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Heroin Addiction

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...

Feds Now Pushing States Toward Medical Treatment For Heroin Addicts

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the federal agency responsible for most public funding of drug addiction treatment has added language to its grant ...

From Homelessness to Cirque du Soleil

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

I had been struggling with heroin addiction for nine years and tried everything to get clean. I was barely keeping a job and frequently going to twelve-step meetings, but I could not stop using heroin because every time I did, I would end up with terrible physical withdrawal.

Finding Recovery on Social Apps

Joe Putignano | Posted 07.10.2015 | Media
Joe Putignano

In my opinion, recovery programs can work in a similar way, because when some people stop participating in them, they relapse. This is why the majority of us in recovery have to create a strong support network.

'The Opposite Of Addiction Is Not Sobriety. The Opposite Of Addiction Is Connection.'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.11.2015 | Politics

Johann Hari, author of the New York Times best-selling book "Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs," has been exploring the ...

REPORT: Heroin Use On The Rise, Especially Among Whites

Associated Press | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to ...

ICYMI: The Perils Of A Bad Mug Shot And Why STD-Testing Condoms Might Not Be That Awesome

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, first-person essays by individuals affected by stigmatized diseases and disorders c...

Massachusetts Launches Plan To Counter Heroin Epidemic

Reuters | Jacqueline Tempera | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

BOSTON, June 22 (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker unveiled a $27 million plan on Monday to increase the state's capacity to treat drug ...

Happy Valley's Tragic Epidemic Isn't Going Away -- Unless We Start Asking the Right Questions

Abigail Warren | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Abigail Warren

No illness should be a source of shame, but there are some illnesses where the shame is unspoken, silenced or medicated. Behind every addiction is someone in pain, someone with a mother, sister or grandchild -- and someone with a story to tell. I know this.

How Supercharged Blue Heroin Ravaged This Small Town

AP | MITCH STACY | Posted 06.11.2015 | Healthy Living

MARION, Ohio (AP) — The usual handwringing over the heroin problem turned into panic in this small city in May when a supercharged blue-tinted batch...

Amanda Terkel

Top Hillary Clinton Officials Hear From Substance Abuse Community In Iowa, New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's policy advisers held discussions last week with experts working to address substance abuse in Iowa and New Hampshire, ...

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...