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Breaking the Wave of Opioid Addiction in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

by Anthony Belott | Dec 16, 2019

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has been a top surf destination for more than 50 years and is known by many as the Freshwater Surf Capital of the World. But beyond its pristine waters lurks a rising problem with opioid addiction.

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Addressing Opioid Addiction in La Crosse, Wisconsin

by Carol Fite Lynn | Dec 16, 2019

Wisconsin is no stranger to the opioid crisis. In 2017, the state had 836 drug-related deaths. Recent studies show opioid deaths kill more Wisconsinites than car crashes.

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Taking Aim at Opioid and Alcohol Addictions in Noblesville, IN

by Carol Fite Lynn | Dec 10, 2019

In 2017, the Indiana State Department of Health reported an average of five drug-overdose deaths per day. Three out of every five deaths involved opioids.

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Tackling Opioid Addiction in Green Bay, Wisconsin

by Michael Petersen | Nov 19, 2019

Green Bay, Wisconsin, is known nationwide as the smallest city to host a National Football League team. And while most people know of the city’s sports prowess, few are aware of how opioid addiction has plagued Brown County in recent years.

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New Addiction Treatment Option comes to Rock County, Wisconsin

by Michael Petersen | Nov 5, 2019

Wisconsin, like so many other states, continues to face the debilitating realities of the U.S. opioid crisis. In the first quarter of 2019, the state experienced 200 opioid-related deaths and 775 inpatient and emergency room visits.

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“You’re the First Person Who Made Me Feel Like I Was Worth Anything;” National Addiction Treatment Week Shows the Profound Rewards of Addiction Medicine

by Flora Sadri, D.O. | Oct 21, 2019

I have a good feeling when I walk into the office and start my workday every morning as an Addiction Medicine physician


On a recent afternoon at the Athol, Massachusetts, center of CleanSlate, a national provider of outpatient addiction medicine, I met with two new patients who suffer from substance use disorder. One told me how badly she felt about herself. When I thanked her for the privilege of allowing me to work with her, she looked down at the floor.

“I’m just an addict,” she said softly. The other patient sat in silent agreement.

No, I corrected them: I don’t see “addicts” when I meet with patients. I see people who have a chronic disease, no different than other chronic diseases like diabetes. I see people who are battling not only addiction, but also the stigma of addiction, which only multiplies the obstacles to recovery.

“Can you talk to my family?” the patient asked. “They think I’m not anything. They won’t even let me in the house.”

I told this young woman that I’ve seen many families welcome back their loved ones after they had proven their commitment to recovery.

You’ll have to earn back their trust, I told her. But it’s possible.

“As we go through the process of recovery, you will rediscover hope,” I said. “You can reclaim your life. You can regain everything that you’ve lost.”

The patient started crying. I asked her why.

“You’re the first person who ever made me feel like I was worth anything,” she said.

This is why I do what I do.

I am an addiction medicine physician. The American Board of Addiction defines that as a physician who is trained and certified to provide comprehensive care for addiction and substance related disorders, including the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of such health conditions. I define it as a doctor who treats addiction with the evidence-based practices that every disease requires, and who treats patients with the same compassionate care that every person deserves.

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Why Are We Continuing to Make Life-Saving Addiction Treatment So Hard to Access?

by Greg Marotta | Oct 8, 2019

Amidst a divisive political climate, there’s one issue that every side agrees upon: the urgent need to combat the deadly opioid epidemic.

Last fall, rare bipartisan cooperation resulted in the passage of the SUPPORT Act, a sweeping package of legislation which addresses multiple aspects of this complex crisis, including treatment, recovery and prevention. This political achievement is to be commended. But a fatal oversight in SUPPORT means that more lives will needlessly be lost every day.

Wildfire without water 

Imagine a fast-moving wildfire that is decimating a community. 

Now picture this scenario: before firefighters can race to put out the flames, they must submit to a lengthy bureaucratic process for permission to use their hoses. Once granted, the approval still comes with a caveat: the firefighters are only allowed to save a small number of homes. After that, they must turn off their hoses and watch the rest of the town go up in flames.

This is the current state we’re in when it comes to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction.

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State Representative Aaron Vega Visits CleanSlate Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts

by Carol Fite Lynn | Oct 8, 2019

State Representative Aaron Vega recently toured the CleanSlate center in Holyoke to learn more about the lifesaving addiction treatment services provided to hundreds of patients. During his visit, Rep. Vega met with several members of the CleanSlate team to discuss the alarming rate of opioid related deaths and what can be done to expand treatment options for those in need.

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Making Strides Against Opioid Addiction in Warren County, Kentucky

by Joan Erwin | Sep 9, 2019

The opioid crisis continues to hit hard in the Bluegrass state. In 2017, Kentucky outpaced the national average rate of opioid-involved deaths by almost double. That same year, drug overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioids increased more than tenfold climbing from 76 to 780 in just a four-year period. Most recently, a 2019 study ranked the state fifth for most overdose deaths per capita.

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Learn How to Detect and Respond to an Overdose in Honor of International Overdose Awareness Day

by Todd Fausnaught, M.D. | Aug 29, 2019

Do you know how to recognize the signs of an overdose? Or what to do if someone is overdosing?

The organizers behind International Overdose Awareness Day want to ensure that you do.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year on August 31st to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. Since its launch in 2001, the global event has also acknowledged the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Above all, International Overdose Awareness Day aims to reduce overdose deaths by educating people about the signs and symptoms of overdose.

Here’s what everyone should know:

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