Saving More Lives Means Modernizing Addiction Treatment

My work in addiction treatment has shown me just how important it is to continue to raise the bar on treatment methodology today. The 2017 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta served to reinforce my belief that modernizing addiction treatment is the key factor in saving more lives from the deadly clutches of substance abuse and dependency. With new treatment approaches at the forefront of the industry today, I believe all of us in addiction treatment need to make a new commitment to creating a positive environment where those struggling with addiction can survive, thrive and find new life in recovery.

Finding Common Ground

The annual Rx Summit brings together professionals and advocates involved with addiction treatment and prevention to discuss the public health emergency known as addiction in this country. The summit was first established in 2012 and includes a collaboration between lawmakers, researchers, business owners, treatment providers and others impacted by the national drug abuse crisis. I attended the conference in April and was inspired by the advancements that have been made in addiction treatment. At the same time, the information presented served as a reminder there is much more work to do.

This year’s summit addressed numerous relevant topics surrounding addiction treatment today, including the rising opioid epidemic, prevention strategies and treatment enhancements. Featured speakers included Thomas E. Price, M.D., secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., then-current United States Surgeon General, and Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

6 Easter Credit Card Scams You Want To Avoid

Easter is a time for family, colorful parties and egg hunts, but sadly it also attracts scam artists looking to make a quick buck during the high-fructose corn syrup free-for-all.

There are all stripes of Eastertime cons and scams waiting for you if you’re not paying attention — or even if you are. Some don’t really qualify as scams, whether we’re talking about those colorful plastic eggs for storing treats, sometimes loaded with lead paint, that old favorite Kinder Eggs, now illegal due to choking hazards, or folks selling bad chocolate. First and foremost, you need to be a savvy consumer.

But awareness isn’t such an easy thing when there are so many ways a person can get scammed. Here are six scams to watch out for.

1. Charity Scams

Some people say Easter was originally a pagan holiday to celebrate fertility, which explains the eggs and bunnies, but it’s primarily a religious holiday, and as such there are plenty of scams out there pointed at spiritually minded people looking to make the world a better place.

If you get an email from a charity, even if it’s one you’ve given to in the past, don’t click any links. Type in the URL or find it through search and make sure the address is correct. Scam sites will often be slightly different than legitimate ones. And although this should go without saying, never give a donation over the phone if you receive an unsolicited solicitation. Call the charity, or use a secure site to make your contribution rather than providing your information by phone, or send a check.

2. E-Cards

As I’ve said ad nauseam, including in my book Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers and Identity Thieves, never click strange links or download files you receive — even e-cards that appear to be from loved ones or friends. E-cards can mask links to malware.

Hotels With Over-The-Top Poolside Experiences

From foot-washing attendants to cabanas with verandas, here are our favorite poolside experiences and amenities from around the globe.

See our list of the best resorts in the U.S.

1. Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida

Pool life is the good life at this posh Miami Beach resort, where attendants cater to guests’ every whim: from cleaning sunglasses to handing out carafes of lemon-infused water and complimentary snacks (curated daily by the hotel’s chef, pastry chef, and bartender). They’ll even wash your feet with a slow trickle of fresh water from a watering tin (we’re not kidding).

2. Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Become the bastion of Instagram envy at Oil Nut Bay’s three-tiered pool, where your own dedicated staff member will set up and take photos of you with floating props — including rideable unicorns and flamingos. If that’s not your thing, fear not: the jaw-dropping backdrop of turquoise Caribbean waters is more than enough to make your friends jealous.

10 Passover Recipes Perfect For Your Seder

Passover is upon us and that means it’s time to think about the Seder. You may have your go-to recipes already tucked away for the meal, but we’ve found some that might tempt you to try something new this year. From brisket to smoky baked salmon, we’ve got you covered.

And although it is time to give up leavened bread, which can make dessert tricky, we have flourless cakes to ensure you’re in good hands this holiday.

You Can Buy Girl Scout Cookies On Amazon, But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

If you want to buy some Girl Scout cookies but haven’t spotted a Girl Scout this season, you might be excited to learn that the cookies are now available on Amazon. But here’s what you need to know: you absolutely should not buy them from these resellers found on Amazon.

First, the Girl Scouts of the USA are concerned cookies might be old or inauthentic. “Girl Scouts USA, your local Girl Scout council, and our licensed cookie bakers cannot guarantee the freshness or integrity of these cookies,” a representative from Girl Scouts of the USA told HuffPost. “In many instances, these cookies are actually expired.”

Second ― and more importantly ― you’d totally rob the Girl Scouts of the whole reason they’re selling the cookies in the first place. And that reason is to help them learn new tools from real life experiences. The Girl Scouts of the USA explains that the whole point of selling the cookies is to help the girls build “essential life skills, such as goal setting, people skills and business ethics.”

