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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...

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...

Through Smart Drug Policies, We Can Change Our Communities for the Better

Gary Mendell | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Gary Mendell

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a staggering and tragic statistic: Heroin overdose deaths tripled from 2010 to 2013.

Why Heroin Overdoses Are Rising and How We Can Prevent Them

Amos Irwin | Posted 03.10.2015 | 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.

Overdose Antidote's Rising Cost Could Take It Away From Those Who Need It Most

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL AND ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Price hikes are curtailing access to a popular form of an antidote to heroin overdoses, with costs doubling in the past year and...

Opioid Treatment Programs Should Provide Naloxone to Patients

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

Overdose Prevention in a New York City Prison: Start of a Groundbreaking New Initiative

Allan Clear | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Allan Clear

Risk of death from overdosing on heroin or other opioids such as Vicodin or OxyContin goes up substantially after periods of refraining from drug use. Quantities that once brought pleasure can be fatal after a period of abstinence. The research shows that individuals leaving jail or prison are particularly vulnerable.

Why We Need Drug Detox for Minors

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

Despite her mother's pleas, Zoe was released from the mental health facility to live with her father. Trinlie waited and prayed for the call that would tell her a treatment bed had opened up for Zoe. But on Aug. 6, 2014, she received a very different kind of call.

Anna Almendrala

Clinton Foundation To Help Make Anti-Overdose Drug Much More Affordable

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Naloxone, a medication known as the “overdose antidote,” can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioid drugs like her...

South Carolina Introduces Overdose Prevention Act

Tessie Castillo | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

H 3083 South Carolina Overdose Prevention Act seeks to provide immunity from civil and criminal liability to certain professionals and other individuals for prescribing, dispensing and administering naloxone and to allocate funding to organizations for opioid overdose prevention.

Fearing Arrest when Calling 911 for Overdose

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Overdose Good Samaritan Laws as life-saving, but unless these laws apply to all, overdose deaths will continue to be the norm. The life-saving call will not be made.

Californians Won Major Drug Policy Victories in 2014

Lynne Lyman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Lynne Lyman

Change is never comfortable, but often so necessary. 2014 was a year of change in drug policy laws in California, change that moves us towards drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

Best Moments for Overdose Prevention in 2014

Tessie Castillo | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

As the year winds to a close, the media is spitting out "Best of 2014" lists on fashion and political blunders as fast as people can think of them. ...

Pharmaceutical Industry Profiting From a Solution to a Problem They Helped Create

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

More can and should be done to make naloxone widely available at an affordable price, and we must demand better from an industry that would seek to profit from both the poison and the antidote.

Meet Jack Fishman, the Man Who Invented Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

It's a tragedy that Jack Fishman died without ever knowing the extent of his impact on saving lives from overdose. But then again, he was a humble man. Perhaps he would prefer to remain the unsung hero of overdose prevention.

Why Doctors Should Avoid Saying 'Drug Overdose'

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Because most people who are prescribed opioids do not see themselves as being at risk for overdose, they may decline naloxone even if it is offered by a medical provider. Talking about not breathing as a possible side effect usually grabs patients' attention and will make them more open to information on naloxone.

Harm Reduction - What Is Happening at the Federal Level

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.10.2015 | 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.

Naloxone Could Prevent More Than 20,000 U.S. Overdose Deaths, WHO Says

Reuters | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Nov 4 (Reuters) - More than 20,000 deaths might be prevented every year in the United States alone if naloxone, ...

California Chips Away at the Stigma of Addiction

Meghan Ralston | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

California's new law creates an opportunity for the people at greatest risk of an accidental fatal overdose to have a fact-based conversation with a pharmacist about naloxone.

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...

Thank You, CVS Health and Walgreens

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Although national news has reported on CVS's decision to discontinue selling cigarettes, the national news should also be highlighting CVS and Walgreens in their efforts to save a life and reduce overdose deaths.

Overdose Awareness Day Is August 31st

Joy Strickland | Posted 10.19.2014 | Black Voices
Joy Strickland

Imagine: A health crisis claiming over 16,000 lives each year. Then imagine a prescription drug that could be made widely accessible to save those lives, but isn't. Except, this is not a hypothetical situation.

Saving Lives By Mail

Tessie Castillo | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

All the talk of community naloxone programs saving lives from drug overdose might leave people in states with no such programs feeling locked out of...

Justice Department Urges Law Enforcement To Carry Heroin Overdose Antidote

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement agents who deal with heroin addicts may begin carrying the drug naloxone to reverse overdoses, ...