Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz is a reporter and author who focuses on science, public policy, and addiction treatment. She's the author of the New York Times bestseller Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.

Fighting Words

Addictive Drugs Should Not be Marketed, Period

New findings about the pressure to sell OxyContin reveals a lot about the opioid crisis.
Maia Szalavitz
1.18.19
Harm Reduction

An Influential Think Tank Suggested That Harm Reduction Doesn't Work

The Brookings Institution claimed that syringe exchange programs and overdose-reversing drugs will make the addiction crisis worse—ignoring decades of public health data. With record opioid overdose deaths, getting these recommendations right matters.
Maia Szalavitz
12.13.18
Fighting Words

Insurance Is Supposed to Cover Addiction Treatment, But It's Still a Nightmare

The barriers insurance companies place in the way of treatment are killing people.
Maia Szalavitz
12.10.18
healthcare guides

This Is How to Get Health Insurance to Cover Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Although the Affordable Care Act is supposed to guarantee addiction treatment to anyone with insurance, people with opioid addictions still face a dysfunctional system.
Maia Szalavitz
11.6.18
Fighting Words

Dan Bigg Is a Harm-Reduction Pioneer and His Overdose Doesn’t Change That

Bigg brought the opioid antidote naloxone to the streets. But today’s poisoned drug supply makes saving lives harder than ever.
Maia Szalavitz
10.24.18
Fighting Words

Forcing Pain Patients Off Their Meds Won't End the Opioid Crisis

It might seem like a good idea to target the small number of people who use the most opioids, but a plan proposed in Oregon won't reduce the number of overdoses or new addictions.
Maia Szalavitz
8.21.18
The War on Drugs

There’s No Rational Way to Justify America’s Drug Laws

People assume a medical committee sat down to consider which recreational drugs were the safest and least addictive, and this wise group decided alcohol and tobacco should be legal, while marijuana and everything else shouldn't. That's not what happened.
Maia Szalavitz
7.13.18
Fighting Words

Doctors Should Be Handing Out Addiction Meds on Demand

“Every dose of buprenorphine consumed is at least a dose of heroin not getting consumed, if not several.”
Maia Szalavitz
6.26.18
Fighting Words

The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Family separation is traumatic, and traumatic experiences can launch a predisposition to addiction or mental illness into an actual disorder.
Maia Szalavitz
6.20.18
prescription for disaster

The Feds Are Raiding the Offices of Doctors Who Prescribe Addiction Medication

Addiction doctors are worried about federal retribution against their treatment programs, and they're terrified for their patients, whose lives are at risk from overdose.
Maia Szalavitz
6.6.18
addiction

New Opioid Memorial Demeans People Who Died From Painkiller Overdoses

The National Safety Council's "Prescribed to Death" memorial not only dehumanizes people, it also ignores those who died from street drugs like heroin. Trump will host it in front of the White House in April.
Maia Szalavitz
3.29.18
You're Smarter Than That

You Can’t Overdose on Fentanyl by Touching It

The opioid isn't easily absorbed through the skin, no matter what viral headlines say.
Maia Szalavitz
3.21.18
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