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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. 


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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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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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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Jessie Dunleavy

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

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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. 


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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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.