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  1. Therapists Are Taking MDMA To Learn How To Treat PTSD

    San Francisco therapist Veronika Gold was in the waiting room of her doctor’s office when she discovered an email she had been waiting for. It was an invitation to participate in a program sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and it had been sitting in her junk mail for weeks. The program is part of an FDA-approved study of MDMA assisted therapy for patients with treatment-resistant PTSD, and it would certify Gold to administer this new treatment...
  2. In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away

    When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small amounts of the drug. “We call it reparative justice: repairing the harms caused by the war on drugs,” says Eunisses Hernandez of the Drug Policy Alliance,...
  3. Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64

    Musician who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia. Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973. "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of...
  4. Unfounded Pot Hysteria Spreads on the Internet

    A local Colorado NBC-affiliated news station recently ran a misleading and irresponsible story with the headline “Colorado doctors claim first marijuana overdose death.” In reality, experts have drawn no scientific or otherwise solid correlation has been drawn between cannabis and the death in question. The sensationalized story is based on to a recent case report on the death of an 11-month-old who experienced a seizure and myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. The baby who...
  5. Ohio councilman: After 2 overdoses, no more EMS

    An Ohio town has been so overwhelmed by drug overdose emergencies that a councilman proposed a three-strikes penalty so EMS would not respond to an overdose victim who has required two previous interventions. Middletown City Council member Dan Picard told the local Journal-News that arresting those who overdose on heroin or other drugs adds to the problem by straining the city budget. “John Smith obviously doesn’t care much about his life, but he’s expending a lot of resources and we...
  6. Sexual Harrassment in AA.

    A controversy has erupted over the safety of women in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step fellowships in recent months—and not for the first time. To suggest that sexual harassment is the norm in meetings would be inaccurate. But one exploitative practice is common enough to have earned a widely known nickname: “13th stepping” occurs when a regular member, usually someone with years of sobriety, makes sexual advances towards a new member. This is obviously inappropriate. Merriam-Webster...
  7. New Orleans man locked up nearly 8 years awaiting trial, then drug case gets tossed

    When Kevin Smith was jailed on a drug charge in New Orleans in 2010, Blockbuster was still renting DVDs and President Barack Obama was still trying to pass his signature health care bill. Smith’s case never went to a jury. On Monday, 2,832 days after he was locked up, Criminal District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier ordered Smith’s release, bowing to an appeals court ruling that prosecutors had violated his right to a speedy trial. Her decision represents an extreme example of how...
  8. Kratom Products Can Kill You, FDA Says

    Kratom, a plant product used by some as a home remedy for opioid addiction and by others just for fun, can kill you and doesn’t belong on the market, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The FDA says it will seize shipments of kratom and issued a public health warning telling people not to use it. “The FDA is aware of reports of 36 deaths associated with the use of kratom-containing products,” the agency’s commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said in a statement. “There have been...
  9. Can Marijuana Help Addicts Kick Opioids?

    Late last month Donald Trump’s administration declared the rising death rate from opioid overdoses a national public health emergency. Thirty-three thousand lives were lost to this scourge in 2015, and early reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint an even bleaker picture for 2016. Policymakers working for the president are doubling down on a policy aimed at restricting opioids. But this policy isn’t working. In fact, it might even be contributing to abusers’ switch...
  10. The God Capsule: Can Psychedelics Prove a Biological Basis for Spirituality?

    For a long time in western culture, transcendent consciousness was tightly linked with characters on the spiritual fringe: visionary prophets, ascetic sages, and ecstatic poets. Mystical states were like lightning bolts in the days before Ben Franklin’s kite—fleeting, unpredictable, and impossible to harness or measure. They were divine bolts that hit during the frenzies of ecstatic creation and desert wanderings. They were the ultimate mystery. Then came psychedelics. In the 1950s, a small...
  11. bad trip on mdma and weed

    hello. about 3 months ago i tried mdma for the first time, i took about 2 little lines of it and i felt fine, i smoked weed than about 10 minutes later i was with my friends standing up, than i hallucinated me running around laughing for like 2 secs than it felt like i went back into my body than i snapped out of it, that's when it hit me and i started walking everywhere freaking out, i would say random stuff and i would forget whatever i just said, i'd say random stuff i didn't mean to say,...
  12. Alabama task force performs drug raid, man dies. Officials take his home, split the proceeds.

    Wayne Bonam jumped up, blinded by a flash-bang grenade, as police swarmed through the door and pointed guns at his head. His girlfriend, next to him, shouted at the cops: “Hey, wait – he has a bad heart!” Wayne, 41, was indeed ill. More than a decade of heart problems left him with a fragile cardiovascular system, and the smoke from the grenade thrown into his home by police did not help. He would never recover after the September 2015 raid, which was carried out by 22nd Judicial Circuit...
  13. Misuse of Novel Synthetic Opioids: A Deadly New Trend

    Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications. During 2015 alone, there were 9580 deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone....
  14. Misuse of Novel Synthetic Opioids: A Deadly New Trend

    Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications. During 2015 alone, there were 9580 deaths from synthetic opioids other than methadone. Most...
  15. The Corporate Roots of the Opioid Crisis

    Sitting in a small cafe in a small town in western Massachusetts, Jordan talks about his problems with opioids. He was a construction worker, but an accident at his work site sent him to a hospital and into the arms of prescription painkillers. Jordan’s doctor did not properly instruct him about the dangers of these pills, which he used to kill the pain that ran down his leg. When the prescription ran out, Jordan found he craved the pills. “I used up my savings buying them on the black...
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