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Pills Kill More People Than Guns and Car Crashes

These numbers make it the leading cause of injury-related death in America, killing more than 46,000 people in 2013 alone.<p>In a now-viral video, New …

New Jersey

60 Minutes Story: Reaction From a Chronic Pain Columnist @ NPR

<b>by Ed Coghlan, Editor, National Pain Report</b><p>When National Pain Report columnist and chronic pain sufferer Kerry Smith saw <i>60 Minutes</i> on Sunday, it …

The Digital Side of Therapy

<i>By Emily Giunta, dailyRx News</i><p>Web counseling is an easily accessible and affordable mental health tool. And new evidence suggests it's effective, too.<p>A new study from Canada found that online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) combined with clinical care may benefit patients with depression, anxiety …

DEA Chief Wrong on Medical Marijuana

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration claimed that smoking marijuana has “never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.” …

Cannabis

Bernie Sanders Probably Isn't Running for President to Win

Have you heard of the Overton window? Basically, it represents the range of ideas that the public will accept as reasonable. The Overton window is frequently manipulated by powerful forces like wealthy media moguls (e.g. Rupert Murdoch), organized movements (e.g. Operation Rescue), or manufactured …

Ireland Has a Plan to Deal with Heroin While the U.S. Can't Even Figure Out Weed

A new plan for decriminalization and safe injection rooms in hospitals would drive people absolutely mad if it was proposed here.<p>Over in the Motherland, they are about to get very serious about treating drug addiction, and not by enlisting more deeply into the War On Drugs that seems to paralyze …

London School of Economics

New Sennheiser Orpheus flagship headphones will sell for $55K

The German audio specialists Sennheiser have revealed that they’re making an updated version of their Orpheus, a set of flagship headphones that were …

I'm a Heroin Addict

Like a doctor performing microscopic surgery, I pour the contents of the rainbow bags into my cooker, reach for my bottle of water, insert the syringe, and draw up about 20cc. I squirt the water into the cooker, watch it move across the white powder and turn to liquid. I move my lighter back and …

How Being A Minimalist Will Save You Big Time

<b>BY KARA I. STEVENS</b><p>Over the last month, I've reintroduced myself to the concept of minimalism. Minimalism is a lifestyle where individuals intentionally decide to live with less material items as a way to make room for things that matter most to them (i.e. relationships, experiences, health, wealth, …

On Heroin, '60 Minutes' Gives Big Pharma A Break

On Sunday evening, <i>60 Minutes</i> examined the increase in heroin usage in American suburban neighborhoods. The program featured several addicts and parents of deceased addicts who said it was prescription pain killers that led them to heroin, but <i>60 Minutes</i> failed to mention the companies that make …

Pharma

10 Epic Places You Can Visit On A Budget

Wanderlust knows no wallets. 💸<p>Traveling on the cheap doesn't have to mean seedy motels and a road trip across the U.S. (Though trust us, that's not a bad plan at all.)<p>But for the wanderluster who wants to go somewhere <i>truly</i> epic, there are a number of options you're probably failing to consider. …

Costa Rica

Trudeau joins baby bears for public debut, naming: Panda diplomacy's circle of life is complete

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a glimpse at newly named panda cubs Jia Yueyue and Jia Panpan, who made their first public appearance at the Toronto zoo where they were born last fall. Three years ago this month, his predecessor welcomed the pandas' parents to Toronto as 'national …

An Online Medical Database Is Reducing Diagnostic Errors

Diagnostic errors burden providers, payers, and patients around the world. They lead to avoidable illness, suffering, and poor health outcomes and increase costs of care significantly. Access to evidence-based medical content at the point of care that answers clinical questions and ensures accuracy …

Your Real Age Doesn't Matter. This Does.

<i>By: Alexandra Duron</i><p><i>Credit: iStock</i><p>It turns out that the old cliché, "age is just a number," has some scientific basis. Sure, you're going to pick up some of the aches, pains, and decreased capacity for drinking that come with the passing years, but there's a way you can trick Father Time into …

Brain's Natural Pain Killers Increase When in Chronic Pain

Just under a third of our population, or more than 100 million Americans, suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than six …

A Soldier in the War On Drugs Has a Better Idea

<i>When it comes to the War on Drugs, there are few people in a better position to comment on the futility, brutality and tragedy of the endeavor than</i> …

Hung Up

How Chronic Pain May Change Your Brain

New research on people with arthritis suggests that the ability to withstand more pain may be an adaptive response. In a small new study, published …

​We Asked an Expert What Would Happen If the UK Decriminalized All Drugs

The UN was apparently about to release a report advising exactly that this week before suddenly changing its mind.<p><i>Illustration by Sam Taylor</i><p>Thanks to polymath and biopic-waiting-to-happen Richard Branson, we know that, this week, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime was in the final stages of preparing …

Without a Plan to Tackle Addiction, You're Not Qualified to Be President

The title actually says it all, but let me elaborate. As an undecided voter, I've got a pretty straightforward litmus test for anyone who wants to be President in 2016--and when you've finished reading this, hopefully you will, too. In short, I want to know what the candidate is going to do about …

What a Week! Everyone's Hopping on the 'No More Drug War' Train

I have been working at the Drug Policy Alliance for the last 16 years and I have never seen a week like this. It is hard to keep up with all of the big stories about the disastrous war on drugs and the growing effort to end it. Here is a compilation from the incredible week.<p>New Gallup Poll: 58 …

Obama Tells Outdated Opioid Treatment Industry It's Time To Change

Only "a small minority of Americans who might benefit" from the best treatment are getting it.<p>President Barack Obama tackled the opioid epidemic on Wednesday by telling health care providers across the country that access to medication-assisted treatment must be expanded.<p>For decades, those treating …

Drug Addiction

How to Shine as an Introvert

By now if you haven't heard Carl Jung's popularized terms of the introvert and extrovert, you've probably been living under a rock.<p>These terms have to do with how we use energy. The basics are that the extrovert gets their energy (like filling up a battery) from being around and interacting with …

Did The United Nations Just Call For The Decriminalization Of All Drugs?

<b>News circulated Monday morning that the United Nations had officially called for the decriminalization of all drugs in a brief, two-page report.</b> …