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By On December 20th, 2016

The Opioid Epidemic Killed More People Than Gun Violence Last Year

When people refer to America’s widespread drug and addiction issues as an “epidemic”, it can seem like alarmist to those unaffected. But, the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the phrase is far from an overstatement. According to the latest data, over 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in…

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By On August 19th, 2015

Documentary Re-visits the Talent of Chris Farley

Last week, I watched the documentary, “I Am Chris Farley,” which was mostly about Farley’s rise to fame and his brilliant comedic talent.  As I watched and laughed at the now classic Saturday Night Live clips, I found myself longing for a different ending.  The cloud over it was the knowledge that his life came…

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By On October 29th, 2014

Some Oklahoma Doctors Fail to See the Sea of Addiction

“On any given day, I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of prescription drug addiction.”  A few weeks ago, I was in a meeting during which an emergency department doctor from a local hospital here in Tulsa made this startling statement.  A few years ago, the state of Oklahoma was number one in the…

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By On August 6th, 2014

A Most Wanted End to the Heroin Epidemic

I recently saw the film “A Most Wanted Man,” featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and I felt mournful once again about the loss of such a talented person.  I appreciate the greatness of the work he left behind as his legacy for all of us who didn’t know him personally, but admired his acting talent. After…

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By On April 4th, 2014

Simple device can prevent deaths from opiate overdoses

The overwhelming increase in heroin and prescription opiate abuse has increased the death rate from drug overdose. Used like an EpiPen the device, called Evzio, contains the drug Naloxone and can reverse the effects of an overdose. Recently approved by the FDA, there is now a tool which can be used in emergency situations, perhaps…

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