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Death by Opiates: Dr. Mandy Neeble

Posted October 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm

When I saw the front page of the LA times yesterday, I was disappointed. Death by overdose due to opiates is, as the article stated, just “the tip of the iceberg”. Individuals in the United States overdose on opiates at staggering rates and survive. The article seems to think this is new information but those… [Read More...]

Opiate Deaths

Posted October 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Yesterday, the leading story for the LA Times was about the influx of prescription drug related overdoses being treated in emergency rooms. It focused on the cost to the medical system as well as the increased accessibility to pain medications. The article called on the medical community to be more stringent in its prescribing and… [Read More...]

The Key to a Drug-Free Halloween

Posted October 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Halloween is a time for everyone to get in the spirit of being spooky – from dressing up in creepy costumes to taking in frightening flicks. For most people, participating in all Halloween-related activities is just a typical part of the Fall season. While Halloween is supposed to be fun and exciting, it can also… [Read More...]

Afghanistan and The Drug War

Posted October 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Within the past decade, The United States has invested $10 billion in Afghanistan – but for something other than what you might be thinking. The $10 billion has gone towards putting an end to the growing opium problem throughout the war-torn, Al-Qaeda infested country. In 2013, nearly 520 acres of land in Afghanistan were specifically… [Read More...]

Outrage Over ‘Breaking Bad’ Kids Toys

Posted October 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

  The AMC mega-hit ‘Breaking Bad’ took to televisions across the world in 2008 and obtained a strong following almost immediately. Since the end of the series in September of 2013, the popular show has now moved to Netflix, where people who were not watching during the height of the show can now catch up… [Read More...]

Google Glass Addict Receives Treatment

Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Even though the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual did not include internet addiction in its pages, that does not mean that this type of disorder does not exist. For the first time ever, a 31-year-old Navy serviceman was treated for internet addiction that was provoked by his use of Google Glass…. [Read More...]

Exactly How is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Being Used?

Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) first came to existence in 2011, and since then, over 37 states have enacted the use of this program as a means of controlling prescription drug abuse. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), PDMP’s have many benefits, including the following: Supporting access to legitimate medical use of controlled… [Read More...]

Marijuana Controversy Among Governor Kitzhaber’s Camp

Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

As of late, when we hear about marijuana in either Washington State or Oregon, we are expecting to hear stories in regards to legalized marijuana, sales, taxes, etc. What we are not expecting to hear is controversy surrounding marijuana, however that is the case when it comes to Governor Kitzhaber’s fiancée. The Governor’s fiancée, Cylvia… [Read More...]

Mental Illness Awareness Week Kicks Off

Posted October 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm

For the fourteenth year in a row, Mental Illness Awareness Week kicked off starting October 5th. The awareness week, developed through the collaborative efforts of both congress and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), always occurs during the first full week of October. While this week has been going on for nearly two decades,… [Read More...]

Drug Abuse Skyrocketing Amongst Older Individuals

Posted October 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

For many older individuals, their primary focus is often consumed by topics such as retirement, financials, grandchildren, and so on. However, for millions of people within this age range, all of those topics are put on the backburner, as they are preoccupied with substance abuse instead. It is estimated that 2.8 million middle-aged and older… [Read More...]

Specific Teens More Likely to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol

Posted October 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm

One of the primary concerns that many parents have is that their children will develop a drug and/or alcohol abuse problem – and rightfully so. The pre-teen and teenage years are known to be a time of self-exploration and experimentation, and also a time where issues such as peer pressure and self-esteem are daily struggles…. [Read More...]

E True Hollywood Story Jason Wahler

Posted October 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

E! Recently, I was approached by E! about doing a story about my life. At first, I was hesitant. I didn’t understand why they were approaching me now. After my experiences on Laguna Beach and The Hills , I am very selective about what I will go on TV for . When I spoke with… [Read More...]

Jumping Off….Again

Posted October 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm

“The best mind-altering substance is the truth”. I know these seem like words that my sponsor should have said to me in my first 90 days of sobriety. Truth be told, he said them to me this week. My initial reaction was to become irritated. I just celebrated 4 years of sobriety in July- a… [Read More...]

Michael Phelps Charged with DUI

Posted October 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

It has been 10 years since famed swimmer Michael Phelps received his first DUI – and five years since he was caught on camera smoking marijuana out of a bong. Despite making headlines in the past for drinking and using drugs, Phelps has still remained beloved and respected as the most decorated Olympian of all… [Read More...]

Amanda Bynes Arrested for Second DUI

Posted October 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Amanda Bynes has been charged with her second DUI. The 28-year-old actress, known for her childhood acting stints on Nickelodeon and in movies such as “Hairspray”, was pulled over in the early morning hours of Sunday the 28th after she stopped her vehicle in the middle of an intersection in Sherman Oaks, California. Bynes was… [Read More...]

Failures in Suicide Prevention

Posted October 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

The death of Robin Williams sparked shock, upset, and emotional turmoil in people throughout the world. How could someone who was so full of life take that very life? Since then, the topic of suicide and its prevention has made headlines left and right. Questions of what symptoms are associated with suicide, who can struggle… [Read More...]

I’ll Have an Order of the Opium-Laced Chinese Noodles, Please

Posted September 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Owners of restaurants are often trying to find new and innovative ways to keep customers happy – and of course, keep them coming back for more. For instance, they might change up their menus, do a couple of renovations, promote specials or more. What you wouldn’t think restaurant owners would be doing is lacing their… [Read More...]

New Developments on Schizophrenia – and its Connection to Addictive Behavior

Posted September 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

“Genes don’t operate themselves,” said Dr. C. Robert Cloninger. “They function in concert much like an orchestra, and to understand how they’re working, you have to know just who the members of the orchestra are and how they interact,” he said. Cloninger is a senior author on a recent study conducted by Washington University in… [Read More...]

Expanding Legalized Marijuana

Posted September 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

It has been a busy year for the marijuana industry, especially in places like Colorado, who kicked off the New Year by legalizing marijuana. Since then, Washington State has followed in their footsteps, and even more states are looking to do the same. Now, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia are allowing voters to… [Read More...]

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