Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest -AP

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico by the Sinaloa cartel into the Southwest — a profitable new business for the drug gang … Continue reading Deadly blue ‘Mexican oxy’ pills take toll on US Southwest -AP

The Empty Promise of Alcohol — National Addiction News

Promise 1 Alcohol promised me confidence. But my feelings of guilt, shame and paranoia when I was drinking led to a drastic drop in my self-confidence and self-belief. The lack of quality sleep that heavy alcohol consumption led to and the impact on my brain function meant that I was mostly just getting through life, … Continue reading The Empty Promise of Alcohol — National Addiction News

Opioid Expert Accuses FDA of ‘Willful Blindness’ After It Approves Powerful New Painkiller — National Addiction News

An expert tasked with helping the Food and Drug Administration weigh potential new opioid drug approvals is openly calling out the agency for what he alleges are its continued missteps in handling the opioid crisis. In an interview with the Guardian Thursday, Raeford Brown claimed that the FDA has failed to learn from its past … Continue reading Opioid Expert Accuses FDA of ‘Willful Blindness’ After It Approves Powerful New Painkiller — National Addiction News

Mom Says ‘Zoloft Abducted Our Child And Killed Her’ — National Addiction News

Mathy Downing’s 12-year-old, Candace, was a far cry from a problem child. Downing describes her as having been “compassionate” and athletic. Candace was a member of her school’s swim and lacrosse teams. But when her pediatrician recommended that the family place her under the care of a psychiatrist, life changed in terrible fashion for the family. … Continue reading Mom Says ‘Zoloft Abducted Our Child And Killed Her’ — National Addiction News

The Tale of Boozy Suzy and Her Hammer Fist — Longreads

Inside the Rise and Fall of the Pillow Fight League via The Tale of Boozy Suzy and Her Hammer Fist — Longreads LOU'S FOOTNOTES: Leagues for pillow fighting?  Yes, please!  Regardless of the fact that our increasingly progressive society has been diverging on itself for years now, splinter groups are like the crumbs of those ever-present, … Continue reading The Tale of Boozy Suzy and Her Hammer Fist — Longreads

Sorry, but Your Nicotine-Free Vape Probably Contains Nicotine — National Addiction News

Australian researchers tested 10 different “nicotine-free” vape liquids to find 60 percent of them contain nicotine. People have been arguing for years over the purported health benefits of vapes. While experts insist that the liquids used in e-cigarettes contain a bevy of harmful chemicals—including carcinogens—advocates typically take a “lesser of two evils” line of argument, based … Continue reading Sorry, but Your Nicotine-Free Vape Probably Contains Nicotine — National Addiction News

I Have to Complain Today – is Anyone There? — National Addiction News

I wanted to bring some rarely talked about awareness about marijuana to Facebook, simply because it’s becoming more and more legal in more and more states here in the US. So, I put a simple little ‘sign’ up that I made that absolutely blew it up. My one sentence that I posted is below, and … Continue reading I Have to Complain Today – is Anyone There? — National Addiction News