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Get Well or Die! The Saga of New York’s Senator Harckham

You don’t have to be a New York resident to see the great good in New York State Senator Pete Harckham. Heck, you don’t even have to live in the Northeast. All you’ve gotta do is to have open eyes — and an open mind. No foolin.’ That’s what must’ve happened back in 2018, when the citizens of New York Senate District 40 first elected Harckham to the State Senate. And it’s certainly what happened again in 2020, when he…
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John Hood
John Hood, on January 9, 2021

Good News About Substance Abuse

Believe it or not, there’s some good news about substance abuse. In fact, it’s coming in from all across the country. So let’s try focussing on the bright side. Yeah, we know. It ain’t exactly easy to focus on the bright side of such a dire equation. Especially considering how often we’re hit by alarm bells, crisis protocols and the rat-a-tat-tat of sad and tragic facts. Nevertheless there is good news about substance abuse. Damn good news. And it’s springing…
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John Hood
John Hood, on January 8, 2021

Seeking Real Sobriety? You’ve Come to the Right Place!

Some folks consider sobriety to be a wish dreamt up by a hope that never met reality. We consider it simply the best way to live. Why? Because sobriety allows us to get the most out of life. The absolute utmost. No foolin.’ A Dollar and a Dream It all began with a dollar and a dream. Okay, so it may have been more than a dollar and the dream happened to be ocean-sized, but you get the gist. Short…
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John Hood
John Hood, on January 7, 2021

Vaccinating Addicts — What Do You Think?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s position on vaccinating addicts in long-term care facilities is simply meant to mitigate the spread of coronavirus infections. That’s it. The fact that the edict specifically addresses long-term care facilities proves it too. “These are congregate facilities,” said the governor, regarding adding in-patient rehabs to the vaccine priority list. And “congregate facilities are problematic.” That means all congregate facilities. Whether it’s a rehab or a nursing home or some other form of long-term care facility….
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John Hood
John Hood, on January 4, 2021

Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act

Of all the laws going into effect this new year, few are more forward-looking than Oregon’s Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act. Voted into being as Measure 110, it flips the script on drug addiction and opts for treatment rather than criminalization. What is the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act? Perhaps the best way to sum up the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act is via the people from Yes on Measure 110. After all, they’re the good folks…
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John Hood
John Hood, on January 3, 2021

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