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Addiction: Survivor's Guilt and Heroic Parents

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

I cannot even imagine what losing a child to drugs would be like. Lord knows I've thought about it a lot. For a while, I was terrified that it might happen to me. And I'd be lying if I said it's not something I still think about from time to time when I allow my mind to wander out of the moment.

Cops Say Couple High On Meth Posed For Selfies With Dead Friend

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 08.29.2014 | Crime

Authorities in southwest Missouri say Chelsie Berry and Jared Prier posed for a selfie with the body of a friend who died from a drug overdose. Ber...

Saving Lives By Mail

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

All the talk of community naloxone programs saving lives from drug overdose might leave people in states with no such programs feeling locked out of...

Reversing the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Bill Corr | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Corr

This is a deeply troubling and challenging public health problem that is an enormous priority for our Department and President Obama. What gives us hope is the knowledge that we have the power to bring an end to this epidemic. These deaths are preventable.

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.

Opioid Maintenance Therapy: Questions and Controversies

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Opioid maintenance therapy, or using a legal opiate to reduce a person's urge to take illicit drugs, has long generated controversy.

A Chance to Heal for Families and Friends of Accidental Overdose

Denise Cullen | Posted 07.18.2014 | Impact
Denise Cullen

The arc of our family's story has been profoundly shaped by our decision to channel our energy in a positive way in order to help with our own healing, and to ensure that Jeff's death was not in vain and to help other families.

The Drug War Is Crazy... But There Is Hope

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

It is time for a new approach, one that treats addiction as a health problem, not a criminal one, and invests in education instead of incarceration. We have a long, long way to go. But at least that journey has started.

Breaking the Code of Silence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.

Pledge to Remember the Ones We've Lost

Temimah Zucker | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

Substance abuse and eating disorders are both mental illnesses. We are prone to blame the sufferer, to dwell in ignorance and shame those who suffer. We forget that lives are lost, we forget that families mourn each day. The nation mourns when we lose great talent, but we do not mourn when we lose the unknown.

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 ...

Swift Action Needed in New York on Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Law

Robert Suarez | Posted 08.20.2014 | New York
Robert Suarez

This week Gov. Cuomo announced a package of legislation that seeks to address the drug-overdose crisis in New York, including reforming health insurance to make sure that people are not denied coverage for drug treatment. Not mentioned is a major bill that will immediately save lives by preventing overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioids.

Naloxone: Necessary but Not Nearly Enough

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

I'm worried that we may be expecting more from naloxone than it can deliver. As far as public-health interventions to address the opioid-addiction epidemic go, naloxone distribution is about as downstream as it gets.

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.

Georgia Governor Signs 911 Medical Amnesty/ Naloxone Law

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

The amendment, added with no warning, threatened to curtail efforts to pass the life-saving bill and is an ugly example of how politics often come before people. But after some political squabbling, the Senate passed the bill last month.

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.

Letter to My Brother Six Feet Under

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I wish I had been able to recognize and deal with my alcoholism before you died. I wish we could have gotten sober together. I wish I could have been the sister I should have been. I wish we could share recovery together. I wish you didn't have to die for me to acknowledge my own addiction.

Federal Legislation: SOS Act, But Is It Enough for NY?

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 05.19.2014 | New York
Elaine Pawlowski

There is a crisis in our country, a nationwide overdose health crisis, and the federal government is listening. New legislation would provide federal support for overdose prevention programs run by community agencies and municipal, state and tribal governments.

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.

Moms Taking Action to Save Lives

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Burns Bergman

If it wasn't for the stigma that is promoted by punitive drug policies, this certainly wouldn't be an issue. Why isn't naloxone made as available as an epi-pen or other common antidote? The answer is misguided moralistic judgment and ignorance about the true nature of addictive illness.

A Surviving -- and Thriving -- Sibling

Anna David | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Now Carson and Aaron's brother Brian are able to support each other. "It's really nice for me to have someone who understands what I'm going through, where I don't have to explain why I'm sad," she says.

Matt Sledge

North Carolina Leads South With Drug Overdose Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Prescription painkillers hit the stark, beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains hard. Once known as the world's moonshi...

Studies Show: Veterans Are People Too

Chris Marvin | Posted 05.05.2014 | Media
Chris Marvin

As a veteran and as an American, I was appalled at this rash generalization that substance abuse is a known problem among veterans. Why does our current culture and news media insist on highlighting the worst about veterans?

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.