OxyContin, designed for cancer pain relief, became the drug prescribed for back and tooth aches. About two years ago, I needed laparoscopic surgery to have my gall bladder removed. Nothing serious; preventative, after a few benign bulges were found on the bladder during an ultrasound scan. The whole thing took only three little holes on the right side on my navel, and—after some tubes with tiny cameras attached were inserted and then yanked out of my body—just a few stitches.
"The opioid crisis is spiraling out of control." Paul Faith/PA Archive The senior senator from one of the states hit hardest by heroin and opioid abuse will call on Monday for Congress to spend $600 million immediately to address and curtail the epidemic. The Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, being introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), would spread money to various government agencies tasked with research, intervention and recovery. I
LA JOLLA, CA - November 19, 2015 - Heroin use is on the rise in the United States and around the world--accompanied by a significant increase in heroin overdose deaths and risk of HIV transmission from needle sharing. Now researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded a prestigious Translational Avant-Garde Award, which supports the development of medications for substance abuse disorders, from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Dr
Maryanne Frangules, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recover (MOAR) at the Nazzaro Center. (Photo by Conor Finley) The Nazzaro Center was packed with kids and parents for a family dinner and talk hosted by North End Against Drugs (NEAD). In addition to the large spread of food, kids listened to guest speaker Maryanne Frangules, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) talk about her role in education,
Stephanie discusses recovering from addiction as part of the State Without StigMA campaign. “I really felt the stigma of addiction. I mean from everybody. I wouldn’t go to the hospital, just because I knew that as soon as I got there, as soon as they looked at my chart and saw that I had a history of heroin addiction or saw the abscess in my arm, I was instantly labeled a ‘junkie.’ I was left in the hallway for hours, asking for a glass of water. I would be ignored for hours.