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Feb 07 2016

Hey Politicians, Here Are 10 Proposals That Would Actually Address the Opioid Crisis

Campaigning for the imminent primary in New Hampshire, a state greatly affected by the opioid addiction and overdose crisis, presidential candidates have been falling over each other to express their sensitivity, empathy and proposed solutions. It seems everyone—from Clinton and Sanders to Cruz to T...
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Feb 17 2016

What It Was Like to Hand Out Clean Needles With Cops Threatening to “Beat Your Ass”

In the late 1980s, Richard Curtis, who was conducting a study of police crackdowns on open-air drug markets, saw first-hand the misery HIV infection inflicted on New Yorkers who used heroin. “I was so overwhelmed by what I saw that I couldn’t walk away from it. I just couldn’t,” Curtis, who is now a...
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Feb 10 2016

Does the Lead-Contaminated Water in Flint Pose a Danger to People Who Shoot Up?

In January, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan over the city’s water supply, which had been contaminated with lead after the water source was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Residents have developed a slew of health problems like hair loss and ...
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Feb 16 2016

Rehabs’ Failure to Give Lifesaving Naloxone to Vulnerable Clients Is Unacceptable

Jeff Cullen was a handsome, athletic young man. A great surfer, who loved goofy comedies like Dumb & Dumber and had an affinity for animals. Pretty much the stereotypical California Golden Boy, except for his long, serious problem with heroin. On August 5, 2008, he signed up on a four-week waiti...
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Feb 25 2016

One Year on, Is Rural Indiana Really Tackling Its HIV Crisis?

February 25th, 2016 One year ago today, an HIV outbreak in Indiana prompted a frenzy of headlines in outlets across the country: More than 20 cases of HIV in southeastern Indiana had been identified, with the majority linked to injecting drug use. The opioid epidemic in the United States appeared to...
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Mar 03 2016

Five Important Ways LA County Will Keep Festival-Goers Safer This Summer

Los Angeles County officials have responded to festival-related drug deaths at Los Angeles’ HARD Summer Festival last year (and others across the country) by deciding on measures to prevent festival-related deaths in 2016. Notably, the LA County Board of Supervisors banned festivals from the county’...
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Mar 03 2016

Watch: Why This Mom Wants to Legalize Heroin Even Though It Killed Her Sons

The United States is not the only country struggling with overdose deaths—the UK has its fair share of prohibition-related problems as well. One mother is now speaking out against the country’s failed drug policies after she lost two of her sons to heroin overdoses, but her advocacy may not be...
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Mar 04 2016

Bobbi Kristina: Questions Surrounding Death Remain, But Circumstances Are Tragically Common

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston, died from complications related to oxygen deprivation, says an autopsy report released today. She went under in the bathtub in January 2015, and her life support was switched off in July that year. The Fulton County Medical Examiner ...
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Mar 28 2016

How a Caravan Will Bring Latin America’s Drug War to the UN’s Doorstep

March 28th, 2016 The Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice—a roving demonstration of the brutality of the War on Drugs in Latin America—kicked off today in Honduras, and will make its way through El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico before arriving in New York ahead of ahead of the United Nations summit ...