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Heroin Epidemic

Ted Cruz's Solution To The Heroin Epidemic: Secure The Border, Have Faith

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

HOOKSETT, N.H. -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at a nonpartisan forum on the heroin epidemic at Emmanuel Baptist Church Thursday, where he sh...

White And Black Americans Agree That Heroin Abuse Is A Serious Problem

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

Heroin addiction has joined perennial topics like the economy and foreign policy as a mainstay of the campaign trail this year -- in large part becau...

Poll: New Hampshire Primary Voters Strongly Support Decriminalizing Drug Possession, Treating Drugs as a Health Issue

Bill Piper | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Bill Piper

Eighty percent of New Hampshire primary voters consider addressing prescription drug and other drug abuse and the recent surge in overdose deaths an important or urgent issue.

'New Hampshire' Episode 3: How The Heroin Crisis Is Bleeding Into The Primary

The Huffington Post | Scott Conroy | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

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Republicans See Room To Wed Heroin Epidemic To Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics

BALTIMORE -- There have been heroin and criminal justice problems here for decades. But lawmakers took little notice until the drug soaked into highe...

Obama's Heroin Pledge Has A Huge Obstacle, Senator Says

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

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Maine Gov.'s Outrageous Remarks Harken Back to the Racist Origins of the Drug War

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Sharda Sekaran

Maine's Governor Paul LePage is no stranger to making crazy comments in public that are unbecoming to an elected official, but his latest racist rant about heroin use in his state is rightfully getting people up in arms.

The Doctor Who Could Save Toby Fischer's Life Is 350 Miles Away | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics

Toby Fischer lives in South Dakota, where just 27 doctors are certified to prescribe buprenorphine -- a medication that blunts the symptoms of withdr...

Not Enough Doctors Are Treating Heroin Addiction With A Life-Saving Drug | Shane Shifflett | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics

Since 2000, opioid overdose death rates have increased by 200 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2013 to 2014,...

Stop Saying 'They're Just Junkies'

Alicia Cook | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia Cook

As a writer, I know the words we choose to use matter. The use of derogatory words like "junkie" or "dope fiend" not only greatly affects the addict's psyche, but those who care deeply for them as well.

How The Democratic Candidates Would Respond To The Heroin Crisis

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.19.2015 | Politics

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New York City Makes Overdose Reversal Drug Available Without A Prescription

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON --New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that naloxone, the drug that can counter the effects of a heroin overdose, will now b...

Famed Historian Sees 19th-Century Solution To Current Heroin Crisis

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- David Courtwright, the nation's leading historian on drug use and drug policy, has published an article in the New England ...

FDA Is Making It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can ...

How A Makeup Artist To The 2016 Candidates Became A Drug Recovery Crusader

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Of all the tasks Kriss Blevens confronted after her stepdaughter died of a heroin overdose, writing an obituary proved one of the...

Jeb Bush Opens Up About Daughter's Drug Addiction: 'She Went Through Hell'

The Huffington Post | Scott Conroy | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

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Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It's Time To Change

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama tackled the opioid epidemic on Wednesday by telling health care providers across the country that access to medication-ass...

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. ...

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...

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...

Vermont's Governor Reveals Complications, Surprises Of State's Fight Against Opiate Addiction

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

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

Chris Christie Ties Heroin Epidemic To Obama

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the first Republican presidential candidate to blame President Barack Obama for the country'...

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.

5 Shocking Facts About the Illinois Heroin Epidemic

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.16.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While heroin continues to encroach and erode the lives of thousands of Illinoisans, the dramatic decline in state-funded treatment capacity is one of the most disconcerting takeaways from the report

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 ...