The 5th Vital Sign: How Treating Pain Contributed to the Opioid Epidemic

How treating pain contributed to the opioid epidemic

In medicine, there are four key vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure. However, in many ways, pain is often seen as a phantom fifth vital sign. After all, a doctor’s oath quite literally states “First, do no harm,” and what is more harmful than pain? As such, keeping patients pain-free and comfortable has become a central… Read More

The Accidental “Scooby Snack”: What to Do If Your Pet Ate Your Drugs

What to do if your pet ate drugs?

Owning a pet can be a wonderful addition to your life, providing a companion and a friend that offers support in a way human relationships often can’t match. Pets have a lot to offer, with clinically proven benefits like increased fitness, lower stress levels and brighter moods. Despite the bond you have with your pet, however, providing information can be a… Read More

State of the Debate: Probing the Needle Exchange Question

Should cities establish needle exchange programs to encourage those using drugs to avoid sharing needles?

Should cities establish needle exchange programs to encourage those using drugs to avoid sharing needles? What about the use of safe injection locations throughout cities? There is a significant amount of debate about whether these programs are beneficial and who should pay for them. Perhaps the best way to understand their outcome is to take a closer look… Read More

America’s Response to Opioids: Rising to the Challenge?

How is America responding to the opioid crisis?

Opioids are one of the biggest threats to Americans today, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse makes clear in a recent report. As of January 2019, over 130 people die every day using opioids. This includes drugs such as prescription painkillers and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl and heroin. Consider it from a financial point of view. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and… Read More

Truth in Fiction: Netflix’s “Flaked” And the Facts of Addiction

Flaked on Netflix - and facts about addiction

Flaked, about an alcoholic man in Venice Beach, California, follows Chip and a group his friends and acquaintances as they attempt to navigate very real problems in what has become a very idealized community. The character Chip, written, directed and acted by Will Arnett of Arrested Development fame, has a complicated background marked by deception, and certain events occur in the first season… Read More

Delray Beach Tackles the Opioid Crisis

How Delray Beach tackles the opioid Crisis

Opioid addiction continues to be a growing problem throughout the United States. The epidemic, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has cost 700,000 lives from 1999 through 2017. In 2017 alone, there were 70,200 drug overdose deaths across the country — 68 percent related to opioid use. Each day, 130 people die from such an overdose. The numbers… Read More

A Healing Vocation: Finding Jobs in the Recovery Industry

How to Find Jobs in the rehab industry

For many who have been through recovery or who watched a loved one on the journey to recovery, staying involved with the community becomes a passion, not just an obligation. After being through it yourself, it’s only natural to want to enter the field and make a difference for others who are where you were. The addiction recovery… Read More

A New Strategy: Ketamine Treatment and Suicide Prevention

How Ketamine may be used for suicide prevention

There’s no doubt that the suicide epidemic in the United States has largely mirrored the drug epidemic over recent years, to the tune of record suicide and overdose deaths occurring simultaneously. Over the years, the mental health community has tried a variety of methods to lower the suicide rate, both in the United States and worldwide. Largely, these attempts… Read More

The Miami Dolphins’ Sober Zone and Other Approaches to Sports Venue Sobriety

Sober Zone seating at Miami Dolphins

In January 1990, the Miami Dolphins made history when they announced that at their home venue, Joe Robbie Stadium, they would be reducing ticket prices in some areas and making a few sections designated “sober areas.” The stadium, now called Hard Rock Stadium, still utilizes their sober zone tickets and our Alumni community takes yearly trips to enjoy a game while seated… Read More