Substance Abuse

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129-a-Day

June 2, 2016

That’s how many people die from drug overdoses every day, and to highlight that number, the Addiction Policy Forum website will be featuring a story a day by families and friends that have lost someone to addiction for the next 129 days.  The campaign started 2 weeks ago and you can catch up on the individual stories here http://www.129aday.org/#!129-stories/llnaf. […]

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The More I Drink

May 28, 2016

Somehow I missed this one when it came out years ago. It has been in heavy rotation as background music at my store for the past couple of days. Maybe the muzak programmers think it increases alcohol sales. While the appeal to the casual listener was probably it’s comedic take on the alcoholic condition; the […]

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Heroin AM – SNL… We Are Not Amused

April 18, 2016

Did SNL go too far this week with this Heroin parody ad?  The Washingington Post and it’s readers thought so – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/04/17/snl-tried-to-joke-about-the-heroin-epidemic-in-america-america-didnt-laugh/

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Cansei de Ser Sexy – Drugs, Alcohol, and Hangovers

April 15, 2016

What’s better than a song by a Brazilian girl band that crafts pop tunes around our subject matter here – three songs. The first one caught me with the “music is my drug” lyric, the second one for it’s title, and the third a logical ending for the trilogy called “Hangover”. CSS (an initialism of […]

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Sia – Chandelier

March 7, 2016

I had my mind expanded last week and went on a pop music binge after learning the song “Chandelier” by Sia was about alcoholism.  How could I miss its meaning after hearing the song and seeing the video so many times?   I just wasn’t looking for it because it was so… pop. In a “best of” interview with Howard Stern […]

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Bye, Bye, Love & 42 Pounds of Poison

February 6, 2016

Goodbye Happiness.  When the best case scenario is numb feet and the worst case is losing your kids. One of the most interesting and harrowing documentaries on the dangers of abusing alcohol.  Brought to you by the BBC. FYI – 3 stones equal 41.96 lbs.

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Sharing – What’s It Like To Overdose On Alcohol?

January 28, 2016

Most recovery programs involve the act of sharing your story, whether it be one on one with a professional, in groups held by various recovery groups, or rehab.  Sharing allows individuals to talk about what happened, how they got there, and where they are at now in their recovery as well as any problems they […]

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Drug Wars – A New Hope

December 21, 2015

I went and saw Star Wars this weekend and left the theater satisfied  knowing that the direction and future of my beloved movie series seems to be in good hands under the new regime of Disney and company.  Better yet, that’s the feeling I am getting on Michael Botticelli; who along with the new Star […]

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Scott Weiland R.I.P.

December 5, 2015

Unfortunately Scott Weiland was as famous for being a drug addict as he was for being the lead singer of two great bands, the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.  He goes now to the great gig in the sky… I hope. He tried many times to get his demons under control, succeeding at taming them for brief periods, but sadly, in the end […]

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Synthetic Drugs PSA

November 22, 2015

In a study done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, synthetic drugs were found to be most popular among teenagers and young adults. When it comes to illicit drug use among high-school seniors, synthetic drugs rank second only to marijuana use and they are nearly twice as likely to be abused by men as […]

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TDA Halloween Challenge

October 31, 2015

This creepy 35 second Hanna Barbera anti-drug PSA has the best catchphrase ever at the end. Happy Halloween!!!

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Just What America Needs, More Potheads

November 11, 2012

Unemployment highs are the new norm, rogue nations are closing in on nuclear armament, and America is barreling toward a fiscal cliff that could send the world economy to new depths- these are serious times. Not to worry though, the good people of Washington and Colorado are on top of the issues and have taken […]

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George Bush and Alcohol

November 7, 2010

George Bush’s memoirs are coming out next week.  The book Decision Points,  details his presidency and crucial moments in his life .  One of those life points is/was his relationship with alcohol.  Apparently, he really opens up about the subject in a forthcoming interview he gave NBC’s Matt Lauer.  In the interview, Bush describes years of heavy drinking that caused […]

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Prop 19 Fails – Californian Tokers Could Care Less

November 4, 2010

The vote on California’s measure to make the recreational use of marijuana legal did not pass.  It seems the reasons for them (pot smokers of California) to vote for it or vote at all, were not persuasive enough.  Without a doubt, if every pot smoker in their state had gone out and voted the measure would have been […]

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Medical Marijuana: The Brick and Mortar Gateway Drug

October 11, 2010

With the push for the legalization of marijuana and such legislation as California’s Prop 19 moving past the mostly accepted wink-wink-nudge-nudge-medical-use to the presently debated tax-and-regulate argument, the past success of pot proponents may actually become the biggest hurdle to further approval. In the past, advocates have claimed the opposition’s position on marijuana as a […]

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