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April 2016

EventsRoad 2 Recovery

Road to Recovery 5K Announces The Mortar Foundation as Presenting Sponsor, Welcomes 49ers Legend Dennis Brown

First-Ever Recovery Celebration Event Finds Support and Participation from Local Community San Francisco, CA, April 25, 2016 – Center for Open Recovery (COR), is pleased to announce that The Mortar Foundation of San Francisco has become the presenting sponsor of the Bay Area’s first-of-its-kind community wellness event supporting recovery from addiction. The Road to Recovery 5K, on Sunday, May 1, 2016 will be emceed by KPIX Channel 5 News anchorman, Allen Martin and featured speaker Dennis Brown, San Francisco 49ers alum and Super Bowl XXIX Champion. The Mortar Foundation, through their generous financial support, has chosen to stand at the forefront of this critical issue with COR to end the stigma of addiction.  Historically viewed through the lens of shame and primarily treated as a crime or moral failing, addiction is in fact, a public health issue that has grown to become a crisis in our community and across the…
From COR Director

Community Strengthens Recovery

Last week while in Washington DC for an Alcohol Policy Conference, I had the honor of visiting the offices of Senators Feinstein, Boxer, and Congresswoman Pelosi to ask for their support enforcing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. That law, passed in 2008, has yet to be funded and therefore has not been implemented nor enforced. Without parity, those of us seeking insurance coverage for treatment and recovery services are not given sufficient information as to why our reimbursement claims are not being honored - as they should be. And while it is heartening and monumental that CARA - the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act recently passed the Senate by a vote of 94 to 1, and hopefully the House will quickly follow suit; without funding to address this public health crisis, these laws are nothing more than an acknowledgment and acceptance of dire injustice. How is it…
From COR Director

Discharged from hospital with fatal dose of opiates. Who is accountable?

Heartbreaking news of another young person in recovery dying today by accidental overdose to prescribed medication. How is this possible? Who is accountable? What can we do to stop this? "The fact that a discharging doctor could so easily send a patient out of the hospital with a potentially fatal dose of opiates is a reflection of how the rhetoric around treating drug addiction as a public health issue hasn’t gotten much beyond words" says reporter Jason Cherkis in his article. “If you’re allergic to penicillin, that goes on your record, and if a doctor comes in later and tries to write a prescription for penicillin, it’s blocked, you can’t do it,” said David Grubb. “And the same is true with drugs that interact with one another improperly. Anytime you do that, it’s part of the medical records and they’re all electronic.” Why is this not the case when treating…