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More options, changing rules for opiate treatment

More options, changing rules for opiate treatment

Posted on January 11th, 2016

It’s fair to call it an epidemic at this point. The numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are grim enough, as the epidemic puts almost 7,000 people a day into emergency rooms across the United States, and 44 Americans die from it every day. In 2013, around 2 million Americans – more than the population of Phoenix – got exposed to the epidemic. The epidemic isn’t HIV or some new exotic disease that emerged from outside the U.S., but the prescription painkiller abuse is driving these numbers. Continue reading

Women are increasing casualties in the war on drugs

Women are increasing casualties in the war on drugs

Posted on September 22nd, 2015

Since the late 1960s, the U.S. government has aggressively attempted to curtail the manufacture, sale and use of illicit narcotics in what has become commonly known as the War on Drugs. The effects of this so-called war are pervasive, from news of high-profile narcotic seizures by law enforcement, to the extra red tape required to purchase certain over-the-counter medications. And increasingly, another effect is rippling on the surface: more and more women are winding up in prison with lengthy jail sentences. Continue reading