Prostate Cancer Screening, helpful or harmful?

To test or not to test, this is the question that many men are asking currently. Last Thursday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against the routine screening of prostate cancer screening for healthy men. The panel reviewed many studies and found that the results are failing to show that this type of screening actually saves lives. How you may ask? Read More

Meth use in the Workplace

The annual Drug Testing Index from Quest Diagnostics shows that the use of methamphetamines in the workplace is a large problem in Western states.  The Drug Testing Index has been published since 1988 and shows the positive test results for each drug by state for a large sampling of workplace drug tests conducted by Quest Diagnostics. Read More

Marijuana’s Secrets Unlocked By DNA Sequencing

Marijuana has joined the ranks of the human genome* and the creatures of Jurassic Park in having its DNA sequenced. This means that the biological code of marijuana has been completely revealed, which may offer valuable insights for scientists interested in isolating its positive features. Read More

Prescription Drugs in the Media

Not sure how many of our readers are fans of the A&E show “The Glades,” but on Sunday, in a ripped-from-the-headlines move the Florida-based cop drama highlighted the Pill Mill problem that has been causing so many headaches throughout the Southeast. Read More

Remedying The Cocaine / Crack Cocaine Sentencing Disparity

This week, prompted by the recently passed Fair Sentencing Act, the United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to retroactively apply the new rules regarding crack cocaine sentencing to over 12,000 prisoners in the federal system (LA Times). Read More

80% of Cocaine May Be Cut With A Flesh Eating Drug

Doctors recently made a disturbing discovery about the cocaine supply in the United States – up to 80% of it may be cut with the veterinary drug levamisole, which can cause human skin to rot. Read More