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Heroin Addiction

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement Addressing Heroin Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Obama administration announced a major policy shift Thursday in its efforts to combat the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. ...

The Shift To Treating Drug Addiction As A Public Health Issue, Not A Crime, Is Happening

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.17.2015 | Media

  WBUR: Race, Class And The Response To Today’s Heroin Epidemic There are many signs of progress in how the U.S. resp...

Naloxone, Heroin Addiction's Costly Antidote

NPR | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics

Around the U.S., a worsening heroin epidemic has more and more cities turning to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to reduce deaths from abuse. Also kn...

What You Learn From Loving An Addict

Alicia Cook | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

I am not an addict. But try and love one, and then see if you can look me square in the eyes and tell me that you didn't get addicted to trying to fix them. If you're lucky, they recover. If you're really lucky, you recover, too.

Heroin Epidemic Stars In Conservative Ad Against New Hampshire Governor

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The heroin epidemic is becoming fodder for political ads. A few weeks ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a long-shot Republican p...

The U.S. Needs More Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction

Hyun Namkoong | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Hyun Namkoong

The problems in Fayetteville reflect what has been unfolding nationwide ever since the resurgence of heroin and the soaring use of prescription painkillers such as Percocet or Vicodin. Although these drugs have claimed thousands of lives in the U.S., healthcare resources and services have failed to catch-up to meet the demands for opiate treatment programs.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 ...