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Dec 14, 2013 The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder: The Number of Diagnoses Soared Amid a 20-Year Drug Marketing Campaign

QUOTE: “The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,”....The rise of A.D.H.D. diagnoses and prescriptions for stimulants over the years coincided with a remarkably successful two-decade campaign by pharmaceutical companies to publicize the syndrome and promote the pills to doctors, educators and parents. With the children’s market booming, the industry is now employing similar marketing techniques as it focuses on adult A.D.H.D., which could become even more profitable.

New York Times
May 30, 2008 Black Group Turns Away From Bill on Smoking

QUOTE: A bill to regulate tobacco products has lost the support of a black antismoking group, which said Thursday that the legislation failed to adequately protect the health of African-Americans because it would not ban menthol flavorings from cigarettes.

New York Times
Mar 31, 2008 Addicted doctors still treat patients

QUOTE: A study by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs found about one percent of all physicians practicing in the United States are in confidential treatment....Five audits since 1982 found a string of failures. In some cases physicians appointed people who work for them as their monitors. In other cases doctors could easily know in advance when a "random" drug test was going to take place.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 02, 2008 Detox for the Camera. Doctor’s Order!

QUOTE: “I have a pretty keen ethical compass,” [says] Dr. [Drew] Pinsky...Some fans and fellow professionals say that with “Celebrity Rehab” he has careened over it, [calling it] “yet another example of the dumbing down and trivialization of a very serious chronic illness that robs people of their dignity and respect.”

New York Times
Feb 01, 2008 Relief and Defiance At Smoking's Last Gasp: Health Saved? Rights Curtailed? Split Views, and Some Shrugs, Over Md. Ban

QUOTE: The [Maryland state smoking] ban has been lauded by health advocates as an important protection against the dangers of secondhand smoke, but [a critic] views it as an attack on the rights of business owners and smokers.

Washington Post
Nov 05, 2007 A New Arena in the Fight Over Smoking: The Home

QUOTE: But many in the real estate industry believe that banning smoking in such buildings would be discriminatory and therefore illegal. When asked by residents to enact a smoke-free policy, property managers often say they cannot because of federal fair housing laws.

New York Times
Nov 01, 2007 Health clinic helps addicts shoot up

QUOTE: ...Insite, the world's busiest supervised drug clinic. Inside the Vancouver facility, I found more than a dozen people taking illegal drugs, such as heroin and cocaine....goal is to reduce the risk of overdose and limit the spread of diseases like HIV by giving addicts clean needles and a safe place to use them.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 20, 2007 The Smoking Scourge Among Urban Blacks (Baltimore Journal)

QUOTE: Even as antismoking campaigns have sharply reduced tobacco use in society at large, smoking has remained far more common among the poor of all races.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2007 Neighbor tenants tangle over tobacco

QUOTE: As tens of thousands of apartments and condos go smoke-free, a new battle is opening in the nation's decades-long fight over tobacco. Smoking bans have spread from workplaces to restaurants, bars, parks, ATM lines, cars with kids and now private residences.

Sep 10, 2007 Drugs Banned, Many of World’s Poor Suffer in Pain

QUOTE: The World Health Organization estimates that 4.8 million people a year with moderate to severe cancer pain receive no appropriate treatment. Nor do another 1.4 million with late-stage AIDS. For other causes of lingering pain — burns, car accidents, gunshots, diabetic nerve damage, sickle-cell disease and so on — it issues no estimates but believes that millions go untreated.

New York Times
Jul 24, 2007 Smoking Ban Is Proposed In Drug Centers

QUOTE: [Although] state officials say a deeper understanding about addiction triggers and the dangers of tobacco has changed the consensus on the best way to treat users .... this approach is not undisputed in the scientific community.

New York Times
Jul 17, 2007 Tobacco Bill Includes Compromise and Criticism

QUOTE: As legislative changes go, the switch allowing cloves to be added to cigarettes instead of being banned was a relatively small one in a landmark bill to regulate tobacco products, but the bill’s detractors say it is symbolic of the bill’s unacceptable compromises.

New York Times
Jun 25, 2007 Fred Thompson: The Philip Morris Candidate

QUOTE: If Fred Thompson is elected president, he will be the first federally registered lobbyist to become Commander in Chief. ... Thompson's prospective presidential bid stands out in another respect: No campaign has been so dominated by staffers and advisers who have worked on behalf of Philip Morris, one of the world's leading tobacco conglomerates and a leading force in promoting cigarette smoking.

Huffington Post
Jun 17, 2007 City Moves to Ban Restaurant Smoking

QUOTE: the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously yesterday to use its zoning powers to ban smoking in restaurants, an unusual tactic opponents said would lead to costly lawsuits.

