Critics Say Chauvin Defense ‘Weaponized’ Stigma For Black Americans With Addiction

When George Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross took the stand for the prosecution, she described the couple’s struggle with drugs as part of the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic. “It’s a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids,” Ross testified. “We both suffered from chronic pain. We both had prescriptions.” During the opioid crisis,… Continue reading Critics Say Chauvin Defense ‘Weaponized’ Stigma For Black Americans With Addiction

As Addiction Deaths Surge, Profit-Driven Rehab Industry Faces ‘Severe Ethical Crisis’

This Thursday, June 29, 2017 photo shows a slogan is on the storefront of Journey, a former substance abuse treatment center, in Lake Worth, Fla. Now closed, it was one of two owned by Kenneth Chatman, who is now serving a 27-year federal prison sentence for health care fraud and money laundering convictions. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

As the nation’s addiction crisis deepened, Tamara Beetham, who studies health policy at Yale University, set out to answer a simple question: What happens when people try to get help? Her first step was to create a kind of undercover identity – a 26-year-old, using heroin daily. Using this fictional persona, her research team called… Continue reading As Addiction Deaths Surge, Profit-Driven Rehab Industry Faces ‘Severe Ethical Crisis’