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Two individuals associated with the Rochester Raiders indoor football team were arrested this week in connection to a 6-month long drug investigation, including the team’s medical director and a linebacker. At least one other individual was arrested in the initial bust that spanned five local counties and involved some degree of undercover police work.

The team’s owner pointed out to the D&C that this investigation was not focused on the team and it is unfortunate that two of their associates were involved in this scandal. He also said that he had not heard about the investigation until yesterday right around the time the arrests were made.

In the end, over 170 prescription pads, five doctor’s DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) ID numbers, and several thousand dollars were seized. At a press conference this morning, they said that as many as a dozen more arrests are expected as the investigation continues–including at least one other Raiders player. Check out the following news stories to learn more:

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Rochester Homepage

The Livingston County News

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On Monday, OASAS announced a new $60,00 grant that will seek to mobilize organizations across the state to support recovery from alcohol, drugs and gambling addictions. The organization that was awarded the grant is called FOR-NY (Friends of Recovery-NY) and they plan on using it to conduct outreach to increase the number of individuals currently in recovery, conduct trainings to help professionals be more successful when working with those in recovery, and several other initiatives.

See the press release here.

Participate in the “I Am Recovery” project by clicking here.

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Earlier this month a program was announced in New Haven, Connecticut that will provide a limited amount of public housing to ex-offenders. One article about this new program highlights the life of Joe Burgeson, 55 years old, who has managed to stay clean for over a year now since his last stint in jail.

Burgeson says he is doing his best to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and stealing but that having a secure roof over his head would go a long way in helping him stay clean. Currently he sleeps in a shed. The social worker he has been in contact with for the last year says she is impressed by his ability to stay clean for this long while also struggling to find work and a place to call home.

Individuals coming out of jail face a number of hurdles in order to lead a ‘normal’ life and this program will definitely help a few of them reach their goals with more ease. To read more about the New Haven program, go here.

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A story out yesterday from Join Together took a look at rates of alcohol use and smoking in the United States from 2005-2007. Join Together, a program run by the Boston University School of Public Health, is a leader in community efforts to increase the efficiency of alcohol and drug policies, treatment methods, and prevention programming.

The report that the article is based on is Health Behaviors of Adults: United States which looked at drinking, smoking, physical activity and sleep. It found that 61.2% of American adults currently drink alcohol, while 24.6% have never drank and 14.3% self-identify as former drinkers. Within this 14.3%, 8.1% were ‘infrequent drinkers’ and 6.2% were ‘regular drinkers’. (more…)

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In the time I’ve spent looking at alcohol and substance abuse related news stories, prescription drug abuse has been particularly interesting to me. This growing trend is worrisome; even though numerous reports have been saying its a big issue for at least a year now, no one seems to be able to come up with a solution.

How do we teach kids that not all things found in a medicine cabinet are inherently safe? How do we help individuals that have an injury and get hooked on their pain killers recover? And how do we stop the growing group of people looking to exploit these other two groups?

The greater Virginia/Washington, D.C. area seems to have a fairly significant prescription drug abuse problem in many of  their communities. An article in The Washington Post outlines the steps being taken to combat this issue. Operation Cotton Candy is the investigation run through a collaboration of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, as well as various other agencies. (more…)

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Over the last 10 years, reality television has continued to grow in popularity and has highlighted dating, the every day life of celebrities, and weight loss stories. More recently, shows that depict individual’s struggles with alcohol and substance abuse have grown in popularity.

MTV’s “True Life” series occasionally looked into the daily activities of people who drank frequently or abused drugs. Then VH1 started “Celebrity Rehab” where stars supposedly tried to change their ways. A&E’s “Intervention” won an Emmy in 2009. And after tomorrow night these shows will be joined by “Addicted,” brought to us by TLC.

The shows have depicted individuals at their worst moments, when they are often saying and doing things they wouldn’t if they were sober. Sometimes they are graphic, showing heroin users shooting up or drunks falling and hurting themselves.

An article in the Washington Post recently raised an important question–do these shows actually offer a chance for the people depicted to successfully recover?

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I wrote about the GLOW program’s hazardous waste & pharmaceutical collection a few weeks ago and wanted to remind you all that you can now call to make appointments. The collection will be held in Batavia on Saturday May 15th from 9-2, and is open to residents of Genesee, Livingston and Wayne counties. Call (585) 344-2580 or 1-800-836-1154 (for long distance) to make an appointment today!

List of acceptable materials: vehicle fluids (except motor oil), lead acid batteries, household cleaning products, pesticides & insecticides, polishes & waxes, resins & adhesives, oil based paint/stain (no latex), fluorescent light bulbs/tubes, pool chemicals, driveway sealer, 1 lb or 20 lb propane tanks, home computers, microwaves, TVs, and of course prescription medications (no needles!). Tires are also accepted but require a fee of $3 each.

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