NEWS FIX — Philippines President: Go Ahead, Kill Addicts — Sept. 15, 2016

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Abby Wambach Admits to Drug Abuse and Recovery

In Forward, a new memoir, Abby Wambach admits to alcohol and prescription drug abuse that went on for years until a DUI arrest in April. From vodka to Vicodin, Ambien, and Adderall, the soccer star pleaded guilty after her arrest and entered a diversion program for first time offenders, which included treatment.

“That night getting arrested was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Because if I don’t get so publicly shamed and publicly humiliated, I don’t think I wake up,” Wambach said to the Associated Press. “I think I was asleep for a lot of years. Asleep to the pleas from my family and friends, and even myself, to get help.”

In her memoir, she labeled herself as tomboy, captain, lesbian, and addict. Despite her struggle with addiction, Wambach still has achieved 184 goals, being the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer.

Wambach goes to show that being sentenced to treatment in the face of a drug arrest could lead an addict to recovery.

FDA Approves OxyContin for Kids

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved OxyContin, the mighty opioid
painkiller, to be prescribed to kids as young as 11. This extended-release narcotic has been known to be abused by crushing the prescription to be snorted and injected, resulting in an intense high, but Purdue Pharma has made the pill hard to abuse by making it less crushable.

This has created controversy with the growing opioid epidemic that has dominated the US, now more than ever. With drug overdose deaths being the “leading cause of injury death in the United States,” prescribing children OxyContin can possibly lead to addiction risks that can haunt them far after their short-term prescription.

Although young cancer patients will benefit, the risks are scary. FDA approved of this policy “without appointing an advisory panel to discuss the risks and benefits,” which occurs when a controversial decision is on the table.

4-Year-Old Boy Found with Overdosed Mother in Car

On Sept. 7, an Ohio police officer pulled over a vehicle to find a barely conscious James Lee Acord, 47, and Rhonda L. Pasek, 50, slumped, turning blue, with her four-year-old boy in a carseat in the back. A photo of the opioid overdoses has infected national media and created controversy, publicizing the US opioid epidemic that many don’t seem to want to talk about or address.

See the photo here.

Part of the public’s response was disapproval over the exposed child’s face while others expressed gratitude for the city exposing the face of addiction and its relentless impact. Regardless of opinion, this photo reveals the crisis that affects all parts Ohio and the country.

Acord pleaded no contest and received a 180-day sentence to jail on charges of driving under the influence and the endangerment of children according to a Columbiana County local news report. Pasek pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges, a seatbelt violation, and children endangerment.

In regards to the photo release controversy, the state of Ohio wrote that “it is time that the non-drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis” and “we feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess.”

Kathleen McCoy, a substance abuse specialist at the Counseling Center of Columbiana County, added that she has an understanding of “how addiction is a disease in the brain; it’s a chronic illness that can be treated. Once people get addicted, it’s more of a sickness that needs to be treated, versus these are terrible people.”

Philippines President says “Go Ahead and Kill” Suspected Drug Addicts

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he would not interfere if Indonesia executed a Filipina inmate who was convicted of drug smuggling. Not only this, but Duterte has been known to encourage police and military officials to kill drug suspects, 420 being killed in this campaign so far, according to the New York Times.

Duterte’s speech after his landslide election to office vowed to “wipe out drug traffickers and urge the population to kill addicts,” said The Guardian.

Furthermore, Duterte has previously said that there would be good business sense in creating funeral parlors and that the dark times in the Philippines is a result of the people’s lack of faith in their leaders.

Mary Jane Velosa, the inmate and a former migrant worker, has been sentenced to death for drug trafficking 2.6 kg of heroin in 2010 after Duterte gave Indonesian president his respect for such a decision. Velosa’s testimony against her alleged recruiters will be coming soon, said CNN Philippines.

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