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Tag Archives: Harm Reduction

02.11.19

Reality check: Cigarettes are the only reason reduced risk tobacco products are even a thing

By Darlene Huang

First, a confession. I’m a total public health nerd. I’ve been absolutely captivated by the prevention of disease at a population level since I was introduced to the concept late in college. From the science that drives it to the programs, policies, and laws that either embrace or hinder it and everything in between and […]

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02.03.17

The Cannabis Update: Germany legalizes for medical use while scientists in the USA analyze existing scientific evidence

By Fernanda Alonso

Germany joins the growing cannabis experiment   On January 19th, Germany joined the growing list of countries who have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. The bill, which was passed unanimously by the German Parliament after being first approved by the country’s cabinet in May 2016, will come into effect March 2017. The law allows doctors to […]

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11.16.16

2016 Elections: a tipping point for cannabis legalization?

By Fernanda Alonso

On November 4th, during a Bill Maher interview with President Obama, Obama acknowledged that federal prohibition could begin to crumble if the five states voting on cannabis legalization for personal use approved the initiatives. In his words “The good news is that after this referenda, to some degree it’s going to call the question. Because […]

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10.11.16

Welcome to America’s opioid epidemic: where more people are hooked on prescription painkillers than tobacco

By Fernanda Alonso

Two weeks ago, CNN released a great informative guide to American on drugs. After reaching out to every state for the latest statistics on drug deaths, they found that drug deaths continue to rise rapidly in many states, especially deaths due to overdoses. Drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death in this country, having […]

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10.11.16

Welcome to America's opioid epidemic: where more people are hooked on prescription painkillers than tobacco

By Fernanda Alonso

Two weeks ago, CNN released a great informative guide to American on drugs. After reaching out to every state for the latest statistics on drug deaths, they found that drug deaths continue to rise rapidly in many states, especially deaths due to overdoses. Drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death in this country, having […]

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04.30.15

A growing HIV epidemic that could have been prevented right in our own back yard?

By Fernanda Alonso

On March 26th, the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, declared a public health emergency in the rural southeast Scott County due to a severe outbreak of HIV. According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), out of the 4,200 people that live in this community, 142 have been diagnosed with HIV since December—this in a county […]

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01.02.14

In Fighting the Harmful Use of Alcohol, Abstinence May Not Be the (Only) Solution

By Brian Honermann

Ever since our prehistoric ancestors discovered the pleasant psychoactive effects of fermented beverages, alcohol dependency and alcoholism have been drinking’s perennial companions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.5 million deaths each year result from the harmful use of alcohol, accounting for nearly 4% of all deaths worldwide. And that is not to mention […]

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