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The Pain Patients’ Dilemma

October 18, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

In the past, we’ve flung opioids at the problem, and haven’t developed alternatives.

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In the News: Merchant Princes

October 15, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

…tolerable when we’re talking about window fasteners or computer mice but surely not when the product in question directly affects our health or even our survival.

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Social Drinking? Problem Drinking?

October 11, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Her definition of social drinking was any alcohol consumed in the company of other human beings.

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Legalization and Addiction

October 8, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

If someone is experiencing problems with pot, fine, get them help. But locking them up? Feels like smashing a bedbug with a sledgehammer.

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In the News: Do Safe Injection Sites Work?

October 1, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

That’s not a large percent of the user population, but it’s among the sickest. That along might be enough to justify the investment; I’m sure a number of lives have been saved along the way.

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Why No Opioid Taper?

September 27, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Not everybody wants to remain dependent on pain medication. But at present, we offer few if any alternatives to doing it on your own.

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In the News: Flying High in Silicon Valley

September 24, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Naturally, high-energy entrepreneurs are attracted to stimulants. At least until they begin to experience the toxicity associated with too much of a good thing.

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Alcohol Isn’t a Health Food

September 20, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

More likely the hope is to increase awareness of the risks, and encourage drinkers to limit consumption.

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Cannabis Marketing

September 17, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

That’s not to say the perceptions of cannabis as health-improving aren’t important, but post-legalization, it’s mostly a marketing tool.

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Pain Psychology

September 13, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Perhaps more important, the patient could begin to resume a normal life.

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