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Should People Be Forced Into The Hospital After A Drug Overdose?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 12.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Naloxone, a medicine that reverses the effects of opioid overdose, is being debated fiercely around the country right now. In most areas, the question...

Who Will Answer The 3 A.M. Overdose Wake-Up Call?

Jason Friesen | Posted 11.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Jason Friesen

It’s hard not to notice that opioid overdoses are resulting in a lot of unnecessary deaths across large swaths of the U.S. and Canada. As the death ...

This City Had 26 Heroin Overdoses In Four Hours. Every Person Was Lucky To Live.

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics

Emergency medical services scrambled in a West Virginia city after 26 people overdosed on heroin in a span of just four hours. Thanks to a fast respon...

Med Students Take Battle Against Opioid Epidemic Into Their Own Hands

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

Students at Harvard Medical School may just be the first doctors-in-training to learn how to administer one of the most effective drugs for combating ...

The House Just Passed Opioid Legislation, But There's Still A Fight Ahead

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the modern era of Congress, it's a rare day when lawmakers vote on legislation actually intended to go to the president's desk. It's ...

Confronting a Crisis: An Open Letter to America's Physicians On the Opioid Epidemic

Steven J. Stack | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Steven J. Stack

As physicians, we are on the front lines of an opioid epidemic that is crippling communities across the country. We must accept and embrace our professional responsibility to treat our patients' pain without worsening the current crisis. These are actions we must take as physicians individually and collectively to do our part to end this epidemic.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage To Heroin Addicts: Drop Dead

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has routinely attracted attention for off-color, racist or bizarre public statements. But in what ranks as one of the most vici...

U.S. Jails Are Killing People Going Through Opioid Withdrawals

The Influence | Posted 03.30.2017 | Politics
The Influence

Jails and prisons have a unique opportunity to serve people in need of treatment and divert them from harmful behaviors. But right now, almost every step they take reinforces an incarcerated person's reasons for using substances. A drug-related jail or prison term shouldn't carry a death risk.

Congressman Rips Pharma Company For Price Gouging On Heroin Overdose Drug

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his opening remarks at the Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the heroin epidemic, Rep. Elijah Cummin...

The U.S. Wants To Adopt A More Humane Drug Policy. Just Be Careful What You Call It.

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics

Drug policy groups at a major gathering in Vienna last week were alarmed when a report emerged that a top U.S. drug official had derided harm reductio...

CARA Passage Encouraging, But We Can't Stop Now

Mehmet Oz, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2017 | Healthy Living
Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Let us be as comprehensive in our approach to addiction as it is in taking lives. Every stakeholder, physician, public official and addiction counselor I speak with is thrilled at the momentum and strategy revealed today.

Heroin-related Overdose Deaths Surge in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.02.2017 | 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...

The Simple Thing Rehabs Could Do to Save Lives -- That They Fail to Do

The Influence | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
The Influence

With naloxone now so readily available that even some jails are providing it to people on release, why are so many addiction treatment facilities failing to do the same?

Lifesaving Heroin Antidote To Be Sold Over The Counter At More CVS Stores

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

Ohio and New York have been added to a growing list of states in which CVS pharmacies are selling a heroin overdose antidote without a prescription. ...

If Our Presidential Candidates Think Drug Use Is a Health Issue, Here Are 8 Ways to Prove It

Tony Newman | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Tony Newman

I appreciate the new rhetoric from the many candidates saying that drug use and addiction are a health issue, not a criminal issue. But there's a huge disconnect between this rhetoric and their actual policy proposals.

Overdose Reversal Drug Now Available To Every U.S. High School Free Of Charge

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

Any high school in the U.S. that wants to carry an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit will now be able to get one free of charge, thanks to a new ...

New York City Makes Overdose Reversal Drug Available Without A Prescription

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON --New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that naloxone, the drug that can counter the effects of a heroin overdose, will now b...

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 reverse th...

Legislation Passes, Police Do Not Respond

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.18.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | 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 12.19.2016 | Politics

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

The Unforgettable Day I Witnessed Naloxone Save Amy's Life

Amanda Bent | Posted 10.02.2016 | 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 dru...

Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Mitigate the Destruction They Cause

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.23.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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.