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Obama Surgeon General Slips in Interview, Exposes “Chronic Brain Disease” Model of Addiction as Fiction ADDICTION TREATMENT, DISEASE MODEL, DOXA, MEDIA, OPIOID CRISIS, UPCOMING POSTS

In a TV news interview, Obama administration Surgeon General Vivek Murtha slipped and exposed obvious truths that invalidate the made-up medical model of addiction as a “disease of the brain” – acknowledging that the required treatments are counseling, not medical, and that people are driven…

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Addiction: a Complex, Life-Threatening Behavior and Worsening Lethal Epidemic, with Treatment Provided by . . . . No, Seriously ADDICTION TREATMENT, DISEASE MODEL, EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT, PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, SUBSTANCE USE, UPCOMING POSTS, VOICES

With compulsive use of mood-altering substances (“addiction”) driving a steadily worsening public health crisis, highly lethal, the standards and regulations controlling what types of healthcare professionals are qualified to treat the lethal conditions based on their levels of training, competence and credentialing should be clear…

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U.S. Surgeon General on the Opioid Crisis: Medical Training and Practice Fails to Protect Patients from Harm – Because Big Pharma Makes Us Do Things CULTURE, MEDIA, MEDICAL MODEL, OPIOID CRISIS, UPCOMING POSTS

In a series of TV news interviews on the opioid crisis, past Obama Surgeon General Vivek Murtha repeatedly blames the runaway over-prescribing on: 1) doctors’ beliefs that the opioids – which have been listed since 1970 as Schedule II Controlled Substances due to risk of…

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“Evidence or no . . .” of Effectiveness for Opioid and Substance Abuse, Depression, other Problems, Oregon Managed Healthcare Controls Public Funds to Push Into Medical Clinics a Behavioral Health “Model” with No Research Base EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT, HEALTHCARE, MANAGED CARE, MEDICAL MODEL, MENTAL HEALTH, PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, UPCOMING POSTS

While public health epidemics worsen, a “Treatment Model” that has no support in research, practice theory, or standards of practice for behavioral health, “Primary Care Behavioral Health” (PCBH) is being pushed into Oregon medical settings by managed care organizations using their control of public healthcare…

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New Age Remedies for Life-Threatening Conditions? Using Public Healthcare Funds? ADDICTION TREATMENT, CULTURE, EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT, MANAGED CARE, OPIOID CRISIS, PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, SUBSTANCE USE, TOBACCO, UPCOMING POSTS

Failure to effectively use public healthcare funds to treat compulsive use of tobacco – smoking – has extremely high costs and drives broader epidemics because public health and social harms of tobacco use eclipse those of opioids and illicit substances combined, and because tobacco use…

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Lethal Smoke Screen: Marijuana, Tobacco, Chronic Pain, and the Opioid Crisis EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT, MANAGED CARE, OPIOID CRISIS, SUBSTANCE USE, TOBACCO, UPCOMING POSTS

Response to the national opioid crisis gets it backwards. Marijuana use, generally disallowed for patients with chronic pain and/or prescription opioid use by healthcare providers, is supported by research as providing benefit in managing chronic pain and reducing dependence on opioid medications; in contrast tobacco…

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Medical Industry Endorses FDA Vape Harm Reduction Plan that Leads to Cigarette Smoking by Kids and Fuels the Diabetes Epidemic ADDICTION TREATMENT, DIABETES, PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, SUBSTANCE USE, TOBACCO, UPCOMING POSTS

Like Suboxone for the opioid crisis, promotion of e-cigarettes to address tobacco use as “harm reduction” is supported by establishment Medicine citing signs of decreased rates of both tobacco and e-cigarette use by youth, but more recent data point instead to worsening effects: booming rates…

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Uncontrolled Substance Use is a National Epidemic: Where Have Decades and Billions Spent on Medical Model Approaches Gotten Us? ADDICTION TREATMENT, DISEASE MODEL, EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT, MEDICAL MODEL, PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, SCIENCE, SUBSTANCE USE, UPCOMING POSTS

Measured by public health outcomes, trends, and related research and data, medical industry control of healthcare resources to treat compulsive substance use, or “addiction”, has been a lethal failure – providing instead of effective treatments and gains, a continually worsening national substance use epidemic diverting…

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The False Promise of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for the Opioid Crisis ADDICTION TREATMENT, CHRONIC PAIN, DOXA, EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT, MANAGED CARE, MEDICAL MODEL, OPIOID CRISIS, UPCOMING POSTS

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), using man-made opioids like Suboxone prescribed in medical settings to manage withdrawal sickness and risks of street drug use, is widely promoted and accepted as The Fix for the opioid crisis, but the research evidence is at best mixed and unclear, recent…

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Doxa Deconstructed: Another Medical Fix Not Supported by Evidence – Suboxone for the Opioid Crisis ADDICTION TREATMENT, DOXA, EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT, MEDICAL MODEL, OPIOID CRISIS, SCIENCE, UPCOMING POSTS

Healthcare industries responsible for the opioid crisis have rushed to claim effectiveness for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with Suboxone, a medical fix for a lethal epidemic caused by the unsupportable medicalization of a non-medical problem,  popular media tagging along without critical examination of claims and evidence…

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