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The Unforgettable Day I Witnessed Naloxone Save Amy's Life

Amanda Bent | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Amanda Bent

I still vividly remember the first time I saw naloxone in action. The day began like an average one at the drop-in center -- with the buzz of conversation, ringing phones and chaotic sounds of an old action movie on the television.

How to Identify Someone at Risk for Suicide

Richard Taite | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Richard Taite

It's splashed all over social and mainstream media. Another person in the public eye has passed away from suicide. Tomorrow, it will be someone els...

Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Mitigate the Destruction They Cause

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

The pharmaceutical industry's marketing of prescription painkillers to doctors is a driving force behind the nation's current opioid addiction crisis. Given the role that the pharmaceutical industry has played in creating the crisis, they should play an equally large role in resolving it.

Let No One Else Have to Bury a Child Because of Drug Addiction

Richard Taite | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Richard Taite

It was one of the highlights of last week's Republican debate, the moment when Carly Fiorina shared that she and her husband had buried a child due to drug addiction. All the bombast of the candidates fell away as this strong woman shared her private heartache.

Legislators Panic and Force Addiction Treatment

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 09.16.2015 | New York
Elaine Pawlowski

Making naloxone available with an attached condition during a life and death emergency is not only irresponsible and stigmatizing but cruel.

The U.S. Needs More Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction

Hyun Namkoong | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Hyun Namkoong

The problems in Fayetteville reflect what has been unfolding nationwide ever since the resurgence of heroin and the soaring use of prescription painkillers such as Percocet or Vicodin. Although these drugs have claimed thousands of lives in the U.S., healthcare resources and services have failed to catch-up to meet the demands for opiate treatment programs.

The Long Walk of Moms and Dads After Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Denise Cullen

It's a hard road, the one that we walk after our children die from a drug overdose. It's a walk that numbs your feet from the miles of isolation and grief. I'm only one of thousands.

On a Mission

Jason Wahler | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Jason Wahler

Every day I wake up and it is my mission to do everything possible to make sure that I make a difference when it comes to addiction and recovery. If you asked me five years ago if this would be my life, I would've laughed at you.

High Praise: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Save Lives

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

A new study released by the University of California-Irvine in conjunction with the RAND corporation, a non-profit global think tank, shows a correlation between states that have legalized marijuana and reduced rates of opioid addiction.

The Bitter Taste of Dying... and Addiction

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

At the age of 14, Jason Smith got his first taste of addiction. Literally. While his parents were away for the weekend, his uncle--a heroin addict who was living with Jason and his family--overdosed, and Jason had to perform CPR on him.

Does Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer?

Posted 06.22.2015 | MarloThomas

Does marijuana cause lung cancer? Many have asked the question, pinning it up against substances like tobacco. Luckily medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta...

Can You Become Addicted to Marijuana?

Posted 06.22.2015 | MarloThomas

Many have questioned the addiction properties in marijuana. Is it possible to become addicted to marijuana? Luckily I had Dr. Sanjay Gupta stop by Mon...

Does Marijuana Helps Seizures?

Posted 06.22.2015 | MarloThomas

Many people have come out with stories of "miracle" treatments from the use of medical marijuana. We asked medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta to stop by ...

Can People Die From Marijuana

Posted 06.22.2015 | MarloThomas

Has anyone ever died from using cannabis? Is it a possibility that it could happen? Medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta stopped by Mondays with Marlo to d...

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Are You for Legalizing Medical Marijuana or Against It?

Posted 06.22.2015 | MarloThomas

It was a pleasure to have Dr. Sanjay Gupta stop by Mondays with Marlo to discuss medical marijuana, its benefits and risks, and to decipher truth from...

Marijuana Versus Prescription Pills

Posted 06.22.2015 | MarloThomas

Medical marijuana has been a huge debate across the United States, so it was the perfect time to have Dr. Sanjay Gupta visit Mondays with Marlo to dis...

The Difference Between THC and CBD

Posted 06.22.2015 | MarloThomas

What a pleasure it was to have Dr. Sanjay Gupta stop by Mondays with Marlo. We discussed a very controversial topic in the media today: medical mariju...

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Message on Medical Marijuana

Posted 06.22.2015 | MarloThomas

What a pleasure it was to have Dr. Sanjay Gupta stop by Mondays with Marlo. We discussed a very controversial topic in the media today: medical mariju...

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Visits Mondays with Marlo

Posted 06.24.2015 | MarloThomas

What a pleasure it was to have Dr. Sanjay Gupta stop by Mondays with Marlo. We discussed a very controversial topic in the media today: medical mariju...

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.

Governor Abbott: Sign HB225 and Save Texas Lives

Joy Strickland | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Joy Strickland

Opiate overdose is the crisis that did not need to happen. Its very existence contradicts the idea that every person is redeemable and every human life is worth saving.

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.

In Celebration of National Public Health Week

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

During this National Public Health Week, I celebrate all of public health partners across the city and the country. Thank you for all that you do. I am proud to work in public health and to serve with you.

As Heroin Deaths Skyrocket, Prescription Monitoring Programs May Do More Harm

Leo Beletsky | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

When it comes to drug overdose, we may be winning one battle, but losing the war. As deaths involving prescription painkillers are leveling off, the latest stats on heroin fatalities could not be more dire. What's often lost behind the headlines is that the trends in prescription painkiller and heroin abuse are linked.

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.