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A Response To HuffPost's 'Dying To Be Free'

Peter V. Emerson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Peter V. Emerson

If we can reduce human suffering, we can reduce addiction. We must decide that the cost of addiction in lives and money is not acceptable to our society in the 21st century. We highly commend Jason for his extraordinary article, and thank him for the lives he has saved.

Are Our Plates Too Full? A Nation Confronts Addiction

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Yesterday evening, thanks largely to the influence and convening power of Mehmet Oz, the nation was invited to talk about addiction. Among those weigh...

FDA Is Making It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can ...

Four Programs That Help Treat Addiction

Deni Carise | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deni Carise

The nation's drug epidemic, specifically the abuse of heroin and opiates, has earned center stage in politics and pop culture alike. The fact that we're talking about the devastating disease of addiction is welcome progress; those of us in the treatment field have been promoting awareness and de-stigmatization for years.

Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It's Time To Change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

Shattering the Myth of Addiction

MaryBeth Cichocki | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
MaryBeth Cichocki

As a medical professional who has witnessed the horror of addiction from the very beginning of life and through the years of my son's addiction I can say with no uncertainty that there is no truth to the myth of addiction. Addiction is a disease like no other.

Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone Is Saving Lives, But Not All Police Departments Are On Board

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid the heroin epidemic, there is little disagreement over the effectiveness of naloxone, the medication that can revive opi...

Fiorina Is Right

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Deborah Hersman

Last week, Carly Fiorina's call for reforming drug treatment policies garnered a strong reaction during the Republican presidential debate when she shared how she and her husband buried their child to drug addiction. Fiorina called drug addiction an "epidemic." She is right.

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.

Racial Bias Affects How Children Are Treated For Pain

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Race appears to affect the odds that a child or teen with appendicitis, a painful condition requiring surgery, wi...

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 ...

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.

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.

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...

Community Policing and Drug Overdose: Where You Live Doesn't Have to Determine Whether You Survive an Overdose

Michael Botticelli | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Michael Botticelli

The odds of surviving a drug overdose, much like the odds of surviving a heart attack, depend on how quickly the victim receives treatment. But access to naloxone -- which can reverse heroin and prescription drug overdoses -- varies greatly across the country.

What Hillary Clinton Could Do About the Opioid Crisis

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

During a recent campaign stop, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to make the "quiet epidemic" involving heroin and prescription opioids an important part of her presidential campaign. The world is listening right now. It's the perfect time for her to create a rallying cry against this "quiet" epidemic.

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.

The Film You Don't Want to Miss: 'Prescription Thugs' at the Tribeca Film Festival

Richard Taite | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

At the festival, the documentary film "Prescription Thugs" will be screened. I am honored to be featured in this film and to help educate the public about the grave danger that is posed by the abuse of prescription medications.

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky's New Heroin Law Marks A 'Culture Shift' | 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...

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.

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky Considers Changes To Drug Courts | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky court system is reconsidering how its drug courts treat defendants thanks to a new federal policy that is pushing them to o...

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.

Ryan Grim

Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Failing Drug Courts | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, sai...

These Prescriptions May Put Unborn Children At Risk For Birth Defects

Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents

By: Rachael Rettner Published: 01/22/2015 01:22 PM EST on LiveScience Many women in the United States who are in their childbearing years are p...

Best Moments for Overdose Prevention in 2014

Tessie Castillo | Posted 02.28.2015 | 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. ...