Category: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Opinion: If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

The New York Times By New York Times staff When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Such outcomes are typical in the American criminal justice system, even though, as Ms. Eldred’s lawyer has argued, ordering a drug addict to …

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“All Scientific Hands on Deck” to End the Opioid Crisis

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) By Nora Volkow (Director, NIDA) and Francis Collins (Director, National Institutes of Health) In 2015, two million people had a prescription opioid use disorder and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder; prescription drug misuse alone cost the nation $78.5 billion in healthcare, law enforcement, and lost productivity. But …

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