Opioids

addiction

Emergency Rooms Often Don't Do Enough for People Who Survive an Overdose

Only a small percentage of people who survived an opioid overdose in West Virginia received some form of addiction treatment in the next year, according to a new analysis. Experts say the findings underscore a national disconnect.
Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News
2.13.19
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
addiction

A White House Report on the Opioid Crisis Overlooks Gender Differences in Addiction

The report excludes studies showing that women experience pain and develop addictions differently than men—differences that mean women might not receive adequate treatment.
Mirjam Guesgen
1.7.19
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
healthcare guides

The Tonic Guide to Healthcare

A comprehensive, easy-to-follow FAQ about getting medical care, whether you have good insurance, bad insurance, or no insurance at all.
Tonic Editors
12.11.18
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
treatment

What an Addiction Doctor Wants You to Know About Treating Addiction

Some advice on how best to support your loved ones.
Shayla Love
12.5.18
addiction

The Hell of Getting Methadone When You’re Away from Home

While most people on daily meds for chronic conditions don’t think twice about traveling, people who take methadone describe the experience as a stressful, tedious slog that takes weeks of preparation.
Zachary Siegel
11.15.18
addiction

The People Who Build Our Towns Are Dying of Overdoses More Than Anyone Else

Recent analyses show that people in the construction industry are six times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than other workers.
Jason Silverstein
11.12.18
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
united states of addiction

Employers Struggle to Respond as More Workers Overdose on the Job

Despite the growing epidemic of Americans misusing opioids and overdosing on the job, many employers turn a blind eye to addiction within their workforce—ill-equipped or unwilling to confront an issue they are at a loss to handle.
Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News
9.26.18
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