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Calling All Doctors!
A call for a seismic shift in the way we treat addiction.

thefix.com - Introduction: The proactive prevention and treatment of substance use disorders is one of the best bargains in medicine—particularly because of the immense pain and costs that impact substance users, their families and society when addiction goes unprevented and untreated. Unfortunately, the medical system is still lagging in the identification and treatment of addictive disorders. We spend far more time and money treating the consequences of substance misuse and addiction than we do on preventing and treating them in the first place. Linda Richter and Susan Foster want to stop the insanity, and they have a plan to do so…Richard Juman. More...

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Dying To Be Free
There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It?

{Patrick CageyHuffingtonPost.com –  The last image we have of Patrick Cagey is of his first moments as a free man. He has just walked out of a 30-day drug treatment center in Georgetown, Kentucky, dressed in gym clothes and carrying a Nike duffel bag. The moment reminds his father of Patrick’s graduation from college, and he takes a picture of his son with his cell phone. Patrick is 25. His face bright, he sticks his tongue out in embarrassment. Four days later, he will be dead from a heroin overdose. More...
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Drug Companies Race to Find Painkillers That Don’t Make People High

drugfree.org - A number of drug companies are trying to develop strong painkillers that don’t make people high, according to The Wall Street Journal. Such drugs would be less likely to be abused.

Companies seeking new painkillers include biotech startups, as well as large drug manufacturers such as Pfizer and Biogen. Experts say a safer painkiller could achieve annual sales in the billions of dollars.

Some companies are testing drugs that trigger different opioid receptors in the brain than the ones triggered by traditional opioids, which can cause euphoric effects. The companies hope these different receptors will have similar painkilling properties, without triggering euphoria. More...

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The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous
Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

bubbleTheAtlantic.com - J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His choice of profession seems preordained, as he speaks in fully formed paragraphs, his thoughts organized by topic sentences. He’s also a worrier—a big one—who for years used alcohol to soothe his anxiety.

J.G. started drinking at 15, when he and a friend experimented in his parents’ liquor cabinet. He favored gin and whiskey but drank whatever he thought his parents would miss the least. He discovered beer, too, and loved the earthy, bitter taste on his tongue when he took his first cold sip.

His drinking increased through college and into law school. He could, and occasionally did, pull back, going cold turkey for weeks at a time. But nothing quieted his anxious mind like booze, and when he didn’t drink, he didn’t sleep. After four or six weeks dry, he’d be back at the liquor store.
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Washington state achieves record turnaround in Rx opioid death rate

 

Medical News Today - As the United States' Department of Health and Human Services moves to release the National Pain Strategy later this month, Washington provides a rare example of reversing the overdose death rate from prescription opioids, which are widely used to manage chronic pain but can lead to abuse.

The overdose death rate in Washington decreased 27 percent 2008 and 2012, while national rates have remained essentially unchanged. According to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health, average opioid doses in Washington have also declined, likely accounting for many of the lives saved.
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DEA: Deaths from fentanyl-laced heroin surging
USA Today - A surge in overdose deaths around the country from heroin laced with the powerful narcotic drug fentanyl prompted the Drug Enforcement Administration to issue a nationwide alert on Wednesday.

"Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate," DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said. She called it a "significant threat to public health and safety." More...

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1. First off, how did you get into radio? What attracted you to the medium?

I was a little kid who had CHUM on my radio all day and under my pillow at night growing up! All of my heroes were deejays on CHUM, and I was determined I was going to be one! Never did work at CHUM Toronto, although I was with the company off and on over 20 years in other Canadian markets. I got into radio at the University of Waterloo and the rest is history, I guess.

2. Your current radio gig is hosting "People Helping People," a show about addictions on CFRB every week, which you started way back in the CKLW days -- in recovery, you've become a certified addiction counselor and you're using it on the air. What compelled you to take your personal experiences and use them to help others in this manner? What drives you to pay it forward, in a manner of speaking?  More...
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