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CDC issues new statement on opioid prescribing guideline, jails struggle to help inmates with addiction, and more.

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Dr. Brian Binetti, a bariatric and general surgeon in Rhinebeck, NY, has implemented a non-opioid approach to help his patients manage pain after surgery.

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This week, Shatterproof launched a public awareness campaign presenting a new way to undo stigma. 

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Purdue Pharma has settled a lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma over the addictiveness of its blockbuster pill, OxyContin. The drug maker and its owners, the Sackler family, will pay the state nearly $275 million.

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By
Holly Jespersen

Having been in recovery for many years, and working here at Shatterproof, I often get asked to recommend books about addiction. Here are some of my favorites.

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Grant Hill

I learned the hard way that untreated injuries can lead to even more pain and ultimately, surgery.

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More opioid lawsuits, a promising trial addiction treatment program in Rhode Island, and more.

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By
Steve Leker

When I decided to do a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, it was only natural and fitting that I hike it to raise funds in Brady’s memory. 

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By
Jessie Dunleavy

He was the happiest he'd been in a long time. He wanted to live.

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By
Dr. Louise Stanger

While everyone grieves differently, families surviving an overdose or alcohol related death are more likely to experience intense feelings of guilt, shame, and inadequacy. 

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The next time you hear one of these addiction myths, respond with the facts.

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Shatterproof's Rating System for Addiction Treatment Providers heads to Massachusetts, new Purdue depositions are released, and more.

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By
Kirstin Hope Sievers

How do opioids work? How did the opioid epidemic become so deadly? 

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The lack of overdose aftercare in ERs, poor insurance coverage for non-opioid pain management, and more.

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Avneet Isabella Himebaugh

It started with a phone call.