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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Over-The-Counter Birth Control Doesn’t Help Women

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

To the surprise of partisan politicians and voters everywhere, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz have appeared to team up on the issue of over-the-counter birth control. Despite their shared goal, their reasonings for over-the-counter birth control are quite different from each other. AOC supports it because she sees it as a way to expand women’s access to healthcare. Ted Cruz sees it as the alternative to a heavily socialized healthcare system. They both have good intentions. However, they are both tragically wrong. Over-the-counter birth control is not a utopic savior of women’s reproductive rights. It also is a drastic simplification of how a free-market healthcare system would operate. Over-the-counter birth control is indeed one of the easiest ways to put women’s health at risk. 

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Pharmaceutical Companies Are Bribing Doctors, and the Government Is the Cause

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

The pharmaceutical company is a hallmark boogeyman in American politics. Big pharma is the ultimate evil in the back of our political minds. But often, the idea of a malicious pharmaceutical company is muddled with conspiracy and deception. Sometimes, Americans need to refocus. Yet we cannot forget that malicious companies exist. And they do evil things. Most recently, whistleblowers revealed that a pharmaceutical company is bribing doctors to sell their price-hiked drug.

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Banning Kratom Nationwide Will Be Deadly

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Andrew Lepore | United States

Currently, The United States is in the midst of what many call an opioid crisis. People from all backgrounds are getting addicted to, and overdosing on, opium-derived substances (Prescription painkillers, heroin, fentanyl, and more) at record rates. Every 11 minutes, another individual dies from an opiate overdose. In fact, the United States leads the world in drug overdoses, and opiates cause the majority of these. But kratom, an ancient drug, may offer solutions.

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Ketamine Prohibition Across the Globe Has Deadly Effects

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Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

For decades, the war on drugs has raged its way across the world, taking a particularly strong hold in America. With politicians from Reagan to Biden fathering policies that have incarcerated millions and killed many more, the world is beginning to see the disastrous effects of drug prohibition. For one thing, it actually can increase deaths from drug overdoses; when Portugal decriminalized all drugs, their addiction and overdose rates plummeted. But another drug, ketamine, offers solutions to the opioid crisis and many other medical problems.

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