Drug Abuse

Drug Relapse Overdose Kills Columbine Survivor

Photo courtesy of Pixabay Twenty years after the Columbine school shootings, the tragedy has taken another life. Austin Eubanks, 37, died of an opioid overdose last week. Eubanks was in recovery from injuries suffered in the shootings, the trauma of seeing his best [...]

Drug Relapse Overdose Kills Columbine Survivor2019-05-23T12:57:17+00:00

Substance Use Rehab Takes Backseat to Profits for Big Pharma, Generics

Suboxone tablets, above, and Suboxone film, below. From Wikimedia Commons. The cost of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for drug addiction may be going down as two generic versions of the popular Suboxone sublingual film were approved for sale in February. That’s not guaranteed in [...]

Substance Use Rehab Takes Backseat to Profits for Big Pharma, Generics2019-05-14T16:48:26+00:00

Mental Health Problems and Substance Use Disorder Go Hand-in-Hand

(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)  This month is the Mental Health America nonprofit’s 70th annual Mental Health Awareness Month. Not to high-jack this special month, but it may as well be substance use disorder (SUD) awareness month as well because SUD is a mental illness [...]

Mental Health Problems and Substance Use Disorder Go Hand-in-Hand2019-05-07T16:28:53+00:00

Fentanyl Can Kill, But Not By Touch Alone

Just 2 mg of fentanyl is said to be a lethal dose. (Wikimedia commons) Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, up to 50 times stronger than heroin, 100 times stronger than morphine. It can be a useful anesthetic and painkiller for certain patients who [...]

Fentanyl Can Kill, But Not By Touch Alone2019-07-11T19:55:25+00:00

Rehab and Harm Reduction Reduced OD Deaths in France

Methadone and buprenorphine are medication-maintenance treatments. (Pixabay) In 2018 alone, the US spent almost $3 billion total on the drug crisis, including grants to states and the federal government’s “main drug treatment, recovery and prevention program” but the opioid public health emergency continues [...]

Rehab and Harm Reduction Reduced OD Deaths in France2019-04-23T17:17:01+00:00

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

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?2019-07-18T16:35:19+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

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
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