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The US Surgeon General recommends that people consider stocking the overdose antidote naloxone (Narcan) if they have a friend or family member who is at risk of an overdose. That could include someone who has been prescribed an opioid such as OxyContin and accidentally takes too many, or someone who is discharged from addiction treatment or from jail, after which tolerance falls and relapses can be deadly. Get your naloxone here.

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Intentionally crashing your car or breaking your bones? There’s no candy-coating the desperate actions people may take to satisfy the incessant cravings of an addicted brain. You’ll get a gut-wrenching sense of that desperation from the "Stop Youth Opioid Abuse" ad campaign, recently announced by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Will the campaign work? Judge for yourself by viewing the tragic lengths that some teens and young adults went through to feed the monster of their addiction.

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Congress is now singing the song that addiction is a disease, rather than a moral failing. Why the change in tune? Research on addiction has improved, and the new focus on the root cause of opioid addiction - often legal pain pills, inappropriately prescribed - have shifted the conversation. Still, the biggest health problem facing our nation is the stigma against addiction, according to Surgeon General Jerome Adams. Here’s why shame and stigma kill, and how we can all change that picture.

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In a very sad sign of the times, opioid overdose and hospitalization among children has nearly doubled. For kids ages six or less, 20% of those poisonings were from methadone. The oldest children — those between the ages of 12 and 17 — accounted for over 60% of the patients admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose. Were those from accidental or intentional drug consumption? Learn what this important study reveals.

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