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I was just thinking about how easy it was for Jennifer Weiss of the Heroin Awareness Committee — I mean, the renamed “Healing Addiction in our Community” — to get the ear of politicians, including the Governor and the Mayor of Albuquerque. I guess my voice isn’t… green enough.

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Irish Addicts Can’t Get Help Unless They’re On the ‘Right’ Mix of Drugs

http://www.vice.com/read/benzos-dublin-drug-addiction-sevices-ireland-109

Over the last decade Ireland’s street drug culture has changed rapidly. These days you’re more likely to find Dublin’s street dealers selling Zimmovanes—strong sleeping tablets commonly known as “Zimmos”—or benzodiazepines—sedative drugs like Valium, known as “benzos”—than what most people would consider “hard” drugs…

I have to admit… The drugs in the stock photo accompanying this article look pretty darn good right about now…

Brainy quotes on insomnia

“Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I have never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.”  Joseph Wood Krutch

“Insomnia is my greatest inspiration.”  Jon Stewart

“Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.”  Emil Cioran

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.”  W. C. Fields

13 Investigates: Bosses caught embezzling employee money

http://krqe.com/2015/02/03/bosses-embezzle-employee-money-workers-left-without-insurance/

Tri-County has been providing mental health and substance abuse counseling to clients throughout Taos, Colfax and Union Counties for 35 years. The non-profit healthcare agency is funded by private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. However, last year Tri-County ran into financial difficulty…

“I had total bi-lateral knee replacement. Both of my knees replaced at the same time,” Warner said. “All medical services that I have had have all been authorized by Blue Cross Blue Shield.”

Three months later when she returned to work, Warner was not prepared for the shock of her life. She found out that she was responsible for all of the medical expenses.

“I don’t know, $200,000? The hospital (bill) I know is around $70,000,” Warner said. “I can’t pay it. I don’t have any money to pay this.”

Under comments:

Risa LPCC RPT • a day ago
For all that don’t know all of the story. Here it is many of the insurance companies were not paying for the services that were provided. TCC is the only provider for mental health in Taos,Colfax and Union county. Their financial problems are due to non-payment for services. I as a private practitioner have experienced this problem personally. I have lost over 10% of my income for non-payment. This is an agency that provides services to the mentally ill, without they would get no help. The fault of this situation is due to the Governor who does not support mental health and cut funds. Our local legislators and county officials who do not support any more money to be allocated for services. Yet the worst is the insurance companies who fail to pay claims. They hire a large group of staff to look for any reason not to pay for services. The naxt time a mentally ill person commits a crime, kills someone or commits sucide don’t sugesst that help is available because it will not be there. Larry you should check into the non payment issue if you want the real story.
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