Category: overdose

How the Smallest State Is Defeating America’s Biggest Addiction Crisis

Politico Magazine By Erick Trickey By the time police caught Paul Roussell with heroin last summer, the 58-year-old lobster fisherman had been addicted to the drug for almost 10 years. He’d gone from sniffing two bags of heroin a day to 10, then as many as 17. He was running drugs for dealers to afford …

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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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Apply Now: Improving Access to Overdose Treatment Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is accepting applications for the FY 2018 Improving Access to Overdose Treatment (OD Treatment Access) program. SAMHSA will award OD Treatment Access funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), opioid treatment programs, or practitioners who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The …

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States Are Transforming the Way They Treat Drug Addicts

Governing By Anna Gorman Breann Johnson stopped using heroin on Mother’s Day this year, determined to end her 13-year addiction. Days later, she began three months of residential treatment in Riverside, Calif. — all paid for by California’s Medicaid program. Johnson, who has two young sons, said other inpatient drug rehab programs had refused to accept …

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