Addiction Recovery Blog

New Wave of Complex Street Drugs Puzzles Emergency Doctors

August 21st / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

At a time when drug overdoses are becoming more prevalent and lethal, a new report provides a snapshot of regional illicit drug use and, for the first time, highlights the complexity of detecting and treating patients at hospital emergency departments … [Read More]

Coroner sent letters to doctors whose patients died of opioid overdoses. Doctors’ habits quickly changed

August 20th / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

Addressed directly to the doctor, the letter arrived in a plain business envelope with a return address of the San Diego County medical examiner’s office. Its contents were intended, ever so carefully, to focus the physician on a national epidemic … [Read More]

Alcohol, Opioid Addiction Meds Reduce Crime, Suicidality

August 13th / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

Medications currently used to treat alcohol and opioid use disorders also appear to reduce suicidality and crime, results from a large population-based study suggest.  “While it has been established that these medications are effective in reducing alcohol and opioid use, … [Read More]

‘No Doubt’ Kratom Is an Opioid With High Abuse Potential

August 10th / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

One of the two major psychoactive constituents in kratom has high abuse potential and may also increase the intake of other opiates, new research shows. The finding contradicts claims by kratom makers that the substance has no abuse potential and … [Read More]

Got the ‘drunchies’? New study shows how heavy drinking affects diet

August 7th / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

They’re called the “drunchies,” or drunk munchies. It’s the desire one has to eat salty, fatty, unhealthy foods during or after a night of heavy drinking. With obesity continuing to rise in America, researchers decided to look at a sample … [Read More]

Drug users on probation can be required to remain drug-free, court rules

July 23rd / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that it was not cruel and unusual punishment to put a person who is on probation in jail after one positive test for drugs.  Experts have been watching the case closely, as thousands of people who struggle … [Read More]

Deaths from liver disease are surging, and drinking is to blame

July 20th / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

It doesn’t take many years of drinking to permanently damage the liver, doctors say. Deaths from liver disease have risen sharply in the U.S., and doctors say the biggest factor is drinking —especially among young adults. A study published Wednesday … [Read More]

Opioid addiction is keeping a high percentage of people out of the workforce

July 17th / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

America’s opioid epidemic is exacting a massive human tool that also is impacting the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday. One of the Fed’s primary goals is achieving maximum employment, or making sure every potential worker who wants … [Read More]

A Restaurant Takes On the Opioid Crisis, One Worker at a Time

July 16th / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

A Kentucky couple realized that restaurants have an unusual power to help addicted people recover, and created DV8 Kitchen to hire, train and encourage them. LEXINGTON, Ky. — Five years ago, Rob and Diane Perez found a spoon and a … [Read More]

New federal drug rehab bill inspired by “Florida Shuffle”

July 9th / Bill Kellaway / Comment: 0

Senator Marco Rubio posted on Twitter how he hopes a bill he’s sponsoring will put an end to fraud in the residential drug treatment industry. He and Senator Bill Nelson are jointly sponsoring the “Sober Home Fraud Detection Act”, allowing … [Read More]

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