ENTRY: Vaccinating in youth a catalyst for addiction later on?

So, I recently came across this rather small photo on the fringe of some random website recently.  I was, quite frankly, appalled.  Check this out: Let me just say, what the hell!?  I really, truly am stunned and disgusted by this ad or whatever you want to call it. Ridiculous. Just to sum it up. … Continue reading ENTRY: Vaccinating in youth a catalyst for addiction later on?

POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

"Just Beneath the Surface" by Dean B. [circa 2000] Just beneath the surface of her pleasant, winning smile, Pompous and indignant, it’s been there quite a while, Comforting, reliable, it keeps her in the dark, At least a million reasons and subtle quirks remark: “Sure it makes a lot of sense!” she’ll deal with it … Continue reading POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds

A new study on prescription opioid misuse rates by sexual orientation confirms what earlier, less comprehensive studies suggested: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are at a higher risk for misusing opioids, according to researchers. But the study also raises questions about a worrisome trend in one subset in the LGBT community. If opioid abuse rates … Continue reading sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds

Tapering: Proof that it’s Absolutely Possible

The following post is just a small excerpt of an original (& very informative!) entry from addiction specialist Dr. Jana Burson's blog.  This year I’ve had three long-term patients taper off the buprenorphine products I was prescribing. All three are doing well and are happy with their treatment outcome. Since tapering off buprenorphine products can … Continue reading Tapering: Proof that it’s Absolutely Possible

NEWS FEED: Overdose deaths in Maine averaged nearly one per day during first half of 2018

Drug overdoses continued to claim nearly one life per day in Maine during the first six months of 2018 despite intensive efforts – from the State House to sober houses – to slow the opioid crisis. There were 180 overdose deaths in Maine through June 30, down just slightly from the 185 drug-related deaths reported … Continue reading NEWS FEED: Overdose deaths in Maine averaged nearly one per day during first half of 2018

NEWS FEED: Non-Addictive Painkiller Found Effective

These scientists have been working to find a safe, non-addictive pain killer to help fight the current opioid crisis in this country – and they may have done just that. Known as AT-121, the new chemical compound has dual therapeutic action that suppressed the addictive effects of opioids and produced morphine-like analgesic effects in non-human primates. … Continue reading NEWS FEED: Non-Addictive Painkiller Found Effective