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Psychedelics Could Play A Role In Tackling The Opioid Epidemic 25.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Overdoses claimed more than 33,000 lives in 2015 , and these numbers are steadily on the rise. It’s estimated that over 2 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, with many more using the drugs illegally. Potential solutions to the rapidly escalating opioid crisis have been few and far between . But a long-demonized class of illegal drugs may provide one unlikely approach to tackle widespread opiate abuse and addiction. A new study, published last week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology , found that experience with psychedelics was linked with decreased opioid abuse and addiction ― an effect that appears to be unique to hallucinogens and marijuana. Conversely, use of other illegal drugs such as cocaine was associated with an increased risk of opioid abuse and dependence. The findings underscore the positive psychological effects increasingly known to be associated with psychedelic experiences. Previous findings have linked psychedelic use with reduced psychological ...
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Psychedelics May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According To New Study 22.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The criminalization of people who use psychedelics is rooted in myths that are the vestiges of colonialism and the drug war – and, one by one, those myths are crumbling down. We’ve learned in recent years that people who use psychedelics are significantly *less* likely to end up developing mental health problems , perpetrating domestic violence , or suffering from psychological distress and suicidal thinking . Meanwhile, recent research has shown that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can be an effective treatment for people struggling with difficult-to-treat conditions such as substance use disorders. Not much has been known, though, about the connection between psychedelic use and substance misuse in the general population. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found that experiences with psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin mushrooms are associated with decreased risk of opioid abuse and dependence among respondents with a history of illegal opioid use. Psychedelic use ...
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When private pain becomes a community problem 20.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
How a rural clinic sparked a small-town addiction crisis.
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Colorado's Marijuana Industry Is Now Bigger Than Some Countries' Entire GDP 11.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DENVER ― Colorado’s marijuana industry soared to new highs in 2016. According to data released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Revenue , dispensaries in the state sold $1.3 billion in medical and recreational marijuana last year, generating close to $200 million in tax revenue for the state. For perspective, that’s slightly more than the entire 2015 GDP for the island nation  of Antigua and Barbuda. Cities in Colorado also collected millions of additional tax dollars, as each city typically tacks on extra duties  in addition to state taxes. Colorado dispensaries sold slightly over $699 million in medical and recreational marijuana in 2014, the first year sales were legal in the state. That figure leaped to $996 million in 2015 . Impressive as Colorado’s $1.3 billion market might seem, it’s a pittance compared to the $53.3 billion that consumers in North America are believed to have spent on the drug in 2016, according to Arcview Market Research. What’s more, the company estimates 87 percent of ...
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Facing an Overdose Crisis, US Politicians Consider Safe Spaces for Injecting Drugs 3.2.2017 Truthout.com
Faced with an unprecedented spike in opiate overdose deaths that has transcended race and class lines, US politicians are proposing drug reforms that have long been dismissed as too radical for discussion. Still, lifesaving solutions like safe injection sites for people with opioid disorders face an uphill battle under the Trump administration. A firefighter with the Colerain Township Fire Department Station No. 26 restocks medicine after responding to a heroin overdose, in Colerain Township, Ohio, on September 2, 2016. (Photo: Ty Wright / The New York Times) Allowing people to inject illicit drugs under the supervision of medical professionals is a simple but inevitably controversial healthcare strategy for making drug use safer. After numerous successes in Europe and Canada, it's finally gaining a foothold in the United States as politicians grapple with an unprecedented spike in opioid use disorders and overdose deaths.   Last week, officials in Seattle finalized plans to open two safe injection ...
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Marijuana Eases Pain, But Jury's Out On Other Health Benefits, Scientists Say 13.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Marijuana has proved to be a powerful aid in easing chronic pain and helping battle nausea, but results are mixed or largely inconclusive on other health benefits, as well as detriments, according to a massive new scientific review of cannabis studies. The report , released Thursday by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, analyzes an astounding 10,000 scientific studies on the drug. “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research” concludes that marijuana definitely provides some health benefits, though other claims about the drug are far less clear. The scientists note that much information could be determined if researchers didn’t have to battle restrictions caused by federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it “currently” has “no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” “It is often difficult for researchers to gain access to the quantity, quality, and type of cannabis product ...
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Medicine Or Health Risk? Parents Prescribed Medical Marijuana Are Clashing With Federal Agencies 10.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Medical marijuana use in the United States is more prevalent than ever before. Twenty-six states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, seven of which have also legalized it for recreational use. But parents prescribed medical marijuana are beginning to see a backlash against the drug that could cost them custody of their children. Health conditions including epilepsy and chronic pain can be so severe that people with these diagnoses can struggle to live a normal life. For some patients with these conditions accessing medical marijuana can make the difference between independent mobility and debilitating pain. Relatively minimal short-term side effects can make marijuana an appealing alternative to harsher pharmaceutical treatment options. Other patients may choose to use a marijuana-based medication instead of prescription opioids to avoid the risk of developing an addiction. More than 20,000 people died from an overdose related to prescription opioids in 2015. Meta-analyses of state-wide date ...
