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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The opioid epidemic is in all the news. • What to do about this crisis? • Alternative procedures tested in Colorado. • Startling results.

THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS IN ALL THE NEWS. In the US last year, opioids (including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people, more than any year on record. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid (report by CDC).… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • A heroin addict since high school • Death by overdose • Are opioid pain-killers the gateway drug? • Learning to be open about personal addiction

The following story and images are excerpted from National Public Radio. This true story is one of anger, tears, and depression…….but also of hope.

Nikko Adam, 22, gets a hug from his mother, Patti Trabosh, after his family picked him up from his sober living facility for a weekend outing. Source: Melissa Block/NPR

Nikko Adam, 22, gets a hug from his mother, Patti Trabosh, after his family picked him up from his sober living facility for a weekend outing.Source: Melissa Block/NPR

Patti Trabosh went on to explain why she was angry.… More

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