Category: Health Psychology

The Heroin Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?

On a previous article, I have discussed the most alarming statistic involved in the dramatic rise in the number of heroin-related deaths in the last decade. Heroin abuse, which was once an inner-city phenomenon, has expanded into unexpected areas like rural towns and wealthy suburbs. In addition, every ethnic group and race has experienced more heroin…

Pill Mills Epidemic: The Changing Face of Addiction

The heroin epidemic today has reached epic proportions. Perhaps the most alarming statistic involves the dramatic rise in the number of heroin-related deaths in the last ten years. Shockingly, the most recent data shows that heroin fatalities quadrupled from 2003-2013, increasing an unprecedented 26 per cent according to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). But…

Before You Enrol Your Child in the MAGENTA Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study: Issues to be Considered

Petitions are calling for shutting down the MAGENTA trial. Those who organised the effort and signed the petition are commendably brave, given past vilification of any effort by patients and their allies to have a say about such trials. Below I identify a number of issues that parents should consider in deciding whether to enrol…