Ken Daniels, longtime play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Red Wings, went through a miserable and heart-wrenching experience via losing his son to drug addiction. However, he used what he knew about his son’s fate to spread knowledge on his son’s situation to people who need to know. His son was caught up in a scam called “The Florida Shuffle,” which works by luring in people from out of state to a network of phony rehab clinics, charging their insurance for expensive tests, put them through a basic wringer of rehab, then intentionally let the patient relapse so they can repeat the process. Daniels’ son died in a drug-free house by overdosing on Xanax, which the landlord operator knew was still in the house.

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KEN DANIELS WAS wrapping holiday gifts when the police officer showed up on his doorstep on Dec. 7, 2016. Daniels, the Detroit Red Wings play-by-play voice for more than two decades, had gotten to know many of the officers on the Birmingham, Michigan, police force through his job. But this one he didn’t recognize.

“He said, ‘Are you Ken Daniels?’ and I said, ‘Yes. What did he do?'”

He was Jamie Daniels, Ken’s 23-year-old son. By that December, Jamie had been in and out of drug rehabilitation facilities in South Florida for going on eight months, battling an addiction to prescription opioids such as Vicodin and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax.

After calling the Red Wings game in Winnipeg, Canada, the night before, Ken had spoken on the phone with Jamie, who was living in Boynton Beach, Florida, at a halfway house for recovering addicts. Jamie had painted the wheels on his car and called his father, promising to send pictures, ending the conversation the way he always did: “Love you.” Click Here to Continue Reading

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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