Drug testing

ACT UP protesters close the Federal Drug Administration building to demand the release of experimental medication for those living with HIV/AIDS. Their slogans read: “Never Had A Chance;” “Dead From Lack of Aerosol Pentamadine”; “I Got The Placebo”; “I Died for the Sins of the FDA.” The demonstration was held outside the FDA headquarters in Rockville, Md., on October 11, 1988.

Patient Rights Groups Are Learning the Wrong Lessons From ACT UP Patient Rights Groups Are Learning the Wrong Lessons From ACT UP

These groups are invoking ACT UP’s legacy to push for further deregulation of the FDA. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Nov 9, 2023 / Gregg Gonsalves

Opioids identified as part of street drug-checking by the Toronto-based Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation research agency. A person with blue-purple gloves holds up a tray of opioid samples.

Synthetic Drugs Are Sending the Overdose Crisis Into Overdrive Synthetic Drugs Are Sending the Overdose Crisis Into Overdrive

US policy is keeping public health officials, scientists, and emergency-room doctors in the dark about a growing manufactured plague.

Aug 9, 2022 / Joseph Friedman and Eric Reinhart

Barry Bonds’s Hall of Fame Opponents Can’t Handle the Truth

Barry Bonds’s Hall of Fame Opponents Can’t Handle the Truth Barry Bonds’s Hall of Fame Opponents Can’t Handle the Truth

A mess of hypocrisy and bias has kept history’s best hitter out of the Hall.

Jan 28, 2022 / Dave Zirin

FDA regulations

Can the US Provide a Public Option for Prescription Drugs? Can the US Provide a Public Option for Prescription Drugs?

Patient advocates and health-care experts say the government can get into the generic pharmaceuticals business—and it wouldn’t even require a new law.

Oct 1, 2018 / Joel Dodge and Sean McElwee

Children of the Opiod Crisis in Foster Care

Our Foster-Care System Shouldn’t Separate Families Either Our Foster-Care System Shouldn’t Separate Families Either

It’s not just our immigration system; taking children away from their parents should always be a last resort.

Jul 26, 2018 / Rachel Blustain

Anastasia Bryzgalova and Alexander Krushelnytsky

15 Million Reasons Why Russian Olympians May Get Their Flags Back 15 Million Reasons Why Russian Olympians May Get Their Flags Back

Two failed drug tests mean little compared to a large payout from Russia to the IOC.

Feb 23, 2018 / Jules Boykoff and Dave Zirin

Olympic Athletes from Russia

We Need a Better System for Addressing Olympic Doping We Need a Better System for Addressing Olympic Doping

A bungled response to Russian doping allegations shows that our regulatory patchwork is disorganized and unjust.

Feb 20, 2018 / Ronald Katz

Putin Russian Ice Hockey Team

The Farce of the ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’ The Farce of the ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’

The IOC wants to look tough on doping, but the designation has fanned the very nationalism that the Olympics are supposed to hedge against.

Feb 12, 2018 / Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Vitaly Mutko Russian Doping

The Problem With the International Olympic Committee’s Decision on Russia The Problem With the International Olympic Committee’s Decision on Russia

The problem isn't Russian doping. It's the absence of any moral authority in the IOC.

Jul 25, 2016 / Dave Zirin

Will the Supreme Court Let Florida Drug-Test All Its Government Employees?

Will the Supreme Court Let Florida Drug-Test All Its Government Employees? Will the Supreme Court Let Florida Drug-Test All Its Government Employees?

What does a positive test mean when your economic fate hinges on the result? What kind of “discipline” is maintained by subjugating bodily privacy in the name of “public safety”?

Apr 18, 2014 / Blog / Michelle Chen

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