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I'm A Heroin Addict

Richard Farrell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Richard Farrell

In 1987, I beat a 10-bag-a-day heroin habit. Somehow, I pulled myself out and went on this unbelievable journey. However, I have never in my life witnessed anything like the current heroin epidemic in America. How did we get here?

Your Kids on Oxycontin: Creating the Addicts of the Future

Tommy Rosen | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tommy Rosen

The concern, of course, is that the drug will now be prescribed more routinely to children in less severe pain. I'm no cynic, but we've seen this happen again and again.

The Same Deadly Fix, Just Cheaper

John Temple | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
John Temple

The power of painkillers is that they come in amber pill bottles, not little plastic bags. Their precise, factory-shaped contours make it easy for people -- even doctors -- to believe they aren't addictive. But the painkiller epidemic and the heroin epidemic are one and the same. And their addictions are equally horrific.

FDA Approves OxyContin For Extremely Sick Kids

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

The U.S. Food and Drug Association approved the painkiller OxyContin for children ages 11 to 16 with pain "severe enough to require daily, around-the...

The Addict's Hustle

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

I always knew about the addict's hustle. "Just lend me a fiver and I'll give it back tomorrow." Or "I need a place to stay just for a day or so." Or "I'm going clean tomorrow if you just..." However, what I never knew until today was how addicts are hustled.

Chemistry Lessons for Leaders

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

We are all familiar with the "chemistry" factor in relationships and the chemical attraction metaphor; now we are learning that such insights are more than metaphor -- they are reality!

A Better Way to Approach Pain, and America's Pain-Pill Epidemic

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, and P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Y...

Saki Knafo

How A Painkiller Poster Boy Turned His Life Around | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

Daniel Haley, a recovering heroin addict, became a minor celebrity on Staten Island due to a rap video he made. (Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post) ...

Zach Carter

Key Democrat Says Drug Companies Have 'Hijacked' FDA | Zach Carter | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway criticized the Food and Drug Administration's cozy relationship with pharmaceutical companies, saying that the a...

Heroin and Painkiller Deaths Require Public Health Policies

Helena Hansen | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Helena Hansen

Drug policies that unilaterally curb access to prescription opioids can have unintended consequences, exacerbating the very problems, such as overdose, that they purport to solve.

Two Of America's Biggest Drug Problems Are Intertwined

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Business

Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death last weekend has placed a renewed spotlight on the nation's heroin epidemic, a problem that has grown much, m...

FDA Proposal To Curb Painkiller Overdoses May Bring Misery To Pain Patients

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Radley Balko

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended new restrictions on the use of some prescription painkillers. Citing a reported dramatic increase in the number of overdose deaths related to opioid-based painkillers over the last decade.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Joe Putignano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

The only element of The Wizard of Oz that stood out to me as a boy was the field of red poppies. Did a part of my subconscious internalize this foreshadowing of the devastating journey that I would take through my own poppy field many years later?

Skyrocketing Epidemic Among Women: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are dying from these overdoses at rates never seen before. Every three minutes, a woman visits an emergency department for opioid misuse or abuse. That accounts for more than 200,000 emergency department visits a year.

In Florida, Selling a Pot Pipe Is a Felony But Illegally Pushing Millions of OxyContin Is a Fine

Russ Belville | Posted 08.17.2013 | Miami
Russ Belville

To put this in perspective, try and imagine the DEA caught an average American with a $45,000 annual income diverting millions of OxyContin on the black market and then settled with the American for a $47.25 fine and no criminal charges.

New York Times Reporter Lands Title on Kindle Single Best Seller List

Howard Polskin | Posted 08.05.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

Reporter Barry Meier has written his first Kindle Single A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine's Biggest Mistake. In it, he looks at the over-prescription of the drug OxyContin. Within a week of publication, the book already landed among the top 10 best-selling e-book singles.

Bloomberg Cracks Down On Pain Reliever Prescriptions

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.11.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is again pushing new regulations aimed at making New Yorkers healthier. This time, he's calling for restrictions on the amount...

The Pain Wars

Radley Balko | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

Last year I wrote a three-part series for Huffington Post that asked some questions about the latest panic over opioid painkillers, and its effect on ...

The Allure of Pain Meds

Kelly Bergin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

It wasn't until after my surgery for cancer at 21 that I took my very first painkiller. But like many others before me, I made the fatal error of mistaking drugs for happiness.

Morning Links: Oxycontin Abuse Wanes, Your Kindle Is Spying On You, Surprising Statistics AboutMass Shootings

Radley Balko | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- The smartest thing I've read yet on the Newtown tragedy. Related: You might be surprised to learn that mass killings are not happening more frequen...

Prescription Painkillers Mixed With Alcohol: A Deadly Mix

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

High schools and colleges across our nation need to be aware of this growing threat and the need to educate students about the dangers of prescription drug misuse along with excessive drinking and illegal drug abuse.

This Is The Largest Art Heist In History

AP | DAVE COLLINS | Posted 01.14.2013 | Crime

HARTFORD, Conn. — A 76-year-old reputed Connecticut mobster said to have information about the largest art heist in history was expected to plea...

Kathleen Miles

Shocking Prescription Drug Ring | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.19.2012 | Los Angeles

A federal grand jury has charged 16 defendants with running an Oxycontin trafficking operation in Southern California in a superseding indictment anno...

Is There A SoCal Heroin Epidemic?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.12.2012 | Los Angeles

The day after a Southern Californian 22-year-old died of a heroin overdose, her family joined other families who have lost a son or daughter to heroin...

WATCH: How America Got Hooked On OxyContin

Posted 11.26.2012 | Health News

The highly addictive painkiller OxyContin is the top selling branded drug in its category, raking in over a billion dollars last year. HuffPost Live h...