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FDA Is Making It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can ...

Legislation Passes, Police Do Not Respond

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

Despite legislative initiatives to expand the use of the antidote, naloxone to save the lives of opioid overdose victims, many police departments cannot or will not do their jobs.

Reducing Harm & Expanding the Good: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every week at The Pollination Project, we make small seed grants to social change entrepreneurs and visionaries all over the world. This week we are honored to support projects that help reduce harm among vulnerable people, and promote hope, healing and goodness around the world.

Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone Is Saving Lives, But Not All Police Departments Are On Board

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid the heroin epidemic, there is little disagreement over the effectiveness of naloxone, the medication that can revive opi...

The Unforgettable Day I Witnessed Naloxone Save Amy's Life

Amanda Bent | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Amanda Bent

I still vividly remember the first time I saw naloxone in action. The day began like an average one at the drop-in center -- with the buzz of conversation, ringing phones and chaotic sounds of an old action movie on the television.

CVS To Sell Overdose Reversal Drug Without A Prescription In 12 More States

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

At CVS pharmacies in 12 states, friends and family members of people suffering from opiate addiction will now be able to get the overdose reversal dr...

Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Mitigate the Destruction They Cause

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

The pharmaceutical industry's marketing of prescription painkillers to doctors is a driving force behind the nation's current opioid addiction crisis. Given the role that the pharmaceutical industry has played in creating the crisis, they should play an equally large role in resolving it.

Legislators Panic and Force Addiction Treatment

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 09.16.2015 | New York
Elaine Pawlowski

Making naloxone available with an attached condition during a life and death emergency is not only irresponsible and stigmatizing but cruel.

Naloxone, Heroin Addiction's Costly Antidote

NPR | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics

Around the U.S., a worsening heroin epidemic has more and more cities turning to the anti-overdose drug naloxone to reduce deaths from abuse. Also kn...

The U.S. Needs More Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction

Hyun Namkoong | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Hyun Namkoong

The problems in Fayetteville reflect what has been unfolding nationwide ever since the resurgence of heroin and the soaring use of prescription painkillers such as Percocet or Vicodin. Although these drugs have claimed thousands of lives in the U.S., healthcare resources and services have failed to catch-up to meet the demands for opiate treatment programs.

The Long Walk of Moms and Dads After Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Denise Cullen

It's a hard road, the one that we walk after our children die from a drug overdose. It's a walk that numbs your feet from the miles of isolation and grief. I'm only one of thousands.

How Kentucky Embraced A Life-Saving Drug For Opioid Addicts

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the fall of 2013, there were very few doctors in Kentucky willing to prescribe naloxone, which can save opioid addicts who are overd...

The Summer of Southern Naloxone Laws

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Just a couple of years ago, overdose prevention laws had never been attempted in any red state and conventional wisdom said they never could be. Now not only have advocates in red states proven those stereotypes wrong, but many Southern naloxone programs have become models for the rest of the country.

Does Naloxone Discourage People From Calling 911?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

One of the sharpest criticisms against making naloxone widely available to people at risk for drug overdose is this: If people have a medicine on hand that allows them to reverse a drug overdose themselves, won't they stop calling 911?

Top 3 Highlights From the New CDC Report on Naloxone Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

This week the CDC released its long-awaited report on overdose prevention programs providing naloxone to laypersons. The detailed report, which surveyed 136 naloxone distribution programs nationwide, confirms some of what overdose prevention advocates already knew, but also holds a few surprises.

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 ...

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...

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

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.10.2015 | 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.

Christie Negotiates Discount On Heroin Overdose Drug

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey's first responders and government agencies charged with addressing the opioid epidemic got a boost Thursday from Gov. Chris C...

What Makes a Naloxone Program Successful? - Lessons from NC

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Programs are popping up all over the country to distribute naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid drug overdose, to people who can use it to save...

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...

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...

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

Gary Mendell | Posted 05.23.2015 | 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.