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Straight, No Chaser: Bath Salts – Seen Any Zombies Lately?

You can have an idea how bad a drug is when it has more street names than is remotely necessary. Today’s Straight, No Chaser is about bath salts, which are another group of tho
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 11, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Steroid Abuse

In the conversation about drugs of abuse, anabolic steroids hold a unique position. They work very differently from other drugs of abuse, and they do not have the same acute effect
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 10, 2018

Sedative Abuse – Sleeping and Anxiety Pills

Introduction This post discusses sedative abuse. Recent Straight, No Chaser posts have focused on the scope of the danger of medicines and other drugs/chemicals you keep around y
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 9, 2018

Prescription Drug Abuse

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post discusses prescription drug abuse. I often have to explain to patients such as chronic sufferers from migraines, low back pain and other
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 8, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Inhalants – Effects and Actions to Take

Straight, No Chaser previously reviewed various forms of inhalants used to get intoxicated. Many kids think inhalants are a harmless, cheap, and quick way to “get high.” Becau
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 7, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Your Kids Huff and Puff – Learn about Inhalants

Over the course of several posts, we’ve described how difficult it is for you to keep abreast of the activities of teens. In this and a subsequent Straight, No Chaser post, we
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 6, 2018

Do’s and Don’t of Snake Bites

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post is about snake bites! So you’ve been snake bitten.  What will you do next? First things first.  Stay calm.  Call 911.  Realize that
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 17, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Female Reproductive Health and Workplace Hazards

Considerations of female reproductive health are important in the work environment. Many different work settings pose risks to women’s reproductive systems. Generally effects can
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 30, 2018

Your Questions on The Health Benefits of Red Wine

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post answers your questions about the health benefits of red wine. So alcohol is good for me now (especially after all those other blog posts
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 8, 2018

Alcoholism and Alcohol-Related Deaths Are on the Rise

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post reviews the rate of rise of alcohol-related deaths. Does it seem that alcoholism isn’t discussed much anymore, or is it that the public
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 7, 2018

Self-Assessment of Alcohol Dependency

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post focuses on your self-assessment of alcohol dependency. The number one response to the post on acute alcohol poisoning was pretty simple
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 6, 2018

Alcoholism Treatment and Complications

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post addresses alcoholism treatment and complications.   There are interesting commonalities of certain drugs like alcohol and cigarettes. On
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 5, 2018

Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post discusses problem drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism. With all the focus of late on other forms of drug use and abuse (e.g., methamph
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 4, 2018

How Alcohol Toxicity and Poisoning Becomes Deadly

Introduction Does the thought of alcohol toxicity creep into your mind during a massive party or celebration? Well, forewarned is forearmed. It’s not my intention to spoil the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: First Steps to Take If Someone Gets Poisoned

How would you respond if you or someone in your home became a victim of an accidental poisoning? What if you stumbled across a family member who intentionally swallowed a bunch of
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 22, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: What Should NOT Be in Your Medicine Cabinet

In the previous Straight, No Chaser, we discussed the ideal use of your medicine cabinets to prepare for life’s nagging aches and pain. However, has it ever occurred to you 
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 21, 2018

Reviewing Alcohol Facts vs. Fiction

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser reviews common alcohol facts and fiction. Today’s Straight, No Chaser puts a personal spin on an old favorite because well, frankly som
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Spice Drugs aka Herbal High aka K2 aka Synthetic Marijuana

So have you ever wondered why incense seems to relax you so? In our ongoing effort to keep you up to date with the latest drug teens may be using, today’s topic introduces “Spi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 28, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Marijuana Facts and Fiction, Part 2

The issues surrounding marijuana use are serious and need full examination, particularly with decriminalization legislature passing and being considered in various parts of the cou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 27, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Marijuana Facts and Fiction, Part 1

The truth of it all is that politicians are generally a terrible source of scientific and medical information. There are actually legitimate concerns about the use and legalization
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 26, 2018
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