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Everybody Hurts: Still Panning for Gold Standard Evidence on Painkiller Addiction

Two experts respond to evidence about the potential risk for a patient without a history of addiction to become addicted to opioid pain killers.

What Are the True Addiction Risks of Pain Medicine?

Reporting on Health Contributing Editor William Heisel set off a spirited discussion this week on Twitter on the risk of addiction to opioid pain medicine. What are the implications for chronic pain management and treatment?

Q & A with Andrew Kolodny Part 2: Taking a Public Health Approach to Pain Treatment

Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the chief medical officer for the Phoenix House discusses evidence-based addiction treatment and the risk of addiction among patients treated with opioids.

Busting Pain Medicine Myths with Andrew Kolodny

Dr. Andrew Kolodny is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Phoenix House Foundation in New York. He’s also a go-to source for journalists looking for perspective on the nation’s prescription drug abuse problem.

Q&A with Maia Szalavitz, Part 2: Understanding Addiction Through Science — and Personal Experience

Maia Szalavitz offers blunt advice for folks covering addiction and drug use: "Think critically. Don't be the readers' nanny. You aren't there to send 'the right message.'"

Q&A with Maia Szalavitz: Going Beyond Victims and Pushers for Pain Stories

How many times do you see pain patients who aren’t addicted represented in stories about prescription painkillers? Maia Szalavitz weighs in.

Colon Cancer: Only 60 Percent of Americans Over 50 Are Screened

New colon cancer screening guidelines, a new study on using anti-depressants during pregnancy, new drug tests for sailors and more from our Daily Briefing.

15 Tips for Smart Reporting on Drug Addiction and Treatment

Do you want to better report on drug addiction and treatment? Avoid having Slate’s Jack Shafer feature your work in his Stupid Drug Story of the Week feature? Then follow these 15 tips from veteran journalist Maia Szalavitz.

In California, A $1 Billion Takeback of Children's Health Money?

Why does California's governor want to take back $1 billion in money dedicated to children's health? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

A Glass of Wine OK for Pregnant Women?

Here’s what we’re reading today:

CPR: No need for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation during CPR? Just chest compressions? New research suggests that approach might save more lives, reports The Wall St. Journal’s Jennifer Corbett Dooren.



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