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Judyth Piazza chats with HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell on The American Perspective

Judyth Piazza chats with HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell on The American Perspective (Click here to listen)

Jane Velez-Mitchell (b. September 29, 1955) is an award winning television journalist and author. She currently has her own show on HLN, “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.” She is often seen commenting on high-profile cases for CNN, TruTV, E! and other national cable TV shows. Velez-Mitchell is an “out” lesbian, animal protection advocate, vegan, and recovering alcoholic with over 15 years of sobriety.

In her new book “Addict Nation,” TV host Jane Velez-Mitchell explores America`s love affair with prescription drugs, and asks: Is Lindsay Lohan REALLY sober?

The list of celebrities who have overdosed on legal prescription drugs is long and growing fast. Music legend Michael Jackson died after his doctor gave him a head-spinning cocktail of drugs including Valium, Lorazepam, and Midazolam, plus the painkiller Lidocane, topped off with Propofol. Heath Ledger OD`d in his fashionable Manhattan loft on a combination of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Diazepam, Alprazolam, Temazepam, Vicodin, Xanax , Restoril and Unisom. Anna Nicole Smith`s autopsy revealed Lexapro, Zoloft, Cipro, Klonopin, Valium, Lorazepam, Ativan, Robaxin and the powerful sleep aid Chloral Hydrate in her system. Now, many fear Lindsay Lohan may join the list.

As the number of stars rise with addiction’s,  they hide from the public in “Luxury Rehab”  while getting sober.

The feisty TV host and author of “Addict Nation-An Intervention for America,” Jane Velez-Mitchell says “The high profile tragedies we cover on my show “Issues” (HLN Channel) are just the tip of the iceberg. Celebrity deaths are bringing into focus our national addiction to prescription drugs!”

There`s a growing trend in America to try and solve all manner of discomfort, real or imagined, physical or emotional, with a pill. And because prescription drugs are “legal” many don`t acknowledge the devastating wreckage pills are creating in the lives of addicts. We have become a nation of pill-heads. According to Velez-Mitchell, prescription drug abuse is a “cultural addiction.” Nationwide, deaths from prescription drug overdoses are the second-leading cause of accidental death behind car accidents. In some states, prescription O.D.`s are the leading cause of accidental fatalities.

But, this epidemic is being, for the most part, ignored. Why? “Addict Nation” points out that there are billions of dollars made each year on legal drugs, and those industries have become our “pushers.”

In her new book Addict Nation-An Intervention for America (HCI Books, Feb. 2011), bestselling author Jane Velez-Mitchell says, “It`s time to take our power back!” She believes Americans have collectively become devoted to a number of dysfunctional behaviors ( overeating, prescription drug dependency, sex addiction, and obsessions with technology, war, incarceration, celebrities and crime) and that the United States is in danger of “hitting bottom.”

Addict Nation tackles the issue of cultural addictions, and promises to shine a light on those who would profit off of our misery. Velez-Mitchell says she`s got a blueprint for change, but first we must see what is really going on. Addict Nation is an intervention!

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