Dr. Loyd's White House ONDCP Advocate for Action profile adds, "He is in recovery from his own prescription opioid and benzodiazepine disorder....Loyd has considerable expertise in neonatal addiction issues/neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and is a vocal advocate for public health/public safety cooperation. He is charismatic, plain-spoken, and has a sense of humor in his lectures and presentations."
Dr. Loyd is featured in our mental health reform, chronic pain, and substance abuse educational videos to the right.
While substance abuse education and proper prescribing of controlled substances are tremendously important, we feel that today's prescription drug abuse problem in America is due to the pharmaceutical industry's failure in treating mental illness and the FDA allowing mental health pharma to have free reign on our mental health.
America's current prescription drug and heroin epidemic started in the 1990s when the FDA approved, regulatory bodies promoted, and pharmaceutical companies fraudulently marketed potent opioid analgesics for the treatment of all types of pain.
Overprescribing the Appalachians
Stephen M. Loyd, M.D.
FDA Approved #RxProblem
FDA Addicted: The Psychoactive Prescription Drug Problem
Mental Health and Addiction
Argument for Government Funding of Psychedelics Research: Kennedys & America's Top Psychiatrist
We have known for decades that any psychoactive substance has abuse potential. Solutions to the prescription drug epidemic will come from changes within the FDA, more oversight of psychoactive prescription drugmakers, and full access to all psychoactive drug research data.
Link: Victims of American Mental Health System: Lack of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Options and Local Politics Feed Stigma, Create Cycle of Hopelessness in NE Tennessee
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Drug Policy for the 21st Century
Endocannabinoids/Cannabis: Bad for the teen brain, bad for mass incarceration (TheNewYorker/NationalReview) useful in forms of childhood epilepsy, useful in pain, never caused an overdose, growing evidence for other uses, veteran need part of CARERS Act, kills cancer cells, much still to learn, safer than alcohol/tobacco, take it or leave it thing for most people, DEA Schedule I (unsafe, no evidence of medical use) is the greatest barrier to research.
Harrison Act and the White-Slave Trade Act
Music Therapy in Turkey
- PRI: In Turkey, Sufi music is used to decrease patient stress
15th and 16th centuries are the brightest periods of Edirne, one of the most important five cities of Europe at that period. This regional power was also apparent in Edirne Hospital where patients with mental disorders were treated with music along with the other patients
- Hürriyet Daily News: Music therapy at Ottoman hospital
New Research on Old Therapies