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Waiting Lists Grow For Medicine To Fight Opioid Addiction

Pew's Stateline | Blair Guild | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

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

What You Don't Know About Pain Medications Can Hurt You

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

As a pain management specialist, I field various questions about pain medications. What does the new NSAID warning mean? Is it OK to drink alcohol while I'm on Tylenol? Is OxyContin safe to take long-term? Well, I'm glad you asked.

Open Letter to Barack Obama on Your $1.1 Billion Opioid Initiative: The Imperative for Integrative Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Act affirmatively. Change the nation's therapeutic order in pain care. What a fine legacy -- for people in pain and for health care in the United States.

Obama Administration Puts Big Money Into Transforming Heroin Treatment Industry

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

The White House is calling for more than a billion dollars in funding to transform opioid treatment in the United States, two top administrati...

In Midst of Opioid Drug Crisis, No Real Drug Reform

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

The drug war is the U.S.' most failed social policy intervention in modern history -- yet the call to rethink its assumptions, and revise our approach to regulation of illicit drugs, has been issued and seriously engaged only by reformers in Europe and Latin America.

Repeal of Federal Ban on Needle Exchange: Necessary But Not Sufficient

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

In 1988, Congress passed an omnibus bill that included a federal funding ban on needle exchange programs. This ban continued despite scientific report...

Opioids, Pain and the CDC's Guideline: Needs Improvement

Stefan Kertesz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Stefan Kertesz

As medical boards, insurers and government agencies enforce this guideline, prescribing differently from the top line recommendations is likely to become onerous, leaving many patients in the lurch.

Prescription Nation

Annie Negrin MD | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Annie Negrin MD

America is #1 -- that is, in terms of the number of people on prescription medications. We outrank the rest of the word in terms of how many people t...

The Most Vulnerable Victims Of America's Opioid Epidemic

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living

Newborns die after being sent home with mothers struggling to kick drug addictions...

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

Peter V. Emerson | Posted 02.01.2016 | 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 11.30.2015 | 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 11.30.2015 | 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...

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.