Spring 2016

March 2016

A Small Town Wonders What To Do When Heroin Is ‘Everywhere’ (NPR.org) 3/12/2016

The epidemic of opioid abuse that’s swept the U.S. has left virtually no community unscathed, from big cities to tiny towns… Read more >

A Family Engulfed By Heroin Fights To Keep A Son Alive (NPR.org) 3/19/2016

Here’s how I knew I liked Patti Trabosh… Read more >

Study would look at availability of drug addiction treatment (WITF.org) 3/22/2016

Experts estimate only one in eight people in Pennsylvania who need potentially life-saving drug addiction treatment can actually get it…. Read more >

FDA announces enhanced warnings for immediate-release opioid pain medications related to risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death (Food and Drug Administration) 3/22/2016

New safety warnings also added to all prescription opioid medications to inform prescribers and patients of additional risks related to opioid use… Read more >

Poll: 43 Percent of Americans Say Relative or Close Friend Has Substance Use Issue (Partnership for Drug Free Kids) 3/30/2016

A new poll finds 43 percent of Americans say they have a relative or close friend with a substance use issue, and 62 percent say at least one type of substance use is a serious problem in their community, the Associated Press reports… Read more >

April 2016

Heroin, opioid crisis: State making progress (The Evening Sun) 4/18/2016

Every life deserves to be saved. Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Rachel Levine, echoed those words regarding victims of the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic… Read more >

SNL spoof proves nothing goes well with heroin, including laughs (Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation) 4/19/2016

Controversial sketch exposes absurdity of Big Pharma culture… Read more >

E-Cigarettes the Most Widely Used Tobacco Product Among Teens (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 4/19/2016

E-cigarettes are now the most widely used tobacco product among teens, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… Read more >

A Disease of Free Will (The Open Mind) 4/21/2016

Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discusses the science of opioid addiction and treatment… Watch now >

Opioids and overdoses: 4 things to know (CNN) 4/28/2016

Deaths linked to opioids are skyrocketing, and so is the number of Americans abusing the drugs, experts say… Read more >

May 2016


ACME has announced that NARCAN nasal spray will now be available in its pharmacies in Pennsylvania… Read more >

Abuse of diarrhea medicine you know well is alarming physicians (The Washington Post) 5/4/2016

When the emergency team arrived, it was already too late. The 24-year-old man, who had a history of opioid addiction, was not breathing and lacked a pulse… Read more >

Prince’s Addiction and an Intervention Too Late (The New York Times) 5/4/2016

Prince appears to have had a problem with pain pills, one that grew so acute that his friends turned to an addiction doctor just before his death… Read more >

Why We Need More Resources for the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic (The White House) 5/12/2016

Summary: President has called on Congress to pass $1.1 billion in new funding to make sure that every American with an opioid use disorder who wants treatment can get it… Read more >

Macklemore Meets President Obama To Talk Opioid Addiction (Billboard) 5/13/2016

Macklemore visited the White House on Thursday (May 12) to talk about opioid addiction with President Obama as part of a one-hour documentary about opioid abuse he’s working on with MTV that will air later this year… Read more >

After years of doing drugs and doing time, Travis Acker has turned his life around (Reading Eagle) 5/15/2016

Travis Acker sits outside of Lebanon Valley College’s Mund Center, restlessly fidgeting with his baseball cap turned backward… Read more >

Children of Heroin Crisis Find Refuge in Grandparents’ Arms (The New York Times) 5/21/2016

Cindi and Todd Colburn have had guardianship of their granddaughter, Maleigha, since Maleigha was a year old because their daughter could not stay away from heroin… Read more >

What it’s like to love a heroin addict (CBS News) 5/23/2016

“I’ll never give up on him. Never ever,” Beth Eagan said. “No matter what.” Beth Eagan, 59, is the closest living family member to her two nephews, Jason and Andrew Amaral. Both are heroin addicts… Read more >

CDC: Adult Smoking Rate Decreased to 15 Percent Last Year (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 5/24/2016

Last year 15 percent of American adults smoked, down from 17 percent in 2014, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… Read more >

A deadlier drug: Doctors suspect W-18 is spiking overdoses (Philly.com) 5/25/2016

Anita Gupta first suspected that the Philadelphia heroin trade could be taking a deadlier turn months ago, when she saw overdose patients at Hahnemann University Hospital who didn’t respond as they should have to the antidote drug emergency workers gave them… Read more >

Almost 8 Percent of College Students Say They’ve Had Drugs Put Into Their Drinks (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 5/25/2016

A survey of college students finds almost 8 percent say they have had drugs put into their drinks, known as “drink spiking.”… Read more >

FDA approves six month implant for treatment of opioid dependence (National Institute on Drug Abuse) 5/26/2016

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first long-acting, subdermal buprenorphine implant for the treatment of opioid dependence… Read more >

FDA Approves First Drug-Oozing Implant to Control Opioid and Heroin Addiction (NBC Philadelphia) 5/26/2016

The implant ensures those suffering from drug addiction stay on a steady dose of buprenorphine, commonly known as Suboxone, to help curb cravings… Read more >

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