Addiction

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

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

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
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