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Drug Abuse

The Long Walk of Moms and Dads After Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Denise Cullen

It's a hard road, the one that we walk after our children die from a drug overdose. It's a walk that numbs your feet from the miles of isolation and grief. I'm only one of thousands.

LGBTQ Drug Addiction: The Solution Doesn't Fit the Situation

Raina Bowe | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

Drug use in the LGBT community is about two to three times higher than the general population. I was also right about why: Coping with the everyday stress of social and personal prejudice is too much for some people.

High Praise: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Save Lives

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

A new study released by the University of California-Irvine in conjunction with the RAND corporation, a non-profit global think tank, shows a correlation between states that have legalized marijuana and reduced rates of opioid addiction.

Mad About Amy

Stacey Nelkin | Posted 07.15.2015 | Entertainment
Stacey Nelkin

Amy Winehouse was one of the most extraordinary jazz singers of this generation -- and her self-destructive ways, dysfunctional family, bad marriage, and the insane, invasive nature of the media all ensured an early end.

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Awareness Month in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

While on the surface our mental health awareness work in Lebanon looks like an innovation, it's more like a reclamation -- since the first mental hospitals in the world appeared in the Middle East.

Burying the Stigma of Mental Illness

Heather Rorrer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Rorrer

When the death of a loved one is suicide, or any facet of mental illness is involved, there's a stage in the grieving process psychologists don't list: stigma. Survivors bear the stigma of survival. Even as friends gather to sympathize, you sense an unspoken undertone: Surely you knew something.

An Open Letter to Seth Rogen

David Rothenberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

At 81 years of age and the Founder of The Fortune Society, I was the old man in the room. The legal status of marijuana was of minor interest to me. Keeping these young people out of jail and prison was my major goal.

The Moment I Realized My Son Was A Drug Addict

Anita Devlin | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Anita Devlin

'I'm scared, Mom,' Mike said over the phone. 'I'm scared and I need help.' My 21-year-old son, Mike, was talking to me from a drug-infested motel a few miles away from his college in Vermont. After hours of me trying to track him down, I was overcome with emotions of relief, fear, denial, and shame.

Manchin: Harry Reid's Leadership In The Senate Did Not Work

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) called out Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday, saying his leadership didn't work. "Well first of all, ...

Can Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Substance Abuse?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep problems can set teens up for increased risk of substance use and abuse and the dangerous behaviors associated with alcohol and drugs. Poor and insufficient sleep also makes teens more likely to experience other health problems.

Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

Richard Taite | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Honestly, a 30-minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone with a mind like mine. However, it was only a very short time before I started being able to sit longer and being more comfortable when I did.

Mom's Heartbreaking Facebook Post About Son's Overdose Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.08.2015 | Fifty

A Missouri mother has made the brave decision to share a particularly emotional and private issue publicly on Facebook to make sure no other parent ha...

Music Festivals: Are Attendees Safe?

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

I don't think anyone expects to attend a music festival and end up in the hospital later that night or have one of his or her friends end up with an even more tragic end. To keep these festivals a fun and exciting day for attendees there has to be safety measures to keep drugs out of these venues.

Matt Ferner

Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very h...

Overdose Prevention in a New York City Prison: Start of a Groundbreaking New Initiative

Allan Clear | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Allan Clear

Risk of death from overdosing on heroin or other opioids such as Vicodin or OxyContin goes up substantially after periods of refraining from drug use. Quantities that once brought pleasure can be fatal after a period of abstinence. The research shows that individuals leaving jail or prison are particularly vulnerable.

Cake Rings True

Gail Saltz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Gail Saltz, M.D.

Besides being touchingly absorbing, Cake spells out that in reality ANYONE can develop a drug addiction, which is a painfully horrible way to live, often deadly and that it most often goes untreated.

Healthy Makes Happy: 5 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier Life and a Happy 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

As the calendar turns to New Year 2015, what resolutions should you make to get healthier and happier in the next 12 months? Here is what I recommend to my patients, family and friends.

My Son, Drugs and Safety

Melissa Franqui | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Melissa Franqui

Teenagers will make their own choices, just as we did. In helping my son navigate peer pressure and make better decisions, safety is my highest priority and it should also be his.

Trying To Explain Heroin To The Concerned Father Of An Addict

Daniel Mierlak, MD, PhD | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Daniel Mierlak, MD, PhD

The son carried diagnoses of anxiety and depression and had been prescribed the usual culprits: antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and probably an anticonvulsant or two from the creative thinker who deduced bipolar disorder from the mélange. The father was bewildered by all of it. He knew heroin was the enemy, responsible for all the ravages. But why couldn't his son stay clean?

Putting Marijuana DUI in Perspective

Sam Tracy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

We must consider the risk involved and make sure the punishment fits the crime. While weak DUI laws clearly jeopardize public safety, overly strict rules or harsh penalties can ruin the lives of innocent drivers who aren't truly impaired.

Bigger U.S. Health Crisis: Ebola or Addiction?

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

One U.S. death from Ebola and every media outlet around makes it their lead story, treating it as if it's a health crisis of monumental proportions. Meanwhile, nearly 42,000 people die in this country every year as a result of drug overdoses.

3 Ways to Fight Mass Criminalization

Jordan Melograna | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

This isn't rocket science. If you put people who are sick in jail instead of a hospital they don't get better; if someone bounces between a cell and the street for years, they'll never find a stable place to live.

Keeping It Up in the Porn Industry

The Fix | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
The Fix

Over his eight years in the adult industry, Wylde had routinely used Cialis and occasionally dabbled in the injectible erectile-dysfunction drug Bimix, which is shot directly into the penis. This was the third time it had landed him in the hospital.

David Freeman

Teen Weed Users May Face High Risk For Dependence

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

Marijuana may be gaining acceptance around the nation, but that doesn't mean medical research has stopped raising questions about its safety. Case ...

Chaka Reveals Her Shocking Near-Death Experience

Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices

--R&B/Funk legend Chaka Khan opens up about her past near-death experience after drug abuse. (Daily Mail) More Notable/Quotables: ...