How America Is Fighting the Drug Crisis and Why It Isn’t Working

By Wesley H. Gallagher In 1971, President Richard Nixon officially declared war on drugs. This war would be fought with law and order, as the government dramatically increased resources devoted to criminal prohibition of drug use and sales. Between 1980 and 2003, the population of drug offenders in the state prison system grew twelvefold.1 Despite […]

Can Getting Out in Nature Boost Recovery?

By Melissa Riddle Chalos The more advanced our society becomes — the more we become enslaved to our devices — the less time we spend absorbing the fresh air, sunlight and everything else nature has to offer. In the 18th and 19th centuries, physicians seemed to understand these natural elements as essential to health and […]

Should You Give Up on a Family Member Who Keeps Relapsing?

By Wesley Gallagher Loving someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is hard — in fact, it may be the hardest thing you ever deal with. It can be heart-wrenching to watch a person you love continue to harm themselves and others through a continuing addiction, so the day they enter rehab may seem […]

Appalachia: The Cradle of the Opioid Epidemic

By Tamarra Kemsley Running diagonally from New England all the way down to northern Georgia and Alabama, the Appalachian region of the United States is a treasure trove of scenic trails and roads winding through forest-coated hillsides. Beneath that pristine canopy of leaves, however, many residents are caught in a battle for their lives. From […]

Why Many Elderly People Who End Up in the ER with Pain (From a Fall or Any Injury) Are Ending Up Addicted to Opioids

By David Heitz When a high school athlete ends up in the emergency room with a broken bone, often that event becomes their introduction to opioids. The next thing you know, they are that “regular kid who turned to heroin.” Fortunately, help is available for everyone. And guess what? Elderly people who end up in […]