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How Can We Deal With Overdoses?

Preparedness, education and compassion: One addiction expert shares her insights into saving lives and grappling with trauma, on International Overdose Awareness Day.

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Is My Friend or Loved One Going Through Addiction?

How can I tell, and what can I do to help? A supportive, compassionate presence is a difference-maker to those suffering addiction or starting recovery. Here's how you can be one.

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How To Help Children Impacted by Parental Addiction

A guide to being a compassionate and supportive presence, from the Addiction Policy Forum.

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Your Guide to Harm Reduction, With John Oliver

The "Last Week Tonight" host dedicated a segment to the latest tools and programs that aim to keep people who use drugs safe. Plus: how you can help.

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the NIDA

Answers to Common Questions About Drugs, Addiction and Where to Get Help

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, explains the basics of addiction and where to get help, in this video.

Hansel Tookes III, MD, MPH, cofounder, Idea Exchange

Caring for People Who Use Drugs

In this video, people who use drugs, people in recovery, and harm reduction professionals impart advice to health professionals caring for people who use drugs.

Sam Fowler's TEDx Talk

Wasted: Exposing the Family Effect of Addiction

In this TEDx Talk, Sam Fowler shares her experiences suffering from what is sometimes called the family disease: the addiction of a loved one.

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How Alcohol Damages Various Bodily Systems

Most people don't realize how alcohol use impacts their body or health. Learn how it affects the brain, kidneys, pancreas, heart, liver and skin.

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7 Health Signs of Chronic Alcoholism

Heavy alcohol consumption can take a serious health toll, but many people don't know the signs to look for. Understand if you need to seek help.

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Warning Signs That Someone You Love Needs Treatment

Addiction does not form overnight, and loved ones are best positioned to gauge changes in behaviors, physical attributes and attitudes.

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Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families

Addiction is complicated and emotional for the families of those needing treatment and in recovery. This Addiction Policy Forum resource can help you navigate it.

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