There’s a New 12-Step Group: Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous Unlike many NA or AA chapters, this group accepts that many people benefit from medications like methadone and buprenorphine. Chairs in a circle for a meeting. It’s like AA, but more open to those taking methadone or other medication to assist in recovery. Photo illustration by Slate.…

Scranton police may soon start giving some drug offenders a pass–no charges if they complete treatment for their addiction. It requires people to sign a contract for recovery to avoid a criminal record. The Scranton Police Department received a grant from a health care nonprofit to create the Contract for Recovery program. No such thing…

New Hampshire’s opioid epidemic is indeed terrible, with the state leading the country in per capita fentanyl deaths. And it’s true that without an income tax or a sales tax, state funding has been scarce. But in combating this crisis, we are also victims of a rudderless federal drug policy, exemplified by President Trump’s empty…

Agencies target ‘illegal, unapproved’ products that claim to treat opioid addiction. Federal regulators said Wednesday that they are cracking down on marketers and distributors selling a dozen products that “illegally” claimed to treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal. In letters sent earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission…

In an era of many virtual happenings, it’s common to see people resort to online forums or social media platforms whenever any assistance is needed – naturally when there’s a need for financial support, many flock to websites designed specifically for fundraising. Substance use disorder treatment isn’t always affordable; according to the National Institute of…

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