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Your drain on drugs: Meth in Baltimore's streams

Your drain on drugs: Meth in Baltimore's streams | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A new study finds aquatic life in Baltimore is being exposed to illegal drugs methamphetamine and amphetamine and it's having an impact on their growth.
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Another reason to stop the war on drugs. Dumping prescribed drugs is bad enough for the environment, but when we have no control over the production and distribution of the self-medicating drugs, we are asking to have them dumped incorrectly and produced in ways that produce ecological disasters. We need to help people fight the reasons for getting hooked, help them get alternatives, and stop the obvious failed approach of making drugs a toy for the  criminal justice system. . 
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Can Adderall Abuse Trigger Temporary Schizophrenia?

Can Adderall Abuse Trigger Temporary Schizophrenia? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
25 million people take Adderall to help them focus. But when used recreationally, the drug can be harmful—even deadly.
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Just think about the military giving stimulants to soldiers to keep them awake at their duties. About cops using them to work extra hours. About doctors and nurses doing those incredibly long shifts with next to no sleep. About long-distance truck drivers hauling large loads in the night. There is a great danger to be found in the stimulants market, great danger for us all. Maybe some of our notions of productivity need to be rethought.
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U.S. Visas Helped Fuel the Juarez Drug Wars

U.S. Visas Helped Fuel the Juarez Drug Wars | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The ICE informants didn’t just go ‘sideways’ in Ciudad Juárez, they shipped drugs and waged a savage war with U.S. help.
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Is the War on Drugs corrupting our bureaucracy? Of course it is. So what do we do? Most of us say stop the damn war. It isn't working, but it is doing incredible harm.

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DEA obstructs research into medical marijuana: report | Al Jazeera America

DEA obstructs research into medical marijuana: report | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Study says agency should not be in charge of scheduling drugs or giving access to drugs for medical research
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Does anybody, when running a bureaucratic agency, ever willingly agree to reduce that agency's ambit? I think not. So why should we expect the DEA to agree to meaningful research for marijuana? Legalizing pot would give them less to do, fewer jobs, and a smaller budget.

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Biotech Firms,
Billions at Risk,
Lobby States to
Limit Generics

Biotech Firms,<br/>Billions at Risk,<br/>Lobby States to<br/>Limit Generics | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The industry’s lobbying effort could blunt new competition to its products and reduce the savings anticipated in the federal health care overhaul.
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These new laws will add company profits and cost patients and federal government billions. Want to bet that the states which pass them will be GOP dominated? Once again we see that the GOP is the party of business.

 

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Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly

Why Drug Rehab Is Outdated, Expensive, and Deadly | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The U.S. will spend $40 billion this decade fighting addiction, yet little of it will be used on science-based treatment. Why do we deny medicine for addiction?
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This is an excellent call for a science and results driven approach to addiction. Far too much money and far too many lives have been sacrificed to the altar of the abstinence only approach. At the same time, while addiction is chemically driven and biological in nature, it also often reflects a failure of personal coping mechanisms. As with most mental health issues, the final best solution will probably include a mix of medication and interpersonal approaches. 
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Drug-Overdose Deaths Have More Than Doubled in the U.S.

Drug-Overdose Deaths Have More Than Doubled in the U.S. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Opioids and heroin are two of the greatest offenders
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Seems like the real pushers are big pharma and doctors who write that script too freely. What can we do? One thing is equip first responders with opioid antagonists pens. Yes, that saves lives. Second, provide better education for both health professionals and patients. If a patient gets one of those scripts, (s)he should at least get a class from a pharmacist or nurse warning both of the dangers for them and the dangers of leaving those pills where kids or others can get them. Third, we can explore ways to reduce the need for pain pills, for example using anti-depressants to lower anxiety. Fourth, and I'm sure this one will upset some folks, by having a policy in which those who do not wish to control their addiction can simply be allowed to O.D.. At a certain point, we have to respect the right to self-destructive stupidity.

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Courts fight heroin scourge with drug injections

Courts fight heroin scourge with drug injections | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The twice-arrested heroin user listened nervously as the judge reviewed her record, then offered a deal he thinks could save her life.
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If this treatment works for a significant number of addicts who wish to stay clean, it certainly is worth trying. For those who don't want to give up their addictions, perhaps just letting them have the heroin might be a better choice than the revolving cell doors.

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The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy

The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fighting illicit drugs is all about raising the price people have to pay to get them. So why do they keep getting cheaper?
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The war on drugs may be the stupidest war the U.S. has ever waged, stupider even then Iraq and Vietnam. We have lost our common sense as a country in the fervor of our self-righteousness.

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