Tag: Addiction (Psychology)

‘Open, Insert, Squirt.’ In This Town, Children Are Taught to Administer Narcan

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Shortly after his first-grade class let out for the day, Nash Kitchens sat with a dozen other young children at a library and played a murder mystery game that had a surprising plot twist. The victim was a restaurant worker who had been found dead in a freezer. The killer, the children […]

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Addiction Memoirs Are a Genre in Recovery

A national opioid epidemic. Legal marijuana. Continual attempts to redefine problem drinking. Is it any wonder that the addiction memoir (made modish in the 1940s and 1950s by Charles Jackson’s thinly veiled roman à clef, “The Lost Weekend,” and “Junky,” by William S. Burroughs; revived in the 1990s and 2000s with “Permanent Midnight,” by Jerry […]

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The Marketing of Stimulants for Children With A.D.H.D.

Whenever I write about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — whether I’m writing generally about the struggles facing these children and their families or dealing more specifically with medications — I know that some readers will write in to say that A.D.H.D. is not a real disorder. They say that the rising numbers of children taking […]

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‘Get Well or Die’: A State Senator Reveals His Addiction Battle

ALBANY, N.Y. — The startling disclosure came two minutes into a State Capitol news conference. State Senator Peter Harckham, a first-term Democratic lawmaker, announced his support for legalizing recreational marijuana, but he first acknowledged his own struggles with addiction. “As someone in recovery myself for many years, I look at it from that lens,” Mr. […]

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Surgeon General Says ‘Shocking’ Portion of People Aren’t Told to Stop Smoking

WASHINGTON — The United States surgeon general warned on Thursday that despite the well-known lethal dangers of cigarettes, too many smokers are not routinely advised by their doctors to quit. In a new report, the surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, urged smokers to use a range of cessation methods that have been proven effective — […]

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