I am a Klonopin (Clonazepam) Lab Rat — My Loud Whispers of Hope

Think about how scientists determine whether medications are safe before they are manufactured. Most of the time they use lab rats, guinea pigs or mice to determine the safety, adverse reactions, side effects and effectiveness of medications and other things.  After giving these poor animals certain doses of medications over time they study their behaviors … Continue reading I am a Klonopin (Clonazepam) Lab Rat — My Loud Whispers of Hope

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

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

On Alcoholism, Sobriety, and Running Toward a Future — Longreads

“…no one sober knows if they’re going to be sober forever. It was a forgiving moment, and it humbled me.” via On Alcoholism, Sobriety, and Running Toward a Future — Longreads LOU'S FOOTNOTES: This is something I am always repeating to peers and fellow patients of addiction treatment.  They get it, too.  It makes me chuckle … Continue reading On Alcoholism, Sobriety, and Running Toward a Future — Longreads