health care

My Benzo Withdrawals Induced Delirium, I’ve Come to Understand

I’ve always enjoyed using benzodiazepines. These depressants—the best known are pharmaceutical brands like Xanax, Valium and Ativan—produce a distinct type…

February 21, 2024

Are People Who Smoke Sick? Or Just Unaware of Better Options?

When the dangers of cigarette smoking were recognized in the 1950s and ‘60s, physicians assumed that tobacco would be treated…

February 5, 2024

Australia Tightens the Screw Even More Against Vaping

One million additional GP appointments will be needed in Australia annually, according to the Health Department, as the government tightens…

January 25, 2024

UK Medical Cannabis Access Beset With Social and Systemic Barriers

While a number of countries have been taking recent steps toward legalizing cannabis, the United Kingdom lags behind. Unlike in…

January 8, 2024

When People Ask Harm Reductionists, “What About Treatment?”

“What about treatment?” I’m commonly asked this question by well-intentioned folks when I say I am a harm reduction advocate,…

January 8, 2024

Organ Transplants: Why People Who Use Drugs Rarely Get Them

The perception is widespread: If you have a history of drug use, your chances of a transplant for a failing…

December 22, 2023

Georgia’s Doomed Bid to Have Pharmacies Sell Medical Cannabis

Pharmacies in the state of Georgia were preparing to sell medical cannabis, in compliance with state laws and regulations. But…

December 19, 2023

After Years of US Clinics, I Get Methadone With Dignity in Australia

I recently moved from the United States to Sydney, Australia. Uprooting your entire life can always be stressful. But a…

December 11, 2023

A Valuable Vaping Guide for Health and Social Service Providers

On November 16, the United Kingdom’s National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT), released: “Vaping: a guide for health…

November 28, 2023

Rep. Norcross Admits His Methadone Bill Isn’t Enough. We Should, Too.

It was the weirdest thing. Representative Donald Norcross (D, NJ) agreed with me that his Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act…

November 20, 2023