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Mar 31, 2020 at 21:30.

Let People Take Home Their Methadone

Let People Take Home Their Methadone

The covid-19 pandemic is turning daily pick-ups into an acute public health crisis. There’s a better way.

More than a week after President Trump announced that public gatherings should be limited to no more than 10 people, a line was growing outside a methadone clinic in SoHo. More than two dozen people, some of them wearing masks, many of them older, huddled in the rain while they waited for...

Mar 13, 2020. 7 comments

New Scientific Review Compares Alcoholics Anonymous to Therapy

New Scientific Review Compares Alcoholics Anonymous to Therapy

A new analysis of existing research this week suggests that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and similar 12-step facilitated peer counseling programs (TSF) really can help people dealing with alcohol use disorder to abstain from alcohol. Compared to other methods, like cognitive behavioral therapy, AA-type programs seem to provide similar benefits in most health-related outcomes. Where AA and TSF...

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Jan 30, 2020. 8 comments

Santa Cruz Is the Latest U.S. City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

Santa Cruz Is the Latest U.S. City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

As cannabis becomes widely decriminalized, another drug-legalization movement in the U.S. is picking up steam. On Tuesday, the city council of Santa Cruz, California voted to decriminalize the use of psychedelic mushrooms within its borders. It’s now the third city in the U.S. to have done so.

The decision won’t exactly make magic mushrooms legal in Santa Cruz. The active ingredients found in...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jan 25, 2020. 6 comments

Drug Company Founder Gets 5 Years in Prison for Bribery Scheme to Boost Opioid Profits

Drug Company Founder Gets 5 Years in Prison for Bribery Scheme to Boost Opioid Profits

John Kapoor, the founder of Arizona-based drug company Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced to just over five years in prison Thursday, far short of the 15 years that federal prosecutors had asked for after he was first found guilty in Boston last year.

Kapoor’s company was found guilty of paying bribes to health care professionals in an effort to expand its sales of opioid medication, Subsys,...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Jan 14, 2020. 7 comments

Travelers to This Sleepy Airport Have Voluntarily Thrown Away Nearly 40 Pounds of Weed

Travelers to This Sleepy Airport Have Voluntarily Thrown Away Nearly 40 Pounds of Weed

Who, the world collectively asked, would willingly throw out perfectly good weed? As it turns out—kind of a lot of people.

Cannabis legislation in the United States is, tactfully, a patchwork. A growing number of states—including Illinois—have legalized weed for recreational or medical use, though federally, the kind bud remains a Schedule 1 narcotic, making interstate travel a dicey affair.

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 07, 2020. 19 comments

Weed Edibles Aren't as Safe as We Think, Doctors Argue

Weed Edibles Aren't as Safe as We Think, Doctors Argue

Doctors in Canada are hoping to harsh your buzz a little when it comes to cannabis edibles. In a new paper out Monday, they argue that people have plenty of misconceptions about how safe edibles really are and warn that first-time users are especially likely to take too much for their own good.

The paper, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, is timely. Though Canada fully...

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Kastalia Medrano Kastalia Medrano Jan 06, 2020. 17 comments

Why Did the Pentagon Push the FDA to Approve a Powerful New Opioid?

Why Did the Pentagon Push the FDA to Approve a Powerful New Opioid?

In November 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved America’s newest opioid, a formulation of sufentanil called Dsuvia. Sufentanil is the strongest prescription painkiller available—five to 10 times more potent than its parent drug fentanyl, which is in turn 30-50 times more potent than heroin. The outcry over Dsuvia—its potency, its potential for abuse—was immediate.

For a lot of...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jan 03, 2020. 15 comments

Big Pharma Continues New Year's Tradition of Squeezing U.S. Sick for Every Last Dime

Big Pharma Continues New Year's Tradition of Squeezing U.S. Sick for Every Last Dime

Pharmaceutical giants celebrated the dawn of 2020 in the best way they know how: jacking up the prices of drugs for people in the U.S. that need them.

According to a report by Reuters, research by analysts at 3 Axis Advisors shows that firms including Pfizer Inc., GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Sanofi SA, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Gilead Sciences Inc., and Biogen Inc. have collectively raised U.S....

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jan 03, 2020. 6 comments

NY Governor's Veto Outrages Activists Fighting for Medicaid Patients Who Need Opioid Addiction Treatment

NY Governor's Veto Outrages Activists Fighting for Medicaid Patients Who Need Opioid Addiction Treatment

Activists and lawmakers in New York are furious over a New Year’s Eve decision by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto a bill intended to make it easier for low income residents on Medicaid to access medication-based treatment for opioid addiction—while signing a similar bill that does expand access to these medications for people on private insurance.

Both bills were designed to ban the use...

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Dec 31, 2019. 2 comments

Facebook Is Finally Removing Some—But Not All—Misleading Preventive HIV Drug Ads

Facebook Is Finally Removing Some—But Not All—Misleading Preventive HIV Drug Ads

Following pressure from dozens of LGBTQ groups, Facebook is finally pulling down some ads linking the HIV prevention drug Truvada to serious complications like bone and kidney damage—ads these groups have called false or misleading.

