Using Science to Address the Opioid Crisis in America

FROM THE BLOG OF NORA VOLKOW, MD September 19, 2018 The public health emergency regarding opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose affects millions of Americans and requires innovative scientific solutions. Today, during National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Awareness Week, we are sharing news of an important step towards these solutions through the HEALing Communities Study—an integrated …

The Opioid Issue: Part 6

Part 6: Hope, Not Handcuffs In a growing number of towns, police aren't arresting people facing addiction. Instead, they're providing a doorway to treatment. Judge Linda Davis hasn't only seen the toll opioids take from the bench. She's also seen it at home—with one of her daughters. "I thought our family would be the last …

The Opioid Issue: Part 4

Part Four: Taking It to the Streets The opioid epidemic doesn't stay behind closed doors. It's spilling into public life, spurring crime and homelessness. The opioid crisis has hit hard in Macomb County, Michigan. Composed of 27 Detroit suburbs, the county has the state's second-highest opioid-related overdose death rate, more than double the national average. …

The Opioid Issue: Part 1

Part One: Dangerous Prescriptions The opioid crisis seems to hit everyone, everywhere, regardless of socioeconomic class, geography, age, profession, or religious affiliation. Overdosing on drugs, especially opiates and heroin, is now the most common cause of death for Americans under fifty years of age. I spent forty years embroiled in active addiction. It started innocently …

Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl, and pain relievers available by prescription such as codeine, oxycodone, Vicodin, morphine, and others. All opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and on the spinal column. Opioid pain relievers …

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities

FROM THE BLOG OF DR. NORA VOLKOW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE October 25, 2017 The brain adapts and responds to the environments and conditions in which a person lives. When we speak of addiction as a chronic disorder of the brain, it thus includes an understanding that some individuals are more susceptible …

High-Achieving and Religious Students At-Risk Youth For Substance Abuse?

New research shows high-achieving kids are more likely to drink and use drugs during their teen years and develop addictions by adulthood. DO YOU ASSUME THAT since your kid gets good grades and goes to a good school that they're not drinking or doing drugs? Think again. That's the takeaway from two new studies suggesting …

COUNTERFEIT OXYCODONE WARNING!

COUNTERFEIT PAIN PILLS CONTAINING DANGEROUS SYNTHETIC OPIOIDS! Originally posted July 18, 2017 National Institute of Drug Abuse https://www.drugabuse.gov/ Health and safety agencies in Iowa have issued an advisory to warn Iowans of counterfeit pain pills containing dangerous synthetic opioids. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) laboratory analyzed pills made to resemble the prescription pain …

Community: The Answer to the Opiate Epidemic

The following is taken directly from the Afterword of Sam Quinone's bestselling book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic." You can purchase a copy of this vital publication here. BY THE TIME I BEGAN research for this book in 2012, we had, I believe, spent decades destroying community in America, mocking and clawing …

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