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Heroin Overdose

Community Policing and Drug Overdose: Where You Live Doesn't Have to Determine Whether You Survive an Overdose

Michael Botticelli | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Botticelli

The odds of surviving a drug overdose, much like the odds of surviving a heart attack, depend on how quickly the victim receives treatment. But access to naloxone -- which can reverse heroin and prescription drug overdoses -- varies greatly across the country.

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...

To All Who Have Lost Someone to Overdose

Buster Ross | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Buster Ross

Tyler James Carr was my best friend. We met as freshman at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. I was the last person to speak to him, other than the person who came to next to his lifeless body, on April 26th, 2007.

Jason Cherkis

Republican Congressman Wants Heroin Overdose Drug Sold Over The Counter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As heroin deaths continue to spike across the U.S., more and more states are allowing for greater use of naloxone, or Narcan, a drug tha...

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...

Powerful Opioid Fentanyl Blamed For Spike In U.S. Drug Overdoses

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living

March 18 (Reuters) - Federal drug enforcement officials on Wednesday issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl, a powerful opioid ofte...

Why Heroin Overdoses Are Rising and How We Can Prevent Them

Amos Irwin | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Amos Irwin

The death toll from heroine overdoses has been rising 40% per year since 2011, overtaking fatalities from HIV in 2013. News stories on the issue are long on fear but short on solutions. So here are five things you need to know about America's heroin overdose crisis.

Heroin Overdose Deaths Nearly Quadruple In 13 Years

Posted 03.04.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Rachael Rettner Published: 03/04/2015 10:13 AM EST on LiveScience In a worsening trend, deaths from heroin overdose in the United States inc...

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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Matt Sledge

Heroin-Linked Deaths Surge 39 Percent

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

Overdose deaths linked to heroin jumped 39 percent in 2013 from the year before, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control ...

Matt Sledge

Lifesaving Drug Makes Strides After Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Legal changes in the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's February death of a drug overdose have dramatically expanded access to a lifes...

Heroin Deaths Doubled, CDC Reports

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 12.02.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Deaths from heroin overdose doubled in just two years in much of the nation, a new government study says. The annual number of U.S....

Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled In Much Of The Country: CDC

Associated Press | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — A new government study found deaths from heroin overdose doubled in just two years in much of the United States. Overdose deaths ...

Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled In Much Of Country: CDC

Associated Press | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — A new government study found deaths from heroin overdose doubled in just two years in much of the United States. Overdose deaths ...

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...

California Expands Access To Lifesaving Overdose Antidote

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Tuesday expanding access to naloxone, an overdose antidote credited with saving thousands of lives. A...

Woman In Heroin Deaths Panicky Then Calm, Police Say

Associated Press | KATHLEEN FOODY and TERRY COLLINS | Posted 07.11.2014 | Crime

MILTON, Ga. (AP) -- Twice last year, Alix Tichelman found herself alone with a man suffering from a drug overdose. The first time she called 911. The ...

Matt Sledge

Eric Holder Calls On First Responders To Carry Overdose Reversal Drug

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on police and fire departments Wednesday to equip their employees with a lifesaving drug that c...

FDA Approves Easy-To-Use Heroin Overdose Antidote

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD and MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Friends and family will be able to take the first step to save a loved one from an overdose of heroin or powerful painkillers call...

Massachusetts To Make Lifesaving Anti-Overdose Medication More Widely Available

Reuters | Richard Valdmanis | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

BOSTON, March 27 (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday declared a public health emergency over rising heroin and opioid addic...

Five Things Every Young Person Should Know About Drugs and Alcohol

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

New advancements in drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment programs occur nearly every day. So what does all this mean for teens and college students today? Here's what you need to know.

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...

Like It or Not, Philip Seymour Hoffman Should Be the New Poster Boy for Addiction in America

Akikur Mohammad, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Akikur Mohammad, M.D.

Brynner died from cancer. Hoffman from addiction. Both are considered diseases by all the major medical associations in the world. Yet only addiction carries a stigma and moral condemnation by a large swath of the public.

The Terrifying Way Teens Are Getting Hooked On Heroin

OWN | Posted 03.11.2014 | OWN

When 20-year-old John purchased white powder at a party, he was told it was crushed painkillers. In reality, it was pure heroin. For four months, John...