OxyContin created the opioid crisis, but stigma and prohibition have fueled it

BY: - October 13, 2021

By Emily B. Campbell, College of the Holy Cross The highly contentious Purdue Pharma settlement announced Sept. 1, 2021, comes at a pivotal time for the U.S. overdose crisis: 2020 was the worst year on record, with over 93,000 Americans losing their lives to fatal drug overdose. The drug overdose epidemic, now more than two […]


Why it is dangerous not to include support for moderation in recovery

BY: - April 21, 2021

When Demi Lovato announced that she was “California Sober” recently, we heard an outcry from people in the recovery support community who champion total abstinence. “It’s dangerous. If problem drinkers believe they can moderate, they will delay the inevitable choice of total abstinence or drink themselves to death.” “To tell someone like Demi that she […]


The ‘other epidemic’ of opioids rages on

BY: - April 7, 2021

Last week, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced $13 million in new grants awarded to community organizations trying to reduce opioid overdoses in the state. That’s right, another epidemic is still raging while we tap the “refresh” buttons on our browsers hoping for our COVID-19 vaccination appointments. According to the most […]

Addiction kills thousands of Ohioans per year. COVID-19 is making things worse

BY: - September 30, 2020

As the new coronavirus began its march across the United States, Chief Tom Synan knew a “hurricane” was coming. The opioid epidemic was already killing hundreds of Ohioans every month. COVID-19, the isolation it spurred as Americans quarantined at home, and the economic devastation the disease would cause, was sure to worsen the addiction crisis. […]

Pharmacy board shows support for addiction treatment Ohio House bill

BY: - December 13, 2019

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy on Tuesday spoke in support of a bill that would expand the types of facilities that could provide drug addiction treatment, including help with opioid dependence. The Ohio House’s Committee on Health held the fourth hearing on House Bill 341, which also has the support of the Ohio […]