MEDIA: The Other, Other Opioid Crisis – Tramadol in West Africa

According to a 2016 study commissioned by the United Nations, 90% of all illicit opioids confiscated around the world were seized in North and Western Africa, and the vast majority of those opioids were tramadol tablets produced in India. These Royal-225 tablets are made predominantly by small, family-owned firms in India, who then export the … Continue reading MEDIA: The Other, Other Opioid Crisis – Tramadol in West Africa

ENTRY: The Five R’s, an old standby

I do think it is appropriate, nowadays, to include posts in the blog about normal, practical, everyday life.  It’s important to include a sense of morality in these entries, since I do try to live my life by certain morals and standards that I’ve set for myself with the help of God and my wonderful and … Continue reading ENTRY: The Five R’s, an old standby

NEWS RELEASE: Federal Opioid Pill Bust Reveals Doctors Trading Pills for Sex, Dentists Pulling Good Teeth

CINCINNATI – They were medical professionals but they traded prescription pain pills for sex, prosecutors say. Others let untrained office workers examine patients, leaving a blank prescription pad at the clinic, their indictments reveal. One dentist extracted the healthy teeth of patients as an excuse to give them painkillers, the feds say. Two of the … Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Federal Opioid Pill Bust Reveals Doctors Trading Pills for Sex, Dentists Pulling Good Teeth

Managed-Alcohol Programs in Canada… A new take on MAT, but perhaps a good one

In a converted hotel in the west of the city of Ottawa, a quiet, orderly queue snakes around the reception area. The men and women are mostly middle-aged or older. Some of them use sticks, walkers or wheelchairs, their health fragile after a lifetime of booze. But it is their hands that stand out - … Continue reading Managed-Alcohol Programs in Canada… A new take on MAT, but perhaps a good one

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

ENTRY: Praying the Way You Want to

I love crafting my own prayers.  It's a special, sacred way of communicating with Higher Power, or God in my case.  Of course, the prayers must be written down, so that I can keep revisiting them.  They then serve like journal entries, as well.  So, these homemade devotions make for very detailed and colorful time … Continue reading ENTRY: Praying the Way You Want to