Anyone who passed out in a drunken stupor on a city street and awoke to discover this story about San Francisco's burgeoning alcoholism rate in a nearby Examiner can label himself a newsmaker. Per the story -- and this troubling data -- San Francisco's rate of alcohol-related emergency room visits h ... More >>
Researchers may have discovered the initial steps to helping cocaine abusers overcome their addiction. A study conducted by scientists at UCSF and the National Institute of Health found that activating neurons in the brainʼs prefrontal cortex eliminated cocaine addition in lab rats. The paper, pu ... More >>
A toddler is back in the unsupervised care of his Southern California father after an appeals court ruled that the state cannot remove a child from their home because the parent uses medical marijuana.The boy, who was 14 months old at the time, became a ward of the court in 2011 after the Los Angele ... More >>
Cleaner junkies on the streets of San Francisco Tenderloin junkies are apparently leaving cleaning up their mess. According to a new report, drug users are leaving far fewer syringes on the streets, a welcome relief to the street sweepers who end up having to clean them up. However, that's not to ... More >>
Coming soon to your dad's new car.Is it greed? Does he need the money? Or does Dr. Dre really not know that the world would much rather receive Detox -- the album he's been promising us since 2004 -- than his endorsement of the speakers in luxurious new Chrysler sedans?For those of you new to Dre ... More >>
OWNCast of "Addicted to Food," a reality series that debuted last night on Oprah's TV network.Is Oprah your God? Have you made the move to her new home? OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, has kept us all waiting for the original programming it promised. And though Kidnapped by the Kids may not b ... More >>
Curing Alcoholism Leave it to Americans to try to cure alcoholism with a pill. UCSF researchers believe a muscle relaxant already out on the market can drastically reduce the urge to binge drink.Researchers from UCSF's Ernest Gallo Clinic used drunk rats to prove their hypothesis. They studied t ... More >>
Sadly, New Leaf is being turned overExploding costs of health care benefits and leases will force New Leaf -- a 35-year-old San Francisco center serving the LGBT community with mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS services -- to close in October. The center's board of directors announced ... More >>
A study involving drunken, mutant mice and a DNA sequence researchers cleverly nicknamed "lightweight" may lead to a greater understanding of human alcoholism. According to a paper penned by U.C. San Francisco researchers appearing in the current edition of PLoS Genetics, the "lightweight" mutant ... More >>
Jake Godby's little promise to himself.Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Mastering the art: At Bay Area Bites, Megan Gordon probes the psychology of kitchen tats. She makes Jake Godby, Richie Nakano, John Stewart, and Chad Newton to bare their forearms, like junkies checking into detox. Na ... More >>
Will HarperIf ever you were looking to keep Gavin Newsom away, scare up a picket line Employees of the University of California vociferously protesting proposed fee hikes and furlough days had an unforeseen consequence on the plans of one Mayor Gavin Newsom -- who may or may not have a Santa Clara U ... More >>
There is hope for you after all, and without bringing God into it.
The results are in and the biggest TiVo junkies are middle-income women. According to the latest Nielsen numbers, these couch potato-ass ladies use TiVo and DVR to watch about 26 hours of TV programs like "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI." Hey, Nielsen said it, not me. -- ASD Staff Report
Get your needles ready! On Thursday a symposium co-hosted by the city Department of Public Health will explore the idea of opening the nation's first safe, legal drug injection center in San Francisco, where junkies can shoot up without fear of being arrested (as if the SFPD arrests them anyway). D ... More >>
Now circling the corpse of Shug Knight's empire -- a man in need of Detox.
Down from the mountain, a softly lit Heath Ledger can't save this by-the-numbers Aussie drug flick
A young actress shines as a cokehead mom in the harrowing Down to the Bone
One Soul Now
A downward spiral hits its nadir
Lefty weeklies are always bitching about the mainstream press. Here're some rotten chestnuts we wish the alternative press would quit serving up.
Local filmmaker Caveh Zahedi's career was waylaid by his addiction to prostitution and porn. Today, his sexual compulsions could be the source of his comeback.
San Francisco's poet laureate, devorah major, turns out an intelligent, provocative novel about African-American life in the Fillmore District
Proposition 36 is based on a noble idea: substituting drug treatment for prison sentences. But the measure needs practical help.
In a radical approach, San Francisco is making addiction a health issue rather than a law enforcement imperative. So far, though, treatment on demand has been a costly pipe dream.
How a false rumor of drug use dogged the life and career of actor Billy Gray
The promise of a new treatment has opened a painful divide
A smack addict tries to become an overnight success
New law axes disability benefits for alcoholics, addicts; advocates fear homelessness upsurge
The enforcement of drug laws should be less hurtful than the dangers inherent indrug use itself, say the "harm reductionists" at Prevention Point, who practice what they preach by distributing 1.5 million needles to the city's drug users
New statistics contradict Jordan's spin on homeless crackdown