Revamped OxyContin was supposed to reduce abuse but has it

WASHINGTON — Nearly a decade ago, the maker of OxyContin responded to a growing wave of opioid abuse by making the painkiller harder to snort and inject. But has that reformulation translated into fewer drug overdoses and deaths?It’s a question that experts like Dr. Raeford Brown of the University of Kentucky are eager to answer. For years, Brown led a government advisory panel that evaluates opioids for the Food and Drug Administration.There’s just one problem: Neither the company that the makes OxyContin nor the FDA have allowed the experts to see data on gathered to answer the question.Brown and others say the lack of data makes it nearly impossible to tell whether OxyContin and similar painkillers are actually helping fight the opioid crisis.The Stamford, Connecticut-based company says it’s still working on the studies.Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press read more

Players at UKs first vegan cricket club ditch sandwiches to be more inclusive

A cricket club has become the first in the UK to go vegan after Muslim and Hindu players were excluded from tea between innings.Players at the Earley Cricket Club in Reading, Berks, are now served a menu featuring vegan-friendly Moroccan tagine, curries and rice, lasagne and garlic bread and spaghetti bolognese.The committee voted in favour of replacing the traditional platter of sandwiches and cake following a campaign by chairman and opening batsman Gary Shacklady.The 33 year old, a primary school teacher who set up the club 12 years ago and is vegan himself, felt that the club’s meat-based catering meant Muslim and Hindu players were being excluded from joining in fully with club life.He said: “We had one member who was very against it.”He felt that it was quite exclusive and against people’s right to meat.” Viral Kohli reportedly became a vegan recentlyCredit:Ryan Pierse/Getty Four of his teammates have been inspired to switch to plant based diets entirely as a result of the move.They join a handful of the world’s best players in making the switch, including India captain Virat Kohli and Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle.Mr Shacklady added: “The teas have been well received as our players understand and support the reasoning behind the decision. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It also means we can produce a far larger quantity of food for a lower cost. When other teams come to us, they pile their plates high. And when they eat the food, nobody complains.”Although you usually get one middle-aged white man who is horrified. It’s fine, he doesn’t have to eat it. But the point is that everyone can.”The club play in Division 2 and Division 3 of the Berkshire Cricket League. Viral Kohli reportedly became a vegan recently They are now is even trialling new vegan cricket balls in a bid to go completely animal-free, with a view to using balls made from synthetic leather instead.A Vegan Society spokesman said: “Offering plant-based food as default is inclusive, cheap and convenient, as well as contributing to a healthier society and more sustainable food choices that don’t harm others.”We hope other clubs and organisations will follow Earley Cricket Club’s decision to switch to an all-vegan menu for everyone’s benefit.” read more