Congress "Scared" To Take On American Medical Association Over Opioids

A senator recently called out Congress for not standing up to the AMA for stalling progress on anti-opioid abuse regulations. A powerful physicians lobby is blocking efforts in Congress to regulate the way certain medications like opioid painkillers are prescribed, according to a new report. According to the Daily Beast, the American Medical Association has…

Philadelphia Grapples With Closing Heroin Camps

The city has promised to move people who are currently encamped in the area into drug treatment and permanent housing. City officials and charitable groups in Philadelphia are grappling with how best to help people as the city moves to dismantle tent cities that are overrun with opioid abuse. City officials hope to have four…

Latin America Should Consider Legalizing Drugs, United Nations Official Says

The head of a UN economic commission for Latin America says “illegality is killing people.” A United Nations official argued that Latin American should seriously consider legalizing drugs in order to save lives, Newsweek reported. Alicia Bárcena, the head of a UN economic commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, says that the region needs…

How Online Dating Affects Mental Health

A new study revealed that online dating can impact mental health in a variety of ways and may even lead to tech addiction.  These days finding someone to date should be easier than ever. After all, dating apps can tell you who is near by, what they’re after in a partner, and even what they…

Cryptocurrency Addiction Treatment Program Launches In Scotland

The announcement has sparked debate about the validity of digital currency addiction.  A hospital in the south of Scotland is offering what is described as the first residential treatment for dependency on cryptocurrency. Therapists at Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire, which provides treatment programs for drugs and alcohol, will apply methods used to treat gambling addiction…

Morning Roundup: June 1, 2018

Ambien maker says pills didn’t make Roseanne racist, Congress demands documents related to ‘patient brokering,’ opinion: if addiction is a disease, why is relapsing a crime? Ambien Maker Says Pills Didn’t Make Roseanne Barr Racist [NBC News] BART Seeking Permission to Shut Down Drug Walkway [SF Chronicle] Congress Demands Documents Related to ‘Patient Brokering’ [Orange…

Owning My Space as a Woman in 12-Step Programs

I am totally within my rights if I say no, you may not sit there, and no, I don’t want a hug and I don’t want a cup of coffee and just back the fuck off because I have mace in my purse. Several days after I took my last drink, I was detoxing at…

Veterans Hold Memorial Day Push for Medical Cannabis

The veterans participating in the Veterans Rally advocated for the VA to change its medical marijuana policy. Veterans from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. on Monday to advocate for better access to medical cannabis through the Department of Veterans Affairs.  “Use cannabis, die less,” Mike Krawitz, a 56-year-old disabled U.S. Air Force veteran…

Paramore’s Hayley Williams Pens Powerful Mental Health Essay

“Writing kept me alive. Forced me to be honest. It helped me understand that emotional wellness and physical health are actually related.” Paramore’s lead singer Hayley Williams is taking the shame out of sadness. In the band’s most recent single “Rose-Colored Boy,” Williams sings, “Just let me cry a little bit longer/ I ain’t gon’…

Accused Dark Web Kingpin "OxyMonster" Faces 20-Year Sentence

Federal agents captured the accused drug kingpin when he came to the US for a beard contest last summer. The man who is accused of selling oxycodone, cocaine and methamphetamine online under the alias “OxyMonster” will reportedly plead guilty in federal court on charges of drug conspiracy and money laundering, the Associated Press reported on…