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Drug Overdose

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

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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

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Little Brothers Aren't Supposed To Die

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Nicole Jankowski

Little brothers aren't supposed to die. This is something you know as a child without someone telling you. Little brothers, the ones who are a foot taller than you and who smile with their eyes, do not die at age 30. But heroin addicts do.

Drug Deaths in the Dam -- Unfortunate Accident or Intention to Kill?

Adam Winstock | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Adam Winstock

As drug death alerts in Amsterdam show us just how a city can respond to a drug crisis, we ask: could someone be killing people who use drugs intentio...

Why Doctors Should Avoid Saying 'Drug Overdose'

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Because most people who are prescribed opioids do not see themselves as being at risk for overdose, they may decline naloxone even if it is offered by a medical provider. Talking about not breathing as a possible side effect usually grabs patients' attention and will make them more open to information on naloxone.

Woman Answers To Accusations That She Was Involved In Her Boyfriend's Drug Overdose

Posted 03.18.2015 | Dr. Phil

In March 2013, just a few weeks before his 21st birthday, Chris was found dead from an overdose of Fentanyl, a drug that is 100-times more potent than...

California Chips Away at the Stigma of Addiction

Meghan Ralston | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

California's new law creates an opportunity for the people at greatest risk of an accidental fatal overdose to have a fact-based conversation with a pharmacist about naloxone.

Thank You, CVS Health and Walgreens

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Although national news has reported on CVS's decision to discontinue selling cigarettes, the national news should also be highlighting CVS and Walgreens in their efforts to save a life and reduce overdose deaths.

Teen Charged With Murder In Girl's Drug Overdose Enters Plea

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.12.2014 | Crime

One of the five teens charged with murder in the overdose death of a 17-year-old Minnesota girl has pleaded guilty. Cole Alexander Matenaer, 19, pl...

My Sister Died of an Overdose of Prescription Painkillers

David Wallechinsky | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Wallechinsky

One year ago today, my sister, Amy Wallace, died of an overdose of prescription painkillers. She had prescriptions for some drugs, but supplemented her allowance by using online pharmacies.

Why We're Mesmerized by the Prostitute and the Google Exec

Mary Papenfuss | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
Mary Papenfuss

Theirs is a tale of what we expect might happen when boundaries are crossed, and when a rocker Eve tempts not just an Adam, but a Silicon Valley Master of the Universe in the Garden of Eden.

Hairroin? Really? Addicted to Ignorance, Not Style

Allison Hudson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Listen up, Urban Outfitters: Teaming up with a salon called "Hairroin," which uses "addicted" in its slogan, and handing out needle-shaped pens isn't funny or cute or even catchy. It's pathetic, sad and beyond poor taste. It's disgusting.

Drug Relapse Denial and How it Kills

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Denial can be deadly. When teenagers aren't educated about sex because adults insist that it's not happening in schools, the outcomes are unplanned ...

Top 5 Reasons Why We Need Over-the-Counter Naloxone to Combat Drug Overdose

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

As drug overdose reigns as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, naloxone has emerged as one of the most promising solutions t...

David Lohr

Five Teens Charged With Murder In Girl's Drug Overdose

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 05.29.2014 | Crime

Five Minnesota teenagers have been charged with murder in the death of a 17-year-old girl who authorities say was supplied with a dangerous synthetic ...

When to Kill the Bill: Dilemmas, Compromise, and Overdose Prevention Laws

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

How much compromise is too much? It's a question that plagues policy advocates when their champion legislation is watered down or stuffed with pork in legislative committees.