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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Myth Of Drug Expiration Dates

The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless.

July 19, 2017

With Drug Reps Kept At Bay, Doctors Prescribe More Judiciously

When teaching hospitals put pharmaceutical sales representatives on a shorter leash, their doctors tended to order fewer promoted brand-name drugs and used more generic versions instead, a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows.

May 3, 2017

Trump’s Pick For ‘Drug Czar’ — A Servant Of Big Pharma And Brutal Punisher Of Drug Addicts

President Trump will name Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino (R) to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP—the drug czar’s office), CBS News reported Tuesday. Marino’s legacy of legislative achievements around drug policy, however, raise serious questions about whether he is the right choice.

April 12, 2017

You Might Be Surprised Where The Leading Areas Of Drug Overdose Are In The U.S.

“Drug overdose was by far the single leading cause of premature death by injury in 2015 and contributed to the accelerated rise in premature death from 2014 to 2015,” the study determines. “Large suburban metro counties went from having the lowest to the highest rate of premature death due to drug overdose within the past decade.”

April 1, 2017
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Jeff Sessions Claims Marijuana Only ‘Slightly Less Awful’ Than Heroin

Sessions’ uninformed claim is likely to increase jitters in the country’s nascent legal marijuana industry as it confronts an attorney general whose rhetoric so far has strongly suggested he would like to crack down on legal weed—although he has yet to take any concrete steps to do so.

March 16, 2017
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Cartoon: Your Coach, V Putin

Russia is trying out an aggressive new strategy for the Rio Olympics.

July 25, 2016

Misguided War On Drugs Has Left Many Victims With Scars

A new frankness and sympathy concerning the physical, emotional and financial costs of drug addiction comes as white middle-class Americans have found their lives upended by the emergence of heroin as the drug of choice for their children and grandchildren.

January 9, 2016

China Seeks To Turn Entertainers Into Moral Models

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times (TNS) BEIJING — Imagine if, after arresting a wave of celebrities on drug charges, American government officials pressed the heads of major Hollywood studios, A-list actors, record-label chiefs and chart-topping singers to sign promises that they would stay away from vices like drugs, pornography and gambling. Simultaneously, substance-abusing performers […]

December 29, 2015
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States Rethink Restrictions On Food Stamps, Welfare For Drug Felons

Felony drug convictions haunt offenders for decades, preventing them from getting food stamps, other federal assistance, renting apartments and even finding work.

August 12, 2015
Andre Sadek

Student’s Death Raises Questions About Drug Informants On College Campuses

Young kids busted for minor drug offenses are told they can reduce their sentence if they help police catch others.

July 27, 2015

Book Review: ‘Dreamland: The True Tale Of America’s Opiate Epidemic’

Dreamland is a tale of two artificial and highly permeable membranes. One separates legal and illegal drugs, the other Mexico and the United States.

June 14, 2015
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Waco Shopping Center Reopens While Legal System Copes With 170 Biker Arrests

Court hearings, autopsies, and a shot at normalcy awaits the city of Waco after the deadly biker brawl.

May 20, 2015

Study: Weekend-Only Drug Use Frequently Slips Into Weekday Drug Use

Beware, weekend ragers: A new study suggests that people who use drugs only on the weekends frequently begin using them on weekdays too.

May 11, 2015

Endorse This: The Joint Purchase

Watch the great delivery race: Pizza vs. pot — though to be honest, these two products very often go together.

April 21, 2015

Pot Legalization Across U.S. May Hinge On 2016 California Vote

A fight next year over whether to allow recreational marijuana use in California may serve as a tipping point as legalization proponents press their campaign in other U.S. states.

April 13, 2015

Justice Department Says It Can Still Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

The Justice Department says a congressional restriction on medical marijuana enforcement won’t help three dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 3, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘The Night Of The Gun’

David Carr’s memoir is a brilliant examination of the darkest chapters of his own life.

February 14, 2015

Marijuana Spurs Border War Between Colorado, Nebraska And Oklahoma

Colorado’s neighbors aren’t thrilled with its experiment with legal marijuana.

February 10, 2015

Reduce Your Drug Costs Instantly With These Simple Changes

Here are 11 ways to cut down your drug costs.

February 4, 2015

Spending Bill Surprise: Congress Ends Federal Government’s Ban On Medical Marijuana

A major shift in federal drug policy was buried in the 1,603-page spending bill.

December 18, 2014
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We Must Not Let Mexico Become A Failed State

America needs to consider all options for stabilizing Mexico — including legalization.

December 17, 2014
Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida

Court Ends Florida Governor Scott’s Plan On Drug Tests

Governor Scott’s vindictive, wasteful attack on the poor is finally dead.

December 9, 2014

Fighting Addiction With Another Drug

Heroin is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent drugs among young adults, and it is the leading reason people 18-29 sought treatment for substance abuse last year.

November 25, 2014

Arkansas Gov. Beebe To Pardon Son But Rethinks Pardoning Family Friend

Learn more about Beebe’s eleventh hour pardons.

November 14, 2014
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Feds In ‘Catch-22’ On D.C. Marijuana Legalization

Will Congress foil Washington D.C.’s decriminalization plans?

November 12, 2014