Tag Archives: Family

Breaking the stigma of addiction – Matt’s story

mattphotoMatt had been prescribed large quantities of Percocet and Methadone by a pain management clinic in Delaware after his back injury and surgery.

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)   On January 3, 2015, Matthew Klosowski died from a prescription drug overdose.  Matt had become addicted to prescription opioids after suffering a back injury and resulting surgery in Delaware.  He was 37 years old when he died in a hotel room in Florida.  I connected with Matt’s mom, Marybeth Cichocki shortly after his death.  Marybeth wanted to tell Matt’s story and I wanted to hear it.

Florida Board of Medicine you have a pill mill crisis in your state! Why are you contributing to it?

Surveillance image from what was once South Florida's largest pill mill. Courtesy: wsvn.com

Surveillance image from what was once South Florida’s largest pill mill. Courtesy: wsvn.com

Have you seen the statistics in Florida of the deaths and addictions to controlled substances? 

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)   There is an organization of ordinary citizens operating out of Florida called StoppNow.  Here is a link to their website http://stoppnow.com/?page_id=252.  These ordinary citizens recognize that pill mills operating out of storefront buildings are warehouses of prescription opioids who are dispensing pills to hopelessly addicted people lined up outside the storefront pill mills.  So StoppNow organizes picket lines in front of the pill mills calling attention to law enforcement and the D.E.A. that people are dying and families torn apart because of these pill mills.  Ordinary citizens saving lives — heroes in every sense of the word.

Be present on Father’s Day



Be quick on the visits and the telephone this Father’s Day. Regardless if you are the child or parent, the present is what we have and absence must be a thing of the past.

Dr. Glenn Mollette Global News Centre

(NEWBURGH, Indiana)  Sadly, too many Americans are growing up without the presence of a father. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 24 million children live in biological-absent father homes.

The positive impacts of having dad around are numerous such as better social-emotional and academic functioning and fewer behavioral problems. Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families.*

Legacy of War

Beryl & James Burrowes

Beryl & James Burrowes

When I reflect on war, I think of my uncles and great uncles, and my father and mother (both veterans of World War II) and I know what I want to do.

Robert J. Burrowes Global News Centre

(TASMANIA)   As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey.

Human Rights: Karl Sabbagh

Karl Sabbagh

Karl Sabbagh

Although Palestinians know their own history only too well, many people in the west have only the vaguest of ideas about the history of the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. 

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Global News Centre

(BETHLEHEM) I met many people in my short visit to Europe (and I am really home sick for Palestine). The most interesting was Lebanese Soha Beshara. Soha gave a talk on Gaza in France. It was very moving. Soha spent 10 years in the infamous Al-Khayyam prison in South Lebanon during the Israeli occupation. She was tortured like many who spent time in that prison. She, a Lebanese Christian, had shot Antoun Lahd (the criminal who worked as a subcontractor for the Israeli occupation).

DREAMLAND (Book review)


DREAMLAND by by Sam Quinones

The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones.

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)    My friend, Sam Quinones, former newspaper reporter with the L.A. Times very nicely had his publisher send me an advanced copy of his book Dreamland to be released April 21.

I do not profess to be a book reviewer, but I am knowledgeable after 13 years of hard work on how the prescription opioid epidemic is destroying families every day throughout the country

I encourage every family in the U.S. and Canada dealing with the addiction and potential death of loved ones to prescription opioids or heroin to order a copy of Dreamland.  It is available on Amazon.  (http://www.amazon.com/Dreamland-True-Americas-Opiate-Epidemic/dp/1620402505) Sam Quinones has exposed the dirty world of the pharmaceutical industry.

Why I won’t make the prescription opioid epidemic of death and addiction personal!



This is about justice for every family in the country dealing with the catastrophic loss of life to addiction and death deliberately accomplished in a successful effort for Purdue Pharma to make billions of dollars. 

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  On April 29, 2002 my daughter Jill was “killed” by OxyContin prescribed to her for back pain.  I use the word “killed” because the opioid had been marketed criminally by Purdue Pharma as less likely to be addictive or dangerous.  I went through the emotional roller coaster of grief after Jill’s death and even attended some bereaved parent support group meetings.  After each meeting, I drove home in tears.  It felt as though a Band-Aid was being ripped off my heart each time and I only attended three meetings.  I grieved with friends who were there for me to talk and I found my car to be a place of refuge where I could cry as I drove.

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