The White House is launching a new $5 million initiative to combat heroin use and trafficking of the drug, particularly in states along the East Coast. Continue reading
Major pharmaceutical companies are reportedly recruiting thousands of recreational drug users to test a new generation of medicines that deter addiction, which could have a significant impact in the fight against prescription drug addiction. Financial Times reporter David Crow joins Hari Sreenivasan to explain the drug tests. Continue reading
Indiana Governor Mike Pence this week declared a public health emergency because of 79 H.I.V. cases among injection drug-users in the southern part of the state. Continue reading
Eleven Wesleyan University students were hospitalized this weekend with symptoms consistent with use of the club drug known as Molly. One sophomore is in critical condition.
Researchers at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. scoured through 43,000 responses to the 2009 American College Health Association National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey, looking for the connections between sleep problems and academic success. They found college freshmen were more affected by sleep loss than upperclassmen. An analysis of the data showed that sleep problems alone predicted if a student would drop a class, even when controlling for factors such as chronic health problems, race, gender, anxiety, depression and work hours. Continue reading
As founder of The Velvet Underground, musician and songwriter Lou Reed sang of sexual adventurism and illicit drug use, launched a new genre of rock ‘n’ roll and left a lasting influence for bands to come. Jeffrey Brown talks to Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone magazine about Reed’s legacy and literary influences. Continue reading
This year’s Kentucky Derby was marred by the events following the filly Eight Belles’ second place finish when she collapsed on the track and was subsequently euthanized. Two experts discuss the state of horse racing and the extremes to which owners must go to win. Continue reading