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‘Cobra Kai’ Season 4: Terry Silver Returns — Thomas Ian Griffith

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A former Karate Kid foe is stepping back in the dojo: Thomas Ian Griffith is joining Cobra Kai‘s fourth season, reprising his role of Terry Silver, TVLine has learned.

One of the main antagonists of the film franchise (watch Netflix’s teaser clip below), Silver was one of the original co-founders of Cobra Kai, as well as the dojo’s corporate owner. A close friend of John Kreese’s from his military days, Silver hatched a plan to help Kreese get revenge on Daniel LaRusso in the third film, tricking Daniel-san to train with him so he could set him up to lose to Mike Barnes in the All Valley Karate Tournament. The plan failed, and we haven’t seen Silver since.

“Since the beginning of the series, we’ve been carefully orchestrating the right moment to unleash Cobra Kai dojo co-founder Terry Silver back into the universe,” executive producers/writers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg said in a statement. “That moment is now. We can’t wait for the whole world to experience Thomas Ian Griffith’s majestic return to the franchise.”

In the Season 3 finale, Kreese made a phone call to an old friend, leading many to speculate that Silver would, indeed, make his long-awaited return to the series. The show’s EPs talked to TVLine in January about Silver’s possible re-emergence: “On our show, we try to bring back the original actor who played characters in the past as much as possible,” Hurwitz said at the time. “We all loved the character of Terry Silver in The Karate Kid 3 and his portrayal by Thomas Ian Griffith, so if that character was to return for Season 4, we’d hope that he’d be the one playing him.”

Griffith is far from the first guest-actor to reprise a role in the Miyagi-verse. Last season, Elisabeth Shue made a surprise return as Ali Mills for a pair of episodes, while Karate Kid Part 2 actors Yuji Okumoto and Tamlyn Tomita appeared as Chozen and Kumiko, respectively.

Surprised Terry Silver is putting his uniform back on? And what will this mean for the newly merged Eagle Fang/Miyagi-Do crew? Watch the teaser below, then sound off in the Comments!

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President Joe Biden Pressed to Step Up Opioid Response

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At the outset of the coronavirus lockdowns last year, public health experts warned that social isolation, lack of access to treatment and the increasing lethality of the nation’s street drugs could lead to a massive surge in overdose deaths—a potential epidemic within an epidemic.

Nevertheless, 100,000 people have died in a single 12-month period, according to data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase of 28.5 percent from the previous year, leading health-care providers, treatment advocates, and addiction experts to question whether the crisis is being taken seriously enough on the federal level.

“If a person was a diabetic, we’d never wait to treat them until they were in a coma or having a limb removed,” said Dr. Shawn Ryan, chief medical officer of BrightView Health, one of the largest providers of addiction treatment services in the Midwest. “That’s how far along we generally get to substance-use disorder before we do anything about it. People just need to realize how grossly under-budgeted our treatment field is.”

“Don’t act like you’re going to change something of this magnitude with these responses that are grossly underwhelming,” Ryan said.

The Biden administration has committed from the outset to addressing the nation’s addiction crisis, from earmarking $4 billion in the American Rescue Plan for expanding treatment access to pushing for an increase in the availability of naloxone—essentially an antidote to opioid overdose—nationwide. The president’s “Build Back Better” framework includes $11 billion in additional funding to prevent drug trafficking and to address inequities in treatment.

In a statement acknowledging the grim milestone, President Joe Biden pledged not to “overlook this epidemic of loss, which has touched families and communities across the country.”

“To all those families who have mourned a loved one and to all those people who are facing addiction or are in recovery: you are in our hearts, and you are not alone,” Biden added, in a likely nod to his own family’s struggles with substance use. “Together, we will turn the tide on this epidemic.”

Kevin Roy, chief policy officer of Shatterproof, a nonprofit that works to expand access to addiction treatment nationwide, put the poll in even starker terms.

