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Hundreds of cities, counties and Native American tribes file federal lawsuit against Sackler family over opioid crisis

A spokesperson for the families of Drs. Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, the late founders of the company, issued this statement: “These baseless allegations place blame where it does not belong for a complex public health crisis, and we deny them. The company our fathers and grandfathers founded manufactures an FDA-approved medicine … “While we have…

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…full of DMT

Found in the ayahuasca tea made by the native people of the Amazon, and also produced naturally in our bodies… nearly 400 years after Descartes theorized about the gland, scientists are still trying to understand its role in humans.  More than half of the subjects in Dr. Rick Strassman’s study reported interacting with intelligent beings…

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FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb abruptly resigns

Gottlieb’s FDA has earned its fair share of criticism. Gottlieb also took fire for his agency’s decision to approve Dsuvia, the tablet form of an opioid painkiller more potent than fentanyl. He was also criticized for pushing back the timetable for when new regulatory rules would apply to e-cigarette products, similar to how tobacco cigarettes are regulated.…

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reportedly exploring bankruptcy

Purdue has held discussions to resolve the litigation with plaintiffs’ lawyers, who have often compared the cases to widespread lawsuits against the tobacco industry that resulted in a $246bn settlement in 1998. Purdue and three executives in 2007 pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the misbranding of OxyContin and agreed to pay a total…

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Should you be psyched about psychedelics?

Ryskowski said that entheogens can offer healing that won’t be found in traditional medicine. “It means real healing,” he said. “People lose so much of their lives to mental health issues.” Ray Ryskowski said that the conference was something he’s wanted to organize ever since. “We’ve been working up to the conference for years with…

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As tobacco sales dry up, Kentucky farmers look to the state’s ‘original crop’ — hemp

“This is about evolving,” the 43-year-old said, gingerly pinching stalks of hemp that dangled like light fixtures.“Tobacco here is very much the past,” Furnish said. “Hemp is the future.” The hemp provision, which had bipartisan support, labels hemp a commodity crop — like soybeans and corn — and offers farmers insurance if they choose to…

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Black Americans Are Building A Space In Psychedelic Drug Culture After Being Ignored For Decades

…Michael Pollan, Michael Mithoefer, and other white men who are supporting the use of psychedelic drugs to combat mental health issues. The problem goes beyond researchers too: raters (people who subjectively evaluate a patient’s response to a medical treatment); sponsors (an individual, institution, company or organization that takes the responsibility to initiate, manage or finance…

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