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...
Feb 08 2016

Watch: This “All-American” Super Bowl Heroin PSA Is an Embarrassment

“Give me an H! Give me an E! Give me an R-O-I-N! What’s that spell? HEROIN!” So began a bizarre Super Bowl Sunday advertisement about heroin that the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NCADA) Saint Louis chapter ran for Saint Louis-area viewers. It chronicles the “All-American” girl—a prett...
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 ...
Feb 12 2016

I’m Not Sorry That I Keep Falling in Love With Men Who Are Addicted to Heroin

Four months ago, I dropped my boyfriend James* off at rehab—the same rehab I took my first boyfriend to 10 years before. While James filled out paperwork and spoke with counselors, I worried that his insurance would only cover the five-day detox that never worked for him. I worried that he would die...
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...
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...
Feb 26 2016

Get Real: Medical Marijuana Is Neither a Panacea Nor a Scam, Say Doctors

On Wednesday, a Canadian judge struck down regulations restricting home-grow for medical marijuana patients and had some harsh words for the specialists who testified in the case. He said: “many ‘expert’ witnesses were so imbued with a belief for or against marijuana—almost a relig...
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’...
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...