A Peek Into Opioid Users’ Brains As They Try to Quit [Associated Press] “The brain responds differently to these medications than to heroin. It’s not the same.” Scientists are looking at the effects of medication-assisted treatment (methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone) on the brain in a groundbreaking study.
Overdosing in Appalachia [Boston Review] “By only focusing on class, poor white Appalachians, most media reports ignore the racism, xenophobia and LGBTQ discrimination found in every aspect of the U.S. health care system.” Embracing harm reduction strategies in the face of crisis-level drug abuse.
How The Opioid Settlement Could Truly Help the Addicted [WBUR] Nearly 2,000 opioid lawsuits are pending in federal court. “While any new ‘master settlement’ must primarily compensate the plaintiffs for their losses, a settlement that simply moves money around, as the tobacco settlement did, has no chance at having a meaningful impact on the deeply tragic opioid crisis.”