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October 19, 2017

Jim Arnold was a good man. He died because his doctor gave him bad drugs. 
It is likely that you have heard the pharmaceutical industry’s talking point that we must not limit the prescribing of opioids because so many people need relief from their pain. The truth is, t...

July 7, 2017

Some experiences just make you feel good! Last Saturday I participated in such an experience. 


Individuals in early recovery have brain changes from their disease that makes continued abstinence difficult. Not only is the dopamine and endorphin systems dysfunctional, b...

June 26, 2017

I blame the pharmaceutical industry for the opioid epidemic and for the tens of thousands of deaths it causes every year. Of course, there are other players to blame as well. Physicians – including myself – believed Big Pharma instead of looking at the literature ourse...

June 9, 2017

Big news came out of Washington, DC yesterday that did not involve our president. The FDA has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove Opana ER from the market. If the manufacturer refuses to do so, then the FDA will rescind its approval of Opana ER and force removal of th...

February 13, 2017

Several recent news stories are shedding a disturbing light on “Big Pharma.” These companies tell us daily how they make our lives better; yet, they may not have our best interest as their primary goal.  As we saw with the tobacco companies in the 1900s, the primary go...

December 20, 2016

The Center for Disease Control has released the 2015 data on overdose mortality. The figures are not good (Rudd, Seth, David, & Scholl, 2016).


Since 2014, overdoses from opioids have risen from 28,647 to 33,091—the largest increase ever. As you can see from the graph b...

December 12, 2016

During the rush of the holidays, there were three important news items that you may have missed last week: 


1.  The CDC reported the 2015 overdose data. There was a 15% increase in opioid overdoses from 2014 to 2015.  Over 4400 more people died in 2015.


2.  A Wash...

October 4, 2016

In my last blog I talked about opioid babies.  This week I want to look at our children (ages 2-21) and opioids.

Previously, I discussed how opioid babies are born with physical dependence to opioids because of their mother’s opioid use.  They are not addicted. Addictio...

September 15, 2016

Accutane, valproate, warfarin. These are common drugs that all doctors know to be problematic in pregnancy because they cause birth defects. Drugs that may affect the developing fetus are required by the FDA to carry warnings to caution prescribers regarding their use...

August 30, 2016

It’s like running a race without a finish line. Why would anyone do that? It seems that if you are a runner starting a race, you want to know where it ends. That is critical information for several reasons. You want to know how to pace yourself. But most of all, you ne...

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