drugs http://kuow.org en Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program http://kuow.org/post/northwest-meth-houses-get-scrubbed-under-epa-program <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/meth.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another long-time industry: methamphetamine.<p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:27 +0000 Jessica Robinson 39062 at http://kuow.org Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program Migrant Heads Home To Mexico — And Joins Fight Against Cartel http://kuow.org/post/migrant-heads-home-mexico-and-joins-fight-against-cartel In the western Mexican state of Michoacan, civilian militias have challenged a powerful drug cartel known as the Knights Templar. The vigilante uprising, which spurred the Mexican government to send soldiers and police to help counter the cartel, was fueled by migrants who returned to Mexico after years living north of the border.<p>Reny Pineda, who was raised in Los Angeles, is one of those migrants. When he returned to his homeland in Mexico, he found a new life fighting drug lords.<p>Today, Pineda's life revolves around the vast lemon groves that perfume the fertile lowlands of Michoacan. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:54:15 +0000 editor 38625 at http://kuow.org Migrant Heads Home To Mexico — And Joins Fight Against Cartel Trouble In Paradise: Opiate Use Spikes On Martha's Vineyard http://kuow.org/post/trouble-paradise-opiate-use-spikes-marthas-vineyard Underneath the charm of Martha's Vineyard's picturesque beaches, peaceful woods and luxury homes is a problem: Since August, there have been six overdose deaths on the island.<p>"That's a phenomenal rate for a community of 16,000 people — and that's not to mention the overdoses that haven't been fatal," says Charles Silberstein, an addiction specialist and psychiatrist at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Deborah Becker 37020 at http://kuow.org Trouble In Paradise: Opiate Use Spikes On Martha's Vineyard Merck Buys Idenix And Their Drug For Hepatitis C http://kuow.org/post/merck-buys-idenix-and-their-drug-hepatitis-c <p>Marcie Sillman talks to biotech journalist Luke Timmerman about the pharmaceutical company Merck buying the biotech company Idenix for&nbsp; over $3 billion and what that means for the future of a hepatitis C treatment. Also, they discuss the latest from the American Society Of Clinical Oncology meeting. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:11:56 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 36086 at http://kuow.org Today's Heroin Addict Is Young, White And Suburban http://kuow.org/post/todays-heroin-addict-young-white-and-suburban Heroin was once the scourge of the urban poor, but today the typical user is a young, white suburbanite, a study finds. And the path to addiction usually starts with prescription painkillers.<p>A survey of 9,000 patients at treatment centers around the country found that 90 percent of heroin users were white men and women. Most were relatively young — their average age was 23. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 35381 at http://kuow.org Today's Heroin Addict Is Young, White And Suburban Traces Of Drugs In Water: What's The Impact? http://kuow.org/post/traces-drugs-water-whats-impact Scientists have known for a long time that the water coming out of your faucet at home might contain traces of drugs prescribed to people you've never met.<p>Research shows no one is getting a full dose of say, Prozac, from drinking tap water. Thu, 22 May 2014 22:00:56 +0000 editor 35031 at http://kuow.org Traces Of Drugs In Water: What's The Impact? As Heroin Booms, Recovery Clinics Struggle To Keep Up http://kuow.org/post/heroin-booms-recovery-clinics-struggle-keep <p></p><p>Heroin, the drug of the 90s, is back and thriving in Washington state.</p><p>“A hot batch of heroin hits the streets, and we will know it in a couple of hours because of the overdoses,” Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said. In Washington, opiate-related deaths have doubled in the past decade.</p><p>But efforts to provide recovery services have struggled to keep up with the drugs. And for many, particularly in rural areas where distances stretch for hours, it can be tough to reach clinics.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:01:35 +0000 Elizabeth Jenkins 33653 at http://kuow.org As Heroin Booms, Recovery Clinics Struggle To Keep Up Regulating Caffeine: How Much Is Too Much? http://kuow.org/post/regulating-caffeine-how-much-too-much <p></p><p>Ross Reynolds speaks with journalist Murray Carpenter about his book, “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us."</p><p>The book takes a closer look at the common drug we take for granted on a daily basis.<br /> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 23:00:48 +0000 Ross Reynolds 33457 at http://kuow.org Regulating Caffeine: How Much Is Too Much? An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 To 60 http://kuow.org/post/afghan-village-drug-addicts-ages-10-60 Herat is one of the most graceful cities in Afghanistan. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 33576 at http://kuow.org An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 To 60 Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval http://kuow.org/post/powerful-narcotic-painkiller-fda-approval The Food and Drug Administration is trying to decide whether to approve a powerful new prescription painkiller that's designed to relieve severe pain quickly, and with fewer side effects than other opioids.<p>While some pain experts say the medicine could provide a valuable alternative for some patients in intense pain, the drug (called Moxduo) is also prompting concern that it could exacerbate the epidemic of abuse of prescription painkillers and overdoses.<p>An FDA advisory committee is holding a daylong hearing Tuesday to decide whether to recommend that the agency approve the drug.<p><a hr Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Rob Stein 32985 at http://kuow.org Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities http://kuow.org/post/study-links-casual-pot-use-brain-abnormalities Young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week showed changes in the size and shape of two key brain regions, according to a new study of 20 pot smokers and 20 non-pot smokers between 18 and 25.<p>This is the first time recreational marijuana use has been connected to significant brain changes.<p>The findings, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, were published in The Journal of Neuroscience.<p>The senior author of the study, <strong>Hans Breiter</strong>, joins <em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#82 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:40:39 +0000 editor 32659 at http://kuow.org Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery http://kuow.org/post/sobering-science-doctor-debunks-12-step-recovery Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.<p>Dr. Lance Dodes sees a big problem with that. The psychiatrist has spent more than 20 years studying and treating addiction. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:34:13 +0000 NPR Staff 31146 at http://kuow.org With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery Addiction Recovery Programs In Danger Of Losing Funding http://kuow.org/post/addiction-recovery-programs-danger-losing-funding <p>Steve Scher talks with Linda Grant, CEO of <a href="http://www.evergreenmanor.org/">Evergreen Manor</a>, about potential funding cuts to drug treatment programs for low-income patients in Washington state. Evergreen Manor is a non-profit drug and alcohol treatment center in Everett. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:17:39 +0000 Steve Scher & Andy Hurst 30014 at http://kuow.org Addiction Recovery Programs In Danger Of Losing Funding Drugmakers Slash Spending On Doctors' Sales Talks http://kuow.org/post/drugmakers-slash-spending-doctors-sales-talks Some of the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies have dramatically reduced payments to health professionals for promotional speeches amid heightened public scrutiny of such spending, a ProPublica analysis shows.<p>Eli Lilly & Co.'s payments to speakers dropped by 55 percent, from $47.9 million in 2011 to $21.6 million in 2012.<p>Pfizer's speaking payments fell 62 percent over the same period, from nearly $22 million to $8.3 million.<p>And Novartis, the largest drugmaker in the U.S. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:52:00 +0000 editor 29793 at http://kuow.org Drugmakers Slash Spending On Doctors' Sales Talks Shilo Murphy: Drug Users Are The Best People To Run Needle Exchanges http://kuow.org/post/shilo-murphy-drug-users-are-best-people-run-needle-exchanges <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Shilo Murphy, executive director of the <a href="http://peoplesharmreductionalliance.org/">People's Harm Reduction Alliance</a>, about its user-run needle exchange programs and the stigma around drug users. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:47:35 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 29652 at http://kuow.org Shilo Murphy: Drug Users Are The Best People To Run Needle Exchanges