Addicted Minds

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Barney, participation trophies, and Nintendo: We didn’t see an opioid crisis coming?

Overdose deaths involving opiates and opioids have quadrupled since 1999, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Using information from death certificates compiled for the CDC’s Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) database, almost half of the…

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…And Another Reason to Stay Sober

   Sadly — and, of course, this is my opinion only and therefore right — newcomers in any 12-step program can be so inundated with “how to stay clean and sober” messages, they miss all the good stuff. And so,…

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Drugging, drinking, and grasping at straw

The real power drugs hold is how they make the user accept magical thinking as real In the 16th century, Sir Thomas More originated the idiom ‘grasping at straws’.  In actuality, the lawyer, philosopher, and Roman Catholic saint was referring…

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Alcohol: America’s elephant in the room

America’s myopic view on alcohol, its unanimous drug of choice, unravels all efforts to make healthcare affordable. The view creates drug crises, like the opioid one the country is mired in. It shortens life expectancy, smothers productivity, and snuffs out lives.…

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Addiction is a Vicious Lover

With beguiling eyes and sensuous words, addiction finds us in our most vulnerable moments. With promises of unlimited ecstasy and highs beyond what we have ever dreamed, addiction whispers of adoration and devotion, all the emotions we have ever dreamed of…..

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The Great Price Gouge: Naloxone

You may remember from a few years ago, the story of Marin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who bought the life saving drug Daraprim and then raised the price from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. Daraprim is…

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