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Bouncing on a purple exercise ball, Alyssa talks to her new teacher about what classes she needs to graduate.  "There’s a Psychology 1 as an elective, I would take that, but I already took psychology and sociology... And I feel like Heartland in general is a psychology class," she says, laughing.

Stories of Recovery And Hope: James

Dec 14, 2018
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James, who asked to only be identified by his middle name, tried Oxycontin for the first time when he was in college. "We all know how this narrative goes — A young, healthy, normal person finds drugs and essentially starts to ruin their life." James got sober, but his brother didn't.

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Fueled by research conducted on such sites in other countries, the Massachusetts Medical Society's delegates voted to support studying a pilot program creating  a so-called "supervised injection facility," or SIF, in the commonwealth. 

Safe injection sites are designated areas where drug users can shoot up drugs under supervision of medical professionals, who can then intervene in the case of an overdose. They also provide clean needles and other supplies. If an SIF came to Boston, it would be the first safe injection space in the country. 

Try This At Home: Program Brings Drug Addiction Treatment To Patients

May 1, 2017
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Hannah Berkowitz is 20 years old. When she was a senior in high school, her life flew off the rails.

More Babies Born Drug Dependent In Rural Areas

Dec 20, 2016
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new study finds an alarming increase in the number of newborns dependent on drugs. The new research shows the number of newborns drug dependent increased nearly fivefold since 2000.

Heroin Addicts Give Up Civil Rights In Exchange For Treatment

Oct 26, 2016

Massachusetts is one of about 40 states where someone who abuses drugs or alcohol to an extreme can be legally committed to a locked treatment facility. In most cases, a worried family member has to go to court to make that happen.

But one recent trend that has surprised even court officials is how many addicts are appealing directly to a judge — willing to give up their civil rights in exchange for some help.

Some arrive on their own, worried about what was really in that bag of heroin. Some are carried in, slumped between two friends. Others are lifted off the sidewalk or asphalt of a nearby alley and rolled in a wheelchair to what's known as SPOT, or the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment, at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

Why Are So Many Suboxone Patients Buying The Drug On The Street?

Jul 12, 2016
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For some patients looking to break their addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers, there's a drug out there that works. It’s called Suboxone, but government regulations and individual doctors have made it difficult to get, which is leading many to buy it illegally. 

A lot of people using Suboxone for the first time don’t get it at a doctor’s office.

NC Pharmacists To Make Choices With New Naloxone Order

Jul 5, 2016
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In 2014, nearly 1,200 people in North Carolina died from accidental opioid drug overdoses.

Every one of them could still be alive today, said Rick Brajer, Health and Human Services secretary, if they had had access to something to reverse their overdoses.

Reframing The Language Of Addiction: Researcher Pushes To Strike The Term 'Abuse'

Jun 9, 2016

Last month, Dr. John Kelly gave a presentation at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Washington D.C. It's an important agency that funds more than a billion dollars in addiction and treatment research.

Kelly, an addiction researcher at Harvard and director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Recovery Research Institute, talked to the group of 30 or 40 top officials, he recalls, about how language can affect people's attitudes and behaviors about certain diseases and conditions. But at the end of his 90 minute talk, he says he just blurted this out. 

"I said, know 'I'm being bold here, but I think it's time that we do change the names of our institutes. If not now, when?'"

So, standing before a group of important people who run a major federal agency, which has carried the same name for four decades, Dr. Kelly basically asked them to get rid of their agency's name...because he says that word 'abuse' is outdated.