Posts Tagged ‘drugs’

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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A Pill for All Your Needs

October 9, 2016

“With this groundbreaking, clinically proven treatment, you can simply sit back, relax, and let your mind do the rest.”

Directed by Elizabeth McDonough and Myles Kane; written by Elizabeth McDonough and Kate McManus.

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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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Dr. Goldacre’s American House Call

February 6, 2013

Dr Goldacre's American House Call

Writer and physician Ben Goldacre is coming to the USA and Canada this month:

“Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma North American Tour,” Scott Gavura, Science-Based Pharmacy

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Lance Armstrong’s New Charity: Oprah’s Cable Network

January 17, 2013

Lance Armstrong's New Charity: Oprah's Cable Network
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was forced to abandon his Livestrong foundation, but he seems to have found a new pet charity: Oprah Winfrey’s money-losing OWN video venture. OWN has been bleeding money at an alarming gush, over $300 million as of last May. Oprah’s exclusive Armstrong interview will be a powerful shot in the arm, and the Queen of Confessions is hyping it for all it’s worth.

As for the interview subject himself, here’s the best take:

“Lance Armstrong Admits To Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs To Show Remorse,” The Onion

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Lance Armstrong Stripped of Titles, Banned From Cycling

October 22, 2012

Lance Armstrong Stripped of Titles, Banned From Cycling

Lance who?

“Lance Armstrong deserves to be forgotten, says UCI,” First Post

More:

“Armstrong ‘has no place in cycling,’” Euronews

“World Cycling Body Strips Armstrong of Titles,” John Revill and Vanessa O’Connell, Wall Street Journal

“Lance Armstrong Is Stripped of His 7 Tour de France Titles,” Juliet Macur, New York Times

“Cycling’s governing body agrees to strip Lance Armstrong of his 7 Tour de France titles,” AP via Washington Post

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‘Case closed: Armstrong doped’

October 11, 2012

Case closed: Armstrong doped

“The word ‘alleged’ should now be dropped from any description of the way doping permeated and enabled Lance Armstrong’s cycling career.”

“The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s release of its ‘reasoned decision’and staggeringly voluminous supporting documents that resulted in its move to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from elite competition for life — charges he opted not to contest — changes all that, and rewrites Armstrong’s sporting epitaph from alleged to proven user of performance-enhancing drugs and techniques.

There is no other logical conclusion. After today, anyone who remains unconvinced simply doesn’t want to know.”

— “Case closed: Armstrong doped,” Bonnie D. Ford, ESPN.com

Related:

“Anti-Dope Testing in Sport: The History and the Science,” Larry D. Bowers, The FASEB Journal

“Lance Armstrong’s Cat-and-Mouse Game,” Eric Niiler, Discovery News

“Lance Armstrong’s Guide to Cheating a Drug Test,” Daniel Honan, Big Think

“The Lance Armstrong Foundation Celebrates 15 Years,” Livestrong.org

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Don’t Worry, There’s a Cure

May 11, 2011

Don't Worry, There's a Cure

At last, a treatment for Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder. Ask your doctor.

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Smugglers’ Siege Engine Propels Pot

February 25, 2011

 Smugglers' Siege Engine Propels Pot

Chivalry may be dead, but the Middle Ages are alive on the Mexican Border. Federales found a catapult used by drug smugglers to propel pot over the border fence and into the Arizona desert.  Cops captured the catapult and cannabis but the flingers fled. Anybody missing from the Centro de Estudios Medievales at the Universidad de Sonora?

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Charlie Sheen’s Worst Transgression

November 26, 2010

Charlie Sheen's Worst Transgression

In the great news famine that accompanies a National Holiday, we caught up on celebrity scandals and discovered the awful truth about actor Charlie Sheen’s rampage in a Manhattan hotel. Mr. Sheen did something much worse than rough up a rented porn starabuse booze (and perhaps drugs), froth at the mouth, and get rushed to the hospital. He destroyed the Eloise Suite at the Plaza. If Mr. Sheen ever faces a jury with American women on it, the television star is a dead man.

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