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Drug Costs $3, Is OTC, and Could Save 30K Lives a Year

Tranexamic acid could save one-third of moms suffering from postpartum bleeding

(Newser) - Each year, more than 100,000 women around the world die from hemorrhaging after giving birth, mainly in underdeveloped nations. But the Guardian reports a cheap, safe drug that's been used for other conditions may be able to reduce that number, to the tune of 30,000 lives saved... More »

Scott Baio Explains 'Joanie' Comments After Backlash

He suggested death of former 'Happy Days' co-star was due to drugs

(Newser) - Scott Baio says he was responding to media reports when he suggested the death of his former Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi co-star Erin Moran may have been due to substance abuse problems. Authorities in Indiana said Monday that Moran likely died from cancer at her home on Saturday... More »

Family Says Hospital Denied Teen Lung Transplant Over Pot

The 19-year-old nearly died from what started off as the flu

(Newser) - When a teen in Utah was denied a lung transplant necessary to save his life because he had smoked pot a few days prior to coming down with the flu, his family cried foul, reports KSL . Riley Hancey, who is 19 and an avid runner, biker, and skier, says he... More »

Huge Amount of Meth Found Stashed in Floorboards

Haul had street value of $680 million

(Newser) - Police in Australia discovered a record-breaking amount of meth stashed under floorboards, but they didn't need to rip up a floor: The 2,000-pound haul was discovered in a shipment of 70 boxes of wooden floorboards in a Melbourne warehouse, the BBC reports. Two Melbourne men, ages 53 and... More »

Arrest After Trucker Drove From Coast to Coast—Non-Stop

Gary Robbins admitted using LSD, cocaine, crystal meth to fuel him

(Newser) - That a trucker drove cross-country while high on illegal drugs is worrisome enough—but police say Gary Robbins did that without any rest. The Alaska man was arrested in Deerfield, Mass., on Tuesday, and reportedly admitted to driving straight there from Seattle. His ride ended at a Circle K gas... More »

Pilot Busted With 230 Pounds of Pot After 3-Airport Sting: Cops

It wasn't easy for Texas authorities to get Wayne Brunet to come down from the sky

(Newser) - If you fly your small plane solo from Medford, Ore., to South Texas with only one stop to gas up during the 2,000-mile flight, you're either going for some sort of endurance record or you're trying to get to your destination as quickly as possible for …... More »

Blood Tests: French Airport Attacker Was Drunk, on Drugs

Ziyed Ben Belgacem's BAC almost twice the legal limit; also presence of pot, cocaine

(Newser) - Toxicology tests have been completed on the attacker shot dead at a French airport Saturday, and his blood contained a cocktail of intoxicants, the AP and Guardian report. Per the Paris prosecutors' office, 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem—who, with possible terror motives , tore away a soldier's rifle at France'... More »

After Hair-Loss Drug Came Years of Erectile Dysfunction

It's the first study to arrive at the finding

(Newser) - Two drugs—one to treat hair loss, the other to shrink enlarged prostates—could wreak havoc on men's sexual health. Researchers at Northwestern University reported Thursday in the journal PeerJ that among the men they studied who are between the ages of 16 and 89 and who took either... More »

Music Really Is a Drug

Rock 'n' roll hits your brain the same way as sex and drugs

(Newser) - Scientists are developing a deeper understanding of what's going on in our brains when sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll make us feel high, reports Popular Science . Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, who wrote the 2006 bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music, has published a study looking into exactly... More »

This Drug Just Got the FDA's OK—and an $89K Price Tag

Marathon Pharmaceuticals to sell deflazacort for $89K

(Newser) - A drug sold for years overseas to treat a rare form of muscular dystrophy was OKed Thursday by the FDA to be sold in the US, but it comes at a high price. The Wall Street Journal reports the now-FDA-approved deflazacort will be offered by Marathon Pharmaceuticals for $89,000... More »

Philippines Suspends Drug War for War on Corrupt Cops

Move follows police murder of businessman

(Newser) - The Philippines has suspended its merciless war on drugs in order to "cleanse" police forces of corruption, officials say. The move comes after a killing seen as excessive even in a campaign that has seen at least 7,000 extrajudicial killings, the BBC reports. Officials say Jee Ick-joo, a... More »

Fisherman's $500K Catch Could Get Him Life in Prison

Thomas Breeding chose to sell cocaine bale

(Newser) - When commercial fisherman Thomas Breeding found 45 pounds of cocaine floating in the Gulf of Mexico last January, he says he knew the right thing was to turn it over to police. The Florida man instead opted to sell it, a decision that could land him in prison for life.... More »

FDA: Sorry, Camel Milk Is No Miracle Cure

California company gets a warning to tone down claims

(Newser) - One of the latest, pricey health fads is camel milk, and the FDA has made clear that it's none too pleased. That's because California company Desert Farms has been boasting that its product can cure (or at least mitigate) all kinds of ailments, from allergies to Crohn's... More »

The VA Pumped Vets With Opioids. Now There's a Bigger Problem

How ex-service members got hooked on painkillers, and how the VA is letting them down: 'WSJ'

(Newser) - Veterans who return from service not only have to deal with everyday re-entry issues (finding jobs, reacclimating to life with family and friends), but also with the injuries and PTSD they may have brought home with them. To cope with the physical and mental pain, many of them are prescribed... More »

Now a Schedule 1 Drug: CBD Hemp Oil

New DEA regulation may affect those who use it to treat seizures, other medical issues

(Newser) - A cannabidiol hemp oil that Leafly says is used by "hundreds of thousands of patients" in the US for a variety of medical purposes, including to help relieve seizures, has been designated a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, 7NEWS reports. Schedule 1 drugs (which are illegal and include... More »

K9 Units Are Falling Victim to Powerful, Dangerous Drug

Police dogs are more susceptible than humans to dangers of fentanyl

(Newser) - Police officers conducting drug raids with their K9 units are now dealing with what the DEA has called an "unprecedented threat": fentanyl, the same powerful opioid that killed Prince earlier this year. Both the Miami Herald and NBC News report on the drug's dangers, which the cop canines... More »

Best Friends, 13, Killed by Opioid Named 'Pink'

Ryan Ainsworth, Grant Seaver died within 48 hours of each other in September

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old best friends in Utah died within 48 hours of each other in September, and now police know why: Toxicology results show that Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver overdosed on a synthetic opioid nicknamed "pink," reports KSL . Authorities say they bought the drug, formally called U-47700, online... More »

DEA Backs Off Herbal Supplement—at Least for Now

Agency soliciting public comments about kratom until December 1

(Newser) - The DEA has backed off a controversial plan to classify the relatively unknown herbal supplement kratom as a Schedule I substance, saying it wants to seek more feedback on the issue, NPR reports. Schedule I substances are classified as dangerous, ripe for abuse, and without recognized medical use—claims that... More »

Terence Crutcher Had PCP in System When Shot

This doesn't change the case, lawyer says

(Newser) - The unarmed black man shot dead by police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Okla., last month had PCP in his system when he died, according to a toxicology analysis in an autopsy report released Tuesday. The Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office says the hallucinogen was found in the blood... More »

Husband of Jim Carrey's Ex Is Suing Over Her Suicide

He accuses actor of illegally obtaining drugs

(Newser) - Jim Carrey's on-and-off girlfriend Cathriona White was married to somebody else when she killed herself last year —and he is now suing the actor. Oregon man Mark Burton accuses Carrey of illegally obtaining the prescription drugs that killed the 30-year-old Irishwoman, USA Today reports. Burton, who filed a... More »

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