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Addiction Overdoses Rise As Opioid Prescriptions Fall

Addiction Overdoses Rise As Opioid Prescriptions Fall

In the sea of reports on a National level, drug addiction overdoses rise taking about 91 lives everyday. Trump, Obamacare, and Facility practices pull focus away from the simple truth…

A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

    In a recent independent review, I recommended chaperones no longer be used as an interim protective measure to keep patients safe while allegations of sexual misconduct by a…

How do drugs work

How do drugs work

Whether a drug is prescribed by the doctor, bought over the counter or obtained illegally, we mostly take their mechanism of action for granted and trust they will do what…

Why it’s important to just say no to bad drug policy

Why it’s important to just say no to bad drug policy

In all the discussions about the proposed health care law, it was easy to overlook a statement made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on March 15: “I think we have…

This is your brain on Krokodil. Any questions?

This is your brain on Krokodil. Any questions?

Reports of a “flesh-eating zombie drug” called krokodil, accompanied by lurid images first appeared in English during 2010. The drug serves as an excellent illustration of the havoc bad…

Some good news on opioid epidemic: Treatment options are expanding

Some good news on opioid epidemic: Treatment options are expanding

William Greene, University of Florida and Lisa J. Merlo, University of Florida In the past two decades, the devastation associated with opioid addiction has escaped the relative confines of the…

Are pop stars destined to die young?

Are pop stars destined to die young?

Greg Hall, Case Western Reserve University Prince’s autopsy has determined that the artist died of an accidental overdose of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The news comes on the heels…

Why the ‘free market’ for drugs doesn’t work and what we can do about it

Why the ‘free market’ for drugs doesn’t work and what we can do about it

The United States faces a major problem with prescription drug prices. Even as the prices of most goods and services have barely budged in recent years, the cost of drugs…

The stigma against people who use heroin makes it harder for them to get help

The stigma against people who use heroin makes it harder for them to get help

                                                Joseph Palamar, New York University Langone Medical Center Heroin use and dependence have grown dramatically in the US over the last decade. Between 2002-2004 and 2011-2013, past-year…

A Peer Recovery Coach Walks The Frontlines Of The Opioid Epidemic

A Peer Recovery Coach Walks The Frontlines Of The Opioid Epidemic

Photos by Seth Herald | Story by Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media Charlie Oen’s battle with addiction started when he was 16 and his family moved to Lima…

Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

By Jenny Gold Photos by Heidi de Marco It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas…