opioid addiction

Can Marijuana Ease The Opioid Epidemic?

Feb 21, 2017
Pew Charitable Trusts

NEW YORK — After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job.

Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are certified to use medical marijuana for one of 10 conditions, including her primary diagnosis, inflammatory bowel disease. Marijuana doesn’t address her underlying disease, but it does relieve her painful symptoms.

Aetna, one of the nation's largest insurance companies, says that starting in March it will remove what's been a key barrier for patients seeking medication to treat their opioid addiction. The change will apply to all its private insurance plans, an Aetna spokeswoman confirmed. Aetna is the third major health insurer to announce such a switch in recent months.

Bill Aims To Limit Prescriptions Of Opioids In Indiana

Feb 9, 2017
Barbara Brosher/Indiana Public Media

A proposal that would limit opioid prescriptions passed a Senate committee Wednesday. It is one of 15 measures authored by Sen. Jim Merritt that aim to combat the opioid epidemic.

Pharmacies Thrive Selling Opioids For Depressed Small Town Pain

Feb 8, 2017
Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News

MANCHESTER, Ky. — This economically depressed city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is an image of frozen-in-time decline: empty storefronts with faded facades, sagging power lines and aged streets with few stoplights.

Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy unveiled on Thursday a series of measures aimed at combating and preventing opioid addiction. 

New Indiana Governor Creates Drug Czar Position

Jan 19, 2017
Intiaz Rahim/via Flickr

On his first day in office, Indiana’s new Republican governor, Eric Holcomb, signed an executive order creating a new state-level position to coordinate anti-drug efforts, a move at least two other states made last year to turn back the rising tide of opioid addiction.

A Peer Recovery Coach Walks The Front Lines Of America's Opioid Epidemic

Dec 28, 2016
Seth Herald/for NPR

Charlie Oen's battle with addiction started when he was 16 and his family moved to Lima, Ohio. It was the last stop in a string of moves his military family made — from Panama to North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Germany.


Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

Dec 21, 2016
Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News

It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade.

In 1964, the U.S. surgeon general released a report on the health impacts of smoking, and it shaped the public and government's attitudes toward tobacco for years to come. On Thursday, another surgeon general's report was issued, this time tackling a much broader issue: addiction and the misuse and abuse of chemical substances. The focus isn't just one drug, but all of them.

Police Try Treatment, Instead Of Punishment, For Addiction

Nov 10, 2016
Kristin Gourlay/Rhode Island Public Radio

Police departments in our region and around the country are scrambling to respond to the opioid addiction crisis. Many have added the overdose rescue drug, Narcan, to their tool belts. Others have stepped up efforts to prosecute heroin dealers. But in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a new program flips policing on its head to help addicts find treatment.

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