Note: This was originally written 12/27/17 but not posted. I was on a writing roll, but unforunately my verocity resulted in this unpublished post. It’s never a bad time to consider the reality of the opioid crisis and finding this article has me thinking about what has actually been done since a State of Emergency was declared regarding this epidemic. More on that to follow in a future post. Stay tuned!
In 2016, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States was more than three times the rate in 1999.
Last month, In December, the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics released NCHS Data Brief 294 (Hedegaard & Miniño, 2017). This 8 page report shook me to the core for many reasons. Let’s look at some of the the ‘Key Findings’: Read more ›
DISCLAIMER: This is not a political article. Yes, it contains news related to politics, however, this article is meant to educate and be helpful by pointing out the potential impact for all of our well-beings – both individually and collectively. Within the facts that follow, should any opinion or statements that are taken or are personal opinion be found offensive, I urge you play through. It’s all part of the fun. Seriously though, I hope you read this in the spirit in which it was written – to be educational, enlightening, and helpful. Apologies for any misinterpretation. I have no agenda in this article beyond our well-being. That said, I hope we can all lighten up and focus on our health and the health of our children which can be impacted by law, policy and regulation. However, I’m not addressing those things as much as I am censorship as it relates to healthcare. Bottom line, it’s much easier to just read this article than have me pre-qualify its intentions. As always, I’m wishing you and yours health and happiness.
PS The George Carlin video contains language some may find offensive. If you click on his video below and are offended, what can I say except, it’s George Carlin! What did you expect!!!
While I try to avoid political discussions here, sometimes it is unavoidable in order to adequately address issues related to mental health.
I have written much, here and elsewhere for over 5 years about the opioid epidemic. As I have stated more than predicted, this crisis is not going to get better anytime soon. This is a rare situation where I am sad to have been correct in my predictions.
Take preliminary 2016 numbers from the Federal Government: An estimated 50,000 Americans lost their lives to opioids in 2016.
To put that number in perspective, consider that number is greater than: – The number of Americans killed in combat in Vietnam. – The number of Americans that died during the worst year of the AIDS crisis. – The number of Americans that die annually from car accidents. – The number of Americans that die annually from gun violence.
While Cyberbullying is a term we have all heard many times in the news, usually in the form of horrendous incidents in which a group of teens have shown a mob mentality while encouraging a peer to go through with their thoughts of suicide.
Cyberstalking, on the other hand, is different and much more vague in its definition, but at its core, is predatory behavior and very frightening as it is historically under-reported. Read more ›
[HINT: It’s not Student Debt, Lack of Health Insurance, or Internet Addiction]
WATCH 60 MINUTES TONIGHT AND READ THE WASHINGTON POST TODAY: AS THEY BROKE THIS STORY AFTER A JOINT INVESTIGATION.
The drug industry spent $106 million between 2014 and 2016 lobbying Congress on a bill now a law, which removed the DEA’s long relied upon ability to freeze suspicious narcotic shipment from drug makers (and other legislation), The passing of that Bill removes the DEA’s ability to use one of its most effective weapons preventing prescription opiates made by pharmaceutical companies from getting to the streets. Read more ›
Did a High Dose of A Benzodiazepine Put Chris Cornell in a Psychiatric or Psychotic Episode Likely Amnesiac?
Plus Excepts from The Rolling Stone Interview as “Superunknown” Turns Twenty: Clear Evidence of a Musical Genius’ Tortured Soul
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In 2014 Soundgarden, and their frontman, Chris Cornell sat for an extensive interview with Rolling Stone Magazine as it was the 20 year anniversary of the band’s hugely successful album, ‘Superunknown,’
He discussed a wide array of topics including topics including Depression, Isolation, Suicide. and the death of his friend Andrew Wood as well as the death of Kurt Cobain. Here are but a few excerpts that give insight into the musician’s psyche and the darkness he struggled with. Read more ›
The above quote was posted by Vivek Murthy, MD, better known as the Surgeon General soon after surprisingly being removed from the position despite having served only half of his 4-year term.
This is not a piece about politics as the Surgeon General position is one of the few that historically is not replaced when the the President who appointed them leaves office and a new administration even from the opposing party steps into power. Often that Surgeon General finishes out their term and the respect and importance of the position transcends party lines for the sake and health of Americans. Read more ›
In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis, evaluation, AND treatment of ADHD in Children and Adolescents. Those guidelines advise clinicians to consider these youths as having special health care needs and specifically emphasize psychological services including behavioral therapy be used as first-line therapy.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta, Georgia, states that only 55% of Children and Adolescents with the disorder receive some sort of psychological service that may include behavioral therapy. The investigators at the CDC failed to find any increase in the use of psychological services overall. In fact, they found a small decrease in the percentage of children and adolescents receiving psychological services since the release of these guidelines in 2011. Read more ›
May Is Mental Health Awareness Month and it couldn’t have come at a more crucial time.
Consider that currently in the US:
– 1 in 4 Americans are living with Mental Illness.
– 22 Million Americans have a substance use disorder.
– Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years. Read more ›
Substance use disorders continue to be misunderstood and outside of few circles, are rarely spoken about. However, in a given year, substance use disorders will impact 22 MILLION people in the United States. Read more ›