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Purdue Pharma Succombs to Lawsuit Overdose

September 17, 2019

Purdue Pharma Succombs to Lawsuit Overdose

Purdue Pharma, the drug company that made billions pushing the prescripton opioid OxyContin, is dying of unnatural causes. The firm has filed for bankruptcy in an attempt to stave off responsibility for claiming its flagship pharmaceutical was nonaddictive, and aggressively marketing it to physicians. The firm is currently defending itself in 2,600 lawsuits blaming the company for the opioid epidemic that kills 130 American every day.

More:

“Purdue Pharma, drugmaker accused of fueling the opioid epidemic, files for bankruptcy,” Christopher Rowland, Washington Post

“OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy to Wipe Out 2,000 Lawsuits,” Jef Feeley and Steven Church, Bloomberg

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Your Brain On Drug Policy

February 7, 2018

“Your Brain On Drug Policy,” featuring Rachael Leigh Cook. A video from the Drug Policy Alliance. Any questions?

Ms. Cook was in the original 1997 “Brain on Drugs” commercial of the “War on Drugs” era.

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Withdrawal Pains

October 18, 2017

Withdrawal Pains
On Tuesday, Rep. Tom Marino (R, PA-10) withdrew his name from consideration as America’s drug czar, tweeted President Trump, who nominated him. This followed a devastating 60 Minutes/Washington Post report on Mr. Marino’s role in sponsoring a bill that prevented the DEA from pursuing the crooked drug wholesalers, pharmacies and doctors responsible for illegal distribution of opioids, highly-addictive prescription drugs. Last year, opioid overdoses killed more Americans than died in the entire Vietnam Conflict.

Mr. Marino was one of the 23 sponsors and co-sponsors of the DEA-hampering bill who divvied up $1.5 million in Big Pharma campaign contributions. Of course, drug enforcement isn’t the only thing Republicans want to deregulate, but the others don’t send 40 Americans to the morgue every day. They’ll kill you more slowly.

Related:

“How big pharma’s money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid crisis,” Chris McGreal, The Guardian

Updates:

“Opioid Lobbyist Left a Digital Fingerprint on a Campaign by ‘Patient Advocates,'” Lee Fang, The Intercept

“Opioid Commission Member: We Worry Trump Won’t Act To Address Drug Crisis,” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

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Santa’s Secret

December 24, 2015

“Santa’s Secret,” by pianist Johnny Guarnieri and bassist Slam Stewart. Originally recorded in 1944, it remained unissued until 2000. There’s a recent rendition by the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Spoiler alert: The secret involves a 100-foot-long reefer.

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Sports Medicine, Russian Style

November 19, 2015

Sports Medicine, Russian Style
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently reported that Russia’s secret service intimidated workers at a drug-testing lab and impersonated lab engineers, and a Russian drug test lab destroyed 1,400 samples, all to cover up positive drug tests by the country’s athletes. Russia’s athletes paid to make doping violations disappear, bribed anti-doping authorities to ensure favorable results, and Russian sports officials submitted bogus urine samples for doping team athletes. This was documented at the London Olympics, at Sochi, and during other athletic competitions. Given this long-term, state-sponsored, systemic culture of corruption, WADA called for banning Russian athletes from international competition, including the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The evidence is so strong that the council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspended Russia from all international track and field competition by a vote of 22 to 1. Even Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for an internal investigation of his nation’s sports teams to identify individual culprits and pledged cooperation with international anti-doping sports bodies.

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Dr Cosby’s Prescription

July 7, 2015

Dr. Cosby's Prescription

Bill Cosby’s 1960s stand-up comedy act had a family-friendly reputation, but that overlooks a routine where he described a teenage fantasy about slipping Spanish Fly, a legendary aphrodisiac, into women’s drinks.

In sworn court testimony from 2005 recently obtained by AP, the comedian admitted obtaining seven Quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s:

”When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?’ lawyer Dolores M. Troiani asked. ‘Yes,’ Cosby answered ….'”

— “APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex,” Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press.

William Henry Cosby received a Doctorate in Education, but seems to have confused it with Cliff Huxtable’s medical degree.

Quaaludes, the “date-rape drug” of the Disco Era, were made a controlled Schedule 1 drug in 1985. Bill Cosby made a public service announcement for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in 1990.

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Where In the World Is Rob Ford?

May 7, 2014

Where In the World Is Rob Ford?

 

“Where is Rob Ford? Brother, lawyer say he’s in rehab,” Kendra Mangione, CTV News

“Toronto crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford missing after flying to US,” RT.com

“Rob Ford declined to officially enter United States,” Robyn Doolittle and Greg McArthur, Globe and Mail

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Caffeine In US Soda Pop Is From China’s Drug Factories

March 27, 2014

Caffeine In US Soda Pop Is From China's Drug Factories

Used in moderation, caffeine is a harmless eye-opening stimulant. But it’s a drug, and a tablespoon of pure caffeine will kill you. Plants produce the stuff as an insecticide, and it’s most concentrated in coffee beans, kola nuts, pekoe tea, and yerba mate.

So what’s the source of the caffeine in America’s soft drinks? Pharmaceutical factories in China, mostly.

More:

“Wake Up And Smell The Caffeine. It’s A Powerful Drug,” NPR

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Tour de France Starts, Le Monde Interviews Lance Armstrong

July 1, 2013

Tour de France Starts, Le Monde Interviews Lance Armstrong

The 100th Tour de France began Saturday in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, the first time the famous bicycle race has started on the french island. It will also be the first time the Tour finishes in France. All the living winners will be there except for disgraced seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his titles for doping.

That didn’t keep Mr. Armstrong out of the french headlines. He granted interviews to the country’s leading newspaper. “The Tour cannot be won without doping,” he told Le Monde.

More:

“As Tour De France Begins, Interview With A Defiant Lance Armstrong,” Stéphane Mandard, Le Monde via Worldcrunch

“Tour De France: A Fresh Start For 100th Race?” Bill Chappell, NPR News blog

“Lance Armstrong: ‘Le Tour de France ? Impossible de gagner sans dopage,'” Stéphane Mandard, Le Monde

“Marcel Kittel wins a bizarre opening to the 100th Tour de France,” Velo News

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Cannon Fire Along the Border

March 7, 2013

Cannon Fire Along the Border

Drug smugglers in Mexicali took aim at the USA, firing packets of marijuana over the border with a cannon. The improvised artillery, made from plastic pipe and an old metal tank, used compressed air to fire packets weighing up to 30 pounds into California.

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