A GUIDE FOR COMPANIES THAT WANT TO END THE STIGMA AROUND OPIOID ADDICTION

By Christopher J. Swift, Fortune Magazine, July 2020

“I personally have seen, as CEO, how I can change the perception of addiction by leading a companywide dialogue. I encourage all business leaders to drive cultural change within their companies and change the way we think and talk about addiction so that we can remove the hurdle of stigma for those who might otherwise seek timely help.”

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COVID DEEPENS THE OTHER OPIOID CRISIS-A SHORTAGE OF HOSPITAL PAINKILLERS

By Lisa Girion, Dan Levine & Robin Respaut, Reuters, June 2020

“As opioid pills and patches fueled a two-decade epidemic of overdoses in the United States, hospitals faced chronic shortages of the same painkillers in injectable form – narcotics vital to patients on breathing machines.”

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POST-CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, KEEP METHADONE EASY TO OBTAIN

By The Boston Globe Editorial Board, May 2020

“Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, there was the opioid overdose epidemic to contend with — which has now become a crisis within a crisis. But in a remarkable case of coronavirus silver linings, medications to treat opioid use disorder have never been easier to access, and there are even signs that more patients are seeking treatment.”

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NEW SYNTHETIC OPIOID, MIXED WITH COCAINE, DETECTED IN OVERDOSE CASES

By Partnership News Service Staff, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, May 2020

“Health officials in Illinois and Indiana say a new synthetic opioid appears to be linked to some overdose cases, USA Today reports. The drug, isotonitazene, was mixed with cocaine.”

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THE HEALTH 202: CORONAVIRUS COULD WORSEN THE OPIOID ABUSE EPIDEMIC

By Paige Winfield Cunningham, with Paulina Firozi, The Washington Post, May 2020

“Before the virus struck, politicians and policymakers were wringing their hands over how to stem an opioid abuse crisis that has killed more than 400,000 people in the United States since 2000.”

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THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HASN’T GONE AWAY WITH COVID-19. IT’S JUST HARDER TO ADDRESS

By Karen Brown, Connecticut Public Radio, April 2020

“In the best of circumstances, addiction is incredibly challenging to treat. Add in the anxiety of a global pandemic, and the distance it’s putting between people, and drug abuse becomes an even greater risk.”

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11 MASS. POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN FENTANYL

By Associated Press (AP) on Boston.com, April 2020

“Advocates for the program said the kits are meant to inform and protect the health of people who use drugs, with the hope of leading them to change their use and behavior.”

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OPIOID ADDICTION IS ‘A DISEASE OF ISOLATION,’ SO PANDEMIC PUTS RECOVERY AT RISK

By Martha Bebinger , NPR, March 2020

“Before the spreading coronavirus became a pandemic, Emma went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every week in the Boston area and to another support group at her methadone clinic. She says she felt safe, secure and never judged.”

“Now, with AA and other groups moving online, and the methadone clinic shifting to phone meetings and appointments, Emma is feeling more isolated.”

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WHAT OPIOID USE IN RATS CAN TELL US ABOUT ADDICTION IN HUMANS

By Angela Nelson, Tufts Now, March 2020

“A neuroscientist at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine studies opioid use in rats to understand how drugs affect the next generation.”

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THE DEATH TOLL OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS HIGHER THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT, RESEARCHERS SAY

By Meryl Kornfield, The Washington Post, February 2020

“Opioid-related overdoses could be 28 percent higher than reported because of incomplete death records, researchers found in a study published Thursday.”

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MA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION TO PROVIDE MEDICATION FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT, IN ACLU VICTORY

By ACLU Massachusetts, February 2020

“Three people currently incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons will be provided their prescribed medication for addiction treatment (MAT) for the duration of their time in Department of Correction (DOC) custody. A final resolution filed today in an ACLU of Massachusetts lawsuit marks a first-of-its-kind victory.”

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MIND-BODY THERAPIES CAN REDUCE PAIN AND OPIOID USE

By Subramaniam Balachundhar, MD, MPH, FASA & Preeti Upadhyay, MBBS, MPH, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, February 2020

Mind-body therapies (MBTs) are integrative practices, and they include breathing exercises and/or body movements aimed at achieving relaxation of mind and body.

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PROGRESS SLOWS IN MASSACHUSETTS: DEATH RATES FLAT IN OPIOID CRISIS

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR, February 2020

“The state Department of Public Health says preliminary data shows virtually no change from 2018 to 2019 in the number of residents who overdosed and could not be revived. Examiners found fentanyl in 93% of these men and women, a new high.”

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U.S. DRUG DEATHS MIGHT BE TWICE AS HIGH AS THOUGHT

By HealthDay News, January 2020

“Drugs may kill twice as many Americans as government records suggest, a new study claims.”

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NEW TOOLS NEEDED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER

By Lori Trahan & James Baker, The Boston Globe, December, 2019

“According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, over 2 million Americans suffer from Opioid Use Disorder specifically. To talk about this issue, it is critical to understand the facts. OUD is a chronic but treatable disease resulting from misuse of prescription opioids, heroin, or other illicit opioids.”

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FENTANYL FOUND IN UNREGULATED VAPE CARTRIDGES IN OTHER STATES.

By Sydney Glenn, Fox 13 NOW News, October 2019

“We are starting to see fentanyl make its way into the vaping industry, and we see that we are definitely going to see the death counts go up,” 


OPIOID CRISIS COST U.S. ECONOMY AT LEAST $631 BILLION, STUDY FINDS WHY TWO OHIO COUNTIES SUED DRUG COMPANIES OVER OPIOIDS

By Rachel Siegel, The Washington Post, October 2019

“As a landmark trial begins over who should pay for the nation’s opioid crisis, a new report estimates the epidemic has cost the U.S. economy at least $631 billion — and that more than two-thirds of that toll fell on individuals and the private sector.”


WORKOUT AND RECOVERY: OPIOID EPICENTER SHAPES UP

By Jazmine Ulloa, Globe Staff, October 2019

“Once dubbed America’s Pill Mill, an Ohio River city hits the gym and fights back, proving that the crisis is bigger than politics.”


THE ANGEL ON METHADONE MILE

The Boston Globe, October 2019


PURDUE PHARMA OFFERS MASSIVE SETTLEMENT FOR ROLE IN THE OPIOID CRISIS,

Vanity Fair, August 2019

The Sackler family will reportedly give up their ownership of the company as part of the $10-12 billion settlement.


GOOGLE’S NEW ADDICTION RECOVERY WEBSITE IS MORE USEFUL THAN A GOOGLE SEARCH,

The Verge, September 2019

“Google is launching a new website it’s calling “Recover Together” that collates resources for addiction recovery in the United States. The site includes Google Maps-based search for resources like recovery support meetings and pharmacies that offer Naloxone without a prescription — it’s a drug that can be used to counteract opioid overdoses.”