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Medical Cannabis Laws and Addiction

May 22, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Substance Use Disorders don’t appear overnight. People who develop them may use for months or years or even decades before they seek help.

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In the News: Prince’s Pills

May 8, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Shame always plays a role. Not just the shame of discovery, but the shame of having a problem in the first place.

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Doctors in Denial

May 4, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Here was a physician who regularly committed an assortment of crimes without considering himself a criminal. To his way of thinking, he was the victim.

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Extraordinary Delusions

May 1, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

In one state that legalized cannabis, price has now fallen 25% and continues to drop.

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The Pill Mill Shell Game

April 27, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Most people don’t expect to have a criminal enterprise operating in public, under the guise of a community resource.

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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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