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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.

Little Brothers Aren't Supposed To Die

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Nicole Jankowski

Little brothers aren't supposed to die. This is something you know as a child without someone telling you. Little brothers, the ones who are a foot taller than you and who smile with their eyes, do not die at age 30. But heroin addicts do.

Fearing Arrest when Calling 911 for Overdose

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Overdose Good Samaritan Laws as life-saving, but unless these laws apply to all, overdose deaths will continue to be the norm. The life-saving call will not be made.

Meet Jack Fishman, the Man Who Invented Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

It's a tragedy that Jack Fishman died without ever knowing the extent of his impact on saving lives from overdose. But then again, he was a humble man. Perhaps he would prefer to remain the unsung hero of overdose prevention.

Why Doctors Should Avoid Saying 'Drug Overdose'

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Because most people who are prescribed opioids do not see themselves as being at risk for overdose, they may decline naloxone even if it is offered by a medical provider. Talking about not breathing as a possible side effect usually grabs patients' attention and will make them more open to information on naloxone.

Energy Drink Ads Still Reach Young Kids

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Two very different studies crossed my desk this week and, when read together, they point to a disturbing problem.

Bigger U.S. Health Crisis: Ebola or Addiction?

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

One U.S. death from Ebola and every media outlet around makes it their lead story, treating it as if it's a health crisis of monumental proportions. Meanwhile, nearly 42,000 people die in this country every year as a result of drug overdoses.

Addiction: Survivor's Guilt and Heroic Parents

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

I cannot even imagine what losing a child to drugs would be like. Lord knows I've thought about it a lot. For a while, I was terrified that it might happen to me. And I'd be lying if I said it's not something I still think about from time to time when I allow my mind to wander out of the moment.