Have drug overdose deaths peaked?
With provisos, the CDC’s data over the last four to six months suggest that drug overdose deaths, including opioid-related deaths, may have peaked.
Just over a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began publishing monthly provisional overdose fatality figures for rolling 12-month periods, which it had been collecting for several years. (The data is not final, and is subject to adjustment as additional data comes in—the first proviso.)
Ryan Hampton wants to fix America’s addiction problem
Ryan Hampton, now 38, is nearly four years sober. He has dedicated his life not only to helping others recover, but to changing our broken laws and policies. He does this through his work as social outreach and recovery advocate for the nonprofit Facing Addiction
as well as through another non-profit he founded, The Voices Project
. The latter, which encourages people with substance abuse issues to tell their stories, is Hampton’s passion project and the one that takes up most of his time.
Navdeep Kang: Treat opioid addiction like a heart condition
Navdeep Kang, who has a doctorate in psychology, is part of a team of doctors and administrators who’ve pushed Mercy Health emergency room physicians to treat people with addiction disorders like cancer patients, offering them treatment drugs and prompt placement in a rehab center.
As elections near, a nonprofit aims to put people in recovery into government posts
“It's very hard to be in a room talking about ‘those people,’” says Greg Williams—i.e., people recovering from an opioid, cocaine, or alcohol addiction.Get people who’ve actually experienced addiction into government policy meetings, he continues, and “it changes everything.”
Reducing Rx opioid use will save lives over time: modeling study
A mathematical modeling study by Stanford researchers, published today, concludes that while reducing access to prescription opioids may initially spur some users to migrate to heroin use, it will save thousands of lives over a 10-year time horizon.
A six-part strategy to stop the addiction fatality epidemic: Guest commentary
Young Americans in uniform deployed overseas to fight terrorism are returning home to find their nation utterly losing a completely different battle.
Prescription and non-prescription drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50-years old.
Addiction starts before drug use
There is no shortage of news coverage on the opioid epidemic. I pay close attention, and not because I am a scientist, or a health care provider, or a legislator. Nor do I have a loved one seeking help for a substance abuse disorder. Not any more.
Nora Volkow on MAT, naloxone, new drugs, and why opioids are unique
This is part 2 of an interview with Nora Volkow, MD, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the past 15 years.
The Julie Eldred case: a symbolic argument is rebuffed – correctly
The highly symbolic case of Julie Eldred became a cause celèbre among many of the best and brightest in addiction science community. They had hoped a state supreme court would say, loudly and clearly, that addiction is not a moral failing, but rather a chronic brain disease.