The humanitarian and moral crisis of homelessness is unsurpassed in Los Angeles. Perhaps the solution is just a phone call away.
So you’re ready to walk down the aisle with the love of your life. But have you done all your homework?
By and large, these divorces are usually a direct result of one or more of three things: infidelity, substance abuse, and/or money problems.
Here I’ll explain two easy things you can do before marriage to save yourself from these problems.
During the 2015 holidays, I was asked to locate a young man named Michael and try to get him help for his addiction problems. I initially turned down the case, but the boy’s grandfather persuaded me otherwise. His plea was enhanced by showing me a photo of the 16-year old in a football uniform. The football uniform was from the same high school my son graduated. It seemed like it was meant to be.
In September 2016, I received a call from Michael on my cell phone. He was doing well and had been sober for nine months. He wanted to go to lunch when he returned from another state where he was in rehab. I reminded him it was his turn to buy since I had treated him at McDonald’s the day he was found. He laughed but politely agreed.
When you have child addicted to heroin, sometimes there is very little you can actually do about it. It’s hard to find a way to get through to them in time.
This week we completed a case which involved locating a veteran of the U.S. armed forces that was addicted to heroin. (This is actually the 16th of similar cases like this so far in 2016.) The case was successful – meaning we got the person into detox and then into a rehabilitation program. We have found many more, but the lure of the drugs is too powerful for some to stop. They remain on the street chasing powder.
Last Sunday, I was up before dawn to prepare for a radio show called All Politics Is Local, on WCRN-Radio 830 AM in Boston. The initial purpose of my appearance was to give my opinion about the interview and interrogation process that possibly took place between FBI agents and Hillary Clinton.
Little did I know, I would shortly be speaking about the article to a large New England audience about the OxyContin & opioid addiction problem in America.
Los Angeles-area general practitioner Dr. Lisa Tseng was sentenced to thirty years to life this month after three of her patients fatally overdosed on painkillers. This marks the first time in US history a doctor has been convicted of murder for overprescribing drugs.
Tseng’s case shines a light on one of the single biggest problems facing our nation today: Opiate addiction – the dirty little secret that no one wants to talk about. Drug addiction barely merited a discussion in the recent presidential debates, though several states where primaries were held are awash in drug problems.
As a former Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory agent, I watched the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman soap opera unfold with a growing sense of disbelief. As the uproar from Sean Penn’s misguided meeting with one of the world’s most wanted criminals begins to subside, I can only shake my head and wonder, in a contest between dumb and dumber, who is more misguided and who has the bigger ego?
El Chapo is supposedly a brilliant criminal mastermind. But I’m not sure that is an accurate description.
As a former Supervisory agent with the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (what is now the Drug Enforcement Administration), many people think that I would have a strong opinion on the marijuana legalization debate. The truth is: I don’t care about that argument. The way I see it, there are pluses and minuses on…