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An Antidote to Overdose, in Time to Save Lives

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Naloxone could be the secret to curing New England's heroin consumption. Trying to expand access to the life-saving overdose antidote is the real obstacle.

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An Enlightened Exchange in Iran

The New York Times

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Two columns on how Iran averted a major AIDS epidemic through needle exchange programs; a conservative theocracy is successfully treating drug abuse as if it were Amsterdam.

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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here's how this idea got its start.

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Drugs and Abusive Father Drove Her Into Military Life

Women's E-News

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At least 25 percent of female veterans were sexually abused in childhood, making it more difficult to reenter civilian life. Volunteers of America runs a holistic housing program for homeless veterans in the U.S.

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Drugs, Risk and the Myth of the ‘Evil' Addict

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U.S. policymakers do not want to make drug use safer. Over the counter Naloxone could save lives by preventing addicts from using more drugs to treat the withdrawal.

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As Vermont tackles heroin addiction, progress is measured in baby steps

The New York Times

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About 40 percent more people in the state are seeking treatment for addiction today than a year ago - but the number of deaths from heroin is going up. Local government is scrambling for both funding and awareness to combat the issue.

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For Drug Users, a Swift Response Is the Best Medicine

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Drug and alcohol addicts are more likely to become criminals. In Vermont, a judge and a family services organization created RapidReferal, a process which offers addicts treatment immediately and has lowered recidivism.

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For Ex-Prisoners, a Haven Away From the Streets

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Newly released prisoners often return to crime from lack of effective re-introduction programs. The Fortune Society in New York is a group home which offers resources and positive peer pressure to the ex-prisoners as they start over.

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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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A Simple Fix for Drunken Driving

Wall Street Journal

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South Dakota’s “24/7 Sobriety” initiative breathalyzers tens of thousands of people every day in an effort to curb drunk driving. Rather than legislation that takes penalizes offenders by taking away their license, the state addresses the behavioral issue instead. In counties that use the “24/7 S...

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