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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

Hospitals and pharmacies are required to discard expired drugs, no matter how costly or vital they are. Meanwhile, the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years.

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Here’s Why the U.N. and WHO Both Want to Decriminalize Drugs

It started with a little country called Portugal, which in 2001 opted to treat possession and use of small quantities of drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one.

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How Two Common Medications Became One Specialty Pill Worth $455 Million

Here’s another reason Americans pay too much for health care.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE


‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: The Fatal Addiction

This episode deals with the incalculable human and financial costs of America’s opioid addiction epidemic. (Pictured: Hedges, right, with the best friend of a young woman who fatally overdosed.)

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Drug Overdose Deaths Surged in 2016, Preliminary Report Shows

Data compiled by The New York Times suggests 2016 saw the largest annual increase in drug overdose deaths ever recorded in the U.S.

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Filipino Women Are Key in Resistance to Duterte

The first installment of a two-part series investigates the brutality and rampant misogyny that the Philippines president has visited upon his country.

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America’s Other Drug Problem

Every year nursing homes nationwide flush, burn or throw out tons of valuable prescription medications.

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Displacing the Unprofitable and Undesirable in California’s San Jose

The policing of the Fountain Alley area—and, by extension, downtown San Jose—targets the very people who need the most help and protection.

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Why Flip Burgers When You Can Sling Weed?

Colorado’s legal marijuana industry is providing more options for young workers, but it has created hiring challenges for Denver restaurant owners.

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What Can Skid Row Teach Us About the Future of Policing?

Longtime Los Angeles Police Officer Deon Joseph sat down with Truthdig to discuss homelessness, mental health, crime and policing in L.A.’s most run-down district.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Six Biggest Drug Stories of 2016

The future for legal pot and drug reform is very much in doubt.

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Russell Brand on How the War on Drugs Was a Way to Vilify and Control

The “Trews” host, who struggled with addiction for many years, sees drug dependence as the inevitable outcome of a consumerist, capitalist society that has stripped human lives of meaning.

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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How We Can Do Something About the Opioid-Overdose Epidemic

To prevent future tragedies, the Drug Policy Alliance has created a comprehensive plan that involves treatment and strategies for reducing criminalization.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE



Six ‘Miracle’ Drugs Big Pharma Now Regrets

Are you depressed? It may have less to do with your mood than with your pills for birth control, high blood pressure, hair loss or even antibiotics, according to new research.

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Tom Hayden: Revolution, Protest and America

From the archives: The social and political activist discusses the war in Iraq, U.S.-Cuba relations, and America’s war on drugs (translated from a Cuban newspaper).

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How Can America’s Wealthy Sleep at Night When Some Teens Must Sell Sex or Drugs in Order to Eat?

A harrowing new study sheds light on the extreme measures some American children between ages 13 and 18 are taking in order to feed themselves. The report also calls into question the welfare policies of former President Bill Clinton.

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Drugs and Privilege: Big Business, Congress and the EpiPen

This new price gouge is the latest example of a corrupt system that hurts regular Americans—but we will hold accountable those who are responsible.

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Drug and Device Makers Are Paying Thousands of Doctors Who Have Been Disciplined for Misconduct

Physicians whose state boards have sanctioned them for harming patients, unnecessarily prescribing addictive drugs, bilking federal insurance programs and even sexual misconduct continue to cash in for consulting, promoting products and more.

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Are Copay Coupons Actually Making Drugs More Expensive?

Consumers, including a ProPublica reporter, love saving money using drug copay coupons. But by upending the benefit structure of health insurers, these clever marketing tools may be increasing costs for everyone.

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Imagine What President Donald Trump and Attorney General Chris Christie Might Do to Marijuana Laws

A new administration hostile to marijuana and a memo from the Justice Department could crash the pot movement.

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What Big Pharma Does Not Want You to Know About the Opioid Epidemic

The Pharma-driven opioid epidemic may be as big a con as the mortgage housing bubble collapse.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



What’s Being Done to Curb the Overdose Death Toll From Opioids?

In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs.

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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.

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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.

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You Don’t Matter to Drugmakers

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.”

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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.

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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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