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MEDIA: Coronavirus PANdemic vs. opioid EPIdemic?

WASHINGTON — The fumbled response to the first coronavirus case potentially contracted within a U.S. community, in California, shows how health professionals on the front lines can be quickly overmatched by the stealthy disease. And the prospect of more widespread outbreaks could put major stress on state and local health departments that are underfunded and … Continue reading MEDIA: Coronavirus PANdemic vs. opioid EPIdemic?

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

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

MEDIA: How to Cope with Lying and Addiction

We’ve all been challenged by our kids lying when they have a substance use problem. Your child may tell an outright lie, or they may omit information. Either way, it is a struggle to deal with.  I recently spoke with a mom who was frustrated with her son’s lying. “I want him to admit the … Continue reading MEDIA: How to Cope with Lying and Addiction

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