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Jeffrey Young

The $6,000 Gap: How Health Care Reform Doesn't Cover Everything For Some Low-Income Americans | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.05.2012 | Business

Sometimes, even having health insurance isn't enough. Nick Shumaker faced down the shortcomings of his coverage when he learned the medicines to treat...

Katherine Bindley

How Scientists Are Helping In The Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living

It almost sounds too good to be true: painkillers that could be more effective in relieving pain and less likely to result in dependence and addiction...

Confronting the Truth on Overdose Awareness Day

Meghan Ralston | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

We have to acknowledge that a certain percentage of the population will never be entirely drug-free, and we have to figure out what to do about that. It's costly and regressive to continually respond with arrests, drug courts and incarceration.

Dr. Kevin Sabet's Anti-Marijuana Legalization Arguments Debunked

Russ Belville | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Russ Belville

Dr. Sabet says legalization of marijuana would increase abuse, thereby increasing arrests, thereby leading to more costs.

Study Finds Many Older People Are Being Prescribed The Wrong Drugs

Posted 08.23.2012 | Fifty

One in five medications used by people older than 65 are prescribed inappropriately in primary care settings, which can cause adverse reactions, acco...

6 Tips for Managing the Cost of Your Prescription Medications

Women & Co | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money
Women & Co

Cutting back on pharmaceutical costs -- without cutting back on the medicine you need -- is easier than you think.

Big Pharma Is Basically An Advertising Industry

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Big Pharma might be working a lot harder to sell you products than to develop new ones. Prescription drug companies aren't putting a lot of resourc...

Are Prescription Drugs Making Us Any Healthier?

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

I know that prescription medications can help many people turn their health around, and I don't want to suggest that prescription drugs are all bad. But they are powerful enough to change our physiology and for this reason should not be taken lightly.

Big Pharma: Take it Back -- Protect Our Water and Health

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

Safe collection and disposal policies keep medications out of landfills, groundwater and drinking water, and reduce risks of poisoning, suicide, and antibiotic resistance.

It’s Past Time To Make Room For Spirituality In Mental Health Care

Christopher Gordon, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Christopher Gordon, M.D.

It's a rare case when a person's problems are satisfactorily resolved by a prescription alone. Much more commonly, anxiety or depression or other symptoms are part of a larger picture, requiring a more complex solution.

Do 'Study Drugs' Breed a Nation of Winners -- or Cheaters?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Children are learning that success comes not by training, practice and hard work, but by taking shortcuts. We tell young people, "Don't use drugs," but our beliefs and actions encourage them to win at all costs.

OxyContin Abuse Is Down, But Is Increasing Abuse Rates Of This Illicit Drug

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | Crime

By Gene Emery July 11 (Reuters Health) - U.S. drug abusers may be more likely to turn to heroin now that they are finding it harder to...

Decriminalization of Drug Possession Doesn't Increase Drug Use, New Report Finds

Ernest Drucker | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Ernest Drucker

Just like ending alcohol prohibition, making the current crop of drugs legal simply means changing the laws. But changing the laws has been turned into a bloody legal and political battle that is about everything except drugs.

50 Percent Of Seniors Overlook Drug Warning Labels

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty

Prescription drugs may help with conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol, but taken in incorrect doses, they can do more harm than good. ...

5 Meds That Could Become Addictive

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty

Based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 4.8 million adults aged 50 and older used an illicit drug -- whether it was an illegal substance or non-medical use of a prescription -- last year.

Addiction And Divorce

Henry Gornbein | Posted 08.30.2012 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

In many marriages where one spouse is the addict, the other spouse becomes the enabler. This can become a major part of the problem.

Obamacare Repeal: Phase One of the Romney-Republican Assault on the Middle Class

Ethan Rome | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

You would think that the Supreme Court's ruling might end the debate about health care and allow Congress to focus on creating jobs. But it won't because GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the Republicans want to repeal it.

Human Pharmacies Increasingly Offering Pet Medications

Posted 06.27.2012 | Business

It’s now more convenient for Rover to get his medication, as more pharmacy chains are offering access to prescription pet medications, the Sun Senti...

Jeffrey Young

Choice Between Food Or Medicine Is A Reality, Not A Talking Point, For These Older Americans | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.21.2012 | Business

The spectre of senior citizens choosing between food and prescription drugs has been used by politicians so many times, it's become a cliché. For one...

U.S. Kids Get More ADHD Drugs, Fewer Antibiotics: Study

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents

(Reuters) - The number of drugs dispensed to U.S. minors has dropped slightly over the past decade, bucking the rise in prescriptions to adults, with ...

Zach Carter

Obama Trade Invitation Raises Fresh Suspicions About Secret Corporate Giveaway | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration on Monday formally invited Mexico to join controversial free trade negotiations known as the Tra...

Liberals Working for the Right

Dean Baker | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Some say the left should tout the merits of "government." That is a great idea, if the point is to advance the conservatives' agenda. It is astounding how happy liberals are to work for the right by implying that conservatives somehow just want to leave markets to themselves whereas the liberals want to bring in the pointy-headed bureaucrats to tell people what they should do. This view is, of course, nonsense. Pick an issue, any issue, and you will almost invariably find the right actively pushing for a big role for government. However, for conservatives the goal is not ensuring a decent standard of living for the bulk of the population. Rather the goal is ensuring that money is redistributed upward. And, of course, the conservatives are smart enough not to own up to their use of the government.

Ann Brenoff

What Made This Guy So Angry About His Health Insurance? | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty

Morris Pineda of Alameda, Calif., says that learning it was cheaper for him to pay out-of-pocket for his prescription medications instead of putting i...

America's War On Drugs Moves To The Pharmacy

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living

* DEA launches broadside against wholesalers, pharmacies * Lawmakers, patients, physicians question strategy * Critics s...

Prescription Stimulant Use Finds Place In High School Students' Routines

Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

Once a habit indulged primarily by college and graduate students, prescription stimulant abuse has found a niche among students in academically elite ...