Editorial Type: The War of Behavioral Health Series

The war on behavioral health care: Part 3 - Double standards fuel death toll

The war on behavioral health care: Part 3 – Double standards fuel death toll

Throughout history, opium has destroyed people, families, communities and nations like few other substances. The current opioid crisis in the U.S. has largely resulted from the abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin laced with deadly concentrations of fentanyl, and novel synthetic psychoactive substances (a.k.a. designer drugs). Just as China was destroyed during the Opium War, large…

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The war on behavioral health care: Part 2 - Financial feuds

The war on behavioral health care: Part 2 – Financial feuds

“May you live in interesting times,” is purported to be an ancient Chinese curse. People living in the U.S. today are certainly living in interesting times. Americans look to the media for truth and understanding, yet the coverage is such that trivial issues are sensationalized, while grave and critical issues go unnoticed. Apparently, President Trump’s…

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The War on Behavioral Health Care: Part 1. Stigma Kills

The War on Behavioral Health Care: Part 1. Stigma Kills

Another beloved actor has died too soon, another casualty of alcohol addiction and the stigma surrounding seeking treatment. Nelsan Ellis was only 39 years old when he attempted to quit drinking on his own. Abruptly quitting alcohol and certain drugs, such as the tranquilizers Valium and Xanax, can cause fatal reactions in chemically-dependent persons. Such…

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