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Heroin Addiction

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 02.04.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 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 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...

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.