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Drug Overdose

How To Save A Life: Recognize An Overdose

Stefanie Jones | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
Stefanie Jones

Whether or not you're someone who uses alcohol or other drugs, undoubtedly you will be around people who do at some point. And being able to recognize when something's gone wrong is the first step toward being able to take action -- and possibly save a life.

Dollars Over Sense When It Comes To Addiction Treatment

Deni Carise | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

I've worked in the substance abuse treatment and research field for quite some time. At this point, there are a few indisputable truths about this di...

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet This Weekend

Travis N. Rieder | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Travis N. Rieder

I survived withdrawal, but it was the worst thing I've been through in my life (and that includes being hit by a van). And to be clear, it could have, and should have, gone better for me, if the medical system were better set up for managing long-term opioid use.

Drug Overdose Deaths Increased 70-Fold In These US Counties

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living

Some U.S. counties have seen a 70-fold increase in drug overdose deaths in the last few decades, a new study finds. However, the areas with the highes...

Heroin-related Overdose Deaths Surge in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.01.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

By Reboot Illinois' Kevin Hoffman Like many states across the country, Illinois is experiencing an unsettling surge in drug overdose deaths, in large...

Elvis Presley's Death -- What Really Killed the King?

Garry Rodgers | Posted 02.06.2016 | Science
Garry Rodgers

I'd have to classify Elvis's death as an accident. There's no one to blame -- certainly not Elvis. He was a severely injured and ill man. There's no specific negligence on anyone's part and definitely no cover-up or conspiracy of a criminal act.

Time for Drug Treatment Courts to Come Clean

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Drug treatment courts are a feel good innovation for advocates of criminal justice reform that is misleading the public into believing that judges are wiser than doctors concerning the treatment of those with substance use disorder.

Congress Lifts the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Last month Congressional Republicans rallied behind an effort to lift a decades-old ban against federal funding for syringe exchange programs.

Why Are We Dying From Drinking in Record Numbers?

Anna David | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

I get how addiction transference can happen and also how fervently most drug addicts do not want to quit drinking. It can feel like (and may be) the only friend you've got left.

The Sad Reason U.S. Life Expectancy Is Stalling

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday. A child born last year...

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 is ...

Four Programs That Help Treat Addiction

Deni Carise | Posted 10.22.2016 | 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 10.04.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | 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 dru...

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

Richard Taite | Posted 09.20.2016 | 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 08.28.2016 | 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 08.17.2016 | 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 07.15.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 07.07.2016 | 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 06.10.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | Programs are popping up all over the country to distribute naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid drug overdose, to p...