Category: News

California Voters to Consider Marijuana Legalization

When Californians head to the polls on Nov. 8, they won’t only be helping to determine who the next president of the United States will be. They will also be deciding if California will become the fifth U.S. state to legalize the sale, possession, and use of marijuana by adults. The combination of California’s size, financial strength, and cultural clout suggests that the vote to legalize marijuana could be a... Read More

Supervised Drug Use in California

In an attempt to help decrease overdoses on heroin and other illicit substances, a Canadian facility began a program in 2003 which involved the supervised use of such substances. In Sacramento, California, lawmakers are attempting to follow suit and allow individuals who are addicted to heroin, crack, or other drugs to use their substances of choice at facilities that will provide supervision. The clinics where this supervised drug use would... Read More

Arrests Shine Light on Prescription Pill Abuse in Reno

The recent breakup of a “pill mill” ring in Reno, Nevada, has brought renewed attention on the area’s struggles to effectively address epidemic levels of prescription drug abuse. In the nearly 90 years since Reno, Nevada bestowed the “Biggest Little City in the World” nickname upon itself, the former mining town has maintained a reputation for excess. Liberal divorce laws, legal gambling, and proximity to licensed brothels has made Reno... Read More

Prescription Pill Abuse in Sacramento County

Heroin. Morphine. OxyContin. Vicodin. Mention the term “dangerous opioids” to most people, and these four substances are likely to be the first drugs that come to mind. Talk about dangerous opioids with someone in the Sacramento area, and it’s increasingly likely that he or she will add another drug to that list: Fentanyl. A extremely powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl is commonly employed in medical situations as an anesthetic or to... Read More

Raising Awareness and Saving Lives in Bay Area Schools

At Duffy’s we know that we’re not the only one’s out there trying to save lives from the disease of alcoholism. There are fantastic professionals across the world, and even in our own backyard who have a shared passion for helping people achieve life-long sobriety. We recently talked with one such friend to learn more about what another program is doing to help teens enjoy a fun and fulfilling life.... Read More

DUI a Rock Bottom for Michael Phelps?

We’ve all felt the disappointment of one of our heroes messing up. America’s most recent scene of disappointment comes in the form of the arrest of 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps. Phelps was arrested for a DUI this past week in his home town of Baltimore, MD. Jail or Rehab? In situations like this, we have a choice. We can either seek and accept help or refuse it. We can... Read More

Four Things We Can Learn From the Loss of Robin Williams

In a shocking course of events, Oscar winner Robin Williams—a man who made America smile—died in his California home yesterday. The cause of death appears to be suicide. In recent months, we’ve had to say goodbye to several beloved public figures who also battled demons: Philip Seymour Hoffman Cory Monteith Chris Kelly And now, we say goodbye one of our favorite actors and comedians, Robin Williams—so sad. There are a... Read More

Robert Downey Jr’s Son Arrested for Drug Use: Lies, Media, and a Family Disease

Photo taken by RoidRanger / Shutterstock.com Robert Downey Jr. is in the news again for addiction. Except this time it’s about his 20-year-old son, Indio Falconer Downey. Police arrested Indio for cocaine possession on Sunday. I can’t speak for Indio or his family, but this event got me thinking about addiction, lies, media, and the family. The lies addiction makes you believe So many times I thought that my drug and... Read More

Narcan for Heroin Overdose: Miracle Cure or a Last Resort?

Yesterday, the FDA has approved a drug called Evzio, a nasal spray version of Narcan, an antidote for heroin overdose. Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is part of a growing public health campaign to reduce deaths from heroin and opioid overdose. With the recent tragic deaths of beloved celebrity stars such as Cory Monteith and Philip Seymour Hoffman still fresh in our minds, the Narcan movement has generated... Read More

A Dark Side of Social Media: The Neknominate Drinking Games

Apparently being drunk isn’t enough, now people are drinking on roofs, out of toilets, in the bathtub, in grocery stores, while snowboarding. They’re drinking live fish, dead mice, insects, motor oil—and of course, large quantities of alcohol. Whatever creative way they can come up with, it’s all captured in a short video to be spread across the Internet. In fact, these videos now clutter my news feed. People I know... Read More

Mourning Philip Seymour Hoffman: Dead After 23 Years of Sobriety

I’m not a saint yet. I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius. —Truman Capote Yesterday I was sitting on the couch in my living room, prepping for the big game by. . . watching films. (I watch a lot of movies, and I was finishing an epic that I had dozed off watching the night before.) As I was watching the final hour of JFK... Read More

Study Says Marijuana may Lower IQ

The million dollar question: does marijuana really have negative long-term effects? The Brain Drain For years, scientists have been debating whether marijuana use has negative long term effects on the brain. Over two decades and 1,037 participants later, we just might have the evidence to prove that marijuana does indeed cause cognitive decline. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in August 2012 asserts that... Read More

How Obamacare Affects Rehab: A Fiasco Turned Friendly—For a Few

Of the 23 million Americans struggling with alcohol or drug problems, only about 10% receive treatment right now. In the state of California, almost 3 million people aged 12 and over need, but are not receiving, alcohol and other drug treatment. Although certain stigmas and associations motivate many to bypass treatment, about a quarter of these 23 million don’t have insurance. Legislators knew this was a big problem and did some... Read More

What the Fox [Marijuana] Really Says!

So you’ve seen the video, What Does the Fox Say, right? After my friends started talking about it, I decided I needed more information. Where would I go—except to YouTube, my secret best friend that has saved me from looking like an ancient relic if I ask dumb questions of my music-savvy children? What I saw was crazy!! (Ok, I’m taking into account that this was not written in the United... Read More

Why Methadone Doesn’t Cure Addiction

Methadone maintenance treatment, often used for treating addiction to heroin and other opiates, is often criticized as an ineffective therapy that just replaces one addiction with another. Methadone is certainly a safer alternative to heroin or other street drugs, but using it without understanding its intended purpose can acutally perpetuate a cycle of abuse and addiction. What Methadone is not Methadone is not a cure for addiction. Methadone maintenance treatment itself... Read More