Fighting For A Fix: Reflections Of Mothers Who Lost Children To The Opioid Epidemic

CixmJ1VXAAAY9DbThe number of drug-related deaths is rising in the United States. Each year, more people are dying from overdoses than car accidents, and more than half of overdoses involve opioids, such as heroin and prescription painkillers.

Addiction has no face; its victims may be your neighbors, your teammates, your friends. Many become addicted from a physician’s prescription; others from one poor choice. Addiction recovery programs are too few and ineffective, while stigmas and pharmaceutical profitability impede reform.

In “Fighting For A Fix,” I tell the stories of seven mothers who lost a son or daughter to this epidemic. These women are crying out for change—to the pharmaceutical industry, to treatment programs and to stigmas. Amid their sadness, hope endures.

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Naloxone Continues Reversing Opioid Overdoses, Study Shows

Originally published on Forbes in June 2015.

As the medical community continues searching for ways to curb opioid-related deaths through treatment and management, the pharmaceutical industry proceeds with pushing for naloxone, a generic drug also known as Narcan — and the results are paying off.

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that naloxone kits were responsible for 26,463 overdose reversals during an 18-year period.

The Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC), an organization dedicated to advocating for broader access to naloxone, an opioid antagonist used to reverse the effects of narcotic drugs, surveyed 136 organizations that provided naloxone kits to 152,283 laypersons from 1996 through June 2014.

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