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Apr 2, 2014

Majority of Americans want to treat, not jail, drug users: survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About two-thirds of Americans say drug abusers need access to treatment to address their addiction rather than criminal prosecution that could lead to jail time, according to a poll released on Wednesday that highlights the public’s shifting attitude toward illegal drugs in the United States.

While people are still worried about the extent of drug abuse, especially in their schools and neighborhoods, those surveyed supported less harsh punishment for non-violent offenders, especially marijuana users, the Pew Research Center found.

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Apr 1, 2014

U.S. FDA advisers back MannKind’s inhaled diabetes drug

HYATTSVILLE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. health advisers on Tuesday recommended approval of MannKind Corp’s inhaled diabetes drug, and said the experimental treatment could help some patients, especially those wary of needles typically used with traditional insulin therapy.

The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of outside advisers said that while the therapy, called Afrezza, did not appear as beneficial for adults with type 1 diabetes, it was clearly safe and effective for those with the more common type 2 form of the chronic disease.

Apr 1, 2014