Opioids Addiction Watch

Opioid Crisis :Despair, Love and Loss

The New York Times article Despair, Love and Loss: A Journey Inside West Virginia’s Opioid Crisis illustrates how addition takes toll on peoples lives. We read similar similar stories on almost daily basis. The other similar heartbreaking stories from the Times on Hooked in America series, How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?.

Only a exceptional people like Keri Blakinger, criminal justice reporter for the Houston Chronicle could come out of it. Read more about Keri’s story From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter: ‘I Was So Lucky To Come Out Of This’ and her Washington Post 2015 post Heroin addiction sent me to prison. White privilege got me out and to the Ivy League.

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Opioids Addiction Watch

There is an interesting article in The New York times about CBD (Cannabidiol) oil titled Why Is CBD Everywhere?. To quote from The Times “Cannabidiol is being touted as a magical elixir, a cure-all now available in bath bombs, dog treats and even pharmaceuticals. But maybe it’s just a fix for our anxious times.

Dr Richard A Friedman, a psychiatrist and a contributing opinion writer, joins in the debate with his Dec 28 opinion post Is CBD Helpful, or Just Hype?  suggesting CBD enthusiasts to wait the research before pouring CBD into our tea and rubbing it all over our bodies.

CBD is Everywhere

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Empire of Pain: Story Behind Prescription Opioids Overdose Epidemic

The New Yorker has a very detailed investigative article The Family That Built an Empire of Pain. From the article, it appears that The Sackler family which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin (active ingredient oxycodone, a chemical cousin of heroine). Since 1999, over two hundred thousands Americans have died because of OxyContin & prescription opioids overdose. A must read article to understand the entire prescription overdose epidemics.

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A Book by a Practicing Doctor on Opioid Epidemic

Very interesting book “Drug Dealer, M.D.’: Misunderstandings and Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic by Anna Limbke, MD, Stanford Medicine.  According her biographical page Dr Limbke is listed as Assistant Professor of Phsychiatry & Behaviour Science and specializes with clinical focus on co-occuring addition, and addiction medicine. In her new book,  she explores the origin of prescription opioids epidemic problem in US from doctor’s perspective.

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An Incomplete List of Popular Articles on Opioids Epidemics

For more than a year or so, we have been reading articles on opioids addiction, alarming death rates from opioids overdose and related topics on daily basis in major national newspaper like Washington Posts & New York Times.

Since I have been interested on this topic, I have been reading these articles whenever I come across one from trusted source. For my own purpose and for others interested in this area, I have started to compile of a selective lists of popular news article published in major news outlets like New York Times, Washington Posts and others.

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Prescription Opioids Problems

In recent years there are lot of stories on prescription opioids related addiction problem in many rural America. Major newspapers & other media has been covering reports of increasing deaths from opioids & drug overdose related problems. In this recent article in Washington Posts, one third of long term users say they’re hooked on prescription opioids.  Very interesting but alarming story!

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