Addiction

How fentanyl is making the opioid epidemic even worse

Fentanyl, a drug more potent that heroin, is the latest iteration in America's evolving opioid epidemic.<p>The opioid crisis began to take root in the mid-1990s, when thousands of Americans started getting hooked on prescription painkillers.<p>Many found their way to addiction by misusing prescription …

Opioid Epidemic

'Heroin is very good at getting rid of all my problems': drugs and sexism in India

Gender bias and stigma mean female drug addicts survive under the radar, making it harder for them to access treatment<p>After selling heroin on the streets all morning, former school teacher Jenny is tired and in need of her next hit. Carrying her earnings, she travels to a decrepit house on the …

Gender

Lamar Odom Recalls Near-Death Experience: I Couldn't Control' Cocaine Use

Former NBA star, Khloe Kardashian ex says he "shook hands with death" but stays sober today for his kids<p>Lamar Odom opened up about his 2015 …

Lamar Odom

'I Was Doing Coke Every Day': Lamar Odom Opens Up About Drug Use, Addiction

Lamar Odom did not pull any punches in a first-person story he wrote for the Player's Tribune about the struggles he has faced with addiction the …

Lamar Odom

The drugs your chemist is going to be monitoring in real time

Your pharmacist will soon be keeping real-time tabs on your consumption of Panadeine and Nurofen Plus, in a push to cut the number of deaths caused …

Brisbane

An addict’s mom fights for her son in health-insurance nightmare

Last year we discovered our 25-year-old son was addicted to opioids.

New York State

Jenelle Evans Says She “Was So Close to Dying” During the Height of Her Heroin Addiction

Sharing her truth. Jenelle Evans opened up in a new interview about her former addiction to heroin and revealed that she nearly lost her life because …

Celebrity News

Odom shines sobering light on his cocaine addiction, near-death experience in Nevada

In October of 2015, as the Los Angeles Lakers were in the midst of preseason during Kobe Bryant’s final season in the NBA, everything around the …

Lamar Odom

Third supervised injection site to open in Vancouver during opioid crisis

VANCOUVER -- Drug users in Vancouver now have the option of using a third federally sanctioned supervised injection facility.<p>The service will be …

Vancouver

How Safe Is America's Hottest Heroin Addiction Treatment?

Vivitrol is all the rage amid a brutal opioid epidemic. But it may also make it almost impossible to feel pleasure—and raise the risk of fatal overdose after relapse.<p>Claire* felt she had no choice. Pressured by her parents and counselors, the then college student signed a contract agreeing to take …

Grand Central Station

More Moms Suffer From Prescription Drug Addiction

Emily is a mother located in Florida who has a borderline obsession with coffee. Her blog will cover lessons learned as a parent that also has a …

Drug Addiction

Fentanyl Overdose Survivors Are a Hidden Health Crisis

Brain damage, paralysis, and organ failure are just a few of the lasting problems some OD survivors take with them.<p>Being brought back from the brink of death during an overdose might be a second chance at life, but the aftermath can lead to a host of health issues for the person who's been saved. …

Alcohol And Drug Detox: Do It Now And Do It Right

<b>By</b> Nancy Merrill, PMHCNS, BC<p>Detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs is an important first step in recovery. However, it’s not only important to take that first step, but also to do it safely.<p>What Is Detoxification?<p>There are several types of medical detoxification (detox), including detox from …

Mental Health

Pa. overdose deaths up, but Philly no longer no. 1

Although drug overdose deaths rose again in Philadelphia and statewide last year, the city lost its No. 1 ranking as fatalities spiked more …

Philadelphia

Heroin, Mr. President: America Is Losing The War Against Addiction

Mr. President, the present recovery system is broken and cannot be fixed. You must revamp from the ground up regardless of the pushback you’ll receive from the current “experts” that are making millions of dollars off the worst health crisis in the history of our great nation.<p>We can never <b>MAKE</b> …

