Substance use treatment goes virtual as people shelter from pandemic

May 12, 2020
Treatment usually involves in-person therapy and group meetings. Now, counselors are trying to adjust.
Treatment centers are pivoting to online counseling to provide services while minimizing risk.
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The opioid epidemic in 5 charts

Apr 9, 2019
Putting the numbers in broader context.
Dr. Gurcharan Kanwal lost his medical license after an investigation by the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force found that he was running a "pill mill," or distributing drugs without a legitimate medical purpose, out of this building in Coeburn, Virginia.
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Opioids made it impossible to run his family business, so he became an undercover cop

Apr 3, 2019
Bucky Culbertson's career has followed the booms and busts of Wise County, up to his current job fighting the opioid epidemic.
Bucky Culbertson in his office, January 2019.
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Mobile phones could make sports betting more accessible — and addictive

Jul 10, 2018
Experts caution that widely available and accessible sports betting on mobile phones could lead to an increase in gambling addiction.
The gaming research firm Eilers & Krejcik predicts that in states that adopt it, mobile wagering will make up roughly half of the revenue generated by sports betting operators.
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Philadelphia makes an economic case for safe injection sites

Feb 15, 2018
The facilities could save at least $2 million a year by reducing expensive ambulance rides, emergency room trips and hospital visits, the city says.
A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, which has become a hub for heroin use.
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How one sentence helped set off the opioid crisis

Dec 13, 2017
Recently unsealed documents shed light on how the maker of OxyContin seems to have relied more on focus groups than on scientific studies to create an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign that helped fuel the national opioid epidemic.
A candlelight vigil recognizing the nation's opioid addiction crisis in Washington, D.C.
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Insurance executives are using data to help curb opioid abuse

Jun 7, 2016
A new study says one way to stop "doctor shopping" is to track the pharmacies where people are buying these drugs.
Jackson, 27, who said he is addicted to prescription medication, lies passed out in a public library in New London, Connecticut. 
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Police turn to pricey rehab drug for offenders

Nov 4, 2015
The drug, administered once a month, helps ensure patient compliance.

Why health coverage alone won't solve addiction

May 5, 2015
Addiction treatment programs lack the ability to meet the vision of the ACA.