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Meet Maggie Moe, who is bringing addiction and recovery to the stage…

Maggie Moe is a lyricist, writer, voice actor and comedian from the Bay Area of California, now living in New York City. She has been writing, producing and performing since 2007 — so prolific that she once even wrote and performed in “Busted!” a cabaret, just to pay off an egregious parking “misunderstanding.” Maggie has a bachelor’s degree in acting from…

US drug overdose deaths hit highest level on record, CDC data shows

“This is indeed a continuation of an awful trend. Rates of overdose deaths have been on an upward climb for decades now, increasing at unprecedented rates right before the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Read More…

Drug Abuse and Addiction Research at Johns Hopkins Institute Can Develop More Effective Treatments For Addiction…

IBBS researchers are studying how chronic drug use causes lasting changes in the brain that can lead to addiction. Their findings may aid in the development of more effective treatments for addiction. Current addiction treatments use a combination of counseling and complete abstinence, slow weaning, or drug replacement that either substitutes for the drug or blocks withdrawal symptoms. Although these therapies control physical…

The overdose crisis is national, but the impact is personal…

As the overdose crisis continues to change, we must take a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to saving lives, reducing risk, and removing barriers to effective interventions. This requires that we provide care and services that respect the health and dignity of people who use drugs. Read more…

What are health consequences of drug addiction?

According to NIDA, “People with addiction often have one or more associated health issues, which could include lung or heart disease, stroke, cancer, or mental health conditions. Imaging scans, chest X-rays, and blood tests can show the damaging effects of long-term drug use throughout the body. For example, it is now well-known that tobacco smoke can cause many cancers, methamphetamine…

Process for Updating the Opioid Prescribing Guideline

CDC’s draft updated Clinical Practice Guideline is now posted for public comment in the Federal Register through April 11, 2022. We want to understand the experience of patients, caregivers, providers, and others who care about safe, effective, and informed pain care. Please add your voice to the conversation feedback here: Updating the Opioid Guideline

Test strips for fentanyl, supervised injection sites, might come to California…

Heroin addicts in New York City can take their drugs to an “overdose prevention center” where clean needles and alcohol swabs await. There, in partitioned booths worthy of a library, they can shoot or snort under the watchful gaze of health care workers armed with naloxone, oxygen, and other life-saving interventions. Since opening on Nov. 30, these two centers have…

Understanding Drug Use and Addiction

Many people don’t understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Read…

Children growing up in homes with addiction – How do we break the cycle?

Millions of kids live with parents who abuse substances Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, suggest about 1 in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger live in households with at least one parent with apast year substance use disorder (alcohol or other drug) About 1 in 10 (7.5 million) live in households with at least one parent…