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The 10 Best Health Stories Of 2016

The Huffington Post | Allison Fox | Posted 12.29.2016 | Healthy Living

As journalists, we always appreciate a good story and we’re eager to read everything we can. As the year draws to a close, we collected our favorite...

Connecting The Dots Between The Opioid Epidemic And Philanthropy

Allen Frances | Posted 09.19.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

If the Sacklers really are philanthropists, and not just seekers of fame, they should want to do the right thing and help those they have hurt.

Love, Drugs and Crime in America's Heartland

Seth Ferranti | Posted 08.05.2016 | Books
Seth Ferranti

In his debut novel, The More They Disappear, Donaldson writes a tale that seems stolen from our national headlines. He tackles the Oxycontin crisis and looks back at how it started in the mid-90s. The More They Disappear takes us to the front lines of the battle against small-town drug abuse in an unnerving tale of addiction, loss, and the battle to overcome the darkest parts of ourselves.

Purdue Pharma: Corporate Fraud With a Body Count

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

All the major features of Purdue's handling of OxyContin conform to similar acts of corporate fraud perpetrated in recent years. Still the story is peculiar in some key respects. Many times corporate fraud originates in some fairly innocent business model. Not so with OxyContin, a dubious affair from the start.

Opioid Misuse: America's Not So Silent Killer

Stampp Corbin | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Stampp Corbin

Isn't it time that the pharmaceutical industry and doctors be held to account for the opioid addiction crisis that is killing 51 people each day who are addicted to prescription opioids? If Prince's death begins that conversation, then his legacy will be much more than his music.

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.

What You Don't Know About Pain Medications Can Hurt You

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 02.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

As a pain management specialist, I field various questions about pain medications. What does the new NSAID warning mean? Is it OK to drink alcohol while I'm on Tylenol? Is OxyContin safe to take long-term? Well, I'm glad you asked.

I'm A Heroin Addict

Richard Farrell | Posted 11.02.2016 | 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 10.21.2016 | 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 10.05.2016 | 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 12.20.2016 | 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 07.20.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 ...