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Fentanyl Overdoses Are Rising And Science Can't Keep Up 9.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Bribery. Conspiracy. Racketeering. Those are just three of the accusations that federal prosecutors leveled against two Alabama physicians in April as part of a 22-count criminal indictment  ― alleging that Drs. John Couch and Xiulu Ruan ran an opioid pill mill in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company. Couch and Ruan were arrested in 2015 after prescribing Medicare patients a combined $4.9 million in Subsys  ― a potent form of fentanyl, taken via mouth spray and designed to treat severe cancer pain ― between 2013 and 2014. Some of those prescriptions were “diverted and/or abused by drug traffickers and addicts,” prosecutors say, and may have contributed to the opioid crisis currently gripping the nation. Couch and Ruan deny the allegations.  A third doctor, Michigan neurologist Dr. Gavin Awerbuch, pleaded guilty in November to health care fraud and to prescribing Subsys without a legitimate medical purpose. Awerbuch prescribed more Subsys than any other ...
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Offering Syringes Along With Prayers, Churches Help IV Drug Users 5.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Kaiser Health News FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — When Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation in July legalizing syringe exchange programs in North Carolina, James Sizemore rejoiced. The pastor of a small church, Sizemore had — with the tacit approval of some, but not all, local law enforcement — been offering clean syringes to drug users to help them avoid contracting HIV and hepatitis C. Now he could do so without fear of arrest. Sizemore, who in 2007 launched Radiant Church, an affiliate of the Church of God of Prophecy, has sought to alleviate the effects of drug addiction, work that he sees as a natural extension of his other pursuits: feeding, clothing and otherwise offering sustenance to his parishioners and others in need. “It was never an issue of, ‘Is this the right thing to do spiritually, scripturally?’” Sizemore said of his efforts. “For us, it was the right thing to do … You can’t save somebody’s soul if they’re dead.” Churches and other faith-based organizations have increasingly voiced approval of ...
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Deaths from Fentanyl Overdoses Double In A Single Year 23.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Deaths involving the opioid painkiller fentanyl more than doubled in a single year in the United States, according to a new report. In 2014, 4,200 people in the U.S. died from overdoses involving fentanyl , up from 1,905 people in 2013, the report found. The rate of fentanyl deaths increased from 6 deaths per 1 million people to 13 deaths per 1 million people during that one-year period. The report, from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, used a new method to examine drug overdose deaths in the United States. Traditionally, government researchers have used specific codes that are placed on death certificates to analyze causes of death in the population. But these codes do not always let researchers know which specific drug was involved in a death —sometimes, the same code is used to classify deaths from several different drugs. For example, there is a single code to indicate all deaths from “natural and semisynthetic opioid analgesics ,” ...
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Senator's Solution To The Opioid Crisis Is To 'Declare A War On Drugs' -- Seriously 22.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. Joe Manchin's solution for West Virginia's opioid epidemic: "We need to declare a war on drugs" https://t.co/2o0uOoKYz1 — The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) December 20, 2016 Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says that a new “war on drugs” is needed to combat the opioid crisis ravaging his home state ― a reference to a policy boondoggle that has spanned four decades and cost the U.S. more than $1 trillion, while destroying millions of lives and cementing America’s position as the world’s leading jailer. “We need to declare a war on drugs, on illicit drugs,” Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” when asked what President-elect Donald Trump should do to address the opioid epidemic. West Virginia has been hit especially hard by substance abuse and addiction. A  recent report by West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette-Mail detailed how drug companies have poured 780 million opioid painkillers into the state and cashed in while ignoring warning signs that the opioid epidemic was spreading as overdoses spiked. But the ...
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How Capitalism Kills... And May Be Getting Deadlier 12.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Paul Buchheit

In each of the following areas of our lives, capitalism has been a deadly force in the past, and prospects for the future seem even worse with Donald Trump's Cabinet picks.

1. Medications

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Heroin Deaths Topped Gun Homicides Last Year, Depressing CDC Data Shows 10.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Heroin deaths surpassed gun homicide deaths last year for the first time in more than 15 years, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioid deaths hit 33,091 in 2015, quadrupling since 1999 . Heroin deaths in particular rose 23 percent year over year to 12,989; synthetic opioid deaths rose 73 percent to 9,580. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this. Certainly not in modern times ,” Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch of the CDC, told the Associated Press. The new figures are a tragic expression of the United States’ urgent addiction problem . As it stands, more than 20 million Americans have a substance use disorder and 12.5 million report misusing prescriptions painkillers, behaviors linked to the aggressive marketing and overprescription of opioids in the 1980s-90s.   It doesn’t take long for prescription use to evolve into misuse. According to a new  Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey , a third of ...