Those third-party Girl Scout cookie vendors you find on Amazon are robbing the girls of those valuable lessons ― and they’re robbing you of some money, because they’re sold at a fairly substantial mark up. And the Girl Scouts are not benefitting in any way from this mark up, since the cookies were bought from them at their normal price.

Only the third party reseller benefits. Everyone else loses.

“Buying the cookies through Amazon is giving people access to cookies without access to Girl Scouts, which undercuts the programmatic element,” a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of the USA told New York Magazine.

Do you really need to get your hands on a box of Samoas that badly?

Does The Club Soda Trick Actually Work For Red Wine Stain Removal?

In my experience, there are really only three skills a good host really needs to master: greeting everyone at the door with a smile, making a good punch, and removing a red wine stain.

This article is about that last skill.

There are three common cures for a red wine spill: water, water and salt, and club soda. Figuring that a good host should know which of these works (if any), I decided to conduct an experiment in the Epi test kitchen. For guidance, I called Wayne Edelman, owner of Meurice Garment Care in NYC and an expert in stain removing. (Martha’s a fan.)

The first thing Edelman told me to keep in mind is that not all stains are created equal. Protein stains, like spilled yogurt or milk, are fundamentally different in structure from wine stains. Tannin stains, like wine or coffee, come from a dye found in solids like grape skins or bark. The type of stain can help you decide the best remover.

“You want to use something that’s acidic to render stains soluble,” said Edelman. I didn’t quite know what he meant, so I purposefully poured some red wine on some fresh, white towels and started experimenting.


I’d read that when handling salt for stains, it’s important to not be shy: a lot of salt comes in handy. You want to completely cover that spilled wine and draw out as much moisture as possible.

A saltwater solution on the wine spill removed the stain better than regular water did, but even after an overnight soak, the red wine was still pretty prominent on the linens I tested.


This method was dubbed “the Larry David method” after an episode of his show, Curb Your Enthusiasm. In one segment, a cup of coffee spills across a white couch, and Larry David’s mind is blown as a mysterious man practically sweeps away the stain using club soda and salt. How did it play out IRL? My test worked in removing the stain, but considering that club soda alone also worked (see below), the salt probably isn’t necessary.


There’s no scientific evidence confirming club soda as a more effective stain remover than regular water. However, of the four methods I tried, this one worked the best in breaking down the wine’s dyes. After pouring on club soda and letting it sit overnight, there was practically no trace of the stain left.

Club soda goes through some chemical add-ons during its artificial carbonation (the distinguishing characteristic between club soda and seltzer), which makes it slightly more acidic than tap water. That could be the key to its effectiveness. But personally, I don’t really care why it works; I just know a good host needs to keep several bottles on hands, for low-alcohol mixed drinks and spill-prone friends alike.

France Fights To Keep Macron Email Hack From Distorting Election

France sought to keep a computer hack of frontrunner Emmanuel Macron’s campaign emails from influencing the outcome of the country’s presidential election with a warning on Saturday it could be a criminal offence to republish the data.

Macron’s team said a “massive” hack had dumped emails, documents and campaign financing information online just before campaigning ended on Friday and France entered a quiet period which forbids politicians from commenting on the leak.

The data leak emerged as polls predicted Macron, a former investment banker and economy minister, was on course for a comfortable victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s election, with the last surveys showing his lead widening to around 62 percent to 38.

“On the eve of the most important election for our institutions, the commission calls on everyone present on internet sites and social networks, primarily the media, but also all citizens, to show responsibility and not to pass on this content, so as not to distort the sincerity of the ballot,” the French election commission said in a statement on Saturday.

However, the commission – which supervises the electoral process – may find it difficult to enforce its rules in an era where people get much of their news online, information flows freely across borders and many users are anonymous.

French media covered the hack in various ways, with left-leading Liberation giving it prominence on its website, but television news channels opting not to mention it.

Le Monde newspaper said on its website it would not publish the content of any of the leaked documents before the election, partly because the huge amount of data meant there was not enough time to report on it properly, but also because the dossiers had been published on purpose 48 hours before the election with the clear aim of affecting the vote.

“If these documents contain revelations, Le Monde will of course publish them after having investigated them, respecting our journalistic and ethical rules, and without allowing ourselves to be exploited by the publishing calendar of anonymous actors,” it said.

As the #Macronleaks hashtag buzzed around social media on Friday night, Florian Philippot, deputy leader of Le Pen’s National Front party, tweeted “Will Macronleaks teach us something that investigative journalism has deliberately kept silent?”


As much as 9 gigabytes of data purporting to be documents from the Macron campaign were posted on a profile called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a site that allows anonymous document sharing.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible, but Macron’s political movement said in a statement the hack was an attempt to destabilize democracy and to damage the party.

