When Cindy Kuikstra heard those words, she knew that her son, Andy Stuns, wasn’t just in serious trouble, but mortal danger. Stuns had been struggling with drug addiction for most of his adult life, and since he’d moved to Denver in 2014, he had been in and out of jail, busted for such crimes as stealing from department stores to finance his fixes. In May 2016, Stuns was about to be released from jail again when he called his mom to reveal that, right before going into lockup, he’d overdosed on heroin twice — only to be saved by the anti-overdose drug naloxone (market-branded as Narcan). Street drugs in Denver were becoming so potent and unpredictable, especially those laced with fentanyl, that Stuns didn’t think he’d last much longer before his next, potentially fatal overdose. He told his mom that he wanted to turn his life around before that happened.Continue ReadingAlarmed, Kuikstra purchased her son a bus ticket to where she lived in Michigan … [Read more...] about A Supervised Drug Use Site? Meet the Leaders Behind Denver’s Push.
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(CNN) - What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask.From the points of view of different researchers, the potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the street value of the drug, the extent to which the drug activates the brain's dopamine system, how pleasurable people report the drug to be, the degree to which the drug causes withdrawal symptoms, and how easily a person trying the drug will become hooked.There are other facets to measuring the addictive potential of a drug, too, and there are even researchers who argue that no drug is always addictive. Given the varied view of researchers, then, one way of ranking addictive drugs is to ask expert panels.In 2007, David Nutt and his colleagues asked addiction experts to do exactly that -- with some interesting findings. 1. Heroin Opioids and overdoses: 4 things to knowNutt et al.'s experts ranked heroin as the most … [Read more...] about The five most addictive substances in the world
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 8:59 AM EDT Sep 27, 2018 Marlene Berthoud was an enigma, born with a head full of silvery hair that her father, Bryan Berthoud, compared to the X-Men superhero Storm's shimmery locks. "We joked that she has super powers," said her mother, Kelly Berthoud, because of her bright white hair. Marlene, whose nickname is Marley, was a medical mystery. None of her doctors had ever treated a patient quite like her. "Pretty much from birth, we knew that there was a (developmental) delay," Kelly Berthoud said. "She had to be taught how to eat, so she did not have the suck-swallow reflex that most newborns have." Soon after she was born, she had two brain hemorrhages, and her distinctive silver hair began to fall out in clumps. Doctors noted that her head was large for her body. She was also unable to maintain her body temperature and had birth marks as well as vision and hearing problems. … [Read more...] about Michigan girl is 1st in the world with this genetic disorder
Deb pulled open the heavy door of the high school auditorium and stepped inside, looking around as it clicked shut behind her. She tried to look relaxed, smiling at someone she knew, but every step stirred uncertainty in her.She had come here to audition for a play, knowing she was likely well out of her league. The students here tonight were an elite, accomplished group. Some of them had been performing together for years. In the high school lobby, just outside the door, a glass display case held the gleaming trophies they had won. Related Links Photos: A drama unfolds in Peabody They mingled around her now with easy camaraderie, nervous energy fueling bouts of laughter. Some were Deb’s friends, but this was their home turf. Anakin Fleming had won raves in the prize-winning drama festival show two years ago. Marc Fournier had starred in the play that made it to the finals last year. Melissa Poirier, whom Deb had met in gym class, was both an accomplished dancer and an … [Read more...] about The world, the stage, the way ahead
www.theplayerstribune.com By Lamar Odom When I woke up in the hospital room in Nevada, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk. I was trapped inside my own body. My throat hurt like hell. I looked down and I had all these tubes coming out of my mouth. So I panicked. I started trying to pull them out, but I couldn’t because my hands were so weak. The nurses came running in to stop me. You ever had a really bad dream, where you’re trying to run away from a monster or some shit, and you just can’t run? Your legs don’t work like they should, and the monster is coming right behind you, and it’s like you’re in slow motion. That’s what it felt like. I was laying there, looking up at the ceiling, and the doctors kept coming in and standing over me and saying some stuff. Then they’d leave. Then they’d come back. Leave, come back. Leave again, come back again. Or maybe I was just going in and out of sleep. My ex-wife was there in the … [Read more...] about Real Talk with Lamar Odom: What’s Done In The Dark