The Daily Buzz: Medicare Drug Prices Have Soared; What a Health-Based Approach to Opioids Means; Hazardous Office Holiday Parties

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Dec 08 2016

The Daily Buzz: Medicare Drug Prices Have Soared; What a Health-Based Approach to Opioids Means; Hazardous Office Holiday Parties

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Many Medicare Drugs Soared in Price Over Past Five Years, New Data Reveals [CNBC]
Trump has said he’ll bring prices down—without, of course, offering specifics.

A Public Health and Safety Approach to Problematic Opioid Use and Overdose [Drug Policy Alliance]
DPA’s special report advocates for expanded treatment modalities and greater access, a raft of harm reduction measures and decriminalization.

Working Outside the Law, Sarah Blyth Leads a Grassroots Response to the Overdose Epidemic [The Georgia Straight]
Even Vancouver needs more harm reduction services than it has. This woman runs two unsanctioned supervised injection tents to protect drug users’ health, with over 200 overdoses so far reversed.

McLaren Report: More Than 1,000 Russian Athletes Implicated in State-Sponsored Doping [BBC]
The London 2012 Olympics were apparently “corrupted on an unprecedented scale.”

High Art: How the Creative World Is Helping Legal Weed Rebrand Itself [The Guardian]
“For [artist Richard] Prince and High Times both, their collaboration marks a wider, cyclical regurgitation, wherein counterculture sheds the ‘counter’ part. But wasn’t that always the dream?”

The Office Christmas Party Directors Reveal How to Throw a Black-Out, Call-the-Cops, Alert-the-ER Shindig [LA Times]
Steady on.