Substance Abuse http://kunc.org en Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best http://kunc.org/post/evidence-marijuanas-health-effects-hazy-best Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.<p>"We should have been doing a lot more research to find out just how useful it is, how it affects the brain, et cetera, et cetera," according to <a href="http://asp.cumc.columbia.edu/facdb/profile_list.asp?uni=hdk3&DepAffil=Psychiatry">Dr. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Richard Knox 54397 at http://kunc.org Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best A Baby Who Saved Her Family From 'The Dark Moments' http://kunc.org/post/baby-who-saved-her-family-dark-moments Three years ago, Maria Vasquez-Rojas received news to celebrate: After many attempts to conceive, she was going to have a baby. But while pregnant with her daughter, Ellie, Maria was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.<p>"If I had not gone in for that ultrasound they would have never caught it. [Ellie] saved my life," Maria tells her brother, Francisco Vasquez, on a visit to StoryCorps in Los Angeles.<p>"Ellie's just been a miracle to our family," Francisco says. "Back then, I was not in a good place. I was addicted to meth, stealing. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:19:00 +0000 52768 at http://kunc.org A Baby Who Saved Her Family From 'The Dark Moments' FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers http://kunc.org/post/fda-seeks-tighten-controls-hydrocodone-painkillers The Food and Drug Administration Thursday <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm372089.htm">announced</a> that it wants the federal government to impose tough new restrictions on some of the most widely used prescription painkillers.<p>The FDA said it planned to recommend that Vicodin and other prescription painkillers containing the powerful opioid hydrocodone be reclassified from a "Schedule III" drug to a "<a href="http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/ds.shtml">Schedule II</a>" drug, which would impose new restrictions on how they are prescribed and used.<p>OxyContin, another opioi Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Rob Stein 51167 at http://kunc.org FDA Seeks To Tighten Controls On Hydrocodone Painkillers Synthetic Marijuana Prompts Colorado Health Investigation http://kunc.org/post/synthetic-marijuana-prompts-colorado-health-investigation More than 150 people are now believed to have been sickened by synthetic marijuana in Colorado, which legalized recreational use of real pot last November. Three people may have died.<p>State and federal investigators are scrambling to identify the exact source of the illnesses. The state health department has named about a dozen illicit products, often sold as "incense," that it believes are responsible for at least some of the illnesses. The stuff goes by names like "Spice," "Crazy Clown" and "Dead Man Walking."<p>Real marijuana is widely available in Colorado. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:23:00 +0000 49580 at http://kunc.org Synthetic Marijuana Prompts Colorado Health Investigation FDA Ratchets Down On Prescribing Of OxyContin And Other Opioids http://kunc.org/post/fda-ratchets-down-prescribing-oxycontin-and-other-opioids The Food and Drug Administration today took another step toward restricting use of OxyContin and other powerful and often-abused prescription pain medications.<p>The move comes amid an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/01/23/169963431/painkiller-paradox-feds-struggle-to-control-drugs-that-help-and-harm">emotional debate</a> over so-called long-acting opioid analgesics. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:24:00 +0000 Rob Stein 49424 at http://kunc.org FDA Ratchets Down On Prescribing Of OxyContin And Other Opioids