Opioids

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
science is cool

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
science is cool

Headlines In Science You Won't Want to Miss

Psychopathic Tinder users, a new development on ketamine, and other interesting tidbits from new studies.
Shayla Love
9.7.18
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I Would Have Started Heroin Recovery Earlier If I'd Had Access to a Safe Injection Site

There were no harm reduction measures available to me when I was in active heroin addiction. If there had been, I might have a different health outcome than I do today.
Ryan Hampton
9.5.18
Fighting Words

The Trump Administration Wants to Block Cities' Plans to Cut Drug Overdoses

An expert explains why deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's ideas are so misinformed.
Rob Stenzel
8.31.18
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
united states of addiction

A New Book Chronicles How Pharma and Doctors Jumpstarted the Opioid Epidemic

“Dopesick” looks at how the makers of OxyContin targeted doctors in struggling areas with terrifying precision—and tragic consequences.
Eric Allen Been
8.17.18
Harm Reduction

Calling Safe Consumption Sites by a Different Name Increases Public Support

A new study found that, all other things being equal, people were more likely to support "overdose prevention sites" opening in their community.
Jesse Hicks
8.13.18
Harm Reduction

Does Smoking Heroin Really Cause Brain Damage?

Recent reports that smoking heroin (and an associated risk of brain damage) is increasing among young people aren't looking at the full picture.
Troy Farah
8.10.18
addiction

What a US-China Trade War Could Mean for the Opioid Epidemic

We rely on China to control the manufacture and export of illicit drugs like fentanyl. Now, “China could say ‘We are no longer going to cooperate with the United States on controlling these synthetic opioids.’”
Matthew Garcia, Kaiser Health News
7.11.18
united states of addiction

My Dad Overdosed on Opioids on Purpose

He was one of the large number of people in this country whose overdose was a suicide.
Maria Luisa Tucker
7.10.18