PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Drugs

The Story of a Black-Out Benzo Addict

The blissful escape of benzodiazepines helped me cope with depression and anxiety, but my life ended up falling apart around me.
Daniel Finn
2.22.19
Drugs

The Long, Strange History of Psychotropic Drugs in America

From insane asylums to Lithium and Prozac to a future that may be increasingly about mushrooms and LSD.
Seth Ferranti
2.14.18
Drugs

How Xanax Became the British Teenager's Drug of Choice

With counterfeit Xans readily available on the dark web, a generation of teenagers have found out the hard way that the pills aren't as easygoing as they first thought.
Hannah Ewens
1.26.18
High Wire

Going After Weed in the Middle of a Deadly Opioid Crisis Is Insane

Jeff Sessions just unleashed federal prosecutors despite a massive amount of evidence that weed is associated with fewer fatal overdoses.
Maia Szalavitz
1.9.18
High Wire

What Trump's National Opioid Emergency Should Look Like

The president should strip away the red tape preventing people from getting methadone or buprenorphine, which are proven to reduce opioid overdose.
Maia Szalavitz
8.14.17
High Wire

No, High Workers Aren't What's Wrong with America's Economy

Bosses keep complaining that they can't find middle-class workers with clean urine—as if that's a real reason why inequality is so high in this country.
Maia Szalavitz
8.10.17
High Wire

The Feds Are About to Stick it to Pain Patients in a Big Way

Doctors are already getting spooked out of prescribing painkillers, and new rules could make life in some of America's struggling communities even worse.
Maia Szalavitz
2.28.17
crime

How Two Teens Used the Baltimore Riots to Start an ‘Uber of Drug-Dealing’

A new book shows how Freddie Gray's death—and the unrest that followed—presented an opportunity for young dealers.
Seth Ferranti
1.25.17
Stuff

The Thin Line Between 'Bad Drugs' and Medicine

Medical anthropologist Danya Glabau is teaching a class in how the discourse around drugs has changed.
Peter Moskowitz
10.16.16
High Wire

Reducing the Painkiller Supply Could Make America's Opioid Problem Even Deadlier

We know from a century of prohibition that cutting down the supply of a desired drug tends to encourage stronger, shadier alternatives.
Maia Szalavitz
9.13.16
tech

Can Better Medical Technology Stop the Opioid Crisis?

Probably not, but it can start to plug the pipeline.
Luke Winkie
8.5.16
News

Inside Florida's Codeine Black Market

Long glamorized by Dirty South rap acts, "lean" is increasingly lucrative on the street thanks in part to prescription drug busts.
Francisco Alvarado
7.6.16
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