Opioid addiction

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Catholic drug rehabilitation facility begins to take shape in Arizona

Jul 25, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Kevin Starrs, vice president of the Kolbe Mission, says he noticed the absence of rehab facilities built specifically for Catholics.  Read more

Richard Johnson, left, and his brother Djay attend the 8th annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage on May 10-16, 2022.

‘I felt I completely lost my soul’: Ex-military nurse battling addiction finds solace at Lourdes

May 19, 2022

By Solène Tadié

‘My family grieved me as I was basically gone,’ Richard Johnson said during a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Read more

In opioid-hit west Michigan, Catholic Charities plans to open detox center

Oct 31, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic Charities West Michigan has announced plans to build a $4.5 million detox center, expected to serve 700 people a... Read more

How the Pittsburgh diocese is tackling addiction

Jul 6, 2019

By Perry West

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has launched a new addiction ministry to bring rehabilitation to addicts and families through a holistic... Read more

Arlington diocese launches addiction support for families

Apr 24, 2019

By Perry West

At the request of Bishop Michael Burbidge, the Diocese of Arlington has launched a multifaceted program to get parishes involved... Read more

Opioid overdose rates rising among African Americans

Feb 25, 2019

While much of the opioid crisis of the last two decades has been associated with white Americans and prescription drugs,... Read more

Suicide, drug overdose rates bring US life expectancy down

Dec 1, 2018

The suicide rate in the United States is at its highest in at least 50 years, and is contributing to... Read more

Passing opioid bill an important first step in addressing crisis, bishop says

Sep 23, 2018

The head of the U.S. bishops’ human development committee applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a bill responding to the... Read more

Catholic Charities in NY receives grant to treat rural opioid abuse

Sep 15, 2018

By Perry West

A Catholic Charities in New York has received a nearly $1 million grant to provide care to opioid addicts in... Read more

Donald Trump.

Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency

Oct 26, 2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, calling federal government agencies to focus... Read more

Spike in opioid-linked deaths demands action, Mass. bishops say

Mar 17, 2016

There’s a major increase in opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts – and it demands an urgent response, said the state’s Catholic... Read more