addiction http://wnpr.org en Examining the State's Heroin Problem; Danbury's Economic Boost; Republicans' Alternative Budget http://wnpr.org/post/examining-states-heroin-problem-danburys-economic-boost-republicans-alternative-budget <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S3kbiGMDtNY" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Heroin use is rising at an alarming rate here in Connecticut and in the northeast. According to U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty, 257 state residents have died from heroin overdoses, many in her district, which covers Torrington and Waterbury. Thursday, Esty met with the mayors of those two cities, along with law enforcement and public health professionals to explore options to combat the problem.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:13:03 +0000 Eric Clemmons 20343 at http://wnpr.org My Journey From Homeless Drug Addict To Magna Cum Laude http://wnpr.org/post/my-journey-homeless-drug-addict-magna-cum-laude I was fighting a rat for the remnants of a corn dog I'd salvaged from the trash. That's when I realized I'd crossed the final line I had drawn.<p>I had told myself, as long as I don't shoot up, I'm OK. As long as I'm not homeless, I'm OK. But now I was shooting up and homeless, and there was nowhere left to draw. I had reached the bottom line of my existence.<p>I was constantly searching for something outside to fix how I felt inside. My first memory of that need was when I was about 8. My parents had divorced, and I was living with my grandmother. We had a difficult relationship. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Daney Hill 20064 at http://wnpr.org My Journey From Homeless Drug Addict To Magna Cum Laude DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic http://wnpr.org/post/dcfs-handling-transgender-teen-updates-heroin-epidemic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. is in the middle of a heroin epidemic. It’s something that has become increasingly problematic in northeastern states like Connecticut. This hour, a panel of local reporters and health experts from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts share their stories.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We also hear about a controversial decision by the state Department of Children and Families to transfer a transgender teenager to one of Connecticut’s adult prisons, even though, as we’ve discussed on the show, the state now has a “locked” facility for girls like her. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil joins us with more on that story.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:42:49 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 19964 at http://wnpr.org DCF's Handling of a Transgender Teen; Updates on a Heroin Epidemic Insurers Often Don't Cover Residential Rehab http://wnpr.org/post/insurers-often-dont-cover-residential-rehab <p>In 2012, a legislative committee found seven percent of&nbsp;Connecticut&nbsp;adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 had substance abuse issues. And the majority of those who needed treatment did not receive it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the last story of a three-part series, </span>WNPR <span style="line-height: 1.5;">reports on the challenges families encounter with their insurance plans when seeking help for their teenage son or daughter.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18786 at http://wnpr.org Insurers Often Don't Cover Residential Rehab Few Residential Treatment Programs for Connecticut Adolescents http://wnpr.org/post/few-residential-treatment-programs-connecticut-adolescents <p>One out of every 22 Connecticut high schoolers has taken medication such as painkillers that weren’t prescribed for them, according to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health. In the second of a three-part series, WNPR looks at treatment options available for local teens with substance abuse issues.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18700 at http://wnpr.org Few Residential Treatment Programs for Connecticut Adolescents Addiction: A Guilford Family's Story http://wnpr.org/post/addiction-guilford-familys-story <p>A big increase in opiate overdoses nationwide has focused attention on substance abuse. Nine&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">out of ten adults suffering from addiction said they began using drugs or alcohol when they were adolescents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the first of a three-part series on youth battling addiction, WNPR introduces you to the Harmons of Guilford.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:45:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18628 at http://wnpr.org Addiction: A Guilford Family's Story Senators Blumenthal and Murphy Outline Plan to Combat Heroin Epidemic http://wnpr.org/post/senators-blumenthal-and-murphy-outline-plan-combat-heroin-epidemic <p>Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined health advocates, law enforcement, and local service providers today to talk about the growing heroin problem in Connecticut.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:35:22 +0000 Ray Hardman 18589 at http://wnpr.org Laced Heroin Seized in Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/laced-heroin-seized-hartford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hartford police said heroin-related overdoses are on the rise in the capital city, and they're trying to disrupt the drug's supply. Earlier this week, police arrested five people, and seized 2,000 bags of heroin.