Bi-Partisan Legislative Substance Abuse Treatment Working Group Announced - Tackling the Opioid & Substance Abuse Epidemic
Lawmakers vow to push stiffer regulations on addiction treatment in California
ARTICLES - CALIFORNIA AND NATIONAL
Article includes quotes from the governor and representatives about approaches to the bills and aftermaths.
"The simple fact is that our regulatory framework has not caught up to the scope and scale of this crisis.”
Because you don’t have to have a moral compass when you invest: just pretend everything will get better.
American Addiction Centers now has too few directors on its audit committee; what could possibly be wrong?
Only four? Locations in Agoura Hills, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Santa Ana.
Fentanyl deaths up 1247% in Los Angeles and 564% in Orange County in the same period.
Review of Orange County Board of Sups approval of zoning related to recovery residences.
Orange County Board of Supervisors to consider zoning regulations.
Sex and drugs and money.
“…Those repeatedly arrested for drug possession and theft could be held in jail on no-bail warrants until trial."
Huntington Beach seeks to follow in Costa Mesa’s footsteps.
Another magic pill is being advertised in Mexico, $5000 for five days.
Distributor of opioids has a more than $10 billion plan to settle claims.
“ ...the court emphasized that operating a business in a residential zone is a violation
of the city’s zoning ordinance, and that such a violation is deemed a nuisance for
which an injunction can be issued."
Because Google is addicted to recovery advertising revenues.
Big Pharma wants you to believe that taking daily medication is the cure to addiction.
As the Task Force under Rackauckas languishes, county fires up “registry” of houses.
Bills in Sacramento show promise.
Rehab operators want to stay open while exploring legal options.
Vox is (just now?) investigating addiction treatment.
This “magic pill” is an infusion.
Should say ARE leading to OD deaths, or just deaths, and mayhem in general.
Protection of dense sober living community in Costa Mesa cited as reason.
“If treatment centers don’t pay for patients, there’s no more patient brokering.”
190 deaths at licensed houses since 2010 do not include deaths at unlicensed houses.
Repeated sealing of evidence delayed publicity of Big Pharma’s involvement.
Clinical director of a rehab who helped set up rehabs sold pills laced with fentanyl on the side.
Supervisor Don Wagner is proposing an ordinance modeled after regulations in Costa Mesa.
The elderly are more susceptible to financial fraud.
Historical backdrop on how rehabs end up in warm places.
Psychiatrist was also a meth addict.
So much easier for the courts and legislatures to talk about housing
Bi-Partisan Legislative Substance Abuse Treatment Working Group formed around various bills.
"San Francisco’s program would allow a court to appoint a public conservator for someone who
has been involuntarily detained for psychiatric hospitalization at least EIGHT times in a year."
Documentary follows two addicts through cycle of addiction and treatment.
Detox required to perform face-to-face checks 12 times only checked three.
Evan Wright’s book about Chris Bathum, Bad Therapist will be published on May 30 by Amazon Original Stories. Here is an excerpt that clearly describes how fraud is perpetrated:
Driver and friend had been kicked out of an Anaheim recovery residence hours before.
Police take a different approach to addicts in order to encourage recovery.
Retired anesthesiologist with history of building sober living homes accused of adding unpermitted rooms to houses he has purchased in $1 million property neighborhood in Oceanside.
Fentanyl is now preferred.
Staggering losses with no end in sight.
Medication assisted treatment (MAT) reduces deaths and is compared to insulin.
Patient went through withdrawal without his anti-depressants and hanged himself.
Judge rules she must continue to receive her MAT, which is a low-dose opioid.
Does an insurer have the right to demand extensive documentation from a fraudster?
How else are we going to keep healthcare fiscally sound?
Actually, this article describes how infectious disease specialists have the potential
to identify opioid addicts and help them get treatment.
In depth analysis in an op-ed of financial impediments to medication assisted treatment.
"… falsely billed insurers for hundreds of thousands of dollars."
Small incentives, like iTunes gift cards, may make a difference.
Another way to profit off of recovering addicts--a common tactic in this industry.
Patients who should have received opioids have been denied them according to
doctors who receive funding from pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Twenty stints in rehab. Is an addict mentally capable of handling their insurance reimbursements?
AAC has dozens of residences across eight states. People die.
Involuntary commitment in Massachusetts is possibly not a good choice for addicts
with mental health issues.
Sadly, it’s just too easy for treatment centers and pharmaceutical companies to
compensate advocates who then go on to promote more money for treatment,
not better treatment.
NEWS - OTHER STATES
The California Department of Health Care Services appears to provide little oversight of drug rehabs and sober-living homes in the State of California. So, you need to be wary. Read this overview published by the Orange County Register.
Additionally, Drug Rehabs are creating homelessness in Southern California by dumping out their unsuccessful or used up exploited drug rehab patients according to this article in the Orange County Register.
Above it All Drug Treatment Facility located in Lake Arrowhead, California has four wrongful death cases pending against it, Donavan Doyle, Matthew Maniace, Terri Darling and James Dugas. Numerous employees and former clients were suing Above It All. The State of California suspended and revoked Above It All Licenses. You can follow the court cases and view court documents at the San Bernardino Superior Court Website.
Now they are starting new drug rehab centers under new entities just putting them under other people's names, their relatives.
Christopher Bathum, owner of 19 drug rehab facilities in Southern California and Colorado, was finally convicted of 31 crimes against his drug rehab patients. Read about it in the Orange County Register.
Sovereign Health was so bad that it caught the attention of the FBI, who conducted a raid of their facilities. According to a Los Angeles Times article, "Sharma's medical license was revoked by Britain's General Medical Council in 2008 for "serious professional misconduct."
Here is a story entitled "Sovereign Health drug and rehab facility forced to shut down drug services" in Florida. Read all about it in Wink.
First House is mentioned concerning the death of one of their drug rehab patients, Brandon Jacques, in this aricle in the Orange County Register.
West Coast Detox was featured in the Orange County Register article also for the death of Jason Redmer, a drug rehab patient. His Mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Pacific Coast Detox was mentioned in the Orange County Register article about the death of one of their drug rehab patients, Dillon DeRita .
Drug rehabs exploit drug rehab patients and their insurance companies, one way through excessive urine testing. Read this article for details.
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