| Feb 14, 2014
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman last week, apparently of a heroin overdose, says a lot about the epidemic of opiate abuse gripping the United States.
That epidemic, which I've spent the last year researching for a forthcoming book, is rooted in a...
| Feb 10, 2014
Jens Hussey is a psychotherapist who specializes in addiction. He said he's amazed by the number of people who still believe heroin is a drug that affects only poor people of color and a fringe group of celebrities.
Although the recent death of actor...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:15 AM
This letter is in reply to Dan Rodricks' column in The Sun, "A long line of heroin deaths, Baltimore to New York" (Feb. 4). In his moving column, Mr. Rodricks bemoans the loss of so many lives, including that of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, to the...
| Jan 31, 2014
February is American Heart month. The Anne Arundel Department of Health offers kits and fact sheets about heart disease, its risk factors and prevention on the website learntolivehealthy.org.
Tobacco-free kids week
February 9 to 15, kids...
| Jan 26, 2014
I was putting our groceries on the belt at our neighborhood Jewel-Osco last weekend when I realized something was missing: the TV.
The screen by the cash register that showed you commercials, snippets of celebrity news, Jay Leno reading funny headlines,...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:32 PM
“These idiots (in Washington) can’t even pass a background-check bill, and (Illinois) wants to take guns away from disabled veterans?” The speaker was Jim Champion of Somonauk, a 47-year old Army vet who has multiple sclerosis and helped...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:30 AM
When most people think of addiction, they visualize a derelict on a street corner or in a back alley, homeless and wasting away from a nasty and illegal drug habit. In truth, an addict could be the teen next door, a co-worker, the man...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 6:41 PM
A suspect on a "one-man crime spree" shot and killed a person Friday after a botched carjacking, authorities said, then took his life after drawing officers into an hours-long standoff at a Baltimore nonprofit.
The morning incident, which closed roads...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Democrats are revving up for a huge national "conversation" on income inequality. This is in no small part because the Obama administration and congressional Democrats would rather talk about anything other than Obamacare.
But it would be unfair to say...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 2:41 PM
The upcoming New Year’s crackdown on drunken driving will include a new test for many people who are pulled over — an oral swab that checks for marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.
The voluntary swabbing has been used just 50 times this year....
| Dec 19, 2013
Even addicts know they can't keep overdosing without doing themselves horrible harm.
And that's how investors responded Wednesday when they learned from the Federal Reserve that they eventually are going to have to kick the habit of relying on the Fed's...