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Heroin Addiction

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 01.29.2015 | 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 01.28.2015 | 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 01.23.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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...

Trying To Explain Heroin To The Concerned Father Of An Addict

Daniel Mierlak, MD, PhD | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Daniel Mierlak, MD, PhD

The son carried diagnoses of anxiety and depression and had been prescribed the usual culprits: antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and probably an anticonvulsant or two from the creative thinker who deduced bipolar disorder from the mélange. The father was bewildered by all of it. He knew heroin was the enemy, responsible for all the ravages. But why couldn't his son stay clean?

Why Do These Parents Allow Their Heroin-Addicted Daughters To Shoot Up At Home?

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

Linda and Rich are allowing their three heroin-addicted daughters to live in their home, and continue to give them money, because Linda refuses to kic...

How Campus Police Kept Student's Heroin Addiction A Secret From Parents

The Boston Globe | Posted 09.29.2014 | College

AMHERST — Logan’s parents drove all morning from out of state to reach his off-campus apartment that sunny afternoon at the start of UMass Amherst...

20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true.

Hairroin? Really? Addicted to Ignorance, Not Style

Allison Hudson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Listen up, Urban Outfitters: Teaming up with a salon called "Hairroin," which uses "addicted" in its slogan, and handing out needle-shaped pens isn't funny or cute or even catchy. It's pathetic, sad and beyond poor taste. It's disgusting.

Confessions of a Small-Time Heroin Dealer

Substance.com | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Substance.com

Heroin is news right now, and for lots of first-time users -- often switching over from more expensive painkiller habits -- the price is right. Here in federal prison I'm surrounded by some of the casualties of this not-so-new heroin wave, so I thought I'd get one typical perspective.

America's Greatest Threat

George Mitrovich | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
George Mitrovich

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a very great actor. He was also a heroin addict. February 2 of this year Mr. Hoffman was found dead on the bathroom floor...

Dave Navarro On Heroin: 'I Knew Goddamn Well All The Possible Consequences'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.11.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro had already lost loved ones to heroin by the time he tried the drug, but no number of cautionary tales could k...

TELL US: How Has Heroin Affected You And Yours?

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Crime

Heroin kills in more ways than one. It sucks the life out of families, relationships, our children and our schools. It makes strong people weak, an...

'We're All Paying': The Misery Of Heroin

AP | AMY FORLITI, DAN SEWELL and NIGEL DUARA | Posted 04.05.2014 | Crime

On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old — a needle ma...

Saki Knafo

How A Painkiller Poster Boy Turned His Life Around

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

Daniel Haley, a recovering heroin addict, became a minor celebrity on Staten Island due to a rap video he made. (Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post) ...

How She Went From Star Athlete To Heroin Addict

OWN | Posted 03.21.2014 | OWN

Twenty-year-old Claire grew up in an affluent community, attended an elite East Coast boarding school and was an all-American high-school athlete, win...

Kathleen Miles

This Program Would Save Heroin Addicts' Lives, Help Curb Disease And Save Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

Needle exchange programs could save thousands of American lives and reduce strain on the public health care system. But some politicians refuse to imp...

Heroin Addict's Haunting Photo Series Chronicles His Recovery

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts

Photographer and former heroin addict Graham MacIndoe had a hunch he might make for a good subject behind his own lens upon catching his reflection on...

What Heroin Addiction Cost This Nurse And Mother

OWN | Posted 03.13.2014 | OWN

Tammy was a mother of two, married to a police officer and working as a nurse at a world class hospital. Her life seemed about as apple pie American a...

This Is A Side Of Heroin Addiction We Don't Often See

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts

When photographers document their experiences grappling with drug addiction, the results are usually of a similar breed -- dingy rooms sprinkled with ...