EpiPen Price Gouging is Old News

On Thursday, Mylan announced a series of steps that will make its EpiPen more affordable for some patients. Over the past few years, Mylan had raised a standard two-pack of EpiPens to roughly $600. It had cost $100 in 2009. Then, following a recent uproar, including a public tongue-lashing from Hillary Clinton and a US SenatorContinue reading “EpiPen Price Gouging is Old News”

Drug History in CBMH-BCHM

The Drug Policy Alliance, an organization dedicated to the promotion of drug policies based on science, compassion, health, and human rights, recently published an article entitled the “The Real History of Drugs.” The author, Tony Newman, asks “why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuanaContinue reading “Drug History in CBMH-BCHM”

The Weight of History/The History of Weight in CBMH/BCHM

Or, History has Heft: On Public History and Debates about Weight Loss ***** Trying to lose weight isn’t a new phenomenon. Consumers have long searched for a safe and effective approach to lose weight. At the same time, a strong debate persists about the genetic component of obesity, new scholarly sub-fields (see Fat Studies) are emergingContinue reading “The Weight of History/The History of Weight in CBMH/BCHM”

Vaccine History in CBMH/BCHM

Vaccine & Immunization History in CBMH/BCHM The roadway to effective, accepted vaccines in history is neither smooth nor straight. Vaccines naturally induce potent social, political, and economic responses. They raise questions about scientific authority and the production of medical knowledge. Even more, vaccines have challenged the physician’s influence over patient-consumer choice in the medical marketplace,Continue reading “Vaccine History in CBMH/BCHM”

Medical History on the Move

I have a new blog post on the University of Toronto’s site.   I’m incredibly excited to be working with CBMH/BCHM and University of Toronto Press over the summer months. It will be my pleasure to help out with journal’s migration to the UofT’s publishing platform. As part of this transition, we are moving allContinue reading “Medical History on the Move”

The 10 Best Drug Movies of the Past 50 Years

Cheech and Chong. Tony Montana. Reefer Madness. Blow. These are some of the characters and films that normally come to mind when you bring up drugs in cinema. But let’s get real, folks. It goes so much deeper. Drug movies are both fascinating and titillating. Whether it’s the “War on Drugs” or depictions of the countercultureContinue reading “The 10 Best Drug Movies of the Past 50 Years”

Podcast Announcement – Radical Mental Health Therapy

I recently had the pleasure of joining Chris Hoff on The Radical Therapist Podcast. You can listen to our lively discussion about the 1960s, long-haired hippies, and mental health services during a period of big-time change. You can download the Pod here or through iTunes. Thanks for listening and sharing! #mentalhealthawareness #healthpolicy

Weed in the Workplace

The newest issue of Canadian HR Reporter discusses ‘weed in the workplace’ and focuses on drug screening. There are some vital ideas here about on-the-job safety, the legalities of drug testing, and impairment. Basically – drugs during ‘9 to 5.’ Also, I get my two cents in there! Check it out at Increasing use of marijuanaContinue reading “Weed in the Workplace”

Body-Shaming and Business

Advertising the perfect beach body. Showcasing a slim and trim look. Veneration of youth and attractiveness. This isn’t new. Companies have always relied on conceptions of “beauty” to sell products. This has been the case since the dawn of advertising. Now, however, the city of London is taking steps… ‘Body shaming’ ads banned from London’sContinue reading “Body-Shaming and Business”

New Tattoo Rules and the Marines

Tattoos and the military have a long history. Modern popular culture credits the U.S. Navy with introducing the art of tattooing to the United States in the early 1900s, when sailors returning from distant lands displayed their skin-art. According to Staff Sgt. Stephanie van Geete, while “the times have changed, the military’s love affair with tattoos hasContinue reading “New Tattoo Rules and the Marines”