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Christine Stapleton

Christine Stapleton has been a reporter for the Palm Beach Post since 1986. She has covered a variety beats, including a decade as the paper's court reporter and another as data editor. She distinguished herself in her coverage of award-winning reporting on migrant farmworkers, the 2000 Presidential election and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She currently covers the environment, politics and special investigations. She still loves what she does.

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Sober Home Task Force makes 26th arrest - takes aim at labs
 After six weeks without an arrest, the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force roared back into action on Thursday, making four arrests in 24 hours and expanding its investigation into business practices of labs that perform costly urine drug tests. The new arrests — plus additional charges against a prior arrestee — bring...

Posted: 13 days ago

After six weeks without an arrest, the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force roared back into action on Thursday, making four arrests in 24 hours and expanding its investigation into business practices of labs that perform costly urine drug tests. The new arrests — plus additional charges against a prior arrestee — bring...
Owner of West Palm Beach sober home accused of patient brokering
 The owner of two Palm Beach County sober homes where police responded to 28 calls last year — including six overdoses — was arrested on multiple counts of patient brokering on Wednesday. Matthew Anderson, 38, offered free rent to residents of his sober home, Anastasia’s Way, contingent on their attendance at London Treatment...

Posted: 13 days ago

The owner of two Palm Beach County sober homes where police responded to 28 calls last year — including six overdoses — was arrested on multiple counts of patient brokering on Wednesday. Matthew Anderson, 38, offered free rent to residents of his sober home, Anastasia’s Way, contingent on their attendance at London Treatment...
What happens to addicts if Obamacare and the Drug Czar get the boot?
 Last week was not a good week for addicts.  The House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – could be catastrophic for those with substance use disorders. The Senate still must approve it but provisions in the House version could allow insurance companies to refuse to cover and charge higher premiums for pre-existing...

Posted: 17 days ago

Last week was not a good week for addicts.  The House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – could be catastrophic for those with substance use disorders. The Senate still must approve it but provisions in the House version could allow insurance companies to refuse to cover and charge higher premiums for pre-existing...
Here’s what Florida lawmakers did — and didn’t do — about the heroin crisis
 Florida lawmakers attacked the heroin overdose epidemic this year wherever they could find it — in courtrooms, call-centers, hospitals, sober homes and treatment centers. Unlike recent years, when bills related to addiction and sober homes faced indifference and pious judgment, this year’s legislative session saw bipartisan bills...

Posted: 17 days ago

Florida lawmakers attacked the heroin overdose epidemic this year wherever they could find it — in courtrooms, call-centers, hospitals, sober homes and treatment centers. Unlike recent years, when bills related to addiction and sober homes faced indifference and pious judgment, this year’s legislative session saw bipartisan bills...
Sober home cleanup bill on path to OK after dangling all week
 A bill that would crack down on shady business practices in the drug-treatment industry is on a path to approval after its fate was up in the air for days. With a heavy dose of local lobbying, the bill to crack down on bad sober homes survived a key calendar call Wednesday to make it to the Senate floor Thursday. It must pass the Senate...

Posted: 20 days ago

A bill that would crack down on shady business practices in the drug-treatment industry is on a path to approval after its fate was up in the air for days. With a heavy dose of local lobbying, the bill to crack down on bad sober homes survived a key calendar call Wednesday to make it to the Senate floor Thursday. It must pass the Senate...
‘Finally,’ Scott declares opioid epidemic a public health emergency
 Responding to months of public outcry, Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency Wednesday in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a sea change in what had been a hands-off approach by state officials to a crisis that has killed thousands. “Finally,” said Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who in February...

Posted: 20 days ago

Responding to months of public outcry, Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency Wednesday in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a sea change in what had been a hands-off approach by state officials to a crisis that has killed thousands. “Finally,” said Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who in February...
Can Negron get sober home marketing bill on the calendar in time?
Hours after declaring the opioid overdose epidemic a public health crisis, Gov. Rick Scott said he was not aware that a bill targeting corruption in the drug treatment industry had not been called up for a final vote in the Senate.

Posted: 20 days ago

Hours after declaring the opioid overdose epidemic a public health crisis, Gov. Rick Scott said he was not aware that a bill targeting corruption in the drug treatment industry had not been called up for a final vote in the Senate.
Door remains open to Florida declaration of opioid health crisis
 Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip said Tuesday she has not ruled out declaring a public health emergency for the opioid epidemic. At the same time, officials announced the state would be getting a two-year, $54 million federal grant to attack the opioid crisis. At least $17 million would go toward medication-assisted treatment, such...

Posted: 21 days ago

Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip said Tuesday she has not ruled out declaring a public health emergency for the opioid epidemic. At the same time, officials announced the state would be getting a two-year, $54 million federal grant to attack the opioid crisis. At least $17 million would go toward medication-assisted treatment, such...
UPDATE: Teen rower in Juno boating wreck released from hospital
 A 16-year-old high-school student from West Palm Beach was released from the hospital late Saturday following a wreck Friday evening in the Intracoastal Waterway when a 32-foot motor boat hit and ran overthe lightweight scull which he and his racing partner were rowing. Dominic Pagan, who just placed seventh in a state rowing competition...

10:30 PM Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017

A 16-year-old high-school student from West Palm Beach was released from the hospital late Saturday following a wreck Friday evening in the Intracoastal Waterway when a 32-foot motor boat hit and ran overthe lightweight scull which he and his racing partner were rowing. Dominic Pagan, who just placed seventh in a state rowing competition...
Addicts to get needles from vending machines in Las Vegas
In an unprecedented approach to curb the spread of diseases and infections caused by sharing needles, health officials in Las Vegas are using vending machines to dispense clean syringes to addicts.

10:53 PM Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

In an unprecedented approach to curb the spread of diseases and infections caused by sharing needles, health officials in Las Vegas are using vending machines to dispense clean syringes to addicts.