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Drug-Fueled HIV Epidemic Outbreak in Indiana's Rural Community
JUDY WOODRUFF: In a first for Indiana, the state’s legislature this week passed a bill permitting drug users in areas with health outbreaks to trade used needles for clean ones. It’s in response to an HIV outbreak of historic proportions. Sarah Varney has our report from Austin, Indiana, near the Kentucky border. This story was produced in collaboration with our partner, Kaiser Health News.

WOMAN: Jesus loves you, you know.

SARAH VARNEY, Kaiser Health News: Local churches in Austin, Indiana, have taken to the streets to reclaim their neighborhoods from a drug-fueled HIV epidemic that has decimated this all-American town.

Over the last month, this prayer walk has grown from a handful to hundreds. Austin is a largely white... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Tasmania Pushing to Ensure Citizens Needing Medical Cannabis Get It
The Tasmanian Opposition has called on the Government to do more to ensure medicinal cannabis becomes available for patients. About 50 people gathered at a Hobart rally calling for the legalisation of the drug.

Many of those attending had personal stories to tell about how the drug had helped them deal with the side effects of cancer treatment, the impact of seizures as well as... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Cannabis Revelers Couldn't Leave Festival Due to Flood
An Australian town was cut off by floodwaters Saturday, trapping hundreds of people attending the town's annual cannabis festival. The town hall was being used as emergency accommodation as camping grounds were swamped by record heavy rains that hit the eastern coast on Friday and Saturday.

Nimbi, in New South Wales, has long been a mecca for hippies and marijuana enthusiasts, where police usually do not interfere so long as the illegal drug is used in private. Meanwhile, police announced on Saturday the death toll from the storms had risen to five in heavy storms... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
British Grandma on Indonesia's Death Row Hoping Fate Will Intervene for Her
Mostly she passes the time with knitting. Her partner and two sons do not seem to be much in evidence and family contact is limited to her loyal sister. One of her few close friends was executed on Wednesday and neither lawyers nor the British Government can do much for her now - no wonder Lindsay Sandiford wants it all to be over.

To most Britons Bali is the paradise island, an idyllic holiday destination. To Sandiford it is a squalid sinkhole where she will end her days - and probably soon. The 58-year-old grandmother has been on death row in Bali's Kerobokan jail for more than two years after being convicted in December 2012 of smuggling cocaine into Bali.

In January 2013 she was sentenced to death, which in Indonesia... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 6 Replies
Modern China--From Opium Wars to Life After Mao
The invention of photography coincided with the mortification of modern China. In 1839, the year Henry Fox Talbot presented his early photographic experiments to the Royal Society, China’s “Century of Humiliation” at the hands of imperialist powers began with the first opium war.

Through the second half of the 19th century, foreign photographers joined the armies of soldiers, diplomats, traders and missionaries swarming over China. In the late summer of 1860, the Italian photographer Felix Beato captured the carnage of the second opium war, and four decades later the “punitive picnic” of the Boxer war was photographed on new Kodak Reloadables.

Compositions designed to shame a defeated China were staged and sent around the world... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Small-Time Devon Cannabis Farmer Ordered to Sell His Home to Pay Back Pot Profits
A cannabis grower is being forced to sell his home to pay back the £20,000 he made from his small scale skunk farm. Colin Wonnacott was originally landed with a confiscation order of £78,000 but was able to show that most of the money was legitimate earnings from his job as a self employed taxi driver.

He has been given six months to pay back the lower figure of £20,000 or face a year in jail after he was taken back to Exeter Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

In the original Wonnacott, aged 46, of Gorlin Close, Exmouth, he admitted drug... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Physicians' Medical Marijuana Discussions at VA Deemed Unacceptable by U.S. House
On Wednesday evening, the House voted down an amendment that would allow veterans the opportunity to discuss medical cannabis as a form of treatment in states that have legalized the substance for medical purposes.

Introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), the amendment would have altered the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to allow qualified veterans easier access to medical cannabis in the 21 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana.

The... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
"Drug-Taking Party goers" Reek Havoc in Canadian Couple's Home
Like many other middle-class mortgage payers, Mark and Star King jumped at the chance to make some money out of their home by renting it to holiday-makers through the popular travel website Airbnb. The young Canadian couple bought their three-bedroom house in Calgary’s fashionable Sage Hill for £217,000 in 2010, and were raising their two sons Vincent, five, and one-year-old Oliver.

So when a local man got in touch offering £435 to hire the house for a weeekend for four relatives arriving in town for a wedding, they were quick to take up his offer. Any doubts they might have had at handing their housekeys to a stranger ended when a well-dressed man arrived, who nodded judiciously as they ran through minor rules about not smoking or wearing outdoor shoes inside. “You have a beautiful home,” he told them. “God bless you.”

Soon after the Kings left the house, however, a bus arrived and 100 people... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Cocaine Addicts Brains Show Functional Communication Differences From Non-Addicts
The brain function of people addicted to cocaine is different from that of people who are not addicted, and often linked to highly impulsive behavior. TheDi variation in the way that different regions of the brain connect, communicate and function in people addicted to cocaine is an observation published in NeuroImage: Clinical.

Cocaine addiction exists among an estimated 800,000 people in the U.S. alone, but despite decades of attempts, FDA-approved medications for cocaine use disorder remain to be discovered.

People addicted to cocaine are highly impulsive and prone to acting quickly, without regard to negative consequences. Impulsivity is associated with increased relapse to cocaine abuse and, thus, impulsivity may serve as an... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Stoned Utah Bunnies Has DEA Authorities in a Tither
Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That's according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the... [Read More]
Saturday, May 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Canada's Mentally Ill Often Failed by the Courts System
On June 15, 2013, Donald Kushniruk, a mentally ill man, killed himself in his cell at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

Krushniruk's journey through the criminal justice system was long and horrific. It all started four years prior, when he was arrested after pulling a knife on someone he was arguing with in a dog park. At the time, he was carrying a note in his pocket. It featured a bloodied and battered photo of himself and stated, among other things, "BE AWARE—standing in ignorance against that which you presume to stand for, is contrary to the way of harmony, peace, and right." It ended with the postscript "Donald continues to ask for a deluxe skateboard/bike park for his community and the clearing of his good name." This man was obviously not well.

Regardless, Kushniruk entered the criminal justice system like any other. And almost immediately, the court system started mishandling... [Read More]
Friday, May 01st | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
FDA Pushing Drug Approvals Through at Quicker Pace
Congress has over the past few decades passed a series of special approval pathways for important drugs that treat life-threatening or rare diseases. This week, a new bill introduced in the House could add two more.

You might expect these existing special programs to represent a small fraction of new and unusual drugs. But data from the Food and Drug Administration show that a majority of recent drug development has been in therapies that qualify for at least one of these programs. About a third of recently approved drugs qualify for two or more of five special approval programs.

A great interactive graphic mapping research by Aaron Kesselheim and Jonathan Darrow on the website of the New England Journal of Medicine allows you to... [Read More]
Friday, May 01st | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Italian Army is Growing Marijuana
Some might say the Italian army has gone to pot. In an effort to reduce the cost of medical marijuana for citizens who suffer from chronic pain and other conditions, the Italian military has started a cannabis farm.

The plants are being grown in a secure room in a military-run pharmaceutical plant in Florence, the BBC reported, citing the Italian newspaper Corriere della... [Read More]
Friday, May 01st | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Why MDMA May One Day Be Used In Couples Therapy
In recent years, the psychoactive drug MDMA has piqued the interest of psychologists, who are investigating whether it could be beneficial in treating mental health problems. A new study, which finds that the drug can facilitate introspection and help people to feel closer to their loved ones, further suggests this may be the case.

