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Overdose Deaths

A Chance to Heal for Families and Friends of Accidental Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Denise Cullen

The arc of our family's story has been profoundly shaped by our decision to channel our energy in a positive way in order to help with our own healing, and to ensure that Jeff's death was not in vain and to help other families.

Attorney Gen. Holder Gets on Board With Naloxone to Prevent Fatal Overdoses

Meghan Ralston | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

Overdose prevention advocates and drug policy reformers are feeling some wind beneath their wings as a result of a statement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder encouraging expanded access to the overdose reversal medicine naloxone.

States Combat Overdose Deaths

Pew's Stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Heroin and Painkiller Deaths Require Public Health Policies

Helena Hansen | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Helena Hansen

Drug policies that unilaterally curb access to prescription opioids can have unintended consequences, exacerbating the very problems, such as overdose, that they purport to solve.

Why People Who Hate Drugs Should Want to End the Drug War

Tony Newman | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Tony Newman

Many people hate drugs. It is easy to see why. Most families have had a loved one with a problematic relationship to alcohol or other drugs. While it might be counterintuitive, people who hate drugs should be at the forefront of ending our nation's failed drug war.

Federal Drug Enforcement: A Clear and Present Danger

Norm Stamper | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The president, in refusing to bow to the intimidation tactics of the drug enforcement industry, has paved the way for my state, and possibly others, to show the federal government a new way forward on marijuana policy.

Decriminalization of Drug Possession Doesn't Increase Drug Use, New Report Finds

Ernest Drucker | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Ernest Drucker

Just like ending alcohol prohibition, making the current crop of drugs legal simply means changing the laws. But changing the laws has been turned into a bloody legal and political battle that is about everything except drugs.

The Doctors' Dilemma

Susana Duncan, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Susana Duncan, M.D.

A number of doctors like myself in the past year or so have seen a sharp uptick in patients searching for a new doctor because the old doctor no longer wants to treat them. I have come to recognize the telephone call.

Doc Charged For Murder In Overdose Deaths Called Patients 'Druggies,' Says Witness

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 06.27.2012 | Crime

LOS ANGELES -- A doctor accused of prescribing pain killers to three young men who died was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for second-degree murder in...

Smart Solutions to Overdose Can Save Lives

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

New York lawmakers are now considering two very different approaches to address accidental overdose fatalities: One bill will most certainly make the problem worse, while the other will likely save lives.

Supervised Drug Injection Facilities in NY? Yes We Should (and Can)!

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Newman

A Vancouver injection site reduced public drug use, cut down on the spread of HIV/AIDS and overdose deaths, and helped people get into treatment.

420: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alcohol from a Former Police Chief

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

If one of these two drugs is implicated in dire health effects, high mortality rates, and physical violence -- and the other is not -- what are we to make of our nation's marijuana laws?

One Year Later: Heath Ledger's Tragic Overdose Death Reminds Us More Must Be Done

Isaac Skelton and Meghan Ralston | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Isaac Skelton and Meghan Ralston

Drug overdose now ranks as a leading cause of preventable death, second only to motor-vehicle accidents. Accidental overdoses killed more Americans last year than did firearms.

Heath Ledger's Tragic Overdose Death And What Can be Done To Prevent Others

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Newman

There is nothing we can do to bring back the life of Heath Ledger. But we can learn from the tragedy and pass compassionate and sensible legislation to save thousands of others like him.