opioids

It’s No Joke: Why Laughter Kills Pain

What do joke-lovers and junkies have in common? According to new research, they’re both responding to the same kind of “high.” The study suggests that genuine laughter releases endorphins in the brain, chemicals that activate …

Amy Winehouse and the Pain of Addiction

Another addiction death comes at age 27, with Amy Winehouse joining Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and most aptly, Janis Joplin among the rock icons who died from their disorder at the same point in their young lives. …

FDA Announces New Effort to Fight Drug Errors, Surgical Fires

Around 1.5 million preventable medication errors occur in the American health system each year at a cost of over $4 billion annually, according to a new report released yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The report’s release marks the start of a new effort to reduce those numbers.

The FDA’s “Safe Use” …

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