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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...

Impaired Driving, SAMHSA, And The DOT: It's... Complicated

Michael D. Shaw | Posted 08.03.2016 | Business
Michael D. Shaw

Federal regulation of the trucking industry dates back to 1935, via the Motor Carrier Act of that year, which extended the authority of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). The ICC itself was created in 1887 in response to public outcry against abuses perpetrated by the railroad industry.

A Look At Rikers Island's Legacy Of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics

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


Francis Levy | Posted 03.18.2016 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Remember ninnies and sissies and the good old days when a certain kind of kid in your high school came equipped with a leather pencil and pen holder s...

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...

Recovering Addicts Battle Kenya’s Exploding Heroin Problem

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.12.2015 | World

MALINDI, Kenya -- Heroin addicts in the Kenyan coastal town of Malindi used to call Mohamed Said Mapera "The Doctor." He was one of the first people i...

Maine Drug Addiction Clinic To Close, Blaming Gov. Paul LePage's Policies

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

A drug addiction treatment center in Sanford, Maine, has announced it is closing, blaming the policies of Gov. Paul LePage (R) for its decision. "We'r...

Feds Now Pushing States Toward Medical Treatment For Heroin Addicts

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the first time, the federal agency responsible for most public funding of drug addiction treatment has added language to its grant a...

How Do We Know How Many Lives Have Been Saved With Naloxone?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Reporting successful overdose reversals is one of the biggest challenges that naloxone distribution programs face. In many cases, an outreach worker will distribute a naloxone kits to a person at risk for opiate drug overdose, and then never see or hear from that person again.

Is Armenia Close to Ending AIDS?

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

I was in Armenia very recently to learn about the country's response to its epidemic and came away undoubtedly pleased with progress on a number of fronts but concerned on others.

To Address Addiction, Start With Words

Yngvild Olsen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Yngvild Olsen

In large part, the misperception of opioid use disorder stems from a failure of language. We are boxed in by an outdated lexicon that reflects the unfortunate view of individuals with addiction as moral failures and criminals.

Jason Cherkis

Heroin Addicts Finally Get Some Help From Kentucky Drug Courts | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky will no longer require opioid addicts to stop taking prescribed treatment medications as a condition of participating in the st...

Methadone and Buprenorphine 101: A Guide for Law Enforcement

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | Lately, with all the talk about rising rates of opioid use and addiction, we are hearing more about opioid treatment pro...

Opioid Treatment Programs Should Provide Naloxone to Patients

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

If an OTP patient doesn't want naloxone, no one will force them to take it. But if they do need it, bureaucracy or out-dated moral policy should not stand in the way.

Ryan Grim

Science Be Damned: Americans Prefer Broken Method Of Heroin Treatment, Survey Finds | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

In developed countries around the globe, the standard of care for opiate addiction is what's known as "medically assisted treatment." Under a doctor's...

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.

Opioid Maintenance Therapy: Questions and Controversies

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Opioid maintenance therapy, or using a legal opiate to reduce a person's urge to take illicit drugs, has long generated controversy.

ReSovietizing Crimea? What the Vote Means for the Twin Epidemics of Drug Use and HIV

Richard Elovich | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Richard Elovich

In choosing affiliation with Russia, Crimea should not reject the needs of the socially vulnerable and some of the helpful responses emerging from within. HIV and drugs cross borders easily, affecting people of all ethnicities and political affiliations.

Heroin Users: Not From Another Planet

Jim Anderson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Anderson

Methadone clinics are places that people with addiction to heroin and other opiates (pain medication) come to take methadone instead of heroin. All in all, it's a pretty darn good trade, and helps thousands of human beings break free of the shackles of heroin addiction and lead meaningful lives.

Is Moldova Leading the World on Harm Reduction in Prisons?

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

Recently in Moldova visiting government officials, I was invited to visit the prison 15 in Cricovia which houses some 550 inmates. A 30 minute ride ...

Here I Am -- Preventing the Spread of HIV

Lucy Chesire | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

Yevhen's video is a story of hope: a story of a man who received treatment that has helped him find hope, love and a future.

St. Vincent's Hospital Saved My Life After a Drug Overdose

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

Funny how the government is so anxious to bail out the banks, when they can't help a hospital that serves the poor?

The Deadly Ignorance of "Drug Warriors"

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

A person addicted to heroin needs the drug as much as a diabetic needs insulin. How he or she gets it is problematic, but until we legalize and tax heroin, we need outreach programs to alleviate suffering and save lives.