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Alcoholism: The Not-So-Funny Equal Opportunist

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 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.

Moms Taking Action to Save Lives

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 03.13.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Media Descriptions of Philip Seymour Hoffman Feed Into Misplaced Fears About Heroin Overdose and Needles

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Tessie Castillo

We, as a nation, need to acknowledge that overdose is not a problem confined to famous people or heroin or drugs that involve syringes.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Part Of An Alarming Epidemic

Agence France Presse | Jennie Matthew | Posted 04.05.2014 | Celebrity

The shocking death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a suspected drugs overdose has spotlighted a growing epidemic of heroin use acro...

Is Decriminalization the Best Approach to Vermont's, and Nation's, Drug Abuse Problem?

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Criminalizing drugs doesn't make them disappear, it simply drives them underground into much more dangerous settings.

What a Year for Harm Reduction!

Hilary McQuie | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Hilary McQuie

To quote an old social justice slogan, harm reduction is the art of "building a new society in the vacant lots of the old." And those lots are filling up, due to the hard work of people around the world.

Lucy Grealy, a Friend Remembered

Michael Hafftka | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

She died on my birthday and I still feel guilty I was not there to stop her, to have that one conversation that might prevent her from going to extremes.

Saving Lives with Narcan: Stories from the Field

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Eliza Moore never saw herself as much of a hero, certainly not one who would save the lives of multiple strangers. But thanks to a new state law that ...

Ending the New Jim Crow: Mapping New Drug Policies in NYC

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

We want to make sure that new approach is informed by everyday New Yorkers, especially those of us who are targets of drug war-related policing and violence.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Sheds Light on Overdose Crisis and Life-Saving Solutions

Denise Cullen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Denise Cullen

As a mother of a son who died from an accidental drug overdose, I was encouraged to see CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's report of a real-life overdose reversal using the opioid-antidote naloxone.

Horrifying New Drugs! Does New Zealand's New Synthetic Drug Law Offer a Safer Way Forward?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

As a tool to protect the public from the risks of drugs not being used for medical purposes, the prohibition model has not worked well -- for old drugs or new ones. However, the nation of New Zealand is now trying a different approach.

Suicide and the Art of Boxing

Gerry Gavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Gerry Gavin

When someone ends their own life, there may be a note, or a reason that is given -- but for everyone who cares for them there will always be that terrible thought in the back of your mind that maybe -- just maybe -- if I had just done...? The blanks that you fill in at the end of that sentence can be endless.