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Insurers increase medical costs for chronically ill people despite Obamacare’s reforms

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick has not stopped insurers from increasing up-front charges for the expensive drugs needed to control chronic illnesses from leukemia to multiple sclerosis. Actuarial studies of plans sold through health insurance marketplaces in…

For some wounded military veterans, strong prescription drugs can be cause of more pain

The death rate from overdoses of those drugs at Veterans Affairs hospitals is twice the national average. But data shows the VA continues to prescribe increasing amounts of narcotic painkillers to many patients.;  …

Mother charged with killing baby by feeding him drug-laced breast milk

An eight-month-old boy in Sacramento, California died after drinking his mother’s breast milk, which contained Xanax, methadone and the opiate painkiller Opana. According to the Sacramento Bee, the baby’s mother, 32-year-old Sarah Anne Stephens appeared in court on Friday on charges of murder and two felony counts of child endangerment.…

One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others

By Lindsay Dunsmuir NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed “ridiculous amounts” of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. His colleague offered him some of the pills. Soon Kurt was taking them three to…

Drug bust at Christian university nets 17 students

After a six-month investigation, police have arrested 17 students, including four football players, from Texas Christian University (TCU) Wednesday morning for selling marijuana, ecstasy pills and other drugs on campus. Authorities took the students into custody discovered that they sold a wide variety of drugs, according to TCU360.com. Prescription drugs…

Ron Paul: War on drugs undermines civil liberties

Texas Rep. Ron Paul said during Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate that the war on drugs should end. After saying the border between Mexico and the U.S. needed to be secured and the welfare state needed to be rolled back, Paul described the war on drugs as “a total failure”…

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