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The Cover-Up of the Corporate Prescription Drug Cartel

Just one year after executives at Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin, pled guilty in federal court and paid $635 million in fines for misleading doctors about the addictive properties of its bestselling painkiller, a tiny medical clinic opened near the Los Angeles neighborhood of MacArthur Park. A convicted felon and his associate ran the […]


Unipolar Depression vs. Bipolar Depression

Make no mistake, the struggle is very real. Depression is a serious disease caused by a neurochemical imbalance in the brain. Symptoms might not always be visible to the naked eye, but left untreated the condition has the potential to cripple or even kill those who suffer from it. Mood disorders, such as bipolar and […]


What if You Knew Depression as Both a Doctor and as a Patient?

Dr. Deborah Serani, a licensed psychologist, professor and award-winning author made a stark confession to her audience at New York’s Adelphi University. “Dad’s gun is in the left hand side of his dresser drawer. When everybody leaves, go in and get it,” she said, narrating a dark and painful moment she had as a young […]


Drug Smuggling and Fatal Overdoses in California Prisons

Since late 2014, when the California Department of Corrections launched a statewide program to end the flourishing market for illegal drugs in its penitentiaries, drug use has actually increased. The $8 million plan, which included the purchase of drug-detecting scanners and drug-sniffing dogs, was put into action because, as The Guardian reported, the number of […]


Suboxone and the Black Market – Why Patients Have to Buy it on the Street

For the estimated 2.2 million Americans suffering an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, federal regulations have it made it difficult to get legal access to a medication that can save their lives. Suboxone eases the physically painful squeeze of opiate addiction when administered properly so patients can start treatment and rebuild their lives. Most […]


California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act – Will it Pass This Time Around?

This November, registered California voters will decide whether or not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), aka Prop 64, received official clearance in June from the Secretary of State’s office after the initiative surpassed the 600,000 signatures required to make the upcoming ballot. In 1996, California became […]


Proper Disposal of Prescription Medications and Other Drugs

The average American medicine cabinet is generally a time-lapse snapshot of who suffered what and how long ago. According to a study released in JAMA Internal Medicine, 66 percent of people keep leftover, unused medications after they’ve stopped using them. Many of these unused prescription medications are addictive narcotics. While the study’s findings might not […]