Author Archive | Mike Riggs


HHS Secretary Tom Price Touts Faith-Based Rehab Over Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment. These 600 Experts Disagree.

Addiction researchers and health-care providers shrieked in unison last week after Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price suggested to a West Virginia newspaper reporter that medication-assisted treatment, in which people who are addicted to heroin and prescription opioids are provided suboxone or methadone to reduce cravings, is “just substituting one opioid for another.” Charleston […]

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Austin Police Responded to the Burglary of an Empty Home With a Full-On SWAT Raid

When an out-of-town homeowner received a video alert from his home security system showing a burglar in his house, he contacted the Austin Police Department. In response, the Austin Police Department sent a SWAT team and nearly leveled the place. Right on Crime’s Randy Petersen, a 21-year veteran of the Bloomington (Illinois) Police Department, learned […]

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MDMA Moves One Step Closer to Phase 3 Clinical Trial

Successful clinical trials would lead to MDMA’s removal from schedule I. Mike Riggs|May. 17, 2017 4:45 pm The Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve a phase three clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, according to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which met with the agency on May 11. A successful phase three […]

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Rand Paul Doesn’t Want a Special Prosecutor on Russia

In the wake of President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have both called for a special commission to investigate Russia’s involvement in the U.S. presidential election. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) isn’t having it. “Lots of crocodile tears in DC,” he tweeted this morning. Paul elaborated […]

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In Wake of Comey Firing, Amash and McCain Demand Special Commission

“My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia,” Amash tweets. Mike Riggs|May. 9, 2017 8:06 pm President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey earlier tonight is raising neck hairs across the political spectrum. Already, Freedom Caucus Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have […]

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President Trump Has Fired FBI Director James Comey

Attorney General Jeff Sessions backed the decision. Mike Riggs|May. 9, 2017 6:15 pm President Donald Trump has “dismissed” FBI Director James Comey, according to multiple media outlets and a statement from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer: A copy of Trump’s letter to Comey was obtained by BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner. That letter, which is below, […]

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Roger Goodell Says Medical Marijuana Might Not Be Safe Enough For Grown Men Who Hurt Each Other For a Living

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t ready to take medical marijuana off the league’s list of banned substances because the drug might be “negative to the health of our players,” he told ESPN on Friday. More from the man who suspended Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson–who’s undergone two surgeries related to Crohn’s disease–for 10 games […]

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Why LSD Trips Last Forever, What Happens When You Inject Psilocybin

The world’s leading researchers of psychedelic drugs met in Oakland, Calif., this past weekend at Psychedelic Science 2017, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Science (MAPS). I attended for for a story I’m working on about MDMA-assisted therapy, and thought I’d share some items from my notebook. Why do LSD trips last so long? […]

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