A Look at America’s Opioid Crisis: California

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Tough-Love Rehab They enter through an unmarked turquoise storefront, nestled between fashion boutiques on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California. They gather in a circle, ready for the tough-love approach they have come to expect from Howard C. Samuels, a clinical psychologist who runs the Hills, a drug rehabilitation center whose location…

Battling Today’s Opioid Epidemic

The face of drug use and specifically Heroin use in America has changed drastically over the past few decades, and so has its demographics. While 50 years ago Heroin addicts were predominantly young, black males in the inner-city. Today, Heroin users are all over the country, often in the suburbs and almost half of users…

Opioid Deaths Continue to Increase

In a recent article on medscape.com, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention said, “Nearly every aspect of the opioid overdose death epidemic worsened in 2014.” In fact, there were more deaths from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2014 than any previous year on record, the story says. Leading that statistic is the…

Vermont Launches Opiate Treatment Program

In Vermont, officials are coming together to combat the opiate addiction epidemic. The state just launched a new treatment option for those addicted to the drug. It’s a pilot program the state is hoping will make a great impact on those struggling with an addiction to painkillers and heroin. The details include a monthly injection…