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Do speed bumps kill? 1.12.2016 TreeHugger
Starting and stopping means pollution. But if they are designed right, you can go right over them.
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Psychedelic Mushrooms Ease Existential Anxiety In Cancer Patients 1.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Dinah Bazer, a 69-year-old mother and retired information systems worker living in Brooklyn, credits psychedelics with saving her life. After undergoing chemotherapy for late-stage ovarian cancer in 2010, Bazer was consumed with anxiety and constant feelings of dread and hopelessness. So when her nurse told her about a clinical trial testing a new drug for cancer-related anxiety and depression ― high-dose psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms ― she signed up without hesitating.  Not long after ingesting the psilocybin during her session, Bazer found herself engulfed in utter terror. She visualized her fear as a black mass under her rib cage and yelled for it to “get the fuck out!” Almost immediately, the fear left her completely. She shifted into a spiritual experience she described as bathing in God’s unconditional love for several hours.  Four years later, the experience is still with her and the fear is still gone. Bazer says she became calmer, let go of her aggressive driving ...
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Congress Is About To Pass A Bill That Shows D.C. At Its Worst -- It May Also Fix The Opioid Crisis And Cure Cancer 30.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― In 1996, Purdue Pharma introduced a new painkiller it said carried a low risk of abuse or addiction. It called the drug “OxyContin.” In reality, of course, OxyContin was extremely addictive — and Purdue knew it. A decade later, three Purdue executives, and the company itself, pleaded guilty to criminal charges tied to OxyContin’s marketing and agreed to pay more than $600 million in fines. But the executives dodged prison time, and the prosecution did little to slow the rise of opioid use. The pharmaceutical industry had spent the past 10 years and billions of dollars pushing the medical community to ramp up the use of OxyContin and other opioids. By 2013, the number of annual opioid prescriptions , including short term and multiple, had nearly tripled, topping 200 million — in a country of just over 300 million people. Use of OxyContin and other opioids grew to crisis levels. As federal and state governments cracked down on doctors who dispensed pills and prescriptions indiscriminately, ...
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Overdose deaths a public health crisis and no government has the solution 25.11.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
At the entrance were three photograph collages of those who have fallen to fatal overdoses, many of them youthful and vibrant British Columbians. It is intended to be a reminder that this scourge isn't something confined to the back alleys of the Downtown Eastside. One B.C. presentation showed a photo of a smiling young couple from North Vancouver with their ...
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The Real Trump Effect: Down-Ballot Disaster for Democrats 10.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the University Co-op on Election Day in Austin, Texas, November 8, 2016. (Photo: Tamir Kalifa / The New York Times) Democrats sustained losses at every level of government due to the high turnout of Trump voters. But hidden in the rubble are a few significant down-ballot victories: the beating back of efforts to undermine public schools in Massachusetts, voting reform in Maine, marijuana legalization in several states and the defeat of xenophobic Sheriff Arpaio in Arizona. Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at the University Co-op on Election Day in Austin, Texas, November 8, 2016. (Photo: Tamir Kalifa / The New York Times) Heading into the 2016 Election, Democratic Party strategists, pollsters and political scientists discussed the "Trump Effect." The theory, it was widely believed, was that Trump would get crushed so badly that his presence at the top of the ticket would be a boon for Democrats down the ticket, helping them win back the Senate and ...
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The Good News: California, 7 Other States Vote Yes On Marijuana 10.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In a resounding mandate for progressive marijuana reform, California and seven other states voted Tuesday in favor of initiatives allowing for some form of legalized cannabis. In California, considered by experts to be the key nationally, 56 percent voted in support of full adult recreational legalization. Voters in Massachusetts and Nevada also said yes to legalized, regulated cannabis. Medical marijuana initiatives passed in Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota. The vote for full legalization is too close to call in Maine and an initiative to improve an existing medical marijuana program in Montana was too close to call. Arizona so far is the only state that had marijuana on the ballot to vote against. California joins Oregon and Washington on the West Coast with legal weed, creating a new Green Corridor. "This vote will dramatically accelerate the end of federal marijuana prohibition," said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, a drug policy reform organization. "This is the most important moment ...
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Who's Spending to Defeat Progressive Ballot Measures Today? 8.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Ballot initiatives across the country today are aiming to legalize marijuana, create a statewide single-payer health care system and raise the minimum wage. Seventy-one of those measures were started by citizens. But the initiatives face significant financial obstacles. (Image: JR / TO ; Adapted: Kyle Johnston / Flickr ) According to Ballotpedia , 162 statewide ballot initiatives from 35 states will be decided on today, with 71 of those measures started by grassroots activists via signature petitions. Measures across the country are aiming to legalize marijuana, create a statewide single-payer health care system and raise the minimum wage. But these initiatives face significant financial obstacles. Who's trying to block these bottom-up democratic measures? California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts are voting on ballot initiatives that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana today. If California votes to legalize recreational use, as polls suggest, the measure is expected to grow the ...
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