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Drug Overdoses

Opioid Companies Lobby Against Medical Marijuana

Allen Frances | Posted 09.12.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Our next several blogs will catalogue the various ways drug companies have ruthlessly promoted our nation's deadly opioid epidemic. This first installment on just the latest outrage- political lobbying to block the legalization of medical marijuana. Future blogs will each tell other aspects of this sordid story.

Yes, Benzos Are Bad For You

Allen Frances | Posted 07.01.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

The bottom line is that there is only one way to confidently avoid addiction to benzodiazepines: never start taking them. Since we can't predict who will eventually get hooked, the short term gains are rarely worth the long term risks. 

Why Are Drugs So Outrageously Expensive?

Allen Frances | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

The drugs industry is the most profitable on earth. It has two branches -- an illegal one consisting of drug cartels and a legal one consisting of drug companies. The huge profits derived by both branches accrue from the same source -- monopoly price gouging.

Drug Overdose Deaths On The Rise In The U.S.

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - Deaths by drug overdose have been on the rise in the United States, with a majority of ...

Perverse U.S. Drug Policies Promote Drug Addiction and Deaths

Allen Frances | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

The last 40 years prove conclusively that interdiction can't possibly win the war against the cartels. Illegal drugs are more available, stronger, and cheaper than ever. We have encouraged lawlessness and civil strife in every drug-producing nation.

Surprising Stat About Drug Overdoses

Los Angeles Daily News | Brenda Gazzar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

The number of drug-overdose deaths in California -- most of which are from prescription medications -- increased by 31 percent from 1999 to 2010, acco...

Is Miley Responsible for Drug ODs?

Anna David | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Miley Cyrus didn't kill them. The Zoo Festival didn't kill them. But our society, which glorifies the use of drugs and alcohol and stigmatizes addiction and even recovery -- that expends outrageous amounts of energy on shaming Miley Cyrus while ignoring many of the issues worth getting upset about -- does play a part

Drugs Happen: Getting Real About Music Festivals

Meghan Ralston | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
Meghan Ralston

The potentially harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use aren't going to change until and unless festival organizers start doing some very basic things. But many won't -- because the fear of being perceived as 'helping' people who use drugs at their events is so great.

Births Of Prescription Drug Addicted Babies On The Rise

Posted 09.27.2011 | Healthy Living

It's a trend reminiscent of the "crack baby" epidemic of the 1980s, and doctors say they are seeing more babies than ever before born addicted to pres...