Poll: How Bad is the Opioid Crisis in America

Do you think the opioid epidemic is one of the greatest challenges facing America today? Or, perhaps you believe this is just an issue isolated to addicts that doesn’t impact the rest of the country? Well, here is your chance to share your views because we want to know what you think. Please take this… Continue reading Poll: How Bad is the Opioid Crisis in America

Patrick Kennedy Weighs in on Addiction in America

As part of a discussion on Addiction in America, hosted by Washington Post Live, former Congressman from Rhode Island,  Patrick Kennedy, spoke about the opioid epidemic and of treatment methods that are being offered today. As a former Congressman and also a recovering addict, Patrick was able to speak both candidly and eloquently about the… Continue reading Patrick Kennedy Weighs in on Addiction in America

Tiger Woods in Rehab

Tiger Woods, according to recent reports, is receiving in-patient treatment for pain medications. His court date, for his DUI charge, has been moved from July 5 to August 9, which may be connected to the length of his anticipated stay in rehab. If the story is correct and Tiger was mixing Vicodin and Xanax, a… Continue reading Tiger Woods in Rehab

Opioid Addiction – The 80% Rule We Can Never Forget

I have poured over a great deal of data regarding the opioid crisis in this country and none of these facts and figures are particularly good or even encouraging. In fact, whether by coincidence or due to the fact that this is still such a one-sided battle, the 80% figure keeps popping up in a… Continue reading Opioid Addiction – The 80% Rule We Can Never Forget

Vivitrol – The Suboxone Substitute?

Is Vivitrol the game changer in the opioid epidemic so many have waiting for? A non-addictive medication that is more successful with less side affects than both suboxone and methadone? If so, why is the maker of this drug choosing to market it to lawmakers and directly to the public instead of to doctors? While… Continue reading Vivitrol – The Suboxone Substitute?

The Unpleasant Business of Tracking Death

So the image below would be a wonderful chart if it was portraying a company’s sales increases or tracking the price of a company’s stock. Unfortunately this chart is tracking something far more sinister, though, heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. through 2014. That’s right, sinister: that which suggests a general or vague feeling of… Continue reading The Unpleasant Business of Tracking Death

Dr Drew: “The Problem of our Time”

Dr Drew, an eloquent and learned spokesperson for the opioid crisis, recently spoke on KABC Radio about the severity of this problem we are facing in this country. In his message he talks about how the U.S. accounts for 80% of the world’s opioid drug use, but only has 5% of the world’s population. He… Continue reading Dr Drew: “The Problem of our Time”