Tag: Drugs

How Do You Know Better?

“You should have known better,” she said to Carlos (not his real name) after the judge handed down the conviction, as Carlos was being taken away. His mother then told him she loved him, they shared a quick hug, and off he went to federal prison. She then turned to look at the half-empty gallery, wiped her tears, and walked…

Portugal, That Bastion of Public Health

We humans are really weird when it comes to assessing risk. Although flying is the safest way to travel (if you divide the number of people-hours in flight by the number of deaths from flying), we have this weird and irrational fear of flying. Although there are more deaths from irresponsible use of firearms than from terrorist acts, we applaud…

Everyone Was Looking For Answers

My wife and I went to a town hall meeting in Carroll County, Maryland, yesterday. The meeting was about the opiate drug abuse epidemic and what different agencies and people were doing about it. The keynote speaker was an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He gave the usual statistics on number of deaths and overdoses, and what his…

When the law, just like the times, needs to change

If there is one thing that I like to think I am is flexible. I don’t like to be set in my ways because I could be wrong and have no way of correcting myself. As Moriarty said in the season finale of the first season of “Sherlock”, “I’m so changeable. It is a weakness with me, but, to be…

Fifty Smoking Years

I was eating my steak, egg and cheese on a bagel this morning as I listened to the local radio. They were taking calls from listeners to hear their opinions on the last 50 years since the Surgeon General warned that smoking was hazardous to human health. Since that January morning in 1964, the public’s attitude on smoking has changed.…

Drugs and Other Drugs

I went to a lecture today by Dr. Peter C. Gøtzsche. He was visiting from Denmark, where he works on assessing the results of clinical trials and putting the validity of their findings to the test. His book is coming out soon in the US, so he was here to give us a synopsis of his book and go over…

We’re all addicted to something

Addictions have always been interesting to me. Growing up, I lived among people who used and abused drugs (e.g. alcohol, marijuana, even heroin). The one thing they all had in common was the understanding in their heads that what they were doing was not good for them and that, in their minds, they could quit at any time. I shook…