Jessica Firger

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The Great Kentucky Hemp Experiment

Industrial hemp is really just a few genetic tweaks away from marijuana and outsiders often don’t know one from the other. “When the stuff really starts to flower it has the same look and smell as marijuana. That’s why we have security.”

About my work​​

Prescription Drugs on the Rise

Use of prescription medications—for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, acid reflux and depression—has surged in the U.S. in the past decade. 


As a health reporter I look to cover a broad range of topics: Research that's altering how we understand, treat and manage chronic medical conditions; the heavy burden of infectious diseases on public health; innovative technologies that prove the future of medicine is happening right now; and changes and challenges in delivering clinical care to patients. I'm currently a staff health writer at Newsweek, and have also held posts at CBS News and Everyday Health. More broadly, my writing has been featured in numerous national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, New York TimesMarie Claire, Elle and Salon.

I'm always open to story ideas and feedback. Contact me here