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Prince's Death a 'Sign of the Times'

Deborah Hersman | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

In life, Prince never fit into a category, so it is especially tragic that in death he reportedly will fall into one so increasingly common. On April...

Prince's Death Is an Opportunity to Talk to Our Kids About the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Marjorie Clifton | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Marjorie Clifton

Most parents are unaware of both how common prescription medicine abuse has become in high schools across America, and how easy it is for young people to acquire pills in their own homes and classrooms.

Watching My Mother Disappear

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 05.07.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

My mother, Betty, was a beautiful, talented, smart woman who never believed any of that. There were various reasons for her disbelief. Some of them, I understood. Some, I didn't. And never will.

Why Is Mom Falling? Interview With Author of Not as Prescribed

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Are you or an older adult in your life suffering from misuse of drugs? It is an increasingly common problem says a new book by Harry Haroutunian, MD b...

Insulting Utah, the Public Lands Debate

Stacy Bare | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Stacy Bare

We're not, as a state, currently doing well taking care of the existing state population and these men believe more roads would help us get more people, but would they also help us solve the major issues of our state?

The United States of Adderall (Part IV)

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Adderall misusers and abusers represent a broad societal trend that is endemic to the American psyche. We are a nation obsessed with the pursuit of material gain in the belief that accumulating wealth will bring emotional contentment.

The United States of Adderall (Part III)

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Because of its link to a disorder that affects academic and work performance, Adderall abusers tend to hail from white, middle-class neighborhoods and wealthy families.

Opioids, Pain and the CDC's Guideline: Needs Improvement

Stefan Kertesz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Stefan Kertesz

As medical boards, insurers and government agencies enforce this guideline, prescribing differently from the top line recommendations is likely to become onerous, leaving many patients in the lurch.

The United States of Adderall

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

It's no longer just kids with a behavioral disorder using these drugs to function in society. Now, it's older teens and adults who are fueling an emerging epidemic of abuse and addiction. The not-so-distant future is here: We are living in the United States of Adderall.

It's the Holiday Season: Do You Know Where Your Meds Are?

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

What do you think of when it comes to Thanksgiving? Spending time with friends and loved ones? A giant turkey or tofurky with all the fixings? You're likely thinking of all the planning, cooking, and entertaining -- and storing your medications couldn't be further from your mind, right?

Tonight, Have 'The Talk'... About Opioids

Deborah Hersman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

Like many families, my husband, sons and I often have engaging conversations while we're sitting at the dinner table. Something about that environment naturally lends itself to conversation. Sometimes we just share details from our days, or my kids tell me what they learned at school. But sometimes we have our most thought-provoking talks while putting forks to plates.

Mindfulness Health Insurance: How We Heal the System (And Ourselves)

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

It's time we joined our Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and started leveraging health solutions at the site of greatest opportunity: the individual. Mindfulness can unlock this vast and under-utilized health resource. So what is mindfulness?

Stopping Opioid Overdose Deaths and Addictions: Finally, a Sensible Plan for Action

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Today, 120 people will lose their life to a drug overdose. Unfortunately, this devastating epidemic is not new -- it has been growing for at least a decade. What is new is that there is at last strong, sensible, non-partisan action at hand.

The Same Deadly Fix, Just Cheaper

John Temple | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
John Temple

The power of painkillers is that they come in amber pill bottles, not little plastic bags. Their precise, factory-shaped contours make it easy for people -- even doctors -- to believe they aren't addictive. But the painkiller epidemic and the heroin epidemic are one and the same. And their addictions are equally horrific.

4 Reasons My Six-Figure Job Led To An Unhappy Life

Tyler C Beaty | Posted 09.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Tyler C Beaty

Here are four reasons my six-figure job led to my unhappy life, and a mindset change that will help you avoid making these same mistakes.

Fiorina Is Right

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Deborah Hersman

Last week, Carly Fiorina's call for reforming drug treatment policies garnered a strong reaction during the Republican presidential debate when she shared how she and her husband buried their child to drug addiction. Fiorina called drug addiction an "epidemic." She is right.

High Praise: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Save Lives

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

A new study released by the University of California-Irvine in conjunction with the RAND corporation, a non-profit global think tank, shows a correlation between states that have legalized marijuana and reduced rates of opioid addiction.

The Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever devia...

REPORT: Heroin Use On The Rise, Especially Among Whites

Associated Press | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to ...

DEA-led 'pill mill' raids will save lives

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Crime
Deborah Hersman

When the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law officers carried out their four-state raid on pain clinics and 'pill mills' across the South on Wednesday, they preemptively saved thousands of lives and arrested some of the country's most unassuming sources of illegal drug activity.

Punishing The Mother Is Not Best For the Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Lynn Erdman

Incarceration is not the answer. Pregnant women with substance use disorders need to be identified early in their pregnancies and offered treatment.

What Hillary Clinton Could Do About the Opioid Crisis

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

During a recent campaign stop, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to make the "quiet epidemic" involving heroin and prescription opioids an important part of her presidential campaign. The world is listening right now. It's the perfect time for her to create a rallying cry against this "quiet" epidemic.

ICYMI: Tango As Medicine, What Stress Looks Like And Your Brain On 'Food Porn'

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI features what HuffPost editors are reading this week. This week, we teared up while re-reading this year's recipient of the Hillman Prize --...

The Most Fatally Abused Drug Is in Your Medicine Cabinet

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to learn how to prevent opioid painkiller overdose and addiction. Know the facts. According to new National Safety Council public opinion poll, few Americans do.

Why Heroin Overdoses Are Rising and How We Can Prevent Them

Amos Irwin | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Amos Irwin

The death toll from heroine overdoses has been rising 40% per year since 2011, overtaking fatalities from HIV in 2013. News stories on the issue are long on fear but short on solutions. So here are five things you need to know about America's heroin overdose crisis.