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Prince's Death and the Opioid Addiction/Overdose Myth

The emergent narrative of Prince's drug use and death makes no sense, but simply serves to reinforce popular but misguided ideas about addiction and deaths due to drugs.

Donald Trump's Personality vs. The U.S. Constitution

Donald Trump's bullying/narcissistic personality puts him on an opposition course with the U.S. Constitution.

What I Learned About Alcohol and Alcoholism at the Hospital

You get some sense, and some nonsense, at the hospital about alcohol.

Got 15 Minutes to Spare? Why Not Spend it Reducing Impulsive Drinking?

Do you want to cut down on drinking? Would you like to be able to say “no” more often? Guess what? There’s an app for that. Well, there’s an online tool for that. Paul Dolan, professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and Social Policy, developed an “Attention Training Program” that helps...

The Challenges of Advocacy Work

I spent the weekend at the Democratic Executive Board Meeting Convention, supporting AIDS Healthcare Foundation and their work to promote worker safety in the adult business.  At the time I agreed to doing this, I didn’t realize that next door there would be a room full of porn people – people who I used to […]

Drunk in the Moment: We Can’t Drink Reality Away

It’s a typical scenario: You had an awful day at work, so you hit the town with a group of friends, intent on drinking and dancing the night away. As you’re downing a sixth shot of tequila in what will undoubtedly be an eight-shot series, you turn to your friends and say, “I love you...

Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving, something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to send a message. Does It Work? For months and years, I mulled...

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