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    Utilizing data from the Chicago Follow-up Study, researchers followed 139 initially psychotic patients over 20 years. Published in Psychiatry Research, the study reports that while antipsychotics were beneficial during acute hospitalizations, patients not prescribed antipsychotics had significantly better work functioning than those who were prescribed antipsychotics. “Negative evidence on the long-term efficacy of antipsychotics have emerged from our own longitudinal studies and the...
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    The BC Centre for Disease Control has released recommendations on how to address the overdose crisis, including addressing drug contamination, reforming drug laws, and fighting the stigma around drug addiction. One of those solutions is allowing drug users to grow their own opium to ensure they have an uncontaminated alternative. Another recommendation is to expand drug testing programs, something currently offered at Insite. The overdose crisis has killed 780 people in B.C. so far this...
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  5. Heroin disguised as SweetTarts (candy) found in Upstate NY; police issue warning

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    New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas reveals that levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that leaves a euphoric feeling, directly correlate to changes in how the brain utilizes oxygen. Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of Cognitive Neuroscience Research in Addictive Disorders at the Center for BrainHealth, led the team that found chronic cannabis users have higher cerebral blood flow and extract more oxygen from brain blood flow than...
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  10. The Rich Have Mostly Stopped Smoking Cigarettes—They Are Mainly Killing The Poor And Working Class

    Long gone are the days when cigarette smokers frequented restaurants and other public spaces; when people smoked freely undeterred by threats of cancer; when nearly everyone, regardless of income or geography, took part in the social ritual of lighting up. From 1965—when the Surgeon General first released its report on the negative effect smoking has on health—to 2017, the number of Americans who smoke declined from 41.9 percent to 15 percent. However, despite the relative progress over the...
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  12. How To Reverse an Opioid Overdose with Naloxone

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  13. The Cutting Edge of Marijuana Medical Research Will Leave You Wondering What It Can't Help Cure

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  14. Sanders To Unveil Rule Requiring Drug Companies To Set Fair Prices

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