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Vice

Mattha Busby

14 September 2020

Glasgow, Scotland

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In Glasglow, a former outreach workers has launched a mobile harm reduction facility to help those who are living with addiction have a safe space to use drugs. Although the idea is controversial and "political," user...

Bangor Daily News

Judy Harrison

16 June 2020

Bangor, Maine, United States

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Bangor drug court in Maine has turned to the use of Zoom to keep in contact with program participants during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although meeting via video call can disguise some physical symptoms of drug use, this...

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Deborah Becker

21 May 2020

United States

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When the pandemic hit, substance abuse centers had to quickly adapt and determine how they would stay in touch with patients who may be more likely than ever to use. Around-the-clock phone lines, telehealth, and take-...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

4 May 2020

Utah, United States

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In an effort to stem drug and substance abuse, Utah's Salt Lake City county is reaching out proactively to parents with courses and parenting programs. By arming parents with the tools to talk with their children and ...

The Sierra Nevada Ally

Jessica Santina

12 April 2020

Reno, Nevada, United States

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When the size of group gatherings began to be limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19, recovery programs had to rethink how to hold meetings – such as moving groups to online formats. Although there are limitations ...

The Atavist Magazine

Max Blau

March 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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A mother's grief and a doctor's determination led to the first syringe-exchange center in Florida – a significant first step in increasing conversation around the merits of harm reduction policies. Since opening, the ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

25 February 2020

Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

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Unused prescription drugs can often end up in landfills or in "the hands of those who may be vulnerable to misuse and addiction," so Wyoming has introduced a program to decrease those likelihoods from happening. This ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 January 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Ad campaigns that provide personal testimonials, relatable narratives, and captivating images succeed in stemming epidemics of addiction among teenagers. The Truth Initiative’s anti-smoking campaign has helped to dram...

The Globe and Mail

Andrea Woo

17 January 2020

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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In the face of an overdosing crisis, a physician in Vancouver created an ATM-like machine that allows people to pick up pharmaceutical-grade opioids to reduce the chances of people using contaminated drugs. Although t...

Ohio Valley ReSource

Aaron Payne

26 December 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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By combining resources across sectors, an outpatient addiction treatment center in West Virginia has been able to offer an immediate response to patients which is a vital factor in whether someone follows through with...

Quartz

Annabelle Timsit

Justin Rohrlich

19 November 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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Tracking controlled substances can be difficult for hospitals, which often results in drugs being diverted from where they are supposed to go. To tackle this problem, technology companies are stepping in by creating s...

Columbia Missourian

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Sarah Straughn

19 November 2019

Fulton, Missouri, United States

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The Fulton Community Supervision Center in Missouri provides trauma-informed, gender-specific care and services to women who face the risk of recidivism. Participants live at the center, where they receive services li...

The Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

3 November 2019

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has implemented a program that encourages those returning from being injured on the job to dispose of their leftover opioids. While the bags aren't a new concept and have shown...

WBBM-TV

Lauren Victory

21 October 2019

Illinois, United States

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After recognizing that just-released inmates were more likely to overdose on opioids, Cook County Jail partnered with Cook County Health to train at-risk detainees how to administer Naloxone nasal spray. This program ...

NBC News

Shefali Luthra

19 October 2019

Hamburg, Germany

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Unlike the U.S., Germany has avoided an opioid epidemic by implementing regulations around when the drug is administered to patients that includes alternative treatments, special permission and screening for risk to a...

Finding Fixes

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

15 October 2019

Bellingham, Washington, United States

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For people addicted to opioids, the battle isn't always just quitting the drug use but also navigating the other areas in their life that led to the drug use in the first place. To address this, a community in Washing...

Finding Fixes

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

15 October 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Many people addicted to opioids developed their addiction after being prescribed the drugs after surgery, so some states are changing protocols around the drug distribution. From increased counseling about drug safety...

Finding Fixes

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

15 October 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Chronic pain patients often rely on opioids for pain management, but this can lead to addiction. A specialized practice in Seattle is addressing this concern through the Structured Functional Restoration Program that ...

NPR

Kavitha Cardoza

9 October 2019

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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Building connections and learning to cope can help to break the inter-generational cycle of addiction. The nonprofit Eluna operates a camp in Dayton, Ohio, for children whose families have been ravaged by addiction. I...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

7 October 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Transitions Clinic Network is a program that helps to connect people who were arrested on drug charges with health-care professionals and a social support system once they are released. Originally piloted in San F...

Valley News

Nora Doyle-Burr

2 September 2019

Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States

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For parents recovering from addictions, maintaining care for children can be a challenge, so a hospital in New Hampshire changed how they practice primary care in order to help. Dubbed “recovery-friendly pediatrics," ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Carlyn Zwarenstein

24 August 2019

Porto, Portugal

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Since introducing both the decriminalization of a range of substances like heroin and cocaine and new harm-reduction strategies in 2001, Portugal has seen success in driving down HIV cases, overdoses, and needle shari...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

22 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Rewarding patients for sobriety greatly increases the likelihood for recovery. The approach of contingency management creates new behaviors through incentives instead of punishment. Through the Seattle Department of V...

The Colorado Sun

Monte Whaley

7 August 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Rural parts of America are often lacking in resources such as addiction treatment centers, but a project known as Strengthening Families is working to connect families in these areas with people that can help. In Colo...

NBC News

Daliah Singer

2 August 2019

Colorado, United States

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States are looking for solutions to the nationwide opioid crisis, and marijuana may be one answer to that search. Two states, with a third on the way, are recommending medical marijuana in place of opioids to both red...

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