PURPOSE (Parents United with Responsive Parents for Online Support and Education) – A Facebook Support Group for Parents of Teens in Treatment My name is Marya Schulte and I am a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. My research focuses on helping teens and families affected by substance use disorders. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have experience as both a …
My daughter Tara Lynn was 26 years old, and addicted to heroin. Four years earlier, in tears, she asked me for help. I proceeded to get her into detox. Little did I know that it would be a long road of relapses, detox, rehabs, jail, and finally death. Tara was a born athlete. She played soccer and basketball with plenty of college opportunities. She passed up …

Cost of Addiction Treatment Surges, Says New Report

According to a study released by Kaiser Family Foundation last month, costs for opioid treatment services increased from $273 million in 2004 to $2.6 billion in 2016. The number of people with health coverage through their employer has increased dramatically in the past 13 years, correlating with the expanding drug epidemic. Kaiser also said that the cost of inpatient treatment has more than tripled in the same amount …
In what may be the biggest lawsuit in the U.S. legal system, hundreds of lawsuits brought against Big Pharma have been consolidated into a single suit. Cities, counties, Native American tribes, and unions are suing over a dozen actors in the pharmaceutical industry, according to the Washington Post. “This is probably the most complex piece of litigation in the history of our country,” said …
In March, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed two bills and an executive order declaring addiction a public health crisis. New deadlines, a timeline, and a 2020 due date are getting Oregon on track to face addiction in a realistic, sustainable way. PHOTO: ERICKA CRUZ GUEVARRA/OPB Under this new order, the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission would need to deliver a plan to combat the drug epidemic by …
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Arkansas Sues 52 Opioid Manufacturers and 13 Others

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a lawsuit against 52 opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson, as well as 13 other distributors, physicians, pharmacists and retailers. This action makes Arkansas the 17th state to sue opioid manufacturers due to their involvement in the American drug epidemic. The lawsuits claim that manufacturers used misleading marketing practices. “The reckless actions of these …
  Dear Fellow Advocates, Facing Addiction with NCADD, in collaboration with the FedUp Coalition, recently launched The Opioid Lie campaign, a different kind of campaign that many of you have asked us good questions about. We wanted to take some time to put together this FAQ to help people understand the purpose and goals behind this new kind of judicial advocacy work for many of us. Since day number two of the Facing Addiction …
March is Women’s History Month. Recovery is full of astounding, astonishing, inspiring women.  Many of the leaders in our communities are women: mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends. One of the great pioneers for both recovery and women’s progress is advocate Marty Mann. Marty Mann was not anonymous about her recovery.  She broke many barriers. She was one of the first female members …
Don’t click with the 12 Steps? There are other options for recovery that are just as effective, according to a new study by the Alcohol Research Group. The study compared self-reported outcomes from people who participated in 12 Step programs such as AA with those from the three biggest alternative mutual help groups: Women for Sobriety, SMART Recovery, and LifeRing. The study concluded that …
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It’s impossible for a substance user to know how potent street drugs are. Now, as fentanyl is increasingly prevalent, opioid deaths are rising—especially in the black community. NPR dove deep into the drug epidemic with an investigation of how addiction is affecting the African-American population in Washington, DC. More than 80 percent of opioid deaths in DC are African-American people. Yet, unlike the white victims …
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