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Opioid Epidemic: Report Reveals Hope for Massachusetts Patients and Families

February 12, 2019
Opioid Epidemic: Report Reveals Hope for Massachusetts Patients and Families

For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 12, 2019Contact: Josh McElveenjosh@mcelveenstrategies.com 603.540.7031

Language Matters infographic

February 6, 2019
Language Matters infographic

When words are used inappropriately to describe individuals with a substance use disorder, it not only negatively impacts the cultural perception of their disease, but creates...

Addiction Policy Forum New Hampshire State Chapter Holds Candlelight Vigil to Honor Those Lost to Drug Overdose

February 5, 2019

For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 5, 2019Contact: Doug Griffindgriffin@addictionpolicy.org603.944.1377

Addiction Policy Forum announces the formation of Scientific Advisory Board

January 30, 2019
Addiction Policy Forum announces the formation of Scientific Advisory Board

For Immediate Release

January 30, 2019 

Addiction Policy Forum announces the formation of Scientific Advisory Board

Renowned scientists join Addiction Policy Forum’s fight...

Addiction Policy Forum Massachusetts State Chapter Holds Candlelight Vigil to Honor Those Lost to Drug Overdose

January 23, 2019

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2019 

Addiction Policy Forum Massachusetts State Chapter Holds Candlelight Vigil to Honor Those Lost to Drug Overdose

Local families honor the...

CBT4CBT

December 6, 2018
CBT4CBT

 

Computer-Based Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT4CBT) is an evidence-based online program that teaches cognitive behavioral skills to help people reduce...

Alexandria's Burner Phone Initiative

December 5, 2018
Alexandria's Burner Phone Initiative

 

The city of Alexandria’s Burner Phone Initiative works to divert people struggling with substance use disorders away from the criminal justice system and into treatment. The...

Text-A-Tip

December 4, 2018
Text-A-Tip

 

 
Text-a-Tip, created by Linking Efforts Against Drugs (LEAD), is an anonymous texting system for youth in need of mental health assistance. Students can text the given...

Project ECHO

November 9, 2018
Project ECHO

 

 

 Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a knowledge-sharing company that connects practitioners in rural and underserved areas to specialist mentors....

President Trump Signs the Historic Opioid Package (H.R. 6) into Law!

October 24, 2018
President Trump Signs the Historic Opioid Package (H.R. 6) into Law!

Today, President Trump signed the historic Opioid Package (H.R. 6) into law!

Addiction Policy Forum Launches “How Do You Really Keep Your Kids Safe From Addiction?”

October 23, 2018
Addiction Policy Forum Launches “How Do You Really Keep Your Kids Safe From Addiction?”
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Recovery Reinvented

October 18, 2018
Recovery Reinvented

 

 

Recovery Reinvented works by normalizing the conversation around addiction. The program encourages people to discuss their experience with substance use disorder to...

No Missed Opportunities: Criminal Justice Interventions in our National Response to Addiction

October 4, 2018
No Missed Opportunities: Criminal Justice Interventions in our National Response to Addiction

Substance use disorders impact every community in the United States. Every day, nearly 200 Americans die from a drug overdose. Our first responders, law enforcement and...

Addiction Policy Forum Releases “Children Impacted by Addiction: A Toolkit for Educators”

October 3, 2018
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New Mexico Peer Education Project Nationally Recognized for Harm Reduction Program in Criminal Justice System

October 3, 2018
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New Mexico Peer Education Project

October 3, 2018
New Mexico Peer Education Project

 

 

New Mexico Peer Education Project trains incarcerated individuals to educate their peers about substance use disorders, harm reduction, infectious diseases and basic...

Yale Emergency Department Treatment Initiation

September 25, 2018
Yale Emergency Department Treatment Initiation
Yale Emergency Department Treatment Initiation model engages a traditionally difficult to engage patient population in life-saving, evidence based treatment by meeting the...

Mosaic Fast Track

September 25, 2018
Mosaic Fast Track
Mosaic Fast Track initiation and referral is an integral component of the Mosaic Group’s comprehensive system of care coordination. When a patient screens positive for opioid...

Treatment Works

September 21, 2018
Treatment Works

Like other chronic diseases, there are treatments that have been proven to be effective for substance use disorder. Different treatments will work for different people, and...

