Why we're about the see the largest prison strike in history

On September 9, a series of coordinated work stoppages and hunger strikes will take place at prisons across the country. Organized by a coalition of prisoner rights, labor, and racial justice groups, the strikes will include prisoners from at least 20 states—making this the largest effort to organize incarcerated people in US history.

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It's time to abandon the assumption that total abstinence is essential if you've been addicted to a drug

They repeat the words in chorus during almost every Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting I’ve attended: “A drug is a drug is a drug.” It means that if you’ve used one drug, experienced problems with it and quit, you can’t use any other drug without problems.

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The surprising fact about addiction to 'hard' drugs

Drug use has been a part of human experience for thousands of years, across every known culture. But for many of us, it’s still surprising to learn that only a small fraction of people who use even “hard” drugs like heroin or methamphetamine—according to US government data, for example, or the United Nations—become addicted.

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9 things you should know if your child is using heroin

The recent spike in the use of heroin and other opioids, sparking frightening headlines about addiction and overdose, has left families struggling to find solutions. When my family discovered I was using heroin over a decade ago, when I was in my mid-20s, they spent years trying to help, but didn’t know where to begin. Together, we learned the hard way that many potential “fixes” end up being dead ends. Some might cause even more harm.

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Dying for help: How American jails are killing people going through opioid withdrawal

The overdose crisis has touched almost every corner of the United States. According to the CDC over 47,000 people died from overdoses in 2014, most from opioids like heroin, hydrocodone, OxyContin, morphine and fentanyl.

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