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Anti-Addiction Vaccines

(Image by skeeze from Pixabay) Addiction is a disease, it is often said. Since that’s the case, vaccines may be one way of preventing it. That’s not just hyperbole. The idea isn’t that far-fetched. Researchers have been working on anti-addiction vaccines for decades. It [...]

Anti-Addiction Vaccines2019-06-26T12:33:05+00:00

Wendy Williams Admits to Living in Sober House ‘Today and Beyond’

In March 2019, TV Talk show host Wendy Williams admitted she was living in a sober house. In the past she admitted to using cocaine in her 20s. (Wikimedia commons from a YouTube video) Last month TV talk host Wendy Williams came clean [...]

Wendy Williams Admits to Living in Sober House ‘Today and Beyond’2019-04-09T16:16:08+00:00

Addiction Treatment Coverage Threatened If ACA is Unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court may rule the ACA unconstitutional, including its 10 Essential Benefits such as fot treatment of substance use disorder.  (Pixabay) With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or, if you prefer, ObamaCare) again threatened with repeal—including its provisions [...]

Addiction Treatment Coverage Threatened If ACA is Unconstitutional2019-07-11T18:14:49+00:00

Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?

(Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay) It is a truth universally acknowledged, that addiction is more akin to a disease than a moral failing. Or almost universally acknowledged. There are still some who see substance use disorder (SUD) as the result of indulgence, [...]

Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?2019-06-20T18:53:46+00:00

There’s a Difference between Addiction and Dependence

Suboxone Sometimes when we try to be polite or politically correct, we distort the facts. Other times by trying to be precise we seem to be nit-picking. Take substance abuse. According to a Columbia Journalism Review article, the proper term in the latest [...]

There’s a Difference between Addiction and Dependence2019-07-01T15:40:57+00:00

FDA Approves Ketamine-based Antidepressant

Image by kai kalhh from Pixabay Ketamine is a drug that kind of flies under the radar. While it has some accepted medical uses (mostly in veterinary medicine), it also has a rep as a party drug. That means it is bad. Ketamine [...]

FDA Approves Ketamine-based Antidepressant2019-07-01T15:42:46+00:00

Commemorate Opioid Epidemic Dead March 6 with Black Balloon Day

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images on Pixabay Today (assuming you are reading it on the first day it is posted) is Black Balloon Day, a day conceived of to remember all the loved ones we have lost to drug overdoses in general and the Opioid [...]

Commemorate Opioid Epidemic Dead March 6 with Black Balloon Day2019-03-07T16:32:39+00:00

End FDA-Big Pharma Revolving Door

The revolving door between FDA and Big Pharma may facilitate the approval of ever more powerful opioids such as Dsuvia. (Pixabay) Many people claim not to like Big Government. They call it the Nanny State. But private companies and people don’t always act [...]

End FDA-Big Pharma Revolving Door2019-02-25T21:20:07+00:00

Accidental Overdose or Suicide? It’s Not Always Possible to Tell

Some "accidental" overdose deaths actually may be suicides. (Pixabay) Last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data revealing that life expectancy in the United States had decreased from 2016 to 2017. True, only by 0.1 percent overall, but the [...]

Accidental Overdose or Suicide? It’s Not Always Possible to Tell2019-02-19T17:28:30+00:00

Opioid Epidemic Causes Unintended Suffering for Pain Patients

(Pixabay) Progress and social change rarely advance at a steady rate, be it voting rights or drug treatment. They operate more like a pendulum, swinging forward, then swinging back, and then forward again. Incremental changes result. Slavery in the United States ended after [...]

Opioid Epidemic Causes Unintended Suffering for Pain Patients2019-07-01T15:40:57+00:00
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