Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site Near You?

Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government’s housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised areas of public housing facilities, as opposed to injecting all alone where they could overdose without…

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Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in therapeutic professions is hurting those who desperately need the support. A recent Harvard University study found just 17…

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  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site Near You?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government’s housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised areas of public housing facilities, as opposed to injecting all alone where they could overdose without…

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    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about fentanyl? You’re about to find out… True or False:  Fentanyl is…

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    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world’s first clinical trial using MDMA (the active ingredient in…

  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem – one that was well-known around the office. She didn’t just party a little too hard at work functions; she’d also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour vodka into her coffee every morning. Unfortunately she wasn’t the only person…

  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What’s wrong with you?” “I’m sick, man. You got any?” was John’s weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash and hadn’t been able to get his fix tonight. Six months sober…

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