More than half of opioid abusers are also binge drinkers, government data shows

June 11, 2019 By Cassidy Morrison

More than half of opioid abusers are also frequent binge drinkers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report Tuesday that highlights the case for stemming alcohol abuse to curb the opioid epidemic.

 

Indiana Showing Progress in Lowering Opioid Prescriptions

June 11, 2019 By Alex Brown

A new report from the American Medical Association suggests Indiana’s efforts in the fight against opioids are paying off. The AMA Opioid Task Force 2019 Progress Report shows opioid prescriptions in Indiana have decreased 35.1 percent over the past five years, which is 2 percent higher than the national average.

 

Can a dog make a difference in the lives of those in recovery? For some, yes.

June 9, 2019 By Valerie Royzman

Pets as therapy are nothing new. Maybe they were always therapy. They tend to bring out the better in almost all of us. We become more human in their presence somehow.

If having pets in the room works wonders for troubled children, the disabled, emergency workers, the elderly, why wouldn’t it work for those in recovery?

 

Indiana’s manufacturing industry receives financial help to respond to opioid epidemic

June 7, 2019 By Amanda Starrantino

The RX Abuse Leadership Initiative, also known as RALI Indiana, has awarded a $45,000 grant to the Indiana Manufacturers Association to respond to the opioid epidemic. This is a new push to battle the opioid epidemic and addiction crisis in the workplace, specifically the manufacturing industry.

 

‘I’M NOT PERFECT’: Lisa Marie Presley grateful to be alive after opioid addiction battle

June 7, 2019 By WENN

Lisa Marie Presley delves into her own struggle with drug abuse in the essay, noting her addiction issues began when she was given a short-term prescription after giving birth to her twin daughters, Vivienne and Finley, in 2008. Describing her “difficult path” to recovery, Presley explains she wanted to be open with her experience in order to help others.

 

The intersection of opioids and HIV

June 6, 2019 By Douglas Soule

Kaiser Family Foundation data from a 2018 article shows that HIV infections due to drug injections peaked in the 1990s and then declined for two decades. 2015 marked the first time the number of HIV diagnoses attributed to drug injections increased, according to the foundation.

 

Construction industry confronts drug addiction among ranks

June 5, 2019 By Philip Marcelo

Construction workers represented roughly 25% of all fatal opioid overdoses among Massachusetts workers from 2011 to 2015, a state Department of Public Health report found last year. They’re also six times more likely to fatally overdose on opioids than other workers, according to the report.

 

Opioid Addiction Doesn’t Always Start With The Doctor

June 5, 2019 By Matt Swayne

Nonmedical opioid users are more likely to start abusing the drug after getting them from friends or family members—not doctors—according to a new study.

 

Researchers pose as heroin users to find treatment gaps

June 4, 2019 By Carla K. Johnson

Posing as heroin users seeking help, researchers contacted hundreds of treatment clinics in U.S. states with the highest overdose death rates, including West Virginia and Ohio. The “secret shoppers” were denied appointments much of the time, especially if they said they were insured through Medicaid.

 

For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse

June 4, 2019 By Matt Swayne

In a common narrative of the path to opioid misuse, people become addicted to painkillers after a doctor prescribed them pills to treat an injury and then, later, switch to harder drugs, such as heroin. However, nonmedical opioid users were more likely to say they began abusing opioids after friends and family members offered them the drugs, according to researchers.