“This is just a tragic growth in the overdose deaths,” Roy said. “To put it in perspective, just think about the 20-year trajectory: As recently as 2000, 17,000 people died per year of overdoses, and now we’re at 100,000.”

Thinking we’re going to stop this because we stop it from coming in, that’s not how it works. That’s not how humans work. If the demand remains up, the supply will find its way.

Dr. Shawn Ryan, chief medical officer of BrightView Health

The barriers to adequately addressing the substance-use crisis are higher than simple financial resources, however. Experts say that a morass of regulatory obstacles to providing treatment, poor access to medical insurance, restrictive treatment limits for people who do have insurance, and patchwork laws on naloxone availability have all made proper response to the epidemic nearly impossible.

“Access to treatment is still being subjected to too many non-quantitative treatment limits, pre-authorization, concurrent review, retroactive review—people have been kicked out of treatment too early,” said Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island and founder of the Kennedy Forum, which works to advance mental health and addiction care.

Kennedy, whose past substance use led him to becoming a prominent advocate for addiction treatment, pointed to Biden’s decision not to put the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the cabinet—and the failure to even confirm a director until last week—as evidence that the White House is not taking the issue as seriously as it should.

“We just don’t have leadership,” Kennedy said, noting other key priorities for addiction treatment advocates, including more rapid approval for drugs that treat opioid dependence. “I mean, if we can get emergency-status COVID vaccinations, why in the world are we taking so damn long?”

Experts have lauded some aspects of the administration’s approach to the crisis, particularly its focus on harm reduction for Americans already struggling with substance use. The White House has particularly emphasized that component of its overall drug response as its most urgent priority in addressing the overdose epidemic, pointing to the Build Back Better framework as the best next step.

“Addressing addiction and the overdose epidemic is an urgent priority of his administration—that’s why we have taken significant steps to address it, including removing barriers to prescription medication for opioid use disorder, providing funding for harm reduction services, announcing a new overdose prevention strategy last month that will build on this progress,” White House deputy press secretary Chris Meagher told reporters last week upon the release of the CDC data.

Meagher also noted Biden’s proposed $41 billion investment in national drug program agencies, a $670 million increase over the previous year, as “a good example of how this is a priority for the administration.”

But without access, the efforts may be steering precious resources into a dead end, said Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, chief medical officer of American Addiction Centers.

“While the concentrated efforts made to quell the growing number of overdose deaths should be applauded, it seems as though some approaches are not directly focused towards the part of the problem that requires the most attention,” Weinstein said. “For example, while increasing the availability of naloxone is a great idea and can make a difference, those with a substance use disorder typically do not access the facilities that would benefit from such an approach. Those purchasing substances of any kind on the street—which is where these fentanyl-laced substances are the issue—are likely not patrons of libraries, health care providers, social services organizations, and other areas in which naloxone availability would be increased.”

Preventing addiction and overdose in the first place is an even taller order, experts told The Daily Beast, as evidenced by the quintupling of overdose deaths over the past two decades despite vast resources devoted to thwarting drug trafficking.

“If you look at the history of supply and demand and drugs in the U.S., not too many of the interdiction or stemming the supply side efforts have worked,” said Ryan. “Thinking we’re going to stop this because we stop it from coming in, that’s not how it works. That’s not how humans work. If the demand remains up, the supply will find its way, period.”

While addiction services and treatment are critical to preventing long-term substance use disorders, experts say that the administration hasn’t devoted nearly enough energy or resources to educating Americans about the danger of fentanyl, which was present in nearly 60 percent of the overdose deaths reported by the CDC. The drug, which is vastly more potent than morphine, is increasingly being cut into other illicit drugs, from cocaine and methamphetamine to MDMA and counterfeit pharmaceuticals—meaning that even casual drug users now face the risk of accidental overdose.

“A 20-year heroin addict would never have the tolerance to deal with this stuff, let alone these kids who are taking whatever pills… everything’s being cut with this stuff,” Kennedy said. “The single biggest change in the fatality numbers that we’re seeing is directly driven by the lethality of the new drug that’s on the market.”

