New Hydrocodone Restrictions to Impact Prescription Painkiller Users

A crackdown on narcotic painkillers is on the way, and it can’t come too soon for those impacted by the prescription drug epidemic in the US. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on August 21, 2014 that it is moving hydrocodone combination products (also known as HCPs) from Schedule III to the more restrictive […]

The Truth About Marijuana

Marijuana use has long been controversial, with advocates insisting that it’s no more dangerous than cigarettes or alcohol, substances that have long been legal and readily available. On the other side, some experts warn that marijuana is a dangerous drug that adversely affects the brain and impacts a variety of functions. The Washington Post’s Ruth […]

Prescription Drug Abuse: An Ever-growing Problem

The stats on prescription painkiller abuse in the US are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), each day, 46 people die from an overdose of prescription painkillers just in the US. Meanwhile, unintentional overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers have quadrupled since 1999, outnumbering those involving heroin and cocaine by […]

Mind Over Matter

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you can dream it, you can become it. Don’t worry, be happy. We’ve all heard these inspirational sayings meant to spur us on to bigger and better things or help us hold on when we feel like we’re at the end of rope. They may work for […]

No Shame in Shouting for Help

I wake early, sometimes very early. I have been in this habit since I was a kid. When I asked my mom in her later years if she remembers me doing this as a child, she said, “Oh yeah.” And when I asked her why she thought I did this, she answered, “You were always […]