Allen Endowment Research Awards are for outstanding achievement in journalism including newspaper, magazine, TV and social media worldwide. Currently, the Award focuses on outstanding journalism in connection with the opioid epidemic, addiction and pain management.
CBS News has produced several outstanding articles regarding the opioid epidemic. This story highlights how the Sackler family received more than $10 billion while Purdue’s OxyContin was directly causing countless addictions and hundreds of thousands of deaths.
This article highlights studies that indicate up to 30% to 39% of opioid overdose deaths may be suicides, defined as the patient wanted to die or did not care if they died (despite not leaving a suicide note).
This important article highlights how the public stigma toward people that use illicit drugs reduces the willingness of those people to seek addiction treatment. Studies show that use of terms such as “addict” and “substance abuser”, exacerbate the stigma and impede advancement of public health solutions to the opioid epidemic.
We believe it has been well known by families with members suffering from opioid addiction, that U.S. hospital’s addiction treatment programs – have not been effective. This article discusses how some hospitals are reconstructing their addiction treatment programs and finally making progress.
This ABC News story discusses a controversial idea – how countries like Rwanda are providing low cost, generic morphine to treat citizens with chronic pain issues.
This Fox News story discusses how a Los Angeles’ college graduate with a bright future, Beau Magale, became addicted to opioids. The article suggests that an addict needs an internal to external transformation, that will transform one’s mindset, decision-making and behavior.
This NY Times article shows how opioids impact the brain and analyzes temptation, tolerance, relapse and recovery.