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Jeff Cohen 18384 at http://wnpr.org Laced Heroin Seized in Hartford U.S. Attorney General Suggests Police Carry Narcan http://wnpr.org/post/us-attorney-general-suggests-police-carry-narcan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's widespread attention on an increase in heroin overdoses nationwide. On Monday, U.S Attorney General Eric Holder called it an "urgent public health crisis" and <a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">suggested law enforcement carry </a></span><a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">Narcan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or </span>naloxone</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php">,</a> a drug that can reverse opiate overdoses.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:32:15 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 18169 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Attorney General Suggests Police Carry Narcan Demand for Heroin in Connecticut Keeps Cops and Counselors Busy http://wnpr.org/post/demand-heroin-connecticut-keeps-cops-and-counselors-busy <p>Over the last six years, <a href="http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm" target="_blank">heroin use&nbsp;nationwide has nearly doubled</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In&nbsp;Connecticut, attention has focused on the city of&nbsp;Torrington, where there are reports of multiple fatalities last year from heroin overdoses.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:06:53 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16851 at http://wnpr.org Demand for Heroin in Connecticut Keeps Cops and Counselors Busy Addict Lives With 'Monster' That's Waiting To Pounce http://wnpr.org/post/addict-lives-monster-thats-waiting-pounce <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday<em> host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p><em>This Sunday Conversation with Ruben Castaneda was inspired by WAMU's five-part series,</em> "<a href="http://wamu.org/crack_the_drug_that_consumed_the_nations_capital">Crack: The Drug that Consumed the Nation's Capital</a>."<p>When Ruben Castaneda first moved to Washington, he lived his life along two separate tracks.<p>He was a crime reporter for one of the most prestigious newspapers in the co Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:10:00 +0000 NPR Staff 16733 at http://wnpr.org Addict Lives With 'Monster' That's Waiting To Pounce Heroin Use On the Rise in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/heroin-use-rise-connecticut <p>Heroin use is on the rise in Connecticut and nationwide. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, heroin arrests and seizures in the northeast outpace the rest of the country, two to one.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:48:19 +0000 Ray Hardman 16583 at http://wnpr.org Heroin Use On the Rise in Connecticut Heroin and the Science of Addiction http://wnpr.org/post/heroin-and-science-addiction <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To some it’s "smack"; to others, it’s "tar." But the majority of us know it as heroin, the dangerously addictive </span>opioid<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> drug that has claimed countless lives across the nation.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Less than a week ago, 46-year-old actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a heroin overdose in his Manhattan apartment. Sadly, he’s just one of many creative minds lost to addiction. Singer-songwriter Janis Joplin was 27 when an overdose took her life. Frankie Lymon was 25.</p><p>But heroin isn’t just a celebrity drug. Its use spans the country -- particularly in northeast states, like Connecticut, where it has become a growing problem among teens and adults.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:12:56 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 16542 at http://wnpr.org Heroin and the Science of Addiction 50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths http://wnpr.org/post/50-years-after-landmark-warning-8-million-fewer-smoking-deaths Saturday marks an important milestone in public health – the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health.<p>Few if any documents have had the impact of <a href="http:/profiles.nlm.nih.gov/ps/retrieve/ResourceMetadata/NNBBMQ">this one</a> — both on the amount of disease and death prevented, and on the very scope of public health.<p>An <a href="doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285112">analysis</a> in the <em>JAMA, </em>the American Medical Association journal, estimates that 8 million Americans avoided premature death as a result of tobacco control efforts launched by the 1 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Richard Knox 15113 at http://wnpr.org 50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths Fairfield University Opens Housing for Students in Recovery http://wnpr.org/post/fairfield-university-opens-housing-students-recovery <p>Fairfield University has opened the state’s first off-campus home for college students recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. <a href="http://www.fairfield.edu/media/fairfielduniversitywebsite/documents/student/res_recovery_house.pdf" target="_blank">The university's Recovery House</a> differs from other substance-free college housing because it’s designed specifically for students who are actively trying to stay sober.</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 04:03:58 +0000 Diane Orson 12585 at http://wnpr.org Fairfield University Opens Housing for Students in Recovery Painkiller Overdose Deaths Strike New York City's Middle Class http://wnpr.org/post/painkiller-overdose-deaths-strike-new-york-citys-middle-class Drug overdoses are usually thought to afflict mainly the poor and troubled. