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What MDMA Therapy Did For Me – Tucker Max – Medium
I would rank it as one of the top 3 most important things I’ve done in my life, at least in terms of my personal development. I’m writing about it because I think this therapy could help a lot of…
health  drugs  mdma 
6 hours ago by geetarista
Mimosa hostilis [Psiconauti]
La comunità degli psiconauti italiani: informazioni e riduzione del danno per psichedelici e altre droghe
13 hours ago by thx1138
Damning court docs show just how far Sacklers went to push OxyContin | Ars Technica
Secretive, wealthy Sackler family is at the heart of the opioid crisis, lawsuit alleges.
With the opioid epidemic raging, you may at this point be familiar with Purdue Pharma. It makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin and has been widely blamed for igniting the current crisis.
After debuting OxyContin in 1996, Purdue raked in billions using aggressive and deceptive sales tactics, including ratcheting up dosages of the addictive opioid while lying about its addictiveness. As OxyContin prescriptions soared, opioid overdose deaths increased six-fold in the US, killing more than 400,000 people between 1999 and 2017. Of those deaths, around 200,000 involved prescription opioids specifically.
In 2007, Purdue and three of its executives pleaded guilty in federal court to misleading doctors, regulators, and patients about the addictiveness of OxyContin. The company has seen a flurry of lawsuits making similar allegations since then.
What you may be less aware of is the wealthy, philanthropic family behind Purdue: the Sacklers. Before the opioid epidemic, the family name was mostly associated with museums and prestigious universities, including art galleries at the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard. The Sacklers have worked to keep their good name and mostly stay out of the spotlight. But new, explosive court filings in a case brought by the state of Massachusetts stand to further thwart the family’s efforts.
Documents released this week (PDF) allege—and include new, rather damning evidence—that members of the Sackler family not only knew about the illegal and loathsome activities at Purdue, but they personally directed them. Members of the Sackler family, particularly Richard Sackler, aggressively pushed for extreme sales figures—and profits—which they accomplished in part by bullying their sales representatives; targeting vulnerable patients, such as the elderly and veterans; suggesting that the addictive opioid was an alternative to safe medications like Tylenol; and encouraging doctors to write longer and higher dose prescriptions, according to the lawsuit. All the while, the family allegedly dismissed evidence of OxyContin’s addictiveness and blamed patients for their addictions—referring to them as “reckless criminals.”
drugs  business  big_pharma  family  legal  opioids  crime 
yesterday by rgl7194
New details revealed about Purdue's marketing of OxyContin- STAT
"The state’s lawsuit concludes: “The opioid epidemic is not a mystery to the people who started it. The defendants knew what they were doing.”"
Also note in the original document that the INVENTOR had to step in when the family wanted to sell it as an UNCONTROLLED substance.
drugs  us  article  medical  2019 
5 days ago by mechazoidal
Daring Fireball: The Vitamin D Myth
Rowan Jacobsen, writing for Outside:
In November, one of the largest and most rigorous trials of the vitamin ever conducted — in which 25,871 participants received high doses for five years — found no impact on cancer, heart disease, or stroke.
How did we get it so wrong? How could people with low vitamin D levels clearly suffer higher rates of so many diseases and yet not be helped by supplementation?
As it turns out, a rogue band of researchers has had an explanation all along. And if they’re right, it means that once again we have been epically misled.
These rebels argue that what made the people with high vitamin D levels so healthy was not the vitamin itself. That was just a marker. Their vitamin D levels were high because they were getting plenty of exposure to the thing that was really responsible for their good health — that big orange ball shining down from above.
The oldest mistake in the book: conflating cause and effect (or, if you prefer, correlation with causation). In addition to vitamin D supplements being useless, the flip side of this argument is that sunscreen is generally doing us more harm than good — that the benefits of exposure to sunlight far outweigh the increased risk of skin cancer.
health  drugs  research  daring_fireball  sun 
5 days ago by rgl7194
El Chapo paid $100m bribe to former Mexican president Peña Nieto, witness says | World news | The Guardian
A witness at the US trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has testified that he told US authorities the accused Mexican drug lord once paid a $100m bribe to the former Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.
Mexico  war  on  drugs  bribery  bribe  Enrique  Peña  Nieto  USA  Latin  America 
5 days ago by asterisk2a

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