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Drug Overdose

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

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 03.28.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.18.2014 | 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 03.11.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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...

Matt Sledge

This Governor Looks Set To Reject Overdose Prevention For No Good Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) appears set to oppose a bill increasing access to a lifesaving anti-overdose medication because of concerns rejected by pub...

Lunch With Hoffman

Matthew Ebert | Posted 04.13.2014 | Celebrity
Matthew Ebert

I was on drugs back then: coke, booze, Xanax, anything I could get my hands on, really. It was 2002, and while Philip Seymour Hoffman's Hollywood career was skyrocketing, mine was a flameout from a jet engine careening backward down the wrong runway.

Could Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Finally Change the Conversation About Substance Use?

Jeff Foote, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

We are humbled by the difficulties associated with staying stable over the long haul and hope that we continue to change the conversation about this problem from that of stigma to growth, from deficits to strengths and from shame to pride.

Can Our Kids Truly Understand Philip Seymour Hoffman's Fate?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Joanne Bamberger

Is it possible to get our kids to truly understand that when it comes to addiction, users have little or no control without the right support? Or that no matter how they think about drugs today, they, too, could become addicts?

More Than What Meets the Eye

Jason Wahler | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jason Wahler

I have witnessed just how close-minded some people can be when it comes to addiction, and combined with the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it only drives me to keep pushing to raise awareness.

Addiction, Poverty and the Myth of Willpower

Jen Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Simon

The discourse surrounding addicts and their culpability in their addiction is remarkably similar to the discourse surrounding the poor and their culpability in their poverty. Believing an addict is to blame for their addiction is a fundamentally conservative philosophy.

People Who Use Drugs Need to Be Treated With Dignity

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 04.07.2014 | Celebrity
Sharda Sekaran

Too often, the people who use drugs are invisible or worse they are stigmatized and demonized as "junkies," "addicts," and "criminals." Drug users are "others" to be held in stark contrast to the rest of "us."

To Honor Hoffman, Focus on Prevention, not the Drug War

Leo Beletsky | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

Aggressive and mounting application of criminal prosecutions following overdose events totally thwart any positive public health impact of Good Samaritan legislation and other efforts to encourage overdose witnesses to come forward.

Make 2014 the Year to Pass Well-Written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Passing well written 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Laws tells society that all of those struggling with alcohol and drug abuse are worth saving, including those that are on probation, on parole or awaiting a drug violation.

Here's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

With recreational pot now for sale in Colorado and widespread confusion over a recent satirical story that jokingly claimed 37 people had already died...