News: Drug company billionaire arrested on charges of opioid conspiracy

When it comes to moving product, it seems some in the pharmaceutical industry are far more concerned with the bottom line than medical ethics and basic human scruples. And when those values combine to bolster sales of a highly addictive opioid-based painkiller, the results are both tragic and criminal.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Backyard chicken trend linked to spike in salmonella cases

The discussion about allowing backyard hens in Minot is taking place right now. One of the factors being considered is whether these animals a risk to public health? And how do we balance that against the benefits of fresh, locally sourced food? On the public health side of the equation, this story out of Des Moines is worth reading.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: Enlisting Educators in the War Against Prescription Drug Abuse

The opioid epidemic is not unique to Minot; it’s a nationwide problem. And the solutions aren’t simple either. But in the opinion of Tammy Wincup of Everfi, one tool we should be using is an education curriculum that empowers and educates students about the dangers of prescription drugs. It’s worth a read, Everfi may even be a resource that we should be pursuing in Minot.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Depression treatment discovered in natural but illegal source

Depression is a disease that becomes ingrained as the neurons in our brains fire and connect in repeated but unfortunate patterns. Successful treatments have been shown to break those patterns and one source that’s so far effective at helping ‘reset’ the brain — psilocybin — the active ingredient in illegal mushrooms.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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On health care and everything else, the path to compromise is available

Commentary: On health care and everything else, the path to compromise is available

Contrary to most, I was not surprised that Congress has failed to repeal and replace “Obamacare”. “Repeal and Replace” has been the unifying slogan of the Republican party since 2009. That slogan may have become fact except for one minor detail. Like the Democratic party, the Republican party is merely a coalition of various diverse factions. Political parties have historically been bottom up rather than top down organizations....

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News: Drug experts see confluence of factors behind opioid crisis

In Minot, the Mayor’s Committee on Addiction met this week. When it comes to dealing with the effects of the opioid and larger addiction problem, they’re going to divide and hopefully conquer. They’ll be splitting into several sub-committees to deal with different arms of the larger animal. It’s important work, but the method also invites the larger question, how do we prevent the problem before it starts? That...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: White House commission recommends president declare a national emergency over the deadly opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic that’s been discussed so heavily here in Minot is not just a local problem, it extends far beyond North Dakota’s borders. And a White House Commission on the opioid epidemic is now recommending the President declare a national emergency with regards to the issue. Locally, the Mayor’s committee on addiction will meet on Wednesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Your Brain On Fentanyl

Learn, News: Your Brain On Fentanyl

Fentanyl is one of the dangerously potent synthetic derivatives of heroin that seems to be now more-regularly cut with the drug to increase the bang users get for the buck. It’s an alarming market-based reaction fed by increasing demand. And that fact that it’s now found on the streets — even in places like Minot — is reason enough to make yourself informed. Check out this explainer video...

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News: Prairie Roots Food Co-op opens in Fargo with mix of natural, organic foods

The manner in which shop for groceries is evolving and there’s no better evidence than the opening of another food co-op in the state. Prairie Roots Food Co-op opened their doors in downtown Fargo yesterday. The member-owned business uses 5,600 square feet to provide organic and natural food, much of it locally sourced.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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For Newborns Exposed To Opioids, Health Issues May Be The Least Of Their Problems

Learn, News: For Newborns Exposed To Opioids, Health Issues May Be The Least Of Their Problems

There’s some good news; the short-term withdrawal symptoms of babies exposed to opioids in the womb are manageable. The bad news, the same child is likely to start life in a difficult home environment, and the consequences of that are often much more significant. This interview-article from NPR presents a perspective worth noting as we in Minot take up this problem and look for solutions.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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