Opioids

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
2 days ago
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
4 days ago
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
5 days ago
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
Fighting Words

It’s Too Early to Celebrate ‘Progress’ on the Opioid Epidemic

Instead of taking credit for small wins, the White House needs to treat the drug epidemic like the public health emergency Trump said it was almost a year ago.
Ryan Hampton
9.20.18
This Week in Science

Cool Science News You Don’t Want To Miss

A 3,300-year-old mummy's healthcare, a blood test that can read your body's internal clock, and predicting who will respond to sugar pills for pain.
Shayla Love
9.14.18
This Week in Science

The Dark Traits of People Who Use Tinder While In Relationships

Headlines in science you won't want to miss
Shayla Love
9.7.18
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