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  • Major Fentanyl Shipment from China Seized in Mexico

    The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (La Secretaría de Marina–SEMAR) has reported a major fentanyl seizure believed to be of multi-ton in the Mexican port city of Lázaro Cárdenas in the state of Michoacán. The Mexican government announced the...
  • Lethal Deception: Deaths From Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl on the Rise

    Across the United States and Canada, people are buying cocaine only to discover too late that it contains potentially deadly fentanyl, a new report warns. In one cluster of cases occurring in Fresno, Calif., in January of this year, four people...
  1. Major Fentanyl Shipment from China Seized in Mexico

    The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (La Secretaría de Marina–SEMAR) has reported a major fentanyl seizure believed to be of multi-ton in the Mexican port city of Lázaro Cárdenas in the state of Michoacán. The Mexican government announced the major fentanyl seizure of initially reported by local media outlets to be approximately 25.75 tons (23,368 kilograms or 51,517 pounds) of powdered fentanyl that originated in Shanghai China and was headed to Culiacán, Sinaloa, the home base for the...
  2. Lethal Deception: Deaths From Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl on the Rise

    Across the United States and Canada, people are buying cocaine only to discover too late that it contains potentially deadly fentanyl, a new report warns. In one cluster of cases occurring in Fresno, Calif., in January of this year, four people were brought to local emergency rooms. Two of the incapacitated cocaine users died from their inadvertent fentanyl overdose, local doctors say. Another outbreak -- this time killing one person and sickening 14 more -- occurred in nearby Chico,...
  3. MIT Scientists Synthesize The Feel-Good Molecules In Kava

    For thousands of years, Pacific islanders have made a calming drink out of kava, a root that's been called "Nature's Xanax" and "The Pacific Elixir." Now, MIT researchers are using cutting-edge science to synthesize the feel-good molecules in Kava. It's work they say could help lead to new treatments for anxiety, pain and insomnia — and to new insights into other medicinal plants. "What we do in our lab is to actually start from plants that have thousands of years of use in traditional...
  4. DXM Continues to Prove Efficacy as an Antidepressant

    Psychopharmacol Bull. 2016 Aug 15; 46(2): 53–58. Treatment Resistant Depression with Loss of Antidepressant Response: Rapid—Acting Antidepressant Action of Dextromethorphan, A Possible Treatment Bridging Molecule Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurology, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia, USA. To whom correspondence should be addressed: Dr. Edward C. Lauterbach, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurology, Mercer University...
  5. DXM Helpful as Opiate Potentiator Pre-Surgery

    Preoperative dextromethorphan reduces intraoperative but not postoperative morphine requirements after laparotomy. Abstract N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonists combined with opioids are thought to be effective in the control of pain states. We evaluated morphine use and analgesia in 37 patients postlaparotomy. Patients received 60 mg of oral dextromethorphan or placebo the night before and again 1 h before surgery. Morphine was titrated intraoperatively to maintain blood pressure and...
  6. Boy opens Lego kit to find $US40,000 of meth

    Key points: The Lego box contained about 1.3 kilograms of meth, much to the disappointment of the boy to received it as a present Investigators believe the drugs were shipped to the wrong address and held as unclaimed property by the postal service It's assumed the box was sold at auction before ending up at the second-hand shop Three US women bought a box of Lego from a second-hand shop while visiting South Carolina only to find that the box was actually filled with about $US40,000 worth...
  7. Officials warn public after deadly fentanyl-laced marijuana found, suspect arrested

    ONEIDA COUNTY, NY — An upstate New York sheriff’s office is warning the public after marijuana laced with fentanyl was found. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said Friday that an individual who was in possession of the laced marijuana was arrested. “With fentanyl laced marijuana now confirmed to be in New York State, I am extremely concerned for the safety of anyone using marijuana. Everyone needs to be aware that the potential of getting fentanyl laced marijuana is possible and the...
  8. Ohio coroner: 'We have seen fentanyl mixed with marijuana'

    (AP photo/ Mel Evans) WLWT-TV - CINCINNATI, OH (WLWT) -- Synthetic opiates like fentanyl have been found in marijuana, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco confirmed to NBC affiliate WLWT-TV Monday. Fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, has been linked to a surge of fatal overdoses across the county. It has been showing up in other drugs across the area. "We have seen fentanyl mixed with cocaine, we have also seen fentanyl mixed with marijuana,"...
  9. Sugar high: the yeast that can be used to brew cannabis, not beer

    Scientists develop GM strain that can produce cannabinoid compounds with addition of sugar The scientists say the process is considerably cheaper, safer and more environmentally friendly than extracting the compounds from marijuana plants. Photograph: Bea Kallos/EPA Scientists in California have developed a strain of yeast that can be used to brew cannabis extract rather than beer. With just the addition of sugar, the genetically modified yeast fermented to produce pure cannabinoid...
  10. Diamond CBD/Pot Network Holdings Products Contains Synthetic Cannabinoids

    Michelle Peace regularly monitors online message boards to see what people are vaping, what got them high, and what gave them bad side effects. As a toxicologist and vaping expert at Virginia Commonwealth University, part of her job is to evaluate how electronic cigarettes are being used for substances other than nicotine. But the tip about online company Diamond CBD came via phone, she says—someone called and said they purchased a CBD product and got extremely high after taking it. CBD, or...
  11. New Zealand to pay out millions after thousands wrongly evicted for drug use

    Overzealous meth testing regime unnecessarily made some public housing tenants homeless Thousands of public housing tenants in New Zealand will receive millions of dollars in compensation and an apology from the government for being wrongly evicted after incorrect meth testing of their homes. Under the previous government, Housing New Zealand (HNZ) ended more than 800 tenancies on the basis that the houses could be contaminated because methamphetamine had been cooked or smoked on the...
  12. Secret tunnels discovered between the skull and the brain

    Study suggests immune cells rush through channels to get to injured tissue quickly Bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside most of our bones, produces red blood cells as well as immune cells that help fight off infections and heal injuries. According to a new study of mice and humans, tiny tunnels run from skull bone marrow to the lining of the brain and may provide a direct route for immune cells responding to injuries caused by stroke and other brain disorders. The study was funded in part...
  13. Alison Mau: Kiwi innovation can make us world-leaders in medicinal cannabis

    Ralph Ballinger sounds like such a good bloke, the in real old-school Kiwi sense of the term. A hero in World War II, he was aboard the one ship that survived the Luftwaffe's first major assault, at the Battle of Crete, and was then drafted to the Cambridge Agricultural Institute to help develop plants to feed the British people. He protested that although he had an agricultural degree, he didn't know much about creating seed stock. They just told him to get on with it, and that he did....
  14. USA - 'Every dollar he touched was used for drugs': Couple accused of stealing some of $400,000

    A couple accused of stealing some of the $400,000 the public raised for a homeless man insist they were simply trying to stop him wasting it all on drugs. Johnny Bobbitt, 35, made headlines around the world in November after he used his last money on gas for New Jersey woman Kate McClure. McClure and her boyfriend Mark D'Amico set up GoFundMe page dedicated to changing Bobbitt's life and it attracted hundreds of thousands of donations. But nine months on, the couple admit just over...
  15. Oklahoma Medicaid tests new tactic to curb U.S. drug costs

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A new front in the battle over the cost of expensive medicines in the United States is opening up in Oklahoma, the first state where the government’s Medicaid program is negotiating contracts for prescription drugs based on how well they work. FILE PHOTO: The Oklahoma State Capitol is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz/File Photo In June, Oklahoma received approval from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
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