Addiction in the News

First Injection Sites Will Open Their Doors This Summer

Will "safe" injection sites prevent fatal overdoses or encourage more IV drug use?

It’s a controversial subject. Both sides of the debate have significant support. Here’s the question: Would we, as a nation, be better off with supervised injection sites? They’ve been discussed, proposed, shot down, and encouraged in various parts of the country. Many wonder if these sites help curb the financial, criminal, and healthcare costs of […]

Trump’s General Counsel for Drug Czar Suddenly Dismissed

Lawrence Muir, the general counsel for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, has been fired.

Lawrence Muir – also known as Chip – the acting chief of staff and general counsel for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was fired suddenly for unknown reasons, according to CNN. This abrupt dismissal is the latest development in the Trump administration’s rather confusing approach to the opioid crisis. Is Trump’s Dedication Questionable? […]

Volvo Refuses to Hire Worker Legally Taking Suboxone

Thanks to an EEOC lawsuit, Volvo will pay for refusing to hire a worker undergoing MAT.

Michael Files was eager to begin his new job at Volvo. On the day he arrived for orientation, he didn’t receive a new employee welcome packet. Instead, Files was told the company had “changed its mind” about hiring him. Somehow, Volvo “discovered” Files was participating in an approved and accredited buprenorphine program. As a result, […]

Chris Christie Blames China for Our Fentanyl Problem

Governor Chris Christie is no stranger to the opioid epidemic. The New Jersey Republican signed groundbreaking legislation that limits first-time opioid prescriptions to a five-day supply and requires state health insurers to cover at least six months of substance abuse treatment. His pleas for governmental opioid reform and his appointment as chair of President Trump’s […]

The DEA Wants Its Own Team of Drug-Busting Attorneys

The DEA wants to bring on a team of lawyers who exclusively prosecute drug crimes.

“We’re losing 90 people a day to opioids and about 140 a day to drugs altogether. It’s pretty clear we’ve got to use the tools we have at our disposal to attack this. We’ve got to hold accountable the people who are facilitating addiction and heartache.” With this call to action, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne […]

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