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Here’s what we’re checking out today:

Rehab: Can the hallucinogen ibogaine help drug addicts kick the habit? Keegan Hamilton reviews the evidence on ThePitch. 

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Let’s say you were caught doing drugs at work. Do you think your boss would give you a second chance? Would your employer even allow your boss the authority to give you a second chance?

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The heart of Helena, the capital city of Montana, is called Last Chance Gulch, named after the chance prospectors took panning for gold in the creek that used to run wild through the area.

Dr. Stanley Robert Schure could certainly relate. He has had about a dozen “last chances” courtesy of the Montana Board of Medical Examiners.

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On Saturday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will hold its first prescription drug take-back day, setting up 4,000 sites nationwide where people can bring old and unused prescription drugs for safe disposal. (Click here to find a site in your community.)

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Wikipedia has no entry for the term “drug mill.”

Antidote offers the following: A physician’s office where people suffering from injuries or chronic diseases are given high doses of addictive drugs to keep them returning for more and where people already addicted to painkillers can obtain drugs with no questions asked.

Exhibit A is the Bloomington, Indiana office of Dr. Larry Dean Ratts.

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In 2002, when I was covering medicine for The Orange County Register, we produced a series of stories called "Doctors Without Discipline" that uncovered serious flaws in the way the Medical Board of California handled complaints from the public about physicians.

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Eleven million Americans have eating disorders. Here are tips on covering this complex disease from a veteran journalist who faced the issue in her own family.

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An estimated 22.2 million persons aged 12 or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse problems in the United States, representing 8.9 percent of that age group, according to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Of these, 3.1 million had problems with both alcohol and illicit drugs, 3.9 million had problems with drugs, and 15.2 million were dependent on alcohol.



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