Addiction

1 year sober: New Mexico man finds hope in treatment

One year ago, Pernell Manuelito was released from Gallup Indian Medical Center after spending three days suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. …

New Mexico

The very culture of drugs is addictive

Getting hooked is not just about chemical properties<p>A Canadian study suggests that people who think that they only use cocaine “recreationally” could be in danger of becoming addicted more easily than previously thought. After taking cocaine, participants underwent a PET scan while watching people …

Drug Addiction

Newspaper: Ohio had more than 4,000 overdose deaths in 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper survey of Ohio county coroners has found more than 4,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in a state among the hardest hit by a heroin and opioid epidemic.<p>The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that the state's 4,149 unintentional fatal overdoses in 2016 …

OxyContin users await compensation from Canadian lawsuits

Lawyers are looking for Canadians who became addicted to opioids after receiving legal prescriptions for the painkillers Oxycontin and OxyNeo. The …

Canadian News

Revenge of the comment section: We're sleeping through the fentanyl crisis

CBC commenters are adamant that the government needs to take immediate action<p>The fentanyl epidemic has ravaged B.C. — and the entire country, really …

Fentanyl

Addiction counsellors die of drug overdoses at rehab facility

<b>Two addiction counsellors at a rehab facility died from drug overdoses on the same day.</b><p>Residents at Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge in Philadelphia, …

Success of medical-grade heroin in Europe prompts calls for treatment in Vancouver

International panel of researchers gather in Vancouver<p>Three years ago, Russell Cooper was living in a homeless shelter, addicted to heroin he would …

Vancouver

2 drug counselors OD on opioids at addiction facility: report

Two drug counselors were found dead of an apparent overdose from opioids at a Pennsylvania addiction facility, CNN reports. Their deaths "a …

New Orleans

Trump budget dismays families hit by opioid addiction crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — He slept next to his son's ashes most nights back when Kraig Moss first met Donald Trump.<p>In a hall packed with Iowa voters, the presidential candidate looked the middle-aged truck driver in the eye and vowed to fight the opioid crisis that killed his only son two years earlier.<p>"He …

Drug Addiction

What is an Intervention?

Addiction Intervention Services: Wicked Sober<p><b>What is an Intervention?</b><p>Wicked Sober knows that not everyone is ready and willing to get clean and …

loved one

Fentanyl is so deadly, a Red Cross official is OK with First-Aiders refusing CPR

A Canadian Red Cross official says he sympathizes with a Manitoba postal worker who refused to perform CPR on a woman he feared might have overdosed …

Canadian News

Lincoln Hospital will distribute naloxone to treat heroin overdoses

As chair of emergency medicine at Lincoln Hospital, Dr. Sandra Scott is used to seeing as many as five opioid overdoses in a single day.<p>"We've been …

Health Care

Inside Cherokee Lawsuit to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma is suing distributors and pharmacies who handle opioids, alleging they ignored "red flags" of falsified prescriptions<p>The …

Cherokee Nation

A look back at how opioid addiction plagued the city 20 years ago

One look at the front of Sunday's Daily News — the arm, the needle, the headline "Opioid Nation" — took me back to a summer 20 years ago.

New York City

Rehab Gone Wrong: Men Charged with Overseeing Drug Addicts Die of Overdoses

2 counselors at a Pennsylvania drug treatment center die of overdoses of fentanyl and heroin.

Evangelical Christianity

Cocktail of drugs found in dead prisoner's system

Toxicology testing of death in custody reveals ice in system.

Brisbane

Governor's plan to track opioid abuse in real time advances

A proposal from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval that would expand the state's efforts to tackle an ongoing opioid crisis with increased data and …

Three more supervised injection sites approved for Metro Vancouver

Health Canada has approved applications from local health authorities to open three more supervised injection sites in Metro Vancouver.<p>The three new …

Canadian News

Opinion: Canada’s approach to opioid addiction isn’t working. | The Province

<i>“Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows, That too many people have died?” — Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the Wind</i><p>Beginning in 1993, Justice …

Canadian News

They were supposed to help people suffering from addiction. Then they overdosed.

Another tragic story in the opioid epidemic.<p>The two counselors at a drug treatment halfway house in Chester County, Pennsylvania, were supposed to help others recover from their addictions. But they were overwhelmed by their own drug problems — and on Sunday, they both overdosed and died on a mix …

Drug Use

Residents of Pennsylvania halfway house found two men dead from overdoses — their drug counsellors

The man’s losing battle with heroin was laid out right there on the nightstand of the halfway house.<p>There were three morning devotionals, including …

'It is a crisis': A father's mission to save drug-addicted teens from dying

Steve Cody is juggling two weighty tasks. He's attempting to lead an emerging, software firm towards a billion-dollar valuation. But he's taken on …

Teen who's overdosed 5 times answered your questions

Josh Clatney, 19, wants to prevent kids from getting into drugs<p>An Ottawa teen who has overdosed five times, and is now working to prevent other kids …

'We have the answer': Drug court model could help with opioid crisis, says manager

'There was a point in time where I didn't think I could ever get out,' says former opioid addict<p>It was Christmas Eve 2014 and Ryan Curry was waiting …

Opioid Crisis

Direct Relief Providing Overdose-Reversing Naloxone Nationwide to Safety-Net Health Clinics

In response to the opioid epidemic in the United States, Direct Relief is working with Pfizer to make up to 1 million doses of overdose-reversing …

Health Care

City closes Bronx spot where heroin users shot up in open air

The city has shut down a South Bronx shooting gallery — a nightmarish site known as “The Hole” where addicts had openly pumped heroin into their …

New York City

Gregor Robertson, other mayors urge federal government to lead on overdose deaths crisis

VANCOUVER — Mayors across Canada are calling for federal leadership on the “national emergency” of overdoses by ensuring provinces provide timely …

Canadian News

Trump's Approach To The Opioid Epidemic: Neglect Treatment, Ignore The Experts

Trump's budget cuts are baffling drug policy advocates and former government officials.<p>WASHINGTON – Since taking office, President Donald Trump has systematically removed or limited the power of federal officials and government offices that have the expertise to confront the nation’s opioid …

Opioid Crisis

He helped his overdosing friend by calling 911. Police slapped him with a manslaughter charge.

This simply won’t work to stop the opioid epidemic.<p>When his friend began overdosing last November, 32-year-old Christopher Williams did what everyone has been taught to do with a person in a medical emergency: He called 911. Tragically, his friend still died.<p>This week, Williams was charged with …

Justice

Foster parent shortage dire as heroin overdoses rise

The opioid epidemic that has hit communities across the country with overdoses and crime is having another, less visible but significant impact: …