Maia Szalavitz is a reporter and author who focuses on science, public policy, and addiction treatment. She's the author of the New York Times bestseller Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.
Experts are concerned we'll see a rise in brain damage among people who survive multiple ODs in the age of fentanyl.
The agency is addressing the widespread suffering caused by the crackdown on opioids—the result of predictable misapplication of its guidelines.
Deliberately mixing the powerful and deadly drug with stimulants like coke and meth is one (dangerous) way users are adjusting to a new market.
Money from the first big opioid addiction settlement is being spent in the wrong places.
Since people can already order fentanyl and other harmful drugs via the darknet, NEXT wants to make obtaining items that reduce harm just as easy to get.
Cracking down on the legal supply is not a solution. In fact, it could spell disaster.
It's Reefer Madness all over again, somehow.
The Brookings Institution claimed that syringe exchange programs and overdose-reversing drugs will make the addiction crisis worse—ignoring decades of public health data. With record opioid overdose deaths, getting these recommendations right matters.
The barriers insurance companies place in the way of treatment are killing people.
One $5 or $10 fatal dose could become dozens or even hundreds of nonfatal highs.
Although the Affordable Care Act is supposed to guarantee addiction treatment to anyone with insurance, people with opioid addictions still face a dysfunctional system.