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War Against Kratom Heats Up

Florida has become the latest front in the war against kratom—a substance derived from a tree whose leaves can be brewed as a tea to relieve pain and anxiety, but can also produce feelings of euphoria. Opponents of kratom say it is highly addictive, claiming it is responsible for several deaths and increasing emergency room visits across the country since it was introduced to the United States from Southeast Asia. Currently, kratom is banned in two countries where it is grown: Malaysia and...

Why We Must Re-frame the Health Care Debate for Young People

Consumer Power Report #470 Since 2014, when most health insurance requirements established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were fully implemented, the cost of health insurance has increased for every significant demographic. According to a study by HealthPocket, Inc., average monthly premiums for U.S. women age 30 increased 35 percent from 2013 to the end of 2014. Men of the same age saw premiums rise a whopping 73 percent. Many older Americans also witnessed significant cost bumps for...

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