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Faced With Unaffordable Drug Prices, Tens Of Millions Buy Medicine Outside U.S.

Faced With Unaffordable Drug Prices, Tens Of Millions Buy Medicine Outside U.S.

By Rachel Bluth As drug prices have spiraled upward in the past decade, tens of millions of generally law-abiding Americans have committed an illegal act in response: They have…

Delivered ‘Like A Pizza’: Why Killer Drug Fentanyl Is So Hard To Stop

Delivered ‘Like A Pizza’: Why Killer Drug Fentanyl Is So Hard To Stop

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR The latest chart of overdose deaths in Massachusetts shows a climbing blue line labeled “fentanyl.” Pick a spot on that line in mid-August and picture…

Tighter Prescribing Rules: An Anti-Abuse Strategy That Could Hurt Patients In Pain

Tighter Prescribing Rules: An Anti-Abuse Strategy That Could Hurt Patients In Pain

By Shefali Luthra As rates of prescription painkiller abuse remain stubbornly high, a number of states are attempting to cut off the supply at its source by making it harder…

Ballot Initiatives: Voters Reject Calif. Drug Pricing Measure; Colo. Single-Payer System

Ballot Initiatives: Voters Reject Calif. Drug Pricing Measure; Colo. Single-Payer System

By Shefali Luthra It’s been a tumultuous presidential campaign, with the outcome billed as a “change” election and health care high on the to-do list. On the state…

The most damaging gateway to hard drugs? Drugs policy itself

The most damaging gateway to hard drugs? Drugs policy itself

Ian Hamilton, University of York There is only one certainty about drugs – if you don’t use them, you won’t get addicted. Everything else we know about how and…

It’s Not Just For Kids: Medicare EpiPen Spending Up 1,100 Percent

It’s Not Just For Kids: Medicare EpiPen Spending Up 1,100 Percent

By Julie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey Updated Sept. 22, 8:50 A.M. Even as the cost of EpiPens dramatically rose, so too did the number of prescriptions written…

Prescription heroin, aye?

Prescription heroin, aye?

Prescription heroin, aye? By Chiara Barnaba In in a recent article by The Washington Post, heroin has discretely become legal by the Canadian government to be prescribed in severe opiate…

Older people abuse drugs because they’re in pain, but there are better ways to help

Older people abuse drugs because they’re in pain, but there are better ways to help

Michael B Friedman, Columbia University It should be no surprise that older adults are the largest users of prescription medication. After all, older adults are far more likely to have…

The drugs made me do it: can prescription side-effects be an excuse for crime?

The drugs made me do it: can prescription side-effects be an excuse for crime?

Arlie Loughnan, University of Sydney This week, a man who murdered his wife while she slept and blamed his actions in part on the effects of a sleeping pill he…