mental health and addiction

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The call came in late one summer night. Immediately, Paul Butler’s stomach sank and his heart sped up.

“It’s always a worry in the back of your mind that somebody is going to do something that ends up harming themselves,” Butler said.

It’s the kind of call Butler dreads, but it’s also the reason he does what he does.


Patients With Mental Disorders Get Half Of All Opioid Prescriptions

Jun 28, 2017
Kaiser Health News

Adults with a mental illness receive more than 50 percent of the 115 million opioid prescriptions in the United States annually, according to a study released Monday. The results prompted researchers to suggest that improving pain management for people with mental health problems “is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.”

It's a heartbreaking piece of arithmetic: In Massachusetts, the numbers of slots in inpatient psychiatric treatment centers just don't line up with the amount of people who need help. Where do would-be patients go in the meantime?

As Opioids Mix, More Naloxone Needed To Stop Overdoses

May 31, 2017
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ADAPT Pharma / narcan.com

The overdose reversal drug naloxone is in high demand across Indiana. But the state is now seeing more mixes of opioids causing overdoses. That’s leading first responders to go through their supplies more quickly.

Overdoses caused by multiple types of opioids require larger or repeated doses of naloxone.

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Public Restrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic

May 15, 2017
Håkan Dahlström / http://bit.ly/2pOfaKF

A man named Eddie threaded through the midafternoon crowd in Cambridge, Mass. He was headed for a sandwich shop, the first stop on a tour of public bathrooms.

“I know all the bathrooms that I can and can’t get high in,” said Eddie, 39, pausing in front of the shop’s plate-glass windows, through which we can see a bathroom door.