Physician Health Program

September 20, 2018

 

Physician Health Programs are established in 47 states and the District of Columbia to intervene early to support treatment and recovery when there are concerns about a...

Pennsylvania’s Warm Hand-Off

September 6, 2018
Pennsylvania’s Warm Hand-Off

 

Pennsylvania’s Warm Hand-Off requires all county offices that provide drug and alcohol programs to establish protocols for seamless transitions for patients leaving the...

Operation Snowball

August 22, 2018

 

Operation Snowball is a school and community-based alcohol and drug use prevention program founded on the principle that youth can make their own positive decisions with a...

The Other Side

August 15, 2018
The Other Side

 

The Other Side is a sober bar featuring a pool table, ping pong tables, bag toss sets, darts, and video games. During the week, the location hosts various recovery groups...

Funding Update: Senate Funding Levels for Fiscal Year 2019

July 19, 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved all 12 fiscal year 2019 appropriation bills, which, if signed into law, would authorize over $7.4 billion in funding for the 31...

Animated video series from Addiction Policy Forum turns the science of addiction into stories that stick

July 17, 2018
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Accidental Miracles and How Addiction Policy Forum Started

July 11, 2018
Accidental Miracles and How Addiction Policy Forum Started

I was at a cookout recently when someone asked about what I do for work, and I happily spoke about Addiction Policy Forum, and the Brimley Group. They asked how I came to set...

Celebrating the Addiction Policy Forum’s Third Anniversary!

June 27, 2018
Celebrating the Addiction Policy Forum’s Third Anniversary!

Three years ago we launched the Addiction Policy Forum with a vision to create a world where fewer lives are lost and help exists for the millions of Americans affected by...

Addiction Policy Forum Launches Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Response Blueprint for New Hampshire

June 25, 2018
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A Granddaughter's Tribute

June 6, 2018
A Granddaughter's Tribute

I love superheroes. Captain America. Superman. Wonder Woman. The bravery and strength--not the costumes--call to me. They always have.

Addiction Policy Forum Launches National Resource Center to Address the Opioid Crisis

June 5, 2018
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Emergency Medicine and Addiction: A Critical Intervention Point

May 22, 2018
Emergency Medicine and Addiction: A Critical Intervention Point

It is easy to get lost in the dizzying data of our nation’s overdose epidemic: 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016, a number larger than the entire population of Terre Haute,...

Addiction Policy Forum Releases Hospital Toolkit to Support Health Systems and Patients

May 16, 2018
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Addiction Policy Forum Launches Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Response Blueprint for Maryland

May 14, 2018
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APF Family Day 2018 Recap

May 3, 2018
APF Family Day 2018 Recap

Last week, hundreds of families impacted by addiction participated in the third annual APF Family Day and the Addiction Policy Forum Awards Dinner. 

Technical Assistance for Emergency Departments to Respond to Addiction Initiative

March 22, 2018
Technical Assistance for Emergency Departments to Respond to Addiction Initiative

The opioid epidemic has resulted in rapidly escalating utilization of health system inpatient and emergency medicine services. Between 2005 and 2014, the national rate of...

APF Connecticut State Chapter #174aDay Vigil

January 25, 2018
APF Connecticut State Chapter #174aDay Vigil
 
Join us on January 28 at the Army Navy Club for a #174aDay vigil to support individuals and families impacted by substance use disorder. This event includes a potluck...

APF Massachusetts State Chapter #174aDay Vigil

January 25, 2018
APF Massachusetts State Chapter #174aDay Vigil
Join us and your Massachusetts State Chair, Aimee Manzoni D'Arpino for the second annual Remembrance Day event on Sunday, January 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church Bridgewater....

Press Release: Addiction Policy Forum Launches National Substance Use Disorder Awareness & Action Campaign

January 11, 2018
Press Release: Addiction Policy Forum Launches National Substance Use Disorder Awareness & Action Campaign
174aDay Campaign Shines a Light on Lives Lost to Drug Overdose

Stakeholders and Partners Comment on Addiction Policy Forum Announcement

December 12, 2017
Stakeholders and Partners Comment on Addiction Policy Forum Announcement

Taken together, the programs and partnerships announced today by the Addiction Policy Forum represent the most comprehensive, direct approach to the opioid crisis in America to...

Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition (JCADC) Program

December 6, 2017
Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition (JCADC) Program
Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition (JCADC) is a county-wide effort to reduce experimenting, drug use, and underage drinking. The coalition uses high tech data to create...

Project SUCCESS

November 17, 2017
Project SUCCESS

 

OpEd: Want to Help Address the Opioid Crisis? Start with Your Medicine Cabinet.

November 9, 2017
OpEd: Want to Help Address the Opioid Crisis? Start with Your Medicine Cabinet.

 

Since the Administration declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in late October, the media has been saturated with stories about the crisis, which has been...

Our Vision and Direction

October 26, 2017
Our Vision and Direction

 

 

ADDICTION POLICY FORUM STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE DECISION TO DECLARE OPIOID EPIDEMIC A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

October 26, 2017
ADDICTION POLICY FORUM STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE DECISION TO DECLARE OPIOID EPIDEMIC A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

 

Washington (October 26, 2017) –Jessica Hulsey Nickel, president and chief executive officer of the Addiction Policy Forum, issued the following statement on today’s...

Which Path Will They Choose

October 21, 2017

During a press conference on Thursday, August 10, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. Following up on the announcement from the President, the White...

Aware Recovery Care

October 5, 2017
Aware Recovery Care

 

Aware Recovery Care (ARC)  provides at-home treatment services for drug and alcohol addiction throughout Connecticut and New Hampshire. Modeled closely on the visiting nurse...

How We Can Overcome the Stigma of Addiction - USA Today

September 29, 2017
How We Can Overcome the Stigma of Addiction - USA Today
 
 
 
In this article, released today on Media Planet and featured by USA Today, Emily Gawlak reflects on a conversation between industry leaders Jessica Hulsey Nickel...

Don’t Call My Dad The “A” Word

September 8, 2017
Don’t Call My Dad The “A” Word
Language matters for people seeking help in the battle against addiction

Bipartisan Heroin Task Force Roundtable: Addiction Treatment for Children and Adolescents -- Watch Live on Facebook

July 24, 2017
Tune in to watch todays event live on Facebook! It will go live on Congresswoman Kuster’s page.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Delivery for Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders Involving Prescription Opioids and/or Heroin - Cycle 2 2017

June 22, 2017
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is looking to award up to $16 million to research initiatives that will conduct large-scale randomized controlled trials...

Improving Access to Overdose Treatment (OD Treatment Access)

June 22, 2017
SAMHSA looks to award funds to any states, tribes and tribal organizations, and local governmental entities who will: 1) "train and provide resources to first responders and...

PRNewsire - Jessica Hulsey Nickel To Testify At First Meeting Of Christie Commission

June 15, 2017
PRNewsire - Jessica Hulsey Nickel To Testify At First Meeting Of Christie Commission

On Friday, June 16th, Addiction Policy Forum President and CEO Jessica Nickel has been invited to testify before the Christie Commission in Room 350 of the White House...

Moms and Babies Program

May 25, 2017
Moms and Babies Program

 

 

The Moms and Babies Program at the Decatur Correctional Center in Illinois is a prison nursery and community reentry program that allows incarcerated mothers to keep...

APF Holds CARA Family Day

May 17, 2017
APF Holds CARA Family Day

The Addiction Policy Forum brought families from across the nation to Washington, DC to discuss how addiction impacts families and why we need to address addiction in a...

Circleville Herald: Nickel explains six pillars of addiction response

May 1, 2017
Circleville Herald: Nickel explains six pillars of addiction response

On Thursday, April 25th, Addiction Policy Forum president Jessica Nickel was the keynote speaker at the One Book, One Community program in Circleville, Ohio. Below is an...

ACHESS Smartphone App

April 21, 2017
ACHESS Smartphone App

 

 

The Addiction Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System, or ACHESS, is an evidence-based smartphone app that assists in the maintenance of recovery stability by...

2017 Legislator of the Year Award Recipients

March 10, 2017
2017 Legislator of the Year Award Recipients

At the CARA Reception on March 1, 2017, the Addiction Policy Forum recognized the following individuals for their hard work on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act...

