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ADDICTION & RECOVERY

Big Pharma, Doctors, Insurers…Are They All to Blame?

By editor10022 September 19, 2017

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too. The New York Times investigates how amid an opioid crisis, insurers are restricting pricey, less addictive painkillers. At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are […]

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Fentanyl Deaths in 2016 Are Up 540% in Three Years

By Andree Corroon September 6, 2017

Josh Katz’s recent article in The New York Times was not shocking news to all of us at Freedom Institute. We are well aware of the scourge of the opioid epidemic and exponential rise of fentanyl overdoses. Katz reviews how the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths in 2016 shows overdose deaths growing even faster […]

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Talking to Your Teen

By editor10022 August 14, 2017

Marijuana – legal or otherwise – is a hot topic. The national debate on the legalization of marijuana as well as many states’ legalization of marijuana, has helped normalize use for many teens. This new landscape does not change the fact, however, that all mind-altering substances – including marijuana – are harmful for the still-developing […]

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The Irrelevance of the Marijuana Debate

By editor10022 August 14, 2017

The marijuana debate – legal or not legal, gateway drug or not a gateway drug, medicinal drug or addictive drug –  is irrelevant when it comes to children and the developing brain.  Marijuana with its THC content is a drug and a new study shows that there has been a 133% increase in the past 11 […]

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ADDICTION & RECOVERY

12 Steps: A Design for Life

By Andree Corroon August 11, 2017

“EVERYONE should try doing a 12-Steps Program. The world would be a better place. More people would say sorry. Honesty and unselfishness would be more common.” I am not in recovery, but I am familiar with the 12 Steps. People close to me have successfully achieved sobriety through AA, and working on the non-clinical side […]

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