ThinkingAcross the Spectrum of Policy, Practice, Research & Reality

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The Study of Pain

August 16, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

The goal is to eventually develop an objective scale by which pain can be measured not by self-report, but by neuroimaging.

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In the News: Blue Light Special

August 6, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

As the article points out, it’s possible to make use of the flashlight on your cellphone for the necessary illumination.

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Worldwide Epidemic

August 2, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Once such substances get a foothold in a region, they’re extremely hard to eradicate.

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Psychedelia

July 30, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

My concern is that these same hallucinogens have a pronounced tendency to escape the research environment and find their way out into the streets

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Why Zero Tolerance Fails

July 26, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

…as one judge told me at a conference: “no matter how many jails you build, judges will fill them. It’s the easiest way to make this someone else’s problem, instead of ours.”

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Stoned Voter Effect?

July 23, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Much of the chronic user’s life is taken up by anxiety, about where future doses will come from.

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The NIH, Corporate Sponsors, and Research

July 16, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

So if some enterprising MD or PhD were to show with a proposal for research designed to prove that drinking has definite health benefits, the industry will throw money at it.

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In the News: Opioid Windfall

July 9, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

It does seem ironic that the industry most responsible for the creation and continuation of our current opioid epidemic could also be the main beneficiary of this next wave of treatment funding.

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The Vaping Dilemma

July 5, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

From a seller’s viewpoint, no customer is more desirable than someone who is actually dependent on their product.

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Striking a Cannabis Balance

July 2, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

…just as repeal of Prohibition didn’t make alcohol any safer for popular use… neither will legalization remove the risks associated with cannabis.

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