Secret Opioid Memo

A confidential government document containing evidence so critical it had the potential to change the course of an American tragedy was kept in the dark for more than a decade. The document, known as a “prosecution memo,” details how government lawyers believed that Purdue Pharma, the maker of the powerful opioid, OxyContin, knew early on …

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Recovery Advocacy Update

Startling data recently made public show the details of how pharmaceutical companies saturated the country with opioids. In the seven years from 2006 to 2012, America’s biggest drug companies shipped 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills in the United States. The result? Opioid-related deaths soared in communities where the pills flowed most. These new …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Worst Man-Made Epidemic in History

The following is comprised of excerpts from Sam Quinones' Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic. I want to praise Quinones for this seminal work. Personally, it has defined for me the very nightmare I, and countless others, have lived, each to his or her own level, after discovering the morphine molecule through seemingly …

Fentanyl Becomes Deadly Force

Some Excerpts taken from an article By Eric Scicchitano The Daily Item July 10, 2017 Fentanyl The deadly heroin and opioid epidemic is expected to become even deadlier with the increasing presence of Fentanyl in America. According to the DEA, Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and substantially more potent than …

Local Opioid Abuse: A Piece of the Nation’s Newest Health Crisis

By Steven Barto I am no stranger to addiction. I started drinking and getting high the summer after high school graduation. It was 1977 and pot and southern rock went hand-in-hand. I found my answer to all the anger, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and feelings of not belonging. Of course, I had no idea where it …

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, …

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