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Heroin Overdose

How Heroin Hijacked My Brain

Richard Farrell | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Richard Farrell

After 28 years of being clean, I'm still a "junkie." That's okay, though. I have accepted the fact that those 821 days out of over the 21,000 days I've lived will be the touchstone of my life. However, what I can't for the life of me figure out is what happened to my brain.

I'm A Heroin Addict

Richard Farrell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Richard Farrell

In 1987, I beat a 10-bag-a-day heroin habit. Somehow, I pulled myself out and went on this unbelievable journey. However, I have never in my life witnessed anything like the current heroin epidemic in America. How did we get here?

Courage to Speak's Drug Prevention Night Moves Audience to Tears

Katherine Du | Posted 10.12.2015 | Teen
Katherine Du

The slippery slope leading to drug addiction arose as a common theme at the community event. Katz described her son's transition from tobacco to "a sip of beer with friends" to marijuana and ultimately to heroin, and others voiced similar sentiments.

Uberdose: 911 for People Who Should Call for Help, But Won't

Jason Friesen | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Jason Friesen

As a paramedic that worked along the U.S.-Mexico border until 2010, my colleagues and I responded to a lot of heroin and painkiller overdoses. Some of them we got to in time, while in others we got there too late -- not to mention the many we never heard about.

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 ...

The New Normal: Navigating Life After Harris' Death

Stephanie Wittels Wachs | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Wittels Wachs

I am supposed to be your sister for the duration of our lives. I am not supposed to tell funny stories about when we were kids at your funeral. I am not supposed to sit on the cold ground, peering into a giant hole at a casket we chose for you out of a brochure. On February 19, 2015, our worst-case scenario became a reality.

5 Ways We Can Reduce Drug Overdoses

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Fatal drug overdose has reached epidemic levels in the U.S., surpassing vehicle-related deaths in 36 states, according to a new report from the Trust ...

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...

Harm Reduction Meets Healthcare Reform Where It's At In the Empire State

Robert Cordero | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Robert Cordero

In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, we knew that new opportunities were emerging for drug users who were disconnected from the traditional healthcare system.

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 06.24.2015 | 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 | 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' | 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


Matt Sledge

Heroin-Linked Deaths Surge 39 Percent | 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 | 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 ...