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Operation Pangea targets unlawful internet sales of illegal prescription drugs

The FDA along with several international regulatory and law enforcement agencies took action this week against over 4,000 websites that were illegally selling dangerous and unapproved prescription drugs to U.S. consumers. This effort was part of an Operation called Pangea IX which was a global cooperative effort that included INTERPOL to stop the unlawful sale and distribution of illegal and potentially counterfeit medical […]

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Oxycontin overdoses at epidemic levels

While heroin overdoses have declined, overdoses from prescription opioids such as oxycodone (marketed as Oxycontin) increased seven-fold in New York City over a 16-year period. The Columbia University researchers behind a new study analyzing the prescription opioid epidemic say it is especially prevalent among higher-income whites. The findings appear in the journalDrug and Alcohol Dependence. […]

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Large number of common drugs linked to brain impairment

A large, long-term study just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that medications that exhibit anticholinergic activity – typically over-the-counter and prescription drugs taken by older adults – cause cognitive impairment. The two-year study of the impact of these medications on 13,000 men and women aged 65 and older is […]

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Ecstasy’s empathogenic properties revealed to be a sham

Researchers exploring the use of MDMA (ecstasy) in psychotherapy say that the drug distorts one’s perception of others rather than producing true empathy. Until now, the drug’s widely reported empathogenic effects have been difficult to measure objectively and there has been limited research in humans. Now, however, University of Chicago researchers are reporting their findings […]

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Sexsomnia linked to illicit drug use

Nearly 1-in-10 sleep center patients report sexsomnia incidents and researchers say there is an association between sexsomnia and recreational drug use. The research abstract, presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, also revealed that sexsomnia was more common in men than women. The researchers’ results indicated that 8 percent of […]

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Epilepsy Drugs Slow Aging

A class of anti-seizure medications appears to slow the rate of aging in roundworms, say researchers at Washington University. When exposed to the drugs used to treat epilepsy in humans, the worms lived longer and retained youthful functions longer than normal. The article, in the journal Science, suggests that the nervous system may influence aging […]

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