Category Archives: prescription drug abuse

A review of two new books that attack the DSM-5, psychiatry’s “bible”

Share I reviewed two books now circulating about the DSM and the current controversy over the DSM-5 for The American Scholar — see review here. The two books are The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry by … Continue reading

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Plot twists in Soderbergh’s new movie Side Effects strain belief

Share I went to see Steven Soderbergh’s new film, Side Effects, with anticipation and dread. The movie, after all, carries the same name as my 2008 book, Side Effects and from what I could tell of the trailers, its plot … Continue reading

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One solution to prescription drug overdoses: make Oyxcontin and similar drugs safer

Share In my previous blogs about West Virginia’s shockingly high rate of prescription drug overdoses — the Mountain State has the second highest rate of overdoses in the nation — I focused on “the culture of disability” that created this … Continue reading

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West Virginia’s prescription drug problem: a gift from the coal mining industry?

Share Ever heard of the term “culture of disability?” It was first coined by Judith Greenwood, who published a paper in the ’80s about how the coal mining industry in West Virginia, because the jobs were so difficult and dangerous, … Continue reading

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