| Nov 6, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Vicki Foley can trace her son Chris' drug use back to junior high, when he started smoking cigarettes.
The cigarettes led to marijuana and the marijuana eventually led to heroin.
The heroin led to his death.
"Heroin took his life," Foley said of the...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 9:48 AM
Ask anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness or addiction or sought treatment for a family member or friend with such a condition, getting proper medical care can be a huge challenge. Bad enough that those with an illness may themselves...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Terry Reed, likely Baltimore's best-known panhandler — the one with prosthetic arms and legs, who for years worked the traffic along President Street through all kinds of weather — is alive and doing much better than anyone thought he would....
| Sep 24, 2013
| 11:16 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men's and women's drinking habits could provide hints about their risk of being in a violent relationship, a new study suggests.
Men who regularly drank at parties at their friends' houses were more likely to be violent toward...
| Oct 1, 2013
Lake County officials say they're alarmed by the rapid spread of heroin use among teens—something prompting increased efforts at education and police action in the hopes of tackling drug use in the region.
This fall, the department hosted six...
| Sep 13, 2013
"What do you think of 'Orange Is the New Black?'" Since Netflix's series about life in a women's prison premiered this summer, I've fielded the same question from almost everyone I know. I guess it's because I have some experience on the subject. Before I...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:15 AM
Very little casting is done in Chicago when big studio movies shoot here. Not significant roles, where the camera lingers on a person for more than a moment. It's a strange phenomenon considering the deep bench of acting talent in town, but every so often...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:07 PM
"Ignorance is bliss," said poet Thomas Gray. Another poet, George Santayana, said, "It takes patience to appreciate bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness."
I suspect that Russell Thrall III, editor CollisionWeek, a repair industry newsletter...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:45 PM
A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday found that concert promoter AEG Live was not liable for the death of Michael Jackson, capping a marathon civil trial that laid bare the troubled singer’s health problems, struggles with drugs and fateful attempt at...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 6:11 AM
Her name is Lindsay and she is a chaos addict.
That was the No. 1 takeaway from Lindsay Lohan’s amply hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey, a “television event” broadcast on the talk show doyenne’s Oprah Winfrey Network program...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 8:41 AM
We have a great capacity for placing people into categories and minimizing their humanity. One such category is "felons" and another is "drug addicts." We can easily forget that men and women who have been convicted of crimes or are suffering from...