By Dr. Marc Siegel, | Fox News AG Sessions announces new drug crime crackdown Richard Fowler, Charlie Hurt debate new policy Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his intention to seek harsher penalties for criminal activity involving opioids. On the surface this would seem logical, as a large extent of the opioid epidemic involves criminal activity. But, unfortunately, there is no evidence that stiffer penalties will stem the tide of abuse and overdose. In fact, a National Institutes of Health study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2009 concluded that treating the addiction that led to the criminal behavior not only improved public health, but also reduced criminality. Treatment involves effective medication such as Suboxone (naloxone and buprenorphine) or methadone, but it can help only with the physical addiction. The disease goes much deeper. Lasting cures are tied to 12-step rehabilitation programs, peer-to-peer counseling and having something [...]
Shayna Estulin went to an area of New York hit hard by opioid addiction, to find out the epidemic might be going global.
There are angels all around us, like Alicia Reddy. This selfless woman, also known as the Addiction Angel, wants nothing more than to help those struggling with the disease of addiction. She is a RN and a drug interventionist. Her passion with helping others started when 3 family members struggled with addiction and she was there to help. "I have three nephews that are addicts and I can honestly say that they are my happy ending", Alicia shared. "All three are clean today, together. That’s really what prompted me to start." Since then, she has given herself a name and given others life. When not working as a nurse at Staten Island University Hospital, Alicia is holding interventions or is on the phone guiding families and friends who are helping their loved ones fight through addiction. Watch how she works tirelessly to get people the help they need; whether it be personally getting them into rehab or being available to talk anytime they need. A [...]