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Tag: Drugs


Drug Legalization in America: Shifting the Dialogue From ‘Why?’ to ‘How?’

As the United States debates the legalization of marijuana and faces a growing trend of opioid addiction, journalist Dan Baum discusses the complexities of legalizing drugs in our country.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE


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The Panama Papers: ‘Biggest Leak in History’ Exposes Global Web of Corruption

Edward Snowden tweets: “The story behind the #PanamaPapers? Courage is contagious.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Isn’t Following Through on Pardons Promise, Says His Former Pardons Attorney

The initiative President Obama unveiled two years ago, granting early release to potentially thousands of federal prisoners serving long sentences for low-level drug crimes, has barely made a dent. A resignation letter from the president’s recently departed pardon attorney gives at least one reason why.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



You Don’t Matter to Drugmakers

Big Pharma executives are going all out to paint themselves as the good guys—just not to you.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE



Writer Chris Arnade: The Heroin Users I Know Suffered Nightmarish Childhoods

What do many adults who use heroin have in common? “Their childhoods were spent dealing with problems that would break most adults,” explains Chris Arnade at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE



Psychologist: Mental Illness Is a Result of Intolerable Circumstances, Not Defective Genes (Video)

The health professions make a grave mistake when they treat mental illnesses as “discrete brain conditions that are largely genetically determined and barely influenced by the slings and arrows of misfortune,” writes clinical psychologist and researcher Richard Bentall.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



High Doses of Cocaine Can Cause the Brain to Eat Itself

Mice given high doses of the recreational drug exhibited a destructive version of a condition known as autophagy, in which brain cells digest and excrete essential parts, rather than just waste.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Newly Released Footage Shows Firefight in ‘El Chapo’s’ Recapture

The footage was recorded on Mexican marines’ helmets and documented an exchange of gunfire, falling debris and a team of troops moving around the safe house in the early morning raid.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Commercially Driven Spike in Drug Shortages Endangers Lives

Emergency room doctors are reaching for medicines that aren’t there after drug shortages jumped more than fivefold between 2008 and 2014. And experts say drug companies are to blame.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



Bill Cosby Charged With Aggravated Indecent Assault; Bail Set at $1 Million

Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pa., charged the legendary comedian with a second-degree felony Wednesday for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



At 70, Baby Boomers Face a New Acid Test

Can a generation that turned the world on its ear in so many ways conquer the cancer of corporate domination?

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Private-Prison Executive Predicts More Profits, Downplays Criminal Justice Reform

A senior executive with the second-largest for-profit prison company in America told investment bankers last summer that, talk of drug policy and criminal justice reform notwithstanding, the United States will continue to “attract crime,” generating new “correctional needs.”

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE


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Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Limit Affordable Drugs, World Health Organization Chief Says

“If these agreements open trade yet close the door to affordable medicines, we have to ask the question: Is this really progress at all?” said Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, at a health care conference in Geneva on Thursday.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



Chris Christie: A Softhearted Tough Guy?

Just when his fellow Republican presidential candidates most need to listen closely to what he has to say, Chris Christie finds himself knocked off the main debate stage.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules That Smoking Pot Is a Fundamental Human Right

The motion represents a sharp challenge to the country’s strict drug laws, adding the court’s weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war on drugs.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



The Verdict Is In: Fatty, Processed Foods—Especially Cheese—Are as Addictive as Drugs

A recent study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that certain foods can trigger the same “addictive element” as drugs.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



‘Sicario’ Film Review: Dirty War on Mexican Drug Cartels Could Become Reality

A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld with the one he knows, and says Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



Would Washington’s FDA Fix Cure the Patients or the Drug Industry?

A bill that would speed up approval for medications and medical devices shows how a major initiative can get traction even in the midst of Washington gridlock — but critics say all the lobbying is drowning out some warnings about patient safety.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



After Upset Election, Canada’s New Leader Wants to Legalize Marijuana

This represents a 180-degree turnaround from Canada’s previous right-wing government and a seismic shift for North America.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



A Solution We Didn’t Know We Needed: Now You Can Bequeath Your Tattoos

If you have a tattoo, you no longer have to worry about it dying out with your body, thanks to a new service; a piece explains why we’re unable to keep pharmaceutical companies from charging absurd amounts for drugs; meanwhile, a year after the Ayotzinapa disappearances in Mexico, relatives of the missing students are still seeking justice. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



CEO Who Raised HIV Drug Price by 5,000% Also Hiked Cost of Pill for Children With Incurable Disease

Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is being called the most hated man in America for raising the price of the HIV drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Now his earlier pricing decisions are being examined. It is being reported that one such decision led to a 2,000 percent price increase for a medication taken by children suffering from a rare kidney disease.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


LISTEN: Mexico’s Missing 43

Journalist Steve Fisher talks with KPFK’s Joshua Scheer about his and Anabel Hernández’s investigative work on the missing 43 students in Mexico. Also, Truthdig’s Kasia Anderson discusses Stephen Colbert’s debut, and Liza Gold talks gun deaths and mental health.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Search for Missing Students in Mexico Finds Corpses of at Least 129 Other People

None of the bodies uncovered have been linked to the Ayotzinapa students missing for the past 10 months.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 23, 2015 ENLARGE



Scientists Find Drug That Appears to Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers appear to have made a breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, announcing test results for a drug that seems to slow the pace of mental decline.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Watch the Moment of ‘El Chapo’s’ Prison Break

Footage has surfaced of the moment Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous drug lord known as “El Chapo,” escaped from his cell in Mexico’s Altiplano prison.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Obama Reduces Sentences of 46 Prisoners in Largest Clemency Grant Since the 1960s

President Obama granted clemency Monday to 46 men and women convicted of nonviolent drug crimes, most of whom were serving sentences of at least 20 years.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 9, 2015 ENLARGE



Portugal’s Approach to Drugs Is Saving Lives; Why Aren’t We Copying It?

In 2001, the Southern European country tackled drug use with what seemed like a radical plan.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



The Pathology of the Rich White Family

The rich white family is a menace, and the sickness within it is the most dangerous threat to America.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows

Since Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, more states and cities have been considering a similar path. At the same time, the cannabis market is looking less like a music festival and more like a Silicon Valley confab—upscale, data-driven and focused on investors.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE



Sex, Drugs and Dead Soldiers: What the U.S. Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know

As American military operations have ramped up across Africa, reports of excessive drinking, sex with prostitutes, drug use, sexual assaults, and other forms of violence by AFRICOM personnel have escalated, and many of them have been kept under wraps.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



Newburgh, N.Y.: A Once-Grand City That Had Its Heart Torn Out

“Once one of the grandest cities in the entire north-east, the story of Newburgh’s decline and the fight to resurrect it is the story of the struggle of many cities in the United States, a story that says much about how the nation views its urban centres, and the problems and challenges that go with them,” writes The Guardian’s Michael Deibert.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Missing 43

This exclusive excerpt from “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the ‘Mexican Drug War,’ ” gives a harrowing account of how 43 Mexican students disappeared last year.

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 READ MORE


Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: This week on Truthdig Radio, it’s Peter’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is pro legalization of all drugs, America hates controversial art, the VA secretary is a liar and more.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE


Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Peter Scheer’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is for the legalization of all drugs; the United States hates controversial art; the Veterans Affairs secretary is a liar; and more.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines the Politics of Marijuana

Drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a “drug duel” to prove their point.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE


Listen to Interviews With the Real Gary Webb

“Democracy Now” is making available a number of interviews with the late journalist Gary Webb, whose reporting on the CIA and crack is now the subject of the movie “Kill the Messenger.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Kill the Messenger: Gary Webb Connected the CIA to Crack and Was Hounded to Death

A new movie profiles journalist Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA’s involvement with the U.S. crack epidemic and later committed suicide.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Big Pharma Is Robbing Us Blind and We’re Letting It Happen

America spends a fortune on drugs, more per person than any other nation on earth, even though Americans are no healthier than the people of other advanced nations.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Where Goes the Neighborhood?

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C., will decide whether to legalize marijuana.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Dennis Kucinich on the Responsibility to Speak Out About Gaza

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The former congressman says, “You can’t just stay silent when you see a massacre of people going on.” Also: Washington, D.C. will decide whether to legalize marijuana.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



S Street Rising

A gritty street-level portrait of a dark chapter in the history of Washington, D.C., reflected in the mirror of the author’s own crack addiction.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE


A Living Hell Beneath Romania’s Capital

In a video companion to a written report filed last week, Britain’s Channel 4 News takes viewers beneath the streets of post-Communist Bucharest to a world inhabited by hundreds of men, women and children stricken by drug abuse, HIV and tuberculosis.

Posted on May 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



A Grim Existence in the Sewers of Eastern Europe

Beneath Bucharest’s ornate architecture, Baroque palaces and tree-lined boulevards lies a decades-old city of suffering made of filth, frigid temperatures, addiction and disease.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE


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