Like we don’t collect water when it’s plentiful and store it for inevitable drought, we don’t anticipate public health emergencies by addressing anti-sanitary conditions before pandemics strike.
This would be another thread in a long string of local moves that give the appearance of helping the vulnerable homeless population while instead exacerbating the problem.
A fifth-generation San Franciscan told me: ‘It’s becoming a kind of hell. We are beyond defeated. We are all on our own in San Francisco. No one’s coming to help the good people.’
How negligent media have helped inflate a deadly moral panic over prescription opioids and ignored the real sources of addiction, while hurting people who live with devastating chronic pain.
How do we best deal with the countless numbers of people, young and old, who are getting hooked on pills? Intervening early, for starters.
Beth Macy’s book ‘Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America’ is a warning to everyone in America who thinks that the opiate epidemic won’t arrive at their doorstep.
Like so many others, this hard-working family man got hooked on opioids. Just before his addiction killed him, he broke free. Here’s how.
K2 overdoses have plagued Washington D.C. over the past few years, causing more than 1,236 suspected overdoses and even a handful of deaths since mid-July.
Very few lawsuits against opioid makers were brought by victims or their families. Instead, they are being filed by cities, state’s attorneys general, and even Native American tribal councils.
When telling the stories that lead to real and comprehensive change in the fight against addiction, the culture and the media need to do better.
These kinds of prevention campaigns are important for targeting potential addicts, but don’t do as much for the people already languishing in the midst of their problems.
WalletHub just released a report on the states with the biggest drug problems in 2018 to highlight the states that are winning and losing the war on drugs.
The opioid epidemic has taken the lives of more than 300,000 Americans since 2000. Cooperation between the United States and China is a key element to fight back.
How long and to what degree must Americans backstop people suffering the entirely predictable result of their own self-destructive behavior?
After Vancouver implemented North America’s biggest needle-sharing program, its HIV and hepatitis rates exploded. So why are states following suit?
Harm-reduction and law enforcement are a losing battle because our society’s saturation with opioids inadvertently unmasked a dormant, lingering pain: the breakup of American families.
While marijuana’s surface-level effects appear more benign than its detractors suggest, its unintended consequences run deeper than its advocates like to admit.
While the Cures Act promises hope to many, much of the law focuses on a framework for future efforts, as opposed to near-term solutions.
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