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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

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 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.

Why Heroin Overdoses Are Rising and How We Can Prevent Them

Amos Irwin | Posted 05.10.2015 | 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.