10 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They’re Too Cool to Listen

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This week, my daughter turned 10, and two things occurred to me. The first was how the heck do I have a 10-year-old.

Like Parents, Like Children: The Dangers of Medicating Unhappiness, Stress, and Inconvenience

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Thomas Fiffer exposes three inconvenient truths about adults and wonders if children’s “attention deficit” is nothing more than the lack of a compelling message?

“Can Proper Drug for ADHD/ADD = Raising Quality of Life?”

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This comment by Archy on the post America, Please Stop Drugging Your Children

Going On A Bender By Gender

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Would it surprise anyone to know that men are more likely than women to drink to excess?

Striking Out

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Hank Kalet presents a compelling poem about baseball and teaching, expertly drawing parallels between the speaker’s personal life, Dwight Gooden’s mixed legacy, and a seemingly pedestrian classroom exercise.

Three Persistent Myths about Heroin use and Overdose Deaths

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Myths matter. Only by a clear understanding of the life course of heroin dependence, and the ways in which the drug kills, can we make evidence-based interventions to help people.

The Politics of Addiction

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Tweet While we’ve been fighting the War on Drugs, we’ve been leaving drug addicts behind. It’s time to change that. – When I was 21, my best friend died of a drug overdose. As far as his family and friends know, it was the first time he had tried heroin, although some of us knew […]

How School Drug Policies Hurt the Disabled and the Depressed

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Tommy Raskin believes that current drug policies in schools tip the balance against young people who are self-medicating because of disability, depression, family dysfunction and social exclusion.

Breaking Dad: Relating to Walter White

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The character of Walter White did what he did for the survival of his family. Ron Mattocks wonders what lengths he must go to.

Touch Isolation: Insisting Boys Learn Independence Creates an Isolating Trap for Men

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Mark Greene believes that men heckle women about frequency of sex because men key on it as authentic contact in lives otherwise cut off from connection.

Into The Valley of Nod

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Steve Jaeger, with a chilling work of fiction about a forgotten way to go MIA in a war.

On Making Amends and Finding Gratitude

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There are many paths to gratitude. Matt Clapper’s led him through a series of amends, and he is the better for it.

Why Banning Transfats is Confusing

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Why pick those 7,000 lives to save?

Saying Goodbye to Lou Reed and His Rock and Roll Heart

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Tim O’Connor says that Lou Reed provided us with brutal truths, but ugly and beautiful, as well as lifelong lesson about writing.

Introduction to Alone: Fever Dreams From the Psych Ward

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“”Inside the pit of my stomach, a feeling, like being trapped in one of those dreams where your teeth are falling out of your mouth. Or you are losing your hair. And you can’t make it stop.”"

Dad’s Defense: Facing the Dangers

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Vincent Daly had a scary encounter while out with his family, and now he has a plan for safety in the face of danger.