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This Killer Opioid Could Become a Weapon of Mass Destruction
It would take only 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. That’s how much of the powerful opioid painkiller Nebraska State Trooper Sam Mortensen found in April when he stopped a truck marked “U.S. Mail” swerving onto the shoulder along Interstate 80. Rolling up the trailer door revealed an empty hold. But just below a refrigeration unit, behind a plastic panel secured with mismatched bolts, Mortensen found 42 brick-shaped packages, weighing 54 kilograms, full of fentanyl. The drug is so potent that even a small amount — the equivalent of a few grains of salt — can be lethal. more

‘Drug addiction is not a joke’: HopCat to change name of crack fries
The popular beer and burger chain HopCat has had a change of heart about the name of one of their signature items -- crack fries. In a memo dated Monday, Dec. 10, the company announced the change and apologized for “the pain the name brought to others.” The fries are named for their “addictive quality,” as well as the cracked pepper used to season them, the company said. more

Patrick Kennedy: Parity Still Needed for Mental Health, Addiction Care
The former congressman is continuing his call for better coverage as suicides and drug overdose deaths rise in America. New national data show a continued decline in life expectancy for Americans amid a rise in both drug overdose deaths and suicides. more

Insurance Is Supposed to Cover Addiction Treatment, But It's Still a Nightmare
The barriers insurance companies place in the way of treatment are killing people. more

The Forgotten Addiction
With all eyes on opioids, this massive unseen threat continues to claim lives.

In recent years, Americans have begun, justifiably, to recognize the complex public health problem of opioid misuse and associated overdose deaths as a national crisis. more

The US knows how to address its drinking problem, but proven fixes are hard to sell
When health officials wanted to reduce deaths from tobacco, they spread messages about the proven cancer risks, pushed to ban smoking in public places and worked to raise taxes on cigarettes. Alcohol, which causes 88,000 deaths a year in the United States, is a similarly grave public health concern. But the way forward is less clear. more

The Healing Place men's campus to open 426-bed facility in late December
The new building will allow the healing place to double its services after having to turn away 200-300 men every month the last four years.
Like many other cities, Louisville is in the middle of an addiction epidemic. The Healing Place is helping with that epidemic, but for the last four years, it's had to turn away hundreds of people every month who needed help. “It's devastating,” said Erin Fogarty, a grant manager and gift officer with The Healing Place. The facility's men's campus didn’t have enough beds, which is why they had to turn people away, sometimes as many as 300 per month, Fogarty said. more

Alcohol is killing more people, and younger. The biggest increases are among women
The last time lawyer Erika Byrd talked her way out of an alcohol rehab center, her father took her to lunch. "Dad, I know what alcohol has done to me," she told him that day in January 2011. "I know what it has made me do to you and mom. But that wasn’t me." more

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