Chapters Capistrano Blog

November 14, 2018

How Dangerous is New Opioid Dsuvia?

On Nov. 2, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid Dsuvia, a sublingual tablet (it is placed under the tongue until it dissolves, providing faster pain relief than intravenous or swallowed tablet painkillers) five-to-10 times stronger than fentanyl (itself 100 times as strong as morphine and 50 times as […]

October 31, 2018

Sometimes ‘Good Enough’ is the Best Substance Abuse Treatment

There’s a saying often attributed to Voltaire (though similar antecedents date back to Shakespeare and even Confucius) that is often translated or paraphrased: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” It was sometimes used in politics to urge compromise on legislation rather than hold out for a […]

October 24, 2018

It Should Be Easier to Get Suboxone than Oxycontin, but It Isn’t

Should the cure for an illness be harder to get than the cause? Well, it is. As you are probably tired of hearing, we are in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic, sparked or exacerbated by the over-prescription of legal but highly addictive opioid prescription pills such as oxycodone […]

October 17, 2018

The Need for Long Term Funding for Drug Rehab Increases Despite SUPPORT Act

It’s been a busy few months in the substance abuse treatment community. It remains to be seen how productive that activity will end up being. On Sept. 17, the president proclaimed Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week to “raise awareness about the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic and to […]

October 10, 2018

Opioids Not the Only Drug of Abuse

We’re in the midst of an opioid epidemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other drugs causing problems, addictions, and overdose deaths. Opioids are drugs that have effects similar to opiates, such as morphine and heroin. Common opioids include oxycodone and hydrocodone, also known by brand names such as OxyContin, […]

October 3, 2018

Stop Demonizing Methadone MMT

Methadone may be the most reviled medicine in the world. Not only is this opinion unfair, but it’s also dangerous for the lives of opioid addicts who may die from overdoses of heroin or fentanyl when they are no longer able to get prescriptions of oxycodone or other opioids and […]

September 19, 2018

Beverages with a Marijuana-Derivative Coming from Coca-Cola?

You may have heard that Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine. It’s true, but not very much. According to one source, at its peak, there were only about 17 grams of cocaine in 25 million gallons of Coca-Cola syrup, about a year’s supply, which “wasn’t enough to give a fly a […]

September 12, 2018

Mac Miller’s Depression and Substance Abuse May Have Been a Dual Diagnosis

Rapper Mac Miller — who was open about his substance abuse in his music and interviews — died Sept. 7. As of this writing (Sept. 10), the toxicology reports had not been released yet, but no “apparent” cause of death, drug-related or otherwise, was discerned by the medical examiner. Still, given his past substance […]