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My Son, Drugs and Safety

Melissa Franqui | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Melissa Franqui

Teenagers will make their own choices, just as we did. In helping my son navigate peer pressure and make better decisions, safety is my highest priority and it should also be his.

Trying To Explain Heroin To The Concerned Father Of An Addict

Daniel Mierlak, MD, PhD | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Daniel Mierlak, MD, PhD

The son carried diagnoses of anxiety and depression and had been prescribed the usual culprits: antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and probably an anticonvulsant or two from the creative thinker who deduced bipolar disorder from the mélange. The father was bewildered by all of it. He knew heroin was the enemy, responsible for all the ravages. But why couldn't his son stay clean?

Putting Marijuana DUI in Perspective

Sam Tracy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

We must consider the risk involved and make sure the punishment fits the crime. While weak DUI laws clearly jeopardize public safety, overly strict rules or harsh penalties can ruin the lives of innocent drivers who aren't truly impaired.

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.

3 Ways to Fight Mass Criminalization

Jordan Melograna | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

This isn't rocket science. If you put people who are sick in jail instead of a hospital they don't get better; if someone bounces between a cell and the street for years, they'll never find a stable place to live.

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.

David Freeman

Teen Weed Users May Face High Risk For Dependence

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

Marijuana may be gaining acceptance around the nation, but that doesn't mean medical research has stopped raising questions about its safety. Case ...

Chaka Reveals Her Shocking Near-Death Experience

Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices

--R&B/Funk legend Chaka Khan opens up about her past near-death experience after drug abuse. (Daily Mail) More Notable/Quotables: ...

The Last Six Months of Dying

Robin Korth | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

Ever since that day almost eight years ago, I have sought to come from this centered "I" -- with honesty, quiet bravery and ever-growing self-love. As I have learned to come from this source of me flowing always towards myself, I no longer judge me, I no longer see myself as "other."

The Heroin Antidote? How Naloxone Can Help and Hurt Addicts

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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.

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Daniel Altman

For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Not Enough

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

When I was a kid growing up in Kenya, I imagined that one day I would step out of the closet and find a sense of brotherhood and belonging in the beautiful, rainbow flag-waving LGBT community. But the reality differed a great deal from my dreams.

Enforcing Good Behavior: The Checkout Line Shouldn't Be the Front Line in Battling Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Steven Kurlander | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Kurlander

While this refusal appeared ridiculous, it spoke volumes about the intrusion into our lives that has been institutionalized in our nation. The American cashier is now tasked not only with ringing up sales, but enforcing harsh laws against alcohol and drug consumption.

Iranian Glass "Sheesheh" - How Iran's Youth Got Hooked on Crystal Meth

Shermin Kruse | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

Despite the minimal protections for victims of drug use and the Islamic Republic's typical manner of glossing over their domestic problems, Iran spends approximately one billion dollars per year on anti-drug operations.

Alcoholism: The Not-So-Funny Equal Opportunist

Allison Hudson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Alcoholism doesn't give a shit how pretty you are, where you go to church or don't go to church, how much your mom and dad loved you as a kid, how many degrees you have. It doesn't care what kind of house you live in, what kind of car you drive, or how much money is in your bank account.

Dave Navarro On Heroin: 'I Knew Goddamn Well All The Possible Consequences'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.11.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro had already lost loved ones to heroin by the time he tried the drug, but no number of cautionary tales could k...

Matt Ferner

Marijuana Supporters Worry Colorado Bills Target Pot-Using Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

Bills recently introduced in the Colorado Senate may criminalize what's now the legal use and cultivation of marijuana by parents, according to some m...

Ketamine's Rapid Effects in Depression and OCD: Cause for Hope and Caution

Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

Because ketamine has FDA approval, it can be prescribed legally by any physician. In fact, there are multiple private clinics advertising ketamine infusions, for a fee. But ketamine is still in an early stage of development for depression and OCD. I have my concerns and we need more evidence for its safe use in individuals suffering from these mental illnesses.

How She Went From Star Athlete To Heroin Addict

OWN | Posted 03.21.2014 | OWN

Twenty-year-old Claire grew up in an affluent community, attended an elite East Coast boarding school and was an all-American high-school athlete, win...

The Terrifying Way Teens Are Getting Hooked On Heroin

OWN | Posted 03.11.2014 | OWN

When 20-year-old John purchased white powder at a party, he was told it was crushed painkillers. In reality, it was pure heroin. For four months, John...

Holder Outlines Plan To Address 'Urgent Public Health Crisis'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder promised Monday to address the recent rise in heroin overdoses with enhanced enforcement and treatment initiatives in his...

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...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Story and Obamacare Coverage of Drug Addiction

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Addiction is everywhere, help is more available, and you have friends and/or family who care about you. Take the first steps today to know your risks and find solutions for a better tomorrow.

Booker T. Washington Inspires Barack

William H. Turner | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.

A Solution to Rid Santa Cruz Beaches of Syringes -- And to Reduce HIV and Overdose Deaths

Tony Newman | Posted 05.03.2014 | San Francisco
Tony Newman

It was sad for me to see that the drug problem in Santa Cruz has reached a point where good people are so upset that they were pushing for backward policies that would not help people struggling with addiction or the Santa Cruz community as a whole.