In early December, 50 LGBTQ-affliated groups such as GLAAD issued an open letter to Facebook asking them to remove the ads, after more quiet attempts to convince...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 28, 2019. 12 comments

FDA Approves the First Drug of Its Kind to Treat Acute Migraines

FDA Approves the First Drug of Its Kind to Treat Acute Migraines

People dealing with painful migraines will soon have a new treatment available. This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a unique drug meant to shorten acute migraine episodes. It’s the latest treatment for a condition that’s historically had few.

The drug is called Ubrelvy (compound name Ubrogepant), licensed by the pharmaceutical company Allergan. It works by blocking the...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 23, 2019. 6 comments

Vitamin E to Blame for 'Vast Majority' of Vaping Illness Cases, CDC Says

Vitamin E to Blame for 'Vast Majority' of Vaping Illness Cases, CDC Says

Federal health officials are finally confident enough to single out a primary culprit for the wave of acute lung illnesses linked to vaping: an additive called vitamin E acetate often found in unregulated THC products.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their investigation into the condition known as EVALI, short for “e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 21, 2019. 9 comments

Big Pharma Money Really Does Influence What Doctors Prescribe, Report Finds

Big Pharma Money Really Does Influence What Doctors Prescribe, Report Finds

A new ProPublica report out Friday confirms what many people already suspect about Big Pharma’s influence on health care: Doctors who get money from a pharmaceutical company related to a specific brand name drug are more likely to prescribe that same, often expensive drug to their patients.

It’s no secret that pharmaceutical companies spend plenty of money on doctors and scientists—upwards of

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 17, 2019. 22 comments

New Study Links Vaping to Chronic Lung Illness in Humans

New Study Links Vaping to Chronic Lung Illness in Humans

The potential dangers of long-term vaping have largely been hypothetical, but a new study out Monday provides the first real evidence that it can increase the risk of chronic lung disease in humans. And while the risk may be much higher for those who smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes, it’s amplified in people who both vape and smoke.

The study, published in the American Journal of...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 12, 2019. 13 comments

Cannabis Is Getting More Popular, Especially Among People With Depression

Cannabis Is Getting More Popular, Especially Among People With Depression

Cannabis has become more popular across the U.S. in recent years, but new research this month shows that one group has especially gravitated to it: people living with depression. And it’s not clear whether that’s a good thing.

The study, published in the journal Addiction, looked at over 10 years of data from a nationally representative, government-run annual survey of Americans’ drug and...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Dec 03, 2019. 13 comments

You'd Be Surprised How Often Doctors Prescribe Placebos

You'd Be Surprised How Often Doctors Prescribe Placebos

Doctors in Australia commonly give their patients a placebo treatment intended mainly to ease their minds, according to a new study out Monday. But it’s not just an Australian practice—other research has found the same is true of doctors across the world.

The new study, published in The Australian Journal of General Practice, surveyed more than 130 primary care physicians (in many parts of the...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 27, 2019. 5 comments

'Magic Mushroom' Ingredient Inches Closer to Becoming a Depression Treatment

'Magic Mushroom' Ingredient Inches Closer to Becoming a Depression Treatment

A future where a key ingredient of psychedelic mushrooms called psilocybin is regularly used to improve our mental health is none too far off. This month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a “breakthrough therapy” designation to a non-profit company developing psilocybin as a treatment for clinical depression. The label is intended to speed up the review process needed for...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 27, 2019. 17 comments

CBD Isn't Just a Harmless Health Fad, FDA Warns

CBD Isn't Just a Harmless Health Fad, FDA Warns

The Food and Drug Administration still isn’t cutting cannabidiol, or CBD, much slack. This week, the agency updated their stance on the cannabis-derived ingredient, warning the public that most products made with CBD on the market are untested, unregulated, and have the “potential to harm” users. It also issued more than a dozen warning letters to companies they claim are illegally selling...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Nov 22, 2019. 16 comments

For the First Time Ever, Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Congressional Committee

For the First Time Ever, Marijuana Legalization Bill Clears Congressional Committee

A bill to remove marijuana from federal controlled substances lists, expunge federal convictions and arrests, and allocate resources to communities that have suffered under the U.S. government’s war on drugs passed 24-10 in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, ABC News reported.

Passing a bill through committee is just one step on the road towards a piece of legislation becoming law.

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Oct 03, 2019. 5 comments

Judge Rules That Supervised Injection Site Planned in Philly Is Legal

Judge Rules That Supervised Injection Site Planned in Philly Is Legal

On Wednesday, a federal judge struck down the U.S. government’s attempt to stop the development of the country’s first supervised injection site in Philadelphia—a move heralded by many public health experts worried about the opioid and drug overdose crisis.

Supervised, or safe, injection sites are public spaces where people are given the opportunity to use illicit drugs safely without the...

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