NEWS FEED: In rare bipartisan victory, Trump signs opioid act into law

FIRST: It's sad that I have to start a post this way, but I just want to say that before you read this one, please take off your political party hat (I wonder what that would actually look like...).  Anyways, I implore you, push politics aside, especially when considering what CAA is all about.  Human … Continue reading NEWS FEED: In rare bipartisan victory, Trump signs opioid act into law

sizzlin’FEATURES: Lawsuit settlement will allow Maine prison inmate to get medication for opioid addiction

The Maine Department of Corrections will allow a Caribou man to receive medication in prison to treat his opioid use disorder. Zachary Smith, 30, sued the department in July. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine filed the complaint on his behalf in U.S. District Court in Portland, claiming Smith was being denied his rights … Continue reading sizzlin’FEATURES: Lawsuit settlement will allow Maine prison inmate to get medication for opioid addiction

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

MEDIA: A greatly overshadowed risk in the US

And this is basically just Australia.  Since we're dealing with a gravely serious opioid problem in the United States, mainstream media doesn't often discuss the dangers of benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), or Ativan (lorazepam).  Plus, I feel like kids and teens actually have an even greater chance of finding these types of drugs … Continue reading MEDIA: A greatly overshadowed risk in the US

NEWS FEED: How The Opioid Crisis Is Depressing America’s Labor Force

It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work. Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one … Continue reading NEWS FEED: How The Opioid Crisis Is Depressing America’s Labor Force

MEDIA: Under the Bridge

Just about everyone knows "Under the Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  A lot of people know, too, that the song does in fact pertain to drug addiction.  Many alt-rock/indie-rock bands from the early '90s were experiencing major woes when it came to the various members engaging in illicit drug use.  Obviously, partying is … Continue reading MEDIA: Under the Bridge

MEDIA: Muse du Jour

I was feeling inspired today.  You know, that's one thing I truly love about being sober.  It feels so good and fulfilling to experience real emotions again.  And it could be any emotion.  I remember having a somewhat curious bout of constant crying spells about a month into sobriety.  I know this has happened to … Continue reading MEDIA: Muse du Jour

ART: The Apprehensive Addict

I've been to many invigorating AA meetings.  And I get it; some meetings are most certainly not as fulfilling as others.  Also, it's plausible that some addicts or alcoholics might have had a negative experience related to attending a meeting, and it might be why he or she doesn't continue to go.  This is part … Continue reading ART: The Apprehensive Addict

ENTRY: Capital Punishment for Dealers?

So, I've had some people ask how I feel about Pres. Trump's proposal to implement the death penalty for convicted drug dealers.  I have put a great deal of thought into this.  I knew that when I started this blog, I absolutely would want to discuss the current prevalence of drugs in the world today, … Continue reading ENTRY: Capital Punishment for Dealers?