New Vaccine May Reduce Craving for Fentanyl

A vaccine that combines a fentanyl antigen with a tetanus toxoid has been shown to reduce fentanyl choices and increase food choices with effects lasting several months in rats. These results suggest that the vaccine may not only decrease dangerous drug-taking behavior, but can also increase behaviors maintained by healthier non-drug alternatives. Read the wholeRead More

Spofford Honored Among NH’s “Innovators” in Opioid Crisis

A national advocacy organization is honoring more than a dozen New Hampshire “innovators” who are making a difference in the deadly opioid epidemic. Our own, Eric Spofford, CEO of Granite Recovery Centers, was honored among them. The Addiction Policy Forum will recognize leaders of 11 organizations, including Manchester’s Safe Station and Rochester’s Hope on HavenRead More

Cigarette Smoking No Longer Declining, Experts Name Vaping

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), “cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible”. “For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, accordingRead More

Heavy Drinking May Change DNA, Studies Report

Heavy drinking may change DNA, leading to increased craving for alcohol, reports a study out of Rutgers University. Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. “We found that people who drinkRead More

Drug Companies Sued Over Opioid Epidemic

A U.S. District Court Judge is allowing a massive lawsuit against the country’s biggest drug makers and distributors to move forward. Hundreds of cities and towns across the United States now have the opportunity to prove that companies like Purdue Pharma, Walmart, and Rite Aid contributed to the addictions of millions of American citizens. CallingRead More

More Pregnant Women are Using Meth and Opioids, Study Finds

According to recent studies from the University of Michigan, more pregnant women are using methamphetamine and/or opioids while children are in vitro. Over the past 10 years, meth-related births have doubled and opioid-related births have quadrupled, adding a new depth to the crisis of addiction in this country. Additionally, this surge in drug-related births isRead More

Sober Living Residents Host Winter Clothing Drive

A group of women in recovery from addiction have begun a new charity drive to collect hats, gloves, jackets and blankets for the homeless. Eric Spofford, the owner of Granite Recovery Centers — a Salem-based for-profit company with six addiction treatment and recovery centers across the state — is no stranger to homelessness. Before heRead More

Beyond the Stigma of Addiction: Making a Difference

The call was completely unexpected, Dana Lariviere remembers. It was from Sarah Rawlins, a woman he’d fired from his Portsmouth call center a few years earlier after she repeatedly missed work or came in late. Rawlins was asking to meet with him. Lariviere is CEO and president of Chameleon Group. We don’t usually rehire peopleRead More

Granite Recovery Centers Celebrates 10 years

Eric Spofford, the 33-year-old addict turned CEO, is celebrating a decade since he opened Granite Recovery Centers, a full-spectrum of addiction care that’s expanded into seven facilities for men and women across New Hampshire. Read more at the EagleTribune.com…