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  • Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

    02/21/2018 1:22:19 AM PST · by zeestephen · 67 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 20 February 2018
    Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.
  • New York and London socialites who developed OxyContin made BILLIONS off of the drug’s [tr]

    02/20/2018 9:24:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2018 | Anna Hopkins and Sheila Fylnn
    The Sackler brothers represented America’s wildest dream: three Brooklyn-born sons of Jewish immigrants who became physicians and went on to found a pharmaceutical dynasty that is today worth more than $13 billion. The family used their fortune to invest in the arts and philanthropy, with Sackler wings at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Louvre in Paris – to name just a few. The Sackler name, however, is conspicuously missing from anything associated with their main source of income, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and its related companies, or its billion dollar product: OxyContin. You...
  • Republicans try to link sanctuary cities to the opioid epidemic. They fail.

    02/20/2018 6:21:08 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 20, 2018 | Kate Irby
    Efforts to find solutions to the opioid epidemic have managed to stay mostly above the fray of partisan politics. But inject the issue of immigration into just about anything these days and even the pretense of unity evaporates.
  • Drug violence blamed for Mexico's record 29,168 murders in 2017

    02/17/2018 6:18:41 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sun 21 Jan 2018
    Mexico recorded more than 29,000 murders in 2017, the highest annual tally in decades, government figures have shown.
  • Acapulco: The resort killed by drugs, guns and gangs

    02/15/2018 6:14:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 15, 2018 | By Stuart Ramsay
    The American government has issued a stark warning to all potential tourists to Mexico: "Don't go." It comes after the country revealed nearly 30,000 people were murdered last year - the highest number in 20 years. The CIA says the violence levels are comparable with the war zones of Iraq and Syria. The resort city of Acapulco, a former playground of the rich and famous, is now at the centre of a crime wave that has swept across the country. Extortion, kidnapping and murder are daily events. I joined the Mexican Federal Police on patrol in what is now one...
  • Philippines' Duterte orders female communist fighters shot in the genitals, reports say

    02/13/2018 10:49:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 14, 2018
    Philippines' Duterte orders female communist fighters shot in the genitals, reports say Feb. 14, 2018 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last week bragged that he had ordered troops to shoot female communist fighters in their vaginas, according to multiple reports, triggering a wave of criticism against the strongman when the remark was published Monday. “Tell the soldiers, ‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor,'” Duterte, a former mayor, told an audience of approximately 200 former rebels in Malacańang. “We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina.’” “If there is no vagina, it would be useless,” Duterte added to...
  • OxyContin maker says it will stop promoting drug to doctors amid opioid epidemic

    02/11/2018 3:37:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 73 replies
    CBS News ^ | Feb 11, 2018
    The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. Purdue's statement said it eliminated more than half its sales staff this week and will no longer send sales representatives to doctors' offices to discuss opioid drugs. Its remaining sales staff of about 200 will focus on other medications. The company announced its surprise reversal on Saturday. OxyContin has long been the world's top-selling opioid painkiller, bringing in billions in sales for privately-held Purdue, which...
  • Jeff Sessions' Advice to Pain Patients: 'Take Some Aspirin' and 'Tough It Out'

    02/08/2018 9:16:48 PM PST · by Forgotten Amendments · 184 replies ^ | Feb. 8, 2018 6:14 pm | Jacob Sullum
    If we extend the attorney general's medical advice to people who suffer from severe chronic pain—people who need opioids to get out of bed in the morning and have something like a normal life, people who may be driven to suicide when they are denied adequate medication—his attitude is not merely cruel but downright barbaric. As a college student with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome told me when I interviewed him for an upcoming Reason feature story about opioids, the right kind of pain medication can be "the difference between wanting to put a bullet in your brain and enjoying life." Sessions' "tough...
  • Fetal Alcohol Disorder as Prevalent as Autism, JAMA Study Shows

    02/07/2018 6:20:51 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 11 replies ^ | Feb 6, 2018 | Philip A. May
    The warnings have been ubiquitous for decades: drinking alcohol while pregnant could have severe impacts on the unborn child. Now, a new study of thousands of first graders in four different regions of the United States contends the rates are much higher than previously believed – perhaps five times the most recent estimates. The study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, has already indicated that the effects of alcohol on fetuses are statistically comparable to other development disabilities. “Our results suggest that the rate of FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) in children in the Untied States is as...
  • Controversial Tech Detects Presence of Drugs In Drivers

    02/07/2018 3:28:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 2/7 | Wendy Fry
    Use of the devices in criminal trials is fairly new and controversial.New technology purchased by the San Diego Police Department to detect the presence of drugs including marijuana in drivers was used during a fatal hit-and-run investigation Saturday in Paradise Hills. The Drager 5000 is a device that detects cannabis, cocaine, methadone, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and other controlled substances in drivers. On Saturday night, a Paradise Hills couple was on their evening stroll a few yards from their home when a driver, who was allegedly high on drugs plowed up onto the sidewalk and ended the 67-year-old man’s life....
  • Do medical marijuana laws reduce addictions and deaths related to pain killers?

