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Opioid Addiction

Painkiller Abuse Hits Close To Home For A Majority Of Americans

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON --More than half of Americans know someone who has abused prescription painkillers or died from an overdose, or has taken these medication...

Naturopathic Physicians and the Veterans Administration

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

The VA has the ability to assign NDs an existing employment code; Congress' letter is intended to encourage the VA to take this important next step.

The Right Prescription for Pain Treatment

Deborah Hersman | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Deborah Hersman

On Wednesday in West Virginia, President Obama called for additional private and public sector collaboration to end the country's opioid epidemic. The strategy is excellent. These additional components will save lives.

Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It's Time To Change

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama tackled the opioid epidemic on Wednesday by telling health care providers across the country that access to medication-ass...

Untreated Traumatized Teen Parents in Anytown, USA

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Any first-time parent knows that the challenges of parenthood are daunting. New parents are simultaneously blessed and stressed. However, young parents are a vulnerable population in America.

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement Addressing Heroin Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Obama administration announced a major policy shift Thursday in its efforts to combat the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. ...

The Shift To Treating Drug Addiction As A Public Health Issue, Not A Crime, Is Happening

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.17.2015 | Media

  WBUR: Race, Class And The Response To Today’s Heroin Epidemic There are many signs of progress in how the U.S. resp...

Doctors Play A Role In The Opioid Addiction Epidemic, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 09.09.2015 | Science

We know how opioid addictions end: all too often, in death by overdose. About 16,000 Americans every year die of an overdose of opioid painkille...

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...

REPORT: Heroin Use On The Rise, Especially Among Whites

Associated Press | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to ...

The Rate Of Babies Born Addicted To Painkillers Is Rising At An Alarming Rate

Reuters | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living

By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - The rate at which infants are suffering withdrawal after being born to mothers on opioid pain kil...

Jason Cherkis

Republican Congressman Wants Heroin Overdose Drug Sold Over The Counter | 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

Heroin Addicts Finally Get Some Help From Kentucky Drug Courts | Jason Cherkis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky will no longer require opioid addicts to stop taking prescribed treatment medications as a condition of participating in the st...

The Most Fatally Abused Drug Is in Your Medicine Cabinet

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to learn how to prevent opioid painkiller overdose and addiction. Know the facts. According to new National Safety Council public opinion poll, few Americans do.

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.

Five Things Every Young Person Should Know About Drugs and Alcohol

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

New advancements in drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment programs occur nearly every day. So what does all this mean for teens and college students today? Here's what you need to know.

New York Times Misses Mark on Buprenorphine Drug

Aaron Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Health News
Aaron Fox

Rather than disparaging buprenorphine and those who prescribe and use it, we should be embracing this medication and ensuring access to and appropriate use of it.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Joe Putignano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

The only element of The Wizard of Oz that stood out to me as a boy was the field of red poppies. Did a part of my subconscious internalize this foreshadowing of the devastating journey that I would take through my own poppy field many years later?

Youyoung Lee

Are We Fighting The Wrong War On Drugs? | Youyoung Lee | Posted 08.28.2012 | Celebrity

On Feb. 11, 2012, on the eve of the Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles and never woke ...