addiction

It Took a Pandemic to Improve Some People’s Access to Opioid Addiction Meds

“I’m great! I’m having so much fun!” Bill Kinkle tells me on the phone. His happiness is jarring. After hours…

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When Methadone Clinics Support Patients Who Use Marijuana

Methadone patients face many harsh restrictions. Among them, clinics frequently test for and punish cannabis use, including by withdrawing services—even when…

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So Alcoholics Anonymous Is “Proven” to Work After All? Not So Fast

Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12 Steps, with their prescription of abstinence, have dominated America’s response to addiction for a half-century…

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San Diego County Lawmaker Pushes to End Syringe Exchange Ban

A lawmaker in San Diego County, California is urging his colleagues to rethink a 20-year-old ban on syringe exchanges. By…

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The Real Harms of Abusive, Stigmatizing Language in Addiction Treatment

Ironically, the conversation that spurred a peer-support specialist at a buprenorphine program to yell me out of the room was…

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Why Are Nurses Denied Effective Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder?

One of the greatest hypocrisies in medicine is the restriction of standard-of-care medications for health professionals with opioid use disorder.…

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First Psychedelic Research Company Going Public in Canada

Move over space travel, smartphones and New York real estate—soon, many investors will be adding psychedelic drugs to their portfolios.…

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The Problems With Post-Overdose Response Teams

Drug overdoses (better described as toxic drug mixtures and poisonings) claimed nearly half a million lives in the US between…

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Meet a Heavyweight Critic of Drug Courts and Therapeutic Communities

Dr. Kerwin Kaye is associate professor of Sociology, Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies and American Studies at Wesleyn University in Connecticut.…

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Does a “Dialectical Abstinence” Program Qualify as Harm Reduction?

I first heard the term “dialectical abstinence” in the summer of 2019, several weeks into an intensive outpatient program (IoP)…

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