My latest thoughts on addiction treatment, the opioid crisis and estate planning

By Mark Astor 9 months agoNo Comments

Good morning, everyone. I’m at one of my favorite places, which is the car wash here in Boca at the corner of Dixie and Spanish River. They have an amazing deal. It’s $33 per month for all the car washes you could ever want. If you want the inside done, it’s $6. How can you beat that? I always enjoy coming here, especially on the weekends. It’s one of those things that makes me happy. I’m enjoying this wonderful winter we’re having here in Florida, all 48 hours of it. That’s exciting.
I was made aware this week that the money we’re supposedly getting here in Florida is being used entirely for medically assisted treatment. To me, that’s insanity. We’re going to give money to pharmaceutical companies that, I think, are largely responsible for the opioid epidemic. We’re going to give them more money so that they can help people who are already addicted to drugs that they gave them. We’re going to give them things like Subuxone and other drugs that they have in their arsenal. We’re going to wean people off whatever they’ve been taking and we’re going to give them another drug that the pharmaceutical companies have come up with.
To me, that’s insanity. We should be promoting, in large part, abstinence based treatment. We have amazing treatment centers here in Florida. I’m a big proponent of the Marchman Act. I think that you have to make the decision for people to go into treatment, because they can’t make it for themselves. I’m irritated about this. It’s politics at its finest. Shame on the folks in Tallahassee if this is how they’re spending the money that we’re supposed to be getting here to help people. If you don’t get these people into treatment, this is going to get worse.
I’ve worked hard over the last couple of years to give people hope. My business is founded on helping people. I’ve talked about the opioid litigation that we’re working on. We will be seeking money on behalf of families whose members have been terribly affected by the addiction epidemic that’s ravished the entire country.
You may have read that some of the states are suing. We’re suing on behalf of the families. It’s great for the states. What about the families that have lost loved ones? They’ve spent thousands of dollars getting their kids and loved ones into treatment because of this opioid epidemic. If you would be interested in participating in that litigation, give us a call. You can call me on the office line at 561-419-6095. Tell my receptionist that you’re calling about the opioid litigation.
There’s something else that we’re really excited to work on. We want to help families that have been affected by addiction and mental illness to plan for the future. I didn’t think about estate planning until my father died at the beginning of the year. I’m responsible for taking care of my mother. What happens if I go before she does? Who is going to take care of her? From a financial perspective, that has to be discussed and analyzed. A plan needs to be laid out.
Audra is part of my team who takes care of my guardianship work. She is a brilliant estate planning lawyer. She will be working with me on our latest project, which is estate planning for families that are dealing with addiction and mental illness. We’re helping families where there has been someone in the family who has had an addiction and mental illness. If mom or dad leaves this earth before the child, who is going to take care of the child if there is a relapse? Who is going to take care of the child if they need help? Who is going to make sure that the assets for the sake of the beneficiaries are protected?
We’re putting together a plan of action. We want to help these families. Addiction and mental illness don’t just affect the one who is dealing with it. It affects the entire family. It’s like a metastasizing cancer that affects everyone in the family. We want to help that family. We want to protect that family unit now and in the future. We’re going to be working with some great financial planners. If you’re interested in that, please give us a call. We want to help you.
Enjoy this wonderful winter weather while you can. I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last. It’s really beautiful outside. I look forward to chatting with you soon. Thank you for the amazing comments, phone calls, text messages and hugs. It’s inspiring stuff. Please don’t stop.

  Addiction, Estate Planning, marchman, mental health, substance abuse, treatment
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