drugs

  • Biotech Stocks Fall on Clinton Vow to Fight 'Price Gouging'

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Stocks of makers of biologic and "specialty" drugs plunged Monday after Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said she'll soon release a plan to address "price gouging" in the industry.

  • Broward House - The LGBT Community’s Safe Haven For Recovery

    Where there’s despair, there’s the Broward House.

  • Drug Prices Only Matter to the Uninsured

    Last December, The Fair Pricing Coalition issued a report, “Tackling Drug Costs: a 100 Day Roadmap.” This report discusses a major challenge:  containing health care costs while maintaining health care services. This challenge is crucial for the HIV communities. The authors of the report, Sean Dickson and Tim Horn, argue for modernizing drug cost formulas, and increasing penalties for excessive price increases.

  • Feds Say Heroin, Fentanyl Remain Biggest U.S. Drug Threat

    (Edge) Opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Preliminary figures show more than 72,000 people died in 2017 from opioid-related overdoses across the country. About a week ago, U.S. health secretary Alex Azar said overdose deaths have now begun to level off, but he also cautioned that it was too soon to declare victory.

    The DEA's National Drug Threat Assessment, which is being released Friday, shows that heroin, fentanyl and other opioids continue to be the highest drug threat in the nation. But federal officials are concerned that methamphetamine and cocaine are being seen at much higher levels in areas that haven't historically been hotspots for those drugs. The DEA is also worried that people are exploiting marijuana legalization to traffic cannabis into the illicit market or to states that don't have medicinal or so-called recreational use marijuana laws, according to the report.

    President Donald Trump has declared the U.S. opioid crisis as a "public health emergency" and just last week pledged to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction.

    Fatal heroin overdoses rose nationwide between 2015 and 2016, with a nearly 25 percent increase in the Northeast and more than 22 percent in the South. Most of the heroin sold in the U.S. is being trafficked from Mexico, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize the most amount of heroin along the Mexico border, near San Diego, California, the report said.

    Fentanyl and other related opioids, which tend to be cheaper and much more potent than heroin, remain one of the biggest concerns for federal drug agents.

    The DEA has said China is a main source of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids that have been flooding the U.S. market. China has pushed back against the characterization, and U.S. officials have stressed they work closely with their Chinese counterparts as they try to stem the flow of drugs.

    Legislation that Trump signed last week will add treatment options and force the U.S. Postal Service to screen overseas packages for fentanyl.

    The DEA's report also noted that methamphetamine is making its way into communities where the drug normally wasn't heavily used, the report said. Chronic use of meth, a highly addictive stimulant, can cause paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions, studies have shown.

    As the government enacted laws that limited access to cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine — the ingredient used to cook meth with other household chemicals — or required the medications to be placed behind pharmacy counters, officials discovered the number of meth labs began to drop.

    But the DEA has found the gap is being filled by Mexican and Latin American drug cartels that had primarily dabbled in heroin and cocaine trafficking. A saturated market on the West Coast is now driving the cartels to peddle methamphetamine into the Northeast, using the same routes they use for heroin and other drugs.

    Officials also warn that because of more cocaine production in South American countries including Colombia, they expect to see larger shipments at the Mexican border.

  • Health Feature: Addiction And Support

    The following is a Table of Contents of feature stories we ran in our May 21, 2014 issue on addiction, substance abuse, and support.

  • Map Shows Opioid Overdoses in Wilton Manors, Broward County

    A new online map by the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner tracks overdose deaths throughout the county. Currently, the map shows overdoses in 2016 but officials hope it can be used to help prevent deaths in 2017 and beyond.

  • Meet Michael Botticelli: Obama’s Openly Gay Drug Czar

    Michael Botticelli understands all too well the effects alcohol and addiction has had, and continues to have, on the LGBT community. The acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is not only gay, but also a recovering addict.

  • OpEd: Getting High Has Consequences

    The Florida Penal Code outlines a number of substances that are illegal, from cocaine and crystal meth, to ecstasy and oxycontin.

  • Pharma Brat Shrkell: I Should Have Raised AIDS Meds Prices Higher

    Martin Shrekli, dubbed the pharma brat after increasing the price of a decades-old drug used by some HIV and AIDS patients from $13.50 to $750 a pill, said he wishes he raised the prices of the drug to more than 5,000%.

  • Pride Institute Specializes in LGBT Treatment

    One treatment center does not fit all. That’s the mantra at PRIDE Institute near Minneapolis. The facility opened its doors in 1986 as the nation’s first treatment center dedicated to providing services exclusively for the LGBT community. Since then, PRIDE has graduated more than 14,000 people hailing from every state in the country and even some from Canada.

  • Rosie O'Donnell: My Daughter Is Missing

    UPDATE: Chelsea O'Donnell has been found. No details were given at this time.

    Rosie O'Donnell has posted on social media and her website that her daughter Chelsea is missing.

  • Sessions Reinforces Mandatory Minimums in War on Drugs

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties onlow level offenses, per a memo issued by the Department of Justice on Friday. The new guidelines on Department Charging and Sentencing policy state:

  • Shkreli Resigns as Turing CEO After Securities Fraud Arrest

    Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive arrested Thursday on charges of securities fraud related to a company he previously ran, has resigned as the head of one of the companies he now runs, Turing Pharmaceuticals.

  • UK Doctors: Sniff Poppers And You Could Go Blind

    Researchers in the United Kingdom say inhaling the 70s club drug "poppers," or isopropyl nitrate, can seriously damage your eyes, thanks to its new formula.