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  1. Groups in Lethbridge want safe site

    Facility would cost up to $1.5 million a year A southern Alberta city in the throes of an opioid crisis is the latest community planning to seek approval for a safe consumption site for drug users. A coalition of community groups plans to submit a request at the end of July for one of the federally regulated sites in Lethbridge. The facility would cost $1.5 million a year & would provide a legal consumption site where health professionals could oversee the use of drugs & ensure safety for...
  2. UK - 'Potent' MDMA hospitalizes seven in Oldham

    Seven people have been hospitalised after taking a "particularly potent" form of the drug MDMA, police in Oldham, UK said.
  3. Majority of Americans Ready To Embrace Psychedelic Therapy

    Several controversial psychedelic drugs now show promise as powerful therapeutic treatments for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. New data from YouGov suggests that public support for these therapies may have something to do with education level. A study by researchers from New York University and Johns Hopkins University showed that a single treatment with psilocybin (the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms) reduced anxiety and depression in 80% of cancer patients. Another...
  4. How MDMA And Other Psychedelics Could Change Therapy

    Psychedelic drugs that have been considered recreational for decades—and classified as drugs of abuse by the FDA—are showing major promise as potential solutions for hard-to-treat disorders and illnesses (see this goop piece on ibogaine and addiction, as well as this one on ayahuasca). Usually associated with the street names ecstasy or molly (although it’s not actually the same), the drug MDMA is in new clinical trials to treat PTSD and anxiety; other possible therapeutic applications are...
  5. 'Party hard, work hard'

    32% of Albertans have talked to their physician about alcohol use in the last two years, which is the highest of any province. $14B The cost of alcohol-related harm in Canada, according to Jean Harvey with the Canadian Population Health Initiative.
  6. The Senate Health Bill Is A Disaster For The Opioid Crisis

    AFTER SEVEN YEARS of promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans are now closer to achieving that goal than ever before. Thursday morning, they finally unveiled their secretly drafted healthcare bill. It is not, as some had hoped, a drastic departure from the House's version, which was passed last month. While being slightly less "mean," in that it provides more financial support to some lower-income groups, the Senate bill still lands punches to Obamacare in...
  7. Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Can Inhibit Masculinity

    Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) during pregnancy can inhibit the development of ‘male behavior’ in mice; new research from the University of Copenhagen shows that it can reduce sex drive and aggressive behavior. Paracetamol is popular for relieving pain. But if you are pregnant, you should think twice before popping these pills according to the researchers in a new study. In an animal model, Acetaminophen, which is the pain-relieving substance found in the pills, actually damages the...
  8. Two Major Victories For Student Rights In Federal Courts

    Federal courts have recently rejected the actions of university and college administrators who sought to inflict suspicionless drug tests on students at a public college and to restrict the First Amendment rights of marijuana law reformers at a public university. Both decisions have important national implications. Linn Tech Student Drug Testing Case In 2011, Linn State Technical College administrators declared that they intended to drug test every student who applied for admission to the...
  9. The Stunning Secret Story of The War On Drugs

    CHUCK GRASSLEY, a Republican senator from Iowa, is known on twitter for expressing his yearning for the History Channel to finally show some history. Here are two of his many tweets on this subject: Just love history. So occasionally I turn to history channel. "mud cats" when wi they put history back on the channel Ocassionally I turn to History channel hope to c history. Whenevr will the history channel hv a real old fashion histry program The good news for Grassley, and for everyone...
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    FDA requests removal of Opana ER for risks related to abuse

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration requests that Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) is withdrawn from the market due to risk of abuse.
  11. 24 Concrete Policy Steps To Reduce Opioid Addiction And Overdoses

    Drugs, mainly opioids, are killing Americans at a record rate. The number of drug overdose deaths in the country quadrupled between 1999 and 2010—and compared to the numbers we're seeing now, those were the good old days. Some 30,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2010. According to a new estimate from the New York Times, double that number died last year. And the rate of increase in overdose deaths was growing, up a stunning 19% over 2015. The Times estimate of between 59,000 and 65,000...
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    Federal Bill Would Create "Schedule A," Allowing 5 Year Unilateral Bans On Analogs

    Congress is considering a bill that would expand the federal government's ability to pursue the war on drugs, granting new power to the attorney general to set federal drug policy. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by powerful committee chairs in both chambers of Congress, would allow the attorney general to unilaterally outlaw certain unregulated chemical compounds on a temporary basis. It would create a special legal category for these drugs, the first time in nearly 50 years that the...
  13. What you can learn from Einstein's quirky habits.

    More than 10 hours of sleep and no socks – could this be the secret to thinking like a genius? Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises – every night, he’d repeatedly ‘squish’ his toes, 100 times for each foot, according to the author Marc J Seifer. While it’s not entirely clear exactly what that exercise involved, Tesla claimed it helped to stimulate his brain cells. AMPHETAMINE MATHEMATICIAN The most prolific mathematician of the 20th Century, Paul Erdos,...
  14. New Treatments For Alcoholism May Target Brain's Extracellular Matrix

    A new study in Biological Psychiatry may pave the way for treating alcohol addiction by reducing motivation to drink, rather than by altering the effects of alcohol itself. Led by Drs. Kasia Radwanska and Leszek Kaczmarek of the Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland, the study reports a new mechanism behind alcohol seeking behavior. When people think about drugs to treat alcoholism, their first thought is usually a drug that stimulates or blocks a receptor for a chemical messenger. However, the...
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    Two New Studies Show Ibogaine’s Promise As Treatment for Opioid Addiction

    SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. — The promising results of two observational studies into treating opioid dependence with ibogaine, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound, have been published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Sponsored by the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in Mexico and New Zealand, both studies show that ibogaine should be further studied as a potential treatment for opioid dependence through rigorously...
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