug which can cause flesh to rot away. She fell so ill she couldn't attend court last August because she had "a rather unpleasant blood infection caused large ulcers on her arms". The addict, from Tredworth, Glos., was finally well enough to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday and admit theft. Her barrister Clare Buckley said after years of drug abuse she had two heart attacks last year, as well as a stroke, Hepatitis C and deep vein thrombosis. She also has scarred lungs, an enlarged spleen and recently recovered from MRSA. The barrister told the court: "She wants to move forward with her life. She wants a script [a prescription for rehabilitation]. "She … [Read more...] about Woman, 41, is first in Britain to be ‘eaten alive’ after taking ‘world’s deadliest drug’ Krokodil
Critics of a drug and alcohol abuse treatment center slated to open in the Woodmoor area have asked El Paso County to reconsider letting a California company renovate a former motel.Opposition group Take Action El Paso County argued in an appeal filed with the county Friday that Mountain Springs Recovery would be "an imminent danger to the community's children" because of its proximity to schools, preschools, bus stops and daycare. Sunshine Behavioral Health got approval in November from county staff for its site development plan to renovate the former Ramada hotel property at 1865 Woodmoor Drive. Company CEO Chad Daugherty told The Gazette then that the center would open "in the coming months." Because a zoning change wasn't needed for the rehab center, a public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners wasn’t required. But the commissioners will rule on the appeal, which will be scheduled for a hearing within the next 35 days. Opponents, led by local … [Read more...] about Opponents of Woodmoor rehab center appeal El Paso County’s approval of project plans
By Laylan Connelly | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 26, 2018 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: November 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm On her bed, next to a teddy bear, was the pink-and-blue striped baby blanket she came home from the hospital with as a newborn, and always kept close by despite a few holes worn in over the years. She’d organized the clothes she planned to wear for her 6 a.m. shift at a Newport Beach coffee shop. She had neatly-written notes as reminders: Study for geo. Work on your speech. Love Christian. Paulo Avila looked around his daughter’s room for clues that would hint Michelle Avila was a drug user, and found none. But on Oct. 14, just a month shy of her 24th birthday, she and boyfriend Christian Kent overdosed and died side-by-side in that same room. Photographs in the bedroom of Michelle Avila on Friday, November 23, 2018. Michelle was found dead of an apparent overdose along with her boyfriend Christian, in her parent’s … [Read more...] about These 2 young surfers were beautiful, in love, and raised in affluent Orange County — and the latest to die from drug overdoses