Fentanyl Testing Kits Reduce Harm in MA

Fentanyl testing kits are being distributed through police departments across Massachusetts to help opioid users make better decisions about their drug use and avoid an overdose. People who have an opioid use disorder often say they started by using prescription pain medication such as Oxycontin. People who begin with pills end up needing more and more of the same drug to get high. Eventually, the prescription pad dries up, and a doctor managing pain medication may flag a person for suspected opioid misuse. This often makes people turn to the street for their prescription pills, without ever realizing the drug they take also has a deadly dose of fentanyl in it, which can lead to overdose deaths. Many people who once used pills switch to heroin as well. Harm Reduction Through Fentanyl Testing In Boston and other cities, a newly launched program distributes fentanyl test strips to drug users. Police hope that by participating, the sheriff’s office can help slow or reverse the rate of overdose deaths in Massachusetts.…

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Dr. Phil’s Addicted Guests Allegedly Exploited

Dr. Phil’s Addicted Guests Allegedly Exploited
Dr. Phil at the 1st Annual Merv Griffen/Beverly Hills Country Club Celebrity Tennis Classic to benefit ChildHelp USA, Beverly Hills Country Club, Beverly Hills, CA 09-21-02

A little over a week ago, revelations that Dr. Phil exploited people with addiction disorders made its way all over the news, shocking addiction recovery advocates and dismaying many of the treatment centers and interventionists he frequently works with when staging interventions. Several guests appearing on Phil McGraw’s talk show told of temptation in their green rooms, and drug offerings such as pills that "calm nerves," casting doubt on his good intentions. Guests that have appeared on his show are often left without a support system in place as they wait for their turn on the recorded show. For some, this means they are required to “detox” alone in a hotel room, without medical intervention, for up to 48 hours. By the time they arrive at the studio, many of them are physically and emotionally exhausted. Experts say that this is because the show has partnerships with treatment centers in other states, who are not licensed to provide assistance in the state where Dr. Phil's show is taped for…

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