Addiction

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

Better Than Jail (by Mike Orrill)

Better Than Jail Recently I had a gratifying experience….I went to Drug Court. No, I wasn’t in any trouble; I was invited by a friend in our county’s probation department. According to our friend Wikipedia, “drug courts are problem-solving courts in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities work together to…

The Science of Pain and the Effects of Opioids on Pain (Dr. Aaron Carrol video posted by Mike Orrill)

The Science of Pain and the Effects of Opioids on Pain (Dr. Aaron Carrol video posted by Mike Orrill)

No one lives without some chronic pain, but for many this pain is debilitating and life-diminishing.   Narcotic pain medication (aka Opioids) is often the medication prescribed by doctors.  But how does it work, and why can it be so dangerous?  Watch this 8 minute video on pain and how opioids impact it by Healthcare Triage and Dr. Aaron Carrol.  

Opioid Addiction?  There’s Hope (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

Opioid Addiction? There’s Hope (Video posted by Mike Orrill)

For those struggling with addiction to (narcotic pain pills, heroin, fentanyl, etc.), there is hope.  There is a medication, approved by the FDA, that can help decrease cravings.  It’s called buprenorphine (Suboxone) and it is the gold standard in treating Opioid Use Disorder.  Some find it controversial saying that it’s just trading one addiction for another.  The difference, however, is…