Episode 129

Twitter Roundup, Recovery High Schools, Are Abortion Pills Safe?

Ravi, Rikki, and Joe talk through their updated takes on the chaos that is Twitter. From classifying National Public Radio as “state-affiliated media,” to getting into a feisty exchange with a BBC reporter during an interview last week, the trio ask the question on everyone’s mind: what’s up with this Elon guy? Then the gang jumps into a conversation about recovery High Schools, specialized educational facilities that help students with substance use disorders maintain sobriety while also getting a quality education. We speak with two leaders from these schools to find out how to help America’s teens fight addiction. Finally, we talk about the abortion pill Mifepristone. Unlike all the other media outlets, we aren’t delving deep into the legal conundrum surrounding the drug, instead we speak with two board-certified OB-GYNs to delve into the safety of the pill that’s been causing a big ruckus.


Checking in on Twitter [02:03]

A year ago, Musk asked, ‘Is Twitter dying?’ He may have his answer. (Washington Post, 4/15/23)

How Elon Musk Is Changing the Twitter Experience (The New York Times, 7/14/23)

Twitter is on the attack against Substack (The Verge, 4/13/23)

The ridiculous but important Twitter check mark fiasco, explained (Vox, 4/3/23)

NPR quits Twitter after being falsely labeled as ‘state-affiliated media’ (NPR, 4/12/23)

Twitter and hate speech: What’s the evidence? (BBC, 4/14/23)

Elon Musk reinvents Twitter for the benefit of a power user: Himself (Washington Post, 2/16/23)

Twitter celebs balk at paying Elon Musk for their blue check marks (NBC, 3/28/23)

Elon Musk BBC interview: Twitter boss on layoffs, misinfo and sleeping in the office (BBC, 4/14/23)

Elon Musk slams BBC reporter in tense interview: ‘You just lied’ (New York Post, 4/12/23)

The time has come: Defund the hopelessly biased NPR (The Hill, 7/11/22)

Mayhem @ Twitter, Asian-American College Apps, 2022 Favs (Lost Debate, 12/22)

SBF Indicted, The Twitter Files, ChatGPT (Lost Debate, 12/22)

Recovery High Schools [26:50]

Recovery high schools help kids heal from an addiction and build a future (NPR, 4/4/23)

Inside the Specialized ‘Recovery’ High Schools Designed Just for Teens With Addiction (Time, 1/23/19)

Remaking America: Recovery High Schools And Teens Facing Addiction (NPR, 2/6/23)

Readers respond: Recovery high schools are an investment in our future (Oregon Live, 3/26/23)

Are Recovery High Schools Really Working? (American Addiction Centers, 11/15/22)

Recovery High School: What is it, why it’s important in North Carolina (CBS17, 3/1/23)

Examining the Effect of Recovery High Schools (Addiction.com, 9/4/18)

Policy Corner: Recovery High Schools (Friends of Recovery, 4/19/17)

Recovery High Schools (The Recovery Village, 4/9/22)

Recovery High Schools: Effect of Schools Supporting Recovery from Substance Use Disorders (National Library of Medicine, 8/2/17)

Net Benefits of Recovery High Schools: Higher Cost but Increased Sobriety and Increased Probability of High School Graduation (National Library of Medicine, 9/1/19)

Trends in Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Adolescents, January 2010 to June 2021 (JAMA, 4/12/22)

Adolescent drug overdose deaths rose exponentially for the first time in history during the COVID pandemic (UCLA Health, 4/12/22)

Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Who Attends Recovery High Schools after Substance Use Treatment? A Descriptive Analysis of School Aged Youth (National Library of Medicine, 3/20/18)

Are Abortion Pills Safe? [45:04]

The Intersection of State and Federal Policies on Access to Medication Abortion Via Telehealth (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2/7/22)

Are Abortion Pills Safe? Here’s the Evidence. (The New York Times, 4/7/23)

How safe is the abortion pill compared with other common drugs (CNN, 4/10/23)

Research shows medication abortions are safe (AP, 6/14/22)

Supreme Court grants temporary pause on abortion pill ruling (The Hill, 4/14/23)

Abortion Pills Are Very Safe and Effective, yet Government Rules Still Hinder Access (Scientific American, 3/1/22)

Alliance For Hippocratic Medicine v. US Food and Drug Administration (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas)

State of Washington, et. al. v. US Food and Drug Administration (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington)

US Food and Drugs Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (Supreme Court of the United States)

Department of Justice order to stay Texas Ruling to SCOTUS (U.S. Department of Justice, 2023)

Analysis of Medication Abortion Risk and the FDA report “Mifepristone US Post-Marketing Adverse Events Summary through 6/30/2021” (ANSIRH, 11/22)

Mifepristone U.S. Post-Marketing Adverse Events Summary through 06/30/2021 (FDA, 6/30/21)

The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2018)

Medication Abortion Up to 70 Days of Gestation (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 10/20)

Expansion of a direct-to-patient telemedicine abortion service in the United States and experience during the COVID-19 pandemic (Contraception Vol. 104, Issue 1, 3/21)