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  1. Prisons try to curb addiction with a drug that heroin-proofs your brain

    Heidi Karash has been working as a nurse in Erie, Pennsylvania, for nearly 13 years. And to her, opioid addiction isn’t just a crisis. It’s a weight to bear. “Its been an epidemic here in Erie,” she said. And Karash worries she played a role in that. In her first nursing job at Erie’s Hamot Hospital, she said she treated patients who had overdosed on pain killers. She also gave those very same opioids to people in pain. Dennis Rodgers, 29, is serving a sentence in the Erie County Prison...
  2. Chris Cornell’s Toxicology Report Shows Multiple Prescription Drugs

    Chris Cornell‘s toxicology report has revealed that there were multiple prescription drugs in his system at the time of his death. TMZ has obtained the report which states that Cornell had Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates in his system. Despite this, Michigan’s Wayne County Medical Examiner Theodore Brown said that after examining the autopsy and toxicology report, “drugs did not contribute to the cause of death.”...
  3. Your Passport and Social Media Passwords, Please

    Forcing Visitors to US to Give Up Passwords an Attack on Privacy Thousands of people cross the United States border every day. If the Trump administration has its way, some visitors may soon be required to give their social media passwords to enter the US – an extraordinarily invasive demand that would likely prompt reciprocal demands by other countries from US citizens traveling abroad. On February 7, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly floated the idea of forcing...
  4. 'I guess you’re here about the opium': Sheriffs discover poppy field

    The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office seized an entire field of poppy plants Tuesday, with an estimated value of $500 million. Authorities admit that’s a rough estimate on the value, because the plants still need to be weighed. The plants are used in the manufacturing of opium, and growing them is far from legal. The field was about an acre located near Claremont, a Catawba County, NC town about 40 miles north of Charlotte. It has a population of about 1,300 people. “This is the second one...
  5. USA - Record meth seizure dismissed

    OTTAWA — A California man once facing prison for a record meth seizure is free after a judge decided his arrest followed a bad traffic stop. The case against Edgar M. Coronel, 34, of Corona, Calif., was dismissed last week. His lawyer, Morris attorney Matthew Mueller, successfully filed a motion to suppress evidence. Coronel was jailed in November after state police pulled him over for a Scott’s Law violation. The resulting stop yielded a record-smashing 16 pounds of finished...
  6. Reports: Total Marijuana Demand Tops Ice Cream In U.S.

    The marijuana industry is growing so fast that if the government legalized it nationally it would outsell ice cream. A new report from Marijuana Business Daily estimates that the total demand for marijuana, including the black market, is $45-$50 billion. Annual ice cream sales are only $5.1 billion. Total recreational cannabis sales in the U.S. at this estimate would also top movie ticket sales ($11.1 billion) and snacks like Doritos, Cheetos and Funyuns ($4.9 billion.) The report says, “If...
  7. Blunt Talk: The Racist Origins of Pot Prohibition

    A good portion of the country still believes that cannabis is a sinful, addictive substance that can ruin your life. Attorney General Jeff Sessions thinks, "Good people don't smoke marijuana," and just this week Department of Homeland Security head John Kelly described pot as "a potentially dangerous gateway drug." As we reflect on this schizophrenic state of affairs, it's necessary to take some time to talk about how we got here, and why certain substances became illegal in the first place,...
  8. George Soros on ending the war on drugs

    The war on drugs has failed, causing devastating impact on societies and economies worldwide. Through a collection of 12 insightful essays from leading global changemakers, the recently published book, Ending the War on Drugs, highlights the need for urgent reforms to drug policy. In this essay, Second World War survivor, prolific author and active philanthropist, George Soros, shares his views on the failing war on drugs. From the extensive costs and negative consequences of trying to...
  9. Expressing gratitude makes us healthier

    Expressing gratitude has become trendy; these days, you can easily find a stock of gratitude journals and notebooks at your local stationery store or bookseller, or search for tips on how to express gratitude in your life.As it turns out, all this expression of gratitude is a good thing for our minds and bodies. In a new article in the National Communication Association's Review of Communication, authors Stephen M. Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins explore the connection between gratitude...
  10. Drugs That Work In Mice Often Fail When Tried In People

    Most potential new drugs fail when they're tested in people. These failures are not only a major disappointment, they sharply drive up the cost of developing new drugs. A major reason for these failures is that most new drugs are first tested out in mice, rats or other animals. Often those animal studies show great promise. But mice aren't simply furry little people, so these studies often lead science astray. Some scientists are now rethinking animal studies to make them more effective...
  11. Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs

    Programmes usually address individuals but most equipment sharing occurs between sexual partners The sharing of drug injecting equipment most often occurs between sexual partners, but the ways in which couples manage risks and care for each other have been largely ignored by harm reduction services, say Australian researchers. In-depth interviews showed that drug users’ relationships were based on mutual trust, honesty and care. Couples tried to avoid sharing their equipment but when they...
  12. Could an auto logic checker be the solution to the fake news problem?

    Fake news is not news – that is, it is not in fact news, and the matter of fake news is not a recent revelation. But while fake news is a thorny problem that needs addressing in its own right, it is part of an even bigger issue too. Discourse –- the process by which humanity collectively comes to an understanding of itself, and so shapes its own future –- is fundamentally broken. The problem begins with the school debate, a win-or-lose scenario where one party ultimately triumphs in the...
  13. Passenger's Heroin, Pill Overdose Caught at United Airlines Gate Before Takeoff

    Passenger's overdose caught just prior to plane leaving US Airport
  14. Woody Harrelson swears off marijuana after 30 years.

    One of Hollywood's biggest, most outspoken pot enthusiasts has retired his rolling papers. On Monday, Woody Harrelson told Vulture that he hasn't smoked pot in nearly a year. The 55-year-old, who has spent over a decade on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said he'd simply had enough after "30 solid years of partying," and said the drug kept him from "being emotionally available." His remaining vice? Drinking alcohol in moderation. Think...
  15. Authorities: Man errantly texted prosecutor about drug swap.

    EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text message to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating that he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin. Luzerne County prosecutors say Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews received a text Nov. 2 using drug lingo that they called an "obvious text for a drug deal." They say she later received a photo of a plastic bag containing a green substance on a scale. Authorities said 29-year-old John Raimondo, of Plymouth, was arrested...
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