Newly Proposed CDC Guidelines For Prescribing Opioids

Back in 2016, as the opioid addiction and death rates were climbing higher and higher, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidelines for prescribing opioids. Unfortunately, those guidelines were misconstrued as hardline rules for setting medication dose and duration limits and was misapplied by some medical professionals and organizations. […]

The Year of Integrative Health

Without question, the pandemic has been the cause of tremendous confusion about our healthcare system and medical care in general. As one writer put it, “the pandemic (is) spurring a hunger for answers and options that improve overall wellbeing and prevent serious illness.” The Pandemic’s Silver Lining The good news […]

Our Children Deserve Compassion Not Criminalization

Without having personal experience, most people cannot imagine the life of those who live in poverty, those who witness parental abuse, or suffer any kind of physical or sexual abuse. As human beings we all suffer from traumatic events of varying degrees, be it the divorce of parents, death of […]

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) And Substance Abuse Disorders

This month I am turning my attention to unaddressed adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the difficulties of stardom at a young age, both of which far too frequently lead to a variety of substance abuse disorders. But, it isn’t just those in the limelight who suffer. Not Just The Death […]

Parents Must Get Social-Media Smart To Help Teens Avoid Drugs

Let’s face it, as parents we are never going to outsmart teenagers when it comes to social media. They’ve come into the world pre-programmed to navigate the digital world. However, when it comes to teens and drug use, it’s important for parents to know that social media often plays a huge […]

Which Pain Patients Are Most Likely To Overdose

In one of my go-to sources, I read about a very recent study published in JAMA that “looked at almost 237,000 patients in Oregon who filled a prescription for opioids for the first time in 2015 and followed those patients until the end of 2018 to determine which patients were […]

We Must Turn Our Fear And Loathing For Addiction Into Compassion

Changing the perception of addicts in the minds of those who are not addicts is probably the only way we will make any progress in the so-called “war on drugs.” Putting people in jail for drug use is no different than putting someone in jail for overeating. Yes, we as […]