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Wonderland Treatment Center Leads the Fight Against Salvia

Friday, January 18, 2008 General News J E 4
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 Howard C. Samuels PsyD, ExecutiveDirector and co-founder of Wonderland Treatment Center in Los Angeles, has wona major victory in his crusade against the hallucinogenic plant "SalviaDivinorum." On a 7-0 vote cast just yesterday, the California AssemblyCommittee on Public Safety passed Assembly Bill 259, introduced by AssemblymanAnthony Adams (R-Hesperia), which would make the sale or distribution ofSalvia to any person under the age of 18 a misdemeanor in the State ofCalifornia. Samuels had recently petitioned the Assemblyman on the cause,which found widespread support on behalf of state, county, and local lawenforcement agencies among many others.

"Young people are dying from this drug," said Samuels. "Making asubstance illegal may not always succeed in making it impossible to get, butit makes it much, much harder to get, especially for kids and teenagers. Thisis a vitally important first step for our kids and our community."

Salvia is a naturally grown, mint-like leaf which has been equated toproviding users with experiences similar to that of the mind-altering drugLSD. Side effects include uncontrollable hysteria, an out of body experience,and a feeling of total confusion or near-madness.

Assembly Bill 259 will be heard next in the Assembly AppropriationsCommittee.

*Wonderland Center is a multidimensional treatment center based in theHollywood Hills, offering diverse and cutting edge programs tailored to eachclient's specific needs. Wonderland has specialized therapy programs fortrauma, anger management, grief and loss, love addiction, gambling,codependency, eating disorders, and relapse prevention. The length of stayvaries depending on the severity of addiction, the type of substance used, anysecondary or co-occurring disorders, medical history and prior treatmentexperience. Wonderland also provides excellent extended after care forclients.

Dr. Howard Samuels and Bernadine Fried, MFT are co-founders. BernadineFried has advanced training in trauma and oversees the clinical team. Each hasover 15 years of experience in treating addictive disorders and arethemselves, recovering addicts -- giving their clients expertise and empathy.

For more information, please visit http://www.wonderlandcenter.com

SOURCE Wonderland Treatment Center
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