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More Than 50 People in Brooklyn Just Overdosed on Synthetic Weed. Why Does This Keep Happening? More Than 50 People in Brooklyn Just Overdosed on Synthetic Weed. Why Does This Keep Happening?

Last Friday, the New York City Police Department announced that 25 people in Brooklyn had been hospitalized soon after smoking synthetic cannabis; by Monday, the count had risen to 56 people. Police also announced Monday that they had arrested 13 people in connection with distributing the drugs.

A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It

The ties that bind us to our ancestors might be even more influential than we knew, suggests a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. It found that the grandchildren of women who took a certain hormone-mimicking drug before the 1970s were at higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

The World's First Drug to Prevent Migraines Has Just Been Approved, and It's Pricey The World's First Drug to Prevent Migraines Has Just Been Approved, and It's Pricey

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug explicitly developed to prevent migraines. But while the drug may signal a new wave of effective treatments for this debilitating—yet often ignored and dismissed—medical condition, there are still questions as to how many migraine sufferers will…

The U.S. Opioid Crisis Is So Devastating, It's Made More Organs Available for Transplant The U.S. Opioid Crisis Is So Devastating, It's Made More Organs Available for Transplant

New research out today in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights yet another impact of the opioid crisis: More people have gotten the organ donations they’ve needed in recent years because of more deaths caused by drug abuse and overdose. The research also suggests these donated organs aren’t any less safe…

Your Coworker's Outdoor Smoke Break Could Still Contaminate Your Cubicle, Study Finds Your Coworker's Outdoor Smoke Break Could Still Contaminate Your Cubicle, Study Finds

Smoking has been banned in most public indoor spaces within the US for years now—and for the better—but that doesn’t necessarily mean nonsmokers are free from toxic cigarette chemicals. New research published Wednesday in Science Advances suggests that not only can the chemical residue left behind by cigarette smoking…

Walmart to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply, Will Require E-Prescriptions by 2020 Walmart to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply, Will Require E-Prescriptions by 2020

Walmart has announced that the company will roll out new restrictions on opioid prescriptions this summer at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, and will require e-prescriptions for opioids by the year 2020. The move comes as the opioid epidemic continues to kill more and more Americans every year.

Google Maps Has Launched a Feature to Flag Prescription Drug Disposal Sites Google Maps Has Launched a Feature to Flag Prescription Drug Disposal Sites

Google has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to mark locations where people can safely dispose of excess prescription drugs on its Maps platform, the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday.

What Happened When a Portland Hospital Started Treating Addiction Like Any Other Illness What Happened When a Portland Hospital Started Treating Addiction Like Any Other Illness

Over the past few years, a hospital in Portland, Oregon has dramatically shifted its approach to treating patients with substance use disorders, including opioid addiction. And since then, the hospital has undergone a “sea change” in the way its medical staff think about and address addiction, according to a study…

Scientists Create 'Am I Stoned,' an App That Aims to Answer the Eternal Question Scientists Create 'Am I Stoned,' an App That Aims to Answer the Eternal Question

Researchers at the University of Chicago are working on an app that they hope will be able to answer to a question many a stoner has asked themselves at one point or another: Am I actually high? The results of their latest research—presented this week at the Emerging Biology conference held in California—suggest…

One Reason Alcohol May Give You Bad Breath  One Reason Alcohol May Give You Bad Breath 

The perils of drinking too much alcohol run deep—even if there’s still an ongoing debate as to how much is too much. A new study published Monday in Microbiome suggests one of those perils is a mouth filled with potentially harmful bacteria.

Scientists Are Working on a Bath Salts Vaccine to Block the Scary High Scientists Are Working on a Bath Salts Vaccine to Block the Scary High

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science are trying to create a vaccine for a class of drugs most infamously, if wrongly, accused of turning people into face-eating zombies commonly known as bath salts. And their latest results in rats, presented this week at the annual Experimental Biology…

Just One Puff of Low-THC Weed Can Help Ease Sadness, Study Finds Just One Puff of Low-THC Weed Can Help Ease Sadness, Study Finds

It might take just one puff of cannabis to quickly if temporarily dull depression, depending on the strain, suggests a new study published this month in the Journal of Affective Disorders. But smoking weed for too long might also make you sadder over time, the researchers found.

Woman Who Posted Instagram Pics of Her Fancy Drug-Smuggling Trip Sentenced to Less-Fancy Prison Woman Who Posted Instagram Pics of Her Fancy Drug-Smuggling Trip Sentenced to Less-Fancy Prison

A Canadian woman who was caught smuggling a fuck-ton of cocaine after posting ritzy photos of herself on Instagram was just sentenced to minimum four years and nine months in prison.

Ketamine Nasal Spray Relieves Suicidal Thoughts, but Doctors Worry About Abuse Risk Ketamine Nasal Spray Relieves Suicidal Thoughts, but Doctors Worry About Abuse Risk

Ketamine, a drug that’s been retooled as a “breakthrough” in depression treatment, is one step closer to becoming mainstream medicine, thanks to the results of a Phase II clinical trial published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry. But some experts are wary of creating a new drug-abuse crisis by…

Illinois Police Make First Arrests Over Deadly Synthetic Weed Linked to Uncontrollable Bleeding Illinois Police Make First Arrests Over Deadly Synthetic Weed Linked to Uncontrollable Bleeding

Illinois police have made the first arrests in connection to an ongoing outbreak of synthetic cannabinoid products responsible for hundreds of severe bleeding cases and at least three deaths. One person, who allegedly distributed the drugs, has been charged with homicide.

Cops in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint From a WhatsApp Photo Cops in Wales Caught a Drug Dealer by IDing His Fingerprint From a WhatsApp Photo

Police in Wales managed to arrest and convict a drug dealer by identifying his fingerprint from a photo posted on WhatsApp, a technique that the local law enforcement is calling “groundbreaking,” according to the BBC.

Unclear Whether Government Efforts to Stop Fentanyl Deaths Are Working, Says Watchdog Report Unclear Whether Government Efforts to Stop Fentanyl Deaths Are Working, Says Watchdog Report

The US government is earnestly trying to tackle the opioid crisis, which is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year, but there’s no easy way to tell whether its efforts are even working, says a new report by a federal watchdog agency.

A Third Person Has Died After Taking Synthetic Weed Linked to Uncontrollable Bleeding  A Third Person Has Died After Taking Synthetic Weed Linked to Uncontrollable Bleeding 

An outbreak of severe bleeding linked to tainted synthetic weed products continues to worsen. Illinois health officials reported this week that a third person has died soon after taking the drugs.

The Outbreak of Severe Bleeding Caused by Synthetic Weed Has Now Spread Beyond Illinois The Outbreak of Severe Bleeding Caused by Synthetic Weed Has Now Spread Beyond Illinois

A frightening outbreak of uncontrollable bleeding linked to inhaling synthetic weed products seems to have spread beyond the borders of Illinois. On Thursday, Maryland health officials reported that at least one person in the state has come down with similar symptoms, the first case reported there.

The Opioid Epidemic Is So Bad, the Surgeon General Wants You to Carry an Overdose Antidote The Opioid Epidemic Is So Bad, the Surgeon General Wants You to Carry an Overdose Antidote

Amidst the worsening opioid crisis—which killed more than 42,000 Americans in 2016 and even shortened US life expectancy—the federal head of public health has come out with a plea to the public: Learn how to use naloxone, the nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose, and carry around as much of it as you can.

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