9 Surprising Facts About Depression

9 Surprising Facts About Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews Major depression is one of the most common mental health disorders. About 7 percent of U.S. adults experience depression each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). For those with a substance use disorder, the risk is even higher. People with drug abuse or dependence are about twice […]

How Are Photo IDs Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse?

How Are Photo IDs Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse?

The problem of abuse of prescription drugs, particularly narcotic painkillers, continues to be an issue throughout the country. The abuse of these drugs leads to addiction, and in thousands of unfortunate instances, accidental overdose. In an attempt to curb the problem of misusing prescriptions, many state legislatures are passing laws that require patients to show […]

My Dad, The Junkie

My Dad, The Junkie

My father had been a handsome, intelligent man with deep, clear brown eyes and a half-cocked grin. At 19 years old, he’d hitchhiked to Austin where he thought he would live. It was the early 1970s and living for a young man in a city like Austin then had meant music and parties and eventually, […]

Sweden Uses ‘Flash Jobs’ To Battle Addiction

Sweden Uses ‘Flash Jobs’ To Battle Addiction

In Sweden, as in other countries around the world, addiction is a major problem for public health and for individuals. Heroin addiction, in particular, is tough to eradicate or even make a dent in, but in Stockholm, unique programs are proving effective. With fashion, vintage and thrift stores, and something called flash jobs, Sweden is […]

Are You A Critiholic?

Are You A Critiholic?

The litany begins almost as soon as she considers a new project, goes out on a date with someone she just met, tries on a bathing suit or looks at her bank account. The words, “I can’t do enough, be enough or have enough,” have become all too familiar torments. She presents well, so you […]

How Is The U.S. Changing Its War On Drugs?

How Is The U.S. Changing Its War On Drugs?

In the wake of flower power Richard Nixon declared a War on Drugs in 1971. In 1980 Ronald Reagan initiated minimum mandatory sentencing for drug offenses. Has any of this been effective? We’ve certainly incarcerated more people on drug charges, but the problem of drug use has not gone away. The trend now is to […]