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'Dedicated' Ex-Chemist Was High at Work for 8 Years

No one noticed until the end that Sonja Farak was heavily abusing Mass. lab's drugs

(Newser) - Even Walter White knew not to sample the wares, a lesson that could have served Sonja Farak well. The now 37-year-old former chemist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts State Police was arrested in 2013 and sentenced in 2014 to 18 months in jail for getting... More »

A Third of Antibiotic Prescriptions Are 'Inappropriate': CDC

And potentially dangerous, as they create drug-resistant bacteria

(Newser) - Scientists have been concerned for some time about "Phantom Menace"-type superbugs that aren't fazed by meds. The latest CDC data finds that 2 million people a year in the US are infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die directly from those infections.... More »

2 Busted After 4 Kids Test Positive for Meth

The North Carolina children range in age from 4 to 12

(Newser) - A young North Carolina couple is in trouble with the law after the four children living with them were tested for drug use—and all four tests came back positive, FOX Carolina reports. Kimberly Dawn Lowery, 29, and Nathan Todd Vallini, 27, were arrested and slapped with four counts each... More »

Americans Name Drug They Fear Most—and It's Legal

Alcohol causes 88K deaths a year

(Newser) - The second deadliest drug in the US after tobacco is similarly legal, and claims more lives than all illicit drugs combined with 88,000 deaths a year. Alcohol is also the drug that has Americans most concerned, reports the AP and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the... More »

Drug Used by Sharapova Found in 99 Other Cases

Nearly 100 positive tests so far this year

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova isn't the only athlete who's been busted for taking a heart medicine once used by Soviet troops to build stamina. Turns out the World Anti-Doping Agency has seen nearly 100 positive tests in 2016 for meldonium, a drug the group banned Jan. 1, spokesman Ben Nichols... More »

Fresh Scars Give Away Airport Drug Smuggler

Woman had $220K worth of cocaine in breast implants: cops

(Newser) - Customs officials report an unusual arrest out of Germany: A 24-year-old Colombian woman was caught carrying $220,000 in drugs in her breast implants at Frankfurt Airport, reports Reuters . Authorities say the woman seemed to be in pain, and they found fresh operation scars below her breasts. They sent her... More »

Man Buried Under Face Tattoos Faces Gun, Drug Charges

Anyone under there?

(Newser) - Some people see their face as, well … their face, while others see it as a blank canvas. Khamprasong Thammavong is apparently in the latter group, as evidenced by his mugshot making the rounds after the California gang member was arrested Monday on gun and drug charges, KMPH reports. The... More »

Sharapova Used Same Drug as Soviet Troops in the '80s

Soldiers took meldonium for stamina while fighting in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The drug at the center of Maria Sharapova's doping case was regularly given to Soviet troops in the 1980s to boost their stamina while fighting in Afghanistan, the AP reports. The tennis star said Monday she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, which... More »

Cops: Man Tries to Hawk Drugs While in Court

Pennsylvania man's plan didn't pan out

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man who showed up in a Pittsburgh traffic courtroom Monday to face charges of driving under suspension was apparently feeling either very reckless or more or less invincible (and invisible). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Christopher Durkin had wrapped up his hearing and was heading out of the... More »

It's Not Just Shkreli Who's Been Hiking Drug Prices

Lots of drugmakers did it around Jan. 1—some up to 20%, per analyst reports

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli attracted no small amount of scorn for jacking drug costs, but he's far from alone. Plenty of other drugmakers have been guilty of hikes, many just since late December, claiming they need to do so to fund "risky" research, the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts... More »

This Leaf Gets People Off Drugs—and Gets Them Hooked

Kratom gives you a buzz, but at what cost?

(Newser) - There's a little green leaf that relieves pain and helps people kick heroin, but is also addictive—so should it be legal? That's what lawmakers are trying to decide about kratom, a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia, the New York Times reports. The FDA has banned kratom imports... More »

In Small-Town Murders, a Big-Time Mystery Emerges

'One man shall die so that the other may live' was one suspect's cryptic statement

(Newser) - A Michigan town so small it doesn't have a McDonald's or a Walmart is the setting for a dark triple-murder mystery involving drugs, love-fueled jealousy, and a burned-out car, all outlined in the Detroit Free Press . The brutal killings of Heather Aldrich, her sister Carrie Nelson, and Nelson'... More »

Paris Attackers May Have Been Fueled by This Drug

Captagon suppresses the need to eat, sleep

(Newser) - How does one massacre scores of people? Drugs may help. French media are reporting that the Paris attackers may have taken Captagon, a synthetic drug that suppresses hunger and reduces the need for sleep. Also known as the "jihadist's drug," it's a favorite of ISIS fighters,... More »

Drug Bust Yields 'Happiest Mugshot in America'

Alleged kingpin, 19, wears arrest well

(Newser) - Meet Sarah Elizabeth Furay, a 19-year-old Texas teen who's now given us what the Houston Chronicle is dubbing the "happiest mugshot" in America. It's hard to see what brought out Furay's grin, after she was arrested Friday when College Station police used a search warrant to... More »

Prescription-Drug Use Just Hit a Crazy New Peak

Obesity, better diagnoses, overprescribing could explain the jump

(Newser) - Americans are taking more prescription drugs than ever before, according to a new study that finds almost three in five take at least one medication. Researchers surveyed 38,000 adults aged 20 and older, then estimated that 59% of Americans took prescription drugs as of 2012, compared to 51% in... More »

Obama Inspires Addict to Hand Over His Drugs

After hearing president's speech, man decides to get drug-free for his mom

(Newser) - Drug overdoses, particularly due to opioids, are one of the few public health issues that has "substantially worsened" during Obama's time in office, the New York Times reports. But the president may have helped at least one person turn his life around following a speech Oct. 21 in... More »

Errors With Meds Happen in Half of All Surgeries

And the longer your procedure, the greater the risk

(Newser) - In past studies, doctors rarely self-reported medication errors during surgery. But a new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital, based on researcher observations during 277 procedures in the anesthesiology department, arrived at a far different conclusion: that about half of all surgeries involve a medication error or "adverse" drug... More »

Reviled Pharma CEO Holds Epic AMA on Reddit

Martin Shkreli says recent brouhaha over his price gouging is good for his love life

(Newser) - Perhaps trying to win back customers who are likely defecting to his new competitor , Martin Shkreli took to Reddit in an epic "Ask Me Anything" session that lasted from Saturday evening well into Sunday (with breaks), per his Twitter feed . In what TechCrunch calls "one of the most... More »

Infamous $750 Pill Is Undercut by $1 Alternative

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals is going after market for Shkreli's toxoplasmosis drug

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli has been hemming and hawing about dropping the price of his company's toxoplasmosis drug since he raised it 5,000% in August, but it may be a moot point: A San Diego drug compounding company is now offering its own version of pyrimethamine for $1 a pill,... More »

Wild Passenger Fatally Swallowed $63K of Cocaine

One of 80 pellets burst in John Kennedy Santos Gurjao's stomach

(Newser) - Authorities now know how a passenger died during this weekend's eventful Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin. A postmortem has determined that Brazilian John Kennedy Santos Gurjao, 24, was carrying almost 2 pounds of suspected cocaine—worth about $63,500–in 80 pellets in his stomach. Then one... More »

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