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, …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Earlier this month, five drug-distribution executives spoke before a House Energy and Commerce Committee oversight panel investigating pill dumping in West Virginia by wholesale drug distributors. This is the first time a corporation has expressed regret for involvement in the opioid crisis. One of the executives, George Barrett of Cardinal Health, apologized for his company’s role in the opioid epidemic. Although he didn’t take responsibility, he said, “With …
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A new poll shows that 7 in 10 Americans feel that opioid addiction is a very serious problem for the country, and most feel the federal government should be doing more to address it. According to CBS News, 71 percent of people across political lines and age and income levels call the issue very serious. When Americans were asked who …
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Heather Starbuck is hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness about substance use disorder. As she walks the 2,220-mile trail, she’s sharing the story of her late partner, who died of a heroin overdose in 2017. Starbuck says that her fiance, Matt Adams, had been in recovery for two years when he suffered a fatal overdose. Adams’ issues with opioids began when he was prescribed OxyContin …
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Excerpt from: A CHILD’S LIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE by Katherine Ketcham author of The Only Life I Could Save (Sounds True, Inc., April 1, 2018)   I sat in the corner of the pediatrician’s office listening to the doctor talk to my 18-year-old son. “I understand you are here because your parents are concerned about your drug use,” …

Funding the National Institutes of Health

Last month, the National Institutes of Health announced that it won’t accept funds from drug makers to fund research aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic. The research plan, budgeted at roughly $400 million, would seek to develop new medicines to treat addiction or serve as alternatives to opioids, according to Stat. Originally, NIH Director Francis Collins has said, pharmaceutical companies would pay for …
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