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Heroin Addiction

How Heroin Hijacked My Brain

Richard Farrell | Posted 11.30.2015 | 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 11.25.2015 | 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 ...

I'm A Heroin Addict

Richard Farrell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Richard Farrell

In 1987, I beat a 10-bag-a-day heroin habit. Somehow, I pulled myself out and went on this unbelievable journey. However, I have never in my life witnessed anything like the current heroin epidemic in America. How did we get here?

Maybe We've Been Thinking About Addiction All Wrong

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

The opposite of drug addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection, according to best-selling author Johann Hari. The animated video above,...

Hard Line On Drug War Softens As Heroin Use Soars Among White Americans

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

NEWTON, N.H. — When Courtney Griffin was using heroin, she lied, disappeared and stole constantly from her parents to support her $400-a-day ha...

Stopping Opioid Overdose Deaths and Addictions: Finally, a Sensible Plan for Action

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Today, 120 people will lose their life to a drug overdose. Unfortunately, this devastating epidemic is not new -- it has been growing for at least a decade. What is new is that there is at last strong, sensible, non-partisan action at hand.

Four Programs That Help Treat Addiction

Deni Carise | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deni Carise

The nation's drug epidemic, specifically the abuse of heroin and opiates, has earned center stage in politics and pop culture alike. The fact that we're talking about the devastating disease of addiction is welcome progress; those of us in the treatment field have been promoting awareness and de-stigmatization for years.

Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It's Time To Change

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama tackled the opioid epidemic on Wednesday by telling health care providers across the country that access to medication-ass...

Former Marine And Model On How She Became Addicted To Heroin

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Dr. Phil

Courtney, a 30-year-old former model, decided to join the Marines after 9/11, and then served in Iraq, where she was severely injured. "Duri...

What A Pioneering Program Is Like For One Heroin Addict

AP | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — Kylee Moriarty has experienced her share of ups and downs since deciding to kick her heroin habit this past summer. The 26-year-o...

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement Addressing Heroin Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Obama administration announced a major policy shift Thursday in its efforts to combat the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. ...

The Shift To Treating Drug Addiction As A Public Health Issue, Not A Crime, Is Happening

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.17.2015 | Media

  WBUR: Race, Class And The Response To Today’s Heroin Epidemic There are many signs of progress in how the U.S. resp...

Naloxone, Heroin Addiction's Costly Antidote

NPR | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics

Around the U.S., a worsening heroin epidemic has more and more cities turning to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to reduce deaths from abuse. Also kn...

What You Learn From Loving An Addict

Alicia Cook | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

I am not an addict. But try and love one, and then see if you can look me square in the eyes and tell me that you didn't get addicted to trying to fix them. If you're lucky, they recover. If you're really lucky, you recover, too.

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 p...

The U.S. Needs More Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction

Hyun Namkoong | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Hyun Namkoong

The problems in Fayetteville reflect what has been unfolding nationwide ever since the resurgence of heroin and the soaring use of prescription painkillers such as Percocet or Vicodin. Although these drugs have claimed thousands of lives in the U.S., healthcare resources and services have failed to catch-up to meet the demands for opiate treatment programs.

Maine Drug Addiction Clinic To Close, Blaming Gov. Paul LePage's Policies

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

A drug addiction treatment center in Sanford, Maine, has announced it is closing, blaming the policies of Gov. Paul LePage (R) for its decision. "We'r...

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.

How Kentucky Embraced A Life-Saving Drug For Opioid Addicts

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the fall of 2013, there were very few doctors in Kentucky willing to prescribe naloxone, which can save opioid addicts who are overd...

FDA Approves OxyContin For Extremely Sick Kids

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

The U.S. Food and Drug Association approved the painkiller OxyContin for children ages 11 to 16 with pain "severe enough to require daily, around-the...

Police Department Offers Heroin Addicts Amnesty, Treatment

AP | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The young woman nursing a fresh black eye has come to the police station in this old fishing city for help. But she's n...