• Does Data Show Supervised Injection Sites Save Lives?

    What impact do supervised injection sites have on society and the drug epidemic?

    What impact do supervised injection sites have on society and the drug epidemic?

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    A recent article in Forbes Magazine reported on a group of opioid activists “going rogue” to prove safe injection sites save lives. One of these injection sites was independently observed by UC San Diego medical sociologist Peter Davidson and RTI International epidemiologist Alex Kral. Their findings were later published in The American Journal of Preventative […]

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  • Should Midwives Be Able to Prescribe Suboxone?

    A newly proposed law would allow midwives and other practitioners to prescribe Suboxone.

    A newly proposed law would allow midwives and other practitioners to prescribe Suboxone.

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    Over 13,000. That’s the number of infants delivered in the U.S. each year with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). It’s caused by the use of prescription pain medications or other opioids, like heroin, while pregnant. Babies with this medical condition are born dependent on opiates. The severity of each case is determined by the amount and […]

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  • AG Sessions: Creating a Culture Hostile on Drug Abuse

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions vows to crack down on healthcare fraud and opiate scams.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions vows to crack down on healthcare fraud and opiate scams.

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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier this month that the U.S. Justice Department will be focusing on “healthcare fraud and opioid scams” by implementing a pilot program which would send federal prosecutors across cities most affected by addiction and overdoses. Further, he and President Trump spoke about reviving the “Just Say No” campaign, a strategy […]

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  • Report: Doctors Paid to Pedal Addictive Opiates

    A new report delves into the seedy side of opioid pharmaceutical marketing.

    A new report delves into the seedy side of opioid pharmaceutical marketing.

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    91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose – a sobering statistic which led President Trump to recently declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. It’s no secret that drug companies are a contributing factor in this deadly problem, but should doctors share some of the blame? A new report sheds light on their […]

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  • On the Brink: Why Hospitals Are Operating on Life Support

    Our hospitals are now spilling over, thanks to the massive number of opiate-related admissions.

    Our hospitals are now spilling over, thanks to the massive number of opiate-related admissions.

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    When you think of patients rushing to the ER, what scenarios come to mind? A car accident? Heart attack? Labor? One of the most common reasons people head to the hospital is injury. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, injuries related to steps and stairs are the most common reason people wind up […]

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The Stress of Natural Disasters Lingers Long After Landfall

Post-disaster, loss and devastation can trigger many people to use drugs and alcohol.

It feels like the U.S. is imploding – from Hurricane Harvey tearing through Texas, Hurricane Irma on its destructive path toward Florida, and the raging and unrelenting forest fires in Oregon, Los Angeles, and Montana threatening highly populated areas and decimating areas of natural beauty. As a nation, we are in a state of extreme […]

What Can You Offer an Estranged and Addicted Parent?

Can you maintain your own sobriety and a relationship with an addicted parent?

Being in recovery is hard. Being in recovery and dealing with a parent in active addiction can be even harder. While highly functional during my struggle with substance abuse, I had the emotional age and literacy of a child. I didn’t have the communication skills to have healthy, long-lasting relationships with anyone, let alone a […]

Exposing the Restaurant Industry’s Deadly Secrets

Why is substance abuse so rampant in the restaurant industry?

You’re sitting in a busy restaurant, eager to eat a delicious dinner. Servers are bustling about, taking orders, filling drinks, and delivering food. Everything seems normal, but there’s something going on behind the scenes…secret activities that have absolutely nothing to do with the food you ordered. According to research, of the 10 servers on shift, […]

Choice vs Disease: Which One Should Addiction Fall Under?

For years, experts have argued about how to correctly label addiction.

Would anyone in their right mind choose to become addicted to drugs or alcohol? Well, it kind of depends on who you ask. This question is charged with so much political, moral, scientific, and financial controversy that it’s become an explosive topic. Even in a room with barely more than two people, you’ll likely find […]

The Opiate Crisis is Officially a Nat’l Emergency: Now What?

How will people benefit from declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency?

Following the advisement of his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Trump recently announced he’ll be declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency. But what does this mean, exactly? President Trump Declares War on Drugs By elevating this crisis to an official “national emergency,” the President releases much-needed resources to fight […]

President Trump Speaks on the Nation’s Opiate Crisis

The Trump administration recently made opiate addiction its highest priority.

“Nobody is safe from this epidemic that threatens young and old, rich and poor, urban and rural communities. Everybody is threatened. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999. It is a problem the likes of which we have not […]

Drink Up, Counselor: Alcoholism in the Law Profession

In many law firms, drinking to excess is not only acceptable, it's encouraged.

While I was in law school, my life revolved around alcohol. The university sponsored weekly bar tabs, study groups occurred over wine, and every Friday night ultimately turned into one big law student booze fest. A Tradition Steeped in Alcohol Today, even though I’m no longer practicing, I still have one foot inside the legal […]

A Workforce Drain: The Truth About Drug Abuse on the Job

Drug use on the job comes with a hefty price tag, even if you're not the one using.

If one family member uses drugs, their behavior shakes the entire family tree. The same is true for businesses. Substance abuse doesn’t just affect the employees who use them. They impact the entire workforce and overall productivity of the company. Substance Abuse in the Workplace The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that […]

Treatment Waiting Lists Can Be a Death Sentence

The patient waitlists for most treatment centers can be long...and dangerous.

The stories are unending. Every day, more than 140 people die from a drug overdose in America. Many of these people seek help in the days, weeks, and months prior to their deaths, but they’re turned away. Let’s look at a few of those heartbreaking stories: Eddie Sawyer was found dead in his apartment. Next […]

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