Children of the Epidemic

February 14, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

…there’s general agreement that the experience of being raised in a home with a troubled parent can and does have adverse impact on adult behavior

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Opioid Disorders and Depression

February 11, 2019 by C. Scott McMillin

The increased incidence of depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric symptoms linked to OUD may also help to account for high rates of relapse among patients, post-treatment, versus other substance disorders.

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Social Drinking? Problem Drinking?

October 11, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Her definition of social drinking was any alcohol consumed in the company of other human beings.

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Stoned Voter Effect?

July 23, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Much of the chronic user’s life is taken up by anxiety, about where future doses will come from.

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Is Relapse a Crime?

June 28, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

But if a community treats a correctional institution as a kind of locked flophouse, what else we can expect?

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Nature vs. Nurture Again

February 8, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

We can’t predict in advance which user will turn out to be in which category, and frankly, neither can they.

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In the News: Return of the Gateway Theory

January 1, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Addictions are complex. Considering the various risk factors, it’s likely that marijuana will appear to act as a gateway to harder drugs for some users, but not others.

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Crime vs. Disease

November 6, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

…healthcare advocates have to work extra hard while proponents of a more punitive approach simply point to a crime committed by a drug user…

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Why We Don’t Learn From Experience

November 2, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

It reminds me of the addicts who convince themselves that somehow, despite all the pain of the past, this time things will be different.

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Naloxone Fatigue

October 19, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Nurses and doctors experience the same feelings about homeless alcoholics they see in the ER every Saturday night.

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