By Jo Ciavaglia | Twitter: @jciavaglia | Bucks County Courier Times | Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 [av_dropcap1]I[/av_dropcap1]n the days before he allegedly stabbed his grandmother, Dylan Campbell thought he was a god. He also believed that someone was trying to hurt his family. He’d get down on all fours and rock. He started hyperventilating. He was hallucinating. His face wore a blank look, according to his aunt Noreen Carros, who lives with the 17-year-old, soon-to-be high school senior. His bizarre behavior was so worrisome that his family took him to a hospital emergency room, where he was put under a 48-hour observation, Carros said. Cough syrup abuse led Dylan Campbell to stab grandmother She said she had no idea what happened to her grand-nephew, until he confided in her. Now she wants to warn other people about what medical and drug abuse professionals call a cheap, legal, accessible and dangerous high. And it’s probably in your bathroom right now. The Bristol Township teen was abusing cough medications, and had been for months, Carros said. The family informed Bristol Township police that he was possibly abusing it the night he allegedly stabbed his grandmother, who suffered minor wounds. While not as [...]
via Molly Eichel - Philly.com Richard Gere went method after filming "Franny" in Philadelphia last year. In "Franny," Gere plays a philanthropist and addict who embeds himself in the lives of a young couple, played by Dakota Fanning and Theo James (who just hit box-office gold this weekend as Four, the male lead in "Divergent"). I hear that Gere donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Livengrin Foundation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers servicing the tristate area. Gere, who was born in Philly and received the Marian Anderson Award in 2007, is no stranger to giving. He's known specifically for his work fighting AIDS/HIV and for working with the people of Tibet. "While every gift we receive is appreciated and extremely helpful, this contribution will not only help provide treatment for patients in need, but will also help focus attention on the issue of addiction in our society and remind people that help is available, and recovery is possible," said Richard Pine, Livengrin's CEO.No release plans have been set for "Franny," but I'll certainly keep you updated when I hear.
Philadelphia Eagles Honor Livengrin and Board Member Steve Leckerman with the 2014 Community Quarterback Award
Courtesy PhiladelphiaEagles.com | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 The Philadelphia Eagles and Teva Pharmaceuticals named the finalists for the 2014 Community Quarterback Awards, which recognizes individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving the communities in which they live through volunteerism. The Eagles and Teva award $100,000 in grants to the nonprofits served by the 11 Community Quarterback finalists. The overall winner received $50,000 for his or her organization while the two runners-up received an additional $11,000 for their nonprofit. Additionally, the finalists received $4,000 for their group. The award presentation took place March 19 at the NovaCare Complex. Steve Leckerman – The Livengrin Foundation Steve Leckerman is a dedicated volunteer with the Livengrin Foundation, using his 30 years of experience within the grassroots addiction recovery community, as well as his business expertise to help those affected by the disease across the region. Steve has dedicated a great deal of time towards increasing the Livengrin Foundation’s fundraising initiatives, including helping to build a professional development office. In 2013, Steve and his family established a special patient scholarship fund at Livengrin, named in the memory of his daughter who was killed by a drunk driver in 2003. In only eight months, Steve personally [...]
The so-called “Killer Heroin,” which is blamed for a string of recent overdoses in Bucks County, may contain little — if any — actual heroin.
With the non-medical use of opioid drugs reaching epidemic levels in the United States, medical officials are discussing the many things needed to help stem the problem. Heroin and prescription drug use in the Philadelphia area are approaching record highs. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn spoke to experts and a recovering drug addict, Livengrin's Ryan Roth, about the frightening realities. See the video and read the full story at: Solving Opioid Addiction Crisis: No Silver Bullet
[av_video src='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFkQWdtC5Tk' format='4-3' width='4' height='3'] Alcohol and drug dependency affect as many as 15% of our nation's nurses. Hear their real stories and discover Nurses Lifeline, an addiction treatment program designed just for nurses. Learn how their unique needs, job pressures and special place in the community are addressed with confidentiality.
Livengrin counselors offer their input on teen addiction and the difficult battle faced by those fighting drug and alcohol addiction. This segment was featured on a recent "Teens & Drugs" episode of the PBS 39 series, "Tempo". [av_video src='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs9zFnZaK1A' format='16-9' width='16' height='9']
Livengrin Foundation encourages communication and education on addiction issues. Both our YouTube page and overall mission are health care-oriented and the Foundation reserves the right to edit or delete public comments that express political or cultural, rather than healthcare, views. A veteran Livengrin counselor provides the treatment perspective on the evolving cultural and legal shifts about marijuana. Join us with veteran Philadelphia news anchor Larry Kane for Voice of Reason. Part 1: [av_video src='https://youtu.be/Np9OrCRuUrY' format='16-9' width='16' height='9'] Part 2: [av_video src='https://youtu.be/LSyJpMcMaec' format='16-9' width='16' height='9'] Part 3: [av_video src='https://youtu.be/ZYX0zVs2Wgo' format='16-9' width='16' height='9']
In the fall of 2012, an autopsy confirmed the drug-related death of the son of an NFL coach. It's unfortunate that awareness about addiction issues arises in the public square due to a death or other tragedy involving someone with a degree of celebrity. When that happens, Livengrin is often called upon to provide perspective from the treatment viewpoint. CBS-3 in Philadelphia visited our campus to report on the dangers of a person relapsing after having been clean and sober.
Two men who had been treated for drug addiction lost their lives in the late summer of 2012. One was an unknown, regular young adult. The other, the son of an NFL coach with a level of celebrity. In both cases, they had returned to drugs that overpowered their defenses. Livengrin is often called upon to provide perspective on addiction issues, from the treatment viewpoint. NBC-10 in Philadelphia visited our campus to report on the dangers of a person relapsing after having been clean and sober. *This video is “stored” courtesy of NBC-10 and the station may insert a short advertisement before our report.