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The Ways We “Monsterize” Drug Use, Pain and People

[This article is an adapted excerpt from On Opium: Pain, Pleasure, and Other Matters of Substance, which was published in…

November 30, 2021

We Must Address the Overdose Crisis With the Same Focus as COVID-19

The United States is simultaneously experiencing two devastating public health crises—the COVID-19 pandemic and the overdose epidemic. As the rates…

June 21, 2021

The Methadone Manifesto: A Powerful Blow Against the Clinic System

The Methadone Manifesto is a brilliant, badass, long-overdue gut punch to the antiquated US methadone clinic system. Written by members…

May 12, 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

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

In Upstate New York, a Jail Keeps Blocking Access to Lifesaving OUD Meds

[This story is published in partnership with New York Focus, an independent, investigative news site covering New York state and…

March 26, 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

As People Who Use Drugs, We Urge Biden to End the Buprenorphine X-Waiver

In late January, the Biden Administration walked back one of the biggest steps toward opening access to medications for opioid…

March 3, 2021

Stimulant Activists to UN: Fund Agonist Research to End AIDS by 2030

In the final decade before the United Nations' 2030 deadline to "end AIDS," a sprawling coalition of activists from Africa,…

February 11, 2021

Telehealth Services Are Expanding OUD Medication Access—For Some

Amid the pandemic, regulatory changes around buprenorphine access are making it easier for some people with opioid use disorder (OUD)…

February 9, 2021