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Drug Court v. LEAD: What Is the Difference?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.29.2016 | Crime
Tessie Castillo

Embed from Getty Images The time is ripe for conversations about criminal justice reform, especially when it comes to drug use. It can no longer be ...

Incarceration or Treatment: The Myth of Addiction

Max Dorfman | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Max Dorfman

In the last few years, as the consequences of opioid use have become more recognized among whites--so widespread this is now considered an epidemic--reforms for drug policies have finally been considered.

Supervised Injection Facilities Are Safe Houses, Not Crack Houses

Kristen Maye | Posted 06.21.2016 | Black Voices
Kristen Maye

Supervised Injection Facilities (SIFs) have garnered a lot of attention recently, primarily due to advocates, elected officials, and public health experts suggesting them as a viable solution to mitigate the nation's opioid overdose crisis.

Addiction Treatment Industry Worried Lax Ethics Could Spell Its Doom

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The premier organization representing drug treatment providers met in South Florida recently for its annual convention. The t...

9 Things You Should Know If Your Child Is Using Heroin

The Influence | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
The Influence

The recent spike in the use of heroin and other opioids, sparking frightening headlines about addiction and overdose, has left families struggling to find solutions.

It's Time to Stop Killing People by Refusing Addiction Treatment

Brooke M. Feldman | Posted 05.02.2016 | Impact
Brooke M. Feldman

The idea that a person has to stop using all substances in order to engage in addiction treatment is one that is killing countless individuals, harming an immeasurable number of families and adversely impacting communities across our nation.

Progress Through Innovation: Changing How We Manage Addiction Recovery

David Whitesock | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
David Whitesock

Much like technology, this disease of addiction is constantly evolving. So should the way we face it -- together.

National Crime Victims Week Ignores the Greatest Source of Victims

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 04.11.2016 | Crime
Eric E. Sterling

If we truly want to respect crime victims, we need to raise two key issues that the Office for Victims of Crime avoids: how so many crime victims become perpetrators, and how we can prevent future crime by changing our policies.

Law Enforcement Give HOPE to People With Drug Addiction

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.31.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Embed from Getty Images When Tom Bashore became Chief of the Nashville Police Department he wasn't expecting to spearhead a ground-breaking program o...

Leading Medical Experts Call for Drug Policy Overhaul, Including Decriminalizing Drugs and Exploring Legal Regulation

Julie Netherland | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Julie Netherland

The Commission's report is a definitive and devastating indictment on global drug policies. So given the disastrous policies of the past, what should we do? The Commission's solution is quite simple -- implement evidence-based policies and interventions.

Nancy Reagan's Legacy Includes Support Of Abusive Drug Treatment For Teens

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Soon after the news broke that former first lady Nancy Reagan had died on Sunday, obituary writers and old White House staffers set abou...

Harm Reduction Drug Policies Gaining Momentum Across the Country

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Sharda Sekaran

From halls of government to family living rooms, the country is positioning for a dramatic shift in attitudes about drug policy that might finally mean an end to the drug war in favor of a public health and human rights approach.

Why I, as District Attorney, Am Behind Ithaca's Groundbreaking Plan to End the War on Drugs

Gwen Wilkinson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Gwen Wilkinson

Like so many communities throughout our state and across the country, Ithaca is struggling with addiction and substance abuse. This is our a new normal. We are an enlightened, educated and compassionate community. What can we do?

The Rehab Industry Needs to Clean Up Its Act. Here's How.

The Influence | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
The Influence

Done right, addiction treatment can transform lives, with a hugely positive impact on society. It is often the difference between life and death, or between a productive recovery and a life of despair. Yet all too often that opportunity is being blown.

HuffPost Among 2015 George Polk Award Winners

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics

Huffington Post reporter Jason Cherkis has received a 2015 George Polk Award for "Dying To Be Free," a look into how some treatment centers are depriv...

Expanding Coercive Treatment: Wrong Solution for the Opioid Crisis

Leo Beletsky | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

To be sure, policymakers face an understandable pressure to take decisive action. But this approach fails to balance that imperative for speed and public confidence with sound scientific, legal, and ethical principles.

If Our Presidential Candidates Think Drug Use Is a Health Issue, Here Are 8 Ways to Prove It

Tony Newman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Tony Newman

I appreciate the new rhetoric from the many candidates saying that drug use and addiction are a health issue, not a criminal issue. But there's a huge disconnect between this rhetoric and their actual policy proposals.

Poll: New Hampshire Primary Voters Strongly Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession, Treating Drugs as a Health Issue

Bill Piper | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Bill Piper

Eighty percent of New Hampshire primary voters consider addressing prescription drug and other drug abuse and the recent surge in overdose deaths an important or urgent issue.

World AIDS Day: We Must Do More to Help People Who Use Drugs

Julie Netherland | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Julie Netherland

The criminalization and mass incarceration of people who use illicit drugs, along with policies that restrict access to sterile syringes and opioid maintenance therapies (such as methadone and Suboxone), have facilitated the spread of HIV/AIDS, not to mention other blood borne diseases, such as hepatitis C.

It's Hard to Hate Up Close: Recovery Advocacy in North Carolina

Tim Rabolt | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Tim Rabolt

We need more recovery advocates like Christopher Campau. As a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, he's been in recovery from a substance use disorder since May of 2006. He continues to share his story publicly in a manner that includes emotions, honesty, and a call to action.

Unite to Face Addiction Highlights Treatment and Recovery Needs

Jason Wahler | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Jason Wahler

A few weeks ago, I flew out to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Unite to Face Addiction concert. Tens of thousands of people were there, and it was incredible to see how many people's lives have been touched by addiction.

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.

Heroin Epidemic Stars In Conservative Ad Against New Hampshire Governor

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The heroin epidemic is becoming fodder for political ads. A few weeks ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a long-shot Republican presid...

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.

Why Incarceration Is Not the Solution to the Opioid-Addiction Epidemic

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

It's common sense that people with substance-use disorders should be offered addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration. But what if they can't stop using drugs? They still don't belong in prison.