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9 Things We Must Do Now to Stop the Opioid Epidemic


Over the past few years, media reports have sounded the alarm that an opioid epidemic is sweeping the country, killing thousands of our citizens. And now new research findings reveal that the problem may be even more widespread than we had thought.

In 2015 it was reported that 33,000 people died from an opioid overdose — a historic high. However, researchers now tell us that number should have been even higher, as it is likely that thousands...
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To Disclose or Not to Disclose: Mental Illness at Work

About half of the roughly 58 million Americans with mental illness are active in the workforce. Looking at the average company, you wouldn’t know it. Unless you work for an open-minded boss or a company that actively encourages people to come forward and get help, many workers keep their struggles with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other issues silent for fear of losing their job, their...
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Addiction Treatment Falls Woefully Short – Can’t We Do Better?

Millions of people know what it’s like to lose everything to addiction. Millions more know what it’s like to live with a parent or family member who abuses drugs or alcohol. What too many don’t know is how to get better.

In spite of a large body of research showing that addiction is a chronic disease, only one in 10 addicts receives any form of treatment – often, treatment that falls woefully short...
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Promising Change in Drug Policy Replaces Punishment with Treatment

It is the sign of a healthy society when government faces its mistakes and develops more effective policies. This is a process we see unfolding as the government reconsiders its drug policy and sets forth a “new national approach” that focuses on treatment rather than punishment.

In April, the Obama Administration released its 2012 National Drug Control Strategy, which builds on the President’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy, published in 2010....
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The Prescription Drug Epidemic Sparks Blame Game

Call it human nature. When something goes wrong, we look for someone to blame. When a child gets in trouble, they are quick to point the finger at a sibling. When a product malfunctions, we sue the manufacturer. So it isn’t surprising that “Pharmageddon” would spark its own type of blame game.

Even though the government’s War on Drugs started more than 40 years ago, in many ways it has been reborn...
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