Calling Addiction a Disease Can Sometimes Hamper Recovery
New research finds that an empowering message, emphasizing a person's potential to manage addictions, is much more helpful.
Community Can Offer a Cure to Our Technology Addictions
The solution is not to turn off our phones; it's to develop social, economic, and political structures that address deeper issues of social disconnection and overwork.
I Helped Create the Internet, and I'm Worried About What It's Doing to Young People
At some level, we are all experiencing the Web's toxic possibilities. But as with other toxins, young developing bodies and brains are more susceptible.
The Feds Have Proposed New Guidelines for Sober Homes—and Observers Are Deeply Disappointed
Many sober homes have made the news recently for egregious violations—but the latest federal effort to clean them up may not do much to help.
What Oklahoma's $270 Million Settlement With Purdue Pharma Means for the 1,000-Plus Opioid Cases Still Pending
This is the biggest state opioid settlement yet, and lawyers and addiction patients' advocates are waiting eagerly to see what precedent it will set.
Is Government Regulation Keeping Americans From Getting Addiction Care?
A new major report finds that laws around medication for opioid addiction aren't based in science.
Where Are Opioid Overdose Deaths Most Likely to Occur?
The popular notion of the opioid crisis primarily affecting rural communities does not hold up, according to new research.
Divulged Private Emails Show Purdue Pharma's Deception About the Strength of OxyContin
In a sealed court document, one of the company's controlling members indicated that Purdue Pharma should not correct misconceptions about the strength of oxycodone.
An Invisible Fentanyl Crisis Is Emerging on Mexico's Northern Border
The powerful painkiller has led to a considerable spike in overdoses in some border cities, but users are finding little support in trying to combat the scourge.
Purdue Pharma Executives Discussed Expanding Into the Addiction Treatment Market
The maker of the potent painkiller Oxycontin discussed how the sale of opioids and the treatment of opioid addiction were "naturally linked."
What the Addiction Crisis Looks Like to First Responders
A night on the job with Newark Assistant Fire Chief David Decker.
How Dennis Cauchon, a Former 'USA Today' Reporter, Became a Leading Voice for Needle Exchanges in Ohio
As the founder and president of Harm Reduction Ohio, Cauchon lobbies for progressive drug policies in the state—a position that can pit him not just against politicians, but also other reformers.
In Licking County, Ohio, a Corrections Strategy That Offers Counseling, Art Classes, and Mindfulness Training
For people with substance use disorders, day reporting can provide a safe environment and a space for counseling or treatment.
A Year in the Heart of the Addiction Crisis in Rust Belt America
The opioids are here, and meth is resurgent. When it's easier than ever to rationalize the first hit, and the options are limitless, even a community-wide effort might not be enough to stop the overdoses.
Why Are Opioid Abuse Rates Higher Among Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals?
New research suggests that sexual minorities are particularly vulnerable to dependency on these drugs.
The FDA Approves a Controversial New Opioid Painkiller
The Food and Drug Administration is approving a powerful new opioid painkiller, the agency announced Friday.
One Year After Trump Declared Opioid Addiction a Public-Health Emergency, What's Changed?
The declaration was met with a lot of fanfare, but officials did little with the legal powers it gave them, experts say.
Are Insurers Doing Their Part to End America's Opioid Epidemic?
A new study asks if insurance policies discourage the overprescribing of opioids and encourage proven alternative pain treatments.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a feature on California's progressive history to a photo essay capturing the lifelong effects of trauma.
The Lede, Issue #34: The Making of Our Current Cover, California's Progressive History, World War I Photography, and More
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