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Writer Discovered on Social Media, Signs With Powerhouse Literary Agency

Alicia Cook | Posted 07.15.2016 | Books
Alicia Cook

Alicia Cook, of New Jersey, has been writing stories since she was eight years old, and is now being represented by literary agent Byrd Leavell of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency located in New York City.

Congress Finally Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Address Opioid Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― In a rare instance of bipartisanship and compromise in Congress, the Senate on Wednesday passed legislation by a 92-2 vote that address...

States' New Opioid Limits Being Met With Some Resistance

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

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

I Am a Heroin Addict: Purdue Pharma and the Heroin Epidemic

Richard Farrell | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Richard Farrell

It was near sunrise as I drove my new 190D Mercedes Benz across the New Hampshire border into Massachusetts. The pain in my lower stomach was unbearable. I squeezed my sphincter muscles tight so I wouldn't crap myself. I had to hold on until the white lady, heroin, hit my heart.

A Look At Rikers Island's Legacy Of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics

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

Heroin Is The Russian Roulette Of Our Generation

Alicia Cook | Posted 05.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

I don't need to be an addict myself to know that it is poison. Each bag, a bullet. Each snort or injection, the spin of the cylinder. This is our generation's Russian Roulette.

The House Just Passed Opioid Legislation, But There's Still A Fight Ahead

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the modern era of Congress, it's a rare day when lawmakers vote on legislation actually intended to go to the president's desk. It's ...

Hillary Clinton Tells The Story Of The Young Woman Who Moved Obama On The Heroin Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

While speaking about the opioid epidemic during an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton brought up Jessica...

A Bittersweet Path to Dealing With Opioid Addiction

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

It's about time that we finally recognize that drug addiction is a medical problem that requires medical treatment, not punishment. It is unfortunate that our path to this realization has been so bittersweet -- and so long in coming.

The Woman Whose Addiction Story Shook Obama Now Has A Bill In Her Name

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The young woman whose story of heroin addiction and subsequent death compelled President Barack Obama to sharpen his focus on the epidem...

Dear SNL, Your 'Heroin AM' Skit Isn't Funny

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Both SNL cast members John Belushi and Chris Farley died from a lethal dose of cocaine and heroin. You know... the same ingredients "Heroin AM" has that you so lightheartedly make fun of. I can't begin to count the number of SNL guests that have suffered from heroin addiction or died at the hands of it.

Addiction: A Disease That Does Not Discriminate, Part I

Heather C. Miller | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Heather C. Miller

When someone is fighting an inner battle, sometimes the clearest solutions are clouded. Their judgement is clouded. They make a decision that they wouldn't typically make. They fall into the wrong crowd to feel cool, accepted, or to have some fun. They decide on the most convenient and readily available escape.

RAND Research: Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Doug Irving | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Doug Irving

Paul Yabor spent enough time with a needle in his arm to shake his head at the simple notion of ever really hitting rock bottom. He prefers to say he had a moment of sanity one afternoon in a Philadelphia flophouse, surrounded by the hollow-eyed faces of fellow heroin addicts.

Obama Administration Offers Desperately Needed Help For People Addicted To Opioids

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule on Tuesday to double the number of patients a doctor can treat...

Senate Amendment Would Dramatically Improve How Doctors Treat Heroin Addiction

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate health committee on Wednesday passed a measure that would dramatically expand access to a key treatment in the effort to slow...

Reflecting On My Cousin Before Drugs Took Over Her Life

Alicia Cook | Posted 03.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

One decision can change the entire course of your life and in turn all the lives around you. Time is relentless. It will stampede over you if you stand still. We were born 10 months apart; now I am a whole 10 years older.

The Senate Finally Did Something To Help Combat The Opioid Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After an uncertain and at times rancorous debate, the U.S. Senate on Thursday did the unthinkable: It passed a major piece of legislatio...

Senate Republicans Block $600 Million In Emergency Funding To Fight Heroin, Opioid Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked $600 million in emergency funding intended to improve the monitoring of prescription drugs and h...

Senate Takes First Real Step Toward Combating Heroin Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate took a big step on Monday toward finally addressing heroin and opioid addiction in the U.S. In an 89 to 0 vote, the upper cha...

Virtual Reality Could Help Researchers Understand Heroin Addiction

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.29.2016 | Healthy Living

Addicts in a new study at the University of Houston will strap on virtual reality headsets and navigate a "heroin cave" to help them try and kick thei...

Heroin Just Killed My Baby

Trisha Grose | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Trisha Grose

Heroin addiction has ruined our family. The day my 15-year-old son, Brendan, took his first hit, he changed my life. Yes, not just his, but mine too. And not just mine, everyone who loved him.

A Night In The Life Of Heroin-Addicted Identical Twin Sisters

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 02.18.2016 | Dr. Phil

Twin sisters Talia and Alissa are identical in every way. They look alike, they sound alike, they share the same mannerisms -- and they share the same...

Heroin-Addicted Identical Twins Reveal Shocking Ways They Say They Get Money For Drugs

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Dr. Phil

Identical 21-year-old twin sisters Talia and Alissa are battling an addiction to heroin – and they say there is almost nothing they won’t do in or...

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...

My Dad Saved Me, and I Killed Him

Richard Farrell | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Richard Farrell

The night I killed my dad, I became addicted to heroin. I loved the SOB and I just watched him die. Why did I do it? Well, it's complicated.