Category: Substance Abuse

Addiction Clinics Market Pricey, Unproven Treatments To Desperate Patients

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Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. “He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to somebody else I’m just certain he hasn’t met,” his mother, Cheryl, says. She remembers finding ….  Read More

Among Hurdles For Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting The Drug To Treat It

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Louis Morano knew what he needed, and he knew where to get it. He made his way to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose crisis. People call it “the bupe bus.” Morano, 29, has done seven stints in rehab for opioid ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Biden Doubles Down On Obamacare

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Former Vice President Joe Biden has said if he’s elected president he would build on the Affordable Care Act rather than move to a whole new health care system, such as the “Medicare for All” plan supported by some of his primary opponents for the ….  Read More

Sobering Up: In An Alcohol-Soaked Nation, More Seek Booze-Free Social Spaces

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[UPDATED on July 9] ST. LOUIS — Not far from the Anheuser-Busch brewery, Joshua Grigaitis fills a cooler with bottles and cans in one of the city’s oldest bars. It’s Saturday night, and the lights are low. Frank Sinatra’s crooning voice fills the air, along with the aroma of incense. The place has all the ….  Read More

Florida Is The Latest Republican-Led State To Adopt Clean Needle Exchanges

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A green van was parked on the edge of downtown Miami, on a corner shadowed by overpasses. The vehicle serves as a mobile health clinic and syringe exchange, where people who inject drugs like heroin and fentanyl could swap dirty needles for fresh ones. One of the clinic’s regular visitors, a man with heavy black ….  Read More

Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

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Happy Friday! Friends, it’s been a whirlwind week of news, news, news and more news! If you’re like me, you’re just staring longingly at the weekend. But before you mentally check out, here’s a cheat sheet of what all went down — because it was too much for any one person to keep straight. Two ….  Read More

Polydrug Addiction On Rise As Opioid Crisis Mixes With Resurgence In Meth UseKaiser Health News

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In the 25 years since she snorted her first line of meth at a club in San Francisco, Kim has redefined “normal” so many times. At first, she said, it seemed like meth brought her back to her true self — the person she was before her parents divorced, and before her stepfather moved in. ….  Read More

Federal Grants ‘A Lifesaver’ In Opioid Fight, But States Still Struggle To Curb Meth

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In his 40 years of working with people struggling with addiction, David Crowe has seen various drugs fade in and out of popularity in Pennsylvania’s Crawford County. Methamphetamine use and distribution is a major challenge for the rural area, said Crowe, the executive director of Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission. But opioid-related overdoses ….  Read More

Readers And Tweeters: No Rush To Judge Patients Who Leave The ER Without OK

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Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. At The ER, It’s Hurry Up And Wait At least the patients mentioned in “As ER Wait Times Grow, More Patients Leave Against Medical Advice” (May 17) were allowed to ….  Read More

Drug Users Armed With Naloxone Double As Medics On Streets Of San Francisco

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The man was out of his wheelchair and lay flat on his back just off San Francisco’s Market Street, waiting for the hypodermic needle to pierce his skin and that familiar euphoric feeling to wash over him. The old-timer, who appeared to be in his 60s, could not find a viable vein, so a 38-year-old ….  Read More