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New research: Reducing stigma from HIV and drug use saves lives

New research: Reducing stigma from HIV and drug use saves lives

, by Emily Newman

Doing things like clearing up misconceptions about HIV and de-linking HIV to “social evils” helped people live longer on antiretroviral therapy. Read More

Are painkillers the new “gateway” drug? New research says yes…

Are painkillers the new “gateway” drug? New research says yes…

, by Emily Newman

New research shows that people who more recently started injecting drugs oftentimes were “hooked on painkillers” at the time they started injecting. Read More

After mistakenly spending $56 on ramen noodles, I’m giving Dry January a try

After mistakenly spending $56 on ramen noodles, I’m giving Dry January a try

, by Cirrus Wood

Cirrus Wood wonders, on an evening out, “How am I going to talk to anyone without the gesture and prop of a glass of scotch to punctuate my various witty remarks?” Read More

Synthetic marijuana, K2, and spice, oh my! What are they, and why are they dangerous?

Synthetic marijuana, K2, and spice, oh my! What are they, and why are they dangerous?

, by Emily Newman

Craig Smollin, a medical toxicologist and the co-director of the California Poison Control System in San Francisco spoke to BETA about spice, K2, and other synthetic street drugs—to let our community know, what’s the danger? And, what can we do to be safer? Read More

With fake painkillers hitting the streets, the “fentanyl crisis” is only getting worse

With fake painkillers hitting the streets, the “fentanyl crisis” is only getting worse

, by Emily Newman

Read this if you buy pills like Xanax, Norco or Oxycontin on the street, so you know what to watch out for and what’s causing the problem. Read More