Archive for September, 2009

Local (PA): Legalize My Sins!

September 21, 2009
"There are lots of people who hire prostitutes..."

"So, how much is this going to cost me WITH tax?"

Great blog post today by Kevin Lynn of WILK News Radio (AM/FM Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA):

Millions of us dopers are apparently “at war,” with our government. We don’t want to be at war. You’ve heard of the “war on drugs.” My government is apparently fighting people like me, who have used illegal drugs. We don’t want to be at war with our government anymore. No, we want to help! —Kevin Lynn



SWALLOW Flashback Featured Post: What Really Killed Anna Nicole Smith?

September 16, 2009

"New York" Magazine (August 22, 1994)


What Really Killed Anna Nicole Smith?
by Maxim W. Furek, MA, CAC, ICADC

On February 8, 2007, the front desk staff at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, made a desperate 911 call: “We need assistance to room 607 at the Hard Rock. It’s in reference to a white female. She’s not breathing and not responsive…actually, it’s Anna Nicole Smith.” Anna Nicole Smith was found lifeless in room 607 after bodyguard Maurice “Big Moe” Brighthaupt called the hotel front desk from Smith’s sixth floor room. Brighthaupt, a trained paramedic, administered CPR before Smith was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital at 2:10 p.m. The TV reality star and former Playboy Playmate of the Year was pronounced DOA at 2:49 p.m. (, 2007).

After a seven-week investigation, the official death report and autopsy were publicly released. The March 26, 2007, report acknowledged that Smith’s death was not due to homicide, suicide, or natural causes, but was caused by an accidental drug overdose.  During his press conference, Dr. Joshua Perper, Broward County Medical Examiner and Forensic Pathologist, stated that Smith died of “combined drug intoxication,” with the sleeping medication chloral hydrate being the “major component” in her death. No illegal drugs were identified but there were a total of seven prescription drugs, usually prescribed for anxiety, depression and insomnia, found in her bloodstream.  Smith, it was also revealed, had injected herself with shots of Vitamin B-12 (cyanocobalamin) and human growth hormone, as an anti-aging strategy. That brought the total number of substances in her bloodstream to nine.


On Prison

September 16, 2009

“You can get over an addiction, but you will never get over a conviction.”

—Jack A. Cole, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)

Stats Can Be Rewarding

September 1, 2009


I am not really into checking my “stats” (detailed statistics on how many people visit this website, etc.).

Really, I try not to focus on them too much. Probably because I already receive much more traffic than I ever imagined for such a narrow subject like painkiller addiction.

But, of course, every so often I do check… and I gotta tell you, when I see how many people have clicked on my Get Help! link—it feels great. It feels great to know that perhaps in some small way, SWALLOW has helped these people to make that first frightening step toward recovery.

So… while we are on the subject… how about you?


  • Click on the Get Help! link for a list of national and local (Scranton, PA area) recovery-related resources.