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Stories by Cassie Rodenberg

Excess by the numbers, on more than Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street movement may do wonders in fighting outlandish bouts of capitalism on the upper echelons of society, but it got me thinking about egregious waste on our own ground, right here within the 99%...

October 25, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg

Worst drug PSA videos and why we might still need them

Continuing in my recent vein, I’m still wondering about the intricacies of drug education. I started perusing decades’ worth of drug education campaigns, only to be heartily amused by these videos...and wondering if we’ve advanced much...

September 30, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg

Can drugs drill holes in your brain?

The idea of drugs tunneling their way through the brain, worms to the mind's apple, is a frequent metaphor I hear. I wrote on the topic for Discovery's Curiosity and resurfaced it to prepare material for drug education talks with high schoolers...

September 29, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg

Do we choose pain medication over anti-depressants?

According to recent headlines, we might be poisoning ourselves and our kids with pain pills, yet we’re afraid to tell doctors we’re depressed. Anti-depressants are the second most prescribed kind of medication in the U.S., and an estimated one in 10 Americans reports suffering from depression...

September 29, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg

How addiction feels, the honest truth

Last week, a reader sent me a note: “I wish I could understand what it [addiction] feels like.” For you, dear reader, in the best way I know how to explain: It’s hard to confess that I have a problem with sleep, but I do...

September 23, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg

We're failing kids in drug education. How can we fix it?

Last week at an open and lush Midtown East coffee shop, I met a stranger, a chance Twitter connection. This well-dressed, petite, dark-haired woman somehow recognized me when I was still half a block away, her clasped hands in front of her glimpsing into a wave...

August 31, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg

Case study: why economics and addiction do not mix

Let me start by saying that I’m admittedly an economics fan. So much so that I nearly threw away my science and writing training and ran off into the sunset for an economics PhD.

August 25, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg

Addiction: a Fault of Chemistry

Chemistry is at the brunt of it all, isn’t it? Addiction, the sinuous, stealthy disease is controlled by neurochemicals. Simple as that. You’re an addict or you’re not.

August 2, 2011 — Cassie Rodenberg
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