Five Decades of Drug Use

A bit more than fifty five years ago this coming month, some one hundred twelve drug abusers were taken from New York City jail cells and moved to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital to be examined and classified in descriptions ranging from social to motivational, psychiatric and pharmacologic. America was about to start learning about types of Americans who, because of drugs or personality differences, did not fit the normal American norm – love of country, patriotic, hard-working, family oriented, nose to the grindstone. These kids were different! Heroin users were a growing category, it was established. Known generally as hopheads, or worse, their members were generally psychopathic and, as a quickly-growing sub-group, were by themselves costing the city some $10 million a day in crimes they committed to support their drug habit. Continue reading Five Decades of Drug Use

Think Before You Treat

The number of accidental deaths that occur each year in federally-operated hospitals continues to disturb medical experts. These deaths, completely unexpected in most instances, appear to have been caused in large part by unintentional errors caused by staffers each year that sometimes result in the loss of lives of patients under their care. Those who follow this phenomenon say that billions of dollars, all of it paid for by taxpayers, have been spent in the so-far unsuccessful effort to curb these absolutely accidental but unnecessary deaths. Continue reading Think Before You Treat