Washington Post
May 11, 2007 Narcotic Maker Guilty of Deceit Over Marketing

QUOTE: The guilty plea — by Purdue Frederick, an affiliate of Purdue Pharma — is the latest of a number of cases brought by the Justice Department against pharmaceutical makers that accuse them of misbranding, a broad statute that makes it a crime to put false or misleading information about a drug on its label or in ads, or to promote it for unapproved use.

New York Times
Mar 27, 2007 Findings: Trafficker or Healer? And Who’s the Victim?

QUOTE: In the first trial, the prosecution accused Dr. Hurwitz of crossing the line from doctor to trafficker by prescribing irresponsibly high doses of painkillers to his patients in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. He was accused of ignoring blatant “red flags” or signs that some patients were misusing or selling the drugs. That is an emotionally powerful argument for a jury: warning signs can seem perfectly clear with the benefit of hindsight...But to researchers who study deceptive patients, there is no such thing as a blatant red flag.

New York Times
Mar 06, 2007 Rx for Trouble: Inside the Steroid Sting: SI's Luis Fernando Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim, on the scene for the Florida raids, continue to report on the ongoing investigation that promises to rock sports

QUOTE: ...investigators contend that the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center (PBRC) -- and dozens of so-called antiaging or wellness centers like it -- is a vital component in a massive illegal distribution network that enabled customers to place orders over the Internet for performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids and human growth hormone (HGH).

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 29, 2007 Cutting Back on Smokers' Liberté: With Upcoming Ban, France Joins Growing Push in Europe to Reduce Cancer Toll

QUOTE: With a tentative first step planned for Thursday, France joins a growing movement in Europe, where governments are increasingly bowing to citizens' demands for an end to smoking in public places....An attempt last year in France to establish tougher smoking laws suffered a similar fate when the government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, faced with plummeting public support and widespread student and labor strikes, postponed enacting a smoking ban, even though polls showed it had wide public support.

Washington Post
Aug 31, 2006 Raising Nicotine Doses, on the Sly

QUOTE: While most of us thought the country was trying to curb smoking, and the rapacious habits of the tobacco companies, it turns out the industry has been sneakily making cigarettes more addictive.

New York Times
Aug 26, 2006 Colleges still trying to strike balance on student drinking

QUOTE: the debate over alcohol's place on campus: How much can — and should — a school do to monitor students' drinking habits? And how much responsibility lies with students, many of them away from home for the first time?

Aug 10, 2006 Doping: The Dark Before the Dawn

QUOTE: Only when the risks to the athletes, the coaches and the teams far outweigh the rewards of cheating will the system tilt back in favor of honest competition.

Jul 11, 2006 Stolen Lives: Identity Theft Increase Tied to Meth Users

QUOTE: ...the rise of methamphetamine has been accompanied by a specific set of crimes and skills...Meth users...were looking for checks or credit card numbers...identity theft was the perfect support system.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2006 Secondhand smoke debate 'over'

QUOTE: report cites "massive and conclusive scientific evidence" of the "alarming" public health threat posed by secondhand smoke and finds smoking bans are the only way to protect non-smokers.

Oct 02, 2005 Russia's 1-Step Program: Scaring Alcoholics Dry

QUOTE: ...a Russian method of treating alcoholism that essentially involves scaring the living daylights out of the alcoholic... it involves the manipulation of the alcoholic's psyche to create the belief that alcohol equals death.

Washington Post
Oct 09, 2003 Junkie Justice

QUOTE: Does drug addiction constitue a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? And if it does, did Raytheon use their zero-tolerance policy to discriminate against Joel Hernandez?

Dec 29, 2002 Portion Distortion -- You Don't Know the Half of It

QUOTE: It was probably inevitable that one day people would start suing McDonald's for making them fat....the restaurant industry and food packagers have clearly helped give many Americans the roly-poly shape they have today.

Washington Post
Aug 12, 2002 Drug Market Thrives By Methadone Clinics

ABSTRACT: Washington methadone clinic patients flock to a nearby McDonalds parking lot to purchase drugs at what D.C. police describe as “the largest open-air pill market in the region.”

Washington Post
Dec 18, 2001 Criminalizing the Mentally Ill

QUOTE: THE NUMBER OF people with serious mental illnesses in America's jails and prisons today is five times greater than the number in state mental hospitals.

Washington Post
Jun 05, 2001 Second Opinion : A Problem for All Families, From the First to the Last

QUOTE: ...urgent public health issue: kids and alcohol....Alcohol abuse signals that these kids are suffering.

Washington Post
May 18, 2001 Woman Is Convicted of Killing Her Fetus By Smoking Cocaine

QUOTE: ...sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing her unborn fetus by smoking crack cocaine....first such homicide case in the country.

New York Times