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:46:00 +0000 editor 9763 at http://wnpr.org Painkiller Overdose Deaths Strike New York City's Middle Class Opiate Addiction; Climate Departure; Mystery at Sea http://wnpr.org/post/opiate-addiction-climate-departure-mystery-sea <p>There was an internal debate about including a link about a local meteorologist and cat vomit. We passed. If you&#39;d like to see that, you can search it out on your own because we&#39;ve already said too much. Speaking of cat vomit, CNN informs us that we are in Day Ten of the federal government shutdown, and the debt ceiling deadline is 156 hours away as this is written. That means you have time to watch all of &quot;Battlestar Galactica,&quot; &quot;Breaking Bad,&quot; and the first seven seasons of &quot;Seinfeld&quot; before the deadline. Hop to it. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:58:07 +0000 Tucker Ives & Heather Brandon 9156 at http://wnpr.org Opiate Addiction; Climate Departure; Mystery at Sea Interactive Feature: House Veterans Affairs Hearing on VA Opiate Prescriptions http://wnpr.org/post/interactive-feature-house-veterans-affairs-hearing-va-opiate-prescriptions <p>The House Veterans Affairs Committee is holding a hearing to find out more about a shocking trend of opiate prescriptions in VA hospitals nationwide. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:56:04 +0000 John Dankosky 9148 at http://wnpr.org Interactive Feature: House Veterans Affairs Hearing on VA Opiate Prescriptions Alarming Rate of Opiates Prescribed by VA http://wnpr.org/post/alarming-rate-opiates-prescribed-federal-va <p>A new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting found that since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has prescribed opiates at an alarming rate. Between 2001 and 2012, <a href="http://va-opiates.apps.cironline.org/" target="new">the number of opiate prescriptions has grown 270 percent</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">CIR says this has <a href="http://cironline.org/node/5261" target="_blank">contributed to the rate of overdose deaths</a> among veterans that is double the national average.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:51:09 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 5762 at http://wnpr.org Alarming Rate of Opiates Prescribed by VA Big Pharma And Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over The Counter http://wnpr.org/post/big-pharma-and-meth-cooks-agree-keep-cold-meds-over-counter Millions of Americans have seen the fictional world of meth use and production in AMC's <em>Breaking Bad</em>, but journalist <a href="http://www.jonahengle.com/">Jonah Engle</a> has spent a lot of time in the real world of meth.<p>In a <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/08/meth-pseudoephedrine-big-pharma-lobby">recent piece</a> in <em>Mother Jones</em>, Engle looks at the explosion in the number of meth addicts who cook their own drugs with ingredients available in drug stores and supermarkets. Meth production is dangerous for the cookers and corrosive to their communities. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:34:00 +0000 editor 5622 at http://wnpr.org Big Pharma And Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over The Counter The Resurgence Of Heroin http://wnpr.org/post/resurgence-heroin <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Betsy/Where%20We%20Live%2007-30-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p dir="ltr">Prescription painkillers have become the most widely-used drugs in America, and the Centers for Disease Control says that deaths from overdose are at &ldquo;epidemic&rdquo; levels. The death rate has tripled since 1990.</p><p dir="ltr">Doctors are prescribing fewer of the opiates, because they fear addiction, abuse and illegal black market sales.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:53:16 +0000 John Dankosky 3966 at http://wnpr.org The Resurgence Of Heroin Keno Is Coming To Town http://wnpr.org/post/keno-coming-town <p>Usually, on this show, when we tackle anything, we try to start from a fairly neutral launching place. I suppose that claim could be picked apart. But I don't remember feeling so strongly about a topic before the show even started. Simply put, everybody connected with the inclusion of Keno in the Connecticut state budget is going to burn in hell for it.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:40:07 +0000 Colin McEnroe 45 at http://wnpr.org Keno Is Coming To Town Danbury Man Wants to Take Anonymous Out of Recovery http://wnpr.org/post/danbury-man-wants-take-anonymous-out-recovery <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Samaia/SH%20Danbury%20Film%20060513.mp3</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:21:30 +0000 Samaia Hernandez 641 at http://wnpr.org Why We Need To Treat Addiction Like A Disease, Not A Crime http://wnpr.org/post/why-we-need-treat-addiction-disease-not-crime-0 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2006-05-2013.mp3</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:43:55 +0000 Colin McEnroe 642 at http://wnpr.org Why We Need To Treat Addiction Like A Disease, Not A Crime Why We Need to Treat Addiction Like a Disease, Not a Crime http://wnpr.org/post/why-we-need-treat-addiction-disease-not-crime <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2006-05-2013.mp3</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:43:55 +0000 Colin McEnroe 6544 at http://wnpr.org Why We Need to Treat Addiction Like a Disease, Not a Crime The Media Fast http://wnpr.org/post/media-fast <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2008-04-2011.mp3</p><p></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:47:05 +0000 John Dankosky 8815 at http://wnpr.org The Media Fast Media Fast: Day One http://wnpr.org/post/media-fast-day-one <p><em>WNPR&nbsp;and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."&nbsp; No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.</em></p><p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:46:09 +0000 Heather Brandon 8832 at http://wnpr.org Media Fast: Day One Addicted to Food http://wnpr.org/post/addicted-food <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2004-25-2011.mp3</p><p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:26:59 +0000 John Dankosky 10997 at http://wnpr.org Addicted to Food