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There’s an App for That:  Apps that Support Sobriety

There’s an App for That: Apps that Support Sobriety

There’s an App for That:  Apps that Support Sobriety According to the Pew Research Center, 68% of Americans have smartphones and 45% have tablet computers.  Along with smart phones and tablets come apps – apps that keep track of airline reservations; apps that count calories; apps that fetch drivers.  There’s an app for just about […]

The Baby Addict Myth

The Baby Addict Myth

The Baby Addict Myth In the 1980s and 1990s it was “crack babies.” Now it’s babies born “addicted to opiates.” We’ve spent 30 years trying to debunk the myth that newborns can be born “addicted” but the misinformation continues with current headlines like “Life begins with agony of withdrawal for opiate-addicted babies.” Over ten years […]

What About “Medical Marijuana”?

What About “Medical Marijuana”?

What About “Medical Marijuana”? “Lies, damned lies and statistics” is a phrase sometimes attributed to Benjamin Disraeli but certainly popularized by Mark Twain. I would add to that “lies, damned lies and scientific studies.” As discerning readers know, not all studies should be given equal weight and some are more reliable than others. The funding source […]

Simply Saving Lives

Simply Saving Lives

Simply Saving Lives Older Drivers: Are You Prepared? The Baby Boomers are yet again changing business as usual. There are now both low tech and high tech programs and devices that help older drivers with health issues who are involved in a vehicle crash or suffering a medical emergency. Yellow Dot Responding to an aging […]

Lawyers as Peacemakers Conference

Lawyers as Peacemakers Conference

Lawyers as Peacemakers Conference Pretoria, South Africa I recently had the honor to attend and speak at the “Lawyers as Peacemakers” conference in Pretoria, South Africa. Sponsored by the Institute for Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA) at the University of South Africa College of Law, the gathering explored therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) and its practical application […]

Texting and Driving is More Dangerous than DWI

Texting and Driving is More Dangerous than DWI

Texting and Driving is More Dangerous than DWI According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) driving while distracted is six times more dangerous than driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 yet it is a continuing problem. In recent surveys “…more than eight in ten drivers believed it was completely unacceptable for […]

The Hidden Epidemic: Alcoholism Among Seniors

The Hidden Epidemic: Alcoholism Among Seniors

The Hidden Epidemic: Alcoholism Among Seniors The American Medical Association called it a “hidden epidemic.” The National Institute of Health says it is “[o]ne of the fastest growing health problems facing” the United States. What is it? Alcoholism among seniors. There are more hospital admissions for alcohol related issues than for heart attacks among the […]