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Role of Drugs in Carrie Fisher’s Death Acknowledged by Family

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The medical examiner’s report released today revealed that cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin were found in Carrie Fisher’s system when she went into cardiac arrest this past December. Medical investigators could not determine whether the drugs she took played a role in her death and also stated that sleep apnea and other factors were also involved. Over the course of the past 40 years, Fisher… Read On »

Letting Go

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By D. John Dyben, Clinical Fellow One day, I noticed that my six year old son had some scratches on the inside of his arm and wrists and I asked him what had happened. This is what he told me: “I was up in this tree because I wanted to climb up it and I stayed… Read On »

FDA Requests Removal of Opioid Medication From Market

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The FDA recently asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to pull its opioid pain medication, Opana ER, from the market citing concerns that the drug’s benefits may no longer outweigh its risks.   This is the first time the agency has taken action to stop the sale of an opioid pain medication based on the public health consequences… Read On »

Record-breaking Overdose Deaths Reported for 2016

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Preliminary data released this week by the The New York Times suggests that drug overdose deaths in 2016 likely surpass 59,000, accounting for the most significant annual jump ever recorded in the United States.   With overdose rates still on the rise, early predictions for 2017 exceed these already striking numbers.    “Unfortunately, this trend is… Read On »

Affluent Teens at Greater Risk for Developing Addiction, Study Shows

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Over a decade’s worth of research recently confirmed that teens who attended high-achieving schools in affluent communities showed a greater vulnerability to drug and alcohol misuse than their peers.   This study, released last week in Development and Psychopathology, bolsters previous studies in this area and reaffirms the industry-wide experience of thousands of addiction professionals. “Like… Read On »

Ohio Files Suit Against Big Pharma

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In recent news, the state of Ohio filed a suit against five drug companies, accusing them of fueling the opioid crisis by misleading prescribing doctors about the risks of addiction associated with opioid medication. Ohio is the second state to sue opioid manufacturers, with a suit from Mississippi coming earlier this year. “The opioid addiction… Read On »

Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is meant to be a time of reflection in which to honor those who have passed as a result of their sacrifice for our country. While Memorial Day may be a three day holiday for some, it is important not to forget that many of our veterans may struggle with the invisible wounds… Read On »

Overdoses Highlight Need for Clinical Integrity and Self-care

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by Vice President of Clinical Operations, Kerry Coyle, MSW In a shocking news report released yesterday, two staffers were found dead after having overdosed on heroin and fentanyl in an unlicensed Pennsylvania recovery home. The tragic story highlights the critical nature of the opioid epidemic in the United States while drawing attention to systemic concerns about the clinical integrity… Read On »

Hanley Center at Origins – Staff Physician

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Origins Behavioral HealthCare of Florida is currently looking for a Staff Physician to oversee the medical care of its patients. Origins’ treatment philosophy represents a rare fusion of contemporary addiction medicine and clinical sciences with a profound immersion in the timeless Twelve Step experience. Origins delivers a highly-individualized, longer-term, gender-specific treatment experience that holistically nurtures… Read On »

Mental Health Awareness Matters | A Tribute to Chris Cornell

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By: Kacy Ritter Last night, I listened to a Seattle radio station host hour after hour of Chris Cornell’s music. They featured everything from unforgettable Soundgarden songs to covers from obscure shows and hits from Audioslave. By the end of the evening, I had read nearly a dozen articles about Cornell’s life. Through all of… Read On »