Author: Benjamin Olsen

Can This Drug Solve the Opioid Epidemic?

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

There is hope on the horizon for America. For the first time in three decades, overdose deaths have stalled. Naloxone, commonly known by the brand name Narcan, is hailed as the reason for this decline in overdose deaths. This is a major step forward in the battle against the opioid epidemic in America.

Opioids come in many forms, ranging from painkillers to heroin. Naloxone has been used since the early 70s and has found widespread use by paramedics and firefighters. In April, the FDA approved a generic form of Naloxone, and the results are in.

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UAE Oil Tanker Goes Missing in Iranian Waters

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

A UAE tanker has gone missing after entering the Strait of Hormuz. Naturally, due to the Strait’s geographical position, Iran is the preferred suspect for the Trump Administration. The UAE Tanker turned off its transponder Saturday night and suspicions have currently reached their height.

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Gabbard Shows that the American People are Fed Up with War

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

Last night during the Democratic National Debate, dark horse candidate Tulsi Gabbard showed that she is a force to be reckoned with. Her veteran status and anti-war stance resonate with many disenfranchised Americans. After decades of war in the Middle East, the American people are fed up with endless war. Post-debate, Gabbard takes the lead for searches among Democratic candidates:

 

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An Attack on Oil Tankers Is No Cause for War

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

The Trump administration has blamed Iran for the damaging of 4 oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. Earlier this year, President Trump threatened to block Iranian exports of oil. Iran shot back with a threat to close the Strait of Hormuz. Alireza Tangsiri, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Navy Force, stated, “If we are prevented from using it, we will close it.” The attack on the oil tankers is the most recent development in a situation that is constantly escalating. The American government’s official stance is that the oil tankers were intentionally attacked due to mines placed in the gulf. The Japanese owner of one of the liners stated that it was not a mine but rather a flying object that struck the ship.

This incident is eerily familiar to several events throughout U.S. history, namely the Thornton Affair, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the explosion of the USS Maine. While these events seem unconnected at face value, these three episodes of history plunged the US into bloody wars that would cost thousands of lives only to expand the American empire.

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FDA Approves Ketamine-Derived Antidepressant

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

The FDA just approved a new antidepressant, the first of its kind. Unlike other antidepressants, this one is a nasal spray. Esketamine, under the brand name Spravato, is developed by Johnson & Johnson and has been in testing for the past 2 years. The drug has seen remarkable success. This success is interesting because the drug is closely tied to the club drug “Special K.” Related to MDMA, Special K is known as Ecstasy. This marks the first major breakthrough in the treatment of depression since the 1980s.

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