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Not all drug use is abuse or trading one addiction for another

(Illustration courtesy of Pixabay) What is an addiction? Is it any use of drugs? Obviously not. Probably every person on the planet has used a “drug” of some sort for the relief of illness or pain, be it a hand-picked herbal remedy or [...]

Not all drug use is abuse or trading one addiction for another2019-06-26T12:32:47+00:00

Women Increasingly Die from Opioid Overdoses

Though far behind men, more women are dying of drug overdoses since 1999, especially opioids. Since 1999 there has been a 260{b340406b661c1e5732b86e4172a84f651d0df9d8967334cfa4a3aae0d4c8bfbd} increase in the number of women, ages 30 to 64, dying due to a drug overdose, and an even larger increase [...]

Women Increasingly Die from Opioid Overdoses2019-06-26T12:32:49+00:00

Time for Drug and Alcohol Facts, Not Reefer Madness II

This week (through Sunday, June 27) is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a program intended to “to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends.” “The best way to prevent alcohol, [...]

Time for Drug and Alcohol Facts, Not Reefer Madness II2019-07-01T19:26:01+00:00

Innovations and Failures in Medication-Assisted Treatment

The ongoing shutdown of less than one-quarter of the United States federal government is having some unforeseen effects on the opioid addiction crisis. It will probably delay some prescriptions of the opioid replacement therapy/medication-assisted treatment buprenorphine. That’s because buprenorphine, a far less powerful opioid than [...]

Innovations and Failures in Medication-Assisted Treatment2019-06-26T12:32:43+00:00

President’s Opioid Addiction Emergency Plan Lacks Urgency

President Donald Trump has proposed his opioid epidemic plan. It has three main strategies: Mount a campaign to persuade young people not to abuse drugs in the first place. This has been mocked as a return to the Just Say No and DARE strategies which [...]

President’s Opioid Addiction Emergency Plan Lacks Urgency2019-01-29T17:25:41+00:00

Smoking in Rehab Means Half the Battle is Lost Already

from Pixabay Should clients in substance abuse rehabs for heroin or other opiate/opioid addiction be allowed to use methamphetamine or cocaine? Of course not, they are illegal, highly addictive, and detrimental to their health. How about marijuana? That’s absurd. Not only is it [...]

Smoking in Rehab Means Half the Battle is Lost Already2019-01-09T17:27:51+00:00

Resolve to End Substance Abuse in the New Year

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay) It is a new year, and that traditionally is a time for resolutions, for a fresh start, but most—80{b340406b661c1e5732b86e4172a84f651d0df9d8967334cfa4a3aae0d4c8bfbd}--of New Year’s resolutions made in January fail by the end of the second week of February. According to Don Stenhoff [...]

Resolve to End Substance Abuse in the New Year2019-07-01T15:42:32+00:00

ObamaCare Has Increased Addiction Treatment

Politics keeps interfering with substance abuse policy, including addiction treatment, but progress is being made. The question is if it will continue. The 2008 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)—more familiarly known as “ObamaCare”—required that insurance coverage include 10 Essential Health Benefits including “Mental [...]

ObamaCare Has Increased Addiction Treatment2019-06-05T19:44:32+00:00

Big Pharma’s Opioid Settlements Should Fund Rehab, Not Budget Shortfalls

Opioids were over-prescribed and their harms downplayed. Now 30-plus states want the makers and distributors to pay. (Pixabay) As the costs of responding to the opioid epidemic rise, more states, cities, and counties are opting to sue "Big Pharma"---the large pharmaceutical companies---and the [...]

Big Pharma’s Opioid Settlements Should Fund Rehab, Not Budget Shortfalls2018-12-17T20:34:30+00:00

DUI of Marijuana Less Dangerous than Alcohol

Marijuana legalization continues to make strides. If authorities wish to put reasonable restraints on use, they must put forward factual information, call for more research, and stop dragging their feet on enacting the laws their citizens approve through ballot proposals. Recreational marijuana legalization has reached [...]

DUI of Marijuana Less Dangerous than Alcohol2019-07-01T15:42:45+00:00
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