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

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