    02/05/2018 3:25:42 PM PST · by Ken H · 46 replies
    Journal of Health Economics Volume 58, March 2018, ^ | David Powell, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Mireille Jacobson
    Abstract Recent work finds that medical marijuana laws reduce the daily doses filled for opioid analgesics among Medicare Part-D and Medicaid enrollees, as well as population-wide opioid overdose deaths. We replicate the result for opioid overdose deaths and explore the potential mechanism. The key feature of a medical marijuana law that facilitates a reduction in overdose death rates is a relatively liberal allowance for dispensaries. As states have become more stringent in their regulation of dispensaries, the protective value generally has fallen. These findings suggest that broader access to medical marijuana facilitates substitution of marijuana for powerful and addictive opioids....
  • The Pros and Cons of e-Cigarettes Revealed

    02/05/2018 1:48:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | Monday 29 January 2018 | Ana Sandoiu
    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have published one of the largest reports to have ever investigated the effects of electronic cigarettes. We summarize its findings below. A comprehensive new report reviews the health risks of electronic cigarettes. The report — which can be accessed in full here — reviews over 800 scientific studies and draws several conclusions on various health aspects that may be affected by the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes. The need for an in-depth analysis of e-cigarettes is evident given their widespread use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and...
  • German police association calls for complete legalization of cannabis

    02/05/2018 7:25:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies ^ | 5 February 2018 09:53 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    The Association of German Criminal Officers (BDK) has spoken out in favor of ending the ban on cannabis, and has called for the decriminalization of all use of the drug. “The prohibition of cannabis has historically been seen as arbitrary and has not yet been implemented in an intelligent and effective manner,” the head of BDK, André Schulz, told Bild newspaper on Monday. “In the history of mankind, there has never been a society without the use of drugs; this is something that has to be accepted,” he added. “My prediction is cannabis will not be banned for long in...
  • GOP Senator isn’t convinced marijuana has legitimate medical uses

    01/30/2018 6:27:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 61 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — A Lake Havasu City senator says he's still has yet to be convinced that marijuana has any legitimate medical uses. But Republican Sonny Borrelli said Monday the fact remains that voters did approve legalizing the drug for medical uses in 2010 and more than 150,000 Arizonans have state permission to buy and use it. So he figures it's the state's obligation to ensure that buyers are getting a product that's not tainted and, in fact, has the amount of psychoactive THC that buyers are promised. SB 1420 would give the state Department of Agriculture the same authority over...
  • Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

    01/29/2018 5:16:29 AM PST · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/29/2018 | Sarah Varney
    Two-year old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red plastic car in his grandmother's living room in the picturesque town of Nevada City, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. His playpal Delilah Smith, a fellow 2-year old, snacks on hummus and cashews and delights over the sounds of her Princess Peppa stuffie. It's playtime for the kids of the provocatively named Facebook group "Pot Smoking Moms Who Cuss Sometimes." Maverick's mother, Jenna Sauter, started the group after he was born. "I was a new mom, a young mom — I was 22 — and I was just feeling...
  • Woman Arrested After Driving Drunk With Car Full of Kids, Promptly Released

    01/27/2018 11:07:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    KOB4 ^ | January 27, 2018
    Police say a woman they pulled over was not only driving drunk on a suspended license, but she also had five kids in her car. Laura Salgado was arrested Friday on charges of child abuse after refusing to undergo field sobriety tests. But due to her minimal history of failing to appear in court, Salgado has already been released from custody.
  • Drugs kill more Americans than guns, cars and AIDS. How we got here.

    01/28/2018 7:37:25 AM PST · by JP1201 · 83 replies
    ‘Healers become dealers’ Opioids kill first by slowing down breathing, then by depriving the brain and body of oxygen, the very stuff of life. By 2009, drug overdose deaths had become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S., surpassing traffic fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that the nation faced an opioid epidemic. Overprescribing has fueled much of this epidemic, said Dr. Anna Lembke, an associate professor of psychiatry, behavioral sciences and anesthesiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “So how did healers become dealers?” she asked. It happened as medicine became an industry,...
  • Science Group Calls for a National Crackdown on Booze to Achieve 'Zero' DUI Deaths

    01/27/2018 7:20:45 AM PST · by JP1201 · 68 replies
    A new report issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem, urges a host of draconian measures in an effort to eliminate every alcohol-related driving death in the United States. The NAS report suggests that policy approaches expand dramatically from their present focus, preventing drunk driving, "to also encompass reducing drinking to the point of impairment"—the latter, in other words, targeting all drunkenness. Getting to zero, in the report's estimation, means a host of nefarious, neo-Prohibitionist approaches to alcohol regulation, including "lowering state per se laws...
  • Medical Marijuana Debate?

    01/25/2018 8:34:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 114 replies ^ | January 25, 2018 | Steve Sherman
    The hippies of the 70s are old. Time is merciless and none of us get out of here alive. My dad is a baby boomer born in 1944. He enjoyed his time as a 20 and 30 something in the '60s and '70s of America. It was a crazy time marked by free-love, tie-dyed shirts, pot-smoking, a free-wheeling youth, and the chaos of Vietnam. That was a long time ago. Until a year ago, my dad, now in his early 70s, was diagnosed with ParkinsonÂ’s Disease. My dad was a strong man who worked construction much of his life. His...
  • U.S. War in Mexico

    11/10/2011 9:55:07 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Fred Rosen...
    U.S. Office of Bi-National Intelligence in Mexico City. The OBI is a U.S. Gov. cluster: DEA, DIA, CIA, FBI, ATF, and others, authorized by the Obama administration in a document called “A National Anti-Narcotics Strategy for the Southern Border”