Tech companies, if you create addicts, you need to help them

GUEST: Two years ago, I published a book on how to make products more habit-forming. The book became a bestseller and I’m frequently asked to consult with companies—particularly tech companies—looking to make their goods and services stickier and harder to stop using. Unfortunately, making things more engaging also makes them more potentially addictive. The techniques […]

‘It saved my life’: Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

AP Photo/Dylan Lovan CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation’s opioid-addiction crisis. In Kentucky, which has been ravaged worse than almost any other state by fentanyl, heroin and other […]

Many prescription opioid addicts engage in ‘doctor shopping’ before overdose deaths

Prescription drugs are more involved in overdose deaths than widely believed. New Alberta figures show nearly 40 per cent of those dying from an overdose had been prescribed opioids by at least three different doctors in the year before they died. CBC | Health News

Safe Injection Sites: Seattle Opening Facilities Where Drug Addicts Can Use Illegal Drugs

Two safe injection sites for drug users will open in Washington state. The sites, to be located in the Seattle area, will be the first of their kind in the United States. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the idea for the safe injection sites on Friday as part of […]