BIG STORY: Louisiana Coroner Concludes 39-Year-Old Woman Has Died From a Marijuana Overdose

A coroner in Louisiana has concluded that a 39-year-old woman has died due to a overdose of THC — or Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active ingredient in marijuana. However, experts are skeptical, as this would be the first case of a person overdosing on marijuana on record, in the world. Many have assumed that an overdose on THC … Continue reading BIG STORY: Louisiana Coroner Concludes 39-Year-Old Woman Has Died From a Marijuana Overdose

ENTRY: Bereavement… Refusing to ‘move on’

Death is very sad; it is tragic and can even prove totally unnerving.  Life will always continue to move and progress forward; the clocks won’t stop ticking.  There is nothing that can be done about the progression of time.  When we lose a loved one though, it’s like everything in our lives skids to an … Continue reading ENTRY: Bereavement… Refusing to ‘move 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

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

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