addiction

Drug Decriminalization in Oregon: How’s It Going So Far?

Tanesia DeMacon is no stranger to jail. She estimates she was arrested no fewer than 15 times, starting at the…

April 22, 2021

Mary Jeanne Kreek: A Methadone Pioneer Who Cared Deeply About Patients

  I will never forget the first time I got to speak to Dr. Mary Jeanne Kreek in a personal…

April 12, 2021

“Four Good Days” Is a Mess of Addiction Stereotypes and Stigma

“I’m going to level with you Molly—opioids have a 97 percent relapse rate.” This is the opening line for the…

April 6, 2021

As Fatal Meth Overamps Surge, Promising Medication Combo on the Horizon

Promising results from the third stage of a clinical trial testing a medication combination to treat methamphetamine use disorder (MUD)…

March 15, 2021

Most People With Addiction Outgrow It Naturally. We Need to Hear Them.

All life studies of people’s drug use show that most people who develop addictions—a small minority of drug users—move past…

March 1, 2021

Behind the Notorious Italian Rehab Community in Netflix’s “SanPa”

In the Netflix documentary series SanPa: Sins of the Savior, a tale of a community of people recovering from addiction…

February 25, 2021

When My Suboxone Doctor Quit on Me, It Left a Frightening Void

Early in 2020, shortly before pandemic entered the everyday lexicon and face masks became de rigueur, I went to my…

February 2, 2021

Reason to Raise a Glass: The Alcohol-Zero-Tolerance Project Is Doomed

The World Health Organization has declared that there is no safe level of drinking—a zero-tolerance, just-say-no approach to alcohol. Public…

December 24, 2020

Forced, Rapid Adoptions Are a Weapon of the Drug War

“I hate myself.” The words slipped out of my youngest child’s mouth with a casual levity. Only 5 years old,…

December 21, 2020

Judge Grants Class Action Status to Methadone-Taper Jail Lawsuit

A federal judge has paved the way for a case against a methadone-taper policy at Cook County Jail, Illinois to…

December 7, 2020