April 24, 2021

Surgeon general reveals shocking report on substance abuse and addiction

Source: CBS News Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released startling results in a report on drug abuse. Researchers have learned nearly 21 million suffer from substance abuse, but 90 percent are not getting treatment. CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula has more on the crisis. Read Full Article

April 24, 2021

Drug addict’s tragedy helps save others

Source: CBS News When 33-year-old Charles Grugan died of a drug overdose, his family was devastated. But they found comfort knowing that he helped save other lives as an organ donor. CBS News’ Kenneth Craig reports. Read Full Article

April 23, 2021

Jason Amaral, six months clean, reflects on his recovery

Source: CBS News CBS News has been following Jason Amaral since March as the heroin addict went through rehab. He sat down with correspondent DeMarco Morgan at the end of his journey to look back on his recovery and how it has changed him. Read Full Article

April 21, 2021

Elephant tranquilizer blamed for recent wave of heroin overdoses

Source: CBS News Addicts often don’t know what is mixed into the heroin they’ve picked up from their dealer. Drugs like carfentanil and fentanyl are being used more often in these mixes, and the added potency is leading to more overdoses. Anna Werner has more. Read Full Article

April 21, 2021

Addict describes overdosing on carfentanil

Source: CBS News Carfentanil, a drug so powerful it’s used as an elephant tranquilizer, is being blamed for dozens of overdoses. It is about 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Kevin McCutcheon, a long-time addict, believes he inadvertently ingested the drug — and it nearly killed him. Read Full Article

April 17, 2021

Buprenorphine implants; A new implant treatment for addicts

Source: CBS News Addiction to opiods including painkillers and heroin claims nearly 29,000 American lives each year. A new treatment for addicts using implants should be available by the end of next month, reports Anna Werner. Read Full Article

April 17, 2021

The emotional toll of addiction: Aunt of two heroin addicts opens up

Source: CBS News CBS News is following Jason Amaral, a 30-year-old heroin addict, as he battles to get free of his addiction. In part three of “In the Shadow of Death: Jason’s Journey,” DeMarco Morgan shows how deeply addiction can tear apart a family. Read Full Article

April 15, 2021

A “safe space” for heroin addicts

Source: CBS News A Boston health center is planning to open a “safe space” for heroin users to reduce their risk of overdose, but some critics say it sends the wrong message. CBS News’ Kenneth Craig reports. Read Full Article