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Congress Finally Passes Bipartisan Legislation To Address Opioid Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― In a rare instance of bipartisanship and compromise in Congress, the Senate on Wednesday passed legislation by a 92-2 vote that address...

Addiction Treatment Industry Worried Lax Ethics Could Spell Its Doom

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The premier organization representing drug treatment providers met in South Florida recently for its annual convention. The t...

Addiction: When the Brain and Mind Must Work Together

Dr. Jonathan Horey | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonathan Horey

In order to fully understand and effectively treat a person with addiction, we need to factor in both the biological and psychological theories. There is no reason to ignore the brain when we talk about the mind and vice versa.

Obama Administration Offers Desperately Needed Help For People Addicted To Opioids

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule on Tuesday to double the number of patients a doctor can treat...

Senate Amendment Would Dramatically Improve How Doctors Treat Heroin Addiction

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate health committee on Wednesday passed a measure that would dramatically expand access to a key treatment in the effort to slow...

Heroin Bill Moving In Congress, But Leaving A Critical Piece Behind

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last week, the Senate took a major step forward in the effort to combat the opioid epidemic, sending a sweeping piece of legislation ...

Letter Reveals Drug Courts Lobbied Against Key Addiction Treatment

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of a nonprofit organization that represents drug courts lobbied the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services against increa...

Obama Administration Puts Big Money Into Transforming Heroin Treatment Industry

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

The White House is calling for more than a billion dollars in funding to transform opioid treatment in the United States, two top administration offic...

As Overdose Rates Rise, Lifesaving Treatments Remain Underutilized

Dr. Jonathan Horey | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonathan Horey

While numerous states have been vocal about the importance of MAT, many others have stayed silent. How can these states stand by while everyday many of their residents die from addiction? Just like victims of any other disease, people with addiction deserve the resources -- including medications -- that are necessary to help manage their illness and restore them to good health.

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-assisted...

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. Speaki...

Harm Reduction - What Is Happening at the Federal Level

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Advocates for drug policy reform are doing some admirable work at the state level to improve the health and dignity of people who use drugs. But things are rolling at the federal level too. The Harm Reduction Coalition discussed the issues they are working on.

For Young People Addicted to Painkillers, the Path Less Taken -- Why?

Stephen J. Pasierb | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephen J. Pasierb

While no one treatment approach is right for every teen, it is clinically sensible -- but not easy -- to find comprehensive care. We tell families to look for three things.

Death by Detoxification

Adam Bisaga, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Bisaga, M.D.

The "medication-free" approach cannot be justified as the only treatment of opioid addiction, where overwhelming evidence exists to support the greater success of a medication-assisted approach.

The Tragedy of the Betty Ford-Hazelden 'Alliance'

Anna David | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

I do know that as major treatment centers start to move away from abstinence-based treatment, what I -- and many people I know and love -- received when we were desperate for help is in jeopardy.