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Opioid Addiction

Surgeon General: We Have To 'Change How Our Country Sees Addiction'

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living

With nearly 2 million people in America addicted to prescription opioids, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling the epidemic one of the most ...

How The Surgeon General Is Tackling America's Opioid Addiction Crisis

The Huffington Post | Will Tooke | Posted 07.27.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Congress, Governors: Fund Addiction Treatment And Recovery Services

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Linda Rosenberg

CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, is a momentous milestone. The war on drugs has long been proven ineffective and inhumane, and now with the passage of CARA, Congress has clearly signaled that people with addictions must be treated instead of jailed.

Treating Drug Addiction With Drugs

Healthline | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living

The old saying goes that you have to fight fire with fire. Using that logic, health officials have increased the availability of an opioid to combat ...

America's Nurses Are Committed To Addressing The Opioid Crisis

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

The commitment of our nation's nurses to help treat and prevent opioid dependence and overdose -- which has grown to epidemic proportions over the last 15 years -- has never been stronger.

Navigating an Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

David Barash | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
David Barash

As an Emergency Physician, I am no stranger to treating people in pain. During each shift in the emergency department, my provider colleagues and I st...

States' New Opioid Limits Being Met With Some Resistance

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Medicare Survey Could Be Contributing To Opioid Epidemic

Jacquelyn Corley | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Jacquelyn Corley

The nation's addiction to opioid drugs claimed greater than 28,000 lives in 2014-nearly four times more than they did in 1999--and more than half involved prescription drugs. The tragic growth in opioid-related deaths is not an aberration; it's part of a 15-year-long trend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is now a "national epidemic."

I'm A Recovering Addict. So Why Did My Doctors Give Me Potent Opioids?

STAT | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living

By Seth Mnookin It was roughly halfway into a Saturday evening flight from Miami to Boston when I began to wonder if I was going to survive the nig...

Prince's Death a 'Sign of the Times'

Deborah Hersman | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

In life, Prince never fit into a category, so it is especially tragic that in death he reportedly will fall into one so increasingly common. On April...

Senators Urge Feds To Expand Access To Opioid Addiction Medication

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 22 senators, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, think the Department of Health and Human Services co...

FDA Approves First-Ever Implant To Treat Opioid Addiction

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

The first-ever implant to fight addiction to opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers and heroin, was approved by the U.S. Foo...

A Look At Rikers Island's Legacy Of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

CARA Becoming Law Proves Our Astonishing Potential

Mehmet Oz, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Mehmet Oz, M.D.

CARA's passage into law represents Congress and our nation at its best. Bipartisan. Analytical. Idealistic. Compassionate. Yes, we can still be all those things here in America.

In Opioid Addiction, Both Babies and Their Mothers Deserve Care

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

It isn't just infants' opiate withdrawal that is concerning: the growing opioid epidemic in the U.S. presents trouble for mother and child both, even after returning home from the hospital.

Hillary Clinton Tells The Story Of The Young Woman Who Moved Obama On The Heroin Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

While speaking about the opioid epidemic during an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton brought up Jessica...

A Bittersweet Path to Dealing With Opioid Addiction

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

It's about time that we finally recognize that drug addiction is a medical problem that requires medical treatment, not punishment. It is unfortunate that our path to this realization has been so bittersweet -- and so long in coming.

C.J. Cregg Takes Over The White House Press Briefing

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

Allison Janney reprised her role as "The West Wing" press secretary C.J. Cregg on Friday, taking over the White House's daily press briefing from her ...

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet This Weekend

Travis N. Rieder | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Travis N. Rieder

I survived withdrawal, but it was the worst thing I've been through in my life (and that includes being hit by a van). And to be clear, it could have, and should have, gone better for me, if the medical system were better set up for managing long-term opioid use.

This Opioid Treatment Model That Provides All Levels Of Care Is Spawning Imitators

Pew's Stateline | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Controversy Over CDC Opioid Guideline Reflects a Fractured Field

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

This guideline will save lives. The controversy and backlash about the process and the recommendations reflect the fractured nature of the field. As more evidence is amassed, and as expert opinion evolves, we expect that the specific recommendations will likely change.

This Treatment Could Alleviate Chronic Pain Without Opioid Medications

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.06.2016 | Science

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have been working on a new way to treat chronic pain -- and it just might help curb the rampant ab...

RAND Research: Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Doug Irving | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Doug Irving

Paul Yabor spent enough time with a needle in his arm to shake his head at the simple notion of ever really hitting rock bottom. He prefers to say he had a moment of sanity one afternoon in a Philadelphia flophouse, surrounded by the hollow-eyed faces of fellow heroin addicts.

Obama Administration Offers Desperately Needed Help For People Addicted To Opioids

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule on Tuesday to double the number of patients a doctor can treat...

New CDC Guidelines Seek Doctors' Help In Fighting Opioid Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living

In an effort to curb America's deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkil...