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Problems in Determining Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose deaths due to legal and illicit drug use and abuse are on the rise. All the experts agree. Defining what is a drug overdose death  or -- when more than one drug is found in the bloodstream -- which drug was responsible is less [...]

Problems in Determining Drug Overdose Deaths2018-02-21T20:38:57+00:00

Reefer Madness Redux: FDA Overstates Claims of Kratom Abuse Deaths

(from Wikimedia commons) 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 [...]

Reefer Madness Redux: FDA Overstates Claims of Kratom Abuse Deaths2019-06-26T14:45:12+00:00

New Help for Opioid Abuse Epidemic Treatment

Suboxone pills (Pixabay) 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 [...]

New Help for Opioid Abuse Epidemic Treatment2019-06-26T14:25:28+00:00

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

(Pixabay) 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 [...]

Give Teens Facts, Not Fiction, about Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse2019-07-01T15:42:44+00:00

Maine Governor Blocks Valuable Tool for Preventing Drug Overdose Deaths

(Pixabay) 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 [...]

Maine Governor Blocks Valuable Tool for Preventing Drug Overdose Deaths2019-07-01T15:42:44+00:00

NIH Offers Online Navigator for Suspected Alcohol Use Disorder

(Pixabay)   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 [...]

NIH Offers Online Navigator for Suspected Alcohol Use Disorder2019-06-26T14:25:50+00:00

Many Opioid Addicts Only Took Opioids as Prescribed

(Pixabay) 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 [...]

Many Opioid Addicts Only Took Opioids as Prescribed2019-07-01T15:40:57+00:00

The Gateway Drug Theory of Substance Abuse

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Marijuana is a gateway drug, that is, if you use it, you will go on to use other drugs. I first remember hearing that theory on an episode of Dragnet in the 1960s, where Joe Friday claimed [...]

The Gateway Drug Theory of Substance Abuse2019-07-01T15:42:44+00:00
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