Drugs In The News
Psilocybin, one of the primary active chemicals in psychedelic mushrooms, shows encouraging results as a treatment for anxiety and depression in cancer patients. This is according to studies conducted by NYU and Johns Hopkins University.
December 01, 2016
MDMA (ecstasy, molly) may soon be approved for the treatment of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
December 01, 2016
The DEA declined to reschedule marijuana from Schedule I saying cannabis "does not have a currently accepted medical use."
August 13, 2016
In south Korea the former chief executive (as well as 5 former and current managers) of Novartis were charged with illegally paying doctors to prescribe Novartis drugs. This is happening in other countries including the United States.
August 13, 2016
A study Published in the journal Aging and Mechanisms of Disease shows that THC triggers the removal of a compound named beta-amyloid protein from cells called neurons.
Beta-amyloid protein is associated with Alzheimer's Disease. It clumps together in the brains of people with Alzheimer's, forming plaque.
This is thought to interfere with communication between neurons in the brain, leading to symptoms associated with Alzheimer's, like impaired memory.
July 02, 2016
A middle school teacher at Cranford Burns Middle School in Mobile Alabama was put on administrative leave because she gave a math test that had references to things she thought students could relate to, including drugs.
Her intent had been to teach in a manner that the students could actually learn from. However, according to parents of the kids, the students were shocked after reading questions like these:
--- Raul wants to cut the pound of cocaine he bought for $40,000 to make a 20% profit. How many one ounce bags will he need to make to obtain the 20% profit?
--- Dwayne pimps 3 ho's. If the price is $85 per trick, how many tricks per day must each ho turn to support Dwayne's $800 per day crack habit?
--- Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There are 20 girls in all. What is the exact percentage of girls Tyrone knocked up?
--- Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10,000 for the hit. If his common-law wife spends $100 of his hit money per month, how much money will be left when he gets out?
June 01, 2016
According to some federal statistics, the life expectancy for white Americans declined slightly in 2014, and they blame it on people dying from drug overdoses.
A doctor (Dr. Arias) who is working on a study of mortality trends over the past 15 years, said drug overdoses, liver disease and suicide were the main drivers of the trend among whites.
Considering that drug overdoses, liver disease, suicide deaths combined don't equal the number of deaths caused by heart disease alone, it is hard to believe these factors are the main drivers of the death rate among whites.
April 20, 2016
Researchers at Imperial College London were able to show, utilizing brain scanning and other techniques, what happens when someone takes LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide).
Images of the brain under a hallucinogenic state showed almost the entire organ lit up with activity. The results suggest that this effect underlies the profound altered state of consciousness that people often describe during an LSD experience,
This is related to what people call ego-dissolution, where the normal sense of self is broken down and replaced by a sense of reconnection with themselves, others and the natural world.
The experience is sometimes framed in a religious or spiritual way and seems to be associated with improvements in well-being after the drug's effects have subsided.
In both the United States and United Kingdom, LSD is illegal for most individuals. However, many scientists and others have advocated for a rethink of the drug's status, particularly its use for treating psychiatric disorders, alcoholism and depression.
Story by James Griffiths CNN
April 12, 2016
The United States federal government urged doctors to avoid prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Here are a couple of sentences from the article.
There has never been much evidence that opiates ease chronic pain wrote addiction medicine specialist Yngvild Olsen, medical director of Reach Health Services in Baltimore, in an editorial in JAMA.
The DEA recently called heroin the biggest threat to public health in the Northeast. About 40 Americans die each day from overdosing on prescription painkillers, according to the CDC.
Opium has been utilized for thousands of years to treat acute and chronic pain. Opioids, including opiates, are the most effective method of treating chronic and other types of pain at the present time. It is surprising that Yngvild Olsen is unaware of that.
Here are some stats on the leading causes of death. If overdosing on prescription painkillers kills 40 people a day (40 x 365 = 14,600 per year) in the entire USA, it is not the biggest threat to public health in the Northeast.
US CDC leading causes of death.
WHO top 10 causes of death.
Wikipedia causes of death by rate.
Millions of people who didn't choose to be in constant chronic pain are forced to suffer because people who choose to abuse opioids kill themselves in the process. No one forced them to abuse opioids to the point where they died.
March 15, 2016
The United States federal government published national standards for prescription painkillers. It recommends that doctors first try ibuprofen and aspirin to treat pain.
They say they are concerned about the soaring death toll when opioids are ingested in large dosages. In 2014, the number of deaths from overdoses of prescription painkillers or heroin reached 28,647. According to the CDC, prescription painkillers kill 14,600 per year in the entire USA.
"The urgency of the epidemic, its devastating consequences, demands interventions that, in some instances, may make it harder for some patients to get their medication," said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Most, if not all, people who are in pain try ibuprofen and aspirin long before they even consider going to see a doctor. Maybe the people behind the national standards for prescription painkillers wouldn't, so they assume everyone else wouldn't.
Why would they include heroin deaths in the category of prescription drug deaths, when heroin is not a prescription drug in the USA? If there was a study on the number of deaths caused by cars, would deaths from helicopters be included?
March 15, 2016
Medical testing has confirmed that pure cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid found in marijuana, can reduce seizures in children with Dravet syndrome. Dravet syndrome is a rare and severe form of epilepsy that affects children.
March 14, 2016
A paper published in the journal Sleep says that sleep deprivation can cause a person to get something similar to the munchies produced when consuming cannabis products, like after smoking some reefer.
Volume 39, Issue 03, 2016
Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison because three of her patients chose to abuse the medication she prescribed, and because they made that choice, they fatally overdosed.
Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng 46, was a general practitioner and is one of a number of doctors being persecuted because their patients made the choice to abuse drugs, and paid for it with their lives.
Because actions they made with their own free will caused them to die, more doctors will have to worry about prosecution. They will be hesitant to prescribe pain medication to millions of individuals who need it for valid reasons, and don't abuse it.
Many primary care physicians will no longer accept or treat chronic pain patients in their practice because of the actions of drug abusers who killed themselves through their own irresponsible actions.
It is worth noting, Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli said before sentencing Dr. Tseng "that the doctor had failed to take responsibility for her own actions". He also said "Dr. Tseng seems to be an attempting to put the blame on someone else, which is very irresponsible".
The only people who are responsible are the people who overdosed and died cause they wanted to get high. No one forced them to. Joey Rovero died after mixing alcohol with xanax and oxycodone he had obtained from the doctor.
How come no one is being charged with selling him alcohol or xanax? Or the individuals that produced the vehicle he drove to get them, or the people who made and maintain the roads that he travelled upon to get them?
Researchers in Australia have identified a toxin called ProTx-II that is produced by the Peruvian green velvet tarantula. The toxin inhibits the pain receptor NaV 1.7 and could be utilized to produce pain medications that are as powerful, but not as addictive, as opioids.
February 29, 2016
A man has been held in prison for months because he won't decrypt two hard drives that might contain indecent images of children.
He has not been charged with possessing illegal images and has never in his life been charged with a crime, The man, a former police sergeant, cannot be named for legal reasons.
April 28, 2016
The PEZ Easter Egg Hunt descended into madness at the PEZ visitors center, in Connecticut this year. People burst onto the first field before being instructed to. Then moved to a second field and did the same.
One person reported their grandson in the 9-12 year old section got a bloody nose from an adult knocking into him. The parents of a 3 year old said when the event started all the parents rushed in and picked up the eggs, or took them from small children.
One woman said her son was traumatized by the event and had a broken basket while he was left emotionally shattered, hysterically crying, Other children were trampled by larger children or adults.
March 27, 2016