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Opioid Dependency In Jails: An Anthropologist’s Point of view

Opioid Dependency In Jails: An Anthropologist’s Point of view

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A new book by anthropologist and physician Kimberly Sue tells the stories of women navigating opioid addiction during and after incarceration. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption toggle caption Catie Dull/NPR A new book by anthropologist and physician Kimberly Sue tells the stories of women navigating opioid addiction during and after incarceration. Catie Dull/NPR Dr. Kimberly Sue…
Sacklers get additional insolvency defenses as legal professionals require probe

Sacklers get additional insolvency defenses as legal professionals require probe

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Enlarge / WHITE PLAINS, WESTCHESTER, United States - Oct. 10, 2019: Protesters holding banners outside the courthouse. A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday extended "extraordinary" protections for the mega-rich Sackler family amid a call from legal experts for a special examiner to investigate the family's finances and role in the opioid crisis. The Sacklers own…
After flooding United States with opioids, market giants provide $50 billion settlement

After flooding United States with opioids, market giants provide $50 billion...

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Enlarge / Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters hold signs while protesting during the McKesson Corp. annual meeting at the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce in Irving, Texas, US, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Three of the nation’s largest drug distributors plus two big-name drug makers have reportedly offered a deal worth nearly $50…
To attempt to comprehend the youths, scientists sleuthed through their garbage

To attempt to comprehend the youths, scientists sleuthed through their garbage

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Enlarge / Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau is disguised as a mountain climber, while hiding in a trash can, in a scene from the film 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again', 1976. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images) While the government may be considered Big Brother, a team of researchers in California are officially that parent. The researchers…
Juul stops all United States advertisements, boots CEO

Juul stops all United States advertisements, boots CEO

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Enlarge / Menthol pods for Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarettes are displayed for sale at a store in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. As e-cigarette-maker Juul faces increasingly searing scrutiny for allegedly marketing its products to teens and helping ignite an “epidemic” of youth vaping, the company announced Wednesday that its CEO is…
In Tiny Doses, A Dependency Medication Moonlights As A Treatment For Persistent Discomfort

In Tiny Doses, A Dependency Medication Moonlights As A Treatment For...

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Lori Pinkley of Kansas City, Mo., has struggled with chronic pain since she was a teenager. She has found relief from low doses of naltrexone, a drug that at higher doses is used to treat addiction. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption toggle caption Alex Smith/KCUR Lori Pinkley of Kansas City, Mo., has struggled with chronic pain…
Teenager vaping rise: 25% of 12 th graders report current usage, 11% everyday usage

Teenager vaping rise: 25% of 12 th graders report current usage,...

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Preliminary data from two long-standing, nationwide surveys reveals a sustained surge in e-cigarette use—aka vaping—by teens over the last two years. About 25% of 12th graders in 2019 reported using nicotine-containing vaping products within 30 days of taking one of the surveys. That figure was about 21% in the 2018 edition of the same survey…
CDC fine-tunes meaning of vaping-linked health problems, reduces case count

CDC fine-tunes meaning of vaping-linked health problems, reduces case count

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Enlarge / A man smokes an e-cigarette. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated and revised the national tally of illnesses linked to the use of e-cigarettes, aka vaping, dropping the count from 450 possible cases to 380 confirmed and probable cases, the agency announced late Thursday. The new figure follows a clearer…
Dependency Centers Market Unproven Infusion Treatments To Desperate Clients

Dependency Centers Market Unproven Infusion Treatments To Desperate Clients

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Katherine Streeter for NPR Katherine Streeter for NPR Jason was hallucinating. He was withdrawing from drugs at an addiction treatment center near Indianapolis, and he had hardly slept for several days. "He was reaching for things, and he was talking to Bill Gates and he was talking to somebody else I'm just certain he hasn't…
Vaping connected to 94 mystical cases of extreme lung illness in 14 states

Vaping connected to 94 mystical cases of extreme lung illness in...

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Enlarge / A person smokes a Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday that it’s investigating a puzzling burst of severe lung-disease cases linked to e-cigarette product use or “vaping.” Between June 28 and August 15, health officials have counted 94 probable cases of severe lung illness in 14…

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