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Urban Decay’s Latest Eyeshadow Palette Name Is A Disgrace

Jim Hood | Posted 01.15.2017 | Impact
Jim Hood

130,000 people died last year from alcohol and other drug problems. These companies intend to profit from it. Words matter.As CEO of a leading nation...

The Way We Talk About Drug 'Abuse' Is Harmful -- And It Needs To Change

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics

Substance use disorder is a medical circumstance ― a brain disease that can be targeted and treated. But when we use words like “junkie” and “...

Reducing Harms of Harmless Pleasures: The Role of Civil Society

Katherine Pettus | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Katherine Pettus

Nation states and drug cartels are not the only powerful institutional actors in the international community. Transnational civil society networks can also be powerful, which is why some member states discourage them.

The Other Opioid Crisis -- People in Poor Countries Can't Get the Pain Medication They Need

The Conversation US | Posted 03.26.2017 | Home
The Conversation US

There are two opioid crises in the world today. One is the epidemic of abuse and misuse, present in many countries but rising at an alarming rate in the United States. The other crisis is older and affects many more people around the world each year: too few opioids.

Wave Goodbye To Harsh Tennessee Law Targeting Pregnant Drug Users

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

A controversial Tennessee law that explicitly makes it a crime to use drugs while pregnant will officially die this summer. In 2014, when the state ...

Tennessee To Decide If It Will Keep Criminalizing Pregnant Women For Drug Use

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics

In 2014, Tennessee made national news when it became the first state in the country to pass a law specifically making it a crime to use drugs while pr...

A Baby Was Born a 'Junkie'

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 03.09.2017 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Compassionate health care without fear-based legislation is what is needed to help families. Pregnant women need to be encouraged to seek prenatal care and substance treatment that is of benefit to the mother and child.

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

Tony Newman | Posted 01.29.2017 | 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.

Hillary Clinton Calls For Public Health Approach To Opioid Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics

During Sunday night's Democratic debate, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton talked about the experiences she’s had on the campaign trail meeting t...

George Clinton Remembers His Worst Drug Trip

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices

Funk pioneer George Clinton sat down with HuffPost Live on Tuesday and looked back on the lessons he learned from his worst drug trip. Clinton, who's ...

Legislation Passes, Police Do Not Respond

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Despite legislative initiatives to expand the use of the antidote, naloxone to save the lives of opioid overdose victims, many police departments cannot or will not do their jobs.

Our National Night of Conversation

Mehmet Oz, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Mehmet Oz, M.D.

I am asking every family to have a conversation at their dinner table. This conversation could save lives. Lately I've been speaking to people who are asking for help with another problem that many are too embarrassed, or ashamed, to discuss. This public health crisis now kills more Americans than guns, falls, or even car accidents.

Setting the Record Straight on 'Synthetic Drugs' -- and What We Should Do About Them

Patrick Heintz | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
Patrick Heintz

While alarmist media stories have focused on their reported dangers, what often goes unaddressed is that our existing pattern of banning drugs drives the creation of these new substances.

UN Responds To Reports That It Is Moving Toward Drug Decriminalization

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 10.19.2015 | Home

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime pushed back on Monday against reports that it is planning a historic move away from criminalizing drug us...

Why Some Tennessee Women Are Afraid To Give Birth At The Hospital

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

A year ago, when Tennessee passed a bill allowing women to be charged with assault if they use narcotics while pregnant, health advocates warned that ...

Grant Awards Mark the Launch of Landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.25.2016 | Science
Nora Volkow

Today the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study officially gets underway, as the National Institutes of Health award 13 five-year grants to U.S. research institutions that will spearhead the landmark project over the first half of its roughly 10-year duration.

Georgia Man on the Road to Recovery After Four Decades

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 09.17.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

Before my recovery, I was all of those horrible, scary things that you hear about regarding mental illness and addiction. I was that in spades, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.

Using Psychedelics Shouldn't Be a Crime

Jag Davies | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Jag Davies

This is a critical moment for people who care about psychedelics to bring their voices to the table. The drug policy landscape has changed as quickly as any other issue in U.S. politics over the past few years.

Dying From a Slow Learning Curve: Drug Use and HIV/AIDS in Miami

Jag Davies | Posted 09.10.2016 | Politics
Jag Davies

The frustrating thing about this new epidemic is that we've known for decades that there are practical, common-sense solutions to preventing HIV among people who use drugs. But we've let our fears and misconceptions about drug use and addiction stand in the way.

Hillary Clinton Proposes $10 Billion Plan To Fight Addiction

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will unveil an ambitious $10 billion plan on Wednesday that seeks to modernize the nation's appro...

'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

Tony Newman | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
Tony Newman

Why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuana possession, but sell tobacco and alcohol on most corners? Why do we lock up people who use meth for years, and dole out the similar drug Ritalin to our children?

The Problem With Asking Football Players To Act Like White Guys

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.24.2015 | Sports

As far as the rookies, and I know they probably got mad, but I said, "Why don’t you all act like the white guys? You never see them in the paper get...

REPORT: Heroin Use On The Rise, Especially Among Whites

Associated Press | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to ...

Pharmacogenetics: What It Is And Why You Need to Know

Dr. Soram Khalsa | Posted 06.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soram Khalsa

Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person's response to drugs. This relatively new field allows us to combine pharmacology and genomics to develop effective and safe medication dosages which are specific to an individual's DNA makeup. This means minimizing side effects from the drugs!

An Open Letter to Seth Rogen

David Rothenberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime
David Rothenberg

At 81 years of age and the Founder of The Fortune Society, I was the old man in the room. The legal status of marijuana was of minor interest to me. Keeping these young people out of jail and prison was my major goal.