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Bill Piper, Director of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance. Drugs & drug war politics. Less people behind bars. 

Sophia Andrade,

Founder of Reclaim our Dignity

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CCDC II, SAP, is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals.   She has recently served as the Executive Director of Danya Institute and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Prior to this she was the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington, serving homeless populations and dealing with the co-occurrence of poverty and substance abuse issues. In addition, she has been the administrator of multi-county, publicly funded alcohol/drug prevention/ intervention/ treatment centers with services ranging from prenatal care to the serving the elderly for over 20 years.

Sophia Andrade was arrested for domestic violence.  It didn't matter that she was innocent. She went to jail and the infamous mugshot was picked up by those extortionists websites. She says, "Don't Pay!"  She took on the mugshot.com industry and was one of those responsible for the State Senate overwhelmingly passed HB150 by a vote of 53 to 0. Sponsored by Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta), the bill would force those mug shot websites to take down photos of those who've been cleared without charging them for it. 

"Extortion" is what Bruce calls the common practice of mug shot websites to charge people hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, to remove the embarrassing photos.

Don't Pay Those Extortionists

Mug Shot Websites!

In an easily understood, beautifully illustrated style, "Mommy's Disease" helps families navigate the difficult waters of alcoholism. Mila doesn't know why her mom doesn't show up for dinners, or soccer games or why she acts funny sometimes. Mila thinks it's because her mom doesn't want to be with her, that she hasn't been the best girl she can be, that she should try harder. But, Daddy tells Mila that Mommy has a disease called "alcoholism." She helps Mila, and her faithful dog Annie, understand what this disease is and how it affects Mommy, and the whole family. He teaches Mila that she is not responsible for Mommy's behavior and that gives Mila the peace she needs to foster a healthy childhood.

Carolyn Hannan Bell, M.S., L.P.C.

Had a blast getting to hang out with my all time fave role model Dr. Carl Hart!

He is even cooler in person. 

Chicago Recovery Alliance Director Dan Bigg has helped save thousands of lives from

drug overdose.


Dr. Nazgol Ghandnoosh is a research analyst at The Sentencing Project who conducts and synthesizes research on criminal justice policies. She analyzes racial disparities in incarceration, trends in public opinion about punishment, and sentencing policies.
Her report, “Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies,” was featured in the New York Times and the New Yorker. She has also written (with Marc Mauer) “Can We Wait 88 Years to End Mass Incarceration?” and “Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States.” Her work has been published or referenced in outlets including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Time, and the Daily Journal (California). Her dissertation, Challenging Mass Incarceration: A California Group’s Advocacy for the Parole Release of Term-to-Life Prisoners, examined resistance to mass incarceration through an in-depth study of a South Los Angeles-based group. As a graduate student, she contributed to “Ban the Box” reform efforts to enhance employment prospects for people with criminal records, as well as campaigns to restore voting rights to people with felony convictions.
How a drunken night stop at the Apple Store cost an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter his job & exposed his painful double life. Rob Koebel lost his Milwaukee TV job after being arrested for urinating outside of an Apple Store, then telling a cop, “Do you know who you’re messing with?” 

In headlines from Milwaukee, WI, where the infamous incident occurred to the UK, Emmy award winning investigative journalist Rob Koebel talks about the event that wrecked his reporting career, how treatment helped stop him from drinking and how he looks back at the entire process.  He shares his thoughts about the stigma that surrounds those with addiction and how he made it out.

​He has also made a movie about his experience.  “I really don’t recall a lot about that evening.” He adds that “what really set me off in a three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” were interviews by his former wife and HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) anchor Christi Paul did in Atlanta to promote her book, “Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt.”
Through the work of his nonprofit organization, the Chicago Recovery Alliance, Dan Bigg has helped save thousands of lives from drug overdose. Bigg, personally, has saved at least six. One night a few years ago, for example, Bigg was doing outreach work with a group of intravenous drug users in their apartment in Chicago when he noticed that a striking young woman in her 30s had become ashen. Her breathing had slowed dangerously. Her friends said that she had taken heroin. Brushing aside their objections that he would tear her designer clothes — the woman “looked like a fashion model,” according to Bigg — or bring her down too hard from her high, he injected her with an overdose antidote called naloxone and instantly restored her breathing to normal. A few weeks later, she called him to say thank you: If you hadn’t been there, she told him, my friends might not have realized I was so close to death. Read more here

Author Gabrielle Glaser

Why Women Drink -And How They Can Regain Control Her Best-Kept Secret investigates the reasons behind the epidemic of female drinking in this country, our strange national history with alcohol, and the many ways in which women can get better.  Her Best-Kept Secret reveals how women are questioning the efficacy - and safety - of the most common prescription for alcohol abuse, Alcoholics Anonymous. Most importantly, it provides clear, hopeful solutions based in the emerging science that is increasingly tailored to women’s bodies and psyches.

 Heroin + Prison = Cornell University Ivy League?

Grad Keri Blakinger Tells Us How She Did It

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