2017 Pillar of Excellence Award Recipients - Secretary John Wetzel, PA Department of Corrections

March 7, 2017
2017 Pillar of Excellence Award Recipients - Secretary John Wetzel, PA Department of Corrections
Secretary John Wetzel, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

CARA Family Day 2017

March 1, 2017
CARA Family Day 2017

CARA Family Day, named after the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), is an annual event that brings together families directly affected by addiction from all...

Promoting a Comprehensive Response to the Opioid Epidemic

February 28, 2017
Promoting a Comprehensive Response to the Opioid Epidemic

On February 28, 2017, the Addiction Policy Forum hosted the CARA Implementation Conference, Promoting a Comprehensive Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Funding, Effective Design...

Blog Post: A Letter to Webster's Dictionary

February 27, 2017
Blog Post: A Letter to Webster's Dictionary
At a meeting recently I was describing my work with amazing families across the country who have been impacted by addiction, when the man next to me commented that I had used...

From Cops to Counselors to Communities and Clinicians: Strong Support for ONDCP In Letter to President

February 23, 2017

Nearly 200 organizations that work on addiction-related issues have sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump in support of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and...

Celebrating Families!™

February 16, 2017
Celebrating Families!™

 

Addiction Policy Forum Announces the Addition of General Barry McCaffrey and the Honorable Frank Guinta to its Board of Advisors

February 13, 2017

Today, the Addiction Policy Forum is honored to announce that it has added General Barry McCaffrey and former Congressman Frank Guinta to its Board of Advisors. 

AnchorED Rhode Island

February 2, 2017

 

The Moyer Foundation's Camp Mariposa Program

January 25, 2017
The Moyer Foundation's Camp Mariposa Program

 

The Camp Mariposa Program focuses on helping children living with family members who struggle with a substance use disorder. Camp Mariposa is a national addiction...

Effective Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

January 19, 2017
Effective Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

 

The Addiction Policy Forum's Translating Science into Practice series provides policymakers and practitioners with actionable resources about programs in a comprehensive...

Where Do the Candidates Stand on the Opioid Epidemic and Addiction?

November 3, 2016
The Addiction Policy Forum today released analysis of Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's policy platforms on how they would address addiction.

The Boy in the Back Seat

October 5, 2016
The Boy in the Back Seat
There is a lot of backlash and discussion over a recent photo posted by the East Liverpool, Ohio Police Department of a couple allegedly high on heroin in their car,...

Statement on the President Signing CARA into Law

July 25, 2016
Statement on the President Signing CARA into Law
CARA is a monumental step forward to better addressing addiction in our country. It finally moves us closer to treating addiction like a disease through evidence-based...

What the Passage of CARA Means for Families

July 13, 2016

Family members who have lost a loved one to the opioid epidemic comment on what the passage of CARA means to them:“CARA passing the Senate and funding being appropriated by the...

Thank the #CARA Champions

July 13, 2016
Thank the #CARA Champions

We did it! The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the first major piece of addiction legislation to pass Congress in almost 40 years, is on its way to the...

#129aDay: Understanding the Numbers

June 9, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 47,055 total deaths in 2014, or 129 drug overdose deaths per day. This number is up 28 percent in just 6 years --...

CARA Family Day

May 19, 2016
CARA Family Day

The Addiction Policy Forum collaborated with families from across the nation to discuss how addiction impacts families, and why we need to address addiction in a comprehensive...

Heroin Task Force Hearing on #129aDay

May 18, 2016
Heroin Task Force Hearing on #129aDay

On Wednesday, May 18th family members impacted by addiction gave testimony in front of members of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, led by Task Force...

Ted Cruz at the NH Roundtable: Addressing Addiction in Communities and Churches

February 18, 2016

Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz participated in the Addiction Policy Forum’s New Hampshire Roundtable on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic at Emmanuel...

Clinton Analysis: Ending America's "Quiet Epidemic" Through a Five-Point Plan

February 16, 2016
Clinton Analysis: Ending America's

Governor Peter Shumlin (on behalf of Secretary Hillary Clinton) at the NH Roundtable: Ending America's "Quiet Epidemic" Through a Five-Point Plan  

Fiorina Analysis: Addiction Robs People of Their Potential

February 6, 2016

Carly Fiorina at the Addiction Forum: Addiction Robs People of Their Potential 

The Washington Post: An emotional Cruz talks drug addiction in New Hampshire

February 4, 2016
The Washington Post: An emotional Cruz talks drug addiction in New Hampshire

HOOKSETT, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz, his voice quiet, stood behind a podium and talked about the death of his sister, who struggled with addiction.

