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The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour – 05.16.18

What if I told you that the pharmaceutical industry has very little to do with the epidemic of opioid drug overdoses and deaths in America?  What if I told you that escalating opioid deaths have very little to do with bad prescribing practices?   What I told you that these deaths stem more from drug trafficking from China than from overproduction by giant …

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Repealing The ACA Could Worsen The Opioid Epidemic

As our country grapples with an “unprecedented opioid epidemic,” Congress is taking steps to take away an important tool to fight it — the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The annual cost of the epidemic is estimated to be $78.5 billion. In 2014, there were more deaths from opioid and other drug overdose than any other year; 60.9 percent of those …

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Infectious Myth – Addiction is not a Disease – 11.10.15

In episode 79 David talks with Marc Lewis who has unique experience in the area of drug addiction, as both a former addict, and today a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology at Radboud University in Holland. He described his personal voyage into and out of addiction in his 2011 book, “Memoirs of an Addicted Brain”. His recently published book, “The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease” is titled to illustrate his conclusion that addiction is desire gone wrong, and that the addict gets trapped into a vicious cycle of desire, use, disappointment, repeat. David observes that loneliness, separation and isolation are a common factor at the start of many addiction stories, and that drugs only worsen this (as does imprisonment, the other common approach to drug addiction).

For more information on Marc Lewis, see his Wikipedia page at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_David_Lewis

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Expanding Mind – Terra Nova – 10.22.15

A talk with Martin Winiecki from the Institute for Global Peace Work about community building, trust, water, and the amazing Tamera cooperative in Portugal. You can download the new book by Tamera co-founder Dieter Duhm, Terra Nova: Global Revolution and the Healing of Love, from http://verlag-meiga.org/terra-nova-ebook/ For more, go to http://terranova.tamera.org

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Nadia Prupis – Initiatives to help addicts highlight links between legally prescribed pain medication and opioid addiction

Faced with a growing nationwide opioid addiction, health and consumer advocates say it’s time to identify and sever ties with the culprits behind the scourge—pain medication manufacturers and the companies who promote their products. In Massachusetts, which recently saw a spike in deaths related to heroin overdoses, police and community organizations in Gloucester implemented a new program this year—known as …

Express Scripts Research Highlights $52 Billion Challenge for U.S. Healthcare System

Nearly 600,000 Americans have annual medication costs above $50,000- The number of U.S. patients taking at least $100,000 worth of prescription drugs tripled in 2014- Majority of these patients take at least 10 medications, from at least 4 different prescribers- Express Scripts solutions address critical opportunities to improve care and reduce costs for patients with high medication costs ORLANDO, Fla., …