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  1. Reminiscing the Sweet Rock n' Roll Drug Songs of My Youth

    I was as the species of moody adolescent who drove people away from me when that was the last thing I wanted, so I spent a lot of time alone. I had private enthusiasms. I liked to be in the woods by myself, I liked to sleep, I liked to swim underwater, and I liked to sit in my room and listen to music, usually repetitively, while looking at the record’s cover. The first record I did this with was the Kingston Trio’s “At Large,” which belonged to one of my older brothers. I played it often...
  2. Keeping Kids Safe in Homes Where Prescribed Opiates are Kept

    Young children whose mothers have been prescribed an opioid are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for an overdose from the potent pain medications, most often through accidental ingestion, a study has found. "It wouldn't be at all surprising for a two- or three-year-old to find a tablet and put it in his or her mouth," said Dr. David Juurlink, a senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences who co-authored the study. "And it's important to understand that a...
  3. Cannabis Helping Seniors Facing Multiple Health Challenges

    Ruth Brunn finally said yes to marijuana. She is 98. She pops a green pill filled with cannabis oil into her mouth with a sip of vitamin water. Then Ms. Brunn, who has neuropathy, settles back in her wheelchair and waits for the jabbing pain in her shoulders, arms and hands to ebb. “I don’t feel high or stoned,” she said. “All I know is I feel better when I take this.” Ms. Brunn will soon have company. The nursing home in New York City where she lives, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, is...
  4. When Obamacare is Nixed, 3 Million Drug-Dependent People Will be Left Without Treatment

    There's no denying that America is experiencing the largest drug epidemic in its history: Around 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. Last week, Alaska became the latest state to declare the opioid epidemic a public health disaster. President Donald Trump has particularly strong support in areas that have been hit hard by the crisis. Yet if Obamacare is repealed, as Trump has repeatedly promised, thousands of Americans would lose access to...
  5. It's Finally Here, Colorado: Drive-Thru Weed!

    The days of the drive-thru marijuana shop has arrived in Parachute, Colorado.
  6. US Cannabidiol Company Purchases Israel's Talent Firm for $10 Million

    US firm Kalytera Therapeutics, Inc. said it has completed the acquisition of Talent Biotechs Ltd, a privately held Israeli company that develops cannabis-based therapies for medical needs, for over $10 million. Talent is currently studying the use of cannabidiol (CBD) — an antioxidant extracted from the cannabis plant — to prevent and treat Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD), a life-threatening condition that can occur after stem cell or bone marrow transplantation. Kalytera, whose shares are...
  7. World's Top Hockey League Awash in Drug, Alcohol, and Money Problems

    In an in-depth article by Magnus Nyström of the Swedish daily newspaper Expressen, five players from the NHL, past, and present spoke about the use of cocaine and alcohol in NHL, and what it means further down the line for players. The sources have requested anonymity in order to speak about these subjects. The following are the highlights from the Swedish-language feature. It was the Stanley Cup playoffs and everyone was playing their best hockey of the season. But something was wrong. Two...
  8. The Opiates at Some VA Hospitals are Disappearing Without Explanation

    WASHINGTON-- Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals - the vast majority within the VA system - siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients...
  9. No Narcan for Addicts - Save the Community! Ohio Judge and Nurse Suggests

    Editor’s note: Another Viewpoint is a column The [Ohio] News-Herald makes available so all sides of an issue may be aired. Judge Diane V. Grendell serves on the Ohio 11th District Court of Appeals. The heroin and fentanyl epidemic continues to grow in Northeast Ohio. The number of opiate drug deaths exceeds traffic-related fatalities. Much is said about drug treatment, but little is said about keeping heroin out of our communities. As a registered nurse, I appreciate the well-intended...
  10. Fake Opioid News Serves No One

    The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study called “Opioid-Prescribing Patterns of Emergency Physicians and Risk of Long-Term Use.” It looked retrospectively at Medicare patients and found that some emergency room physicians prescribed up to three times more opioids than others did. The article did not even mention words such as “abuse” or “addiction” in any context. Moreover, the data was for the period between 2008 and 2011, long before the 2016 CDC opioid guidelines or...
  11. Nearly 500 Drink and Drug Tests at Manchester Lab Were Possibly Manipulated

    Hundreds of drink and drug tests may have been manipulated by staff at a forensics lab, with almost 500 police investigations under review. Two employees of Randox Testing Services (RTS), which analyses blood, saliva and hair samples on behalf of police forces, have been arrested by Greater Manchester police. RTS said the issue had come to light as a result of an internal investigation at its Manchester site. The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s forensic science lead, Ch Const Debbie...
  12. 25 Melbourne Music Festival Attendees in Critical Condition From Alleged GHB Overdoses

    More than 20 people have been hospitalised after overdosing at a Melbourne music festival. Overall ambulance officers treated 30 people who attended the Electric Parade Music festival, with 25 of them being hospitalised after taking what was believed to be the synthetic drug GHB at the Myer Music Bowl. Many of those treated were described as being in a critical condition at an event that was described by Ambulance Victoria state health commander Paul Holman as “awash with drugs." “The...
  13. The Good People of St. Louis Have an Insidious Heroin Problem on Their Hands

    ST. LOUIS - After a long decline, Eric Bearden finally hit bottom in an abandoned building on South Grand Boulevard that thousands of people pass every day. Bearden, 28, who once dreamed of being a chef, was victim No. 11 among a class of 256 fatal overdoses that quietly tore across the city of St. Louis in 2016. One year later, a spent syringe lay discarded in the busy alley near where he died. Windows and doors have been boarded up, but the only thing that seems to have changed is the...
  14. Non-Prescribed Drug Use Among Youth of Growing Global Concern

    Balancing a country's need to make prescription drugs available to those in need while simultaneously curbing nonmedical use is one of our greatest challenges, according to a perspective article just published by Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a colleague at American University of Beirut. The article published in World Psychiatry, the journal of the World Psychiatric Association, cites research finding...
  15. Why News Medias So Often Get "New Drug" News - Wrong

    In recent years, there has been increasing media attention on drugs known as “K2,” “bath salts,” fentanyl, “molly,” and others. Unfortunately, much of the coverage—even by some of the most well-meaning journalists—contains misinformation and inaccurate or misleading terminology. This all serves to perpetuate unfounded myths and unhelpful hysteria about these substances. The Drug Policy Alliance has created media tip sheets on synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic opioids, synthetic cathinones,...
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