In 1980, a Washington Post writer named Janet Cooke wrote a heart-wrenching story about an eight-year-old heroin addict in Washington D.C. "Jimmy's World" was a heroic piece of journalism, shedding light on an often unseen world of addiction and poverty and misery.
New York's most radical rehab counselor is still standing after a duel with the DEA
A new college residence offers students 12-step living—for a price
A former NYPD officer who pleaded guilty last month to charges that he stole several NYPD-issued firearms from fellow officers and sold them to a Queens drug kingpin was in court today, where he was sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison.Additionally, former Officer Nicholas Mina -- who claims h ... More >>
I've always talked about how difficult it must be to be a former child star, trying to reconfigure your career as you look for other ways to get the thrill of acceptance you once got just for stepping in front of a camera. It's rough! And now, Tatum O'Neal--whom I love--is back in rehab for coke ... More >>
Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies dropped the hammer on the illegal prescription drug trafficking biz this morning in a sweep that netted nearly 100 arrests, including two doctors and one nurse practitioner.The most arrests occurred on Staten Island, where law enforcement officials s ... More >>
In 2010, Cameron Douglas, the son of actor Michael Douglas, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he was in possession of heroin and was dealing large amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine out of a New York hotel room.Last year, while in prison, Douglas, 33 -- ... More >>
We're suffering from a severe case of the "blahs" today, and it's not because it's Monday -- it's because we just spent the last 30 minutes reading prescription drug horror stories on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's website.Schneiderman's on a quest to reduce prescription drug abuse ... More >>
If there's one things Staten Islanders love, it's prescription drugs. If there's another thing Staten Islanders love, it's prescription drugs!That's according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who says the prescription drug abuse problem -- particularly with pain killers like hydroc ... More >>
And you thought your morning commute was rough. HIV/AIDS activists from Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) -- an organization that advocates for the rights of HIV-positive New Yorkers -- got up bright and early this to stakeout and protest Human Resources Administration Commissione ... More >>
The state funded methadone clinics in New York City are poorly managed, inadequately equipped, and don't provide necessary services to keep recovering addicts from relapsing, according to a new report released today. The report also discloses a campaign of police harassment outside the clinic ... More >>
For the sophisticated cocaine addict, when it's a choice between "money now, coke later" and "coke now, money later" (or "coke now, no coke later"? or "money now, no money later"?) the winner is usually "money now, coke later." This is according to a study led by a psychology professor at Virgini ... More >>
Jkrizni/FlickrGiven that we live in a time when people enroll in culinary school with the goal of getting their own TV show, it's easy to forget that the vast majority of cooks spend about 14 hours a day doing manual labor for minimal compensation. It's a resolutely unglamorous profession, an ... More >>
According to recently released stats, the number of Americans doing coke at work has taken a downward turn, falling nearly 30 percent from the apparently high-flying recession years of 2008 and 2009 to about ".29% of the population," reports Fortune. However, twice as many of us are now using ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 17, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 7 Dealing with heroin now: how to begin By Nat Hentoff Before methadone gave significant reason for hope in counteracting heroin addiction, I was very much in favor of legalizing heroin under knowledg ... More >>
NYO / Google MapsThe Real Deal says that Hazelden, the renowned, Minnesoate-based addiction clinic, is eyeing a $10 million spot in a Tribeca condominium on West Broadway. Finally, New York's celebrity alkies and drug addicts can get clean in the kind of luxury their fame affords!
The substance has helped addicts kick heroin, meth, and everything in between. Is it the trip that does the trick?
Probably inspired by Frank Bruni's soon-to-be-published book about his struggles with eating disorders, The Times runs a piece today about how people who eat for a living manage to stay in shape. It focuses on Padma Lakshmi, who shoots Top Chef for five weeks at a time, and then goes on a "food deto ... More >>
I am always riveted when a squeaky clean sitcom star turns out to have spiraled into decay and despair. Who can ever forget that Eight is Enough starlet who found herself escaping the set of snuff films in Korea only to end up selling her body for vials of crack? (I can. What was her name again?) A ... More >>
You know how most of the people who go on TV to dissect celebrity fashion look like complete wrecks who obviously picked their outfits with their eyes closed? Well, similarly, I'm an utter emotional mess, always on the verge of total collapse, but I feel very comfortable doling out unwanted advice t ... More >>
Louie Jones wants to unionize chronic drug users in Brooklyn needing helpincluding himself
Ibogaine enthusiasts get bad vibes from conspiracy arrests
Thousands of New York inmates have hepatitis C. Only a few hundred get treatment.
Addicts may get new lives, as clinical studies of exotic, controversial ibogaine are set to resume
Addiction studies thrives in academia
Group Pays Addicts for Sterilization
Probable Cause and a Poets Problems
New Survey Finds Union Self-Help Programs Point Way in Addiction Struggles
The Premier 12-Step Program Has a Killer Drug Problem
New Vaccines May Drug-Proof Kids
Whatever happened to the social-guidance film?
Medical and Legal Issues Keep Overdose Antidote Out of Users' Hands
City Just Says No to Poor Addicts
An Insurer Dithers and an Addict Dies
The City Gets Tough On Child Abuse and Neglect, And The Judicial System Staggers Under The Load
How the Worst Law in the State's History Came To Be
Why Tough Laws Can't Claim Credit for Beating Back Crack