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Drug Overdose

Teen Charged With Murder In Girl's Drug Overdose Enters Plea

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.12.2014 | Crime

One of the five teens charged with murder in the overdose death of a 17-year-old Minnesota girl has pleaded guilty. Cole Alexander Matenaer, 19, pl...

My Sister Died of an Overdose of Prescription Painkillers

David Wallechinsky | Posted 08.10.2014 | 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.

Why We're Mesmerized by the Prostitute and the Google Exec

Mary Papenfuss | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime
Mary Papenfuss

Theirs is a tale of what we expect might happen when boundaries are crossed, and when a rocker Eve tempts not just an Adam, but a Silicon Valley Master of the Universe in the Garden of Eden.

Hairroin? Really? Addicted to Ignorance, Not Style

Allison Hudson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Listen up, Urban Outfitters: Teaming up with a salon called "Hairroin," which uses "addicted" in its slogan, and handing out needle-shaped pens isn't funny or cute or even catchy. It's pathetic, sad and beyond poor taste. It's disgusting.

Drug Relapse Denial and How it Kills

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Denial can be deadly. When teenagers aren't educated about sex because adults insist that it's not happening in schools, the outcomes are unplanned ...

Top 5 Reasons Why We Need Over-the-Counter Naloxone to Combat Drug Overdose

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

As drug overdose reigns as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, naloxone has emerged as one of the most promising solutions t...

David Lohr

Five Teens Charged With Murder In Girl's Drug Overdose

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 05.29.2014 | Crime

Five Minnesota teenagers have been charged with murder in the death of a 17-year-old girl who authorities say was supplied with a dangerous synthetic ...

When to Kill the Bill: Dilemmas, Compromise, and Overdose Prevention Laws

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

How much compromise is too much? It's a question that plagues policy advocates when their champion legislation is watered down or stuffed with pork in legislative committees.

The Laguna Beach Drug Epidemic

Jason Wahler | Posted 07.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Jason Wahler

I consider myself lucky to have grown up in Laguna Beach. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous there, but I had great friends and family, and can say th...

In Defense of Giving Naloxone to Cops

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Naloxone programs represent a paradigm shift in law enforcement attitude toward drug users from a "lock'em up" mentality to an emphasis on the value of all human life.

What Do Prosecutors and District Attorneys Say About 911 Good Samaritan Laws?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

While law enforcement, public health advocates, and people directly affected by drug overdose are front and center in these debates, state prosecutors and district attorneys also play a critical role in advocacy efforts -- often for, but sometimes against, these laws.

Drug Overdose: It Can Happen to Any Family

Linda Lajterman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Linda Lajterman

We saw real and true tears at Danny's funeral from many of the hundreds of kids who came. We have also learned that a few days later, many were back to business as usual waiting for the next chance to get wasted at whatever excuse there is for a party.

Don't Share Your Medication

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

This unfortunate situation not only reinforces the traditional message, "Never share your medication with any person," but also highlights that this message should be expanded to "Never share your medication with any person or pet."

Five Things Every Young Person Should Know About Drugs and Alcohol

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

New advancements in drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment programs occur nearly every day. So what does all this mean for teens and college students today? Here's what you need to know.

The Drug Czar's Office Is Taking Ideas From the Drug Policy Reform Movement

Derek Rosenfeld | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Derek Rosenfeld

While it is truly great to see ONDCP trying to help prevent overdoses, they're still missing the big picture -- the criminalization of drug use is what's predominantly driving the harms associated with drug use.

Attorney Gen. Holder Gets on Board With Naloxone to Prevent Fatal Overdoses

Meghan Ralston | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Meghan Ralston

Overdose prevention advocates and drug policy reformers are feeling some wind beneath their wings as a result of a statement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder encouraging expanded access to the overdose reversal medicine naloxone.

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...

With Suicide, Drug Overdose, We Need to Stop Blaming the Parents

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

When tragedy strikes, it is often our first response to look for someone to blame. The parents. The school system. Even the victim. But arguably, when society scapegoats the parents and family of someone who has died, we lose not only the victim, but the family as well.

Heroin Overdose Can Be Prevented, But It Requires a Plan

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Because when it comes to addiction, every day presents new challenges, and having a plan "just in case" offers a second chance to those struggling with drug abuse and peace of mind for the people who love them.

Madness, Divinest Sense and This Year's Oscars

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 04.30.2014 | Media
Rev. Galen Guengerich

It seems to me that this tendency to excuse libertine excesses by talented people inverts our moral hierarchy, since it basically says that those whom we acclaim as best are excused for acting the worst.

Why Georgia Desperately Needs Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Like millions of other Americans, Atlanta resident Kathy Fletcher depends on prescription drugs to alleviate chronic pain. Medications such as OxyCont...

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.

Most States Don't Have Laws That Can Help People Who Are Overdosing

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

In the U.S., drug overdoses are responsible for more deaths than car accidents, but in almost two-thirds of states there are no laws for helping peopl...

Hoffman's Death Illustrates Heroin's Ability to Hijack the Brain

Dr. Timothy P. Condon | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Timothy P. Condon

The heroin epidemic is dangerous, startling, and tragic. But it is far from hopeless. The solutions are in front of us, and research continues to provide more answers every day. We must be as focused and driven as the addicted brain: Implement the solutions. Now.

Katy Hall

Overdose Victims Are More Likely To Die In These States

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

Drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents in most states, but nearly two-thirds of states don't have laws that can help people survive an ove...