New Hampshire Roundtable Discussion on Addiction

February 4, 2016
New Hampshire Roundtable Discussion on Addiction

In 2014, over 300 people in New Hampshire died from drug overdose, many due to the spike in heroin use throughout the state. As the 2016 election approaches, now is an...

MSNBC: Amid drug epidemic, Cruz offers family stories but few solutions

February 4, 2016
MSNBC: Amid drug epidemic, Cruz offers family stories but few solutions

HOOKSETT, New Hampshire – Sen. Ted Cruz got unusually personal on the campaign trail Thursday, talking about his sister Miriam’s battle and eventual death from drug addiction...

Kasich Analysis: Believe in Miracles, There is Always Room for One More

January 28, 2016
Kasich Analysis: Believe in Miracles, There is Always Room for One More

On January 5, 2016, the Addiction Policy Forum hosted the “New Hampshire Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic” at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, NH. The...

OpEd: Bush, Christie, Fiorina, Kasich: 2016 candidates can change the way we talk about addiction

January 23, 2016

The recent presidential candidate forum on addiction in New Hampshire can help change the way we talk about addiction, long after the election. At the forum Governors Chris...

Bush Analysis: Focus on Advancing Treatment and Criminal Justice Reform, Guided by Family Experience

January 14, 2016
Bush Analysis: Focus on Advancing Treatment and Criminal Justice Reform, Guided by Family Experience

Governor Jeb Bush began his remarks at the Addiction Policy Forum’s New Hampshire event by relaying to the audience his personal experience with addiction. He described the...

The New York Times: Jeb Bush Drops Guard to Share Family Account of Addiction

January 6, 2016
The New York Times: Jeb Bush Drops Guard to Share Family Account of Addiction

HOOKSETT, N.H. — Jeb Bush’s elder son, George P. Bush, is the land commissioner of Texas and is nicknamed “47” — a look ahead to when, many joke, he will become the 47th...

ABC News: GOP Candidates Get Personal About Addiction in New Hampshire

January 5, 2016
ABC News: GOP Candidates Get Personal About Addiction in New Hampshire

In the midst of a drug epidemic sweeping the state, several GOP candidates shared their own families’ devastating stories of addiction on Tuesday, joining state leaders at the...

New Hampshire Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic

January 5, 2016
New Hampshire Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic

On January 2016, The Addiction Policy Forum held the “New Hampshire Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic” to provide New Hampshire policymakers and major presidential...

Congressional Addiction Forum: Treatment & Recovery for Veterans and Service Members

July 29, 2015
Congressional Addiction Forum: Treatment & Recovery for Veterans and Service Members

On July 29, 2015, a group of panelists gathered to discuss advancing treatment, prevention, and recovery for Veterans and Service members struggling with substance abuse. The...

CONGRESSIONAL ADDICTION FORUM: ADVANCING PREVENTION, RECOVERY, AND TREATMENT FOR YOUTH

April 29, 2015
CONGRESSIONAL ADDICTION FORUM: ADVANCING PREVENTION, RECOVERY, AND TREATMENT FOR YOUTH
Over 200 lawmakers, experts, and advocates met on Capitol Hill April 29, 2015 for a panel discussion on advancing treatment, prevention, and recovery for youth struggling with...

The Science of Addiction & Collateral Consequences

December 2, 2014
The Science of Addiction & Collateral Consequences
On December 2, 2014, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) hosted the third event in the Congressional...

Women and Addiction Forum

July 22, 2014
Women and Addiction Forum

The Addiction Policy Forum’s event on “Women and Addiction” brought together experts, advocates, and lawmakers for a conversation on the unique challenges and concerns facing...

Congressional Addiction Forum: Addiction and Criminal Justice

April 29, 2014
Congressional Addiction Forum: Addiction and Criminal Justice

The Addiction Policy Forum’s first addiction forum convened in April 2014 to discuss addiction in the United States and how those with substance use disorders interface with...

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