Opiates have emerged as a significant threat to public health in the UK.
President Obama hugs Carey Dixon, who has a loved one affected by addiction. Via REUTERS.
The Senate passed a bill July 13 to address the opioid epidemic. Georgia recently passed a bill that would limit rather than expand the number of treatment centers. Could others follow suit?
President Obama spoke in Atlanta at a summit on how to curb the opioid epidemic.
As congressional leaders today discuss legislation to curb the opioid epidemic, we look at three articles that explain how it happened and one that suggests some solutions.
This legal synthetic drug feels like you’re taking an opioid but it lasts 24 hours.
Methadone is used mainly to treat dependence on heroin, but also other prescription drugs. It is sometimes used to treat severe chronic pain.
A book about drug addiction and prostitution aimed at 'young adults' was a very daring thing 20 years ago.
Heroin dependence can be treated with pharmaceutical heroin - but it hasn’t been approved in Australia.
Heroin was used medically in Australia for coughs and pain relief until 1953.
‘Judges smoke it, even lawyers too.’ – Peter Tosh.
The UK may have signed the UN drugs convention – with its emphasis on prohibition – but that doesn't mean it can't legalise the drug.
Concerns have been raised about the potential to abuse and become addicted to pharmaceutical opiates.
We don't know enough about the people who use painkillers non-medically to make the judgement that there is a natural transition from legal to illicit drug use.
A nurse treats Johnny at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic before he self-injects his medication.
© Aaron Goodman
Hoping to avoid the pitfalls and tropes of drug genre photography, documentary photographer Aaron Goodman spent a year following three addicts enrolled in a heroin-assisted treatment program.
How did it start?
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We are witnessing widespread abuse of legal, prescribed drugs that, while structurally similar to illicit opioids such as heroin, are used for sound medical practices. So how did we get here?
Pre-WWI Bayer heroin bottle, originally containing 5g of heroin.
Be careful: many of us have tried at least two of them.
While Sydney’s medically supervised injecting centre has had positive results, we need drug consumption rooms all over the country.
With use of drugs such as ice on the rise, drug consumption rooms are now being set up in Europe to provide supervised inhalation.
A man injects himself with heroin using a needle obtained from the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation’s largest needle-exchange program, in Seattle, Washington.
Why have the demographics of heroin use changed so much? For that, we can look to dramatic increase in prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Vicodin.
Most opioid overdoses occur among experienced users.
Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, is a medicine that temporarily reverses the effects of opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone.
‘I will proceed directly to the intravenous injection of hard drugs, please.’
Danny Boyle's pop heroin fable defined an era and made the careers of everyone involved. Here are a few reasons to be wary of the sequel - and a possible happy ending.
Stigma doesn’t help.
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Stigma toward heroin use might prevent a lot of people from using the drug, but these attitudes don't help people who are dependent.
Chris Christie has vowed to ‘crack down’ on marijuana if elected president.
The myth has been debunked time and time again.
He may not look it, but this guy is totally radical.
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Our drugs policy expert sheds some light on the Liberal Democrats' radical new proposals.
Safe injection facilities (SIFs) offer clean syringes, bandages and antiseptics to drug users. SIFs reduce overdose deaths and limit the spread of disease.
Not only can they improve public health and decrease treatment costs, but they can also address one of the root causes of addiction: loneliness.
In states like Massachusetts, heroin overdoses have skyrocketed in recent years.
In the 1930s, Harry J. Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, embarked on a fierce anti-marijuana campaign. Highlighted by the 1936 anti-marijuana film Reefer Madness – where marijuana…