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Heroin Addiction

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

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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.

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.

Confessions of a Small-Time Heroin Dealer

Substance.com | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Substance.com

Heroin is news right now, and for lots of first-time users -- often switching over from more expensive painkiller habits -- the price is right. Here in federal prison I'm surrounded by some of the casualties of this not-so-new heroin wave, so I thought I'd get one typical perspective.

America's Greatest Threat

George Mitrovich | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
George Mitrovich

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a very great actor. He was also a heroin addict. February 2 of this year Mr. Hoffman was found dead on the bathroom floor...

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...

TELL US: How Has Heroin Affected You And Yours?

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Crime

Heroin kills in more ways than one. It sucks the life out of families, relationships, our children and our schools. It makes strong people weak, an...

'We're All Paying': The Misery Of Heroin

AP | AMY FORLITI, DAN SEWELL and NIGEL DUARA | Posted 04.05.2014 | Crime

On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked down at a lifeless 20-year-old — a needle ma...

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) ...

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...

Kathleen Miles

This Program Would Save Heroin Addicts' Lives, Help Curb Disease And Save Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

Needle exchange programs could save thousands of American lives and reduce strain on the public health care system. But some politicians refuse to imp...

Heroin Addict's Haunting Photo Series Chronicles His Recovery

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts

Photographer and former heroin addict Graham MacIndoe had a hunch he might make for a good subject behind his own lens upon catching his reflection on...

What Heroin Addiction Cost This Nurse And Mother

OWN | Posted 03.13.2014 | OWN

Tammy was a mother of two, married to a police officer and working as a nurse at a world class hospital. Her life seemed about as apple pie American a...

This Is A Side Of Heroin Addiction We Don't Often See

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Arts

When photographers document their experiences grappling with drug addiction, the results are usually of a similar breed -- dingy rooms sprinkled with ...

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...

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.

Heroin Users: Not From Another Planet

Jim Anderson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Anderson

Methadone clinics are places that people with addiction to heroin and other opiates (pain medication) come to take methadone instead of heroin. All in all, it's a pretty darn good trade, and helps thousands of human beings break free of the shackles of heroin addiction and lead meaningful lives.

Heroin No Longer Happens Somewhere Else

Tom Davis | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Davis

It was yet another sad case, another horrific way of validating that heroin is no longer the scourge of the streets, the back alleys and the abandoned buildings of the cities. It's no longer the thing celebrities do, or even celebrities you'd easily suspect.

Jillian Berman

How A Big Drug Company Inadvertently Got Americans Hooked On Heroin

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business

When she was 18, Arielle would come home every day and embark on what she calls an “Easter egg hunt." She wasn’t looking for candy. Arielle was hu...

These Charts Show Just How Bad America's Heroin Problem Has Become

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

Heroin use is on the rise in the United States. The number of Americans using the drug has increased by about 50 percent in the past decade, accord...

Addiction: The Sacred Disease

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Alcohol is a form of cheap grace, as are all drugs. What we addicts really yearn for is a connection to God, alignment with the Holy, reunion with the Divine. It is a deeply spiritual hunger.

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.

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...

Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Conversation We Need to Have

Isaac Saul | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Isaac Saul

It's time to have "the talk." No, not the birds and the bees. Not the alcohol talk, or the boyfriend talk, or the borrowing the car talk, and not even the "we're going to break up" talk. No. It is time to have the heroin talk.

Matt Sledge

Heroin Overdose Prevention Bill Advances After Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

A bill meant to stem deaths from heroin overdoses advanced in the New York Senate Tuesday, just days after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an app...