Advocates & Activists

Janet Colbert – Champion for the Newborn – Head of STOPP Now

  We titled this podcast as Janet being a champion for newborns. This is because she worked as a neonatal nurse and had to treat newborns born addicted to drugs in an ever increasing number with the opioid addiction epidemic being in full swing. However, with the death of a friend’s son due to overdose,…

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Shelley Winner – Junkie, Jail Time – Turned Her Life Around Completely

Shelley Winner was a junkie — addicted to crystal meth. 65 gram of the drug was found in her bags when she was caught by the police. Drug possession of more than 50 gram can get you at least 10 years of a prison sentence in the U.S. Shelley got four years and found out…

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Allie Severino – Producer & Host of “DopeSick Nation” now Saving Lives on the Front Lines

A tenacious crusader in today’s drug crisis, Allie Severino is no stranger to addiction–or to the stigma that comes with being an addict. Allie has devoted her life’s work to breaking down the stigma associated with substance use disorders and increasing access to care for all who experience them. Allie speaks regularly with schools, drug…

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Nick Ferguson – An NFL Star Rises from the Projects To Educate Youth on Drug Addiction

Nick Ferguson grew up in the inner city of Miami, known as the projects.  Within his neighborhood and even his own family, he was aware of the negative effects of drugs and alcohol addiction from an early age.  With the positive influence of two of his teachers and his mother, he went down a different…

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NY Times Bestselling Author Gerald Posner on his Explosive New Book “Pharma”

In his just released book “Pharma”, a meticulously documented expose of decades of fraud, incompetence, conspiracy and avarice, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Gerald Posner traces the heroes and villains of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry and uncovers how those once entrusted with improving life have often betrayed that ideal to corruption and…

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Fabian Padro – Helping Others Live Drug Free Lives

Running a rehab center might not be first and foremost on your list of professions to pursue. However, Fabian Padro – with a background of entrepreneurship and business – became the Executive Director of  Narconon Ojai, the most exclusive Narconon in the world. This unique rehab has a completely drug free withdrawal, supported with large…

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Darren Prince, Celebrity Sports Super-Agent- His Fall and Recovery

Darren Prince is a prominent sports and celebrity agent and global advocate for addiction and recovery. As a leading authority in this space, his insights have been featured in WSJ, NYT, USA Today, CNN and Dr. OZ. After over 11 years of sobriety, Darren has become a sought-after speaker on addiction recovery and mental health….

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Michael DeLeon – Drugs Almost Killed Me – I Won’t Let That Happen to Others

Michael Deleon is an ex-offender and former addict and gang member. After 12 years in prison he finally had his “point of no return”, and he became determined to ensure that no other child in America “turned out like me”.  He has since presented drug education and prevention in all 50 states in over 700…

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NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk on Importance of Drug Education

Marshall Faulk was a record setting running back in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons, both for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams. In 2011, Marshall was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.   Now he is the National Spokesman for “The…

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Dr. Cali Estes- I Married A Junkie- And Here is Our Story Today

Dr. Cali Estes has her own history with addiction involving food.  But dealing with that and studying the whole area of addiction made her much more able to deal with her rock musician husband – Tim – when he became addicted to heroin.  She details this in her book, I Married a Junkie. Tim is…

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