But beyond increasingly common word-of-mouth rumors about cocaine laced with fentanyl in major cities, treatment experts say that too many Americans remain ignorant of the risk—and that the government needs to educate them.

“We do need to be doing educational campaigns on fentanyl exposure in every other drug,” said Ryan, who has seen numerous cases of non-addicted drug users who were unintentionally exposed to fentanyl and died.

“They were seeking no opioids whatsoever,” Ryan said. “There needs to be a public information campaign to say, ‘hey, if you’re going to choose to use drugs, understand that this compound is likely to be in them.’”

The education efforts that do exist largely focus on preventing teens from using drugs, said Lindsey Vuolo, vice president of health law and policy, the Partnership to End Addiction, which ignores both adults—who are more likely to be exposed to “hard” drugs than adolescents—and younger children, who can be influenced more easily.

“Substance use prevention has been too narrowly focused and concentrated in the adolescent years,” Vuolo said. “Substance use prevention needs to start much earlier in a child’s life and be more broadly focused on healthy youth development by reducing risk factors, including social determinants of health and adverse childhood experiences, and bolstering protective factors, such as resilience.”

Experts are the first to admit that in a field where the understanding of addiction and substance use disorders changes rapidly, there’s no single silver bullet to solving the overdose crisis.

“A lot of what we’ve been doing in the field, which we think is important, has not changed our trajectory,” said Roy. “In fact, it’s gotten worse.”

But in comparison to other public health concerns, many of them equally difficult to address, substance use is still getting “short shrift” by the federal government, Ryan said.

“If you compare substance use disorder to everything else—cardiology, diabetes, it doesn’t matter—we are grossly underspending by about probably 100 times in comparison,” Ryan said. “And then there’s some sort of level of surprise when these reports keep coming out as bad as they are. Honestly, it’s just embarrassing and asinine for people to say, ‘well, I don’t know why we’re not going to make any progress.’”

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How Covid pushed kids to take charge of their mental health

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The pandemic has been traumatic for young people. While adults have had to adjust to work from home and battle Covid in the wake of losing family, friends and loved ones to the disease and staring at job insecurity, scores of teens across the country were pushed to take charge of their mental health, with some launching awareness initiatives to protect their own age group from reeling further.

Take Kolkata-based teenager Srishti Agarwal. Last year, as Covid cases were spiralling in the country, she had to move school and found it hard to cope. It was a “huge transition”, even though she was studying remotely. “I couldn’t find my own voice,” says the 17-year-old. The internal anguish was further compounded by the fact that she, like everyone around her, was in lockdown.

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Marvels Avengers Spider-Man DLC Release Date and Expected Time

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Marvels Avengers Spider-Man DLC’s release time is over 24 hours away and here we will go over the expected release time in each major region of the world.

Despite experiencing a rough launch, Marvel’s Avengers still receives continuous support and content update from Crystal Dynamics over a year after launch.

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Although the studio was blamed by Square Enix for the poor financial performance of Marvel’s Avengers, there is still one last chance for Crystal Dynamics to add up to the game’s number of sales. A Spider-Man expansion launching only two weeks ahead of the arrival of Spider-Man No Way Home could be big enough to convince Marvel fans to buy Marvel’s Avengers.

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Marvels Avengers Spider-Man Release Date and Time (Expected)

As revealed by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, Spider-Man will be available as a playable character in Marvel’s Avengers as a part of a bigger update that launches on November 30.

The exact release time has not been shared yet, but going back to the release time of the previous free expansion of the game, Spider-Man’s update is expected to be available at 8 am PT/11 am ET/4 pm UTC/5 pm BST/6 pm CEST.

Keep in mind that Spider-Man will only be available on PS4 and PS5 consoles. It’s a free update and you don’t need to pay anything extra if you already own the game. However, the other parts of the update will be available across all platforms, including some gameplay changes and improvements.

Marvel’s Avengers is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC. The game is also available for free on Xbox Game Pass.

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