When drugs are taken off the market because they are either unsafe or don’t work, do pharma companies admit that there are problems? Or do they deny the evidence?
The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US over a 12-month period has surpassed 100,000 for the first time. Fentanyl is the main driver of the spike in deaths.
South Africa has a stringent pharmaceutical regulatory framework. But this framework is not backed by a strong implementation strategy.
Here’s what the Australian Federal Police’s new campaign gets wrong.
In general, intoxication is not a defence against criminal charges. There are, however, a few circumstances under which intoxication can be used as a defence.
Now restrictions are easing, some people who have not used alcohol or other drugs recently may start to use them again, and need to be aware of their reduced tolerance.
Fears that TikTok is “serving up” drug content to impressionable users have prompted calls for all drug content to be censored on the platform. But that would remove useful health advice too.
Indonesian public support for the death penalty declines when they learn more about its scope and administration.
The same dose of a drug can have varying degrees of effectiveness and safety depending on how well the liver can metabolize it.
When people think about how AI might ‘go wrong’, most probably picture malevolent computers trying to cause harm. But what if we should be more worried about them seeking pleasure?
The usefulness of a drug is typically measured by its active ingredient. But traditional Chinese medicine shows that there’s more to healing than using the right chemical.
In an effort to reduce costs, drugmakers and dealers often cut, or adulterate, recreational drugs with substances that have been banned by the FDA.
Fentanyl adulteration led to the replacement of heroin in the unregulated drug supply of British Columbia. Now that benzodiazepines are present in many opioids, are we headed towards a ‘new normal?’
Today, Homo sapiens regularly use psychoactive chemicals to modify the mind – but how did it all begin?
Accidental ingestion of drugs can have detrimental effects on dogs’ health. Education and awareness can help protect pets from consuming opioids and cannabis products.
Chemicals in drugs can be excreted unchanged, infiltrating waterways via sewage and effluent.
The Nigerian government must shore up efforts to stop the pollution of aquatic environments.
This treatment would work by targeting the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself and stopping it in its tracks. The evidence we have so far is promising, but it’s still very early days.
Preventing drink spiking is a collective responsibility, not something to be shouldered by potential victims.
Drug abuse among women farmers in Adamawa State, north east Nigeria, is rising.