Drug Cocktail

Common Deadly Drug Cocktails

Where were you when you found out Kurt Cobain died? News of drug abuse and overdose has been increasing in the media as of late. Many of us may know, either personally or professionally, someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction who has died.  However, not all drug and alcohol deaths are addiction related. In …

Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

Most of us think we know the tell-tale signs of drug abuse. Some of us thankfully only witness the debilitating effects of drug abuse by viewing its portrayal on a television show or movie.  We may think that drug abuse mainly affects the homeless, lost, or crazy.  There are, however, millions of people who live …

Opioids in Pain Management

As we all know, opioids are commonly prescribed for pain. The news has portrayed some scary stories, highlighting celebrity opioid overdoses and stories of addiction. Although opioids have definite risks, they can be quite effective for certain patients with chronic non-cancer pain In patients with cancer pain or those experiencing pain at the end of …

The Pros and Cons of Over the Counter Pain Relief

Over the counter pain relief is a major advantage to living in today’s world. Think about a time before pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or simple ibuprofen (Motrin) were available for headaches, muscle pain, or joint pain. What was life like without them? What did those people do without that relief? Sometimes we take these …

Opioids and Chronic Pain: What You Should Know

It has been 7 weeks since Prince passed away from an unintentional opioid overdose. Prince suffered from chronic pain after a hip surgery in 2010. While his death was tragic, he brought about the discussion of opioid use and chronic pain back to the table. Opioids are an extremely effective way of treating chronic pain. …

Paindemic

Dr. Melissa Cady, the Challenge Doctor is here to talk about her book, Paindemic. We’ll discuss when medical treatments can help and which ones to avoid, when complimentary and holistic approaches can benefit, and how we can take charge of our own health instead of waiting for somebody to do it for us.    

Addiction, Opioids, and Recovery, Part II

Drug addiction is a serious threat to our country’s public health because it leads to lost lives and lost productivity.  Opioids have been a special concern because there have been an escalating number of deaths related to their misuse. Our special guest is Chris Herren. As a professional basketball player, Chris played for the Boston …

Addiction, Opioids, and Recovery, Part I

Drug addiction is a serious threat to our country’s public health because it leads to lost lives and lost productivity.  Opioids have been a special concern because there have been an escalating number of deaths related to their misuse. Our special guest is Chris Herren. As a professional basketball player, Chris played for the Boston …

War on Opioids, Part II

The war on opioids began around 2010 when the Centers for Disease Control announced there were over 16,000 opioid-related deaths. That’s a big number – but not all of those deaths involved opioids alone. Our first guest, Angelika, suffers from a painful joint hypermobility condition called “Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.” Despite having a traumatic biking accident, she refused to go to the emergency room, fearing that she’d be labelled an addict, that her opioids would be taken away, and her pain would be left out of control. Author and journalist, Maia Szalavitz, then joins us. She’s written about the war on drugs and how it’s hurting patients who need them the most.