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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 01.23.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 12.30.2014 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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 12.15.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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, ...

Opioid Maintenance Therapy: Questions and Controversies

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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.

The Drug War Is Crazy... But There Is Hope

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

It is time for a new approach, one that treats addiction as a health problem, not a criminal one, and invests in education instead of incarceration. We have a long, long way to go. But at least that journey has started.

Drug Relapse Denial and How it Kills

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Denial can be deadly. When teenagers aren't educated about sex because adults insist that it's not happening in schools, the outcomes are unplanned ...

Swift Action Needed in New York on Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Law

Robert Suarez | Posted 08.20.2014 | New York
Robert Suarez

This week Gov. Cuomo announced a package of legislation that seeks to address the drug-overdose crisis in New York, including reforming health insurance to make sure that people are not denied coverage for drug treatment. Not mentioned is a major bill that will immediately save lives by preventing overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids.

Naloxone: Necessary but Not Nearly Enough

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

I'm worried that we may be expecting more from naloxone than it can deliver. As far as public-health interventions to address the opioid-addiction epidemic go, naloxone distribution is about as downstream as it gets.

Top 5 Reasons Why We Need Over-the-Counter Naloxone to Combat Drug Overdose

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

As drug overdose reigns as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, naloxone has emerged as one of the most promising solutions t...

When to Kill the Bill: Dilemmas, Compromise, and Overdose Prevention Laws

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

How much compromise is too much? It's a question that plagues policy advocates when their champion legislation is watered down or stuffed with pork in legislative committees.

Fighting for Justice for All New Yorkers

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 07.21.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

Since taking office as attorney general nearly four years ago, I have made it my priority to ensure that the law applies equally to everyone, not just the rich and powerful.

In Defense of Giving Naloxone to Cops

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Naloxone programs represent a paradigm shift in law enforcement attitude toward drug users from a "lock'em up" mentality to an emphasis on the value of all human life.