I Saw it on TV: New Study Reveals Strong Link Between Ad Exposure and Teen Drinking

Most parents would like to think they are raising children who are not only able to make healthy decisions, but who can exercise some real independent thinking and scrutiny when it comes to media and advertising messages. Many of us … Continue reading

‘Waiting to Exhale’: Heroin Laced with Elephant Tranquilizer Pushing Human Limits, Responder Resources Part 2

So, the same question that we raised in a previous post about fentanyl naturally arises. Namely, why is a drug so incredibly lethal being used in recreational street drugs at all? It’s generally believed that the synthetic opiates are being … Continue reading

‘Waiting to Exhale’: Heroin Laced with Elephant Tranquilizer Pushing Human Limits,Response Resources Part 1

If you haven’t been following the latest storyline – and it hasn’t been developing for all that long now – you might very well think you misread the headline: 174 Overdoses in 6 days in Cincinnati.  One-hundred-and-seventy-four…in just short of … Continue reading

Sweet Little Lies: New Evidence of Sugar Industry’s Unsavory Influence on Dietary Guidelines

Since it was first published in the 1980s, the Department of Health and Human Services-sponsored “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”, has been widely consulted by consumers as an authoritative and unbiased “go-to source for nutrition advice.”  Yet, while many scholarly studies … Continue reading

National Recovery Month 2016: Celebrating Life-Saving Change That Happens Each Day

Thus far in 2016, perhaps more than any year in recent memory, we have seen profound changes in the extent to which addiction has been recognized as a disease that has devastating impacts and national significance. Presidential candidates have shared … Continue reading

A High Price to Pay for Pills that Promise ‘Focus’: Long-term Fallout from ADHD Drugs

A host of concerns and scholarship have surrounded the increased use – or abuse, as the case may be – of ADHD drugs like Adderall and Ritalin over the last several years. Some have centered squarely on the potential for … Continue reading

The Notion of a ‘Safe’ Drug up in Smoke? Marijuana Smokers 5 Times More Likely to Abuse Alcohol

One of the key arguments forwarded by proponents of marijuana (and, particularly, its legalization) has been the claim that pot is, on the whole, not harmful …to self or society.  As we noted on this blog earlier in the year, … Continue reading

New Approach to an Overgrown Problem: ‘Non-addictive’ Painkillers Tested to Replace Opioids

We have pretty dutifully, and thoroughly, covered the historic spike in prescription drug and opioid abuse on this blog. We have also, along with others in the media, health policy, and addictions treatment field, reflected on its costly, truly heartbreaking … Continue reading

All in Your Mind? Study shows New Neurological Basis for Excessive Drinking and Addiction

Those who have studied or treated addiction would no doubt agree it almost always plays out as a complex dance between biology and human behavior. Indeed, the most successful treatment approaches almost always target both the physiological underpinnings of a … Continue reading

Helpful Herb or Toxic False Hope: New Concerns and Lingering Confusion over Plant-based Kratom (Part 2)

Lack of Regulation & Legal Limbo Kratom use is rarely life-threatening when used on its own, but in Thailand where the plant is grown – and increasingly in the U.S. and Europe – the substance is being combined with other … Continue reading