Buprenorphine

The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

As the opioid crisis continues to plague every demographic across all 50 states, unfortunately the current treatment paradigms remain stubbornly stuck in outdated preconceptions and approaches. Writing in the NY Times, author Maia Szalavitz challenges current addiction treatments, and urges using medication rather than just talk and withdrawal. “Because methadone and buprenorphine are opioids themselves, it’s easy to assume that… Continue Reading The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Teenage Addiction

Teenage Addiction Crisis Growing

One of the most damaging aspects of the current opioid crisis is the impact it is having on the very youngest population. While teenagers have always been exposed to drugs, the current wave of opioids is literally impacting hundreds of thousands of teenagers. Data from the American Society of Addiction Medicine shows in 2015, nearly 300,000 people 17 or younger… Continue Reading Teenage Addiction Crisis Growing

Framingham, MA

Deadly Batch of Heroin Hits Framingham

The footprints that fentanyl-laced heroin leaves behind are easy to see on the map, marking a grim cluster of overdose and death. Authorities in Framingham, Mass. are looking at such a map this week as a bad batch of heroin makes it way through the area. As reported by MetroWest Daily News, Police are warning about a batch of bad… Continue Reading Deadly Batch of Heroin Hits Framingham

Santa Ana Car Flies

Santa Ana Driver Gets High, Makes Car Fly

The image of a white car hanging from a 2nd floor building in Santa Ana this week was very unsettling, to say the least. Incredibly, both the driver and the passenger in the car were able to escape the car with minor injuries. As surveillance video surfaced from various cameras in the neighborhood, it showed how close the drugged driver… Continue Reading Santa Ana Driver Gets High, Makes Car Fly

Pamela Knight

Addiction Strikes Mother and Son in Lafayette, Louisiana

She was a model high school student, but behind the scenes Pamela Knight was drinking heavily. Then later, in her 20s, she began using cocaine on the weekends. As reported in The Advertiser, after her second son, Connor, was born in 1993 things began to spin out of control. “He’s the one who struggles today,” she says. “When he was… Continue Reading Addiction Strikes Mother and Son in Lafayette, Louisiana

Gray Death

Atlanta Hit By “Gray Death” – Authorities Issue Warning

Investigators in Georgia have confirmed the first death brought on by a dangerous cocktail of drugs known as “Gray Death.” Gray Death is a combination of several opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil — sometimes used to tranquilize large animals like elephants — and a synthetic opioid called U-47700. As reported by WYFF 4, the cases so far have mostly been… Continue Reading Atlanta Hit By “Gray Death” – Authorities Issue Warning

Mary Jo Blige

Queen of Hip Hop Shares Addiction Struggles

Mary Jo Blige has won 9 Grammys and sold more than 75 million albums. She has also struggled with addiction throughout her career. Recently, she shared her struggles with The Hollywood Reporter. Blige said: “People just let you do what you want to do, because they want to keep getting paid. It’s easier to deal with you if you’re drunk… Continue Reading Queen of Hip Hop Shares Addiction Struggles

Tennesse Inmates

Tennessee Inmates Get “A Shot At Life”

Prisoners across the country are suffering from addictions and receive little to no help getting clean, so they often relapse once they get out of jail. Now a unique approach in Tennessee is providing a different model. Called “A Shot At Life”, prisoners are given counseling and Vivitrol injections. As reported by WBIR, inmate Greg Fox was the first inmate… Continue Reading Tennessee Inmates Get “A Shot At Life”

Chris Christie

Governor Christie Focuses on Opioid Crisis As Term Ends

During his final year in office, NJ Governor Chris Christie spent a great deal of time and budget to address the state’s ongoing opioid crisis. As reported by NJ Spotlight, Christie has invested heavily in addressing addiction in recent months, reallocating some $200 million in unused or “lapsed” funds to expand treatment capacity and support services; this has included some… Continue Reading Governor Christie Focuses on Opioid Crisis As Term Ends

Ohio Drug Court

Ohio Drug Court Delivers Mixed Verdict On Treatment Success

Trumbull County, just north of Youngstown, Ohio, has been hit hard by the current opioid crisis. As officials grapple with the crisis, they are trying to help criminal offenders deal with their addiction rather than simply sending them to prison. One solution is a so-called “drug court”, presided over by Judge Andrew Logan. As reported by The Vindicator, drug court… Continue Reading Ohio Drug Court Delivers Mixed Verdict On Treatment Success