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Drug Overdose

The Call for Greater Use of Medication to Treat Drug Abuse (video)

GVH Live | Posted 11.23.2015 | College
GVH Live

By Shelina Assomull Addiction is a problem that faces 40 million Americans, 1 in 7 of the country. With this number continuing to rise, the issue i...

Four Programs That Help Treat Addiction

Deni Carise | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deni Carise

The nation's drug epidemic, specifically the abuse of heroin and opiates, has earned center stage in politics and pop culture alike. The fact that we're talking about the devastating disease of addiction is welcome progress; those of us in the treatment field have been promoting awareness and de-stigmatization for years.

Dear Dad, I Still Remember You

Rachel Brehm | Posted 10.04.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Dear Dad, I still remember you. The memories shift and fade over the years, but you are not forgotten. I remember the Thai restaurant where everyone knew your name. I remember your sleepless nights, and the days when you cried.

The Unforgettable Day I Witnessed Naloxone Save Amy's Life

Amanda Bent | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Amanda Bent

I still vividly remember the first time I saw naloxone in action. The day began like an average one at the drop-in center -- with the buzz of conversation, ringing phones and chaotic sounds of an old action movie on the television.

CVS To Sell Overdose Reversal Drug Without A Prescription In 12 More States

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

At CVS pharmacies in 12 states, friends and family members of people suffering from opiate addiction will now be able to get the overdose reversal dr...

Let No One Else Have to Bury a Child Because of Drug Addiction

Richard Taite | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Richard Taite

It was one of the highlights of last week's Republican debate, the moment when Carly Fiorina shared that she and her husband had buried a child due to drug addiction. All the bombast of the candidates fell away as this strong woman shared her private heartache.

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.

Make the Call -- Call 911 During an Overdose

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Children loose playmates, parents lose friends, ties are broken and silence is the norm. These are the same individuals that hesitate to call when it happens to them. They do not want to believe that it could happen in their own home.

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.

Does Naloxone Discourage People From Calling 911?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

One of the sharpest criticisms against making naloxone widely available to people at risk for drug overdose is this: If people have a medicine on hand that allows them to reverse a drug overdose themselves, won't they stop calling 911?

Why It's Time to UNITE to Face Addiction

Greg D. Williams, M.A. | Posted 07.07.2015 | DC
Greg D. Williams, M.A.

Overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States -- more than car accidents or gun homicides. Simply put, addiction is a national health crisis, not a crime, and it deserves national attention and a unified response.

5 Ways We Can Reduce Drug Overdoses

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Fatal drug overdose has reached epidemic levels in the U.S., surpassing vehicle-related deaths in 36 states, according to a new report from the Trust ...

How Do We Know How Many Lives Have Been Saved With Naloxone?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Reporting successful overdose reversals is one of the biggest challenges that naloxone distribution programs face. In many cases, an outreach worker will distribute a naloxone kits to a person at risk for opiate drug overdose, and then never see or hear from that person again.

Governor Abbott: Sign HB225 and Save Texas Lives

Joy Strickland | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Joy Strickland

Opiate overdose is the crisis that did not need to happen. Its very existence contradicts the idea that every person is redeemable and every human life is worth saving.

What Makes a Naloxone Program Successful? - Lessons from NC

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Programs are popping up all over the country to distribute naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid drug overdose, to people who can use it to save...

David Lohr

'These Girls Knew Each Other' ... And Now They're Gone | David Lohr | Posted 08.18.2015 | Crime

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- One-by-one, at least four women have disappeared or turned up dead in this small city, where family and friends fear a serial kil...

Kentucky Snags Title of First Southern State to Legalize Syringe Exchange

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Just weeks ago no Southern state had ever legalized syringe exchange. Not only that, but most of the Bible belt looked years or even decades away fr...

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...

Health Stories Of The Week: Belle Gibson, India's Surrogacy Industry And Catholic Vs. Jewish Guilt

Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we were drawn to a Q&A with the journalist correspondent in a new film on the dark ...

Powerful Opioid Fentanyl Blamed For Spike In U.S. Drug Overdoses

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living

March 18 (Reuters) - Federal drug enforcement officials on Wednesday issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl, a powerful opioid ofte...

As Heroin Deaths Skyrocket, Prescription Monitoring Programs May Do More Harm

Leo Beletsky | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

When it comes to drug overdose, we may be winning one battle, but losing the war. As deaths involving prescription painkillers are leveling off, the latest stats on heroin fatalities could not be more dire. What's often lost behind the headlines is that the trends in prescription painkiller and heroin abuse are linked.

4 Wesleyan Students Arrested In Molly Overdose

AP | Posted 04.26.2015 | College

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Four Wesleyan University students were arrested Tuesday in connection with about a dozen hospitalizations among people who ...

Drug Overdose Is a National Crisis: It's Time to Act

Gary Mendell | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Gary Mendell

More Americans are dying of drug overdoses than traffic accidents, primarily from heroin and prescription pills like oxycodone and Vicodin. Every single day, 120 people die in the U.S. of a drug overdose.

Why We Need Drug Detox for Minors

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

Despite her mother's pleas, Zoe was released from the mental health facility to live with her father. Trinlie waited and prayed for the call that would tell her a treatment bed had opened up for Zoe. But on Aug. 6, 2014, she received a very different kind of call.

There's A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren't We Using It?

Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics