The CDC recently released a report that shows a 43% increase in alcohol-related deaths. What is particularly shocking is that the most significant increases in deaths have been in rural areas. What is causing this? And what are the potential solutions to it?
The subject of drug and alcohol abuse is one that we don’t like to talk about much, probably because it always feels like the “Unsolvable Problem“ of human nature. Case in point, there is the general datum that just about everyone knows that they shouldn’t use drugs and misuse alcohol, yet millions of Americans still do so. Why is this?
Can opiate replacement drugs be used to treat alcoholism, and just as importantly, should they? The New York Times published an article which weighed in on these issues, “ Drugs to Aid Alcoholics See Little Use, Study Finds .
“It’s just literally being afraid. And you think, oh, [ the alcohol ] will ease the fear. And it doesn’t.” This is Robin Williams, four years ago, speaking with an interviewer from the British newspaper The Guardian.