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Amid the opioid epidemic, white means victim, black means addict

America’s social hierarchies rule everything – even the opioid epidemic. You don’t have to dig deep into the recovery process to find the hypocrisy to people of color<p>My cursor is hovering over the “unfriend” button, but I haven’t clicked it.<p>Today, my relationship-severing finger is poised to get …

Mental Health

An addiction researcher shares 6 strategies to address the opioid epidemic

The devastating opioid epidemic is one of the largest public health problems facing the U.S. Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from opioid …

Drug Addiction

Eminem Recalled Near-Fatal Drug Overdose on Song 'Arose' Before Celebrating Decade-Long Sobriety

Eminem celebrated 10 years of sober living on Saturday ahead of his big Coachella performance.<p>And the milestone is quite the landmark for the rapper, …

Eminem

29 celebrities who are sober

1/<p>Eminem just celebrated 10 years of sobriety.<p>Kevin Winter/Getty Images<p>Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, almost died from an accidental overdose of …

We scorned addicts when they were black. It is different now that they are white.

We have been here before — a raging epidemic of addiction that destroys lives, families and communities.<p>Who was on the front line in the 1990s, when the drug was crack and the addicts were mostly black? Drug czar William Bennett. His weapon was prosecution and prison.<p>Today, when the drugs are …

Drug Addiction

Megachurches Are Turning Into MAGA-Churches

Megachurches were integrated by blacks seeking to end ‘the most segregated hour in America.’ But now those churches are getting Trumpy, and blacks …

How Addiction Makes Strangers of Those We Love

Addiction can turn those we are closest to into people we don’t recognize —people who lie, steal, manipulate and who appear to value their drug of …

What Is the Difference Between Substance Use and Abuse?

Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes. "Substances" can include alcohol and …

Mental Health

I Was Addicted to Heroin: Why Jesus Was More Satisfying

Just over ten years ago I was trapped in the throes of heroin addiction. As is the nature of addiction, my life was filled with disorder of every …

Opioids are adding a dangerous wrinkle to violent cities

ST. LOUIS — The anti-violence activists just started their regular late-night walk through a tough neighborhood in one of the nation’s most-violent cities when they came upon a group of heroin addicts screaming profane threats.<p>It wasn’t clear what the fight was about. But the Rev. Kenneth McKoy, …

Law Enforcement

As opioid crisis rages, Walmart hopes this powder packet will keep people from abusing painkillers

In an effort to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic, Walmart is giving its pharmacy customers a free drug disposal product to help customers safely discard of painkillers they don’t want or need.<p>A small packet of DisposeRX powder will be automatically handed to customers filling new Class II …

Medicine

People Struggling With Addiction Need Help. Does Forcing Them Into Treatment Work?

It depends on the type of coercion you use.<p>As an addiction psychiatrist, I’m often faced with this situation: A desperate person reaches out to ask …

Science suggests there's no such thing as an 'addictive personality' — here's why

Addiction — whether it's to alcohol, a substance, or even sex — is a negative term. We refer to addiction as a disorder, and those who are diagnosed as being hooked on something are told by society that they have a problem.<p>The reasons someone becomes an addict are complicated. Some think it's down …

Psychology

We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you — and there appears to be a winner

It's a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear answer.<p>Keep in mind that there are dozens of factors to account for, including how the substances affect your heart, brain, and behavior, and how likely you are to get hooked.<p>Time is important, too — while some effects are …

Flakka, drug that makes people bark and strip, wreaks havoc in Midwest, South

Otherwise normal folks suddenly running naked, screaming through the streets and breaking into homes?<p>That kind of bizarre and sometimes dangerous behavior has taken place in recent years in the South and Midwest – with the most recent headline-grabbing case in Missouri. Police trace it all to a …

Crime

Fergie Reveals Her Drug Addiction Was Once So Severe She Was 'Hallucinating on a Daily Basis'

Fergie has candidly opened up about her lowest point during her battle with addiction to crystal meth.<p>The <i>Double Dutchess</i> singer told British …

Pop Music

What are the effects of alcohol on the brain?

Many of us enjoy a glass of wine or a pint, but what is actually happening to our brain cells when we drink alcohol?<p>The 80-90 per cent of UK citizens …

Europe’s solution to the drug crisis is working. Why won’t America follow it?

In 1986, at a community HIV prevention meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, an injection drug user spontaneously brought a bundle of clean syringes to freely hand out. By this time, the correlation between injection drug use and HIV had been made. This gave Jon Parker, a former injection drug user …

Drug Addiction

Trump Said The Drug Epidemic Is Unlike Anything in American History. Is He Right?

In October, President Donald Trump declared the current drug crisis a national public health emergency. On Thursday morning, at the White House, …

We are one step closer to designing safer, non-addictive opioids

Non-Addictive Opioids<p>According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 90 Americans die every day as a result of an opioid overdose. There …

US heroin deaths jump 533% since 2002, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The number of heroin users in the United States jumped from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016, a 135% increase, according to the most recent government numbers. But even more striking: The number of people who had fatal overdoses related to heroin has skyrocketed from 2,089 in 2002 to an …

Medicine

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Pregnant Woman Takes Heroin, Passes Out Behind Wheel With 10-Month-Old In Backseat

The young mom allegedly admitted to cops that she had recently relapsed.<p>Police had to pull a pregnant mother from her car after she passed out at a …

24-Year-Old Man Died Suddenly From Taking Painkiller With Anxiety Medicine, Father Says

The last time John Nebinger spoke to his son Bradley was about thirty minutes after midnight on March 15, 2010.<p>Twenty-four-year-old Bradley said he …

For Black Families Like Mine, The Drug Epidemic Isn’t New

I’m happy to see our culture beginning to take a more sympathetic view of addiction. But for me, progress is bittersweet. And, for all four of my mother's brothers, it’s too little too late.<p><b>Two of my mother’s four brothers died</b> before her 14th birthday. She still talks about her oldest brother Man, …

Drug Addiction

Our Nation’s Drug Crisis Is An Example Of Systemic Racism, And This Is Why

There’s no doubt that the use and abuse of opioid drugs has been on the rise in the last few years. It has begun to seep into every crevice of the …

U.S. Department of Justice

Large insurers commit to evidence-based medical therapy for addiction

Recognizing this gap in addiction treatment, and believing that closing it has the potential to reverse the course of the opioid epidemic, we …

A new study could upend how we treat opioid addiction

The largest head-to-head study to date between two leading drugs to treat opioid addiction has found them roughly equivalent — an outcome that could dramatically change prescribing habits and boost the fortunes of the newer drug, Vivitrol.<p>The study, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug …