October 7th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Why We Couldn't Save Nicole

Why We Couldn't Save Nicole
Finding Treatment for Addiction Was Harder Than We Thought

By Jacqueline M. Duda
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 7, 2008; HE01

 

 

We're a hardy family, used to weathering all manner of surprises as we've seen four kids through various stages of toddlerhood, childhood and adolescence. So when our fun-loving 22-year-old, Nicole, shocked us by admitting a heroin addiction and asked for our help in overcoming it, my husband and I froze only an instant. Then we leapt into action, firmly believing that with the aid of 21st-century medical treatment, we could help her reclaim her life.

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Chris Keeley

Where to Get Help

Where to Get Help

Tuesday, October 7, 2008; HE05

 

Some resources:

 

· National Institute on Drug Abuse provides fact sheets on addiction and treatment, offers physician and treatment locators, and includes public policy and legislative news.

 

· Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers extensive medical and legislative information on addiction and treatment services.

 

· Join Together is a nonprofit group providing drug addiction treatment and research information. Sign up for e-mail alerts regarding clinical trials and legislative news.

 

· American Society of Addiction Medicine provides information on addiction for physicians and the public as well as online search tools for finding an addiction specialist provider.

 

· American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. International professional membership organization of psychiatrists provides online search tools for finding an addiction specialist provider.

 

· National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Maryland Chapter raises awareness about alcoholism and drug dependence in Maryland and offers resources for families searching for addiction treatment and research.

 

· Treatment Research Institute is a nonprofit organization assembling a comprehensive guide for families on addiction treatment and resources, focusing on evidence-based program information.

 

· Heroin Action Coalition Nonprofit is an outreach program for families and friends dealing with heroin addiction and other substance-use disorders. Twenty-four-hour phone hotline and links to treatment center information.

 

· Mike Gimbel Associates, a national substance abuse education and consultant service based in Towson, recently started TRIAGE, a treatment, referral, information and guidance education service that helps families learn to move through the addiction treatment system faster.

 

-- Jacqueline M. Duda

Chris Keeley

One in 4 Mammals Threatened With Extinction, Group Finds

One in 4 Mammals Threatened With Extinction, Group Finds

BARCELONA, Spain — An “extinction crisis” is under way, with one in four mammals in danger of disappearing because of habitat loss, hunting and climate change, a leading global conservation body warned Monday.

“Within our lifetime, hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, the director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or I.U.C.N., a network of campaign groups, governments, scientists and other experts.

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Chris Keeley

Michael Gimbel: I am clean 36 years last week. It is a day by day process and I am very glad to hear

Michael Gimbel: I am clean 36 years last week. It is a day by day process and I am very glad to hear she is doing so well. You should be proud of her and yourself for being strong and supportive

Jacqueline Duda didn't realize how challenging it can be to get treatment for drug addiction until her own daughter needed help. In  today's Health section, Duda describes the unsuccessful journey taken by her and her family to save Nicole Duda's life. She will be joined by Michael Gimbel, an addiction specialist and the former director of substance abuse education and prevention at Baltimore's Sheppard Pratt Health System. They will be online Tuesday, Oct. 7 at noon ET to discuss Duda's story and the importance of expanding the options for treating addiction.

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Chris Keeley

LA Times - Editorial

Editorial

Coal and votes

Obama and McCain's embrace of coal is mostly about pandering to swing-state voters.

October 7, 2008

Unfortunately for Barack Obama and John McCain, there is no such thing as "clean coal." The phrase is an Orwellian marketing slogan invented by coal interests, yet both presidential campaigns are eagerly embracing it. This raises a serious contradiction: You can't claim to be interested in fighting global warming or pollution, as both men do, while backing a filthy fossil fuel like coal.

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