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Heroin Addiction

Marina Fang

Hillary Clinton Campaign Begins Drafting Policy Solutions To Heroin Epidemic

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After hearing story after story from voters on the campaign trail about heroin's toll, Hillary Clinton instructed her policy team to dra...

How States Are Putting The Overdose Antidote Into The Hands Of Ordinary People

AP | CAROLYN THOMPSON | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — At the front of a classroom, health worker Cheryll Moore demonstrates "the nod" — a jerk of the head forward and then quickly...

Jason Cherkis

Heroin Addicts Finally Get Some Help From Kentucky Drug Courts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky will no longer require opioid addicts to stop taking prescribed treatment medications as a condition of participating in the st...

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 ...

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky's New Heroin Law Marks A 'Culture Shift'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night, Kentucky lawmakers passed wide-ranging legislation to combat the state’s heroin epidemic. The bipartisan measure rep...

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to o...

Ryan Grim

Science Be Damned: Americans Prefer Broken Method Of Heroin Treatment, Survey Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

In developed countries around the globe, the standard of care for opiate addiction is what's known as "medically assisted treatment." Under a doctor's...

Heroin-Plagued County Looks To New Medication To Aid Addiction

The Marshall Project | Alysia Santo | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

This article originally published by The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system. You can sign up ...

The Wonder Drug

Slate | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

Why are drug courts denying heroin addicts the medicine they need?...

Ryan Grim

Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Failing Drug Courts

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, sai...

Drug-Addict Couple Breaks Up To Save Themselves

Posted 02.04.2015 | Dr. Phil

Paige and Brandon are both addicted to heroin and living in a motel where they shoot up up to six times a day. Watch their story here. Paige's pare...

Parents Watch Their Heroin-Addicted Daughter, 21, Shoot Up

Posted 02.04.2015 | Dr. Phil

"Without a doubt, I am absolutely a heroin addict," says Paige, who says she shoots up up to six times daily while living in a motel room with her boy...

Parents Of A Heroin Addict Get A Wake-Up Call

Posted 02.05.2015 | Dr. Phil

Alyssa and Steve say their daughter, Paige, is a heroin addict who has overdosed 16 times. Watch their story here. They turn to Dr. Phil for help ....

Parents Blame Their Daughter's Boyfriend For Her Heroin Addiction

Posted 02.04.2015 | Dr. Phil

Alyssa and Steve say their worst nightmare has come true: Their 21-year-old daughter, Paige, who has overdosed 16 times, is now living in a motel with...

Dopeless Hope Fiend

David Cohen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Chicago
David Cohen

Most people celebrate their twenty-first birthday by drinking alcohol legally for the first time. For my twenty-first in 1993, I tried heroin for the first time. All it took was a small-scale, but measured, injection with the assistance of a friend.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Could Be Alive Today If The Drug War Was Over

Johann Hari | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Johann Hari

This weekend, it is a year since Philip Seymour Hoffman died, with a needle in his arm; and this year, it is a century since drugs were first criminalized. These two events may be connected. If the war on drugs had never happened, there is a significant chance that his death would not have happened either.

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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Breaking the Stigma: Honor Roll Heroin Addict

Erin Bahadur | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Bahadur

I arrogantly assumed that my lack of a criminal record and the small amount of clean time I had accumulated would exonerate me and I would leave with a slap on the wrist. I was sentenced to 12 months in jail, five years probation, more than $3,000 in restitution and 100 hours of community service.

Addicts' Lives Matter: Here's Why We Need a Hashtag -- and a Total Change of Attitude

Johann Hari | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Johann Hari

There will be some people reading this who shrug when members of this minority die, and say they brought it on themselves. I am talking about addicts. I would like to propose today the hashtag #AddictsLivesMatter, because we need to change how we think about them.

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

Johann Hari | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Johann Hari

New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.

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.

Pharmaceutical Industry Profiting From a Solution to a Problem They Helped Create

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

More can and should be done to make naloxone widely available at an affordable price, and we must demand better from an industry that would seek to profit from both the poison and the antidote.

Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

We are seeking to hold the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these drugs accountable for what we now believe was a methodically-executed plan to deceive doctors and patients into over-prescribing opioids.

A Brothers' Battle Against Heroin Addiction

Madeline Lear | Posted 01.16.2015 | Impact
Madeline Lear

It's a subject that hits close to home for two brothers from Abington. Robert "R.J." Ronan, 24, is a recovering heroin addict who has died and been resuscitated six times. Josh Ronan, 20, has found motivation in his brother's addiction and gives talks to students on drug abuse.

How Three Heroin-Addicted Sisters Are Getting Sober

Posted 11.14.2014 | Dr. Phil

When Dr. Phil's cameras captured a day in the life of three heroin-addicted sisters, viewers were outraged and shocked by the three women in their 20s...