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How A Psychedelic Drug Helps Cancer Patients Overcome Anxiety 3.12.2016 NPR: Healthcare
Many cancer patients who took the psychedelic drug psilocybin under supervision said the experience erased their anxiety and depression over illness and death.
Philly420: Pennsylvania's plan for corporate cannabis 3.12.2016 Philly.com News
'Magic mushroom' psychedelic may ease anxiety, depression 2.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • The psychedelic drug in “magic mushrooms” can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show. It worked for Dinah Bazer, who endured a terrifying hallucination that rid her of the fear that her ovarian cancer would return. And for Estalyn Walcoff, who says the drug experience led her to begin a comforting spiritual journey. The work released Thursday is preliminary and experts say more definitive...
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Minnesota OKs medical pot for post-traumatic stress disorder 1.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
PTSD sufferers will be eligible for the treatment starting next August. One medical cannabis maker said it could help thousands of Minnesotans, including veterans, afflicted with PTSD.
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Do speed bumps kill? 1.12.2016 TreeHugger
Starting and stopping means pollution. But if they are designed right, you can go right over them.
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Psychedelic Mushrooms Ease Existential Anxiety In Cancer Patients 1.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Dinah Bazer, a 69-year-old mother and retired information systems worker living in Brooklyn, credits psychedelics with saving her life. After undergoing chemotherapy for late-stage ovarian cancer in 2010, Bazer was consumed with anxiety and constant feelings of dread and hopelessness. So when her nurse told her about a clinical trial testing a new drug for cancer-related anxiety and depression ― high-dose psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms ― she signed up without hesitating.  Not long after ingesting the psilocybin during her session, Bazer found herself engulfed in utter terror. She visualized her fear as a black mass under her rib cage and yelled for it to “get the fuck out!” Almost immediately, the fear left her completely. She shifted into a spiritual experience she described as bathing in God’s unconditional love for several hours.  Four years later, the experience is still with her and the fear is still gone. Bazer says she became calmer, let go of her aggressive driving ...
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More conditions may expand medical marijuana in Minnesota 1.12.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The Minnesota's Department of Health was expected to announce Thursday whether it would expand the program to people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, arthritis and others.
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CDC: Syringe exchanges help reduce HIV rates 1.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Tuesday, finds that the use of syringe or needle exchanges has contributed to significant drops in the rates of HIV among African-American and Latino drug users.
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'Magic mushroom' psychedelic may ease anxiety, depression 1.12.2016 AP National
NEW YORK (AP) -- The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show....
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‘Magic mushroom’ psychedelic may ease anxiety, depression 1.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW YORK (AP) — The psychedelic drug in “magic mushrooms” can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show. It worked for Dinah Bazer, who endured a terrifying hallucination that rid her of the fear that her ovarian cancer would return. […]
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House Passes Bill to Speed Drug Approvals, Boost Medical Research 1.12.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The House passed far-reaching legislation aimed at bolstering federal funds for biomedical research and speeding up drug and medical-device approvals, a goal long sought by the pharmaceutical industry.
Parents sue for $20 million over daughter’s death in Oregon jail 1.12.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Madaline Pitkin, 26, died in April 2014 at the Washington County, Oregon, jail, where she was detoxing after her arrest for heroin possession.
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As Seattle eyes supervised drug-injection sites, is Vancouver a good model? 30.11.2016 Seattle Times: Politics

King County may become home to the first publicly supervised site in the U.S. where addicts could use illegal drugs such as heroin. The proposal is modeled on Insite, a center in Vancouver, B.C., that says it’s prevented nearly 5,000 overdoses in 13 years.
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Congress Is About To Pass A Bill That Shows D.C. At Its Worst -- It May Also Fix The Opioid Crisis And Cure Cancer 30.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― In 1996, Purdue Pharma introduced a new painkiller it said carried a low risk of abuse or addiction. It called the drug “OxyContin.” In reality, of course, OxyContin was extremely addictive — and Purdue knew it. A decade later, three Purdue executives, and the company itself, pleaded guilty to criminal charges tied to OxyContin’s marketing and agreed to pay more than $600 million in fines. But the executives dodged prison time, and the prosecution did little to slow the rise of opioid use. The pharmaceutical industry had spent the past 10 years and billions of dollars pushing the medical community to ramp up the use of OxyContin and other opioids. By 2013, the number of annual opioid prescriptions , including short term and multiple, had nearly tripled, topping 200 million — in a country of just over 300 million people. Use of OxyContin and other opioids grew to crisis levels. As federal and state governments cracked down on doctors who dispensed pills and prescriptions indiscriminately, ...
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Buffalo Bills tackle Henderson suspended 10 games by NFL 30.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson for 10 games for what the player’s agent tells The Associated Press stems from his client using marijuana to relieve the effects of Crohn’s disease. The Bills announced the league notified them on Tuesday of Henderson’s suspension for violating the […]
Medical marijuana miracle brings new hope 29.11.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Rich and Kim Muszynski know when their 5-year-old daughter, Abby, is about to have a grand mal seizure because her pupils enlarge, and she'll seem to fixate at something in the distance that only she can see.
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5 challenges facing states that wade into legal marijuana 28.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

DENVER (AP) — Four more states just legalized marijuana for all adults, and more than half the states now allow pot use by people with a long list of ailments. But don’t break out the Goldfish and Cheetos just yet. That’s what the Colorado governor famously said after his state and Washington became the first […]
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5 challenges facing states that wade into legal marijuana 28.11.2016 AP National
DENVER (AP) -- Four more states just legalized marijuana for all adults, and more than half the states now allow pot use by people with a long list of ailments. But don't break out the Goldfish and Cheetos just yet....
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Decriminalize drug use, seek public-health options 28.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Some states already have embraced the move toward public-health-focused alternatives instead of criminalizing drug use. Washington should join them and start a serious discussion of trying new approaches.
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Overdose deaths a public health crisis and no government has the solution 25.11.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
At the entrance were three photograph collages of those who have fallen to fatal overdoses, many of them youthful and vibrant British Columbians. It is intended to be a reminder that this scourge isn't something confined to the back alleys of the Downtown Eastside. One B.C. presentation showed a photo of a smiling young couple from North Vancouver with their ...
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