The FDA approved a wearable device that blocks the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The Drug Relief device, which is manufactured by DyAnsys Inc., is an “auricular neurostimulation device” that can be prescribed to people in the detox phase of withdrawal. Drug Relief works without narcotics or any medication. It is a small, metal device that clips onto the skin near a person’s ear, …
Claire Foster Blog
Prescription painkillers are highly addictive, even when they’re taken as prescribed. Yet, for people who are recovering from surgery, painkillers are not optional: they’re necessary. Up to seven percent of all patients who were prescribed such painkillers following surgery develop a persistent habit. A recent review in the Journal of General Internal Medicine suggests that addiction rates can be reduced for post-op patients. Michael Klueh …
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Addiction’s National Profile

A new Pew Research Center survey shows that Americans overwhelmingly view drug addiction as a problem in their local communities. That’s true whether they live in urban, suburban, or rural areas. The survey data was gathered from 6,251 adults and conducted earlier this year, between February 26 and March 11. Substance use disorder, especially opioid use, has drawn widespread media attention. Advocates’ efforts …
Claire Foster Blog

Addiction Is A Human, Not Partisan Issue

My friend Tyler died earlier this year from an accidental heroin overdose – on the sofa in his recovery home. His death was preventable, and not because, as some people say, he had a “choice” not to use. Tools like evidence-based treatment, recovery supports in the first five years of recovery, and naloxone to arrest overdoses could have saved his life. Addiction is a public health crisis that is abetted by many corporations, ignorant policies, …

What Are The Most Dangerous Addictive Drugs?

A new report shows that alcohol and tobacco are still more deadly and damaging than heroin. Although illicit substances often capture the focus of the media as well as prevention efforts, “socially acceptable” substances are worse for your health. New research shows that alcohol and tobacco are more commonly used, and more dangerous than other substances. Science Alert said, “On average, smoking accounts …
Claire Foster Blog

Smash The Stigma

 On Saturday night June 9th, the Young Leadership Team of Facing Addiction with NCADD hosted over 250 people for an engaging and successful educational event. The free event allowed young people the option to register for a round-robin ping-pong tournament, cleverly providing the name for the event: Smash the Stigma. Upon arrival, competitors were matched up with opponents and played four games against different …
Caleigh Aviv, Founding Member of the Young Leadership Team Blog
Prescription opioid painkillers are linked to rising overdose death rates. Prevention efforts focus on limiting the supply of opioids. However, a new approach suggests that concentrating on reducing demand could be effective also. Medical sociologist and professor Susan Sered says that current legislation, which calls for expanding prescription monitoring programs, amping up the ability to seize illegal drugs at U.S. borders, training health care providers in …
Claire Foster Blog

A Daily Fight

The summer of 2016, I was been substance-free for six years. I was married to my best friend for also six years that March. He was incarcerated all of our marriage being out only long enough for me to get pregnant with our son, and at this time I already had our daughter who was three. This is a summer I will never forget. I received the phone call my …
Within an hour of landing at the Buffalo, NY airport in July, I am helping my little sister get to the bathroom at Kenmore Mercy Hospital after she has been revived with Narcan. I don’t know it yet, but Jenny will die in six days. She has just turned 44. Since then, every day I’ve tried to understand how my sister, a college …
I am a woman who does not look like what she has been through. I have yet to meet someone who has gone through what I have. I’ve always believed that “broken crayons still color”. I turned my tumultuous past into a great testimony! I became heavily addicted to prescription painkillers in 2002 after a knee surgery before …