To End the Drug Crisis Bring Addiction Out of the Shadows

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Executive DirectorOriginal Date November 8, 2021 Far too often, shame and stigma fuel addiction and prevent treatment, argues Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But replacing judgment with compassion can save lives. Science has shed much light on addiction. We now understand that …

Addressing the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction

From the Monthly Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow, Exec. Dir. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE Original Date April 22, 2020 Untreated drug and alcohol use contribute to tens of thousands of deaths every year and impact the lives of many more. Healthcare already has effective tools including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder that …

Children Suffer in Families of Addicted Parents or Siblings

One group that doesn’t get the robust advocacy it needs is young children experiencing the impact of addiction in their family. Kids can be profoundly impacted by a parent’s or sibling’s addiction, and they grow up at greater risk of developing addiction themselves. And yet, insurance doesn’t cover care and prevention efforts for such children …

Emergency Departments Can Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

From the Blog of Dr. Nora Volkow Executive Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse Additional Writings by Steven Barto, B.S., Psych. Originally Posted at the NIDA Website on August 26, 2019 One of the biggest risk factors for overdose death from opioids is having had a previous overdose. Common sense and a growing body of …

Drug Addiction and our Youth

There's ample evidence that many youth use drugs to self-medicate for depression, anxiety, and fear, not to mention a host of mental-health disorders. The drugs they take may become the focal point for both kids and their parents, but they may be masking deeper problems. How can a parent know? Parents consult expert after expert, …

Opiate Epidemic

The following are excerpts from the cover story in National Review dated February 29, 2016, titled From Oxy to Overdose: How Prescription-Drug Abuse Unleashed a Heroin Epidemic, by Kevin D. Williamson. Ground Zero in the opiate epidemic isn't in some exotic Taliban-managed poppy field or some cartel boss's fortified compound. It's right there at Walgreen's, …

Drugs, Brains and Behavior

Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower, and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good …

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