November 18, 2017  Last Update: December 21, 2016, 11:10 pm

A World of Hurt Book by Barry Meier

New York Times reporter Barry Meier published “A World of Hurt” about prescription pain medications. Mr. Meier previously published “Pain Killer: A ‘Wonder’ Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death” which was centered on Oxycontin abuse by teenagers.

Want to Forget Your Binge Drinking?

Rapamycin (approved by the FDA to prevent organ transplant rejections.) reaches the brain at a level deeper than conscious memory, erasing memories of pleasurable sensations associated with alcohol use. Researchers think this may help alcoholics.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Heroin Addiction Treatment

Philip Seymour Hoffman broke 23 years of sobriety and ended up out of control, using prescription painkillers and snorting heroin. He’s fresh out of a 10 day detox, telling his story.

For South Carolina’s Ted Vick, One DUI is Not Enough

41 year old Pastor, used car salesman, and SC State Senator Ted Vicks has an alcohol problem. He’s enjoyed a bang up year that included two DUIs, a weapons charge, speeding charges, and cops finding a 21 year old drunk coed in the car with him. Geesh.

Celebrity Suicide with Dr. Drew Pinsky

Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab led the celebrity reality TV industry for years as it showcased popular and less than popular celebrities suffering under addiction. Mindy McCready’s suicide this week marks the 5th unnaturally death of a Celebrity Rehab guest in the past two years.

Biological Psychiatry says Size Matters with Cocaine Addiction

Reports of new research from the journal “Biological Psychiatry” suggests that the ability to “manage” cocaine without becoming overwhelmed by addiction seems to have something to do with the size of the frontal lobe.

Post-Sandy Challenges related to Addiction

Hidden behind the mess left behind by Hurricane Sandy is the uncertainly of the next few days, when personal drug supplies dry up, and the bottles look more and more like solutions.

“Octo-mom” Nadya Suleman in Rehab

Celebrity Octomom Nadya Suleman is headed to rehab for a Xanax dependency, and to learn some coping skills. The babies are fine, according to the nannies.

What’s the Penalty for DUI Number 14? Life in Prison

After 13 DUIs and 10 years in prison for his crimes, Terry Ash was still eligible for a driver’s license. But the 14th DUI made him a “Menace to Society” and he’s been sentenced to life in prison.

New York Times article on Delirium: It Sounds Just Like Detox

Jane Brody writes for the Personal Health section of the New York Times on “health and aging”. She just highlighted delirium, but completely missed the connection between delirium and substance use, abuse, and withdrawal. Her readers were quick to remind her.

Billie Joe Armstrong Rides “Going to Rehab” Excuse

Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day has been acting out in typical Rock n’ Roller fashion, only it’s 2012 and that’s just not acceptable behavior today. Unless you can blame it on drugs or alcohol. Then it’s ok?

Painkillers Cause Headaches?

Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) is the headache you get from headache medicine. Apparently it’s common: half of all cases of chronic daily headache are attributed to MOH.

Portland Medicates via Water Supply to Save Healthcare Costs

Portland City Council Commissioner Nick Fish is medicating the drinking water to save on healthcare costs. He’s starting with Fluoride. What’s next for the city known for high rates of clinical depression? Prozac? Valium? Xannies?

83 Year Old “Bold Prescriber” Challenges DEA on Pain Killers

An 83 year old East Bay (California) doctor is under investigation for his prescribing practices, following patient deaths. The FBI, the Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the DEA have all subpoenaed his medical records. Dr. Manougian is what is known as a “bold prescriber” of opioid painkillers. He believes he has a right to do “whatever it takes” to treat chronic pain. Does he?

Graduate of Controversial Shock Therapy School Now Wants to be an Electrician

The controversial Judge Rotenberg Center, previously highlighted for a barbaric shock therapy video circulated on the Internet, is now boasting of a new graduate who wants to become an electrician! You can’t make this stuff up…