The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

If you’re hooked on heroin, you’ll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That’s nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn’t the only cash-flow issue left in its wake. Recent research revealed heroin abuse in the US cost our nation…

Drugs and the Law

History Channel Explores “America’s War on Drugs”

No one gets a closer view of America’s war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who’s really behind the drug epidemic? The History Channel decided to get in…

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  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you’re hooked on heroin, you’ll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That’s nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn’t the only cash-flow issue left in its wake. Recent research revealed heroin abuse in the US cost our nation…

  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater attention: since 2014, meth use has risen 30 percent. Between 2010 and 2015, regular use…

  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and combating the drug trade both nationally and internationally. Nixon’s move signaled the start of nationwide mass incarcerations and minimum sentences for…

  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn’t faced any real consequences of my substance abuse. I didn’t put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I practically fell out of my car crying and exclaiming that I was…

  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone – when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction – accounted for one in four prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone rose to popularity among certain…

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