Known by the scientific name 3,4-... [Read More]
Friday, May 01st | Posted by 5-HT2A | 0 Replies
"Our Purity is Above 99%" at Factories Producing Psychoactives Bound for UK, US
At the Chemsun Global pharmaceutical laboratory in an industrial park in Shanghai, the smell of fumes is so intense it leaves a bitter, chemical after taste in your mouth. At midnight on a recent Friday, a Chinese chemist who called himself Terry was eager to close a deal.

In the laboratory outside, a bright yellow liquid whirred around a flask. The place was filthy: surfaces were strewn with discarded rubber gloves and in one corner a sack of white powder spilled onto the floor. I was there to “inspect” the lab, to take stock of the wooden barrels full of drugs, but Terry wasn’t interested in small talk. “You just take the samples, right?” he said, near shouting. “Let’s just be quick. Tell me what you want, how much you want, then we can... [Read More]
Friday, May 01st | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Crowdfunded Science Is Here. But Is It Legit Science?
A crowdfunding campaign for a brain imaging study closed Monday after raising almost $80,000 toward a unique goal: the first functional magnetic resonance images of the brain on LSD. The Beckley Foundation, a UK-based charitable trust that promotes research and awareness of psychoactive drugs, will use the money to scan volunteers who’ve dropped acid. Such are the sacrifices people will... [Read More]
Thursday, April 30th | Posted by Phungushead | 0 Replies
Potty heads! London drug dealers attempt to flush pot down toilet, make epic mess
They were flush with drugs — until their pot got dumped in the potty.

Alleged British drug dealers made a hilarious mess of flushing their marijuana stash down the toilet when the police came knocking.

Cops raided the property in Manor Park,... [Read More]
Thursday, April 30th | Posted by Phungushead | 4 Replies
Brewers tasked with turning sewage into suds

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some companies boast of making beer with spring water from majestic mountains.

They won't be competing in the upcoming Pure Water Brew Challenge, in which an Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water.

The point of the contest is not to find Portland's next trendy craft beer. Rather, it's an effort to get people talking about how a vital resource can be reused thanks to advanced water-filtration systems.

"We need to be judging water by its quality, and not by its history," said Mark Jockers, a spokesman for Clean Water Services, which runs four wastewater treatment plants in the Portland suburbs. "The water we're producing is significantly cleaner than what the safe drinking standards are for water that comes out of taps... [Read More]
Thursday, April 30th | Posted by Basoodler | 1 Reply
Japanese Collagen-Infused Beer Claims to Make You Prettier

In a bid to cash in on the latest beauty trend of consuming collagen, Japanese company ‘Suntory Holdings Ltd’ has released a special brew of collagen-infused beer.

The trend has Japanese women believing that eating copious amounts of collagen – the structural protein of connective tissues – will lead to beautiful, younger-looking skin. The seemingly innocuous trend has caught on rapidly – stores are filled collagen-laced beauty products, and women are willing to gulp spoonfuls of powdered collagen mixed into protein shakes. They also flock to restaurants that serve foods naturally high in collagen – pig trotters, chicken skin and shark fin.

But the collagen-infused beer, called ‘Precious’, is a stroke of marketing genius – now women can get drunk and beautiful at the same time! Suntory announced the new product on April 7 – it is a light beer, containing 2 grams of collagen and 5% ... [Read More]
Thursday, April 30th | Posted by Basoodler | 0 Replies
Expert defending legal injection in Supreme Court case did his research on Drugs.com
When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the highest-profile death penalty challenge in seven years, the justices will begin ruling on this question: Does Oklahoma’s use of the common surgical sedative midazolam fail to make prisoners unconscious during lethal injections, thus violating the Eighth Amendment’s protection against “cruel and unusual punishment”?

For many court watchers, however, a subject of special scrutiny will be the credibility of Oklahoma’s key expert witness, Dr. Roswell Lee Evans, who has testified that inmates “would not sense the pain” of an execution after receiving a high dose of midazolam.

The case, first brought by four condemned Oklahoma inmates, stems from the botched April 2014 execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett. Although Lockett received a substantial dose of midazolam intravenously, it failed to render him... [Read More]
Wednesday, April 29th | Posted by Rob Cypher | 0 Replies

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