Is Pot a Good Treatment For Opioid Addiction?

As more and more states legalize it for medical indications, a number of addiction treatment programs are using pot as a substitute for people addicted to opioids.

The Demise of For-Profit Addiction Treatment

The substance abuse treatment industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry – an enormous “cash cow” with very deep pockets.

Opioid Overdose, Benzos, and Anxiety Management (Part I)

When we’re bombarded with statistics about the “opioid epidemic,” often what gets lost in the picture is that overdoses commonly involve other drugs.

President Trumping Prison Reform

President Trump is wrong on correctional issues in all sorts of ways, and some of them are very strange.

Blaming the Victim: Trump and Mexico

We can’t blame Mexico for our drug problem. And we won’t find solutions by name calling. We must get our own act together.

Suicide: The Epidemic Nobody’s Talking About

With all this attention being given to opioids, we are overlooking another silent killer that’s responsible for even more deaths: suicide.

The Right Way – and the Wrong Way – to Deal With Our Opioid Epidemic

Drug companies and cartels kill 30,000 Americans a year, yet we see political hand waving, little action, and counterproductive mistakes.

Trump’s New Pot Policy

Seemingly, the Trump administration will be putting itself in opposition to the states taking a more permissive view of pot.

Why Isn’t Endorsement of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Teens with Opioid Addiction a Bigger Deal?

Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a formal Policy Statement supporting the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for adolescents and young adults with opioid use disorders.

2015 CDC Report: US Overdose Deaths Top 50,000 For First Time 

The most effective strategy to improve public health is to identify a clearly defined, high frequency health threat and take systematic steps to reduce the risks it poses.