Maia Szalavitz

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.

High Wire

An Unprecedented Drop in Overdose Deaths Is Sadly Not Reason to Celebrate

We know that politically, when turning points in crises are identified, both attention and money are drawn away from the issue.
Maia Szalavitz
7.23.19
High Wire

The Mysterious Consequences of Repeatedly Overdosing on Opioids

Experts are concerned we'll see a rise in brain damage among people who survive multiple ODs in the age of fentanyl.
Maia Szalavitz
6.6.19
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Fentanyl Speedballs Are the Latest Disturbing Trend in America's Opioid Crisis

Deliberately mixing the powerful and deadly drug with stimulants like coke and meth is one (dangerous) way users are adjusting to a new market.
Maia Szalavitz
4.29.19
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How One Group Is Expanding Access to Overdose-Reversing Drugs Through the Mail

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.
Maia Szalavitz
3.4.19
High Wire

Big Pharma's Opioid Greed Was Even Worse Than We Thought

"The Sackler family is just as shameless, and only marginally less ruthless, than the drug cartels."
Maia Szalavitz
9.13.18
High Wire

Labeling People Video Game 'Addicts' Could Be a Massive Mistake

If the cure looks anything like "solutions" to drug addiction, this could get ugly.
Maia Szalavitz
7.30.18
High Wire

Just Because You Can't Stop Taking Antidepressants Doesn't Mean You're Addicted

We often talk about depending on antidepressants like it's the same thing as being addicted to drugs like coke. Here's why that's wrong.
Maia Szalavitz
4.26.18
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What Happened When a Writer Who Idolized Drunk Authors Got Sober

In her new book 'The Recovering,' Leslie Jamison explores the roots of her own struggle with alcohol addiction and her concerns about quitting.
Maia Szalavitz
4.5.18
High Wire

The Mystery of the Terrifying Xanax Resurgence in America

Pharmaceutical marketing is often said to be a key cause of the opioid crisis. That doesn't explain the deadly rise of benzos.
Maia Szalavitz
3.29.18
High Wire

Why These People Took Drug Combinations That Nearly Killed Them

We asked overdose survivors about the dangerous trend of mixing opioids with depressants or stimulants.
Maia Szalavitz
2.21.18
High Wire

Women Are Leading the Fight Against the War on Drugs

Two of the most prominent groups devoted to reforming America's drug laws are now run by women of color. Here's what they're accomplishing, and how they're doing it.
Maia Szalavitz
2.6.18
High Wire

What We Don't Know About Drugs Is Killing Us

The lack of information out there on fentanyls alone is shocking.
Maia Szalavitz
12.29.17
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