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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.

Congress Passed An Important Bill On Opioid Treatment -- Now They Need to Fund It

Travis N. Rieder | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Travis N. Rieder

The bill did not include complete funding for the proposals, which Republicans insisted be voted on separately after the summer recess.

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.

Outrage of the Month: Doctors Accepting Bribes, Betraying Patients

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

Read more in Public Citizen's July Health Letter On June 9, FBI agents arrested two former drug company employees for allegedly running a brazen sche...

As Opioid Addiction Burns Through Society, We Must Fight Fire With Fire

Robert S. Bobrow, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Robert S. Bobrow, M.D.

As addiction to opioids, principally heroin and oxycodone, continue to ravage our country in a crescendo of drug-related crimes and overdose deaths, t...

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."

Incarceration or Treatment: The Myth of Addiction

Max Dorfman | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Max Dorfman

In the last few years, as the consequences of opioid use have become more recognized among whites--so widespread this is now considered an epidemic--reforms for drug policies have finally been considered.

Baltimore's Model Of Public Health Recovery And Resilience

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Through the lens of public health, we can aspire to create well-being in all of our communities and ensure that everyone can reach their full potential.

Cuddling Program Brings Peace To Babies Withdrawing From Opioids

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents

A program at a Pittsburgh hospital is showing how impactful the human touch can be. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Magee-Women's Hospit...

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

STAT | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
STAT

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...

What Is Fentanyl? The Facts About the Opioid That Caused Prince's Death

Health.com | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Health.com

Amid all the speculation and controversy, the death of legendary artist Prince has been officially ruled an accidental opioid overdose. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Minnesota released an autopsy report yesterday listing the cause of his death as an accident, and citing fentanyl toxicity.

Prince’s Death Reveals How Hard It Is To Escape Opioid Addiction

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living

When Prince reached out to Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California-based chronic pain and addiction specialist, Kornfeld wasn't immediately available to go ...

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...

Probuphine: A Game-Changer in Fighting Opioid Dependence

Nora Volkow | Posted 05.26.2016 | Science
Nora Volkow

One of the challenges with all addiction medications, however, is making sure patients adhere to their prescribed regimen. For the medication to be effective, the patient must take their prescription or show up at the clinic on a daily basis.

Med Students Take Battle Against Opioid Epidemic Into Their Own Hands

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

Students at Harvard Medical School may just be the first doctors-in-training to learn how to administer one of the most effective drugs for combating ...

A Shocking Number Of Parents Keep Their Kids' Leftover Opioids

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living

Nearly half of parents whose children were once prescribed pain medication kept the leftover pills at home, a new poll finds. Nearly one-third of the ...

A Root-Cause Approach to the Opioid Epidemic, Part 1

Erica Benedicto | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Erica Benedicto

I love our president, his passion and I appreciate his proposal to heal the epidemic of opioid abuse, but I believe the bigger picture goes beyond treatment centers and expanding scope of practice. We need to assist our patients from the inside, the roots, only then can they truly begin to heal.

The House Just Passed Opioid Legislation, But There's Still A Fight Ahead

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the modern era of Congress, it's a rare day when lawmakers vote on legislation actually intended to go to the president's desk. It's ...

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.

Jamie Lee Curtis: I Was Toxic Too

Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 05.05.2016 | Entertainment
Jamie Lee Curtis

So, awaiting final toxicology, it has now been reported in the New York Times that Prince was toxic. I can relate. I was toxic too.

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.

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.

The Citizen's Guide to Better Health

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

As residents around the country engage in conversations about the future of our country, we hope that everyone discusses the health impact of decisions, and how improving the health of our neighborhoods will allow for a just, safe, and equitable future.

Getting Unhooked

Thorvald Stoltenberg | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
Thorvald Stoltenberg

My wife was the first to discover Nini's secret. I was away on a diplomatic mission when she called to tell me. I booked a flight home straight after hanging-up the phone. My hands were trembling. How could our 30-year old daughter have hidden her drug habit from us?

What Marijuana Can Teach Us About Addiction

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Maia Szalavitz

When we understand the real nature of addiction, we can do a better job of fighting it -- no matter what substance is involved. In the case of marijuana, this means recognizing that the harms of addiction, while subtle, are real -- and shouldn't be dismissed because they are psychological.