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'Relapses are through the roof, overdoses are through the roof': How the pandemic Is upping substance abuse

You take rehab.com — our website traffic is up 382 percent in the past 30 days with people looking for treatment for either substance abuse or mental health.'

This is a "pandemic within a pandemic," according to addiction expert Tim Ryan, who's watched the coronavirus outbreak exacerbate the preexistent opioid and mental health crises with devastating effect. Ryan, the star of A&E's 2017 "Dope Man" special, is the founder of "A Man In Recovery Foundation," which partners with Rehab.com. A former heroin addict, his mission is to assist others struggling with substance abuse.

In a Friday interview, Ryan explained how the stresses of isolation and financial trouble brought on by the pandemic are worsening addiction, both by pushing new users to abuse substances and making it more difficult for recovering addicts to stay sober. Rehab facilities are struggling to cope with the challenges of a viral outbreak, according to Ryan, who also said alcohol and fentanyl abuse seem to be especially prevalent as the nation stays home.

"What's happening is people need purpose, they need connection, they need fellowship," he told me. "Now they're all alone."

Ryan also shared compelling advice for concerned loved ones and anyone personally struggling to stay sober during this painful and unusual time. A transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for clarity, is below.

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16,000 Belgian doctors think schools should open, 'children are victims of the lockdown, not coronavirus'

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Over 10,000 doctors have signed an open letter calling on all children to return to school and be allowed to play without following social-distancing rules.

"Children are at risk of becoming the main victims of the corona measures, while they themselves are the least at risk," a collective of 16,000 doctors wrote, Het Nieuwsblad reports.

Confinement and social-distancing rules are disproportionate to the risk that the virus poses to children, Dr Livia De Picker, one of the signatories, told the outlet.

"The obligation to keep their distance is the big problem, both in and outside education, while the rule is not proportional to the risk of infection that children have," De Picker said, adding that enforcement of the rules by staff caused unnecessary stress and fears in kids.

Comment: It just goes to show how warped people's understanding of this contrived crisis is when - in complete contradiction to the doctors mentioned above, but going off their governments official 'expert' guidance - schools in the UK are proposing to do this to their children:

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US crackdown on drug cartels shows boom of busts

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The Trump administration announced a counternarcotics operation in early April, choking off the drug supply chain flowing from Latin America, and now law enforcement officials are choking off drug cartels' cash flow in the U.S.

"It's really around April, where we started saying, 'Hey, we're having a lot more success in this area,'" New York Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge Ray Donovan told NBC News.

"With all the stores and shops closed down here, they don't have that as one of the means to quickly launder money."

With businesses shutdown in the major coastal cities where drug trade had boomed, laundering money through other business transactions have been made more difficult for the smugglers, leaving piles of cash easier for law enforcement to home in on, officials told NBC News.

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Professor falsely accused of rape wins $1.2 million in defamation case

Francesco Parisi

This law professor was falsely accused of rape in 2017, but has now won a defamation suit after the accuser's case proved false.
A University of Minnesota Law School professor, Francesco Parisi, has won a nearly $1.2 million defamation case against a woman who had falsely accused him of rape.

In his blistering ruling on Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Daniel Moreno wrote that Parisi's former lover, Morgan Wright, had pursued an "untruthful narrative crusade," and her "accusations were false, and made with malice."

It is believed to be the largest defamation judgement in Minnesota. The vast majority of the judgement, $814,514 is for economic losses, as well as reputational and emotional damages. Only $100,000 was for punitive damages.

Parisi walked out of jail three years ago, his life in shambles.


Massive fires erupt at iconic Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf fire
A four alarm fire erupted on San Francisco's iconic Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday morning, CBS San Francisco reports. The blaze started at a warehouse that contained a large fish processing operation on Pier 45.

More than 100 firefighters responded to towering flames around 4 a.m. local time. Flames began to spread underneath the pier, and the structure began to collapse. Firefighters took a defensive approach, shutting down streets around the waterfront neighborhood.