En Marche! said the leaked documents dealt with the normal operations of a campaign and included some information on campaign accounts. It said the hackers had mixed false documents with authentic ones to “sow doubt and disinformation.”

Sunday’s election is seen as the most important in France for decades, with two diametrically opposed views of Europe and the country’s place in the world at stake.

Le Pen would close borders and quit the euro currency, while Macron wants closer European cooperation and an open economy.

Voters in some French overseas territories and the Americas were due to cast their ballots on Saturday, a day before voting in France itself. The first polling stations to open at 1000 GMT were in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, islands off Canada.

Others in French Guiana in South America; Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean; the South Pacific islands of French Polynesia and French citizens living elsewhere in the Americas were also due to vote on Saturday.

In France, police union Alternative Police warned in a statement that there was a risk of violence on election day by activists of the far-right or far-left.

Extreme-right student activists burst into the office of Macron’s political movement in the southeastern city of Lyon on Friday evening, setting off smoke grenades and scattering false bank notes bearing Macron’s picture, police said.

France is the latest nation to see a major election overshadowed by allegations of manipulation through cyber hacking after U.S. intelligence agencies said in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of parties tied to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to influence the election on behalf of Republican Donald Trump.

Vitali Kremez, director of research with New York-based cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint, told Reuters his review indicated that APT 28, a group tied to the GRU, the Russian military intelligence directorate, was behind the leak.

Macron’s campaign has previously complained about attempts to hack its emails, blaming Russian interests in part for the cyber attacks.

The Kremlin has denied it was behind any such attacks, although Macron’s camp renewed complaints against Russian media and a hackers’ group operating in Ukraine.

(Additional reporting by Bate Felix, Andrew Callus, Myriam Rivet, and Michel Rose in Paris, Catherine Lagrange in Lyon, Jim Finkle in Toronto and Eric Auchard in Frankfurt; Editing by Alexander Smith)

9-Foot-Long Gator Plays Easter Bunny, Dropping Into Family’s Home

Cute chicks and fuzzy bunnies weren’t the only creatures that popped round this Easter morn. One South Carolina family got an alligator.

The 9-foot-long gator gave the family a serious jolt after it broke into their upstairs porch in the wee hours of Sunday morning and then refused to leave, WCBD News reported.

Video taken from the Mount Pleasant family’s second-story porch shows the giant reptile lounging around with its jaws open wide.

“He was perfectly happy. He would have stayed for however long,” homeowner Steve Polston told the local station.

The unwelcome guest apparently managed to climb a 15-foot staircase to the porch. Once there, he broke through a screen door to gain access. Polston said his family heard a commotion and initially thought someone ― as in a human ― had broken into their home.

For those keeping track, this could be yet another gators-love-golf-courses story. The Polstons’ house is located near a pond on a golf course, according to The Post and Courier.

Wildlife experts with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources were called to remove the giant animal. Unfortunately, it had to be euthanized right there because it couldn’t be persuaded to leave and was basically too big to be dragged out, The Post and Courier reported.

Nuisance-trapped alligators must be killed and may not be relocated under state law.

Hot Glue Gun Triggers 4-Hour Lockdown At Colgate University

Colgate University went on lockdown and students were ordered to shelter in place for four hours Monday night while police investigated reports of a gunman on the upstate New York campus. But the “threat” turned out to be a student using a glue gun for an art project.

The campus lockdown occurred after reports that someone had “entered the O’Connor Campus Center while carrying what witnesses believed was a weapon,” said a statement from university spokesman Daniel DeVries.

The precautions on the campus of the private liberal arts college took place on the same day that an attacker armed with a hunting knife stabbed four people, killing one, on the Austin campus of the University of Texas. Police arrested a student over the attack.

But some Colgate students expressed concerns about suspected overreactions to the incident on their campus because the student with the glue gun is African-American.

As police scoured buildings at Colgate, a university of 2,900 undergraduates located in Hamilton about 40 miles from Syracuse, students said rumors spread that there were two gunmen, and one had committed suicide — none of which was true.

Shortly after early reports about sightings concerning a weapon at Colgate around 8 p.m., university administrators tweeted, “There is an armed person at the Coop. Find a safe space and remain indoors. If you are off-campus, stay away.” The Coop is a dining hall on campus.

A Photoshopped Picture Of Donald Trump Is Freaking Everyone Out

It appears to just show Trump and Congressional Republicans celebrating in the White House Rose Garden, after the House passed a measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday:

But on closer inspection, it becomes clear that every man in the background actually has the same face ― of Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)

BuzzFeed video producer Amanda Holland edited the image and shared it to Twitter on Thursday. It’s now going viral.

“Would you have noticed if I hadn’t said anything?” asked Holland, who captioned the picture with the hashtag #GOPclones.

Judging by other tweeters’ reactions to her post, many failed to spot the photo-editing trickery until it was pointed out to them.