Set the time aside for a movie clutching the heartbreaking, inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
To fight the current opioid epidemic, United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams has issued an advisory urging the public to carry and to be prepared to use naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Naloxone (also known by brand names Narcan or Evzio) is a safe, FDA-approved medication that has been proven to reverse opioid overdoses in minutes. It comes in the forms of a nasal spray and an injection.
As the U.S. faces an unprecedented drug overdose epidemic largely from opioids, Adams says having naloxone on-hand is a simple step toward saving lives in our communities. While some argue that its easy availability would encourage opioid abuse, he remarked Wednesday in a program at Harvard University, “As a physician, when people are dying, when you come across a trauma scene, you’ve got to put on a tourniquet. Naloxone is that tourniquet.”
In case you don’t already know, go here to learn about how naloxone works, how to spot an opioid overdose, and how to access and administer this lifesaving medication.
What do Tourette syndrome, heroin addiction, and social media obsession all have in common? They converge in an area of the brain called the striatum, says neuroscientist Rachel Wurzman — and this critical discovery could reshape our understanding of the opioid crisis. Sharing insights from her research, Wurzman shows how social isolation contributes to relapse and overdose rates and reveals how meaningful human connection could offer a potentially powerful source of recovery.
Seriously, this is the first time ever I’ve even written the name, so one knows this is pretty hot stuff. Critic’s Choice awards carry their own weight, I’m sure, if just in name alone. What got my attention was the quote that will certainly make the rounds in all the AA clubs and meetings where Lady Gaga is a character of significance. Check it for yourself:
Opioids in America The Opioid Crisis has had harsh effects on the country in recent years. According to White House data, in 2016 more than two million Americans had an addiction to prescription or illicit opioids, that same year nearly 175 Americans died from a drug overdose every day, with many of those attributed to […]
but i hate it even more when they die unnecessarily.
Guinevere at guineveregetssober.com revisits the death of rocker Tom Petty, whose mid-tour death last fall left the music industry stunned and fans broken-hearted. To say the least, I was amazed and just a little angered when I finished reading her post and pondering things.
The Los Angeles medical examiner today announced autopsy results for Tom Petty, who was found dead last fall: it was found that he died of a heart attack caused by an accidental drug overdose. His body had traces of three different kinds of fentanyl—which seems to be ubiquitous in ODs involving opioids, particularly heroin, these days, and which was prescribed to Petty for pain—and also oxycodone (the drug in OxyContin) as well as two different benzodiazepines (Xanax and Restoril).
As they used to say when I was a kid: Enough drugs to kill a horse.
And a doctor (or doctors) prescribed them all.
Nobody is innocent here but read the whole thing.
First, we try living in the now just in order to stay sober — and it works. Once the idea has become a part of our thinking, we find that living life in 24-hour segments is an effective and satisfying way to handle many other matters as well.
“One Day At A Time.” To a newcomer this and other one-liners of A.A. may seem ridiculous. The passwords of the A.A. Fellowship can become lifelinesin moments of stress. Each day can be like a rose unfurling according to the plan of a Power greater than myself. My program should be planted in the right location, just as it will need to be groomed, nourished, and protected from disease. My planting will require patience, and my realizing that some flowers will be more perfect than others. Each stage of the petals’ unfolding can bring wonder and delight if I do not interfere or let my expectations override my acceptance — and this brings serenity.
Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have omitted anything, for we are building an arch through which we shall walk a free man at last. . . .Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable?
E-cigs reportedly have 10x more cancer-causing ingredients than regular cigarettes.
A little dicey but entertaining and worth watching.
News item: A drone overloaded with 6 pounds of synthetic crystal meth worth $48,000 crashed in a Tijuana supermarket parking lot before it could reach the U.S. [Insert punchline here.]
No connection between legalizing pot in the Centennial State and the increase in traffic fatalities, I’m sure. I’d put money on it. Really. I mean, how could there be? Well, a report by a federal grant-funded agency in Colorado found seven specific negative side effects that pot legalization has caused in Colorado. Appropriately entitled Seven Harmful Side Effects Pot Legalization Has Caused in Colorado, the report details the following highlights:
1) the majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana;
2) youth consumption of marijuana has increased;
3) drug-related suspensions/expulsions increased 32 percent over a 5-year period and a majority was for marijuana;
4) an increase in college users;
5) almost 50 percent of Denver arrestees tested positive for marijuana;
6) marijuana-related emergency room visits increased 57 percent from 2011-2013; and
7) marijuana-related hospitalizations has increased 82 percent since 2008.
Perhaps people might even be aware of more recent scientific studies underscoring the inherent risks of marijuana. A solid example is the highly respected British health research journal The Lancet Psychiatry, which recently concluded that teens who smoke marijuana are “also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide.”
Read the whole article on the fun and games in Denver, though. Simply making it legal doesn’t do away with the effects.