CBS San Francisco reports the fire could be seen for miles, and a large plume of smoke covered much of the Bay.

San Francisco Fire spokesman Jonathan Baxter reported around 6:30 a.m. local time that the fire was "still active and four-alarm status," according to the department's public updates.

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Maryland boardwalk 'packed' for Memorial Day weekend after reopening two weeks ago

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In Ocean City, Maryland, the lifeguards were in the stands for the first time this season, the sun was out and if you were lucky enough, you could catch a wave.

For Chris Sexton from Baltimore, it was heaven.

"Hallelujah! I would think there would not be that many people, but it was more than I expected," he said.

His family enjoyed the ease of this Memorial Day weekend trip.

"We got here really quick. No traffic. We went right through," Amber Sexton said.


Michael Moore warns Dems about a Trump reelection: 'He knows exactly what he's doing'

Michael Moore
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Michael Moore
President Trump could pull off a reelection victory in 2020, so Democrats should not get overly confident about a Joe Biden victory, despite criticism about Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore warned Friday.

Trump is "going to do well" in November because he hasn't lost "any of his support," Moore said during an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher."

"None of us should take him for granted," Moore told Maher, referring to Trump.

Comment: Moore is trying to warn his fellow Democrats that they're once again setting themselves up for failure. The question is whether or not anyone will listen.


Poll: 37% of unemployed Americans ran out of food in past month

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In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020, photo, residents from all walks of life line up for a food giveaway sponsored by the Greater Chicago Food Depository in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago
Kate Maehr has never seen anything like it: lines stretching for blocks as people, many with children, inch forward to get boxes of food they hope will last until the next giveaway, until the next paycheck or until they can get government food assistance.

"It's just heartbreaking," said Maehr, executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "They're finding themselves in a set of circumstances where they have no income and they also have no food, and it happened in an instant."

The number of people seeking help from her organization and affiliated food pantries has surged 60% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down the nation's economy and thrown tens of millions of people out of work. Across the country, worries about having enough to eat are adding to the anxiety of millions of people, according to a survey that found 37% of unemployed Americans ran out of food in the past month and 46% said they worried about running out.


'Nothing can justify this destruction of people's lives'- Former director of Israel's Health Ministry

Yoram Lass

Yoram Lass former director of Israel's Health Ministry
Yoram Lass, former director of Israel's Health Ministry, on the hysteria around Covid-19.

Countries across the world have been in lockdown for months in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The costs of the policy are enormous - in terms of life, liberty and the economy. But is it worth it to save lives? Yoram Lass was once the director-general of Israel's Ministry of Health. Lass is a staunch critic of the lockdown policy adopted in his native Israel and around the world. He has described our response to Covid-19 as a form of hysteria. spiked caught up with him to find out more.

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For fellowship - Even if it means hell on Earth

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As Solzhenitsyn pointed out in his classic book, The Gulag Archipelago, creating a nightmare of evil is easy if you can convince people they are laboring on behalf of heaven on earth.

Then they will do unimaginable things. Like the things happening right now. And more to come.

Sickness Psychosis is being sold as a virtue - and the corollary is that it's not virtuous to question it. This will inevitably devolve into something much more ominous. After all, people are dying!

Do you want people to get sick?

Wearing a Mask
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People who don't wear Fear Masks and refuse to pretend these are "necessary" are already being painted as selfish and uncaring. They will be painted as evil and then criminal people.

And what happens then? Does it need elaboration?

This is all so obvious to a thinking brain. Not a genius brain. Just one capable of following the inexorable logic of things. That principles matter - and that surrendering them for expedience or any other reason is lethal.

But this ability to follow the inexorable logic of things - which must be developed - has been purposefully stifled in millions of people, as in the old Soviet Union - chiefly via "public" education and social pressure - such that we now have a Sovietized population not only ready but champing at the bit to "do good" - as they are told.