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  1. UK - Plans for heroin to be prescribed to addicts in West Midlands

    photo: ghetty images Doctors in the West Midlands could soon be prescribing heroin for addicts, who would be invited to inject themselves with clean syringes in drug consumption rooms with medical staff on standby, under a plan put forward by the region’s police and crime commissioner (PCC). In a document published on Monday morning, David Jamieson set out a number of recommendations for a regional drugs policy sharply at odds with the government’s zero-tolerance approach. The...
  2. Doctor Issues Warning Over Dangerous And Deadly Masturbation - But Don't Worry, It's Safe If You Don

    Gone are the days of masturbation being viewed as a shameful act linked to madness, disease, and general nastiness. Nowadays, even the most prudish of medical professionals would agree masturbation has numerous health benefits. That said, there is harmless fun and then there are downright dangerous delights. Speaking to the German daily newspaper Bild, forensic physician Dr Herald Voss warned that between 80 and 100 people in Germany die each year from their risky masturbation practices....
  3. (ARCHIVE) U.S. to Resume Using Paraquat on Marijuana

    DF author's note: This archived article from 30 years ago highlights some of the tactics used by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the lengths gone to in the government's efforts in the war on drugs, which at the time were societally seen as acceptable and even desirable. Note: one of the chemicals mentioned in the article, glyphosate, is the main component of the now-controversial herbicide RoundUp, produced by Monsanto. WASHINGTON, July 13— The director of the Drug...
  4. Jeff Sessions Opposes Bipartisan Drug Sentencing Reform Bill

    The attorney general said passing the reform legislation would be a “grave error” and benefit a “highly dangerous cohort of criminals.” YURI GRIPAS / REUTERS WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come out swinging against a bipartisan drug sentencing reform bill that has the support of many of his former Republican colleagues in the Senate, warning that the legislation would be a “grave error” and not allow adequate punishment for “a highly dangerous cohort of criminals.” In a...
  5. Operation Candy Crush: Rutherford County businesses closed, accused of selling CBD candy

    Officers padlocked 23 Rutherford County businesses Monday accused of selling candy containing a derivative of marijuana. Authorities indicted 21 people in the investigation law enforcement officials named "Operation Candy Crush," according to a news release from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office. Investigators were acting on a tip that gummy candies and vape juice containing cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, were sold in stores throughout Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne, the...
  6. Emergency responses to synthetic cannabinoid laced CBD oil,at Cabarrus Co high schools spark concern

    CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Law enforcement and fire agencies have seen a spike in emergency responses to Cabarrus County high schools for symptoms suggestive of e-cigarettes and/or vaporizer pens being used for Cannabidiol (CBD) oil or synthetic cannabinoids. There have been 18 cases of suspected use identified since Jan. 1 at local high schools. “Students, parents, teachers and the community must understand the seriousness of this problem and the potential to cause major medical issues,” said...
  7. To Cut Drug Deaths, City Considers Sanctioned Places To Shoot Up

    Corey Johnson, the new speaker of the New York City Council, has previously supported the idea of creating safe injection sites for opioid users. In 2016, the opioid epidemic claimed 1,374 lives in New York City. That’s roughly four drug overdose deaths each day. One death every seven hours. It’s a harrowing statistic that continues to soar, and New York City officials are floating an idea that so far has not been tried in the United States: sanctioned locations where drug users can shoot...
  8. Citing Infamous Big Tobacco Hearing, Sanders Wants Drug CEOs To Testify On Opioid Crisis

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling for pharmaceutical industry executives to testify in the Senate and for lawmakers to investigate the role manufacturers and distributors have played in fueling the national opioid crisis. "This epidemic has not only cost us hundreds of thousands of lives, but has also cost federal, state, and local governments hundreds of billions of dollars for healthcare, law enforcement, and reduced productivity," Sanders wrote in a letter(pdf) to Sen. Lamar...
  9. OxyContin maker stops promoting opioids, cuts sales staff

    (Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP said on Saturday that it has cut its sales force in half and will stop promoting opioids to physicians, following widespread criticism of the ways that drugmakers market addictive painkillers. FILE PHOTO: A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D. at a local pharmacy, in Provo, Utah, U.S. on April 25, 2017. REUTERS/George Frey/File Photo The drugmaker said it will inform doctors on Monday that its...
  10. Depression: Not Just Personal, But Also Neoliberal?

    AARON MATÉ: It's The Real News. I'm Aaron Maté. According to recent studies, depression is on the rise across the US, especially among young people. But do we really understand what causes this illness and how to treat it? Well, a new book argues that depression cannot just be addressed by pills that change our brain chemistry. "Treating depression," it says, "starts with understanding the key connections between ourselves and the conditions around us, and our families and our societies."...
  11. How labels like ‘addict’ and ‘junkie’ mask class contempt for drug users

    Terms such as “drug user”, “addict” or the blatantly pejorative “junkie”, “dope head” or “stoner”, are loaded with moral bias. They suggest that people who consume psychoactive substances are mentally weak and dangerous – when in fact chemically altering the mind (the natural drive for “intoxication”) has long been a part of human biology and culture, most of which does not lead to any harm or crime. A recent report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) – a group of drug policy...
  12. 'JUULing': The dangerous trend gaining steam among teens

    WASHINGTON (WJLA) - As e-cigarettes and vapes help adults quit the tobacco habit, the JUUL is booming in popularity among teenagers. As e-cigarettes and vapes help adults quit the tobacco habit, the JUUL is booming in popularity among teenagers. (WJLA)Why? For starters, teenagers like that it can be hidden in plain sight. It looks like a flash drive and charges by USB. It comes in flavors like crème Brulee, which smells almost as tasty as a caramel macchiato. There are several kinds of...
  13. A Study Showing the Dangers of Hot Tea Reveals How Complex Cancer Risks Can Be

    Relax, your cup of tea isn’t trying to kill you. Probably. Photo: Getty There are few better things on a blustery cold day than a spot of hot tea. But a new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that some people’s tea habits—in particular, those who drink and smoke regularly—might be raising their chances of developing esophageal cancer. The findings also highlight how complicated it can be to figure out what exactly causes cancer. Researchers examined data...
  14. Hot tea linked to esophageal cancer in smokers, drinkers

    (CNN) — If you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol daily, you may want to consider letting your tea cool before you enjoy it. Drinking tea while it's too hot could increase your risk of esophageal cancer, a new study suggests. A cup of hot tea. SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES In the study, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, drinking "hot" or "burning hot" tea was associated with a two- to fivefold increase in esophageal cancer, but only in people who also smoked or drank alcohol....
  15. Officer’s son being robbed during pot deal outsmarts armed robber

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (ABC7) — When a Montgomery County Police officer's son was being robbed during a marijuana deal, the armed robber ended up being outsmarted by his victim. It was a midday marijuana deal near Whetstone Elementary School in Montgomery Village. The buyer, 22-year-old Eric Allie Jr. allegedly pulled out a gun, demanding cash and pot. The seller turned victim suggested they drive to his parents' Germantown home to get an ATM card. Allie casually waited in the driveway, while...
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