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

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
a day ago
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The Deadly Worst Case Scenario for America's Xanax Obsession

Cracking down on the legal supply is not a solution. In fact, it could spell disaster.
Maia Szalavitz
2.13.19
High Wire

The Radical New Fentanyl Trend That Could Save Lives and Screw Dealers

One $5 or $10 fatal dose could become dozens or even hundreds of nonfatal highs.
Maia Szalavitz
11.20.18
High Wire

If a Woman Drinks, It’s Her Fault. If a Man Drinks, It’s an Excuse

It's the 1980s all over again.
Maia Szalavitz
9.24.18
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

These Drug Users Don't Want Their Dealer Prosecuted if They OD

"I love my friends and I love the people I hang out with and I don't want anybody going to jail because of my behaviour."
Maia Szalavitz
8.20.18
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
7.23.18
High Wire

This Is Why Xanax Is Blowing Up in America

From the explosion of ADHD meds to the economic crisis to the Trump presidency, this dangerous trend didn't come out of nowhere.
Maia Szalavitz
6.12.18
High Wire

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

Americans 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
4.25.18
Drugs

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
3.28.18
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, a key part of America's larger crisis.
Maia Szalavitz
2.21.18
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