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Tom Arnold: Addiction is No Laughing Matter

Lights. Camera. Substance misuse? Yes, the third word in that Hollywood catch phrase uttered by millions is “action.” But so many film and TV careers of some of our most brilliant actors have been riddled with a checkered pattern of alcohol and substance misuse that seem to be just as front and center as their […]

Purdue Pharma and the Sackler Family Fall from Grace
May 13, 2019

When we last left Purdue Pharma and its Sackler family owners, they were deliberating a new line of products. It was the year 2014, marked by massive numbers of users addicted to Purdue’s OxyContin pills and other opioids. The team recognized the crisis they helped make; however, rather than seek ways to stave it, they […]

The Roots of the Opioid Epidemic
Apr 29, 2019

Is the opioid crisis a recent phenomenon or did it unfold over time? According to a CNN timeline, the opioid problem surfaced in the 1860’s. During the Civil War, medics used morphine as an anesthetic when treating fighters wounded in battle. As a result, many soldiers became addicted to morphine. The next major date in […]

Leaving Rehab Early (What Happens & Can You Voluntarily Leave?)
Apr 26, 2019

It can be days, weeks, months, or years before you notice your loved one has an addiction problem. It can take even longer to get them to check into a drug or alcohol treatment center. The day finally comes, and your loved one is in rehab. Your hopes are high. It’s such a relief. But after all […]

Pharma Execs Face Charges for Role in Opioid Distribution Scandal
Apr 26, 2019

New Charges in the Opioid Arena  As the United States continues to endure the worst of the opioid epidemic, the nation has reached the point where it starts asking difficult questions. Like all those who’ve found themselves in crises of various types throughout history, there’s a watershed moment where one pauses, considers their situation, and […]

Help for Parents Who Are Enabling Addiction (Tough Love vs Enabling)
Apr 26, 2019

What is Enabling? The Definition Enabling means the family or friends of an addicted person help that person continue their addiction, often by not allowing that person to experience the consequences of their addiction. Enabling can be spending money on a person with an addiction or buying them things that allow them to spend more […]

3 Reasons Traveling to Drug Rehab Works Best
Apr 25, 2019

  I’m often asked, “Is it better for a person to go to drug or alcohol rehab close to home or far away from home?” In most cases, traveling to rehab is preferred over going to a place near where you live. I know this may seem counterintuitive, and even logistically challenging. But when making […]

AAC Treatment Centers Host Town Halls on Underage Drinking
Apr 16, 2019

Although national studies show that underage alcohol use has steadily declined since 2002, there were still 7.4 million drinkers between the ages of 12 and 20 in 2017.1 With this in mind, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is leveraging Alcohol Awareness Month in April and National Prevention Week May 12-18 to bring […]

Drug Overdose Deaths from Fentanyl Soar
Apr 5, 2019

In April 2016, rock legend Prince, suffering from intense hip pain, consumed a Vicodin for relief. Shortly afterward, he overdosed and died at his Paisley Park estate. Investigators determined that the pill was counterfeit and laced with fentanyl and that Prince, in all likelihood, did not know it. That incident brought attention to fentanyl on […]

The FDA Calls for Just the Facts about Opioids…Finally
Mar 26, 2019

Well, the time has come at long last; the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has stepped in to the opioid epidemic arena. And it did so by prescribing firm action regarding opioid research. The agency issued a mandate that applies to all manufacturers of opioid drugs. It requires them to conduct long-term studies for one express […]

OxyContin Maker Exploring Bankruptcy in Wake of 2,000+ Lawsuits
Mar 12, 2019

Oh, the pain….whether it comes from an accident, surgery, or other cause, the narcotic painkiller du jour prescribed by doctors far and wide was OxyContin. Available legally by prescription, this substance came on the market in 1996 from its maker, Purdue Pharma. And when it did, an aggressive sales and marketing strategy touted its benefits. […]

4 Successful Strategies For Fighting the Opioid Epidemic From Around the U.S.
Mar 12, 2019

At first glance, the opioid epidemic seems like an insurmountable problem. According to the CDC, over 70,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017, nearly 50,000 of which were opioid related. Meanwhile, a recent SAMHSA survey found that nearly 20 million people struggled with some form substance use disorder (SUD) in 2018. And yet, there […]

Safe Dosing: Coming to a Site Near You?
Feb 27, 2019

They’re called supervised injection sites (SIS). You may know them by other terms too. These include drug consumption facilities (DCF), fix rooms, medically supervised injection centers (MSIC), safe injection sites, safer injection facilities (SIF), and overdose prevention sites.  Although their names may differ, they function the same way. They provide a service – actually, a […]

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