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Heroin Overdose

Dollars Over Sense When It Comes To Addiction Treatment

Deni Carise | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

I've worked in the substance abuse treatment and research field for quite some time. At this point, there are a few indisputable truths about this di...

The "Supervised Injection" Laundromat

Inge Fryklund | Posted 05.27.2016 | World
Inge Fryklund

The SIF model is a very positive development, but the user still has to find the drugs to inject (and may well be committing crimes in order to finance the purchase). I

A Bittersweet Path to Dealing With Opioid Addiction

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 08.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

It's about time that we finally recognize that drug addiction is a medical problem that requires medical treatment, not punishment. It is unfortunate that our path to this realization has been so bittersweet -- and so long in coming.

Pennsylvania Coroner Is Officially Ruling Heroin Overdoses Homicides

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics

A coroner in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, is hoping to send a message to drug dealers by listing heroin overdose deaths as homicides, rather than ac...

Heroin-related Overdose Deaths Surge in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.01.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

By Reboot Illinois' Kevin Hoffman Like many states across the country, Illinois is experiencing an unsettling surge in drug overdose deaths, in large...

Heroin Just Killed My Baby

Trisha Grose | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Trisha Grose

Heroin addiction has ruined our family. The day my 15-year-old son, Brendan, took his first hit, he changed my life. Yes, not just his, but mine too. And not just mine, everyone who loved him.

My Dad Saved Me, and I Killed Him

Richard Farrell | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Richard Farrell

The night I killed my dad, I became addicted to heroin. I loved the SOB and I just watched him die. Why did I do it? Well, it's complicated.

7 Habits to Help Overcome Heroin Addiction

Richard Farrell | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Richard Farrell

On April 1, 2016, I will be heroin-free for 28 years. In 1996, I won the du-Pont Columbia. It is arguably the highest award a journalist can receive. How did I do it? Habits. Here are the seven habits I learned that made me successful.

NYC to South Bronx, Latino Drug Users: No Feliz Navidad

Joyce A. Rivera | Posted 12.09.2015 | New York
Joyce A. Rivera

While our public health and elected officials are publicly talking about plans to end the AIDS epidemic, the heroin epidemic, and the opioid overdose epidemic, they are diffidently making decisions which hurt our chances on all of these fronts.

The Sad Reason U.S. Life Expectancy Is Stalling

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday. A child born last year...

Heroin Addiction: How Heroin Hijacked My Brain

Richard Farrell | Posted 12.07.2015 | 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 06.23.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | 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.

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

Robert Cordero | Posted 06.05.2016 | 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 05.19.2016 | 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.

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

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...