There is no doubt that the use and abuse of opioids—narcotics related to morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc. is on the rise. There is also no doubt that the rate of addiction and overdose deaths are also headed upward.
So, what do you do about it? And, does what you’re doing make sense?
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) thinks that it has a solution—stringent restrictions in the legal use of narcotic painkiller. Continue reading
Here she goes again. Deborah Blum couldn’t resist bemoaning the state of our environment—this time, trace chemicals in water. In her New York Times Sept 25th blog, “A Rising Tide of Contaminants,” Blum seems to be trying to convince us that we are drinking pure poison. If followed to its logical conclusion, one might wonder why anyone is still alive. Continue reading
We at ACSH have always considered ourselves to be honored to have a man such as Dr. Paul Offit on our board of trustees. His fierce commitment to public health, as well as his contributions to vaccine research makes him nothing short of a hero to our organization, and many others. Continue reading
In the “twenty years too late is better than nothing” department, the antibiotic crisis is squarely in the news today after President Obama issued an executive order that will establish a new inter-agency task force for the sole purpose of developing a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Continue reading
An op-ed in today’s New York Daily News calls for attention to be paid — to nuclear energy. This would help fill our energy needs without any impact on climate. It is posited as a message to the masses streaming to New York for the climate march this Sunday. Continue reading
Fracking news, pro (water “contamination” not frack-related) and con (junk survey alleging health effects among nearby residents) Continue reading
Every now and then, someone really gets it.
This past June, it was Alex Berezow, the founding editor of RealClearSciencewhose piece The Lies that Whole Foods Tells blew the doors off of Whole Foods and their less-than-truthful marketing practices.
This time, it is Michael Schulson, whose new piece in The Daily Beast addresses the same topic from a somewhat different angle, and none too gently. It is a must read for anyone who is confused by, or on the fence on the GM food controversy. Continue reading
Gov. Nixon’s e-cigarette veto: harming smokers, not protecting kids
Gilbert Ross, M.D
The American Council on Science and Health Continue reading
The Lancet just had to get its word in on the “e-cigarette controversy.” Its editorial — written we’re sure by editor-in-chief Richard Horton — toes the W.H.O. line of alarmism and hyper-precaution about this ground-breaking technology. No surprise, given his history. Continue reading
An article in today’s New York Times has some sobering news about the enormous narcotic addiction problem that is so prevalent in this country. Since 2010, there has been a sharp increase in deaths from heroin overdoses in New York City.
According to the Times, “The death toll from heroin has more than doubled over the last three years, presenting a growing challenge to city officials who have so far been unable to reverse the rise.” Continue reading