Scientists create ‘Trippy Machine’ that induces drug-free hallucinations

The purpose is to identify how everyday consciousness works.

Continued Reefer Madness, 80 years later

A look at how antiquated views and obsolete policies impact patients and physicians alike.

The UN calls for an end on the War on Drugs and “prevention and treatment” as a replacement

It just doesn’t work.

Is lighting up the answer to America’s opioid epidemic?

Opiates kill pain — but they also kill people.

‘Wonder drugs’ might prevent all forms of dementia. One of the drugs is already safe for humans

The drugs were manufactured to treat different conditions but they also seem to block an important pathway linked to brain cell death.

The war on drugs has failed, study finds. It’s time to try something else

Let’s face it: the war on drugs has failed.

Sugar addiction could be treated with the same drugs we use for nicotine addiction

People frequently overindulge, sometimes to the point of developing sugar addictions. There has been a lot of interest in the pharmaceutical industry in finding treatments that can combat this effect, with little results up to now. But, a world-first study led by QUT might change that.

The “war on drugs” has only harmed human rights and public health — not supply and demand

A new report questions the legitimacy of today’s “War on Drugs,” seeing as the five-decade long process has failed to reduce either the supply or demand for narcotics. The authors urge for ‘scientifically grounded’ policies to be implemented, including regulated markets for cannabis.

How long drugs stay in your body

Who hasn’t wondered at one point how long different drugs stay in the body?

The paradox of LSD: makes you psychotic in short-term, happier and more creative long term

British researchers investigated the long term effects of LSD. It’s well documented that LSD may induce a psychosis, and participants involved with the study did indeed score higher on a test meant to gauge the disorder. Weeks after the first hit, however, the participants exhibited increased optimism and trait openness worked mid to long term.

Can’t find motivation to exercise? Do some drugs, expert says

Exercise is good for you, we all know that. Even better with drugs.

Pharma startup raised the price for a life-saving drug from $13.5 a tablet to $750

A dubious pharmaceutical startup recently bought the rights to a drug that treats a parasitic infection, then raised the price 500-fold seemingly over night. The drug targets a somewhat rare condition that affects immune compromised pregnant women, but also malaria and AIDS. Ironically enough, it was developed by a much hated big pharma company, GlaxoSmithKline, in 1953 and used to cost $1 a pill only a couple years ago. It has since traded hands twice, before coming under the control of Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up run by a former hedge fund manager.

Why Viagra makes you see everything blue tinted

If you’re keen on taking a little blue pill to help you set on your bedroom eyes, you should be prepared for this literally coming true. It’s well documented that Viagra, the trade name of a drug called Sildenafil, can make you see the world in a shade of blue, besides other more dramatic side effects. If you’re among the 30 million men who have taken Viagra since it was launched in 1998, this information might save you from a panic attack. So, read on to find out more about how the drug affects your vision. They don’t call it the blue pill for nothing!

Drugs and Environmental Damage: An Often Undiscussed Truth

When drugs are imported into the United States, the people responsible aren’t just damaging human lives; they may also be wreaking havoc on the environment. The illegal drug industry is harmful to nature in ways the average person may have never realized; let’s take a look at how this happens.

Sleep aids and anxiety pills can kill

There’s no secret prescriptions drugs have taken off in the past few decades, amounting to a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions are hooked on them, despite this why are so many policymakers or key people of interest shutting an eye on the potential perils these drugs pose? In the quest to treat symptoms, not diseases, physicians prescribe psychotropic drugs to those

American livestock is riddled with drugs – what’s in your meat

A report released to the public by the  USDA Inspector General  states that numerous beef samples were found to contain penicillin, the antibiotics florfenicol, sulfamethazine and sulfadimethoxine, the antiparasite drug ivermectin, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug flunixin and heavy metals. Some of the meat entered the human food supply, and as we all know what your food ate you eat. No attempt at a

Switch from batch to continuous mass production may drastically cut cost and speed of medicine manufacturing

Henry Ford’s Model T automobile changed not only the way the average American traveled (the first trully affordable vehicle for the middle class), but the way industry in all its forms viewed production. By switching from hand craft to the assembly line, Ford drastically cut cost and speed of production of his automobiles, a model that was subsequentely applied for

Straws that change color when exposed to date-rape drugs

After going to a Boston club a few years ago, Mike Abramson, now a Worcester Polytechnic Institute grad, had a few sips from a drink and immediately felt intoxicated. According to him, his drink had been spiked with drugs. The event prompted him to do something about it, and later inspired him to design plastic straws, cups, and stirrers that

Drag-and-drop and synthetic DNA self-assembly makes drug design easier

Researchers at  Parabon NanoLabs have developed an unique tool that allows scientists to use an intuitive drag-and-drop computer interface, much like in any other 3-D CAD software like Catia or AutoCAD, together with  DNA self-assembly techniques, to develop and test new drugs much faster. Called the  Parabon Essemblix Drug Development Platform, the tool can be used to design molecular pieces with specific, functional components. Some

Sleeping pills might put you to bed for good: linked with higher death risk

According to a recently released study authored by American physicians, sleeping pills are  linked to a more-than fourfold risk of premature death. If that wasn’t enough, the study goes on to state that people who take high doses are associated with a  35-percent increased risk of cancer, compared to non-users, although a valid explanation as to why this happens couldn’t be offered by the