Have you ever wondered where life began? How did we as human beings came into existence? While slightly off the topic of our normal blog posts, these things are fun to to think about and our own Andrew Kornfeld, Director of Communications at Recovery Without Walls interviewed one of the worlds leading authorities on the …Read the full post.
Philip Seymour Hoffman died from “acute mixed drug intoxication,” according to the newly released official autopsy. The cocktail of controlled substances that led to his tragic death included heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines, as reported by Julie Bolcer of the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. We find it noteworthy that, in addition to the …Read the full post.
The FDA has approved a long-acting hydrocodone (the principle component of Vicodin or Norco) based drug called “Zohydro” for chronic pain. This is another full acting opiate, with high addiction and overdose potential. The successful uses of buprenorphine, as a first line analgesic, are still not fully recognized in the United States. It is our …Read the full post.
It’s always nice to see our two favorite scientists with the president.
What can we all learn from this?
From the University of Utah, a fun interactive of how illicit drugs (specifically drugs of abuse) work in the mammalian brain. Science is knowledge, knowledge is power. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/mouse/
The US is not the only country reforming drug policy. In India, for some patients suffering from chronic pain, access to proper medications was historically very difficult. With regulations still in place, these laws are now being reformed. http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/02/21/india-major-breakthrough-pain-patients
While many areas around the United States are working to Ban e-cigarettes. Some places however are welcoming them: rural county jails. It is reported that it can calm inmates down who crave a smoke. Is this a good harm reduction effort? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/in-rural-jails-a-calming-vapor.html
One day pain treatment could be disease specific and not just symptom specific. http://www.ted.com/talks/elliot_krane_the_mystery_of_chronic_pain.html
“Nearly three-quarters of the pharmaceuticals deaths are opioid analgesics—prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin. And while cocaine, heroin and alcohol are all responsible for enough deaths to warrant their own stripes on the chart, many popular illegal drugs—including marijuana and LSD—are such a tiny blip as to be invisible.” – PopSci http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/which-drugs-actually-kill-americans?src=SOC&dom=fb