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The NY Times has a story about the rise in the use of ‘bath salts’ as recreational drugs. Bath salts have caused some users to have hideous psychological effects, including long-term paranoia, as well as dangerous reactions (spikes in body temperature and kidney failure). What are bath salts? Well: Bath salts contain manmade chemicals like…

Simply put: it’s very stinky. We read with interest this post by Jon Walker about the possibility of legalization of marijuana use in Massachusetts (and the near passage in California). While I think the pros of legalization outweigh the cons (although I have no respect for those who pretend there are no downsides), there is…

Or more precisely, why do some patients not follow their doctors’ orders even when it is blindingly obvious that they should do so? In Monday’s NY Times there was an interesting article about patients who are being paid to take their medicine in a reliable manner. I was going to write about the payment issue…

Apparently, if the high-profile, exhaustively peer-reviewed journal Men’s Health [/snark] is to be believed, Boston is the least boozy city in the country (italics mine): Fresno, Calif., tops Men’s Health magazine’s list of America’s “drunkest” cities while Boston, home to the “Cheers” bar where everyone knows your name, was deemed the “least drunk,” besting even…

This is not a needle exchange program center (from here) I’ve written before about the needle exchange legislation which is very good…in an imaginary world lacking parks, schools, and other places where children congregate. From Maine, we find out what this legislation really means: Such a position could conceivably pave the way for additional federal…

When Lifting a Needle Exchange Ban Isn’t

You might think that a bill winding its way through Congress which would lift the ban on organizations using federal funding for needle exchange programs would be a good thing. And it would be a good thing, except for this little provision:

Whenever drug legalization is raised, the anti-legalization side always raises the specter of increased addiction. That is, the argument is framed as a choice between legalization and the harm due to increased addiction. But this ignores a key factor–the death toll due to the ‘War’ on (Some People Who Use) Drugs:

I just finished reading Methland by Nick Reding. While the book focuses on the relationship between methamphetamines and the socioeconomic disintegration of rural areas*, this section about the interplay between lobbying and the failure to develop and produce an amphetamine that has decongestant activity but doesn’t raise heart rate or possess addictive side effects was…

Free Samples in Medicine: FAIL?

A recent PLoS Medicine paper suggests so:

I’ve been meaning to get to this topic after it came up in Obama’s ‘online’ press conference. For me, the argument in favor of legalization is that it would weaken organized crime and that legalization of other popular activities has done so in the past (more on that in a moment). Of course, for some…