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Deadly Adulterants: New Dangers of Illicit Drugs

The “cutting” or “adulteration” of street drugs is common practice in the manufacturing, distribution and selling of illicit drugs, all in the name of increased profit. The term “adulterant” generally refers...

Cake – Chronic Pain – Courage

In the hit independent movie Cake, Jennifer Aniston plays a woman who knows pain. Barely surviving a horrific car accident which kills her 3-year-old son, she is left with a scarred...

HEY GRANDMA, CAN I LIVE WITH YOU? GRANDPARENTS AND THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

The other day I received a phone call from Helen. She and her husband Rick were beside themselves after learning their daughter, a 42-year-old PhD student, had relapsed into drug addiction....

OUR IMPENDING SYNTHETIC STORM

“ Danger Gleams Like Sunshine to a Brave Man’s Eyes” Heroin and opiate addiction in America is a pandemic. I have used the word epidemic many times during this escalation of death,...

SPECIAL REPORT: ADVOCATES MARCH ON WASHINGTON, DC FOR OPIOID CRISIS FUNDING

WASHINGTON, DC - The 2016 FED UP! Rally and March to Capitol Hill was held on September 18, 2016 on a hot and sweltering autumn day. Activists and family members assembled...

ARE MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT) DRUGS ROBBING PEOPLE OF THEIR RECOVERY?

With all due respect to my colleagues who might feel differently, an opioid is an opioid; period. I believe the vast majority of my colleagues’ hearts are in the right place...

THE FALSE MATCHING OF THE BUPRENORPHINE DOSE TO RESULT RANGES OF URINE DRUG TESTS...

Faced with a devastating opiate/opioid epidemic the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved some Medication-Assisted Treatments (MATs) for the treatment of alcoholism, opiate, and nicotine dependence, but nothing for psychostimulant...

Mal-FEE-sance – LOBBYISTS AND THE FOURTH PILLAR OF GOVERNMENT

When I was a young man, someone much more seasoned than I once told me that if I wanted the answer to anything in the world today, just follow the money....

LIVING BEYOND: CHRONIC PAIN AND ADDICTION

“Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.”...

HEROIN EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA (Part 5)

I hope you have enjoyed the first four articles in this five part series on who and what to blame for the heroin epidemic in America. More importantly, I hope that...

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