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Reefer Madness Redux: FDA Overstates Claims of Kratom Abuse Deaths

by Stephen, February 14, 2018

In an episode from that font of wisdom and subtlety, the Comedy Central cartoon series South Park, series regular Stan Marsh becomes the victim of a well-meaning hoax by his parents to keep him from ever using drugs: They hire an actor to portray a future Stan who has become … Continue reading

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New Help for Opioid Abuse Epidemic Treatment

by Stephen, February 7, 2018

In May 2016 a promising new tool in the fight against the opioid abuse epidemic received FDA approval. Since then, it has not made much of an impact. Now it will have some competition, which may fare better. Probuphine is an implantable version of buprenorphine, a low-dose opioid used in … Continue reading

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Famous Law Firms Help Fight Opiate/Opioid Abuse

by Pam, January 31, 2018

Recently, we discussed how state and county government agencies are using online databases to track how many drugs are prescribed and used. These efforts are part of government efforts to end addiction to drugs such as opiates/opioids. City governments are also taking efforts to end such opiate/opioid abuse. Some of … Continue reading

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Give Teens Facts, Not Fiction, about Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

by Stephen, January 26, 2018

This is (or was; the week’s almost over) National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. It continues through Jan. 28, with local events all over the country (check your community bulletin boards). NDAAW was designed by scientists with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol … Continue reading

Using Opiate/Opioid Databases to Fight Addiction

by Pam, January 22, 2018

While it appears that we’re still in the midst of an epidemic of opiate/opioid addiction, it looks as if more and more people are becoming aware of this epidemic. More and more parties are joining the battle to fight it. Government is providing some of this help. For example, in … Continue reading

Maine Governor Blocks Valuable Tool for Preventing Drug Overdose Deaths

by Stephen, January 19, 2018

There’s an old proverb that begins, “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost.” It describes a chain of causation that culminates in disaster, from the loss of a man’s life to the fall of a kingdom. Paul LePage, the … Continue reading

It Takes Greatness to Seek Help for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

by Pam, January 15, 2018

  This post originally appeared on January 15, 2018, a day when the United States celebrated the birthday of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a prominent civil rights leader. Given his impressive accomplishments, most people would agree that King was a great man. Most of us aren’t King, … Continue reading

NIH Offers Online Navigator for Suspected Alcohol Use Disorder

by Stephen, January 12, 2018

  When alcohol is counted as an abused drug, it leads the pack, but not everyone who drinks alcohol is abusing it or addicted to it. That’s one of the things making it difficult for people to decide if they have a problem. It is true that men are told … Continue reading

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Coping with Blue Monday without Alcohol and Drugs

by Pam, January 8, 2018

This blog post was originally published in January, 2018. That year, January 15, 2018, the third Monday of the month, was known as Blue Monday. Some people call the day Blue Monday because they consider it the most depressing day of the year. When you think about it, this designation … Continue reading

Many Opioid Addicts Only Took Opioids as Prescribed

by Stephen, January 5, 2018

Opioid addiction and overdose deaths are up, but what is the core problem? Is it just an opioid epidemic? Or something else? For some people, the answer still seems to be it’s a question of morals or willpower. For others, it is like a disease, like diabetes, maybe exacerbated by … Continue reading

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