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In the News: The End of a Pill Mill

April 24, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

“If the patient takes them for other reasons, or even resells them on the street– well, nothing I can do about that. It’s the patient’s own fault.”

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In the News: Hitler’s Heroin

April 17, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

That’s not so different from any number of celebrities who’ve died of accidental overdose in the years since the War ended.

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In the News: Lobbying for Meth Cooks

April 10, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

The FDA usually comes down on the side of protecting patient access, while the CDC favors greater restriction on availability.

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Fighting Pseudoscience: Critical Thinking

April 6, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

We need the knowledge and skill to evaluate claims of effectiveness as medical treatments– for instance, to determine whether the research that supports that claim is solid, or if it’s unreliable.

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Pain Pill Cycle

April 3, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Modern healthcare, for all its spectacular innovation, still lacks a genuinely safe, effective remedy for certain types of pain.

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Pot Potency

March 30, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Producers and distributors are eager to attract the higher-end customer, mostly likely an adult daily user who needs stronger pot to manage dependence on the drug.

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In the News: DUI, Cannabis-Style

March 27, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Although polls show Americans are broadly in favor of medical marijuana, they’re not as enthusiastic about the prospect of sharing the road with seriously stoned drivers.

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“It’s Baa-ack…” (Cocaine)

March 23, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

There’s long been evidence of a reciprocal relationship between cocaine and heroin use.

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In the News: Keeping It Covered

March 20, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

With the increased risk of overdose from fentanyl and other synthetics, the path to recovery may be even bumpier, in terms of repeat emergencies. The folks in the Business Office would rather avoid that.

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The Cannabis Cure?

March 16, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

An answer such as vigorous exercise or meditation or going to a meeting will never be as universally attractive to someone a few weeks sober as “well, here, why don’t you toke this?”

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