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The “Broken Bone” Model Of Addiction Treatment

A word about chronic illnesses. It’s not always easy to conceive of addiction as a complex disease-but it’s getting easier. There are certain similarities among chronic diseases. As with diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure, drug addiction often requires protracted and multi-faceted treatments-treatments that typically do not produce the kinds of dramatic cures and breakthroughs ….

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Smoking And The Slave Trade

To Africa and back again. [Queen Nzinga (smoking a pipe) with Her Entourage, Kingdom of Kongo, 1670s] In the 17th Century, tobacco, the prototypical New World stimulant, was introduced to Africa by European traders. By 1607, tobacco was being cultivated in Sierra Leone, and in 1611 a Swiss doctor commented on how the soldiers of ….

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Khat To The Chase

Of mephedrone, bath salts, and impaired driving. Automobile accidents are the ninth leading cause of death worlwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than a million people are killed on roads annually, and that number could rise to 2.5 million by 2020. WHO estimates that traffic accidents cost developing countries an astonishing 1-2 ….

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“They’ll Drink Bucket Loads”

The subtle subterfuge of alcohol advertising. “To own all routes to sociability; football, music, and everything else that brings the lads together, is to dominate the beer market.” –Ad agency Mobious in Carling strategy document, 2006. “Carling Commandments: Thou shalt never abandon your mates in favour of a girl… though shall never desert thy mates ….

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Sign Of The Times

Epidemic of Oxycontin theft at Walgreens. ROCHESTER, NH– Police are looking for a suspect who robbed the Walgreens Pharmacy on South Main Street early Sunday morning. According to Sgt. Gary Boudreau, police responded around 2 a.m. to the Walgreens at 104 South Main Street for a reported robbery. Boudreau said a single male entered the ….

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Drinking On Television

Does alcohol on TV make you bend the elbow? I have a guest post at All About Addiction covering a journal article in Alcohol and Alcoholism with the unambiguous title: “Alcohol Portrayal on Television Affects Actual Drinking Behaviour.” It is an easy and familiar accusation. Over time, it has been levied at violent video games, ….

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What’s The Best Valentine’s Day Present Of All?

Answer: a healthy heart. Valentine’s Day is all about hearts, so it’s not surprising that February was picked as American Heart Month almost 50 years ago. The Office on Smoking and Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants you to know that, if you smoke, “the cells that line your body’s blood ….

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Love, Loss, And Addiction

Review of “This River” by James Brown. James Brown, author of “The L.A. Diaries,” has offered up another candid and courageous memoir in his new book,“This River.” In a series of related vignettes, the book amplifies and extends the basic story of Brown’s life as chronicled in “L.A. Diaries,”–a harrowing tale of genetic fate and ….

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From NINA To NSNA: No Smokers Need Apply

Smoke-free workplace or job discrimination? It started with hospitals and medical businesses. As more and more states adopted strict policies about smoking, state courts began to bump up against a vexing question-the legal system is being called upon to adjudicate the legality of refusing to hire smokers. The issue has split the anti-smoking world into ….

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Drug Czar “Deeply Concerned” About Synthetic Stimulants

“Bath salts” come under federal scrutiny. The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy issued awarning about the new synthetic stimulants now being clandestinely marketed as bath salts or insecticide.  Admitting that “we lack sufficient data to understand exactly how prevalent the use of these stimulants are,” Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske nonetheless announced ….

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