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 …
  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 …

Not For Sale

Since the turn of this century – just 18 short years ago – deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled. This fact should strike every American as astonishing and terrifying. There is one other fact beyond dispute: opioid manufacturers using deceptive marketing tactics bear tremendous responsibility for the deaths of our family members, loved ones, friends, and countless members of our communities. According to a report in …

Speak Out

Last night, in his State of the Union address, the President highlighted the story of a baby named Hope. A child who was born into the addiction crisis in New Mexico. Hope is not alone – over 45 million Americans and their families are directly impacted. When the costs of addiction – social and human – are combined, it’s hard to argue that everyone in this country is not affected by this public health epidemic.
The New York Times recently published a poll asking readers their views on coverage of the opioid crisis and the types of information they would like to see covered on the subject. We responded to The Times poll article with suggestions that ultimately focus on three main areas for improvement: How we desperately need them to cover solutions, not just the problem How the imagery used must change How the descriptor language for people …
Last week, the New York Times published a reader poll called “Help Shape The Times Opioid Coverage,” asking for the kinds of stories readers want covered. While I appreciate The Times desire to include its readers’ opinions in the types of stories it publishes, the poll is indicative of a larger point that much of the media is missing—our country has an alcohol and other drug use problem that is deeper and more far-reaching …
For the past three months, I’ve crisscrossed the country, traveling to each of Facing Addiction’s 15 pilot communities. To say that my travels have been inspirational is an understatement. I’ve met parents who have suffered the ultimate loss and now have the courage to stand up and fight to keep their neighbors’ children from dying. I’ve seen chiefs of police stand in a room and publicly state that they are ready to stand on the …
NOTE: Article is reprinted from WestonMagazineGroup.com. I had a horrible feeling that late October Friday in 2012. God knows, I’d been in that situation many times before – wondering if Austin was OK.  But this time felt different. That Wednesday, he left voicemails that sounded confused – from a friend’s phone, because Austin had misplaced his, again. On Thursday, Austin sent texts from that same phone. Something wasn’t right. I called the friend …
Recovery Rising: A Retrospective of Addiction Treatment and Recovery Advocacy is the professional memoir of William (Bill) White, who, over the span of five decades, has become the addiction field’s preeminent historian and one of its most visionary voices and prolific writers. Recovery Rising contains more than 350 stories, reflections, and lessons learned as witnessed through one man’s personal and professional journey. Recounted are many of the ideas, methods, people, and organizations that shaped the …