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FDA approves first drug derived from marijuana for epilepsy treatment
06-27-18 Category: Marijuana

In a first, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug derived from marijuana for the treatment of two extreme forms of epilepsy – Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes. Both the epilepsy forms are incapacitating and are responsible for early mortality. Patients living with these syndromes could suffer from several recurrent seizures in a […]

Gender dysphoria no more a mental disorder; its reclassification by WHO to help fight stigma
06-26-18 Category: Mental Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that it will not consider gender dysphoria as a mental disorder anymore, reclassifying it as a sexual health condition. Renaming it as “gender incongruence,” this major revision has been incorporated in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a standard diagnostic […]

House passes bill authorizing reimbursements for cocaine addiction treatment
06-25-18 Category: cocaine

The House passed a bill authorizing the Medicaid program to reimburse the costs of cocaine and opioid addiction treatment in specific inpatient facilities, despite facing resistance from many Democrats, on June 20, 2018. The bill was passed with a 261-155 vote as a part of the House’s two-week effort to pass more than 50 bills […]

Trump administration’s new rule rolls back ACA protections
06-21-18 Category: Mental Health

A new comprehensive rule by the Donald Trump administration will make it easier for millions of small businesses and self-employed people to purchase health insurance plans that bypass several requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by not only reducing the costs, but also the benefits to the policy holders. The new rule, issued on […]

Canada’s nationwide marijuana legalization likely to impact US
06-21-18 Category: Marijuana

To cut down the black marketing for cannabis and arrests for illegal possession of small amounts of the drug, Canada recently legalized marijuana possession, home growing and sales for adults. The statute was announced following the recommendations made by a federal task force on marijuana legalization. Although the reform is in violation of the international […]

Actress Rose McGowan to face trial for cocaine possession charges
06-19-18 Category: cocaine

Actress, model, and activist Rose McGowan has been indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge of cocaine possession. Now, she will face trial on Jan. 15, 2018 for the charges in Virginia. According to the court documents, authorities found cocaine in her wallet after she left it on a United flight at Dulles […]

Trump may support bipartisan bill to end federal marijuana prohibition
06-13-18 Category: Marijuana

In a development that will dilute U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ stance on marijuana enforcement, President Donald Trump has said he may support a bipartisan bill, seeking an end to the federal ban on cannabis. The move could redefine the marijuana industry and put a stop to the threat of a crackdown by the Justice […]

Anthony Bourdain’s death highlights high rates of depression among culinary professionals
06-13-18 Category: Addiction

The sudden demise of chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain has shook the entire restaurant industry. He was reportedly found hanging in his hotel room in France on June 8, 2018. An inspiration to the culinary professionals, Bourdain never shied away from talking about his struggles with addiction and mental illness that is common […]

Overdose deaths: NY doctor charged with multiple accounts of manslaughter
06-12-18 Category: Opioid

Stringent measures adopted by authorities to put an end to over prescriptions is not helping much in this area. In one such incident, a 65-year-old New York doctor has been charged with homicide and other grave offenses for overprescribing opioid painkillers and other drugs. Dr. Lawrence Choy has been charged with 231counts, including charges of […]

Federal cases for marijuana-related crimes see sharp decline, says report
06-11-18 Category: Marijuana

Federal cases for drug-related crimes have been falling since 2013. Over the past five years, federal criminal cases involving marijuana have witnessed the biggest decline, according to data released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) on June 5, 2018. Since fiscal year 2013, cannabis-related criminal cases recorded a decline of 45.8 percent. As per the […]

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