healthcare

How Fear, Misinformation, Stigma Have Devastated US Pain Patients

Tamera Lynn Stewart had been taking prescribed opioids for 12 years to treat her chronic pain, following some cancer-related surgeries.…

April 28, 2021

“Devastating” West Virginia Law Could Practically End Syringe Provision

Over 1,200 West Virginians died of overdose in 2020, new data show—a 45 percent increase from 2019. This coincides with…

April 26, 2021

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

I Hid My Wounds for Months and Nearly Lost My Life: Stigma Kills Drug Users

It could almost have been a Saturday Night Live skit. I wish to God it was. Someone came into my…

March 30, 2021

Illinois Methadone Patients Could Be First to Have Privacy Rolled Back After SAMHSA Rule-Change

An Illinois Senator appears to be the first state lawmaker to push for a bill that would make a controversial…

March 29, 2021

Extending Telehealth Bupe Past the Pandemic Wouldn’t Require Congress

Before our telehealth appointment ended one day last summer, my buprenorphine doctor asked me if going for monthly urine screens…

March 22, 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

Biden Has a COVID Plan, But Won’t Learn Deeper Health Care Lessons

Donald Trump, the corrupt, narcissistic demagogue, has left the Whitehouse in the midst of a pandemic that killed 400,000 people…

January 21, 2021

Coalition Demands Extra $15 Billion in Harm Reduction Funding From Biden Admin

A coalition of over 60 harm reduction organizations is calling for the Biden administration to increase federal funding to harm…

January 20, 2021

Pandemic Hits Harm Reduction Workers Hard—Particularly “Peers”

A few weeks back, Soma Snakeoil, an artist and the founder of Los Angeles-based organization the Sidewalk Project, came across…

January 14, 2021