Senator Expands Probe Into Opioid Addiction Crisis -- 2nd Update

The top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee expanded a probe into the opioid addiction crisis, asking four more drug companies and three drug distributors to provide documents.<p>Sen. Claire McCaskill (D.-Mo.) sent letters Wednesday to drugmakers …

Johnson & Johnson

This Woman Shared The Stunning Progress Of Her Baby Cousin Once Born Into Drug Addiction

Blaine and her family are in the process of adopting Coleman, so he'll become her baby brother. Families of other adoptive children have been inspired to share their emotional journeys as well.<p>Coleman is Blaine's first cousin on her mom's side. She told BuzzFeed News that while he has been living …

Drug Addiction

The Science Behind Opioids and Why They're So Addictive

Plus, what happens to one's body during an overdose.<p>Here's why drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, codeine and morphine are so …

Opioids

FDA panel: Not enough data to OK "abuse-deterrent" opioid

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted against approving a new opioid painkiller with a unique feature for deterring abuse: It releases a deep-blue dye if someone tries to get high by crushing, chewing or snorting pills.<p>Panelists voted overwhelmingly against …

Drug expert urges patients on high-dose painkillers to get naloxone in case of overdose

A prominent drug safety expert says some people dependent on high-dose prescription opioids should consider having another drug on hand at all times …

Medical Journals

Stopping the opioid epidemic means smarter prescribing

<i>Evan Wood is the director of the B.C. Centre on Substance Use and a professor of medicine and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia.</i><p>One of the confusing ironies of addressing the opioid crisis is that halting overdose deaths will require stopping prescribing for some, while …

Pain

Prevention sites help reduce number of overdose deaths, says Vancouver Coastal Health

Overdose prevention sites are making a difference in Vancouver’s opioid crisis, say health officials, even in the face of grim figures that suggest …

Canadian News

Mass. hospitals feeling surge in heroin-related visits, data shows - Boston Business Journal

diego_cervo<p>Heroin-related hospital visits in Massachusetts grew by 256 percent from 2011 to 2015, with the sharpest increase among patients between …

Boston

Cape Cod: America’s Heroin Hot Spot

In Steven Okazaki’s new documentary, he explores the heroin epidemic hitting one East Coast town.<p>I received an advanced viewing of HBO’s latest documentary <i>Heroin: Cape Cod</i>, nervous to hit play.<p>The best comparison I can make to the experience would be watching a car hit a brick wall. I knew exactly …

Documentaries

WayHome music fest revises policy, lets attendees bring naloxone

Anti-overdose drug is meant to counteract the effects of the powerful opioid fentanyl.

Canadian News

Tanning addiction adds to danger of skin cancer

Skin cancer is America's fastest growing cancer and tanning beds and salons add to that danger. But lots of people keep going and one dermatologist …

Cancer

10 Common Lies People Use to Minimize Alcoholism or Addiction

Addiction takes a powerful hold not only on the addicted person but on their loved ones and family members. Both the addicted person and their …

Alcoholism

'Life-saving drug' reverses 98 opioid overdoses

<b>A medication that reverses an overdose from opioids, including heroin, has helped prevent deaths in 98 potentially fatal overdoses in the past five years.</b><p>Naloxone was introduced in Northern Ireland in 2012 and is funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).<p>The …

PHA

How a father's tragedy moved the Teamsters to fight an opioid distributor

Teamsters union general secretary-treasurer Ken Hall has called drug firm’s role in the opioid epidemic ‘one of the most tragic failures of corporate integrity’<p>The largest drug distributor in the US has been accused by the Teamsters union of a pivotal role in the country’s opioid epidemic.<p>The union …

News (U.S.)

Physicians, Often In Fear Of Losing License, Know How To Hide Signs Of Addiction To Escape Notice

“Somehow they believe their knowledge is going to be more powerful than addiction," said Dr. Marvin Seppala, an addiction expert. Meanwhile, Food and …

FDA