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Opioid Addiction Prevention Funding Quadruples in National Budget

May 3, 2017 4:30 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,
Stethoscope on dollar bills for opioid addiction prevention.

If you’re like many busy Americans, you probably haven’t had the time to comb through the many intricacies and fine points of the latest national budget to notice that it has dramatically increased funding for opioid addiction prevention. In fact, you’ve probably only heard partisan rhetoric about how either side bested the other during the […]

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Misinformation Plays Significant Role in Texas Drug Epidemic

March 9, 2017 1:22 am / by RU Texas posted in , , , , , ,

It’s, frankly, little surprise that many healthcare organizations and state agencies would have a hard time keeping up with the glut of addiction-related fatalities consuming the United States. The reality is that this urgent and pervasive public health issue is growing faster than we, as a nation, can get our arms around it. The fact […]

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Kroger to Sell Narcan at Pharmacies in 105 East Texas Locations

February 9, 2017 6:30 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,

With the state of Texas battling a fierce and pervasive heroin and opioid problem, lawmakers, police, recovery advocates and ordinary residents alike are banding together to come up with more and more solutions to curtail overdose. Most recently, the statewide prevention effort gained a new ally: Kroger Supermarkets. The national grocery chain as partnered with the Texas Pharmacy Association to offer the anti-overdose drug Narcan in the pharmacies at all 105 of their East Texas stores. NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray delivers a 4mg concentrated dose of naloxone, which is simple, ready-to-use, and needle free. NARCAN® can be easily administered to someone who is actively overdosing on an opioid.

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What Does 2017 Hold for Addiction Treatment?

January 2, 2017 6:29 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , , ,

As we begin to settle into another year, it can be overwhelming to contemplate how quickly time passes, and to think about what we failed to accomplish the year prior. The passage of time can be even more overwhelming when we’re working against the ticking clock of addiction. Whether it is ourselves or a loved one that has come to need help for drugs or alcohol, we are quickly reminded of the urgent and decidedly terminal nature of addiction, and the damage it can cause when left unaddressed. To that end, it is worth turning the arrival of a new year to our advantage by examining what is (or should be) on the horizon for clinical treatment in 2017.

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A Family Thing: Talking with Unlikely Songwriter Patricia Bronson

December 15, 2016 4:44 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

For the entirety of our Artists in Recovery Series, Recovery Unplugged has been focusing on how musicians use music to help cultivate and sustain their recovery. Our latest installment flips the script and discusses how the love of family can be expressed through music to help addicts bounce back and overcome drugs and alcohol. Recovery Unplugged recently had the honor of speaking with one mother who realized just how valuable music can be as a source of healing and empowerment. This is a woman who is determined to take control of her own story, and we were happy to help her tell it.

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Tom Petty to Be Named MusiCares 2017 Person of the Year

December 13, 2016 4:43 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

A cluster of music’s greatest living artists will pay tribute to one of their own in just a few months’ time, as legendary singer/songwriter and Heartbreakers front-man Tom Petty is honored by MusiCares as their Person of the Year. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for musicians and those in the music business in times of need. Their services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. The organization also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

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Missed Opportunity: What Last Night’s Debate Says about the Current State of Addiction Awareness and Political Will

September 27, 2016 4:32 pm / by RU Texas posted in , , , ,

If you’ve been paying attention during this year’s admittedly bizarre presidential election cycle, you will notice that each figure above corresponds to a state that has been tasked with hosting a presidential or vice presidential debate in 2016, the last painting an overall picture of the current state of heroin and opioid addiction in the United States. Despite the urgent and alarming heroin and opioid abuse climate in each state and the country as a whole, however, Americans are not likely to hear any conversation regarding this urgent and pervasive public health crisis.

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