From Seattle’s South Lake Union to larger areas like Bothell, biotechnology is a ubiquitous part of the local economy. But moving a drug from research to testing, to market, to patients is an arduous undertaking.
This week the state Department of Health reported that prescription drug overdose deaths are down 27 percent since 2008. But curbing fraud and abuse of powerful opiates has come at a price for some legitimate patients who say they’re suffering unnecessary pain due to delays at pharmacies.
David Hyde speaks with Dr. Carl Hart, a professor at Columbia University, about why he thinks all drugs — including cocaine and heroin — should be decriminalized. His latest book is called "High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society."
Schools that do random drug testing say it helps students say no to illegal drugs, while critics say it's an invasion of privacy. But feeling good about school may affect students' drug use more than the threat of testing.
A survey of high school students found that the possibility that they might face drug testing didn't really discourage students from alcohol, cigarettes or marijuana. But students who thought their school had a positive environment were less apt to try cigarettes and pot.
Marcie Sillman talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the week’s news out of Toronto, where police say they’ve recovered a video that shows the city’s mayor, Rob Ford, smoking crack cocaine.
Former Seattle Mariner Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod, is suspended for the rest of this season and the next. He can play while he appeals.
This weekend, during the Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Ampitheatre in George, Wash., one person died from an overdose of the drug Molly and many others were sick. Molly is commonly known as a party drug. It is often seen at raves, clubs and concerts. But what is it exactly? Ross Reynolds hears from Meghan Ralston, the harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.