Inside Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the global anti-tobacco treaty

A Reuters investigation revealed that Philip Morris International has for years run a secret global campaign to undermine the World Health Organization’s anti-smoking treaty, which was designed to save lives by curbing tobacco use around the world. In one of the largest-ever tobacco industry leaks, internal Philip Morris International documents, seen by Reuters, combined with…

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How some Southern California drug rehab centers exploit addiction

The Southern California News Group recently investigated the addiction industry and found it peppered with financial abuses that bleed millions from public and private pockets, can upend neighborhoods and often fails to set addicts on a path to sobriety.  The revolving door between detox centers, treatment facilities, sober living homes and back again generates huge…

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Clinic inspectors say state agency foiled their investigations

For more than a year, Seattle’s KING-TV has reported on “Sobriety for Sale” – licensed treatment clinics where counselors are accused of taking bribes and letting offenders skip their court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment.  It all happened right under the nose of the Washington State’s watchdog agency that licenses and inspects clinics.  Now, two whistleblowers…

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Lead’s Hidden Toll

Reuters continues its reporting exposing hidden lead hazards nationwide in a 2-part series, Lead’s Hidden Toll. Part 1, constructed from previously undisclosed data, reveals how lead afflicts neighborhoods rich and poor in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. Findings surprised local leaders, moving them to immediate reforms. Part 2 reveals how Reuters has now…

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Oregon hides thousands of cases of shoddy senior care

An investigation by the Oregonian/OregonLive found that state officials have concealed thousands of cases of poor elder care and abuse from the public. The Oregon Department of Human Services runs a website that is meant to help family members identify safe places to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other debilitating illnesses. But,…

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Oversight lags as for-profit firms take on caring for the vulnerable

An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that as the state of Georgia has begun moving residents of state psychiatric institutions into privately-run group homes and other small, community-based institutions, residents have been put at risk of injury and in some cases death.  Under the care of two of the largest for-profit companies running these…

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Women Fear Drug They Used To Halt Puberty Led To Health Problems

Thousands of parents chose to inject their daughters with a drug called Lupron that was FDA approved to shut down puberty and also is commonly used off-label to help short kids grow taller. But an investigation by Kaiser Health News, in collaboration with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows that some women who…

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Washington state pursuing charges against clinic

The Washington Department of Health is pursuing administrative charges against a state-licensed drug and alcohol treatment clinic after a King 5 investigation found accusations of bribery and falsified treatment reports at several clinics.  The clinics provide court-ordered treatment to people convicted of drug and alcohol-related crimes.  Charges brought by the department of health include bribery…

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CDC keeps details secret of lab mishaps with deadly viruses, bacteria

After taking nearly two years to release copies of its lab accident reports under the Freedom of Information Act, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is keeping secret large swaths of information when accidents occur with potential bioterror pathogens like those that cause anthrax, Ebola, and plague. The latest installment of USA TODAY’s ongoing…

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Reuters finds lead levels higher than Flint’s in thousands of locales

Flint, Michigan, is likely the most well-known lead hotspot in America. But a Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found that Flint doesn’t rank among the nation’s most dangerous areas for lead poisoning. Reuters found almost 3,000 places with poisoning rates much higher than the Michigan city. To identify these locations, Reuters…

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