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News Roundup for December 20, 2016

Outspeak | Posted 12.20.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

News roundup for all y'al.

Should People Be Forced Into The Hospital After A Drug Overdose?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 12.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Naloxone, a medicine that reverses the effects of opioid overdose, is being debated fiercely around the country right now. In most areas, the question...

I Am A Heroin Addict: Recovery Road

Richard Farrell | Posted 11.04.2016 | Impact
Richard Farrell

The first year of my sobriety was like standing in an ice­-cold shower, trying to believe that sooner or later the heat would come on. I was in a minefield, and every step I took represented a higher percentage of failure.

Who Will Answer The 3 A.M. Overdose Wake-Up Call?

Jason Friesen | Posted 11.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Jason Friesen

It’s hard not to notice that opioid overdoses are resulting in a lot of unnecessary deaths across large swaths of the U.S. and Canada. As the death ...

Rise In Drug Overdose Deaths Leads To Increase In Organ Transplants

Healthline | Posted 10.26.2016 | Healthy Living

There appears to be a silver lining, if you want to call it that, to the epidemic of drug overdose deaths in the United States. The surge in these fa...

Remembering My First Boyfriend

Weston Ashley | Posted 10.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Weston Ashley

Our relationship was innocent and pure. I think often that he will be 24 forever. As time passes and I grow older, I can live life for better or worse. I don't have to live a certain way anymore by numbing my pain. I can let go and move on. I'll do it for Dexter, but most importantly, I'll do it for me.

Opioid Epidemic Goes Unmentioned In First Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― In the first presidential debate Monday night, Democratic and Republican nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump covered a wide range...

Video Shows Child Trying To Wake Mom Who Allegedly Overdosed

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 09.22.2016 | Crime

Disturbing footage released by Massachusetts police on Wednesday shows a woman passed out in a store as her toddler, wearing pink “Frozen” pajamas...

6 Reasons Carfentanil Is About To Turn Our World Upside Down

Deni Carise | Posted 10.01.2016 | Politics
Deni Carise

It’s not like any of us really thought the drug epidemic would get better overnight. It’s just that we thought we might be seeing the depths of th...

Public Shaming Of Overdosed Adults By Police Department's Facebook Post Is 'Morally Repugnant'

STAT | Posted 09.12.2016 | Healthy Living

By Seth Mnookin I'm going to let you in on a secret: Being physically dependent on heroin isn't fun. When I needed a fix -- and when I was using, I a...

Opioid Epidemic Greatly Exaggerated?

The Fix | Posted 09.06.2016 | Healthy Living
The Fix

But researchers at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas, say government data do not reflect what the media and politicians have said about the magnitude of the epidemic.

Dollars Over Sense When It Comes To Addiction Treatment

Deni Carise | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

I've worked in the substance abuse treatment and research field for quite some time. At this point, there are a few indisputable truths about this di...

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 | Home
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.