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Prescription Drug Abuse

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.

4 Reasons My Six-Figure Job Led To An Unhappy Life

Tyler C Beaty | Posted 09.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Tyler C Beaty

Here are four reasons my six-figure job led to my unhappy life, and a mindset change that will help you avoid making these same mistakes.

Fiorina Is Right

Deborah Hersman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Deborah Hersman

Last week, Carly Fiorina's call for reforming drug treatment policies garnered a strong reaction during the Republican presidential debate when she shared how she and her husband buried their child to drug addiction. Fiorina called drug addiction an "epidemic." She is right.

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 Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever dev...

REPORT: Heroin Use On The Rise, Especially Among Whites

Associated Press | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to ...

DEA-led 'pill mill' raids will save lives

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime
Deborah Hersman

When the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law officers carried out their four-state raid on pain clinics and 'pill mills' across the South on Wednesday, they preemptively saved thousands of lives and arrested some of the country's most unassuming sources of illegal drug activity.

Punishing The Mother Is Not Best For the Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Lynn Erdman

Incarceration is not the answer. Pregnant women with substance use disorders need to be identified early in their pregnancies and offered treatment.

What Hillary Clinton Could Do About the Opioid Crisis

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

During a recent campaign stop, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promised to make the "quiet epidemic" involving heroin and prescription opioids an important part of her presidential campaign. The world is listening right now. It's the perfect time for her to create a rallying cry against this "quiet" epidemic.

ICYMI: Tango As Medicine, What Stress Looks Like And Your Brain On 'Food Porn'

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI features what HuffPost editors are reading this week. This week, we teared up while re-reading this year's recipient of the Hillman Prize --...

The Most Fatally Abused Drug Is in Your Medicine Cabinet

Deborah Hersman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to learn how to prevent opioid painkiller overdose and addiction. Know the facts. According to new National Safety Council public opinion poll, few Americans do.

Why Heroin Overdoses Are Rising and How We Can Prevent Them

Amos Irwin | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Amos Irwin

The death toll from heroine overdoses has been rising 40% per year since 2011, overtaking fatalities from HIV in 2013. News stories on the issue are long on fear but short on solutions. So here are five things you need to know about America's heroin overdose crisis.

Prescription Drug Abuse Linked To Indiana HIV Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Indiana is grappling with an outbreak of HIV that local health officials say is connected to prescription drug abuse. Since mid-December, there ha...

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.

Breaking the Stigma: Honor Roll Heroin Addict

Erin Bahadur | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Bahadur

I arrogantly assumed that my lack of a criminal record and the small amount of clean time I had accumulated would exonerate me and I would leave with a slap on the wrist. I was sentenced to 12 months in jail, five years probation, more than $3,000 in restitution and 100 hours of community service.

Cake Rings True

Gail Saltz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Gail Saltz, M.D.

Besides being touchingly absorbing, Cake spells out that in reality ANYONE can develop a drug addiction, which is a painfully horrible way to live, often deadly and that it most often goes untreated.

Pharmaceutical Industry Profiting From a Solution to a Problem They Helped Create

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

More can and should be done to make naloxone widely available at an affordable price, and we must demand better from an industry that would seek to profit from both the poison and the antidote.

Keeping It Up in the Porn Industry

The Fix | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
The Fix

Over his eight years in the adult industry, Wylde had routinely used Cialis and occasionally dabbled in the injectible erectile-dysfunction drug Bimix, which is shot directly into the penis. This was the third time it had landed him in the hospital.

The Dark Secret Haunting One In Four Teens

Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen

The ugly side of prescription painkillers—and how you could get hooked. By Elizabeth Foy Larsen The afternoon of her grandmother’s funer...

Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

Richard Taite | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.

20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true.

My Sister Died of an Overdose of Prescription Painkillers

David Wallechinsky | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Wallechinsky

One year ago today, my sister, Amy Wallace, died of an overdose of prescription painkillers. She had prescriptions for some drugs, but supplemented her allowance by using online pharmacies.

The Right Way to Be Tough and Smart on Crime

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

In the last three years, crime has decreased across the board in New York. Murder and burglary are down by double digits. At the same time, the state's prison population has declined 4 percent.

The Heroin Antidote? How Naloxone Can Help and Hurt Addicts

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Something that has come out of the increased awareness of heroin addiction is a newfound interest with the controversial drug naloxone that can reverse the side effects and overdoses of opioids. It is a right move that more states are giving police and first responders' access to this drug, but it is one that comes with a lot of controversy.

How Addiction Took My Sister's Life | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women

When someone you love commits suicide, people around you are quick to say, "It wasn't your fault." But I don't know.