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shooting-of-mentally-ill-man-ruled-justified
01-17-17 Category: Mental Health

On Jan. 9, 2017, the El Cajon district attorney’s (DA) office announced that the officer who fatally shot Alfred Okwera Olango on Sept. 27, 2016, ­ an unarmed African-American man described by family as mentally ill, was justified and won’t face criminal charges. This came after Olango’s sister called the police to protect her “mentally […]


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lawyer-ce

In light of the booming trend of substance abuse among attorneys, Sovereign Health’s Chief Clinical Officer Anthony Mele, Psy.D., is launching a presentation about personality traits and substance abuse in the legal profession on Jan. 17 in Costa Mesa, California. “It’s an epidemic among attorneys, a serious problem,” said Dr. Mele, who has 25 years […]


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Drug overdoses escalate in Orange County
01-14-17 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Reports abound about the ever-increasing drug problem in the United States. Orange County, California, is no exception. The county has been reporting increasing cases of drug use and subsequent deaths due to overdose. A large part of the current problem has been caused by pharmaceutical companies pressuring physicians to prescribe opioid medications for pain. Those […]


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Pot legalization what it means for San Clementians
01-13-17 Category: Advocacy, Substance Abuse

Now that Prop 64 ­– the measure to legalize recreational marijuana – has passed and legal possession and use for those older than 21 has gone into effect, what does that mean for local San Clemente business and homeowners? What can parents and community members expect in 2017? The law on dispensaries While Proposition 64 […]


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Mental-Health-Parity-Lost
01-07-17 Category: Advocacy, Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) published a report titled “Out-of-Network, Out-of-Pocket, Out-of-Options: The Unfulfilled Promise of Parity.” This report refutes the promises of 2008’s Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAE) that, purportedly, made it law that benefits for mental health should be equal to benefits for physical illnesses, including surgeries. According […]


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kratom
01-04-17 Category: Advocacy, Medicine, Substance Abuse

  Last August, the U.S. Marshals Service seized a sizeable quantity of products containing kratom from a California company. The company, Nature Therapeutics, marketed the product as a salve for diarrhea and a host of other ailments. Officers acting under orders from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seized the product and shut down the […]

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