Americans have demonized drugs for decades. Now we’re doing them every day
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by John Semley with graphics by Mona Chalabi
3h ago
Regular drug use – from caffeine to psychedelics – has become a fundamental part of modern life. A first-person Guardian US series explores America’s shifting relationship with mind-altering substances Smoking weed every day makes me less presentable and less productive. I love it There are plenty of fanciful, far-out theories of how the whole of civilization emerged from drug use – like the theory that the consumption of proto-LSD in ancient Greek cults catalyzed modern philosophy; or the theory that various religious traditions have their roots in revelations occasioned by the body process ..read more
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Australians coming off antidepressants are relying on social media due to lack of clinical support
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by Melissa Davey Medical editor
2d ago
Researchers find many patients do not feel included in treatment decisions and have concerns about side-effects Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Patients weaning themselves off antidepressants are turning to online support groups due to a lack of information and support, with a new study finding Facebook and other platforms are filling a gap left by clinicians. Approximately one in seven Australians take antidepressants, which are the most commonly dispensed medications. Sign up for Guardian Austr ..read more
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‘Shame and betrayal’: sexual abuse within the spiritual healing industry comes to light
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by Edward Helmore
3d ago
Scandalous behavior that has dogged the Catholic church is becoming increasingly common in shamanic healing circles Shamanic healing or opportunity for ritualized abuse? A lawsuit filed in New Mexico last week alleged that a “shamanic master” assaulted a woman during an “energy medicine” training session in March. The claim, which is being investigated, could shed more light on what some say is a dark side of some trends in modern spirituality, especially those that involve the ceremonial use of often intense psychedelic treatments ..read more
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Huge number of deaths linked to superbugs can be avoided, say experts
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by Nicola Davis Science correspondent
6d ago
Models suggest deaths in poorer countries could be cut by 18% – or about 750,000 a year – with preventive measures Every year 750,000 deaths linked to drug-resistant superbugs could be prevented through better access to clean water and sanitation, infection control and childhood vaccinations, research suggests. Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, is a huge global challenge, with the evolution of drug-resistant superbugs, driven by factors including inappropriate and excessive antibiotic use, raising the prospect of a future where modern medicine fails ..read more
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The Guardian view on antimicrobial resistance: we must prioritise this global health threat | Editorial
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by Editorial
1w ago
Patients are already dying as wonder drugs lose their effectiveness. International action is urgently needed As apocalyptic horror stories go, it’s up there with the scariest. Yet it’s not fiction writers but top scientists who are warning of how the world could look once superbugs develop resistance to the remaining drugs against them in our hospital pharmacies. Patients will die who can currently be cured; routine surgery will become dangerous or impossible. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – it happens not only with bacteria but also viruses, fungi and parasites – is one of the top ..read more
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I love being a pharmacist, but the UK’s drug shortage makes me want to give up – and Brexit makes it worse | Mike Hewitson
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by Mike Hewitson
1w ago
Telling patients I can’t get their life-saving medication is awful. The government must act to prevent a real tragedy Mike Hewitson owns a pharmacy in west Dorset For the past 16 years, I have run a small community pharmacy in rural west Dorset. My business is older than me – the little yellow-brick building I own is about to turn 235. Right now, I am really concerned about it getting through the next 12 months. In my years as a pharmacist, I have never seen things as bad as they are at the moment. We are going through a period of rampant drug shortages in England, caused by global shortages ..read more
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Louisiana moves to add abortion pills to list of controlled dangerous substances
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by Carter Sherman
1w ago
State lawmakers add amendment to anti-abortion bill to reclassify mifepristone and misoprostol as Schedule IV drugs Louisiana may soon become the first state in the country to pass a bill adding two common abortion pills to the state’s list of controlled dangerous substances, leading individuals who are caught with the drugs and lack authorization to potentially face years in prison. Like the rest of the US deep south, Louisiana already bans almost all abortions. But recently, when a house committee in the Republican-controlled legislature debated a bill to ban people from performing abortions ..read more
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What is antimicrobial resistance and how big a problem is it?
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by Kat Lay
2w ago
Bacteria resistant to antibiotics led to 1.27 million deaths in 2019. The answer is a ‘one health’ approach across all species, experts say It kills millions every year, with a potential impact in the near future that could dwarf that of the Covid-19 pandemic but AMR, or antimicrobial resistance, remains a little-known problem outside specialist circles. Experts say it is vital that we get a grip on it, with action needed across sectors from health to agriculture ..read more
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Pills or patches, sprays or gels … everything you need to know about HRT
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by Nicola Davis
2w ago
Is hormone replacement therapy right for you and, if it is, what type should you take? All your key questions answered When it comes to menopause, awareness of symptoms and ways to mitigate their impact are changing. Chief among treatments that have undergone an image change is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). While many women have been wary of such medication because of concerns over an increase in the risk of breast cancer, it has recently become a focal point for high-profile campaigners such as Davina McCall, who have stressed its benefits for managing symptoms from low mood to hot flush ..read more
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UK pharmacists: share your experience of drug shortages
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by Guardian community team
3w ago
We would like to hear from pharmacists who have been affected by drug shortages According to a report by the Nuffield Trust health thinktank, drug shortages have become a “new normal” in the UK aggravated by Brexit and the disruption to the previously smooth supply of drugs. The number of warnings drug companies have issued about impending supply problems for certain products has more than doubled from 648 in 2020 to 1,634 last year ..read more
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