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When Ryan Hampton was recovering from opioid addiction in 2015, he remembers turning on the television at the recovery house where he was staying and seeing something remarkable: A rally, called “Unite to Face Addiction,” drew hundreds of organizations and advocates for people who use drugs to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “As someone who had less than a year under their belt in recovery at that time, I remember looking at it and saying ‘Wow, isn’t this amazing? This community extends beyond the four walls of the recovery meeting that I go to religiously every night. These people...
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New laws in Minnesota and Vermont understand that allowing people to test their drugs reduces harm—and is a vital public health measure. OVER THE PAST two weeks, Minnesota and Vermont took steps to explicitly legalize, fund, and expand drug-checking resources. These are major developments for drug policy. Tools like mass spectrometers and fentanyl test strips provide people with real-time information about what’s in their drugs, which can help them make more informed decisions and reduce the possibility of an overdose. What’s more, they help public health and harm reduction workers understand what is in the drug supply, a necessary prerequisite for them to respond to crises and...
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Drug overdose deaths in the United States plateaued in 2022 but still topped 100,000 — stark proof that the nation remains in the throes of a staggering crisis killing hundreds of Americans daily. According to provisional data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 105,452 people succumbed to overdoses in 2022, a number poised to increase because of the lag time in reporting deaths by state agencies. The CDC is estimating that number could top 109,000. The death count mirrors 2021, when drugs such as illicit fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine killed more than 107,000 people —...
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The rate of drug overdose deaths linked to fentanyl in the United States has skyrocketed over the last five years, new federal data showed. The rate of overdose deaths involving fentanyl spiked by 279% between 2016 and 2021 from 5.7 per 100,000 to 21.6 per 100,000, according to a report published early Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Vital Statistics System — which looked at death certificate records. “We are always hoping we won’t see a rise in fentanyl deaths, but this really highlights that this is continuing to be the public health problem,” Merianne Spencer, a co-author of...
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Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore to join the recovery community for Mobilize Recovery 2023 in Washington, D.C. Continuing its mission to support, motivate, and empower the 23 million Americans in long term recovery, Mobilize Recovery, one of America’s largest advocacy groups focused on people seeking and living in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), is announcing its 2023 campaign and renewed partnerships with iHeartMedia and Meta. Both companies have a longstanding partnership with Mobilize Recovery, helping to promote lifesaving resources while nurturing the recovery community through public awareness campaigns, social media amplification and bold media efforts. Mobilize Recovery will expand its...
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With four Grammy awards under his belt and tens of millions of records sold, Macklemore has achieved remarkable success in the music industry. His music has been streamed over 13 billion times, solidifying his status as a popular and influential artist. The rapper, whose birth name is Benjamin Haggerty, has recently released his first new album in over five years, titled “Ben.” This album offers a candid portrayal of Macklemore’s life, covering topics such as his struggles with mental health and addiction, which he said began for him at the age of 14. “My addiction began the first time that...
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved selling the leading version of naloxone without a prescription, setting the overdose-reversing drug on course to become the first opioid treatment drug to be sold over the counter. It’s a move that some advocates have long sought as a way to improve access to a life-saving drug, though the exact impact will not be clear immediately. Here’s a look at the issues involved. WHAT IS NARCAN? The approved nasal spray from Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Emergent BioSolutions is the best-known form of naloxone. It can reverse overdoses of opioids, including street drugs such as heroin...
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I worked on Capitol Hill and in state houses across the country for years, before a seemingly benign OxyContin prescription for pain sent me into a decade long tailspin that nearly ended my life. If I had not been able to access medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment with buprenorphine, I would not be here today. Since the beginning of my recovery in 2015, I’ve made it my purpose to increase access to treatment for every single American who needs it—without shame, judgement, or unnecessary barriers. On February 24th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced new federal telemedicine guidelines...
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Patients may soon be able to obtain addiction treatments and medications through telehealth visits — without having to see a doctor in person. The Biden administration unveiled new regulations aimed at increasing patient access to certain medications and addiction treatments, and the proposed rules from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced Friday, make permanent certain Trump-era allowances for medical providers to prescribe drugs through telehealth that were established at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the administration is re-implementing restrictions on other medicines that are more addictive. The move would permit medical providers on a permanent...
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So many of Deborah Krauss’s friends and neighbors have died of drug overdoses during the pandemic that she said she felt as if she had been living inside of a dream. The longest she has gone without someone dying, she noted, is three weeks. Her calendar grew cluttered with funerals. “I lost count at 40,” she recalled on a recent evening in a Des Moines office as she organized supplies to help people consume drugs more safely. “And it just keeps happening.” The next day, Ms. Krauss was on the road, parked outside a Walmart in the small Iowa town...
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