About Richard Tate
March 13, 2017

Medical Marijuana Saves Lives

Medical Marijuana Saves Lives With so many political crises to attend to daily, it’s hard not to let important issues fall by the wayside. However, with the unveiling of the Republican plan to reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the powerful opposition to that plan, nothing is being done to address the opioid abuse […]

Richard Taite
February 12, 2017

Prescription Lies: Five Myths about Prescription Pain Killers

Prescription Lies: Five Myths about Prescription Pain Killers When you’re in pain, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to feel better. For Americans diagnosed with chronic pain, getting a prescription for an opioid-based pain killer can seem like the only way to regain day-to-day function. But in desperation to find a treatment that effectively […]

Richard Taite
January 25, 2017

Hit the Hay: Three Reasons Why Good Sleep is Crucial for Mental Health

Hit the Hay: Three Reasons Why Good Sleep is Crucial for Mental Health One in three American adults don’t get enough sleep. Though Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that as many as ninety percent of North Americans respond to this chronic lack of sleep with a regular dose of caffeine, that little pick-me-up doesn’t cut it. […]

Richard Taite
January 17, 2017

How the Federal Government’s Opposition to Medical Marijuana Research Keeps Patients in the Dark

How the Federal Government’s Opposition to Medical Marijuana Research Keeps Patients in the Dark Last week the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report surveying over 10,000 scientific studies to determine conclusively how marijuana interacts with the body. The review was especially concerned with marijuana’s efficacy as a medicine as well as […]

Richard Taite
January 3, 2017

Deadlier than Heroin: How Fentanyl is Becoming Public Health Enemy No. 1

Deadlier than Heroin: How Fentanyl is Becoming Public Health Enemy No. 1 For the first time in the city’s recorded history, more than 1,000 New Yorkers are expected to die from a fatal drug overdose in 2017. Key to this record-breaking statistic is the increased abuse of fentanyl, a cheap synthetic opioid up to 100 […]

Richard Taite
December 29, 2016

How to Talk to Your Family about Drinking this New Year’s Eve

How to Talk to Your Family about Drinking this New Year’s Eve Talking with friends or loved ones about being more careful when they drink alcohol can feel uncomfortable. But for thousands of Americans who die from alcohol poisoning every year or are killed by a drunk driver on New Year’s Eve, one uncomfortable conversation […]

Richard Taite
December 20, 2016

Exporting Pain: Here’s Why Some Doctors are Labeled ‘Opioiphobic’

Exporting Pain: Here’s Why Some Doctors are Labeled ‘Opioiphobic’ While patients and medical professionals in the United States have wised up to the potential harm of prescription opioids like OxyContin, its manufacturers aren’t willing to sell any less, instead choosing to pursue an aggressive marketing campaign internationally rather than give up on potential profits. This […]

Richard Taite
December 12, 2016

Elephant Sedative Carfentanyl is the Latest and Deadliest Heroin Additive

Elephant Sedative Carfentanyl is the Latest and Deadliest Heroin Additive One of the biggest risks associated with illegal drug use is that there’s no way to know for sure exactly what’s in the substance you’re consuming. Many drug cartels dilute their products with nearly indistinguishable substances, for example mixing powdered milk into a batch of […]

Richard Taite
December 7, 2016

How Can You Know if You’re Depressed?

How Can You Know if You’re Depressed? Though we’ve come a long way in the treatment of mental illness, there still is not consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of even the most common metal illnesses, including depression. In a recent review of diagnostic tools conducted by Universiteit van Amsterdam, researchers revealed that there is […]

Richard Taite