Addressing the Socioeconomic Complexities of Addiction—Lessons from the Kensington Neighborhood in Philadelphia

From the Monthly Blog of Dr. Lora Volkow, Dir., National Institute on Drug Abuse Originally Posted October 29, 2019 here. This September, Dr. Volkow was invited by Thomas Farley, the Health Commissioner of Philadelphia, to see firsthand how that city is responding to the opioid crisis. With other members of NIDA leadership, she toured Prevention …

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 …

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. …

Ambitious Research Plan to Help Solve the Opioid Crisis

From the blog of Dr. Lora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse Posted June 12, 2018 In spring 2018 Congress added an additional $500 million to the NIH budget to invest in the search for solutions to the opioid crisis. The Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) initiative is being kicked off June 12th with …

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 …

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 …

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