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  1. Turning to Marijuana for a Runners’ High and More

    The ultramarathoner Avery Collins, among the fastest in the world, is not shy about appearing in photographs holding a bong. The first time he tried running after using marijuana, he said, he realized “it allowed me to be very present and not to worry as much about overall times and what’s going on with the run.” Mr. Collins, a 25-year-old from Colorado Springs, is one of a likely legion of athletes who use marijuana as part of their training — although he’s one of the few fast enough to...
  2. Bright Light Therapy More Effective Than Medication Alone For Bipolar Depression

    A new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has found bright light therapy to be a powerful intervention that could provide an alternative to medication for people with “bipolar depression.” Two-thirds of the people receiving the light therapy improved, compared with one-fifth of those who took only medication. The research was led by Dorothy Sit at Northwestern University and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The study included people who had a diagnosis of...
  3. As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise

    WASHINGTON — The number of new monthly prescriptions for medications that treat opioid addiction nearly doubled over the past two years, according to new data, while prescriptions for opioid painkillers continued to decline. Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have been falling in recent years. At the same time, prescriptions for medications to treat opioid addiction are rising sharply. Credit Patrick Sison/Associated Press The changing calculus reflects a stepping up of efforts among...
  4. Americans going abroad for illegal heroin treatment

    As America's opioid and heroin crisis rages, some struggling with addiction are turning to a drug illegal in the US. Jonathan Levinson went to one clinic offering the treatment in Mexico. Emily Albert begins her 36-hour Ibogaine treatment at The Ibogaine Institute on February 13, 2018 in Rosarito, Mexico. Albert has been on opioids since she was 14 and is at The Ibogaine Institute to be treated with ibogaine, a psychedelic drug that is illegal in the US but has been shown to dramatically...
  5. “I don’t f—ing care”: In Wooing $67M From Big Alcohol, NIH Nixed Critical Study

    The National Institutes of Health is facing mounting criticism and questions amid a series of reports outlining what appears to be an all-too-cozy relationship with the alcohol industry. Central to the concerns are how the federal research agency schmoozed industry executives into donating tens of millions of dollars for a study assessing the potential health benefits of daily drinking. Researchers and NIH officials pitched the study by strongly suggesting that it would end up endorsing...
  6. Meth most used illicit drug in Aus: report

    Australians are taking more illicit drugs with methylamphetamine the top poison of choice, a new report reveals. More than eight tonnes of methylamphetamine, three tonnes of cocaine, 1.2 tonnes of MDMA and 700-plus kilograms of heroin have been consumed between August 2016 to August 2017, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission's (ACIC) March report reveals. The fourth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report found an overall increase in illicit drug consumption across the...
  7. 1 dead as outbreak related to synthetic pot use hits 38 people in Illinois

    DF author's note: Sadly this is not an April Fool's joke - the USA Today Network reported on this story March 30th, prior to the reported death. [b/At least one person has died in Illinois following a recent rash of hospitalizations of people who use synthetic pot and then experience severe bleeding, according to state health officials.[/b] The person’s death was reported Saturday, but information about the person’s name, age or gender was not released as of Sunday. A spokeswoman for the...
  8. Buying Viagra: What you should know

    Men can now buy the impotence pill Viagra Connect without a prescription at some UK pharmacies. Health experts hope it will mean more men get help for erectile dysfunction - a condition thought to affect up to one in five adult men, 4.3 million in the UK. Like any medication though, the drug can cause side-effects and should not be misused or abused. What should men consider before buying and trying the little blue pills? Who can have it? Viagra Connect is only for men who have impotence....
  9. The First Proof of a Synthesized Antibiotic Capable Of Treating Superbugs

    A new revolutionary antibiotic capable of killing “superbugs” has been successfully synthesized and used to treat an infection for the first time. It could potentially lead to the first new class of antibiotic drugs in 30 years. It is another major step forward in the efforts to develop a commercially viable drug version based on a peptide-like secondary metabolite of some species of bacteria called “teixobactin”. It is a natural antibiotic discovered by U.S. scientists from soil samples in...
  10. MDMA Dampens The Encoding And Retrieval of Emotional Memories

    MDMA appears to have a stronger effect on emotional memories than non-emotional memories, according to new research. The finding may explain why the drug has beneficial effects for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and similar psychiatric conditions. MDMA, more commonly known as the illegal club drug ecstasy or molly, promotes strong feelings of empathy in users. Preliminary research has found that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy reduces symptoms in people with...
  11. Trump Opioids Plan to Include Good Ideas — Also, Executing Drug Dealers

    Donald Trump addresses attendees of an Opioid Summit at the White House on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post/Getty Images The Trump administration finally has an ambitious, detailed plan for combating the opioid epidemic, one that includes some evidence-based reforms that public-health experts have been recommending for years — and, also, the death penalty for low-level drug dealers. Or, at least, so Politico’s summary of the yet-to-be-finalized plan...
  12. Purdue Pharma Promises To Stop Promoting Opioids To Doctors

    Pharmaceutical giant, Purdue Pharma, announced on 02/10/18 that they will be slashing their sales force by half and putting a halt to opioid promotion to health-care providers. The makers of OxyContin have made this decision on the heels of a barrage of lawsuits citing the current opioid epidemic in America. In the same statement they said their remaining 200 sales representatives will no longer visit doctors' offices to advertise the highly addictive painkillers. In a statement obtained by...
  13. Depression researchers stop ketamine nasal spray trial because of psychotic-like effects

    Depression researchers at Black Dog Institute and University of NSW had to abort a "promising" pilot trial into the efficacy of ketamine nasal sprays after patients experienced psychotic-like effects and temporary loss of fine motor skills. The researchers were hopeful the trial would work as an earlier study in the US had shown ketamine - an anaesthetic drug shown to have rapid antidepressant effects - could be safely delivered using a nasal spray. But in a paper published in the latest...
  14. Taxpayers—Not Big Pharma—Have Funded The Research Behind Every New Drug Since 2010

    Something odd happened when the Trump administration submitted the original version of its latest pro-corporate budget: Big Pharma didn’t like it. The problem wasn’t a tax hike or new regulations: the problem was that the budget included deep cuts to the budget of the National Institutes of Health. If those cuts had gone through, they would have exposed one of the biggest lies told about Big Pharma: that the current system of patents and price-gouging is just an unfortunate necessity to...
  15. Could Benzodiazepines Be America's Drug Epidemic?

    We are all painfully aware of the current opioid crisis taking place in the United States of America. Since 2015 more than 33,000 people have died from opioid-related overdoses; deaths from heroin alone exceed those of gun homicides. And yet, over the last decade benzodiazepine-related deaths have continued to grow exponentially, as have the amount/rate of prescriptions for them. The abuse of these drugs, such as Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium (diazepam) to name a few, has become all too...
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