Butler County, Ohio has been hard hit by heroin and opiates. Sheriff, Richard K Jones has set a strange policy stating that his staff won’t carry narcan, the life saving intervention which will reverse an opiate overdose. This is an ethical can of worms that very likely won’t be discussed. It’s very easy to vilify this man as heartless and shaming, that’s fair.
When the English taxed the colonies to the point of clandestine meetings plotting to revolt, the clear step was to recruit and teach the gentry to use a gun. Patriotic leadership posted inspiring messages about freedom from tyranny and the need for independence along with a time and place for musket training.
Nevada goes green, could it help them stay clean?
July first marked the beginning of legal cannabis sales in the state of Nevada. It was a long haul to allow for adult use in a state that features 24 hour alcohol sales and the ability to walk from casino to casino, cocktail in hand.
Since the launch of High Sobriety one of the interesting comments is “Is there research”? In fact there is, much exists on the subject about the efficacy of replacing other drugs with safer cannabis. There are more than a few ironies with this demand of proof that cannabis replacement is viable for some people, the most blaring of which often comes from 12 step evangelicals who hang their hat not on empirical knowledge but on 1930s folk lore and an act of providence.
Carrie Fisher had a long and storied career in Hollywood. Born into royalty she played the iconic Princess Leia in the beloved Star Wars series. More noted was her rapier wit and clever writing. She bravely and honestly disclosed her struggles with mental illness, disclosing bipolar disorder and substance misuse. She became an advocate for both, so why is the culture shocked to learn from her autopsy there were drugs in her system?
The opioid crisis continues to rage on like a fever fever that won’t break. No amount of platitudes seem to get it under control. While “opioid task forces” and “town halls” continue to surface in communities, it’s an advanced calculus type of complexity with few answers or easy fixes.
Western medicine has made massive advancements in the last 20 years. Things that were once a death sentence no longer are. Coming of age in the 90s we all wondered who would die of AIDS in between Pearl Jam tracks. Today, managing HIV is possible, even probable. Millions are living with, not dying from, disease.