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Drug Overdose

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

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 07.22.2015 | 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

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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.