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Big Texas Rally for Recovery
Please join us October 2 for the rally--this year's national hub event for Recovery Month activities--and also the day before, on Saturday, October 1, for a day of exciting pre-rally events at Southern Methodist University.
Saturday, October 1
Recovery Ambassador Workshop, 9 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.
Attend one or two of the following modules, or the entire workshop. There is no charge. Recovery Ambassador Certificates will be provided to those who participate in all three modules. Hosted by Faces & Voices of Recovery, Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, and SMU Health Center. Lunch options are available both on and off campus. more
Major anti-heroin effort coming to Louisville
Federal and city officials Wednesday said that Louisville will become a pilot city in an initiative to tackle the heroin and opioid crisis and that a local task force is being created to target dealers linked to overdoses. The program, which will be led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is dubbed the "DEA 360 Strategy" and is already in place in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee. more
Here's How Drugmakers Fought State Opioid Limits
The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, an investigation shows. more
Advocates demand funding for addiction recovery law
Hundreds of advocates and supporters gathered on the National Mall to demand the federal government do more to end widespread addiction to opioids and the overdose deaths related to prescription and illegal opioids. more
Addiction recovery resources help students
Half of all full-time college students binge drink or abuse drugs, and a quarter of those students meet the medical definition of substance abuse or dependence, according to a study conducted at Columbia University. College can be the most unfriendly places for students struggling with addiction because of what they are going through, George Comiskey, faculty advisor for Association of Students About Service, said. more
Many doctors don't prescribe medication for opioid addiction despite epidemic
This effective weapon in the fight against opioid addiction often isn't being used. A study released Tuesday found that doctors authorized to prescribe a drug that has shown success at curbing opioid cravings actually tend to prescribe the medication to significantly fewer patients than they potentially could — despite an ongoing painkiller overdose epidemic that kills more than 60 Americans every day. more
Doctors who treat opioid addiction often see very few patients
Many people struggling with opioid addiction can't find a doctor to provide medication-assisted treatment, even though it's highly effective. One reason could be that doctors who are qualified to prescribe the medication typically treat just a handful of patients. more