drugs

Thatcher, Reagan and Robin Hood: a history of modern wealth inequality

Thatcher, Reagan and Robin Hood: a history of modern wealth inequality

    Persistently high rates of income or wealth inequality are bad for social cohesion, political inclusion and crime. The evidence for this is overwhelming. Often, stubbornly high income inequality partly…

Why Mexican immigrants are healthier than their US-born peers

Why Mexican immigrants are healthier than their US-born peers

Supporters of Donald Trump’s wall might have us believe that Mexicans who enter the US illegally carry disease and take advantage of America’s healthcare system. But several large…

A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

A doctor’s sexual advances towards a patient are never ok, even if ‘consensual’

    In a recent independent review, I recommended chaperones no longer be used as an interim protective measure to keep patients safe while allegations of sexual misconduct by a…

You may die sooner than we thought. but here’s why that might be a good thing

You may die sooner than we thought. but here’s why that might be a good thing

Most people wonder how long they have left on this world, and what they’ll do with that time, but few people are as preoccupied with mortality as the professionals…

What is ‘success’ in drug rehab? Programs need more than just anecdotes to prove they work

What is ‘success’ in drug rehab? Programs need more than just anecdotes to prove they work

This week’s Australian Story was a compelling narrative of redemption. After a long history of problem drug use and related crime, Peter Lyndon-James’s life was turned around…

Why South Africa should follow Portugal and decriminalise drug use

Why South Africa should follow Portugal and decriminalise drug use

  In 2015 I started joining police in the South African port city of Durban on their “drug operations”. Most of my journeys were at night. They focused mainly on…

Maximizers vs. minimizers: The personality trait that may guide your medical decisions – and costs

Maximizers vs. minimizers: The personality trait that may guide your medical decisions – and costs

Do certain people want more medical care than others do? And, does that matter? To consider this idea, start by answering the following question: Which of the paragraphs below describes…

‘Record seizure’ headlines mark another false step in misguided war on drugs

‘Record seizure’ headlines mark another false step in misguided war on drugs

The announcement this week of the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Australian history has been accompanied by a familiar chorus of uncritical and often sensationalised media reporting. The “street value…

How do drugs work

How do drugs work

Whether a drug is prescribed by the doctor, bought over the counter or obtained illegally, we mostly take their mechanism of action for granted and trust they will do what…

Rodrigo Duterte relaunches Philippine drug war despite calls for investigation

Rodrigo Duterte relaunches Philippine drug war despite calls for investigation

  Phelim Kine, City University of New York Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to continue his “war on drugs” in spite of growing calls for an investigation into his…

Faster approval for drugs and medical devices under the 21st Century Cures Act raises concerns for patient safety

Faster approval for drugs and medical devices under the 21st Century Cures Act raises concerns for patient safety

  President Obama signed a bill that will provide US$6 billion in federal funding for basic medical research on Dec. 13. Called the 21st Century Cures Act, it also…