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Entries by Maia Szalavitz from 02/2008

How Not to Die Like Heath Ledger, Part II

| Posted 02.06.2008 | Healthy Living

Naloxone should be kept in every first aid kit. Even when overdoses involve multiple drugs, simply taking away the effect of the opioid is often all that is needed to revive the victim.

Overdose and Heath Ledger, Part III: Shame About Addiction Should Not Obscure Truth About How Drugs Kill

| Posted 02.07.2008 | Healthy Living

It's conceivable that Ledger had an incompetent doctor, but the more parsimonious explanation, given his history of recreational drug use, is that he was not following doctor's orders at all.

What Heath Ledger's Masseuse Should Have Known: How to Save an Overdose Victim

| Posted 02.11.2008 | Healthy Living

People shouldn't use opioids recreationally -- but if you have a loved one who doesn't follow that advice, here's information that may can keep them alive until they realize why that advice is so good.

What the Media Misses About Antidepressants

| Posted 02.27.2008 | Healthy Living

A new meta-analysis of research on modern antidepressants -- some of it unpublished by the drug companies -- suggests that the drugs have little advantage over placebos.