Taking back control of opioid prescription drugs


Addiction is, by its very nature, about loss of control. The more I’ve been in this job and the longer I’ve lived, the more substances seem to be added to the addictive list. 

In the past few weeks, my early morning news on the radio has featured addiction to alcohol, to food, to gambling, to smart phones, to illegal psychoactive substances, and, the inspiration for this blog, to opioid prescription painkillers. Sadly yet more deaths and lives destroyed. 

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Talking up the humble apple

ApplespearsRobert1Photo: Robert Taylor

After moving house recently I gained a tree full of Bramley apples, a variety used for cooking. This autumn I stored some, ate quite a lot and gave away more. Now as January wears on I still have loads that won't keep much longer. Our apple consumption has increased. My colleagues' and friends' apple consumption has increased. Visitors beware. I can believe the stats that say apples are one of the most consumed fruits. But what about that old adage 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'? is it true…is apple consumption good for you?

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