The Daily Buzz: End Drug War to Cut Gun Violence?; Are Elderly People Over-Prescribed?; Will Insurance Cover Your Meds Next Year?

Aug 16 2016

The Daily Buzz: End Drug War to Cut Gun Violence?; Are Elderly People Over-Prescribed?; Will Insurance Cover Your Meds Next Year?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Want to Reduce Gun Violence? Halt the War on Drugs [Newsweek]
To what extent are the two evils related?

“America’s Other Drug Problem”: Giving the Elderly Too Many Prescriptions [The Washington Post]
An increasing number of older patients are on multiple meds to treat chronic diseases, raising their chances of dangerous drug interactions and side effects.

Duterte’s Brutal Drug War Skyrockets Killings In the Philippines [The Huffington Post]
Hundreds are being shot dead in the street.

California’s 2016 Ballot: “Sex. Drugs. Guns. Death.” [The Hill]
Voters will face questions relating to everything from legalizing marijuana to banning the death penalty, taxes on cigarettes—and whether performers in pornographic films must wear condoms.

Colorado Voters to Consider Suicide Drugs for Terminally Ill [AP]
Should patients have the right to die?

Will Your Prescription Meds Be Covered Next Year? Better Check! [NPR]
The battle continues to rage between drug companies trying to make as much money as possible and insurers trying to drive prices down. How will it shape up for the consumer?