Reframing the Opioid Epidemic: Lawmakers Must Put Children First

Opioid use in the U.S. is a crisis. For 30 percent of kids removed from their parents’ care, substance use in the home was the reason. The U.S. Senate recently passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which would help young people with addiction gain access to treatment and create a pilot program to improve treatment for pregnant and postpartum women.

Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Should We?

As prescription pain medication abuse grows in prevalence among youth, we can expect the rates of accidental overdose deaths among 12- to 25-year-olds to increase in proportion. What can parents, professionals and others concerned about youth do to make a difference?

Nolan’s Story

"I just couldn't stop," said Nolan Eley, 25, who lived through a revolving door of getting help, relapsing and alienating loved ones before finding help from the support of his peers.

The American Dream Delayed by Addiction

A young writer reflects on how his father’s addiction impacted his family, his growing up and his own substance use. “After everything, I didn't want to be like him. I did not want be controlled by anything.”

Substance Abuse Prevention Must Move Beyond Health Care Settings

To turn the tide on opiate addiction and right the course of many young lives before intensive and costly treatment is needed, we need to take early detection and brief intervention to school, the setting youth most often frequent and an ideal context for holding a caring and confidential conversation with a trained professional.

Naloxone and the Cop

"I immediately took my Narcan out, squirted a milligram of Narcan into her nose and within about 20 seconds [she] took this big gasping breath," said Woodstock, Georgia, police officer Shane Bonebrake as he recounts saving a woman from overdose with the anti-opioid Naloxone.

Traumatized, Locked Up, LA Girls Starting to Get More Help

Moriah Barrett, then 14, woke up to burns on her body one night along with physical evidence that she had been raped. She had been invited to a party the night before by someone she considered a friend.

Because I’m Free

A young writer’s story indicates many places where youth workers and systems could have intervened — healing child sexual abuse, treating drug abuse, protection during homelessness and providing an education.