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Alcohol and Sun May Be a Deadly Combination

Photo by Social Butterfly from Pixabay. Exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer. Alcohol consumption also can increase the risk of cancer. What happens when you combine the two? A greater risk of skin cancer than doing one or [...]

Alcohol and Sun May Be a Deadly Combination2019-07-16T17:22:56+00:00

You Can’t Stop Addiction with Misinformation (And You Shouldn’t Try)

Selling e-cigarettes will become illegal in San Francisco in 2020. (From Pixabay) Liberal San Francisco has voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes next year until and unless the US Food and Drug Administration considers them safe. If you are surprised that they [...]

You Can’t Stop Addiction with Misinformation (And You Shouldn’t Try)2019-07-08T20:55:53+00:00

Some Addiction Triggered by Pain Meds

Some addiction is triggered by pain control medications. One of the problems with curbing the opioid epidemic is the problem of pain. Opioids are addictive, and some people take them for illicit reasons of pleasure rather than medically necessary reasons, but opioids can [...]

Some Addiction Triggered by Pain Meds2019-07-02T15:53:33+00:00

Opioid-free Pain Management is Possible

Photo from Pixabay It is hard to put the genie back in the bottle. So too, with the opioid epidemic. Opioids used to be mostly prescribed for short-term acute pain or cancer patients. Then the big pharmaceutical companies lobbied hard for their newer, [...]

Opioid-free Pain Management is Possible2019-07-12T18:49:52+00:00

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
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