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Staying Alive: How to fight an opioid addiction

Staying Alive: How to fight an opioid addiction

If you’re ready to address your own addiction, or that of a loved one, know that you may not succeed — at first. You probably won’t be able to do it without outside help or medications. And you’ll probably have to take medications for years — or the rest of your life.

March 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

When opioids enter the brain, they bind to receptors known as μ (mu) opioid receptors on brain cells, or neurons. These receptors stimulate the “reward center” of the brain. Over time, those receptors become less sensitive, and more of the drug is needed to stimulate the reward center.

March 4, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Overdose deaths fall in 14 states

Overdose deaths fall in 14 states

New provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states — including Washington state — during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at curbing the death toll may be working.

February 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

His uncle’s death shook Ostrovsky, a pediatrician appointed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2016. He had championed better drug treatment programs for the 74 million people on Medicaid — an increasingly uphill battle after Republicans signaled they would trim the program under President Donald Trump.

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

Recently, HIV prevention efforts have focused on men who have sex with men (MSM). But new research led by Sara Glick, a Public Health – Seattle & King County epidemiologist, has found a growing risk of infection among expand among people who inject drugs such as methamphetamine.

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

The LEAD program was launched in Seattle six years ago. Health advocates argued that the only way to break the cycle of repeated petty crimes and arrests was to provide housing and mental health and addiction services to people who needed it most. At that time, it was the police department that was reluctant to sign up.

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

In the UK, men are more likely to try drugs than women and they significantly outnumber women in accessing treatment, reinforcing the view that male drug use is the norm. But the number of women who use drugs is probably massively underestimated.

November 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

Studies have found that these confidential programs have about an 80 percent success rate, far higher than the typical success rate of 50 percent for the general population. Researchers believe its rewards-based strategy and extensive follow-up care could help many more of the roughly 20 million Americans who suffer from opioid and other drug and alcohol addictions.

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted. It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction develops over time. To many, it looks like the constant search for pleasure.

September 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

The opioid epidemic is touching a much younger set of victims: children whose parents have substance abuse problems, who are increasingly being shuttled through the foster care system, unable to stay at home even as their parents struggle to get clean.

August 18, 2017 | By | Reply More