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Kids Not Doing Well in School? Drug 'Em

We live in an age where more and more kids seem to have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), which makes them restless and inattentive in class. Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11% of school-age children over all have...
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When Healing Drugs Harm

An increasing number of people die from unintentional home injury, in large part due to accidental drug overdose.

Older adults and infants have the highest rates of death from unintentional home injury. More than 30,000 such deaths occurred between 2000 and 2008.

Researcher Carol W. Runyan says, "Falls continue to...
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Don't Develop New Drugs, Reuse the Old

Did you know that Viagra was first developed as a drug for heart disease, before it became a drug for erectile dysfunction? Or that Rogaine, which is now a baldness treatment, was originally used to treat high blood pressure?

One of the main expenses drug companies have when it comes to developing new medicines is testing these drugs...
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Party Drugs Used as Medicine

New research suggests that marijuana may help autistics (although they'd have to be old enough to smoke it!) and the party drug Ecstasy may help veterans with PTSD. Many of these medicines (like LSD) were originally developed to ease psychiatric symptoms.

MDMA, better known as Ecstasy, can induce pulses of euphoria and a radiating...
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Are Drug Companies as Bad as Tobacco Companies?

Although Big Tobacco is creating a product that is totally bad for us, while $600-billion pharmaceutical industry is selling hope, they tend to use the same tactics--especially when it comes to lies.

Doctors don't like to admit it, but often they don't have any idea...
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What's Wrong With Drugs in Sports?

Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, has been stripped of his victories by the US Anti-Doping Agency for using illicit performance-enhancing drugs. This is happening in almost every sport and in Wired.com, Ian Steadman asks, "Why don't...
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Many Countries Think Drugs Should be Legal

A recent international conference on drugs focused, for the first time in forty years, on the ways that the financial health, political stability, and national security of virtually every country in the Americas has been undermined by the drug trade.

For the first time, the leaders at the summit openly debated (although behind closed...
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New Cure: Zap the Brain

Drug research is changing: instead of pills, researchers are concentrating on "bioelectronics" that "zap" the brain into healing the body through electronic signaling. A lot this has to do with implants (NOTE:...
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A NEW KIND of Addict

We've all heard about people who are addicted to alcohol, drugs or even gambling--but the NEW kind of addict get his stash from his physician, in the form of prescription drugs. Sometimes these addicts O.D., as in the cases of Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson.
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Careful Now!

Those hallucinogenic mushrooms may be tempting (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), but beware: A single high dose of psilocybin, the active ingredient "magic mushrooms," was enough to bring about a...
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Prescriptions Kill More People Than Cars

Did you know that drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the US? In 2009, they killed almost 40,000 people nationwide.

While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. Prescription pain and anxiety drugs are potent and highly addictive and are especially dangerous when combined with one...
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Depression Can Be GOOD for You

Sadness, apathy, preoccupation--these traits come to mind when people think about depression, the world’s most frequently diagnosed mental disorder. Yet there's new evidence that depression has a positive side-effect: Depressed people perform...
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We Have Lost the War on Drugs

The war on the drugs is failing miserably: Narcotics use rose by 35% worldwide from 1998-2008, in spite of anti-drug efforts. A new Global Commission on Drug Policy report says that that anti-drug policies have failed by encouraging organized crime, the fighting of which costs...
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Most Overdoses are Caused by Common Drugstore Painkiller

Overdoses of the common household drug acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol) leads to more than 78,000 emergency department visits a year. Consumers take Tylenol to reduce pain or fever, but few of them realize that when misused, acetaminophen can lead to acute liver failure and even death, often due to accidental overdose by an...
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Drug Companies May be Perpetuating an Enormous Hoax

Are most psychiatric drugs nothing more than placebos? If that's the case, then drug companies are making massive amounts of money selling patients what is actually--nothing at all. We suspect that the swine flu "epidemic" was--in large part--a...
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Passing for Black

You've heard of black people "passing for white," but times have changed: Now many mixed-race people with a choice of which way to go are identifying themselves as black. But before they do this, maybe they should think twice: Drug use is usually associated with blacks and latinos,...
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An Addiction YOU May Have

You may pride yourself on the fact that you stay away from drugs, but if you eat too much, you may be an addict--to FOOD. Sweets and high-fat foods affect the brain the same way drugs do--and like drugs,...
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Drug Scams

By drug manufacturers - It's a conspiracy worthy of Jim Marrs: The pharmaceutical industry is a market in which the seller knows much more than the buyer about the product and can profit from selling products less effective and less safe than consumers are led to believe. The advent of ads for prescription drugs is one example...

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The Best Drug Cure

Curiosity - Curiosity may have killed the cat, but scientists think it may cure the addict. It's a far out idea, but it happens to be true.

The brain's innate interest in the new and different may help defeat the power of addictive drugs. Novelty could help break the vicious cycle of treatment and relapse, especially for...

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The Scourge of Drugs

What will drugs do to YOUR town in 2010? Most of us know that Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug of choice, and that heroin may be the most damaging drug an individual can use, but it is crack cocaine that has changed the world as Americans know it, especially in big cities. And the war against them isn't working.

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You Could Almost Call it Murder

One time it really was! - Recent questions about the death of Michael Jackson have focused media attention on the commonly used intravenous anesthetic propofol, since an autopsy revealed large amounts of this drug in his body. The doctor who prescribed it wasn't trying to kill him, but researchers have found a case 5 years ago...

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Tunnels

We've put up a gigantic fence, so now criminals and immigrants are digging tunnels along the US border instead, and the pace is picking up: 60% of all the tunnels every found by border patrol agents have been discovered in the last three years. Agents spot a new one every month.

While most tunnels are used to move drugs or people, they...

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How Drug War Encourages Drug Use

As we've said before, the war against drugs is a very silly war, and when we fight it, we often encourage the very things we're trying to prevent.

The idea behind tough policing of illegal drugs is to drive dealers out of the market, thus making supplies scarce and driving up the price (this is basic economics). But it turns out that...

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Did You Once Use Drugs?

You may have cleaned up your act, but if you experimented with drugs in the past, you could be infected with hepatitis C.As many as 400,000 people in the U.K. may be infected without knowing it, and even more in the U.S., because there can be a 20 year delay between the infection and the symptoms. You could be in danger not only if you've ever...

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Drugs Don't Work

Just when the controversial new Medicare drug bill has been passed, a new report has come out showing that half the time, prescription drugs don't work. And a couple of illegal drugs can cause changes in DNA that can be passed down to future generations.

Steve Connor reports in the Independent that Allen Roses, vice-president drug...

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Afghan Drug War Back Again

Opium production in Afghanistan is on the rise and is turning that nation back into a country run by drug lords, the way it was before the Taliban took over. UN drug agency director Antonio Maria Costa says the country is falling into the hands of "drug cartels or narco-terrorists." This means that drug wars will escalate here in the U.S. as...

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Drug Addiction Helped Ancestors Survive

Anthropologists believe that so many people use drugs today because they helped our ancestors survive. Anthropologists Roger Sullivan of the University of Auckland and Edward Hagen of the University of California say our ancestors were exposed to plants containing narcotic substances for millions of years. They believe we are predisposed to...

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