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How Increased Fundraising And Research Dollars For Mental Health Can Save Lives

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 07.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Sweat beading down his face and lake water spilling from his wetsuit, Adrian Hunter and close friend Brian Litke took on a serious physical challenge ...

When Your Teenager Is Handed A Prescription For Vicodin

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 07.21.2016 | Parents
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

According to a survey by the National Safety Council, ninety-nine percent of primary care doctors routinely prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How Fame Kills!

L.E. Kalikow | Posted 07.12.2016 | Entertainment
L.E. Kalikow

A major record company president once told me I'd probably never be a star because, as he put it, "You wouldn't kill your mother for it." Although this may have been an oversimplification, it takes a special personality to strive for and thrive in the spotlight.

New Hampshire - A Drug Treatment Court and Rehab in Every County

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

In the mist of New Hampshire's opioid epidemic, Governor Hassan has made the decision to sign Senate Bill 464 into law, establishing a statewide drug court program in each and every New Hampshire county.

A Deadly Addiction to Gummy Vitamins

Raymond J Brune | Posted 06.03.2016 | Comedy
Raymond J Brune

I've done something I'm not proud of. It's one of those things you think could never happen to you. Then it does. You look in your bathroom mirror and realize you've become a junkie. Yesterday, I accidentally overdosed.

What I Want My Son's Graduating Class to Know About The Death of Their Classmate

Trina Bartlett | Posted 06.02.2016 | Parents
Trina Bartlett

Nobody in the Class of 2016 can rewind the clock a week and get a do-over, and there is still plenty more heartache to come for everyone involved in this situation. In a situation like this, turning life lessons into action is a matter of life and death.

The Opioid Epidemic: Where Do We Go From Here?

Kristine Scruggs, MD | Posted 05.24.2016 | HuffPost Home
Kristine Scruggs, MD

In my last post, The Opioid Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?, I outlined the many factors that contributed to the current state of affairs in this count...

The Doves Should Cry For All Lives Lost

MaryBeth Cichocki | Posted 05.09.2016 | World
MaryBeth Cichocki

As saddened as I am at the death of Prince, the public reaction to this news angers me as the mother of a son who died under similar circumstances. Wh...

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 Shipwrecked Lives of the Great Recession

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

The disdain that the Amish faithful feel for family members who reject their all-encompassing religious worldview is such that they refuse to dine with them at the same table.

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.

How I Lost Mother Of The Year to Children's Drug Overdose

Julee Morrison | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Julee Morrison

I learned about poisoning by medicine overdose by accident. Sometimes we learn lessons the hard way. My nearly two-year-old gave this lesson first-han...

U.S. Jails Are Killing People Going Through Opioid Withdrawals

The Influence | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
The Influence

Jails and prisons have a unique opportunity to serve people in need of treatment and divert them from harmful behaviors. But right now, almost every step they take reinforces an incarcerated person's reasons for using substances. A drug-related jail or prison term shouldn't carry a death risk.

Why Is the U.S. Disregarding Plants Like Iboga and Kratom in the Fight Against Overdose and Addiction?

Jag Davies | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Jag Davies

Two medicinal plants, kratom and iboga, have been used for hundreds and thousands of years in other parts of the world and show promise as tools in addiction treatment. Yet the United States' outdated drug war approach is standing in the way.

Guy Shoots Heroin On Bus, Keels Over (DISTURBING VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.25.2016 | Crime

This was one scary trip. Video released Tuesday (watch above) shows 25-year-old Michael Meeney injecting heroin on a Philadelphia-area bus and then fa...

Lifesaving Heroin Antidote To Be Sold Over The Counter At More CVS Stores

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

Ohio and New York have been added to a growing list of states in which CVS pharmacies are selling a heroin overdose antidote without a prescription. ...

The Urgent Need To Address Our Nation's Heroin Epidemic

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

We, like many of our constituents, have seen firsthand how this tragic epidemic has affected our own friends and loved ones, and by sharing their stories we hope to put a face to the addiction crisis.

Looking Back Through Tears: A Mother's Point of View on Addiction

MaryBeth Cichocki | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
MaryBeth Cichocki

My NICU days are over. I could not handle the loss of another mother's baby. I offer support to other mothers who share my grief of losing a child to addiction. I speak out against the stigma that prevents addicts from getting the treatment they need and deserve. I pray that someday I will find peace knowing that Matt is safe, and I hope to forgive myself.

The Sad Reason U.S. Life Expectancy Is Stalling

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday. A child born last year...

The "White Child" That Killed My Father

Torri Stuckey | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.

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.

Uberdose: 911 for People Who Should Call for Help, But Won't

Jason Friesen | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Jason Friesen

As a paramedic that worked along the U.S.-Mexico border until 2010, my colleagues and I responded to a lot of heroin and painkiller overdoses. Some of them we got to in time, while in others we got there too late -- not to mention the many we never heard about.

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 else,...

Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Mitigate the Destruction They Cause

Tessie Castillo | Posted 11.30.2015 | 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.