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  • People Are Dying Because of Ignorance, not Because of Opioids

    The president also claimed that the opioid crisis “is a worldwide problem.” It isn't. Throughout Europe and other regions where opioids are readily available, people are not dying at comparable rates as those in the U.S., largely because addiction is treated not as a crime but as a public health problem.

    18 October 2017 | Scientific American
  • I used to support legalizing all drugs. Then the opioid epidemic happened.

    America’s worst drug crisis shows what can happen when a dangerous, addictive substance is made easily accessible.

    25 September 2017 | Vox
  • Heroin addiction: Why we took on this 7-day project

    We undertook this work – spreading our staff throughout courtrooms, jails, treatment facilities, finding addicts on the streets and talking to families who have lost love ones – to put the epidemic in proportion. It is massive. It has a direct or indirect impact on every one of us. It doesn’t discriminate by race, gender, age or economic background. Its insidious spread reaches every neighborhood, every township, every city, regardless of demographics.

    12 September 2017 | Cincinnati.com
  • Seven Days of Heroin: This is what an epidemic looks like

    The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time.

    12 September 2017 | Cincinnati.com
  • Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis

    The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK require a radical and fast rethink of drugs policy.

    27 June 2017 | The Guardian
  • Covering America's 'testing ground' for responses to drug use, HIV risk

    It's not news that Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio are staggering under an epidemic of drug abuse. But the looming health threat of a related explosion of HIV infections is a story that needs to be told often, and loudly.

    26 June 2017 | Columbia Journalism Review
  • America's Latest Drug Epidemic Is Weirdly Nonviolent

    Despite an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths that began way back in the late 90s, US crime rates have been declining for decades, and are now less than half their 1991 peak. Criminalization only makes addiction worse. When addiction—and the supply of drugs—are medicalized, on the other hand, their connection with crime is greatly reduced.

    20 June 2017 | Vice
  • Heroin's use rising, costing society more than $51 billion

    Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    09 June 2017 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

    Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

    24 April 2017 | Kentucky Courier-Journal
  • TAG Statement in Opposition to the Nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary

    Tom Price’s questionable fitness to head a multi-agency cabinet-level department charged with the health of U.S. residents can simply be ascertained from his own record as a Congressional representative to parts of Atlanta’s northern suburbs – a district and metro area with extremely high rates of HIV and a flourishing opioid epidemic.

    24 January 2017 | Treatment Action Group
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