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Heroin Addiction

Obama Administration Puts Big Money Into Transforming Heroin Treatment Industry

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

The White House is calling for more than a billion dollars in funding to transform opioid treatment in the United States, two top administrati...

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The Huffington Post | Shane Shifflett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

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Heroin Crisis Forces Lawmakers To Move On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics

BALTIMORE -- The first words Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) spoke at the Democrats' annual issues conference here addressed the death of Freddie Gray ...

'New Hampshire' Episode 3: How The Heroin Crisis Is Bleeding Into The Primary

The Huffington Post | Scott Conroy | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

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The Urgent Need To Address Our Nation's Heroin Epidemic

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

We, like many of our constituents, have seen firsthand how this tragic epidemic has affected our own friends and loved ones, and by sharing their stories we hope to put a face to the addiction crisis.

Why I am Donating 100 Percent of My Book Royalties to Families Where Addiction is Present

Alicia Cook | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Alicia Cook

In light of every single tragedy and experience, rises a heightened awareness and empowerment. It amazes me how resilient humans are. I have seen many, like myself, rise from the ashes of their tragedy, and become a pillars of hope -- advocates for change.

Few Doctors Are Willing, Able To Prescribe Powerful Anti-Addiction Drugs

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily rep...

7 Habits to Help Overcome Heroin Addiction

Richard Farrell | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Richard Farrell

On April 1, 2016, I will be heroin-free for 28 years. In 1996, I won the du-Pont Columbia. It is arguably the highest award a journalist can receive. How did I do it? Habits. Here are the seven habits I learned that made me successful.

Heroin Epidemic Is Another Reason To Move On Criminal Justice Reform: White House

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's heroin epidemic has risen to the top of President Barack Obama's list of priorities -- it made it into the second paragrap...

Documentary Film Exposes Heroin Addiction; Congress Stymies CDC Abuse Prevention Efforts

Scott Bryant-Comstock | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Scott Bryant-Comstock

I just finished watching the new HBO documentary, Heroin: Cape Cod. It is a raw, up close and personal account of the heroin epidemic currently gripping our nation, as told by those who know addiction best -- active users.

LePage Apology for Racist "Slip of the Tongue" Comment About Impregnating Young White Girls Isn't the Worst Thing

Cynthia Dill | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

It might be fun speculating what guys named "Shifty" and "Smoothie" would do in Maine when they weren't busy knocking up young white girls - if the ex...

Heroin Is The Worst Thing To Ever Happen To Me, And I've Never Touched It

Alicia Cook | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

Heroin has taken so much from me over the years. Time I can never get back. People I will never see again. Memories I never had a chance to make. And the craziest part of all of this? I never touched the stuff myself.

The Doctor Who Could Save Toby Fischer's Life Is 350 Miles Away | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics

Toby Fischer lives in South Dakota, where just 27 doctors are certified to prescribe buprenorphine -- a medication that blunts the symptoms of withdr...

How A Life Unravels On Heroin

The Boston Globe | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.27.2015 | Politics

Over the past year, the Globe spent time with an East Boston heroin addict as she struggled through recovery and the prospect of losing her children t...

How The Democratic Candidates Would Respond To The Heroin Crisis

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.19.2015 | Politics

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More People Died Of Opioid Overdoses Last Year Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2014, deaths from opioid overdoses increased by 14 percent over the previous year. The spike in fatal overdoses helped mark a de...

Holtzclaw Defense Uses Verbal Tics, Troubled Past, Lack of Education to Deflect and Implicate Witnesses in Okla. Sexual Assault Case

Deborah Douglas | Posted 12.10.2015 | Crime
Deborah Douglas

Somebody should be in the courtroom watching out for the interests of the 13 black women who have accused former Oklahoma City policeman Daniel Holtzclaw of rape and sexual assault. Even the prosecution can't get it right.

An Open Letter To Families Where Addiction Is Present

Alicia Cook | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

With so many variables being out of your power, the one thing you are in control of is your well-being. Feeling any of this at any point does not mean you are suddenly a judgmental person who does not understand addiction. All of this does not mean you do not love this person unconditionally.

My Sister Is A Heroin Addict

Basil T. Lemon | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Basil T. Lemon

My sister is a heroin addict and I'm mad. I'm mad that this is a disease that never goes away. I'm mad that we have already made funeral arrangements just incase. I'm mad at the possibility of my nephew growing up without a mother. My sister is a heroin addict and I'm sad.

Heroin Addiction: How Heroin Hijacked My Brain

Richard Farrell | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Richard Farrell

After 28 years of being clean, I'm still a "junkie." That's okay, though. I have accepted the fact that those 821 days out of over the 21,000 days I've lived will be the touchstone of my life. However, what I can't for the life of me figure out is what happened to my brain.

A Response To HuffPost's 'Dying To Be Free'

Peter V. Emerson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Peter V. Emerson

If we can reduce human suffering, we can reduce addiction. We must decide that the cost of addiction in lives and money is not acceptable to our society in the 21st century. We highly commend Jason for his extraordinary article, and thank him for the lives he has saved.

Tonight, Have 'The Talk'... About Opioids

Deborah Hersman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Deborah Hersman

Like many families, my husband, sons and I often have engaging conversations while we're sitting at the dinner table. Something about that environment naturally lends itself to conversation. Sometimes we just share details from our days, or my kids tell me what they learned at school. But sometimes we have our most thought-provoking talks while putting forks to plates.

Evidence Reveals That Voting Against One's Economic Self-Interest May Be Hazardous To One's Health

Marvin Meadors | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

The narcotic of voting for tax cuts for the wealthy, in an effort to punish the perceived condescension of cultural elites when the real bias should be against economic elites at a time when CEO's makes hundreds of times the salaries of the average employee who works for them, is detrimental to one's health.

The Other Side of Addiction: "I Had A Baby With An Abusive Drug Addict"

Alicia Cook | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Alicia Cook

Tori did not wake up one day and say to herself, "I am going to fall in love with a drug addict," or "I am going to have a child with a drug addict." Many loved ones aren't even aware of the substance abusers' struggles until the lies they put into place in order to hide their habit begin to unravel.

Ireland Proposes Opening Supervised Injection Centers For Heroin Users

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

Ireland's minister of drug strategy announced Monday that the country has plans to become the latest European nation to provide medically supervised ...