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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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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.

Top 3 Highlights From the New CDC Report on Naloxone Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.22.2016 | 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 Do We Know How Many Lives Have Been Saved With Naloxone?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.10.2016 | 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.

What Makes a Naloxone Program Successful? - Lessons from NC

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com Programs are popping up all over the country to distribute naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid drug overdose, to p...

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...

Opioid Treatment Programs Should Provide Naloxone to Patients

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | 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.

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.

Who Invented Naloxone?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | 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.

Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

We are seeking to hold the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these drugs accountable for what we now believe was a methodically-executed plan to deceive doctors and patients into over-prescribing opioids.

The Heroin Antidote? How Naloxone Can Help and Hurt Addicts

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Something that has come out of the increased awareness of heroin addiction is a newfound interest with the controversial drug naloxone that can reverse the side effects and overdoses of opioids. It is a right move that more states are giving police and first responders' access to this drug, but it is one that comes with a lot of controversy.

Drug Relapse Denial and How it Kills

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com Denial can be deadly. When teenagers aren't educated about sex because adults insist that it's not happening in schools,...

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 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com As drug overdose reigns as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, naloxone has emerged as one of th...

Georgia Governor Signs 911 Medical Amnesty/ Naloxone Law

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

The amendment, added with no warning, threatened to curtail efforts to pass the life-saving bill and is an ugly example of how politics often come before people. But after some political squabbling, the Senate passed the bill last month.

What Do Prosecutors and District Attorneys Say About 911 Good Samaritan Laws?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

While law enforcement, public health advocates, and people directly affected by drug overdose are front and center in these debates, state prosecutors and district attorneys also play a critical role in advocacy efforts -- often for, but sometimes against, these laws.

Top Seven Crazy Myths About Drug Overdose Antidote, Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com With fatalities from heroin and prescription drugs still on the rise, naloxone, an opiate reversal medication, has becom...

Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Conversation We Need to Have

Isaac Saul | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Isaac Saul

It's time to have "the talk." No, not the birds and the bees. Not the alcohol talk, or the boyfriend talk, or the borrowing the car talk, and not even the "we're going to break up" talk. No. It is time to have the heroin talk.

Saving Lives with Narcan: Stories from the Field

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

View image | gettyimages.com Eliza Moore never saw herself as much of a hero, certainly not one who would save the lives of multiple strangers. But t...

Daughter's Heroin Habit Moves Wisconsin Lawmaker To Sponsor Good Samaritan Law

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the story of Wisconsin Republican state Rep. John Nygren, who is sponsoring a series of bills aimed at addressing a...