Substance Abuse Treatment at Least as Important as Prevention, Curbing Supply

Heroin is sometimes laced with much stronger fentanyl, leading to increased and accidental overdose deaths. (Pixabay) The US House of Representatives and the Senate have each now passed bipartisan bills to fight the opioid epidemic and overdose (OD) death crisis. The two bills [...]

Substance Abuse Treatment at Least as Important as Prevention, Curbing Supply2018-09-24T20:38:52+00:00

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

The Coca-Cola Co. is considering adding a line of CBD-infused functional wellness drinks" to its brand. CBD is a non-euphoric chemical found in marijuana. (Pixabay)                     You may have heard that Coca-Cola used to [...]

Beverages with a Marijuana-Derivative Coming from Coca-Cola?2019-10-30T19:06:57+00:00

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

Photo of Mac Miller (2017) by Nicolas Völcker (Wikimedia commons) 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” [...]

Mac Miller’s Depression and Substance Abuse May Have Been a Dual Diagnosis2019-07-01T15:42:28+00:00

More People Live, Enter Drug Rehab with Supervised Injection Sites

(Pixabay) In the White House’s efforts to fight the opioid crisis in the United States, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has announced another policy: no safe injection sites. Rosenstein has declared that efforts by several states to launch pilot programs to test whether safe [...]

More People Live, Enter Drug Rehab with Supervised Injection Sites2018-09-04T15:34:58+00:00

Opioid Crisis the Fault of Big Pharma, FDA, and DEA

Big Pharma may value profits over people, but government regulators should have expected that. (Pixabay) The pharmaceutical companies have received their share of blame for the opioid addiction crisis—maybe not as much as they deserve, and maybe without the consequences that should have [...]

Opioid Crisis the Fault of Big Pharma, FDA, and DEA2019-07-01T15:42:46+00:00

Drug Rehab Medical Devices Won’t Work if No One Uses Them

Heroin is derived from the opium poppy. (Pixabay) We're still in the midst of an opioid crisis (or an opioid epidemic, or opioid national emergency, depending upon with whom you speak). And while the US government has been criticized for not doing enough, it [...]

Drug Rehab Medical Devices Won’t Work if No One Uses Them2019-10-11T18:52:17+00:00

Less than a Third of OD Patients Receive MAT

(Pixabay) Many doctors, politicians and even patients overlook or resist one of the most effective treatments for drug abuse: medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with Suboxone (a tamper-resistant form of buprenorphine) or methadone. Seeing a patient rushed to the emergency room because of a drug [...]

Less than a Third of OD Patients Receive MAT2019-10-11T18:42:48+00:00

Need to Treat, Not Just Prevent, Heroin Addiction

(Pixabay) Last month the US House of Representatives, cognizant that all 435 members are up for re-election in November – with very little to show for it legislatively – passed more than 50 bills dealing with the opioid epidemic and drug abuse in [...]

Need to Treat, Not Just Prevent, Heroin Addiction2018-07-10T13:22:51+00:00

Drug Smugglers, Addiction More of a Threat than Undocumented Workers

Methamphetamine is smuggled into US in automobiles and trucks. (US Customs and Border Protection photo via Wikimedia commons) What’s the greater threat facing the United States from over the Mexican border: illicit drugs or undocumented immigrants? To the US executive branch, the answer [...]

Drug Smugglers, Addiction More of a Threat than Undocumented Workers2019-07-01T15:42:46+00:00

Learning from Opioid Epidemic Missteps

The existentialist philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Or maybe, as William James remembered it, "We live forwards but we understand backwards". The point is that life is not a mathematical equation or, if it [...]

Learning from Opioid Epidemic Missteps2019-07-01T15:40:53+00:00